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BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Steve Poltz is obsessed with the challenge of knowing and understanding the thoughts of each and every person in his audience. He is a lover of life; fascinated by all things large and small. As a road-tested troubadour armed with whimsy, curiosity and a healthy respect for the absurdities of existence, he is unafraid of saying yes, unafraid of letting his relentless, giddy energy fill a room and he is unafraid of letting his streams-of-consciousness take him where he needs to go.
His songs are guileless snapshots filtered through the windshield of his brain. He opens his mouth and lets it fall out - a SONG - and it's as shameless and intriguing and profound and wondrous as he is. A mix of high octane performance, singular wit and endlessly entertaining storytelling, Steve is legendary for his improvisational songwriting and timeless, original classics. Oh, and he's a pretty good guitarist too.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Music has been a part of Fernando Davil’s life, quite literally, since he opened his eyes for the first time. The son of a trained classical pianist, Fernando’s childhood in Saltillo, Mexico was an eclectic musical education which included everything from Latin and Mexican boleros to classic American songbooks and jazz standards.
It’s no wonder then, that Fernando began performing, playing the piano, and singing as soon as he could speak, joining his father for weekend gigs soon after. By age 12, he was playing professionally.
Following a successful album and tour with the Saltillo-based rock group KGB in the early 90s, Fernando’s career took him to Monterrey, where he made a name for himself as a gifted young solo performer, earning the Pianist of the Year award from the Monterrey Musician’s Union.
After touring and performing nationally with Los 10 Pianos, Fernando was awarded the CONARTE scholarship, for which he was commissioned to compose his first jazz album and was invited to represent Mexico in Cuba’s Romerias Festival.
Fernando’s performances and discography speak volumes to his versatility as a musician. From earlier jazz albums, like the award-winning “Hispanoamerica,” to later Pop Latino records, like the well-received DIFERENTE, Fernando relentlessly pursues work that inspires and challenges him creatively.
In 2013, the next challenge began with a move to San Antonio inspiring his fifth album, aptly titled A New Beginning. As he delves into his first fully self-produced English language album, Fernando is busy doing what he does best – writing, producing, and performing music that inspires and celebrates life.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---The latest, tight incarnation of the Cody Canada-led group The Departed isn’t a reinvention of the group’s sound, or a reimagining of Canada’s musical perspective – it’s a reunion. As with any reunion, the passing years have provided the involved parties with new and unique perspectives, breathing vibrant excitement into their streamlined new environment.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time.
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The dossier is already on my desk when he walks through the door. I've been expecting him, passing the daylight hours reviewing the facts, piecing together the story. The years in the Phoenix Boy's Choir, that explains the voice, smooth yet powerful, a crooner's contralto.
Time passed quietly until he formed Indigo Swing in the early 90’s and hit the dance-band circuit, bringing boogie-woogie and jump-blues music back from the recesses of memory to a nation crazed with jitterbugging and two-toned shoes. This is when and how he learned the textured arrangements and evocative compositions that were pure jittersauce. That instinct for packing the dance floor remains, but no longer dominates.
By 2000 though, the swing revival was all dried up, and all those hepcats had some tough choices to make. The pretenders were the first to bail out, taking studio gigs or straight jobs to make their nut. It was the true believers, the old souls, who struck out on their own, taking their classic pop influences with them. Boyd was one of them.
In 2001, he released Last Word In, a collection of 12 original tunes whose varied styles marked a departure from his years with Indigo Swing, a look inward to his many influences, a stronger desire to connect with his listeners...and a deeper relationship with "The Muse".
Jimmy Spacek grew up on the south side of San Antonio, Texas. The south side also gave birth to other great Texas musicians like Doug Sahm, Augie Meyers and Randy Garibay, to name a few. These artists all helped shape Jimmy
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---A self-proclaimed “failed scholar and modern-day hobo,” 24 year-old Caroline Rose has broken her long string of short circuits with a live-wire national debut, I Will Not Be Afraid (August 19th / Little Hi! Records) that draws on her roots in rockabilly, vintage country, and blues to capture her unique and distinctive vision. Written and arranged by Rose and co-produced with multi-instrumentalist Jer Coons (with Pat Melvin on bass), I Will Not Be Afraid chronicles Caroline’s wandering years; a disillusioned youth constantly demanding freedom and the most from life. Raised in the Northeast (and currently living in her van), Rose is a rare mix of Northern grit and Southern charm whose musical influences trace back to her family’s Southern roots, running deep into the heart of Mississippi. “You can hear my history in the music,” Rose says. “It’s a bit rough around the edges, a bit wild, but American music through and through.”
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Loaded guns, space heaters, and big skies. Welcome to the lethal littered landscape of Jim Heath’s imagination. True to his high evangelical calling, Jim is a Revelator, both revealing & reinterpreting the country-blues-rock roots of American music. He’s a time-travelling space-cowboy on a endless interstellar musical tour, and we are all the richer & “psychobillier” for getting to tag along.Seeing Rev. Horton Heat live is a transformative experience. Flames come off the guitars. Heat singes your skin. There’s nothing like the primal tribal rock & roll transfiguration of a Reverend Horton Heat show. Jim becomes a slicked-back 1950′s rock & roll shaman channeling Screamin’ Jay Hawkins through Buddy Holly, while Jimbo incinerates the StandUp Bass. And then there are the “Heatettes”. Those foxy rockabilly chicks dressed in poodle-skirts and cowboy boots slamming the night away. It’s like being magically transported into a Teen Exploitation picture from the 1950′s that’s currently taking place in the future. Listening to the REVEREND HORTON HEAT is tantamount to injecting pure musical nitrous into the hot-rod engine of your heart. The Reverend’s commandants are simple.And no band on this, or any other, planet rocks harder, drives faster, or lives truer than the Reverend Horton Heat. These “itinerant preachers” actually practice what they preach. They live their lives by the Gospel of Rock & Roll. From the High-Octane Spaghetti-Western Wall of Sound in “Big Sky” — to the dark driving frenetic paranoia of “400 Bucks” – to the brain-melting Western Psychedelic Garage purity of “Psychobilly Freakout” — The Rev’s music is the perfect soundtrack to the Drive-In Movie of your life.
Jim Heath & Jimbo Wallace have chewed up more road than the Google Maps drivers. For twentyfive Psychobilly years, they have blazed an indelible, unforgettable, and meteoric trail across the globe with their unique blend of musical virtuosity, legendary showmanship, and mythic imagery.
“Okay it’s time for me to put this loaded gun down, jump in my FiveOh Ford, and nurture my pig on the outskirts of Houston. I’ll be bringing my love whip. See y’all later.” - Carty Talkington Writer/Director
Rev your engines and catch the sermon on the road as it’s preached by everybody’s favorite Reverend. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the 11th studio album from REVEREND HORTON HEAT, boldly titled Rev, due out January 21st.
San Antonio Music Award Showcase with Snowbyrd, Crown, Los #3 Dinners, Slick Dickens
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW Some bands insist on dragging listeners into their world, but Carbon Leaf works towards a more admirable and considerably more difficult goal.
Texas quartet and vocalist playing the energetic swing styles of the 1930s and 40s. We gear our music and tempos to swing dancers!
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Good For You, the 7th release from Austin TX based, singer/songwriter, Americana Music Award Nominee Tom Gillam is a return to form…of sorts.
Recorded at a small lake-house in remote Northeast Maryland, with a small cache of musical friends and a minimal amount of overdubs, Good For You exudes the joy and merriment experienced by all during the recording as well as focusing on the deeper lyrical subject matter of some of the tracks.
After releasing the more roots-inspired acoustic driven Rustic Beauty in 2011 Gillam has returned to a more “electric” version of Americana/Roots Rock with Good For You a stunning collection of tunes that runs the gamut of what Gillam has come to call his “sound” over the last 12 years and six releases.
A full offering of stinging electric slide guitar, a warm whiskey tenor rasp, coupled with a knack for writing a catchy melody, along with the occasional aching acoustic ballad, Gillam has finally encompassed all he is in this amazing 12 song set.
Highlights include the rollicking rolling opener Right Here, Right Now which moves seamlessly into the ’70s rock inspired Goodbye Goodtime. Along side the poignant A Train The Rain & Other Things, to the achingly beautiful Last Night on Earth and the title track. Gillam even delves into some “swamp rock” on the slide driven, “chest pounding” “Put Me In The Ground” & “Something’s Not Right” with the help of his Austin neighbor Lincoln Durham on harp.
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After a happenstance encounter, songwriters Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes joined together to multiply their talents and formed a male/female fronted band touring the country and sharing songs, shows, and everything in-between.
Austin based indie-folk-americana duo Dawn and Hawkes first appeared in front of a large audience at the Kerrville Folk Festival, where Dawn was awarded as a finalist in the New Folk competition for emerging songwriters. Within a month, they had recorded and released their self-produced EP, GOLDEN HEART, featuring signature harmonies and an indie-folk sound influenced by Americana, country-rock, and classic Beatlesque-pop. Written and recorded from their home in Austin, their debut album has climbed to the top 25 of Billboard's Folk chart.
What is now a full-time touring and musical partnership, began with modest expectations. "I was out listening to the blues at a little juke-joint in East Austin and asked this pretty girl to dance" says Hawkes, "We were having a good time dancing and found out we were both singer-songwriters." Dawn continues the story saying, "Our timing and rhythm were just in-sync and when we added harmonies, songs, and guitar playing, it all went together - like dancing."
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---DEL CASTILLO began as a CD project for family back in the winter of 2000 and has become a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their eclectic blend of Flamenco, Rock, Latin, Blues, and World music. Between the release of their first CD, Brothers of the Castle back in 2001, to their 2006 release, Brotherhood, Del Castillo has received an astonishing 18 awards including SXSW/Austin Music “Album of the Year” Awards for Vida (2002) and Brotherhood (2006), “Band of the Year (2003)”, ASCAP’S “Best Independent Group of the Year (2005)”, and Austin Music Pundits “Best Live Act (2004)”.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---“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.”
Hailing from the UK, this one time Morrissey opener Rockin’ Lloyd Tripp began his musical career playing with London’s hip rockabilly favorites the Megatons (‘81-‘84) which featured Boz Boorer of the Polecats. Then with Garage/Psychobilly legends The Vibes (‘83-‘86) one of John Peels/BBC all time greatest discoveries. Lloyd filled in on bass with The Stingrays (’84-’85) during which time he also played with the Blubbery Hellbellies (’83-’85) which was named by friend and Pouges frontman Shane MacGowan.
Performing as Rockin’ Lloyd Tripp since his arrival in the US in ’86. With his musical career spanning nearly 3 decades, 4 CD’s later Lloyd is now calling Austin, TX home. Whether you catch Rockin’ Lloyd Tripp pummeling his upright bass or bending his guitar he is still pumping out 100% original songs from the heart.
Over the years he has played with and backed such legendary artsists as JOE CLAY, JOHNNY POWERS, NARVEL FELTS, DALE HAWKINS, ROCKY BURNETTE, PAUL BURLISON, THE SWINGING UTTERS, DARREL HIGHAM, SONNY GOERGE, TOMMY SANDS and HAYDEN THOMPSON.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Sundy Best crafts music that re-imagines timeless classic rock of the ‘70s and ‘80s – think the Eagles and the smart, whiskey-voiced lyrics of Tom Petty and Bob Seger. With Nick on guitar and Kris on cajon, Sundy Best takes that sound, modernizes it in their own unique way by borrowing hints of country and bluegrass, to make it personal. Offstage, the pair are lifelong friends, college athletes and dog-lovers; onstage the musical duo delivers something wholly fresh and original, blending their best influences with personal music histories.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---With a "Bible in one hand, broken bottle in the other" (Spin June '09) Ha Ha Tonka return with their sophomore effort on Bloodshot Records, Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South. The album takes listeners on a complex tour of the South—through lynchings and mob violence, sacrifice and reconciliation. It’s dense subject matter for any artist, but delivered beautifully on this record by these native sons of the Ozarks from Springfield, Missouri.
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In a relatively brief span of time, Colony House has emerged as a vibrant creative force, as well as a beloved fan favorite with a passionate, fiercely loyal fan base. That audience is likely to expand substantially with the release of When I Was Younger, the Nashville, TN trio's first full-length album, whose 14 compelling original tunes fulfill the abundant promise of the band's three widely-acclaimed, self-released EPs.
Knox Hamilton is an indie pop band from Little Rock, Arkansas. The band was originally formed in the mid 2000’s by brothers Boots and Coby Copeland and their best friend, Brad Pierce. Drew Buffington, guitar, joined the band in 2009.
To date, Knox Hamilton has released three EPs; one each year since 2011.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW 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
Born outside of New York City, Trumpeter and crooner leads the popular San Antonio jazz band that features old standards and hip original tunes.
Johnny Panzarella - Vocals and Trumpet, "Jay Burrid" Mitthauer - drums, Dennis Lambert - piano, Matt Franke - bass, Robert Karns - saxophone, Dave Woodard - trombone
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Rich proves true with huge lyrical passion, a gigantic portion of daring subject matter that’ll leave any listener wide-eyed, and massive on-stage energy. This energy hasn’t fallen one bit even after four years of touring nationally. It’s only increased, and for Rich, that’s the plan for the rest of his career.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Born in San Jose, California in 1955, Tommy Castro first picked up a guitar at age 10. He came under the spell of Eric Clapton, Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield and other blues rock players early on. As he got older, Castro moved forward by investigating the past, falling in love with the blues guitar work of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Elmore James and singers like Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. By his late 20s he was playing in a variety of San Francisco-area blues and soul bands.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---It's funny. The Tontons don't have a readily available mainstream band to make an off-the-cuff comparison, so in this space we won't tell you they sound like Indie Flavor Of The Week or Noted And Weighty Classic Rock Name. The Tontons simply sound like the Tontons. That sounds like false bluster, but anyone who has been tracking them since 2008 will tell you the same thing. Up front is Asli Omar, that vocal vixen who can make men and rock nerds alike quake in their boots.
Swing/Traditional Jazz from San Antonio Texas.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Ten years ago, after finishing a degree in music and business, Coles Whalen decided to sell everything she had in order to buy a camper. This camper became her home as she toured the nation selling her first record Coles Whalen EP (2005) soon followed by Gee Baby(2006) - her first full length album. Whalen found a way into Borders bookstores and spent almost four years playing multiple shows a day in Borders across the US, building a following and selling over 10,000 CDs right out of her truck.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Feisty, funny singer/guitar-slinger Scott Miller is not a simple study; he manages the family cattle farm in Virginia
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With the release of his latest album Burden of Proof, Bob Schneider breaks new ground. Exploring loss, lust, love, dark desires and skeptical optimism, Schneider has crafted lyrically and musically, his most ambitious and sophisticated album to date.
Born in Michigan and raised in Germany, Schneider was playing music and creating art from the time he was four years old. “I was left-handed, but the nuns at my Catholic school forced me to write with my right hand,” Schneider reflects. “But I still like to think of myself as left-handed. I’ve always thought of myself as a round peg in a square hole sort of person. Like I just didn't quite fit in. I was socially awkward and I think that led me to finding solace in imaginary worlds that I would create in my art and music.”
At age ten, Schneider’s father, an opera singer by trade, dressed him in a leisure suit and took him along to gigs where they’d perform jazz standards and other hits from the 1940s-70s.
Schneider spent his college years as a fine arts major, but dropped out to move to Austin and pursue a music career after taking to heart the words of singer-songwriter Terry Allen. “I remember him saying ‘If you’re going to do art, drop out of school and start doing your art and living your life ‘cause your degree’s not going to make a difference.”
So Bob Schneider blazed into Austin and has been packing houses and winning over audiences ever since, firmly claiming his place as one of the most sought-after entertainers in the live music capital. Schneider sells out venues coast to coast from New York, Chicago Minneapolis and Baltimore to LA, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. His live shows are playful and raw, while on stage Schneider commands the room. He’s charismatic and friendly, bantering with his bandmates and heckling the audience. As he launches into each song with his whole being, the audience is instantly transported, tumbling through the dark recesses of his imagination.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---TAUK is heavy instrumental rock fusion created by Matt Jalbert (guitar), Charlie Dolan (bass), Alric “A.C.” Carter (keyboard-organ), and Isaac Teel (drums). The transcendent instrumental band seamlessly brings together genres as diverse as melodic rock, fusion, gritty funk, progressive rock, ambient, classic rock, hip hop and jazz.
The Oyster Bay, New York-based quartet has received accolades from a number of tastemaking authorities, including an “On The Verge” feature in Relix Magazine and frequent rotation for the singles “Mindshift”, “Sweet Revenge”, “Dead Signal” and “In the Basement of the Alamo” on Sirius XM Jam On. Despite their years of experience as a musical unit, the quartet is a young promising band that Jambase calls “a guaranteed quickly-ascend band.” The Washington Post describes the band by saying: “TAUK’s instrumental music melds genres and styles, creating a hard-charging, often melodic fusion that – thanks to a penchant for improv – offers limitless possibilities” and The Deli Magazine singles out the band’s compelling melodic sense through explaining: “the quartet has a rare ability to channel emotional melodic leads, and all without a lead singer.”
The band’s latest album, Collisions, is a breakthrough in that it finally captures the essence of TAUK’s entrancing live shows. It’s a thoughtfully composed album with captivating hum-along melodies, but this time the band was able to road test the songs, allowing the recorded versions to reflect the group’s adventurous improvisations. The 10-song album spans delicate ethereal textures, highly imaginatively funky drumming, labyrinthine arrangements, and fiery solos—often in the same song
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Canned Heat’s unique blend of modern electric blues, rock and boogie has earned them a loyal following and influenced many aspiring guitarists and bands during the past four decades. Their Top-40 country-blues-rock songs, “On The Road Again,” “Let’s Work Together,” and “Going Up The Country,” became rock anthems throughout the world with the latter being adopted as the unofficial theme song for the film Woodstock. Their cover version of Wilbert Harrison’s “Let’s Work Together” was actually their biggest hit as it rose to #1 in 31 different countries around the world.
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.
LIMITED SEATED SHOW---to do big things, you have to make big noise. Up-and-coming Austin country band Moonlight Social is doing just that. Since being founded in early 2011, the band played a SXSW showcase after being selected by 9-time GRAMMY-winning frontman Ray Benson and won a GRAMMY-sponsored showcase after being selected by the board of governors for the Texas Chapter of The Recording Academy. The band was then named winners of the 2011 Austin Chronicle Sound Wars after beating out nearly 100 other Austin bands. The band also won the GRAMMY-sponsored “Show Us Your Hits” competition and was a judge’s selection for the Indaba songwriting showcase with the song “Neither Are You.” Moonlight Social was then named one of the Best New Bands in Austin in 2013, and was featured as a rising artist on Nashville-produced TV show, “Welcome To Indie Country.”
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION--Shawn Phillips is one of most fascinating and enigmatic musicians to come out of the early-'70s singer/songwriter boom. The mere fact that he was a musician as much as a singer and songwriter made him stand out, and helped him attract a dedicated following. -LIMITED SEATED SHOW---
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Dallas-based American singer-songwriter Max Stalling never expected to be a full-time country and western musician. After earning his college degree from Texas A&M in food science, he worked for Rainbo Bread and Frito Lay. But following the critically lauded and audience-proven successes of his first three CDs, Comfort In The Curves in 1997, Wide Afternoon in 2000, and One Of The Ways in 2002, he traded his lab coat for cowboy boots and has been touring ever since - performing at more than 150 honky tonks and smoky dancehalls each year.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Bill Wilson is from Central Virginia. He is a professor of philosophical theology, a songwriter, an expert on southern literature, and a father of six.
His three eldest sons returned to Virginia to start a rock band in 2006 with long-time musical compadres Seth Green and Todd Wellons. As a tribute to the man who taught them how to play guitar, write songs, drive a stick-shift, and back up a trailer, the band decided to name themselves Sons of Bill.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Nightbird have played across Texas and Louisiana for the last five years. They are steadily reaching out further and are available for Regional and National shows. Some of the venues Nightbird have played include House of Blues Dallas and Houston, 93.7 The Arrow's Arrowfest (opening for classic acts such as Blue Oyster Cult and The Doobie Brothers), Grapefest (The largest Wine Festival in the Southwest), Tolbert's Restaurant, Sam's Burger Joint (San Antonio's Best Live Music Venue), Continental Club Houston, historic Fitzgerald's, Houston's Concert Pub North and Galleria (Houston's Best Cover Band Venue), and many other venues and towns. They were nominated in 2010 and 2012 for best tribute in Houston Press Awards.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Andrew Duhon began writing in high school spurred on by a fascination with the literary works of Emerson and Thoreau as well as poets Walt Whitman and Robert Frost. During the summer of ’04 Andrew worked and lived at an old retreat house on the outskirts of the French Quarter. It was then that he fell in love with the character of New Orleans. A year later hurricane Katrina left the city and his former French Quarter home crippled. The blues that he had found in the French Quarter rang true as he continued to write.
The honesty in Andrew Duhon’s songwriting is a result of the self-realization that he has found through his writing. His music and performances reflect his personal perspective in a very real way, and his voice leaves no gaps in the experience as he sings with a conviction all too befitting of his raw, personal writings.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Peter Case is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and producer, a mighty fine guitarist and a well-reviewed published author
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John Evans is a Texas Rock'N'Roll hero. At six-foot-five with fire in his eyes, he's bigger than life in a long, lanky sort of way. He sees things differently from a lot folks, but more importantly, he hears things differently. One of his friends can sing a slow, mournful lament and John may hear a scorching power-chord filled anthem. Then, bu god, he makes it his own.
John was introduced to music and guitars early on, but like many young, male Texans, he found himself drawn towards football. He was the star QB at J. Frank Dobie High School in Pasa-Get-Down-Dena. From there he went on to helm the squad at Lamar University in near by Beaumont. While John's dream of being a big-time NFL quarterback didn't quite work out, he finds himself living a different dream now.
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Born in Kentucky and based out of Nashville, Tenn., singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson first made a name for himself among fans of independent country music as the frontman of the high-energy band Sunday Valley. Looking to revitalize the neo-traditional sounds that fellow Kentuckians Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley pioneered in the '80s, Simpson went solo. By the end of the year, he was opening for Dwight Yoakam in front of a sold-out audience in Mission, Texas.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Guitarist Aaron Moreland and harpist/vocalist Dustin Arbuckle have spent over a decade exploring the edges of American roots music. In the process, Moreland & Arbuckle have forged a relentless and haunting sound that merges Delta blues, folk, rock, traditional country, soul and numerous other echoes and murmurs from an infinitely layered musical narrative that spans more than a century. The Moreland & Arbuckle journey began when the two met at an open-mic jam at a club in Wichita, Kansas, in 2001. Moreland had just moved into town a few months earlier from Emporia – a city located some eighty-five miles to the northeast. A guitarist since age 15, his source material was admittedly diverse – Led Zeppelin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Black Sabbath, Charley Patton, Motley Crue – but he’d settled into traditional blues by the time he’d arrived in Wichita in his mid-20s. Arbuckle, a native of Wichita, had been playing in a blues rock bar band at the time, but his truest sensibilities ran a couple generations deeper, into the heart of the Mississippi Delta. He counts iconic figures like harpists Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williams and guitarist Son House among his most profound influences. “It was kind of perfect,” says Arbuckle of the chance encounter between the two musicians. “We had a shared vision, in a place where there really wasn’t much interest in – or support for – country blues.” Moreland joined Arbuckle’s blues rock band for the last few months before the project dissolved, then the two started a quartet called the Kingsnakes, which Arbuckle describes as “electrified Mississippi blues mixed with a sludgy, jam-oriented rock thing.” The project incorporated a range of sounds: soul, country, funk, jam rock, blues and whatever else worked. Horner joined in 2003, but left after just a few months. A few bass players came and went in the years that followed, until Moreland and Arbuckle discovered they could lay down a solid groove on their own. - See more at: http://www.morelandarbuckle.com/bio/#sthash.NbGgp7GV.dpuf
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Zach Williams, the Lone Bellow’s lead singer and principal songwriter, can pinpoint just about exactly when the Brooklyn-based group serendipitously willed itself into being. It was around 9 a.m. one morning in 2010, at Dizzy’s Diner in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where the Lone Bellows guitarist and Williams’ old friend Brian Elmquist was working a shift. Williams, up to then performing as a solo artist, needed a place to try out some new songs; for a scuffling artist, the diner was as good as any rehearsal space. He asked fellow singer Kanene Pipkin, just returned to New York City from living in Beijing, to meet them at the diner and the trio did more than merely jam. With the beginnings of a repertoire and an already strong communal spirit, that fateful morning they became the Lone Bellow. As Williams recalls, “Three songs in I realized I should quit what I’m doing and just make music with these people.”
And that’s what he did. The trio’s self-titled debut disc is exuberant in its playing, welcoming in its attitude. Though the lyrics have a melancholic undercurrent, the tracks are more often rave-ups than ruminations, with swelling three-part harmonies and rousing group-sung choruses, especially on the electric guitar-driven “The One You Should’ve Let Go” and “Green Eyes and A Heart of Gold,” a we-will-survive anthem that could be about a family or a band. Indeed, there is a strong familial feel to The Lone Bellow, a recurring theme of inclusiveness.
BOOTH DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION---LIMITED SEATED SHOW---Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves’ seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-string for a good idea. “Slaid’s a craftsman,” says Terri Hendrix, who sings harmony on “Texas Love Song.” “He goes about his songs like a woodworker.”