Dozens of musicians and hundreds of fans and friends gathered at Antone’s on a bright Sunday afternoon to remember Austin journalist Margaret Moser, who died in August of cancer. An event that was partly planned by Moser herself in her last days, the memorial started just past 2 p.m. and wrapped up shortly after dark, with lots of highlights along the way.
We’ve gathered some of them in the video above, including the Peterson Brothers’ tender violin-and-guitar version of “Amazing Grace” which kicked things off; Monte Warden’s Wagoneers playing their Alamo-themed favorite “Stout and High”; Joe Ely joined by musical directors Warden, Charlie Sexton and more for a run through Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s “Dallas”; a melding of 1980s Austin new-wave/punk and country rock scenes when members of the Standing Waves and the Wagoneers romped through the Modern Lovers classic “Roadrunner”; younger acts William Harries Graham and Tiarra Girls, among the many under-18 musicians Moser championed; and Shawn Sahm dedicating his father Doug’s “Dynamite Woman” to Moser with a cast that included Sexton, Warden, Speedy Sparks, John X. Reed, Eve Monsees and Mike Buck.
Many others took part, including Warden’s jazz-pop band the Dangerous Few; Kathy Valentine, who romped through her Go-Go’s-era hit “Vacation” with the Tiarra Girls and singer Tree G; Rank and File’s Chip Kinman with Jean Caffeine, Rosie Flores, and Jesse Sublett, bringing in some Velvet Underground material; and Eve & the Exiles, with Sexton eventually joining them along with other guests such as Shinyribs’ Kevin Russell. The event was organized by Moser’s longtime Austin Music Awards cohorts Darcie Fromholz and Dayna Louise Blackwell.
Proceeds from the $20 admission and sales of Moser-themed votive candles and other merchandise went to the SIMS Foundation, Girls Rock Austin and the South Texas Museum of Popular Culture.