Pub Church on Mother’s Day: the Mystery, the Wonder, and the Adventure of Aging with John Lee & Stan Coppinger & Marty Mitchell

This Sunday, 5:30-7pm, at Scholz Garten, the legendary John Lee is going to bring his hard-won insights into our human condition to Scholz Garten on Mother’s Day! We’re going to explore…wait for it…the fact of getting old. It may be a stretch, but there is a connection between mothering, aging, the men’s movement, and growing younger.

John Lee

Then again, there is this from T.S. Eliot’s The Four Quartets:

Do not let me hear
Of the wisdom of old men, but rather of their folly,
Their fear of fear and frenzy, their fear of possession,
Of belonging to another, or to others, or to God.
The only wisdom we can hope to acquire
Is the wisdom of humility: humility is endless.

John Lee is the author of the national best-selling book The Flying Boy: Healing the Wounded Man and 23 other titles. Lee is one  of the early pioneers in the men’s movement, along with friend and colleague Robert Bly who called him, “One of the best teachers in the United States.” He is also a leader in the fields of recovery and addictions, anger management, and has written in the fields of Creativity, Relationships and Spirituality. He founded The Austin Men’s Center in 1986 and was former director. He has key-noted hundreds of conferences and workshops. He has appeared on Oprah, Dr. Oz, The View , NPR and featured in The New York Times, L.A. Times, and dozens of other national and international television, magazines, newspapers and videos. He has trained therapists at The Cleveland Clinic, South Pacific Private Hospital in Sydney,  Guy’s Hospital in London, The Hanley Center, Betty Ford and many others.

Our artists/musicians for the evening are Stan Coppinger and Marty Mitchell. Stan and Marty have been playing together for many years in the Austin area in various musical configurations. In the early ‘80s, they played in the UT party band, the “Rockmaker” which later morphed into the Condominiums” and “Pine Cones.” Marty played bass on both of Stan’s most recent CDs “Stan the Man as Usual” and “Fortune Morning” (Vox Pop Records).

Stan Coppinger came to the University of Texas in 1970 and found himself in the middle of the burgeoning Austin music scene, playing with such bands as the Conqueroo, the Bizarros, and Texoid, among others, at such legendary venues as the Armadillo, Soap Creek Saloon, Bevo’s, the One Knite, and the Continental Club. Stan lived in Copenhagen, Denmark for 3 years and toured northern Europe with his band the “Rattlers.” Stan is a retired attorney at law, having served 20 years for the State of Texas.

Marty was born in Oklahoma City and has played since age 15 in garage bands covering the hits of the day. He moved to Austin in 1979 and hooked up with “Rockmaker”, the band Stan played in which was the beginning of their long friendship and music collaboration. He earned a Computer Science at UT and has been working ever since as a Linux System Analyst/Programmer but continues to play with local bands. Picking up upright bass after college he quickly turned to playing Jazz Standards along with playing in the seminal Austin Motown band, Hot Wax. … And now, years later, he has moved back to guitar – his first love – and has reunited with Stan to depart on a new adventure in their long musical journey.

Stan and Marty both provide vocals, guitar and bass, with Marty adding upright bass. They perform a selection of country rock, classic country and rock, as well as Stan’s original compositions.

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