Dec 22

Doors open at 7:00 pm Starts at 8:30 pm All ages

Price: $10

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Dance lessons provided by SASDS from 7-8. Band kicks off around 8:30. DJ Lil' Bit spins throughout the breaks. $10 cover $9 For SASDS Members


The Hot Texas Swing Band plays original songs along with Western Swing and American Swing tunes. They have regular gigs at many venues in Central Texas and are available for private parties. "Some very hot Western Swing from some very famous and talented names in this music" Mike Gross, Swingin' West DJ and Western Swing Hall of Famer.

Dec 26

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm All ages

Price: $20-$60

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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---There are songwriters who sing their songs, and then there are songs who sing their writers.

Alejandro Escovedo is one with his muse and his music. Over a lifetime spent traversing the bridge between words and melody, he has ranged over an emotional depth that embraces all forms of genre and presentation, a resolute voice that weathers the emotional terrain of our lives, its celebrations and despairs, landmines and blindsides and upheavals and beckoning distractions, in search for ultimate release and the healing truth of honesty. Sometimes it takes the form of barely contained rage, the rock of punk amid kneeled feedback; sometimes it caresses and soothes, a whispery harmony riding the air of a nightclub room, removed from amplification, within the audience.

His rise has been gradual, a steady incline rather than a quick ascendance, but it has deepened and burnished his music, made it closer to the bone, where it begins to break, deepening his insight and his ability to find that insight in performance. His tireless touring, and dogged determination to place one album after another, has taken him through many musical scenes, remaining the same persona within each, of an artist who doesn’t settle for the easy way out.

“You just do your good work, and people care,” Alejandro says over the phone beginning a promotional tour for his latest work, Street Songs of Love, his tenth solo album. “I always believed, when I was a kid, that if you just worked hard, you would find fulfillment. I think I got a lot of that from my father, and my brothers. A working musician is all I ever wanted to be. Hard work, to stay true to what you want to do, and then eventually someone would notice for that very reason.”

It is a journey that has taken him from Texas to California to New York and back again to Texas, encompassing a breadth of music as varied as the many bands he was part of before embarking on a solo career. In the 1970s, he surfaced on San Francisco’s no-holds-barred punk scene centered around the Mabuhay Gardens in North Beach, a guitarist in the Nuns; Rank & File helped unite the disparate worlds of punk and country in the 1980s; and after he moved back to Austin, the True Believers combined all manner of Americana music in a harbinger of what was to come in Alejandro’s solo career which begun in 1992 with the album Gravity.

Dec 27

Dec 27

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm All ages

Price: $12-$50

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SKYROCKET! is perhaps the most wickedly original party band to emerge from any music scene, let alone a city like Austin where original music rules. Two things make SKYROCKET! stand out: 1) The players. All of them are recording artists in their own right. Maybe you've seen them before, on tour, on TV, or performing around Austin. 2) The songs. It all started when this handful of the city's most successful and well-loved songwriters discovered a common passion for '70s "solid-gold" music: Disco, glam rock, soft rock and soul one-hit wonders. One forgotten hit led to another, then the '70s led to the '80s, and the song list grew, cherry-picked for the ones most likely to get screams of sudden recognition from the audience. Calling themselves The K-TEL Hit Machine, They caught on quickly as one of the freshest, funnest dance bands around. By the end of 2005, they had even charmed city's impossible-to-charm music critics at the Austin Chronicle's holiday bash, and the band's popularity SKYROCKETed from there, hence the name change.

Dec 28

Doors open at 7:00 pm Starts at 8:00 pm All ages

Price: $15-$50

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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW--- “The first album was me wanting to burn down my life, cut my hair off, and run screaming into the woods,” says Alejandro Rose-Garcia. “This album is the trials and tribulations of becoming domesticated, letting people into your world and letting go of selfishness—the story of becoming a pair, losing that, and reconciling with the loss and gain of love.” Rose-Garcia is professionally known as Shakey Graves, and with his new record, And the War Came, he extends the ground—emotionally and sonically—broken by his 2011 self-released debut album, Roll the Bones, which brought him national acclaim and, three years later, still ranks near the top of Bandcamp’s digital best-seller charts. Roll the Bones established the powerful, mesmerizing Shakey Graves sound of Rose-Garcia accompanying himself on guitar and a handmade kick drum built out of an old suitcase. NPR Music named him one of 10 artists music fans “should’ve known in 2012,” describing him as “astonishing...unclassifiably original. And frighteningly good.” Paste included him in a “Best of What’s Next” feature, praising his “gnarly composite of blues and folk,” while The New York Times observed that Shakey Graves “makes the one-man band approach look effortless.” But while this distinctive arrangement continued to earn him an ever-expanding fan base on the road, Rose-Garcia knew that he wanted the follow-up to achieve something different. “With the first album, I didn’t have any expectations except my own,” he says. “This time, I was making something people were going to listen to out of the gate. I tried to maintain everything I enjoy about recording, the weird homemade aspect, but I was seeking a new, shining sound quality. The concepts for the songs are a little bigger. This is not the ‘Mr, Folk, Hobo Mountain’ album—it’s more of the Cyborg Shakey Graves. It’s definitely the next step in the staircase.”

Dec 29

Doors open at 7:30 pm Starts at 8:30 pm All ages

Price: $10

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Dance lessons provided by SASDS from 7-8. Band kicks off around 8:30. DJ Lil' Bit spins throughout the breaks. $10 cover $9 For SASDS Members


The Georges started with four guys that had a dream to play an amalgam of Rockabilly, (good) early country with strong ties to the Bakersfield sound, and the music of their heroes, The Fab Four. What results with their originals is a melodic blend of catchy, danceable music that gets folks a movin’ and a shakin’ on the dance floors of legendary Texas venues like Gruene Hall. Added to their sets are covers from the likes of Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Elvis and other all time greats. The band also pride themselves on their presentable and some might say, rather dapper stage look. Joining the band in May of 2013 are Texas music greats (And former Two Tons Members) Dennis Fallon and Chris Dodds on guitar and drums, respectively, and respectfully. Holding down the low end on the upright bass is Aaron Covington, who has played with Turbo 350, on tracks recorded at Sun Records in his hometown of Memphis and also had a part as Jerry Lee Lewis' bassist in the movie Walk The Line. The Georges will keep rockin' and keep y'all dancin' through the Hill Country and beyond! Come see 'em to see what the fuss is all about!

Sam's New Years Eve Party

Dec 31

Dec 31

Doors open at 9:00 pm Starts at 9:30 pm All ages

Price: $35-$90

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Hayes Carll is an odd mix. Wildly literate, utterly slackerly, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, the 35-year old Texan is completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking.

In a world of shallow and shallower, where it’s all groove and gloss, that might seem a hopeless proposition. Last year, “Another Like You,” Carll’s stereotype’s attract duet of polar opposites, was American Songwriter’s #1 Song of 2011 – and KMAG YOYO was the Americana Music Association’s #1 Album, as well as making Best of Lists for Rolling Stone, SPIN and a New York Times Critics Choice.

But more importantly than the critical acclaim is the way Carll connects with music lovers across genres lines. Playing rock clubs and honkytonks, Bonnaroo, Stones Fest, SXSW and NXNE, he and his band the Gulf Coast Orchestra merge a truculent singer/songwriter take that combines Ray Wylie Hubband’s lean freewheeling squalor with Todd Snider’s brazen Gen Y reality and a healthy dose of love amongst unhealthy people.

“I guess you could say I write degenerate love songs,” Carll says. “That, and songs about people who’re wedged between not much and even less; people who see how hopeless it is and somehow make it work anyway. “And the best kind of irony, sometimes, is applying no irony and letting reality do the work.”

Letting reality do the work has sure worked for the lanky Texan who walks slow and talks slower. Born in Houston, he went to college at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas – getting a degree in History, then heading back to Crystal Beach to play for
a wild assortment of people either hiding out, hanging on or getting lost in the bars along Texas’ Gulf coast.

Jan 2

Jan 2

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm All ages

Price: $10-$45

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“The power of music is amazing. I’ve known my whole life that this is what I’ve wanted to do and I’ve had confirmations at every step that this is what I’m supposed to do.” Ruben V is an accomplished artist. He’s released eight solo CDs, 14 group albums and averages over 120 shows a year. He is a guitar player, songwriter, producer and family man. He’s built a huge following of Ruben V Band fans – all while keeping a sense of humor and a genuine Texas charm. But first and foremost, there is the music. It’s a fresh, smooth blend of blues, Latin, soul, and rock. It’s an ambitious mix of the music that moves him and in his skillful hands, becomes a truly energizing and enjoyable experience. The result is stylistically different from his peers – it’s alluring, soulful, fun and mature. As he says, “it’s everything I love about music.”

Jan 3

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm All ages

Price: $10-$30

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Once upon a time, two young pregnant mothers to be lived in the same apartment building. This was the first time Lenny and Bart met, then again at Longfellow Jr. Hi. Years later, Joe, Rudy and George Horner met at Woodlawn Elementary School. Sometime in 1965 Lenny met Joe surfing at Port A. 1966 saw the collision of chaos at Jefferson High School with Lenny, Joe, Bart, Frank, George and Rudy. The common threads of Beatles and Stones and Rock N Roll, riding the bus downtown to Joskes and The Texas Theater, Jefferson Village and Silvey Music Store, driving around and countless other things forged an unbreakable bond. High School parties at various places brought forth guitars, drums and mayhem. In the seventies with some in and out of college and in and out of the army there became a need of creating music. In the seventies, radio became a format controlled by marketers and not DJs who wanted to promote new sounds. Rock, and music in general, was being segmented into what sold to the masses and thought by the corporate world as a sure thing and that was it. For people, like our group of friends, the music on the radio, with few exceptions, did not speak to them. If we wanted to experience the type of music we wanted to listen to, we would have to make it ourselves. The seed was turning into the weed. enny, with Frank and Rudy, would make cassette tapes of funny songs using different styles of music; rock, blues and reggae. These songs would later developed into the classic songs of Los #2 Dinners (later Los #3 Dinners); which were copied a shared within the group of friends. George Horner, Don Evans and Norman Avila, all young artist, had a gallery called the San Antonio Museum Of Modern Art. The artist invited the guitars players to play for an opening. It was decided the musicians and artist would put a band together. With Don on drums and vocals, Norman on percussions and vocals, George on vocals and harmonica, Lenny Friedland on guitar and vocals, Frank Karpienski on lead guitar, Glen Soladad on bass and Rudy Sanchez on guitar and vocals the band performed garage songs as well as original tunes that featured lyrics about living in San Antonio by Lenny. Someone saw at the opening and asked the group to play a house party. At the house party, someone saw the band and then we were booked at The Friendly Spot. At The Friendly Spot, Bart Nichols replaced Glen Soladad on bass and Los #2 Dinners became an overnight sensation. At that time it was decided that the band would play as long as people would come to see them. In the early nineties with Jake Perales on drums and Joe Shortt on guitar, harmonica and vocals joined Lenny, Frank and Bart on a side project called The Blue Pralines. The new band was intended to be a blues band. Don and Norman continued to work at their art (George had left earlier to purse a career in the art world). Rudy was performing with bands is Austin. As the Pralines became more popular, the demand for ‘Dinners’ songs increased and the blues project was abandoned. The Pralines became Los #3 Dinners and shortly Rudy followed in. As time went by, the music kept morphing and becoming stronger as everyone kept getting better as musicians. Besides writing and performing songs about life in San Antonio, another goal was to play at venues and locations that have special meaning to the members of the band. Los #3 Dinners was the first rock band to play at The Alamodome. The band performed for a small teen fest a week before the Paul McCartney concert. While cheesy, the band chalked it down as a distinction to remember. Other places include the gazebo in Alamo plaza, Rosedale Park, Sunken Gardens, the Zoo, Majestic and Empire theaters, Main Plaza, Hemisphere Plaza, almost every fiesta event including the River Parade, as well as many, many clubs, bars, art openings and happening places. The members of Los #3 Dinners love their town, the places in it and the people that make it special. Los #3 Dinners started out and a group of childhood friends who have a special bond to each other and just wanted to make the kind of music that wasn’t there. They became citizen rockers to fill a void. In doing so they discovered a simple rule, “Don’t let life live you…live life”. So, there you have it: Los #3 Dinners.

Jan 5

Doors open at 7:30 pm Starts at 8:30 pm All ages

Price: $10

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Keith Magel is hereafter to be known as the Texas Piano Man. We’ll call him TPM so I can type faster. TPM’s 2003 CD is “TEXASPIANOMAN.COM” (and that’s also his website, duh). How’s the music? It’s fantastic. To use some other coined phrases, Slim Pickens would have called it ‘splendifferous’ and Will Farrell might call it ‘scrumtrulescent.’ Magel pens or co-writes all but one cut of this ten-track treasure that includes hilarious glimpses of life like “No Pun Intended” and the we-all-can-relate roadside conversation with a cop, “D.I.W.” (worth the price of the entire disc) TPM has a serious song on the album, too. I’m not sure which one it is, so you’ll have to get the CD. From the opening cut “Boogie Man,” TPM takes you on a boogie-woogie honky-tonkin’ piano frenzy that also showcases one fabulous guitar performance after another from Dub Robinson. The disc is well produced, and TPM has assembled a stellar cast for this release. Some of my favorite CDs are going to feel jealous as this disc takes up residence on the ‘fave’ shelf. This is a must-buy for fans who love great music and a good laugh. Award worthy at every level, get your copy today.

Jan 9

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm All ages

Price: $7-$30

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Passing Strangers is a 1st Wave/80's retro/ Alternative band based out of San Antonio, Tx. Best known for the dance remake of Dream Weaver

Jan 10

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm All ages

Price: $10-$45

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Formed in 2004, ABBEY RODE is a critically-acclaimed Houston-based tribute band performing the greatest hits of the world's greatest rock band - the BEATLES!!! Unlike other Beatles tribute bands, we don't dress like the Beatles and we don't act like the Beatles - we just sound like them! In addition, we focus on all of the Beatles' greatest hits, not just the songs from the "touring years." Finally, we also play those "hidden gems" that you won't hear anywhere else, as well as a few "solo" songs from the post-Beatles era. All four members of ABBEY RODE sing lead and backing vocals. All instruments are played live - no tapes or backing tracks are used! ABBEY RODE performs its show at festivals, clubs, casinos and private, corporate and charity events in southeast Texas. So join us at one of our next performances, and experience the sounds of the Beatles as they haven't been heard for forty years - you won't be disappointed!!

Jan 14

Doors open at 7:00 pm Starts at 7:30 pm All ages

Price: $20-$60

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In 2004, Marc Broussard, then a precocious 22-year-old singer/songwriter, released his major-label debut; he called it Carencro, after the Louisiana town where he was born and raised, and its thematic centerpiece was a hickory-smoked slab of Bayou soul called “Home.” That album and the three that followed revealed Broussard as an old-school Southern soul singer blessed with a rarefied gift and innate stylistic and emotional authenticity, causing the L.A. Times to rave, “The guy can really sing, with power, nuance and class. Anybody got a phone book? I’d listen to him hum a few pages.” Those records also evidenced Broussard’s maturation into a songwriter of uncommon eloquence, fashioning the indigenous idioms of his native region into compelling personal testimony. Now, a decade after his critical breakthrough, Broussard has come full circle with A LIFE WORTH LIVING his sixth studio album, a celebration of what home means to him, starting with his wife and kids, the street he’s lived on his entire life, surrounded by loved ones, and all the minutiae of everyday life that he has come to treasure. “Home definitely has a lot to do with this album,” he confirms. “But family has a lot to do with it as well, and those two go hand in hand. The infrastructure of family is really important, especially when you have four kids. Luckily I’ve got family that I’ve been able to lean on throughout all these years. Then,on top of it all, this place is just special. There’s a different way of living, a different way of communicating and a different way of celebrating life here that is infectious. And once you realize it, you never want to leave.”

Jan 15

Jan 15

Doors open at 7:00 pm Starts at 7:30 pm All ages

Price: $12-$45

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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---It is but a few times in a generation that an artist comes along with the potential to reflect so honestly the human condition. Such a calling requires a humility and self-awareness that seldom find an artist until late in his career, when he’s turned the corner from idealistic to philosophical. Often young singer-songwriters aspire to draw a picture with words, a melodic expression of the visual, hoping to capture a single meaningful moment in time. Luke aspires to capture our journey through it - and his sophomore album, “The River”, speaks to a brilliant departure on that journey.

Jan 16

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm All ages

Price: $10-$40

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With a John Denver grin and mind full of Alabama attitude, Adam Hood knows the beautiful mess of blue-collar love and everyone on Music Row wants in. Tracks from his critically acclaimed 2011 album The Shape of Things have been cut by Little Big Town, David Nail, Josh Abbott Band, Brian Keane and John Corbett. The legendary Willie Nelson and Leon Russell have each picked Hood for respective national tours. Free from his contract with Carnival Music, Hood is taking advantage of his newfound independence with his rough and wild fourth studio album Welcome to the Big World. With producer Rachel Loy at the helm, the 11-track collection is a biographical masterpiece that ranges from Delbert McClinton roadhouse rock to Kris Kristofferson storyteller folk, with a mix of timeless two-step shuffles. Welcome to the Big World kicks off with the split-tempo barnburner “Don’t That Sound Like Love,” which celebrates the sacrifices of love on a budget accented with Freddie King blues guitar and piano riffs in Russell style. A Top 5 hit on both Texas Music Charts, lead single “Trying to Write a Love Song” is a straightforward, booze- and truck-free anthem about chasing a woman in a hot dress to cure writer’s block.

Jan 17

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm All ages

Price: $15-$70

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The son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment), James grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records. His first album, Too Long in the Wasteland (released in 1989), was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill. In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination for his Longform Music Video of Where'd You Hide The Body. 1997's It Had To Happen received the American Indie Award for Best Americana Album. In 2004, McMurtry released the universally lauded Live in Aught-Three on Compadre Records. 2005's Childish Things garnered some of the highest critical praise of McMurtry's career and spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Music Radio Chart in 2005 and 2006. In September 2006, Childish Things and "We Can't Make It Here" won the Americana Music Awards for Album and Song of the Year, respectively. McMurtry received more Americana Music Award nominations for 2008's Just Us Kids. This album marked his highest Billboard 200 chart position in more than 19 years. In 2009, Live in Europe was released, capturing The McMurtry Band's first European tour and extraordinary live set. Along with seasoned band members Ronnie Johnson, Daren Hess, and Tim Holt, the disc features special guests Ian McLagan and Jon Dee Graham. Also, for the first time ever, video of the James McMurtry Band's live performance is available on the included DVD.

Jan 18

Doors open at 7:00 pm Starts at 8:00 pm All ages

Price: $10-$50

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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Hailing from Raleigh, NC, American Aquarium's southern musical perspective is a blend of honest songwriting, an unwavering work ethic, and a genuine love of rock & roll. Whether you call it alt-country, Americana, or roots rock, one thing is for certain: Their music is a fresh voice that borrows from many forms of the American songbook. 25-year old songwriter and band leader, BJ Barham, brings songs to the five other band mates who breathe life into a performance that is equal parts Springsteen-esque rock bravado, old-school country lyrical heartbreak, and indie-rock introspection. From the college coeds to tattooed bikers and hipsters, the band has demonstrated their ability to cross boundaries. With 4 years, 4 albums, and over 600 shows under their belts, American Aquarium is the continuance of the road warrior meets studio craftsman ethic that has long been a part of the rock & roll and country music cultures. They are a band and crew that spend their lives between a van with no air-conditioning and stages all across the country. Their collaboration forms a wholly new and polished version of what Americana might start to look like in the years to come.

Jan 19

Doors open at 7:30 pm Starts at 8:30 pm All ages

Price: $10

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Before there was Americana, before there was Texas Country, Two Tons of Steel front man Kevin Geil and his original band, “Dead Crickets,” rocked a sound that blended the best of musical worlds and pushed the envelope of “Texas” sound with a signature brand of high-energy country meets raw punk.

The San Antonio-based group packed the small bars and local hangouts and quickly became the Alamo City’s most-loved band, earning them a spot on the cover of Billboard Magazine in 1996. It was the beginning of a twenty year journey for Geil and the 4-piece ensemble.

Releasing “Two Tons Of Steel” in 1994 and “Crazy For My Baby” in 1995 on Blue Fire Records, a sponsorship deal with Lone Star Beer quickly followed. Dead Crickets, renamed Two Tons of Steel in 1996 began traveling outside of Texas, including stops at the Grand Ole’ Opry in Nashville, Tenn., the National Theater in Havana, Cuba, and European tours, to greet fans who had embraced their Texas-born sound. In 1996 they released “Oh No!” on their independent label, “Big Bellied Records.” They followed up the passion project with a live recording at the legendary Gruene Hall in Gruene, Texas, taped during a Two Ton Tuesday Show 1998.

Jan 22

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm All ages

Price: $7-$30

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Beloved by audiences throughout the world, the Eric Tessmer Band has captured the attention of fans from all ages as a result of their uncompromising musicianship and unbridled aggression. Their music is organic and natural—they're real and every note you hear leaps from the speakers and is completely unfettered by superfluous studio trickery. With each performance, The Eric Tessmer Band's collaborative vibe continues to evolve, built on a career and catalog of material that inspires and fuels the evolution of rock/blues.

Jan 23

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm All ages

Price: $7-$35

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“If you don’t know K Phillips, you should start now. ”
Kyla Fairchild, Publisher – No Depression On K Phillips debut American Girls, the West Texan champions the desperate, the sleazy and the broken, with small-town murals that glimpse into the jealousy of a sheriff, lovers that freeze to death and a crude lothario that misquotes dead poets. He prefers bygone rock sounds, leading his band on resonator, mouth harp, banjo, guitar, Hammond B3 and Piano, the latter being his primary tool. “The piano playing came out of necessity. I wanted to write country ballads, Motown grooves and gospel music and it’s not the same on the guitar,” he says, drawing from southern soul and rock as well — his heroes garnered from classic rock radio’s key kings like Leon Russell, Billy Preston and Gregg Allman. Until 2006, Phillips was content working as a sideman even though he’d been writing since grade school. But when a close friend and a love interest drowned in two separate accidents, he feared ‘the rule of 3’ and made a decision not to leave “with these song inside.” The young startup label, Rancho Azul, approached Phillips (now living in Austin) to make an album, and his handpicked dream team of Texas musicians, including Bobby Keys of The Rolling Stones, Rick Richards of Joe Walsh and Jimmy Pettit of The Flatlanders — cutting the album live in 4 days.

Jan 24

Doors open at 7:00 pm Starts at 8:00 pm All ages

Price: $17-$70

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As one grows into adulthood, remaining steadfastly single-minded about one’s pursuits gets increasingly difficult. The musician becomes a band mate navigating the creative energies of those around them. He becomes a boyfriend, a husband, a businessman. She becomes a lover, a mother, a practitioner of her art. Life becomes multifarious, and the pressure to not let the disparate threads of a chaotic life unravel can cause strain on any relationship. With his new album Minnesota, Mason Jennings crafts a collage of love trying to survive the transition into being a grown-up in a complex world. “Love is the most important thing to me, my relationship with my wife and kids,” Mason says, adding “And music has always been as important as breathing to me. I have come to realize that to have it all, I have to take the long view when it comes to integrating all these parts of my life.” Increasingly, a sense of place and community has become important to him as well. “The album is called Minnesota because it’s a metaphor for an ever-changing landscape. More than any place I’ve ever been, things change so much here, even month-to-month. But even as things change, Minnesota is where my home is, where my center is.” His profession often takes him away from that center. Being on the road and finding the personal space to create while at home has caused him to examine how he balances his loves. He generally writes from an intensely personal point of view, but Minnesota represents a step toward the light after the darkness of Blood of Man, his last album.

Jan 26

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 8:30 pm All ages

Price: $17-$70

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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Shovels and Rope tell the story of a hard time American town at the moment when the sun casts a long shadow from the gallows and illuminates the settling dust. A church bells sits scalded in a heap of brick and smoldering ash. A young man quietly counts his mothers tears through the arc of a hanging noose. New blades of grass begin to sprout on a fresh grave, and the sound of the rusty grinding gears of the passing train beg for changing times that never seem to come. Here, the hard fought battles between hope and desperation leave the heart weary town to buckle under its own sorrow.

Jan 29

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 8:30 pm All ages

Price: $10-$45

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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Eric Lindell performs music that is as at home on your front porch on a summer evening as it is in a hot sweaty club on a Saturday night. It is southern soul music, infused with R&B and a touch of New Orleans funk. It is blues music, glazed with a taste of country. It is simple, heartfelt song writing; melodic guitar solos and an energized live performance. Presently his band’s rhythm section is comprised of Myles Weeks on upright bass and Will McMains on drums, which have been with Eric for over three years, making their live performances incredibly tight and intuitive. Both players are young, but have a swing feel of much more seasoned musicians. Eric has been recording and performing his brand of Americana music for over 20 years. As NOLA’s WWOZ DJ Black Mold has said, "You can tell within the first few seconds of a Lindell tune who it is...which many artists spend a lifetime trying to achieve.” Over the past few years, Lindell has been touring off and on with Funderburgh, one the most respected blues guitarists alive, known for his work with his own band, The Rockets. The result is pure, honest American roots music at its finest.

Jan 30

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm All ages

Price: $10-$50

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Nina Diaz


Nina Diaz, lead singer for the San Antonio band Girl in a Coma, has been hailed by NPR as “one of the two or three most exciting, scary-good vocalists in rock today.” At age 13 Nina’s began singing, playing guitar and writing songs for the band Girl in a Coma. After a decade of playing with GIAC, Nina now embarks on a solo career, writing music that is all her own. Nina debuted her new five-piece band in 2014 to sold out shows in Austin and San Antonio. 


Sarah Jaffe





For 28-year-old singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe, Don’t Disconnect is both a mission statement and a call to arms -- an album about getting to know yourself in a hyper- connected world that makes it nearly impossible to do just that. The leadoff track from the Texas-born musician’s third LP sets the tone: “Middle of the line/ Middle of the road,” Jaffe sings over mid-tempo beats on “Ride It Out,” “Nowhere to hide on this logical plateau/ Gunna have to ride it out.” “Riding it out” -- that is, facing your reality and learning how to cope with it, is a powerful opening credo for an album titled Don’t Disconnect, which emphasizes the power of staying truly “connected” without unplugging from the world around you.




Jan 31

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm All ages

Price: $10-$40

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Blackbird Sing has found the recipe to blending the swaggering bravado of punk, emotively captivating lyrics of the grandest forms of folk, rural country music aesthetics, the experimentation of an indie band with nothing to lose, and good old fashioned Americana that can only be described as exclusively their own. If asked, lead singer Vito Salinas will tell it like he has countless times before, “It’s not how you play. It’s what you play that really matters.”

Feb 6

Doors open at 7:00 pm Starts at 7:30 pm All ages

Price: $15-$50

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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---There’s a story Terri Hendrix likes to tell crowds before singing her song “Wallet” that explains the meaning behind the song’s key line — and the motto by which she’s lived her life and run her career for the better part of the last two decades: “Own your own universe.” It goes back to the summer of 1996, when she self-released her first album, “Two Dollar Shoes,” after being turned down by three different record labels. Not only did she sell enough copies of the winsome debut to promptly pay back (with interest) the handful of friends who’d invested in her dream, by the time she was ready to release her second album, 1998’s “Wilory Farm,” she was going-her-own-way not by necessity but by choice. Nearly 20 years and many, many albums later, Hendrix is still going strong on her own Wilory Records — and all three of those labels that turned down her debut are long out of business. But Hendrix is more than just a veritable pioneer in the running-your-own-label revolution now sweeping the music industry and a “truly self-made woman” (as pegged by music luminary Al Kooper in a glowing review for her song “Slow Down.”) The Texas trailblazer is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, classically trained vocalist and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, and harmonica); music workshop teacher (from the Berklee School of Music to the Kerrville Folk Festival to her own annual “Life’s a Song” retreat in Port Aransas, Texas); the author of a book combining essays and a soup-to-nuts independent artist how-to-guide called “Cry Till You Laugh — The Part that Ain’t Art” (described by the Austin American Statesman as “equal parts spiritual and practical, honest, funny, useful, revelatory and moving”); and, most recently, the founder of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community arts center called the OYOU — which stands, of course, for “Own Your Own Universe.” Fundraising for the center’s eventual home — which will one day be a handicapped-accessible, multi-purpose venue in Hays County, Texas for people of all ages — has already begun. In the meantime, the OYOU is a “get-it-done” grassroots operation with the goal of getting music and all things art into the ears and hands of folks that need it via performances, instrument donations, workshops and other special events throughout Texas and beyond.

Feb 7

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm All ages

Price: $13-$60

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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Monte Montgomery has taken the acoustic guitar beyond anyone's expectations. With his amazing fretwork, unique combination finger and pick style playing through trailblazing "chordal" thoroughfares often baffling even the most accomplished players. While Monte remains a huge enigma in the guitar universe, his legendary reputation has spread like wildfire since he appeared on Austin City Limits. In 2004 Monte was named on Guitar Player Magazine's list of "Top 50 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time" and in 2005 he was featured the Covers of "Frets" and "Acoustic Guitar" magazines.

Feb 11

Feb 11

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 8:30 pm All ages

Price: $15-$50

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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---The Blasters exemplify the best traditions of American Music, performing with passion and honesty that for over three decades has won the hearts and souls of fans worldwide. Composed of founding members vocalist-guitarist Phil Alvin, drummer Bill Bateman and bassist John Bazz with Keith Wyatt on guitar, they carry on a hard-won legacy as one of the most recognizable and credible bands in American Music. Their influences range from the likes of George Jones and Carl Perkins to Ike Turner, Howlin

Feb 14

Feb 14

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm All ages

Price: $10-$40

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Just in case the title alone wasn’t a dead give away, Amanda Shires’ Down Fell the Doves is not a record for the faint of heart, faith or spirit. Not that anyone who heard her last album would have expected such. Carrying Lighting, the critically acclaimed 2011 breakthrough that put Shires on the map as one of Americana music’s most arresting new voices (and Texas Music magazine’s 2011 Artist of the Year), was a kudzu-tangled web of frayed heartstrings and combustible desire that revealed the onetime “little fiddle player from Lubbock” to be a grown woman unafraid to “get wrecked in love” and dish out the same with keen poetic insight and unnervingly mature, femme-fatale conviction. But as striking as Lightning was, Down Fell the Doves (Shires’ debut for Lightning Rod Records) is where the gloves really come off. “There’s a lot of destruction on this record,” says Shires, the observation coming a thoughtful pause after her somewhat casual dismissal of the album’s “Box Cutters” — a disturbingly beautiful suicidal daydream — as just being “a little bit of dark humor.” “I wrote that one in a haze of delirious exhaustion,” she says of the song that imagines, amongst other possible exit strategies, the sweet surrender of “a rose-petaled, eyes-closed collapse” in a warm blood bath. Maybe you just had to be there.

Love and Happiness: The Nightowls Present Al Green

Feb 20

Feb 20

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm All ages

Price: $10-$40

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It’s 1,390 miles from Austin, Texas to Detroit, but when Austin band The Nightowls rev their musical engines, that distance disappears with the speed of sound. But The Nightowls not only channel the Motor City’s classic dancin’-in-the-street beats; they build on them to create an irresistible neo-soul sound that’s all their own. Founded by lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Harkrider, the Nightowls—all ten of them—have been spreading their sound all over Texas ever since August 2013, releasing a critically acclaimed debut album, Good as Gold, and the toetapping, four-song EP Good as Gold B-Sides – which includes Austin’s official theme song, “Nobody Ever Wants to Leave” – in September of 2014. Good As Gold (The A-Sides) will be released on vinyl, giving fans an opportunity to hear The Nightowls’ jukebox-ready music the way it was meant to be heard, with the vinyl’s warm tones filling their ears and hearts.

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