Date sent: Sat. April 20 2003
Subject: Austin City Limits Benefit
Saturday April 12, 2003
Grand Opening of The Roaring Fork Restaurant
Benefiting PBS show "Austin City Limits"
Leslie and I drove in from Covington, LA ( about 40 miles north of New
Orleans). We departed around 6 am and arrived in Austin just before 3 PM.
The weather was sunny and mild and the drive up was smooth. We checked in
at the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel, which is where the
Roaring Fork is located. The room was immense and the accommodations were
This was a limited seating event that included cocktails and food that was
excellent. The owners of The Roaring Fork have "The Music of Dan Hicks"
included in their dedications to the restaurant and the decor was
patterned with Dan in mind. The setting was small and very cozy. Kudos to
Chef/Owner Robert McGrath for impeccable culinary and musical taste. He
and his wife Amy were most gracious. I strongly encourage fellow Hixters
to make The Roaring Fork a destination if you happen to be anywhere near
The stage was set in the restaurant which is adjacent to the saloon. I
would guess the restaurant area held 100 or so and the saloon area another
100. Throughout the entire event the attentive wait staff kept everyone
spirited to their hearts content. Chef Robert McGrath put on quite a throw down.
The abundant food ranged from succulent beef to salmon, all prepared to perfection.
The show was to benefit Austin City Limits and noted producer Terry
Lickona was present to thank everyone for their support. I encouraged him
to consider releasing the ACL reunion show on VHS or DVD. He responded
positively to the suggestion and said it was a good idea. A little echo
from fellow Hixsters wouldn't hurt here, so check out the ACL website and
show your support.
Now on with the show:
The Tall One
Brian Godchaux - violin/mandolin
Dave Bell - guitar
Paul Smith, aka "Corky Rodriguez" - bass
Susan Rabin/Trish DeWolf - Lickettes
Chattanooga Shoeshine Boy
Cowboy's Dream No.19
'Long Come A Viper
That's Just The Smoke They're Blowin'
I Scare Myself
Exactly Like You
See You In My Dreams
Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia
Strike It While It's Hot
I Feel Like Singing
Is This My Happy Home
The Buzzard Was Their Friend
Ho Dee Ho Dee Hee ????
How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away
I've Got The Blues For Dixie
Milk Shakin' Mama
This was our third time seeing the Man and I must say, He gets better each
time. The Band was on target and the setting couldn't have been more
personal. Dan was in typical form and the small atmosphere made for a
perfect evening. Had a chance to say hello to Brian and to meet Dave Bell.
Both are as gracious as they are talented. Some small talk with the
Lickettes during the break and a hand shake and picture with The Man made
The joint was jumpin' during the first set, but after the break quite a
few stayed at the watering hole.
I was able to get some memorable pics that are "priceless". It was truly a
Bill "Hawkeye" Hawayek