Bull Moose

It may be the least-known live-music venue in Austin, but the Moose Lodge at 2103 E.M. Franklin Ave. still might look familiar: It was the site of the Dillon Panthers' football banquet on last week's Friday Night Lights, and several members of the fraternal and service organization's chapter No. 1735 appeared as extras. The increased visibility couldn't come at a better time, because the flurry of development around the old Mueller airport is putting the squeeze on the Moose. Although the property is paid for, its steadily increasing value means more taxes, which are draining the chapter's coffers. Instead of selling to hungry developers, they've decided to start a membership drive and enlisted local accordion master Bradley Jaye Williams to book a series of dances. "It's an old Fifties building, but they have a really cool pecan grove with a dance slab and little stage area," says Williams, a Moose member since last year. "Boy Scouts used to camp out there." Williams' latest project, the Fabulous Polkasonics, play the lodge with Brave Combo in July, and next Saturday, he's bringing in the Kings of Sixth Street, a collection of conjunto old-timers – Chencho Flores, Chon Martinez, Johnny Degollado, Williams' Los Pinkys bandmate Isidro Samilpa, and special guest Flaco Jimenez – about whom Williams and Slacker cinematographer Lee Daniel plan to shoot a documentary this summer. Admission to Saturday's dance is $10 or $5 for members; a one-year Moose membership is $30.
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