Thursday, September 16, 2010

Jordan Richardson '03, Steve Steward '00 jam in Fort Worth

Jordan Richardson ‘03 spent the summer jamming all over Europe with his band Relentless7. But Richardson is also part of another band — Epic Ruins — that was born and bred right here in Fort Worth, and they are playing in town on Friday, Sept. 17.

Epic Ruins, wildly acclaimed as one of the hottest new local bands, will debut their first album at Lola's this Friday night. Richardson and fellow alum Steve Steward '00 started the band three years ago, riffing off their desire to make a banging, synthy, sexy, spacey, '70's sound. They've even stitched their songs together, like all good albums from that era, with the silvery thread of narrative.

The four band members either live in or are originally from Fort Worth, with Richardson on drums, guitars, and synth, Steve Steward on bass and synth, Sam Anderson on vocals and guitars and Jeff Dazey on sax. The music has such a rich psychedelic groove that one listen hurls you back to your spot on the purple shag with Hendrix and Trower, with a little Parsons Project and Yes thrown in for good measure.

Richardson says Epic Ruins "is maybe something like Pink Floyd if they were from East Texas." But come on out to Lola's and judge for yourself, as Epic Ruins release The Void Mariner and the Mystic Boogie of the Sacred Line to the world. As Richardson warned us via e-mail: "Be there or be in the void. ;)”

Lola’s Saloon, 3726 W. 6th St., 817-877-0666 on Fri., Sept. 17. Show starts at 10 p.m. Epic Ruins play at midnight.

On the Web:
Have sticks, will travel — How Jordan Richardson started at TCU

TCU send-off - Chicago style

Dan '86 and Tracie Michalek along with Cynthia (Banas) '84 and Mike Nack hosted the Chicago area send-off party for the class of 2014 on July 25. Over 40 freshmen, alumni and parents attended.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

First-generation Frog

Five-month-old Adam Taylor, son of Derek and Ashley Taylor is decked out in his TCU garb, ready to attend his first football game when TCU faces BYU. But unlike other adorable TCU-attired babies, Adam will be a first-generation Frog, if he parents have their way.

Derek, a University of Texas-Dallas grad, writes: “My wife and I have decided that we will be sending Adam to TCU when he is of age since we are both huge fans of the Horned Frogs. I always wanted to go to TCU because I am Christian and the reputation of your school, but unfortunately the cost was out of my range due to supporting myself through college. But both my wife Ashley (a Stephen F. Austin grad) and I agree that TCU would have been our first choice of colleges.”

Before attending UTD, Derek served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division. They live in Addison but soon will move to Plano.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Coloring the rainbow TCU purple

Tiffany (Gardiner) Stewart '01 wrote us to share a story about her 9-year-old son, Nicholas, who has a heart for helping others:

"I'm a very proud TCU alum! My son, Nicholas, is following in my footsteps when it comes to charity and service to others.

"While at TCU, I was part of the band's service sorority, Tau Beta Sigma, which focused on serving others and the band. I held the position as Service chair, coming up with ideas to help serve others and the band.

"Well, Nick has already shared this passion at the young age of 9. This year, he collected more than 520 boxes of crayons, markers and paints for the children at Dallas Children's Medical Center. His endeavors brought the attention of Channel 11, which named him a Texan with Character.

"Selena Hernandez '99 was one of the Channel 11 anchors that contacted us! From this, my sister, Amanda and I have started Nick's Colors of the Rainbows, a non-profit, to continue Nick's dream of sharing God's love with children who are sick.

"Nicholas is one of TCU's biggest fans! We rarely miss a TCU game!!"

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Reunion at Landmen conference

The 56th Annual Meeting and Dinner Dance for the Fort-Worth based American Association of Professional Landmen was in Vail, Colo., this summer. It was a good time for these four Frogs to catch up.

Shown here, left to right, are Teresa Lippert Schardt '76, Le'Ann Pembroke Callihan ’90, Stephanie Wentworth Byers ’02 and Keleigh Wentworth '07. Le'Ann is the director of publications for the organization.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A little lunch. A little conversation.

Libby Wilson '06, Judy O. Smith '61, Catha Hall '75, Emmet Smith '54 MM and Becky Rambin '75 met in Fort Worth in the fall to tour the campus, have lunch and discuss organ music.