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ACT! presents the Austin Lounge Lizards on May 8

At the Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth

Arts Council of Tamworth presents the Austin Lounge Lizards at the Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth on May 8. (click for larger version)
May 06, 2010
"Like Zappa meeting bluegrass," says Vintage Guitar Magazine. "Hilarious, endearing and literary," raves Billboard. Based in Austin, Texas, as their name suggests, since 1976, the Lizards have honed their music into a wicked-funny art form. They've delighted audiences from Texas to Trafalgar Square with their inventive style of satirical folk, country and bluegrass.

Trademarks of a Lizards song are highly literate, sharply pointed lyrics that poke fun at politics, love, religion and the culture in general. Combined with superb musicianship that features precise four- and five-part vocal harmonies and instrumental mastery, the band's songs are as melodically infectious as they are lyrically prescient.

Given their free-ranging eclecticism and natural irreverence, it's no surprise that the group counts among its influences Frank Zappa, George Jones, Spike Jones, Flatt & Scruggs, Tom Lehrer and Steve Goodman. Album and song titles like "Creatures from the Black Lagoon," "Shallow End of the Gene Pool," "Teenage Immigrant Welfare Mothers On Drugs," "Jesus Loves Me (But He Can't Stand You)" and "Never an Adult Moment" all point to the Lizards' love of wordplay and topical relevance. They're not just clever, though; they can play anything, moving in and out of diverse musical sounds with ease and flair.

The Austin Lounge Lizards are five-time award winners at the prestigious Austin Music Awards, and their version of Irving Berlin's "C-U-B-A" was used in the Michael Moore film Sicko. The band has been featured by NPR's "Morning Edition" and on the radio programs "Mountain Stage" and "E-Town." The Drugs I Need (released in 2006) is the Lizards' 10th album and their second on the Houston-based Blue Corn Music label.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $14 for students 13 to 18 and college students with a valid ID. Kids 12 and under are free, but require a ticket reservation to guarantee a seat. Tickets are available at www.artstamworth.org, at The Other Store in Tamworth Village, or by calling 323-8104.

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