Tomorrow, we'll be playing as the "house band" at the annual Watermelon Festival
at Last Concert Cafe
. We play short sets between all the other bands, so come by early (we start around 4) and stay late (we go until close to 1am).
Today's live archive track
is a recording of Melody-Melody
from last year's watermelon festival. Enjoy! (And don't forget to get the podcast
From the bottom of our hearts, we'd like to thank all of our friends & listeners for all of your votes. Last night at the Houston Press Music Awards
, we took home the awards in all 3 categories we were nominated for: Best Funk/R&B/Reggae, Best Keyboardist, and Best Jazz. We're totally honored. Here are a couple shots from Sunday's awards showcase:
Many thanks to Bryan Anderson
, one of Houston's hottest up and coming photographers, for taking such great pics (and sharing them with us!)
We also did a show later in the evening with Studemont Project
and Dizzy Pilot, which was also rad. Thanks to our good friend Jeff Balke
for coming and getting some great shots of us then:
The awards ceremony was a lot of fun (we even got to play a song!) and it was great seeing such a wide cross-section of Houston's music scene in one room. Thanks again everybody!
In this week's Houston Press
Best Keyboardist (Ian Varley); Best Jazz; Best Funk/R&B/Reggae
Among instrumental "improv spaceship prog rock" band Drop Trio's recent feats -- South By Southwest gigs the last two years, landing a cut on The Johnson Family Vacation soundtrack, opening for a who's who of nationally prominent groove/jam bands -- keyboardist Ian Varley seems proudest of surviving riding in a van together to such exotic locales as Tulsa, New Orleans and Abilene with the other members of his trio. He's also pleased with the telepathy he says his band has developed: "We love playing together, communicating on stage. We've been doing it long enough now to where we can really read each other's minds sometimes, go in crazy wild directions that we've never been in before." Muzak John and Two Star Symphony get cheery shout-outs, but Houston's sprawl factor gets the gas face: "Maybe it's because Houston is such a vast sprawl, but it takes a lot of effort to get something to build and roll on its own," Varley says. -- John Nova Lomax
Thanks guys! See you tomorrow at the Hard Rock at 7pm!
This week's Live Archive
track is an improv named "Two Star." It is from our show last weekend at Helios
and was inspired by our opener, the rad Houston band Two Star Symphony
We will see all of you guys this Sunday at the Houston Press Music Awards
be down there all day hopping from venue to venue checking out all the great Houston bands. 7pm. Hard Rock Cafe. Be there and
for our latest email.
It may be common knowledge by now, but in case you haven't heard ... Ian is now living in Austin, TX! Not much chance of keeping it low-key when it's published in a the Houston Chronicle's music blog
So, Ian's living in Austin, and Nuje & Patrick are living in Houston. Don't worry, though ... Drop Trio is full steam ahead. On overdrive, actually. Look for a little bit better spreading out of our shows around TX now, and some jaunts a little further afield, too.
In fact, just today we set up some CD Release shows
for late October.
A new CD? Yup. "Live At Cezanne", which we're in the midst of post production work on now. 10/20 @ Luna
in San Antonio, 10/22 @ Cezanne
in Houston ... and other dates TBA soon. Exciting, no?
If you're an Austin fan, drop a line
and ask Ian when we can get some Austin dates for crying out loud ... :)
We would like to thank everyone who came out and made Saturday night at Helios
fantastic. Our pals Two Star Symphony
brought a great music loving crowd and deserved the standing ovation they received at the end of their set. We'll be playing with them again for sure.
This Sunday is the big Houston Press Music Awards
showcase. We're playing
Hard Rock Cafe at 7pm.
Don't forget to vote
OK, those of you who have seen us at Helios know it's one of our favorite rooms in town - intimate, laid back, and full of creative vibes. Hope you can join us there tomorrow night:
Our friends Two Star Symphony
will open up the show at 9, and we'll play from 10:30 until the cows arrive home. $5 gets you in. Hope to see you there.
Also, FYI, there's a memorial concert / benefit brewing for Tim McGlashen
. Stay tuned
for more info.
Our condolences go to our good friends in The Buddhacrush, who have lost a friend & family member.
Tim passed away on July 12th after an illness. We will miss you, Tim. Safe journeys.
has unveiled the 2005 Ultimate Houston Reader Picks ballot - and Drop Trio made the cut for favorite original band. If your carpal tunnel hasn't flared up too much from voting in the Houston Press Music Awards
, we'd enjoy your vote over at the Houston Chronicle
It's a pretty long ballot (150 categories!) and the music categories are very near the top (see item number 6). There are some other indie faves in there too - (e.g. Inversion by Dan Havel and Dean Ruck
(former Art League houses on Montrose) for Work of Public Art). Oh, and don't forget to vote for your favorite Mall and favorite Socialite over 40.
Friday night's geek party
was a big success. Check out the pics
. For the occasion Ian
brought his Arp 2600
Tonight, come join us at Kaveh Kanes
(a cool little coffee show downtown, across the street from Cabo) as we play for the Technology Bytes 10-year anniversary party
. We'll be geeking out in all the usual ways - odd time signatures, weird vintage electronics, etc. Come joint the fun!
We just added a show to our Live Archive
. It is a sound board recording by Jason Priesman
of our set at Jake's in Lubbock, TX from April 1, 2005. Thanks to John Griffin at Sugarhill
for tranferring the DAT to CD.
Thanks to your votes, we have been nominated for three awards in this year's Houston Press Music Awards
. Please take a minute and vote:Best Jazz
- (Drop Trio)Best Funk / R&B / Reggae
- (Drop Trio)Best Keyboardist
- (Ian Varley)
Thanks to our friends and family, especially Scott, Lori, Karl, Daniel and Jon for doing what you do.
This week's live archive
track is an improv titled "This is My Funny Voice."
was recorded during the final practice in our
rehearsal space at Magik Studios. Thanks to Karim and Joel for everything.
By the way. We've been nominated in the 2005 Houston Press Music Awards. Thanks everyone.