Brave Combo Beginnings

Tim Walsh's gig by gig diary of the first four years of Brave Combo.

I tried to keep a record of each show we did, how much money we were paid, and how much I kept after expenses in parentheses.;xNLx;It's interesting to note how quickly the band started once we began booking gigs. It was full throttle building over the course of the summer of 1979; by the time the summer ended, three of us (Carl, Dave, and I) had decided to keep Brave Combo as our only means of employment. At an average $120 split four ways per wedding, one can see how little it took for us to get by in the old days of Denton!

1979-04-27 19:00:00

Gig#1

"Polka at Sunset with Brave Combo" - Outdoors! Lyceum Amphitheater, NTSU Union, Denton, TX 7:30 PM

1979-04-29 14:00:00

Gig#2

"Mad-Hatters Mayfest" out-in-the-parking lot party Grand Opening of Dance Theater of the Southwest's Studio S. Elm Street, Denton, TX 2 PM (?) - sundown

1979-05-01 18:00:00

Gig#3

"1st Anniversary Party" Inside the Long Narrow Dim (but nice!) Bar Yesteryear's downtown Ft. Worth (Commerce & Belknap) 8 - 11:30 PM

1979-05-03 12:00:00

Gig#4

The NTSU Student Union Presents "Brave Combo", In Concert at the Noon Courtyard Series

1979-05-05 22:30:00

Gig#5

Polka Party #1 at the Hip Pocket Theater, Hwy 80 West, Ft. Worth BRAVE COMBO follows "Antimoso and the Bear"

1979-05-06 12:00:00

Gig#6

BRAVE COMBO Opens a Beautiful Sunday at the 1979 Fort Worth MAYFEST "Star Attraction of the Center Ring Stage"

1979-05-18 21:00:00

Gig#7

Gig #7 18 May 1979, Friday The "Second" Yesteryear's 1st Anniversary Party featuring "Angie" and the live sound of "Brave Combo"

1979-05-19 22:00:00

Gig#8

Live at the Hip Pocket Theater "BRAVE COMBO STOPPED BY TWO WOMEN IN PIGSUITS!"

1979-05-22 03:04:00

Band is Happening

May 22 1979 Tuesday

1979-05-26 18:14:55

Gig #9

Polka Indoors w/Brave Combo! The Hip Pocket Theater

1979-06-01 18:14:55

Gig #10

YESTERYEARS

1979-06-09 18:14:55

Gig#11

ONCE AGAIN WE FIND BRAVE COMBO AT THE END OF THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD - (HIp Pocket Theater?)

1979-06-10 18:14:55

Gig #12

-----AUDITION TIME------- "Brave Combo" Jams with the "Fort Worth Cats" at Uncle Fred's Rocker

1979-06-21 18:14:55

Gig #13

BRAVE COMBO BLOWS BORING BENNIE'S WIDE OPEN "It's Uncool to be Mellow Now" Benny's Jazz Club, Hickory St., Denton, Texas.

1979-06-22 18:01:17

Gig #14

A STRANGE GIG TO BE SURE; BRAVE COMBO AT TOOTSIE's, White Settletment Rd. , Fort Worth, TX

1979-06-23 18:01:17

Gig #15

An Intimate Little Concert by BRAVE COMBO At the Hip Pocket Theater

1979-06-27 18:01:17

Gig #16

Brave Combo Plays Historically NTSU Historical Museum, Denton.

1979-06-30 18:01:17

Gig #17

CONCERT #1 MIDNITE AFTER MEXICAN MOVIES Festival Theater, Dallas

1979-07-07 18:01:17

Gig #18

TARZAN OF THE OAKS & BRAVE COMBO -The Hip Pocket Theater- Fort Worth, TX

1979-07-08 16:29:30

Gig #19

BRAVE COMBO GETS 'EM HOPPIN' AT THE HOP The Hop, Berry St., Ft. Worth

1979-07-12 20:29:30

Gig #20

BENNIE'S, EDITION #2 Benny's Jazz Club, Denton, TX

1979-07-13 02:53:37

Newspaper Article

Fort Worth Star Telegram Features Brave Combo

1979-07-20 20:29:30

Gig #21

BRAVE COMBO Finds a Beergarden in Denton and Beers it Up! Captain Nemo's Beer Garden, Eagle Dr., Denton, TX

1979-07-21 20:29:30

Gig #22

BRAVE COMBO Gets a Break: 20 minutes before "Baggy Pants" at Granny's Dinner Theater in Dallas!

1979-07-24 20:29:30

*MENTAL TOUR* Gig#23

BRAVE COMBO Knocks 'Em Dead at the ( ) FORT WORTH STATE SCHOOL

1979-07-26 20:29:30

*MENTAL TOUR* Gig#24

#2: AUSTIN STATE HOSPITAL Performs With BRAVE COMBO!

1979-07-28 20:29:30

*MENTAL TOUR* Gig#25

-----A THRILLING DANCE AT TRAVIS STATE SCHOOL------- Austin, TX

1979-07-29 20:29:30

*MENTAL TOUR* Gig#26

BRAVE COMBO GETS HOT AT AUSTIN STATE SCHOOL

1979-07-30 20:29:30

*MENTAL TOUR* Gig#27

BRAVE COMBO Plays for the Crowd Back Home at DENTON STATE SCHOOL

1979-08-02 20:29:30

*MENTAL TOUR* Gig#28 Thursday

- The BIGGEST of them ALL: MEXIA STATE SCHOOL -

1979-08-05 20:29:30

*MENTAL TOUR* Gig#29 Sunday

TOP BILLING AT THE HIP POCKET THEATER - AT LAST, BRAVE COMBO IS UNDER THE TREES AGAIN! The New Hip Pocket Thater - at Oak Acres, Ft. Worth

1979-08-09 20:29:30

*MENTAL TOUR* Gig#30 Thursday

TERREL STATE HOSPITAL: BRAVE COMBO'S FIRST STREET DANCE

1979-08-10 23:13:08

Gig #31

RETURN TO YESTERYEARS! & A Happy Hour (5-9)

1979-08-12 23:13:08

Gig #32 Sunday

AUGUST WEDDING SEASON BEGINS: Ms. Linda Lavender and Mr. Mike Cochran

1979-08-15 12:00:00

Gig #33 Wednesday

We Try For Steve (he was sick!) Once Again At Noon (lunch) during the Cullen Davis Trial YESTERYEAR'S Ft. Worth, TX

1979-08-18 14:23:38

Gig #35 Sat. Nite

#3 on WEDDING TOUR - FREAKOUT! Three hrs. Overtime BRAVE COMBO sets New Polka Endurance Record with Ill Pianist/Singer & Earns a Bundle, Wiping the Slate Clean (for a day) Denton, TX

1979-08-18 15:00:00

Gig #34 Sat. afternoon

#2 on the WEDDING TOUR - DeGolyer Estates, Dallas

1979-08-23 14:23:38

POLKAMANIA recording

Brave Combo's first studio recording

1979-08-24 14:23:38

Gig # 36 Friday

AT LONG LAST - Brave Combo plays PEPPER'S Pepper's Restaurant and Club, University Dr., Ft. Worth

1979-08-25 14:23:38

Gig #37 Sat.

#4 on the Wedding Tour: BOLIVAR ST., Denton, TX

1979-08-31 14:23:38

Gig #38 Friday

BRAVE COMBO PERFORMS ONCE AGAIN AT Benny's Polka Bar

1979-09-02 14:23:38

Gig #39 Sunday

WESTFEST: for the 1st Time BRAVE COMBO Plays for a True Polka Crowd

1979-09-03 14:23:38

Gig #40 Monday

BRAVE COMBO Opens at NTSU's 1st day of Fall Classes! NTSU Union Bldg. Courtyard 12-1 PM

1979-09-03 14:23:38

Gig #41 Mon-Wed

A 3-DAY ENGAGEMENT AT THE NEW SANDS CLUB, Denton Texas

1979-09-06 14:23:38

Gig #44 Thursday

"BRAVE DUO" in their first advertised performance at Carey's "The Club" happy hour 4:30 - 7 PM

1979-09-08 14:23:38

Gig #45 Saturday

BRAVE COMBO RAKES IT IN AT BENNY'S ONCE AGAIN! BREAKS ALL RECORDS

1979-09-11 14:23:38

Gig #46 Tuesday

WHAT A DEAL! BRAVE COMBO, FREE BEER, & A SEARCHLIGHT GRAND OPENING OF "RUBY ROLLERS: on S. Elm, Denton

1979-09-15 14:23:38

Gig # 47 Saturday

A HAPPY POLKA WEDDING - Mark and Patti Johnson & BRAVE COMBO at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall

1979-09-22 14:23:38

Gig #48 Saturday

BEER + GARDEN + BRAVE COMBO at Captain Nemo's Beergarten

1979-09-30 14:23:38

Gig #49 Sunday

The Texas Museum of Chili Culture & Dallas Arts Festival present BRAVE COMBO! (I think?)

Brave Combo Beginnings

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