Toni Price: Short-Timer
The Continental Club’s Hippie Hour is one of the crown jewels of Austin music, channeling Toni Price’s sultry voice through an energetically relaxed crowd of adoring fans. If you’ve never been, you’d better start clearing your Tuesday night calendar sooner rather than later. A friend in attendance at last night’s gig relayed the surprising news that there are only a handful of Hippie Hours left before Tuesday becomes just another day.
Even more shocking is the reason: Toni Price will soon be leaving Austin. It appears that, after much soul searching, Toni will be packing up and heading west to San Diego. This bombshell was dropped by someone from the Continental rather than the lady herself, but its well after April 1st and I don’t think they were joking.
After two decades and innumerable performances, Toni has become synonymous with Austin’s music scene. She may not have attained the national recognition of other local singers, but Austin has benefited amply from her desire to eschew fame in favor of staying close to home. Toni’s departure is going to leave a sizable gap in the town’s bohemian charm, the musical equivalent to tearing down Las Manitas. But hey, at least the tourists will have lots of nice hotel rooms.
There’s no mention of this yet on Toni’s website or the Continental Club’s newsletter. Maybe it won’t happen. But if it does, I hope Toni brings as much happiness to Southern California as she has to Austin, and that it comes back to her 10 fold.
In the meantime, there are 7 Tuesdays left to be filled with Hippie Hour power. If anyone has the inside line on resurrection, cloning, or time travel, NOW would definitely be a good time to bring Champ back.