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July 13, 2018
7:30 PM
Allen Public Library - Civic Auditorium
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, TX 75013
Austin Lounge Lizards
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Austin Lounge Lizards

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Austin Lounge Lizards perform.

Austin Lounge Lizards 

By Tom Keener

Ever contemplated hearing the music of Frank Zappa combined with bluegrass or perhaps a fusion of Homer & Jethro and the Rolling Stones?   Become a reptilian and enjoy the music of the Austin Lounge Lizards.

The Austin Lounge Lizards are arguably the perfect pairing of their hometown’s slogan, “Live Music Capital of the World,” and its unofficial motto, “Keep Austin Weird.”   Since 1980, the group has been spoofing the topics American families try to avoid at family gatherings—subjects like politics, religion, romance, and themselves.  With unique harmonies and instrumental expertise, the band has become legendary.   

When Hank Card (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Conrad Deisler (vocals, lead guitar, mandolin) met as mutual history majors at Princeton University (not prison, as sometimes rumored), they started songwriting together. Following graduation, Hank, a native Oklahoman, and Conrad, a Tex-Cali-Connecticut-Venezuelan, ended up in Austin.   The band is now made up of Hank, Conrad, Tim Wilson (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) and Kirk Williams (electric bass, vocals).

With a series of talented fellow players and writers, the band began playing dates around Austin and across Texas. Soon, they had developed a widespread following of loyal Lizard fans, and by 1987, began appearing at festivals and concerts throughout North America and in the United Kingdom. Five-time winners at the Austin Music Awards, the Lizards have played many celebrated festivals, including California’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and Strawberry Music Festivals.
With their unique amalgamation of highly literate Ivy League roots along with an appreciation for the music of the common man like folk, country, bluegrass, and rock and roll, the Lizards specialize in musical eclecticism, excellence, a thirst for the absurd and extreme entertainment.