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Publisher’s Note

This issue is definitely one to savor! Kevin R. Robert’s feature article explores what is going on downtown at some Galveston’s restaurants and the chefs that make them unique. Kevin also shot all the photography for the feature as well as the cover.

I am especially proud of Chef James Wilson II and what he is doing at Cowboy’s Cajun Kitchen. I’ve known James since he and his father James Wilson moved to the island. Also, Stuttgarden … love the bangers and mash, as well as the rebirth of the Water Wall.
Check this out on page 12, but then check the establishments out too! Last year I experienced the Landry’s Iron Chef competition, but this year was just extraordinary. See the details, the winners and what was new on page 36. It was nice to see some of the returning chefs I met last year and experience their new culinary creations as well as meet new chefs. I’m looking forward to next year’s competition.

If your looking for hosting an event or need a catering service, Galveston Restaurant Group is at your service. Find out more on page 38.
And as always, check out our Chef’s Table and Wine Pairing 101 this month on page 32 and 33 with Mosquito’s Chef Montalvo’s recipe and Islander wine writer Michael Humphrey’s pairing.

One of my favorite BBQ spots is featured on page 34. Queen’s is celebrating 48 years here on the island, and that is an awesome accomplishment. Having tasty food is probably the reason. Here’s to more years Sandra and Don Kerzee!

Two new articles have started this month … Smitty’s Fishing Report by Dana Gregory and Kevin Anthony’s Tech Corner. I hope they are helpful to our readers.

There are several events to check out on page 62 as well as the East End Christmas Homes Tour on page 54. Get out and enjoy the cooler temperatures.
This month, The Grand 1894 Opera House and Island ETC have entertaining shows. Both venues are amazing places to take in a performance.

If you are artistic, Yaga’s Entertainment is looking for entries in the Mardi Gras Poster Contest. All the details can be found on page 51. I am hoping to see something unique and original since I am collector of Galveston and New Orleans Mardi Gras posters.

I hope you enjoy our magazine and the fall weather. Here’s to being thankful to all our island has to offer. Happy Thanksgiving readers and to our Islander advertisers for making our publication free!

~Shannon SoRelle

Music and Motorcycles! Lone Star Rally Rolls Into Town!

Actor Marlon Brando married motorcycles and movies forever in the 1953 film, “The Wild One”. 16 years later, rock band Steppenwolf married motorcycles and rock & roll forever when the film “Easy Rider” (released in 1969) featured the band’s 1968 hit song “Born To Be Wild”. A new generation of filmmakers and actors was born (Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda wrote, directed and
produced the independent film which also starred Jack Nicholson) along with a new generation of motorcycle enthusiasts, drawn by the promise of the adventure on the open road.

Poignant lyrics ring as true today as the day John Kay’s voice was first heard singing over the growls of motorcycles and heavy guitars…

Get your motor runnin’
Head out on the highway
Lookin’ for adventure
And whatever comes our way

45 years later the spirit of “Born To Be Wild” is the reason why the Lone Star Rally in Galveston, Texas (Nov. 6, 7, 8, 9) puts music entertainment as a top priority when organizing the largest four-day bike rally in the United States. Lone Star Rally President Melissa Penland is a big music fan and knows the importance of presenting great bands to the Rally’s expected 500,000 guests.

Former Journey singer Steve Augeri

“We have two stages again this year, including the one on the Seawall! I love music -
it’s such an important part of the atmosphere. It creates energy levels on the street in a way that only live music can. Last year I got so many emails from people loving the music and wanting us to bring Hairball and some of the other bands back,” says Penland.

Hairball (Fri. and Sat. Nov. 7 & 8th on the Budweiser Stage in Saengerfest Park – 23rd and Strand, 10pm) is a blazing rollercoaster ride through hard rock’s hall of fame. More than a tribute cover band, Hairball fires up more pyrotechnics, piles on more make-up, cranks more volume knobs and wears more costumes in one night than many of the bands they portray could muster in an entire tour.

Also scheduled to appear are Steve Augeri (lead singer for Journey 1998-2006), playing many of Journey’s big hits as well as his own similar brand of melodic rock on Thursday Nov 6th on the Budweiser Stage, 9:30pm. Returning for the 3rd year is rocker, Jasmine Cain and country-rock Voice contestant, Jared Blake, each performing on Nov 6, 7 & 8 on both of the official Lone Star Stages (Budweiser sponsored stage in Saengerfest Park – 23rd and Strand and the Jaegermeisetr sponsored stage at 21st and Seawall).

Zach Tate returns to Lone Star Rally for 3 shows

Introducing bikers from around the U.S. and beyond to some of Galveston’s favorite music artists has always been on the agenda for the Lone Star Rally and this year is no exception. The Zach Tate Band returns for 3 performances, all at 12 noon (Nov 7th on the Budweiser Stage and Nov 8th and 9th on the Jaegermeister stage). “We love being part of the Lone Star Rally! It’s a great opportunity for us and other local artists to make new friends and fans from all over the U.S. and Canada. Lone Star puts on a great series of shows and we’re proud to be a part of it,” says Tate.

Concerts presented on the Jaegermeister Stage, at 21st and Seawall, are especially enjoyable for music and motorcycle lovers. There’s plenty of room to spread out, stroll through the food and merchandise vendors and view some of the worlds most amazing two-wheeled machines, all while listening to great live music in the company of the breeze and ease of the Gulf Of Mexico.

Bikes & breezes! Lone Star Rally on the Seawall!

Almost all of Galveston’s many bars presenting live music will be participating in Lone Star Rally in one way or another, offering drink and food specials as well as showcasing many of the Island’s best music artists. Crows Cantina, The Loading Dock, Yaga’s, Woody’s and Float Bar have all hosted exceptional live music events in years past.

All Lone Star Rally music stage events are free and open to all ages. Also appearing on the Lone Star Rally stages will be Cold Hard Cash, Mustang Sally, Bobby Fris, Ryan Rolando, The Cadillacs, American Sons and making a special 2pm appearance on Sunday: Count’s 77 (Danny Koker’s band from the reality show “Counting Cars”). Times and dates and all Lone Star Rally events at www.LoneStarRally.com and Facebook.com/LoneStarRally

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