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.

4 Comments so far

  1. Patty Martin (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

    It sure was great news that Toni is coming our way! I live in L.A. area and was wondering how I can get info where and when she will be playing in San Diego (or surrounding area). I would like to see her show if she’s planning to do gigs in San Diego. CAN’T WAIT!!!!!

    I saw her play in Austin, she’s good friends with my brother-in-law Tom Simonian and sure liked her music and the atmosphere.

    Please if you can e-mail me any information if and when she will be playing after her move to San Diego. I’d sure appreciate it!!!!


  2. wae (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 2:32 pm

    No scoop on SoCal gigs yet, but the Continental has laid out plans for Toni’s Austin farewell:

    “Hello everyone! When is The Twelfth of Never? Apparently it’s on Saturday, June 2. That’s when Toni Price plays her last Austin show as a Texas resident. After 15 years of Happy Hours & countless other shows, the incomparable Miss Toni Price is moving to San Diego California! We will miss her, but Toni is ready for a change and to try something new. And she’ll do just fine in San Diego since she’s already got several friends there, including long-time pal Candye Kane. She will continue her Happy Hour shows through May 29, and will play a Saturday night show on April 28. The big blow-out will be a Farewell party & show at the Club on Saturday, June 2. But don’t worry, Toni’s plans included periodic trips back to Austin for shows.”

  3. wae (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 5:11 pm

    Apparently, the countdown has already gone to 0. Again, from the Continental:

    “Toni Price has been reconsidering playing any shows before she relocates to San Diego. The attention that she’s gotten since announcing her move has been rather overwhelming, and while goodbyes are never easy, this one is especially poignant for Toni. She may choose to leave without a lot of fanfare or a farewell party/show. We’re hoping she’ll change her mind about the farewell show, so that we can give her a proper send off.”

    I admire Toni’s desire to avoid making a sideshow out of her departure, but it is damn sad to think of a world where Hippie Hours now only exist in San Diego.

  4. Joe (unregistered) on April 28th, 2007 @ 12:21 am

    Damn, Toni.

    I love you, and I’ll miss you, (I won’t, maybe, if you keep recording). I lived in Austin for many, many years, drove a cab for American Yellow Checker, was a regular at the hippie hour, – then moved to Maine. Bad mistake. I hope you’re not making one, too. I hope you’re not in a pissing contest with The Continental Club, either.

    Baby, we all miss Champ. Don’t make us miss you, too.


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