What once was old and laughable is now new and laughable, as the Austin Lounge Lizards welcome two "new" members as of December 2016.  Tim Wilson and Kirk Williams, former band members, have rejoined the Lizards, the self-proclaimed "Most Laughable Band in Show Business."  Tim was the Lizards' first fiddle and mandolin player and appeared on the band's first album, "Creatures from the Black Saloon" (1985).  Kirk played bass with the Lizards for eight years and played on 5 albums, from "Highway Cafe of the Damned" (1988) through "Small Minds." (1995).   Although we're sorry to say goodbye to Darcie Deaville and Bruce Jones, we're glad to be performing as the classic Lizards with Kirk and Tim. 
 
 
 

 So ... Who are the Austin Lounge Lizards, anyway?

The Austin Lounge Lizards are arguable the perfect pairing of their hometown's slogan, "Live Music Capital of the World," and its unofficial motto, "Keep Austin Weird."  Since 1980, the Austin Lounge Lizards have been spoofing subjects such as politics, religion, romance, and themselves.  The self-proclaimed "Most Laughable Band in Show Business" features pointed lyrics, precise harmonies and instrumental expertise. The Lizards are:

  •  Hank Card on rhythm guitar
  •  Conrad Deisler on guitar and mandolin
  •  Kirk Williams on bass
  •  Tim Wilson on fiddle and mandolin 

The Austin Lounge Lizards are five-time winners at the prestigious Austin Music Awards. Their version of Irving Berlin’s “C-U-B-A” was used in the Michael Moore film Sicko. The band has been featured several times on NPR’s Morning Edition and on the radio programs Mountain Stage, E-Town, and KPIG-FM's Please Stand By.

The Lizards have played many celebrated festivals, including California’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and Strawberry Music Festivals, New York’s Grey Fox and Florida’s Stringbreak Festivals, Canada’s Vancouver and Edmonton Folk Festivals and Summerfolk, the Americana and Iron Bridge Festivals in the UK, and the Kerrville Folk Festival close to their home in Texas. They have also performed at dozens of prestigious concert venues, including The Barns at Wolftrap (Vienna, VA), the Freight & Salvage (Berkeley, CA), the Kuumbwa Jazz Center (Santa Cruz, CA), John Ascuaga’s Nugget (Sparks, NV), Eddie’s Attic (Atlanta), The Ark (Ann Arbor, MI), Calgary Folk Club (Alberta, Canada), the Bass Performing Arts Center & McDavid Studio (Fort Worth), McGonigel’s Mucky Duck (Houston) and Austin’s own Cactus Café.

 

The Austin Lounge Lizards:

How do we get to be "Too Big to Fail"? 

featuring Conrad Deisler, Julieann Banks, Hank Card, Darcie Deaville & Tom Pittman

Upcoming Shows

Previous events

May1

Lizards Go to the Devil

Devil's Backbone Tavern, 4041 FM 32, Fischer, TX

We're excited to return to the site of our "Highway Café" album cover--the renovated Devil's Backbone Tavern.

Mar14

2020 Lizards

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St. (Hwy. 77), La Grange, TX

Our annual foray to this great listening room in LaGrange.

$25

Feb7

Threadgill's Lizard Blowout

Threadgill's Old No.1 (North), 6416 North Lamar, Austin, TX

The Lizards are back at one of Austin's classic venues.

Dec7

10th Annual Mistletoe Jam

Threadgill's Old No.1 (North)-10th Annual Mistletoe Jam, 6416 North Lamar, Austin, TX

This is a benefit for Heart Gallery, as program of Partnerships for Children.  It's organized by Byrd & Street and will feature them with Greg Whitfield, plus the Shelley King Band, Grace Pettis, Grouchy Like Riley, and the Lizards.  It should be a great time. We play around 8:30, but come see everyone.

minimum $25 donation at door

Oct20

Sunday with the Lizards

Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St, Sutter Creek, CA

We are very excited to be playing at this new (to us) venue about 40 miles ESE of Sacramento.

$20.00

Oct18

Lizards and Roy

Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA

This should be a great show.  Not only are we back and the delightful Kuumbwa Jazz Center, but we're splitting the bill with Roy Zimmerman.  If you haven't heard his brilliantly crafted and politically pointed songs, you should.  Even if you have, you should.

$40

Oct17

Lizards in Redwood City

Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City, CA

We're thrilled to be back in lovely and talented Redwood City.

$25

Oct16

Triumphant Return of the Lizards

Piper's Opera House, 12 N B Street, Virgina City, NV

Piper's is a tremendous historic venue and we're excited to be back.  For tix, go to their calendar and scroll to Oct. 16.

$20

Oct11

Lizards Swarm Threadgill's

Threadgill's Old No.1 (North), 6416 North Lamar, Austin, TX

We haven't been back to the original Threadgill's in a long time and it should be great.

$10

Aug17

The Lizards in Summer

Cactus Cafe, Univ. of Texas Union; 22nd & Guadalupe, Austin, TX

We love us some Cactus Café!

Jul10

Texas Radio Live

Guero's Taco Bar, 1412 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX

We'll be joined by Bill Oliver and the Otter Space Band.  Your hosts are Dave Arnsberger and Jim Swift.

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Jul9

Summer Reptile Blowout

McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, Houston, TX

We're back doing one of our popular Tuesday night shows at Houston's premier music, beer, and dining venue.

25

Jul6

Spamarama!

Spamarama at Moontower Saloon, 10212 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX

It's the return of Spamarama!  We'll be playing at the lovely and talented Moontower Saloon in South Austin.  Other acts include Lee Ann Atherton, Jeff Plankenhorn, Birdleg, Blazing Bows, and the Seceders.  We play more or less around 6:00.  But there will be events and tastings throughout.

$10 advance/$15 door

May19

Mike Siegel For Congress Benefit

Mike Siegel for Congress Benefit, TBD

See the Lizards with the Therapy Sisters, the Hens, the Medlers, and maybe others.  And support Mike Siegel for Congress.

May11

Lizards in LaGrange

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St. (Hwy. 77), La Grange, TX

One of Texas's great listening rooms.  And us!

see website

May10

Spring at the Cactus with Reptiles

Cactus Cafe, UT Union @ 22nd & Guadalupe, Austin, TX

We return to our home base at the Cactus Café, one of the mainstays of the Austin music scene.

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