Duke Davis, a former member of The 13th Floor Elevators, infamous for those who followed the hot Texas bands of 30 years ago, will perform at the Milam Street Coffee “Java Jam,” Friday, May 24, 6-9 pm. In 1979 Duke, a native of Schertz, Texas, moved to Los Angeles and formed The Buckshot Band which included Vince Gill, Thumbs Carlisle and many others. Many from his original band went on to solo careers as well as to play for Garth Brooks, Dwight Yoakum, Highway 101, Desert Rose, and The Mavericks.
Duke has toured with the likes of Waylon Jennings, Lee Greenwood, Charlie Daniels and has opened for George Strait, Hank Williams, Jr., Bobby Bare, The Bellamy Brothers and Doug Kershaw, just for starters. After many years on the road Duke switched careers to raise and train horses, first on his ranch in New Mexico, later Colorado. But as they say, “You can take the boy out of Texas but you can’t take Texas out of the boy,” so Davis, along with his wife Ruth and beloved pet, Bo the Wonder Dog, moved back home, this time to Fredericksburg. In 2007 Duke and the boys launched “Westward Ho,” a 27 song, 90 minute, one act theatrical musical play that presents the history of Western Music. The versatile Duke Davis, this time, will be presenting his Trio, “Buckshot,” in the opening guest slot at 6 pm and then trading licks with the locals in the Java Jam in the second set.
Some Dates to Keep in Mind –
Friday and Saturday, June 14th and 15th, The Wharton City Wide Garage Sale!! You can pick up maps here at the coffee shop, the Wharton Chamber of Commerce and several other locations closer to the actual sale.
Saturday, June 15th – Juneteenth Celebration here in Wharton. A great day of food, fun and music down by the Colorado River and around Monterey Square in downtown Wharton.
Friday, June 21st – Next Java Jam. Guests are Terry Barrett and the Swinging on Band!
Friday, June 28th and 29th, Freedom Fest! Two full days of food, fun and music to celebrate our country's independence. Come and join the fun.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – June 27th through 30th – The Plaza Theater presents “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” Go to whartonplazatheatre.org for tickets and information.