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Who is Geno?

Geno, life-long musician from Austin, Texas, grew up in the renowned 78704 zip code surrounded by many legends like Rocky Erickson, Marcia Ball, and Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Geno started playing piano and taking voice lessons at age seven and later attended Austin High School, playing tuba in band and orchestra. He continued playing tuba in the Longhorn Band while earning his Bachelor of Music degree from University of Texas.

In his many years of music, Geno has played in numerous bands, written songs, taught private lessons and in high school. He has directed and conducted many events, played gospel in church, preformed at weddings  and private events, owned Gott Music Music Store, gone on tours, and recorded and released albums.  

For his love of music Geno continues to play in bands, play gospel in church, directs and conducts events, and go on tours. He continues to release albums and write music for films, plays and advertisements. See more of Geno's work at Geno Does Good

Inspirations to Geno are Elvis, The Beatles, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band,  his father Mark Gottschall and Stevie Ray Vaghan. 

He would like to give a special thanks to his wife Laura Gottschall, and musical mentors Jane Ford, Jay Rozen, Sumner Erickson, and Sarah Jane Hargis for their inspiration, support, and dedication.

 

UPCOMING SHOWS

November 15 // Marshals Tavern - Phflugerville, TX

November 21  // Speakeasy - Austin, TX

November 22  // Edge of Town Saloon & Grill - Pflugerville, TX 

November 23  // Pat O' Brien's - San Antonio, TX 

November 30 // Austin Area Jazz Festival - Austin, TX

December 12 //  Private Christmas Party - TX

December 23 // Tuba Christmas - Austin (Capitol), TX 

Happy Passover 

Quick follow up blog from last night. I consider myself a pretty religious/spiritual fellow. Some people might say that those two terms are mutually exclusive, but I was raised a Christadelphian studying the Bible, and seeing how "belief", "faith", and "dogma" are three really different things. I also have a Jewish lineage and therefore like to see things from more than one point of view. So, I'm writing a bit tonight about Passover and the relevance in my life today. Hope you can get something out of it too.

Please humor my religiosity for a moment...

Passover commemorates the freedom of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and their subsequent journey to the promised land. According to the book of Exodus, the Angel of Death "passed over" the land of Egypt and killed all of their firstborn who were not saved (covered) by the blood of a lamb on their houses. This was the final plague on Egypt, which forced Pharaoh to finally let GOD's people go. Christians have "Easter" this weekend, which commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD, the Messiah, and the "lamb of GOD" whose shed blood saves us from sin and death, according to the New Testament. Even though according to the scriptures Jesus death and resurrection took place during Passover week, Easter and Passover don't always happen at the same time every year. But when they do, I always get an ominous feeling. None more so than ever this year.

With the Coronavirus spreading, and the fear that comes with it, and quarantine happening, I for one am seeing (and feeling) things I've never felt before. And social media is so great about reminding us of all the other scary, bad things that have happened just in the first quarter of 2020. Plagues, pestilences, earthquakes, rumors of wars... My perverbial "Spidey-sense is tingling".

I'm not sure what to make of it either. Part of me is hopeful that things will be better than ever when all of this calms down. Part of me is skeptical it will get better. Part of me is scared. Part of me is excited. Part of me wants to scream from the roofs and part of me wants to just keep quiet. But this is my blog, so I'm just writing what's on my mind. I could go on about what I think of Trump, the Democrats, and the bazillion conspiracy theories I'm reading about, but I will spare the reader from that because you're probably all seeing everywhere around you as well. 

In this very religious/spiritual week, all I can do is pray. Pray for my family, my wife, my children, my friends, my supporters, my community, and the leaders of the community.

And let me add one more thing: What the world needs now is Love, sweet Love. Together we can get through this tough time, even if we can't be physically together. 

Much peace, love, and many blessings everyone.

P.S. New music coming soon!

Against all odds 

Well, I was going to call this blog "against my better judgment" or "against all warnings", but it's "Against All Odds". As in, the chances of this blog reaching into people's lives and actually making a difference are what I would call astronomically challenged. But anyway, here it is: Geno's Blog...

Currently writing on the ?th day of the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine, I never thought I'd be blogging (while my kids are on the other side of the room watching Frozen 2), but as it seems since everyone else is blogging I figured I would too.

A little about me, if you don't know me, my name is Geno. It's not my real name, but it's what I've been called my whole life. It comes from my middle name, which is, if you DO know me, something we don't talk about (thanks Flynn Rider & Tangled). For 45 years now, people still look at me funny when I tell them my name is Geno. But Geno itself is such a telling name- it means "kind or race", as in "the human race". It stems such words as genome, genotype (ironically what I'm doing right now), genocide, genotoxic, and apparently there are now genobanks. Such great locations share my name as the city of Genoa in Italy, and the legendary Genovia from the Princess Diaries. Other fictional Genos are the Japanese Manga series Genocyber and the overpowered pinocchio-esque Geno from Super Mario Bros RPG. Other real Genos include the great women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, NFL quarterback Geno Smith, fellow musician Geno Delafose, and former Texas Rangers catcher Geno Petralli. As I googled Geno people I noticed there are a lot of musicians and athletes, especially football players, named Geno. And no slight to "Ginos", but today's blog is only about "Genos" with an e.

Ok, enough about me. The whole reason I brought up my name is because GENO is about the human race. All of us. Humanity if you will.

Ok, a little more about me: I love Superman. I love the idea of being superhuman and having superpowers such as flight, strength, speed, x-ray & heat eyes, superbreath (especially since I play tuba!), and I have a bunch of superman shirts, so I can wear the "S" as much as possible and go around being a generally helpful person whenever I can. BUT, I am anything but super. Pretty average I would say- average height at 5'10, average weight at just over 200 pounds, average shoe size 10 1/2, pretty consistent with the male average "GENOTYPE" if you will. Complete with a college degree, a second marriage and 3.5 kids LOL.

And this is where the proverbial rubber hits the road...

Against all odds, I am alive. I was born in the 70s, so I'm GenOration X. The 80s WERE a lot of fun, the 90s were depressing, but that's when I grew up, and somehow I've survived the first 20 years of the 21st century, that back before Y2K I never even considered we would still exist. And against all odds, here we are facing the strangest phenomenon I've ever faced in my lifetime. An enemy we can't see, that separates us, and scares us into staying at home. It has shut down the venues where I and so many of my friends make a living. It has shut down whole towns and even countries. And we are told that if we do this, life will return to "normal". 

I have written a song about it, that I will post on all my social media when I got done editing it. 

Anyway, I guess the point is, I am one of you. And we are all in this together. So from my GenoMe to yours, much love, peace, and many blessings. 

What the press is saying about Geno Gottschall & His Rockholics..

"Good music better people overall an absolute unit"

"Great for dancing! Fantastic covers of 50s rock, and terrific originals as well!  Awesome musical group - some VERY talented musicians! "

"AWESOME Music Great Friends. A MUST SEE BAND"

Click here for more about Geno Gottschall & His Rockholics.

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