The Chadd Thomas Memorial Barbecue and Benefit Concerts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Uncle Billy’s Lake Travis to Host Chadd Thomas Benefit Concert/Barbecue
AUSTIN, Texas (July 22, 2011) – For the next three Saturday nights, Uncle Billy’s Brewery and BBQ Lake Travis will host “The Chadd Thomas Memorial BBQ and Benefit Concerts,” headlined by Jesse Dayton on July 23rd, Rick Broussard’s Two Hoots and a Holler on the 30th, and The Wulftones and the Octanes on August 6th. Proceeds will benefit the Madison Rose Thomas Trust. The benefits are presented by Uncle Billy’s Lake Travis Summer Concert Series in association with Mal Thursday’s Texas Tyme Machine.
All shows start at 7 p.m. on the upper deck of Uncle Billy’s Brew & ‘Que at 6550 Comanche Trail in Austin, next to the Oasis. Donations at the door. Presented by Uncle Billy’s Lake Travis Summer Concert Series in association with Mal Thursday’s Texas Tyme Machine.
Thomas, who died on July 11th, was a well-loved rockabilly singer and a fixture on the Austin music scene for over 15 years. He played several memorable shows at Uncle Billy’s earlier this year, and was due to play another in September.
The first “Chadd Thomas Memorial BBQ and Benefit Concert” this Saturday night features Jesse Dayton, Chris Gates & Gatesville, Johnny Hootrock, and special guests; The July 30th show stars Rick Broussard’s Two Hoots and a Holler, Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers, and a special appearance by Chadd’s band The Crazy Kings, who will perform with special guest vocalists; On August 6th, The Wulftones, The Octanes, Ted Roddy, and Glambilly pay tribute to Thomas. The shows will be hosted by Mal Thursday, who will also serve as DJ, spinning some of the great Texas rockabilly 45s that Chadd Thomas loved so much.
Other special guests are to be announced.
The Uncle Billy’s benefits are part of a series of fundraisers for Thomas’s six year old daughter Madison organized by fans, friends, and bandmates. In addition to the three Saturdays at Uncle Billy’s Lake Travis, there is also “Chadd-a-Palooza,” a marathon show at Trophy’s in Austin on Sunday July 31st. Benefits are also planned for Houston and San Antonio.