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Old-time JHS rockers to jam live at July 14 mixer
by Gary Kent
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Britt Mitchell, in front, and Brew Harrell in the old days. The two one-time JHS musicians will be playing at a special mixer for Jones exes on July 15 at T’s Honky Tonk.
Contributed photo Britt Mitchell, in front, and Brew Harrell in the old days. The two one-time JHS musicians will be playing at a special mixer for Jones exes on July 15 at T’s Honky Tonk.
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Brew Harrell in more recent times, still banging away on a six string.
Contributed photo Brew Harrell in more recent times, still banging away on a six string.
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BEEVILLE — A deja vu experience awaits A.C. Jones High School graduates who remember the heydays when some great musicians were honing their skills right here.

When T’s Honky Tonk hosts a special mixer in downtown Beeville from 5 p.m. Saturday, July 14, until 1 a.m. on the 15th, the dance floor will be rocking with live music.

T’s manager, Gary Tindol, said Filmore Central, a band featuring JHS alumni Britt Mitchell and Bruce “Brew” Harrell, will take the stage at 9 p.m. to start the entertainment.

Every graduate of JHS who is old enough to legally order an adult beverage is invited to attend the All Trojan Alumni event.

“Come out and enjoy old friends and great music,” Tindol said.

Right outside the club, in the parking lot just west of the main (rear) door at T’s, members of the Go Texan Committee will be set up in their award-winning barbecue rig and selling fajitas, sausage wraps and burgers to feed the masses and raise money for scholarships.

Harrell, one of the great musicians from circa 1983 at JHS, was quick to reminisce about the glory days and some of the graduates who went on to perform professionally in the music business.

He and Mitchell were members of the Sweetwater Band back in the day.

“We are also excited about the special musical guests who will be sitting in on a few tunes with ties to Beeville,” Harrell said.

“Monte Marshall, JHS class of ’70 and a Methodist minister, will be sitting in on drums. Billy Blackmon, JHS class of ’71 and a Texas Hall of Fame inductee for his work as the drummer for seminal punk band The Skunks, says he will be there and play a few tunes.”

“Additionally, I’ve invited John Breidenbach, realtor and rancher in Beeville, to sit in on a few tunes. Also invited is my cousin, Tyner Little, who is an attorney in Corpus. He plays with the Deadbeats, a really popular R&B group that specializes in fundraisers.”

“Another musical guest who is invited is my cousin, Joe Deer, another great guitar player. His dad, Keith Deer, managed the Bronco Drive-In Theater back in the ’50s and, I think, the early ’60s. We are also looking for a few younger players with Beeville ties to come join in the festivities. We start playing at 9 p.m.”

Harrell said he and Mitchell met during their freshman year at Jones High.

“He was already a talented guitar player, and I was a guitar wannabe. It was later in life, while I was in college, that I discovered I was a bass player.”

The two met again later in San Antonio and started playing again.

Filmore Central is a new project, Harrell said. The group features Lucas Taylor, a young guitar player, and female vocalist Cil Karam. Wild Willie Paradez plays drums for the group. He is also the drummer for Blooz Burnerz.

Harrell wanted to remind local rock ’n’ roll lovers that Mitchell played with the famous Brian Wooten, formerly of the popular Austin rock group Too Smooth. Wooten currently is with Trace Adkins’ band.

“The bottom line is that we were surrounded by what I think was the best era of music and were fortunate to have so many live music experiences with amazing bands,” Harrell said.

Folks who attend that Saturday night mixer can expect to get all warm and fuzzy inside as they hear those familiar sounds played and sung by familiar musicians and singers.

Female vocalist Karam “channels Joan Jett and Grace Slick,” Harrell said.

And that’s something nobody who graduated during that period from the 1970s to the ’80s will want to miss.
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