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June—People, Places, Events, Attractions


As the REPUBLIC OF TEXAS BIKER RALLY gets under way for the eleventh year June 2–5, Austinites prepare once again for the low, eardrum-piercing rumble that thunders throughout the city like a doomsday alarm. Some 40,000 leather-clad, bandanna-armored easy riders will be contributing to the Doppler effect this year, with more-concentrated hog sounds on the winding roads of the Hill Country, downtown, and at the Travis County Expo Center. Rounding out this year’s activities: a free concert headlined by (who else?) George “Bad to the Bone” Thorogood, a Wall of Death motorcycle stunt show, a bike blessing religious service, and a monster truck exhibit. And since no Capital City event is complete without the requisite parade up Congress Avenue, the street will be shut down for the swarms the night of June 3. The scene is historically hassle-free, if surreal, and yet any smirking downtown workers rubbing elbows with tattooed visitors might be wise to remember Brando’s comment in The Wild One: “Anybody thinks they’re too good for me, I make sure I knock ’em over sometime.” Katy Vine

(For directions and more information, see Austin, Other Events)

48 HOURS | Forth Worth, June 10 through 12

Perennial Pleasures

Cowtown may be best known for two-stepping and cattle driving, but this month it’s the place to stop and smell the roses. Wander the primrose paths of five of the city’s most beautiful secret gardens June 11 and 12 on the Hidden Gardens of Fort Worth Tour, which unveils the dramatic terrace views, cascading pools, and elaborate boxwood parterres in the private backyards of Westover Hills. Follow a rippling creek that leads to an outdoor living room and fireplace, visit a garden temple, and fill your pocket full of posy-planting tips as you meander gravel walkways. And if you’re still in need of some landscaping inspiration, hit the Concerts in the Garden festival on any weekend evening for the Concerts in the Garden festival. What better way to end a day of flower frolicking than surrounded by Texas blooms and the music of Handel and Saint-Saëns. Jessica Norman Dupuy

(For directions and more information, see Fort Worth, Music/Dance and Other Events)

George Jones

The 73-year-old country legend plays the Bass Performance Hall on June 10.
What’s your favorite song to perform? That’s a hard one. I always love to sing “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” because people’s reaction is wonderful. But I love “Why Baby Why” because it was my first hit, in 1955, and it’s always hard to top the first one. Different songs mean different things to me.
What are your Texas audiences like? Wild. They really love the kind of music I love: honky-tonk songs, drinkin’ and cheatin’ songs. They like to have a good time and are very vocal. And when they like you, there’s nothing like it.
We hear you’re a favorite on President Bush’s iPod. I’m honored and flattered. I’ve met him several times and also know his daddy; they’re both big country fans.
And these days you’re working on an album with Willie Nelson? Yes, and we’re having a great time. I think it means a lot to both of us. We’re going to have Merle [Haggard] do some songs with us. We’ve got one song that has a verse for me, Merle, Willie, and Jerry Lee Lewis. We were supposed to record it the day after the Grammy awards, but lots of little things happened, and I was the only one who showed up! Who’d believe that “No Show” was the one to show? Katharyn Rodemann

(For directions and more information, see Fort Worth, Music/Dance)

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