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Gary Wilson & the Blind Dates with Mantra Love, and The Halfways
September 18, 2015 @ 9:00 pm
Gary Wilson is back in ATX! Yes, THAT Gary Wilson!!!!!
The beloved (name checked by Beck, no less) and delightfully bizarre cult performer Gary Wilson is back in Austin, headlining with Austin locals The Blind Dates as his backing band. It will be a serendipitous day for Wilson as September 18th is also the official release day of his new album “Alone with Gary Wilson”, coming out on UK/LA-based Cleopatra Records (Hawkwind, Helios Creed, Pat Travers). Advance tickets are available through the Spider House website for $10.
Gary Wilson emerged from New York’s DIY movement with 1977’s proto-New Wave masterpiece You Think You Really Know Me. Shortly after its limited release Wilson simply vanished. In the 25-year wake before he was found again, Gary’s small-town opus had spread by word-of-mouth and indie radio to inspire a whole new generation of musicians and producers with his bizarre songs and personal musical vision. His cult following includes Beck, who shouts him out in “Where It’s At (Two Turntables And A Microphone)”, The Roots, ?uestlove, Simpsons creator Matt Groening, and of course, Stones Throw’s Peanut Butter Wolf. The re-release of You Think You Really Know Me in 2002 won him accolades in The New York Times and culminated in sold-out shows in New York and Los Angeles.
Opening the show are Austin based experimental-psych group The Halfways, and Houston psych rock band Mantra Love.
$10 cover, 18+, Ballroom doors open at 8:00pm.
Gary Wilson with Earl Sweatshirt on Jimmy Kimmel live (around the 4:00 minute mark):
Gary Wilson with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon:
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