Griffin House

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $20.00 in advance and $25.00 day of show.

It is a true, and nowadays rare, musician who writes lyrics so vulnerable and authentic that an audience is irrevocably captured by the powerful experience of sharing the journey. An album that is essentially an autobiographical account of personal mistakes, change, and growth, offers listeners a chance to reflect on their own experiences and connect with another’s story.

With Griffin House’s upcoming album, So On And So Forth, it is clear the artist digs deep and offers up his narrative after much reflection. House is now a young family man and artist who is choosing sobriety and celebrating the path to his success, through songs which share his perspective on how people remember the past with rose-colored glasses, how we grow up and realize what we deeply need, and how we must find happiness in ourselves in the present.

“The record has a lot to do with recognizing the ego in one’s self and letting it die. It can feel like your whole identity is being wiped away, and you don’t even know who you are anymore. For the person singing these songs, holding on to one’s own individuality in order to remain special or important in the world has started to became far less important than being content with being a good, decent, and loving person. But old habits die hard,” adds House.

The project was tracked last summer at Lakehouse Recording Studios, in Asbury Park, New Jersey. House’s ties to Asbury Park go all the back to 2004, when he was invited to tour with Patti Scialfa. His first show in the boardwalk town was opening a show for Scialfa at the Paramount Theatre. It was there that Griffin met her husband, Bruce Springsteen, and all the wonderful characters in their crew and band. Those memories and experiences made returning to Asbury Park over a decade later to record So On And So Forth feel like a full circle moment in his career.

 

Laura Gibson

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door

Guest: Dana Falconberry Laura Gibson is an internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, born and raised in the small Oregon logging town of Coquille. Her last album, Empire Builder, was praised by Pitchfork as “a cathartic tale of loss and redemption”, and was called “a triumph” by Uncut Magazine. Both literary and raw, with a love of traditional folk music and a bent toward experimentation, she has toured four continents, and had the distinct honor of performing the very first NPR Tiny Desk Concert. She recently completed an MFA in fiction writing from Hunter College, and her sharpened language and story telling abilities are on full display on Goners, a new record released by Barsuk and City Slang Records on October 26, 2018.

 

Ley Line

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $15.00 in advance and at the door.

Join Ley Line at the legendary Cactus Café for the release of a new single from their upcoming album.

The song “To the Sky” was inspired by the hum of the road as the band traveled through Minas Gerais during their tour throughout Brazil in 2017. The lyrics are a call to remember all that our Earth carries, all of the wisdom passed down through generations, and the guidance that surrounds us. A free download of the new song comes with each ticket purchase.

 

Josh Rouse

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $25.00 in advance and $28.00 at the door

Never one to ignore the call of his muse, Rouse traded in his trusty acoustic guitar for a synthesizer, a move that quickly pulled him in a slew of exciting, unexpected directions as he found himself freshly inspired by the endless array of possibilities at his fingertips. Where ‘Embers’ was a deeply personal, countrypolitan contemplation on identity and anxiety, the new material that poured out of him was breezier and more carefree, crafted with an 80’s inspired sonic palette that complemented the shift from somber introspection to more playful observation. The end result, ‘Love In The Modern Age,’ is an album that still bears Rouse’s distinct fingerprints, even as it pushes his limits and forges a bold new chapter more than twenty years into his celebrated career.

 

Open Mic with Kacy Crowley

Jan 28, 2019 - Mar 4, 2019

SIGN UP: 7:30pm Performances: 8pm

The Cactus Cafe Open Mic presented by Independence Brewing company, serving Austin’s independent drinkers and thinkers.

Cactus Cafe is an ALL ages venue!

Open Mic is back with our Hostess Kacy Crowley!! Sign up is promptly at 7:30pm and performances are 8pm to 10pm.

 

Curtis McMurtry with Born Again Virgin & Diana Burgess

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door

Curtis McMurtry

Curtis McMurtry writes about villains that believe they are victims. Influenced by Fiona Apple, Billy Strayhorn and Leonard Cohen, Curtis’ music combines sardonic lyrics with crooked, unconventional arrangements. His first solo album Respectable Enemy was released in August 2014, and drew comparisons to Calexico and John Fullbright. His sophomore album The Hornet’s Nest was released in February 2017, and continues to garner critical acclaim. Curtis’ music has been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, and his song “Wrong Inflection” was included in the soundtrack for comedian Tig Notaro’s Amazon Prime series One Mississippi.

http://www.curtismcmurtrymusic.com/ https://curtismcmurtry.bandcamp.com/

Born Again Virgin:

Born Again Virgin is an alt-rock act from Austin, Texas consisting of solo artist Anna Roenigk. Their self-titled debut album, produced by Brian Beattie, (Bill Callahan, Daniel Johnston, Okkervil River) explores both dissonant and melodic sensibilities—some tracks echoing 90’s lo-fi grunge (“Limited Hands”) while others, such as the last track “No Albi,” play on chamber pop theatrics. The group formed in Austin in 2013, and recently returned from performing in the United Kingdom and Europe.

https://www.bornagainvirginsmusic.com/ https://bornagainvirginsmusic.bandcamp.com/

Diana Burgess:

Diana Burgess is a cellist, educator and composer based in Austin, TX. Diana holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Cello Performance at UT Austin and focuses primarily on writing, performing, touring and collaborating with artists in a variety of genres. She performs regularly with Mother Falcon and singer-songwriter Curtis McMurtry, and is the co-founder, outreach director and cello teacher for the Mother Falcon Music Lab. Diana is currently recording her first solo album of original material.

 

Beth // James

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $10.00

Guest: Erin Ivey Beth // James is an indie folk duo from Austin, Texas made up of award winning singer-songwriters Mikaela Beth Kahn and Jordan James Burchill. Their original songs and razor-sharp musicianship pick up where the Civil Wars left off.

The duo only began writing together in 2015, though they met in 2008 while studying music in college. Creating their own unique sound, Beth // James navigates effortlessly among American music traditions, rooted in storytelling, but with added indie pop/rock elements, intricate guitar work and arresting harmony.

Their debut EP, All In Life, is “a shimmering mix of modern folk, mindful pop, and Americana charm,” according to Paste Magazine. The EP was named one of “5 Standout EP’s” of 2017 by the Austin American-Statesman, and you can hear their original song, “Lion Eyes” in Spike Lee’s four-time Golden Globe nominated feature film ‘BlacKkKlansman’.

Beth // James’ second EP, Falling, releases on Friday, February 1, 2019. With just three tracks, Falling is their most personal compilation of songs yet. The duo takes listeners on a heartfelt journey, dealing with the disappointments, confusion, and struggles of the past year, all the while maintaining hope. The EP was recorded in just a matter of days in September 2018 at King Electric Studios in Austin, Texas. The self-produced EP features Kahn on vocals and piano, Burchill on vocals and guitar and was recorded by Justin Douglas. The EP was recorded all to 2-inch tape with everyone in the same room, resulting in a very warm, unified sound, but “The main focus of our sound is always our two voices singing harmony together,” said Beth // James. Join them at their Cactus Café debut on Friday February 1st to celebrate the release of their newest EP, Falling.

For more on Beth // James, see: https://www.bethjamesband.com/.

 

William Fitzsimmons

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $22.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door

Guests: Jim & Sam Singer-songwriter and music producer William Fitzsimmons’ latest record, Mission Bell is a chronicling of the tumultuous last year of his life, particularly of the separation from his second wife. An initial version of the album was originally recorded in Fitzsimmons’ home studio in the summer of 2017 but was subsequently abandoned during the course of, and as a result of, the separation.

In 2018 William traveled to Nashville, TN to start recording the album over from square one. Working with producer Adam Landry (Deer Tick, Los Lobos, k.d. Lang, Vanessa Carlton), Fitzsimmons spent a month’s time rebuilding the lost record, with contributions from friends, including Abby Gundersen and Rosie Thomas. The resulting 11-song album tells the story of a decade-long marriage destroyed and eventually rebuilt from the ground up.

Sonically, Mission Bell is Fitzsimmons’ first analog tape-centric album. The sounds are raw, real, and tangible. The familiar comforts of acoustic guitars are present but now joined generously by synthesizers, electric guitars, drum loops and violins. “Cutting to tape was new and honestly rather terrifying to me. There’s no “we’ll fix that in post” kind of shit going on. What you play is what you’re gonna hear on the record. But there’s a specialness you get in a performance when you don’t have a parachute. You either play it like it matters to you or you don’t and I think that comes through so clearly in the recordings.”

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Fitzsimmons currently resides in Nashville, TN.

 

KUTX Music Trivia Night

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Think you know more than we do about music? Join KUTX for a special night of all-Austin-music trivia in honor of Love Austin Music Month. Your team can compete against the undefeated Team KUTX in an epic battle of music knowledge. KUTX’s Taylor Wallace will host. Prizes, drink specials and a night of supreme music nerdiness.

This is a fundraiser for KUTX, with proceeds benefitting this non-profit music service. Tickets are $5 per person in advance and $10 per person at the door. (Team maximum is 6 people.)

Round up your team of musicheads, come up with an awesome team name, and reserve your spot!

 

Pop-Up Magazine Winter Issue 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Doors: 6:30pm Show: 7:30pm Reserved Seating: $29.00 Presented by KUT

Pop-Up Magazine is a live magazine—a night of new, true stories about the fascinating world around us. Each issue is different from the last, with photography, film, radio, and original music mixed together and performed live onstage by a cast of talented people.

Past contributors include bestselling authors (Michael Pollan, Alice Walker, Susan Orlean), award-winning documentary filmmakers (Ava DuVernay, Alex Gibney, Barry Jenkins), prominent radio and podcast producers (Ira Glass, Jad Abumrad, Kelly McEvers), renowned photographers (Larry Sultan, Alec Soth, Katy Grannan), musicians and actors (Beck, Kumail Nanjiani, Sasheer Zamata), as well as a wide, eclectic group of emerging media makers. To see who is contributing to this issue, check out our website. After the show, performers, producers, and the audience stick around for drinks and conversation.

We don’t post any video or audio online. You have to be there to see it.

“A sensation” – New York Times | “Beautiful” – Los Angeles Times | “Highbrow/Brilliant” – New York Magazine

 

Dawn & Hawkes

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $15.00 & $20.00

Fronted by Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes, the couple formed Dawn and Hawkes after a chance meeting on an Austin dance floor. The first time they sang together they found a sound Texas Monthly calls “undeniably intimate”.

Their initial duo effort, Golden Heart, climbed to No. 25 in Billboard’s Folk chart and landed at No. 2 in iTunes singer-songwriter albums kicking off a whirlwind of cross-country touring performances with influential artists Alison Krauss & Dan Tyminski, Patty Griffin, Old 97s, Robert Earl Keen, and showcases at festivals like Austin City Limits, Folk Alliance, AmericanaFest, South By Southwest and TEDx on tours in the US and abroad in Denmark, Germany and Australia.

Acoustic Guitar hails the musicality of their first full-length, Yours and Mine, as “Impeccable vocal harmonies and instrumentation” and Huffington Post summarizes “Transcendent alternative-folk — you will find yourself craving more from this amazing, dynamic duo.”

The duo stored their possessions and lived on the road, drawing inspiration from American deserts and mountains, to the South Australian coast while navigating a shared journey through mortality, grief and compassion for differing perspectives. Upon returning to Austin, they set upon building a new home and self-producing their second full-length album, The Other Side, released in July 2018. The Austin American Statesman calls it “10 new tracks of sweet folk-rock – instantly appealing tunes – rooted in the singer songwriter heyday of the early 1970’s, they also fit well into the modern-day indie-folk revival.”

In a time when the world seems more divided than ever, this album explores themes of empathy, hope, and finding our common humanity. “While on our own adventures of ups and downs we found ourselves exploring themes of empathizing with the other side,” recounts Miranda Dawn. “We hope that you will hear this album and share it with someone you love, because these are anthems of compassion for everyone who’s ever felt on ‘The Other Side.’”

 

Alan Doyle

Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Doors: 7pm Show: 8pm General Admission: $25.00 Reserved Seating $30.00 day of show

Alan Doyle chalks up a lot of where is he right now—with both his third solo album and his second book released in October 2017—to luck. “I’m the luckiest guy I’ve ever even heard of,” he says. “This was all I ever wanted, a life in the music business, singing concerts. I was lucky to be born in the family I was, in Petty Harbour. I was lucky that Sean, Bob and Darrell found me and asked me to join their band. I was lucky the Canadian music fans were into it.” And yet, one listen to A Week at The Warehouse makes it plainly clear that there’s a lot more than luck at play in this decades long, awards-studded career. This album, recorded live off the floor with Doyle’s “beautiful band,” as he calls them, with producer Bob Rock at the helm, is chock-a-block with country-tinged, radio ready tunes that bring with them the flavour of some of Doyle’s favourite artists, from John Mellencamp to Rock’s own band, Payolas (In fact, Doyle covers a Payolas tune on this album, Forever Light Will Shine, with that band’s singer, Paul Hyde appearing as a guest vocalist.) In addition to Rock’s work with Payolas, Doyle loved the metal albums Rock produced in the eighties, and his more recent work with the Tragically Hip, Jann Arden, and others. “It’s a real treat to get to meet your heroes and they turn out to be nicer than you ever imagined,” Doyle says. “A couple things about Bob, he’s first of all, still a massive fan of a good song, for a man who’s seen hundreds and thousands of them, he’s still thrilled to get a chance to work on a good song with a good band in a good studio, that’s still a perfect day for him. And secondly he’s just a wonderful motivator to get great players to play at their best.” That kind of ease and experience—plus the incredible talents of Doyle’s touring band—made recording A Week at The Warehouse a relative breeze. Of the band, Doyle says, “I am so by far the worst person. I wish I was being modest. They’re an incredible band to sing with every night. I look around the stage and I can’t believe my luck.” Doyle’s desire was to have an album that sounded and felt like the live show, and A Week at The Warehouse does just that. Lead single Summer, Summer Night is a co- write with long time collaborator Thomas “Tawgs” Salter. Doyle had it in mind to write a Celtic country song about summer nights in Petty Harbour when he was a young adult, playing guitar and singing with his friends around a bonfire on the beach—and teaching his friend Jimmy to play “one song, he figured he could get that one girl to go out with him. I showed him how to play Dirty Old Town and if memory serves correctly it was very successful. It’s a fun song about letting yourself go the way you could when you were that age.” Then there’s the ukulele and whistling ditty Beautiful to Me, also co-written with Tawgs Salter. This one, Doyle says, is a response to an attempt in North Carolina to limit the access trans people have to bathrooms in schools. “I was drawn to write a song that told people on the outside that they were certainly welcome in my place,” Doyle says. “If you’ve got love in your heart, that’s all that matters to me. It’s such a simple little song. It’s gentle. I just want everyone to know that if you feel like you’re on the outside, you’re not on the outside in this group—my arms and doors are open wide.” In effort to balance the sound of album with something more rooted in Doyle’s own history, he dug out an older tune, one he’d written for the Robin Hood film in 2010. Doyle remembered the film had used the chorus and parts of two different verses of Bully Boys, but he couldn’t remember which. So he took to YouTube, hoping to find the scene. “I found dozens if not hundreds of versions of that song, from Spain, Croatia, China, the UK,” he says, astonished. “People have written their own verses in the old traditional way, it has made its way around the world as a sea shanty. It’s the old way of spreading a folk song, but using the Internet.” Doyle knew he had to finally record the song himself.

Elizabeth Cook with Kendell Marvel

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door

Elizabeth Cook: Elizabeth Cook is a Nashville-based Singer Songwriter from Wildwood, Florida. As a critically acclaimed live act and recording artist, the New York Times lauds her “a sharp and surprising country singer”. A veteran SiriusXM Outlaw Country Radio DJ, hosting her own show, Apron Strings, nationwide for the last 10 years, she is also a favorite of David Letterman, a regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry, and a frequent guest star on Adult Swim’s long-running hit cartoon series “Squidbillies” on Cartoon Network.

In the words of the Drivin’ and Cryin’s legendary Kevn Kinney, “Elizabeth is so far ahead and under the radar you better have a supercharger for that fastback if you’re going to catch up! Enjoy the ride…”

Kendell Marvel: Already an award-winning songwriter, having written hits for Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Jamey Johnson and Jake Owen, Kendell Marvel makes his solo debut with Lowdown & Lonesome, a concept album that blends his musical down home country and rock & roll roots.

Having written 9 out of 10 tracks on the album, Marvel flexes his writing chops and invites listeners on the familiar journey of heartbreak, vices and all points in between. “Gypsy Woman” paints the picture of a love that’s not chasing back while on the title track “Lowdown & Lonesome” Marvel sings about hitting rock bottom and drinking about it. Lowdown & Lonesome is reminiscent of classical country greats Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr. combined with the southern rock edge of the Allman Brothers and ZZ Top. “I wrote the song “Lowdown & Lonesome” with Keith Gattis and Randy Houser a few years back and we based the whole album around that track. The songs are real, they’re gritty- a combination of hurt-like-hell heartache and rowdy rebellion.”

Born and raised in Southern Illinois, Marvel began playing his first gigs at 10 years old. “My dad would take me out to bars, and I’d play old country covers,” he remembers. “Dad would get free beer, and I’d get free pickled eggs or beef jerky. I was hooked.”

 

David Ramirez- Night One

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door

Special Guest: Carson McHone

Night 1 – American Soil (+ Strangetown EP) Join us for Night One of the Four Night Stand with David Ramirez that will help Celebrate our yearlong 40th Anniversary.

David will be performing a different album plus more from his catalog each night and have some friends along with him.

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David Ramirez Night Two

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door

Special Guest: Thomas Csorba

Night 2 – Apologies (+ The Rooster EP) Join us for Night Two of the Four Night Stand with David Ramirez that will help Celebrate our yearlong 40th Anniversary.

David will be performing a different album plus more from his catalog each night and have some friends along with him.

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David Ramirez Night Three

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door

Special Guest: Matt McCloskey

Night 3 – FABLES Join us for Night Three of the Four Night Stand with David Ramirez that will help Celebrate our yearlong 40th Anniversary.

David will be performing a different album plus more from his catalog each night and have some friends along with him.

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David Ramirez Night Four

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door

Special Guest: Jason Robert Blum

Night 4 – We’re Not Going Anywhere Join us for Night Four of the Four Night Stand with David Ramirez that will help Celebrate our yearlong 40th Anniversary.

David will be performing a different album plus more from his catalog each night and have some friends along with him.

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I'm With Her

Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Doors: 6:30pm Show: 8:00pm Reserved Seating: $45.00 and $35.00

I’m With Her is Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan. Four years after their formation at an impromptu show in 2014 at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, CO, the band released their debut album, See You Around (Rounder Records), in February 2018. Co-produced by Ethan Johns and recorded in Bath, England, See You Around has garnered praise from NPR, who instantly hailed the collection as “willfully open-hearted” and The Guardian calling their sound both “ethereal and purposeful.” From their early contributions in bands such as Nickel Creek and Crooked Still, these three musicians are noteworthy for their recent and extensive solo career successes, including several Grammy awards. I’m With Her have honed a special, family-like chemistry, garnering acclaim for their unique blend of instrumental interplay combined with their indelible harmonies, as the New York Times describes of a live performance, “…when the three women sang together, their voices became one instrument, sharing every breath.” Touring in support of the new album, the band have sold out shows across the US and Europe and have also made appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CBS Saturday Morning and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. The trio was recently nominated for Duo/Group of the year by the Americana Music Association.

Jaimee Harris & Brody Price

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $15.00

Jaimee Harris: Jaimee Harris is poised to become the next queen of Americana-Folk, a slightly edgier Emmylou Harris for the younger generation. Her soon-to-be released debut album draws comparisons to Patty Griffin, Ryan Adams, and Kathleen Edwards – all writers who know how to craft a heartbreakingly beautiful song with just enough grit to keep you enthralled. Harris writes about the basic human experience in a way that is simple, poetic, and often painfully relatable. Harris’s talent has impressed artists and critics alike. Jimmy LaFave deemed her his “new favorite” and Peter Blackstock of the Austin-American Statesman called her “one of Austin’s most promising young singer-songwriters.”. “She’s quick to pay homage to her musical heroes, but Jaimee Harris is her own person, with her own voice. She’s got a natural songwriter’s instinct for the hard truth, and a voice that brings them home with a visceral punch. Pay attention.” – Gretchen Peters

Brody Price: “Few envelop the singer-songwriter persona like Brody Price,” says the San Antonio Current after a sweltering south Texas full band set during his summer tour. After the release of his debut full-length album, “What’s the Point in Trying,” Brody has quickly begun to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with, delivering stripped down country songs in which the lyrics take center stage. No frills, no flashy production, just the song. After moving to North Texas from Austin in 2015, Brody took with him a catalogue of songs influenced by heroes such as Todd Snider, Guy Clark and Leonard Cohen and a serious DIY approach to making country music.

This independent style dominates Price’s home-spun “What’s the Point in Trying,” inhabiting the strange space between indie and country, earning the respect of audiences and his heroes alike.

“His lyrics are straightforward and yet quirky and distinct. While you can feel the influence of great american folk and country there’s something very right now and unique happening as well.” – Robert Ellis

“When it comes to cerebral Cowboy poetry, Brody Price is the genuine article. He belongs in the same rooms with modern day front runners like Robert Ellis & Nikki Lane, yet somehow reminds you instantly of Townes & Clark & Keen. Brody is more than a clever turn of phrase (though he has plenty)...He’s substance & newness wrapped up in the beauty of the old country sound. The only thing that pisses me off about Brody Price’s Music is that I didn’t write it.” – Andy Baxter of Penny and Sparrow

“Invokes the narrative skill of Townes Van Zandt and the humor of John Prine to create original sounds that feel like old friends. Old friends who have since taken guitar lessons from Jerry Garcia and Robert Ellis since you last listened. Genuine tunes from a genuine dood.” – Colin Harman of Duncan Fellows

 

Christy Hays & Jonathan Terrell

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $10.00

Join Christy Hays with her band for a night of song centric American music. Country crooner and gifted story teller, Jonathan Terrell, will open.

Christy Hays: “Like Lucinda Williams in a Carhartt jacket, Christy Hays works rugged metaphors into emotionally charged country folk.” (Austin Chronicle). Christy Hays’ music has folk and country tinges, thoughtfully penned stories and a full band sound that is both driving alt country and moody folk rock. Christy Hays has released two full length albums and two EP’s since 2009.

Hays has shared the stage with Hayes Carll, Sturgil Simpson, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis and Jeffery Foucault to name a few. Bruce Robison cut her song “Lake of Fire” and released it on his newest album Bruce Robison and the Back Porch Band.

Hays now spends portions of the summer in Montana, gigging in the Northwest, writing and returning to her beloved wilderness. Hays dreams of creating an artist retreat out of that house for people just like her who need to escape the city, disappear and create. Compared to Brandi Carlile, Lucinda Williams, Rhett Miller, Kathleen Edwards and Patty Griffin, Hays has a sound uniquely her own.

Jonathan Terrell: Jonathan Terrell is a new breed of country, pulling inspiration from dreamscapes and in depth stories from the gorgeous and gritty corners of Americana. He received international praise for his 2008 full length solo debut, “Trials and Stimulations”, and began work on his next record until shelving the project in 2011 to front and tour with the rock’n’roll band, Not In The Face.

Sean Rowe

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $20.00 in advance and $22.00 at the door.

“We are the elders of our minds,” sings Sean Rowe on “Gas Station Rose,” the track that ushers in his fourth album, New Lore, with plaintive plucks of guitar and steady drips of piano that fall in like rain. It’s a sparse and beautiful moment, anchored by Rowe’s unparalleled voice – so full of gravely soul, aged and edged by years on the road, as a father and husband, as a creative force always looking for the next rhyme. And, so integral to the man that he is, one that is constantly absorbing nature. It wasn’t the easiest journey to get to the ten vulnerable songs that comprise New Lore (out April 7th care of Anti-) – it took a label change, a trip to Memphis and some support from unexpected places – but what resulted is a roadmap for a gentle heart in modern times, in a world where the best oracle isn’t within a computer, but within ourselves.

Though Rowe has often made his hometown of Troy, New York and its surrounding areas his creative base, New Lore brought a new environment, and a new producer. Appropriate to his love of folk-blues legends like Howlin’ Wolf, he ventured to Sam Phillips Recording studio in Memphis to work with Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price). They tapped into the history of the legendary space to hone a sound that is at once rich and stark, putting Rowe’s deep and dynamic rage at the forefront. Because if high notes can shatter windows, Rowe’s low and guttural ones can meld sand into glass.

“I was looking for a specific sound and part of that was the rawness, the element of risk that Sam Phillips took with his artists,” Rowe says. “Since I was a kid I was really drawn to that music. I wasn’t really listening to music my peers were: I was really into old soul music, and music coming out of Memphis. It’s been in my work maybe in more subtle ways than now, but it’s always been in there.”

The songs on New Lore were often built to let Rowe’s voice come through in its most stirring capacity: from the wrenching ode to parenthood “I’ll Follow Your Trail” to the naturalistic “The Very First Snow,” instrumentals are layered carefully and artfully over the vocals, finding footing in Rowe’s sly and idiosyncratic guitar style. Much of what came was a result of Rowe going into the studio with a more relaxed approach – no preproduction was done, no demos finished. Rowe and Ross-Spang embraced an organic style that is so representative of how the singer-songwriter leads his life, and that is one of always fighting to flow gently with the earth, not against it.

“We were looking for perfect imperfection,” Rowe says. “If we fucked up and it was cool, then I wanted that in there. You let it happen and you don’t polish it too much.”

New Lore also ushered in a career shift – this time, after several years on Anti-, Rowe launched his own label, Three Rivers Records, and will release his LP as a collaboration with the Anti- family. He also embraced a new way of funding his work, using a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign to make the Memphis dreams a reality, and embarked on a series of house shows to reconnect with his fans at the most basic, intimate level.

 

Ray Prim Quartet with Jessee Lee

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $10.00

Ray Prim Quartet: Imagine Ben Harper and Ray Lamontagne heading over to Abbey Road in a cadillac convertible to pick up John Lennon and Paul McCartney so they can catch the tail end of The Reverend Al Green’s sermon….2016 Black Fret Recipient, Ray Prim, is a Singer Soulwriter based in Austin, Texas. His music takes you back to the days when songs were inspiring, meaningful and thought provoking. His tunes are melody-based short stories that anyone can related to and identify with. It only takes one of his many songs to be instantly hooked. Five words sums it up - Ear Candy for the Soul.. www.rayprim.com

Jessee Lee - Singer-songwriter, Jessee Lee, was born in Nashville Tennessee. Jessee’s father, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and Texas recording artist David Lee, introduced her to blues, big band, and jazz music at an early age. As a vocalist, Jessee has an Amy Winehouse inflection and offers the tone of Norah Jones in her voice. Yet, with that said, the most riveting of her sound comes from the songs she writes which are a velvety-blues feel with a jazzy, and sometimes country twist. Lee’s lyrics paint pictures, touch on real life subject matter and make listeners smile, tear up, and dance. https://www.facebook.com/jesseeleemusic

Carrie Rodriguez Laboratorio

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $22.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door

Laboratorio is the ongoing concert series conceived and led by Carrie Rodriguez, a multitalented bilingual singer/songwriter/fiddle player from Austin, Texas. Carrie and her all-star Laboratorio band collaborate with a different guest artist for each unique performance, ensuring that no two shows are ever the same. Their quest is to both explore and stretch the boundaries of what is considered to be Latin Music in America today. Not only does this ongoing “laboratory” produce byproducts of joy and wonder (on stage AND in the audience), it also reflects our American experiment: men and women, young and old, black, white, brown, and everything in between, all playing together nicely. They might play an ancient Mexican corrido, which then drifts into a dreamy psychedelic cover of Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer’, followed up by an original bilingual twangy composition by Carrie. They share duties, they take turns, they switch instruments: you want to see this because we should ALL be this way.

Who is Laboratorio? Carrie Rodriguez – vocals, violin, tenor guitar / Michael Ramos – vocals, keys, accordion / Roscoe Beck – bass Alex Marrero – vocals, drums / David Pulkingham – vocals, guitars / + special featured guest RUBEN RAMOS*

For more info please visit: https://www.carrierodriguez.com/laboratorio/

 

ATX Celebrates International Women's Day 2019

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door.

Join Cecilia + the Broken Hearts, Tiarra Girls and Leti Garza y La Banda for an evening in celebration of Austin’s Second Annual: ATX International Women’s Day 2019; Gender Harmony Through Music With Deep Austin Rooted Award Winning Power House Bands, We bring ATX together through the diverse music of rock, cumbia, salsa, son and pop. Join Us to honor this worldwide event.

Cecilia + the Broken Hearts are an Afro-Chicano Futurism band formed in Austin, TX. They have been featured on NPR’s Alt-Latino and in 2016 performed at the Cactus Cafe as part of the NPR Tiny Desk Contest Tour. Their musical focus is based on traditional Latin rhythms that are layered underneath melodic three part harmonies, and complemented by driving guitars, accordion, flute and synth. From Rumba to Cumbia to Conjunto, Cecilia + the Broken Hearts is working to push the boundaries of Latin music and create a perfect amalgamation. https://ceciliathebrokenhearts.bandcamp.com/

Tiarra Girls: the fierce sisterhood of Tiffany, Tori, and Sophia Baltierra. Three-time Austin Music Award winners and Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders alumni, the power trio delivers an eclectic sound and anthemic lyrics celebrating a message of unity and empowerment both in English and in Spanish. They are Archived in the Austin History Center as the Youngest Latina Band in Austin Texas http://tiarragirls.com/

“Blending passionately simmering boleros with upbeat cumbia, Latin pop with a flare of merengue, Leti Garza’s music is both a reflection of herself and an invitation to diverse audiences.” – Bryan C Parker, Musician of the Month, Austin Monthly Leti Garza, award-winning international entertainer, from Austin, Texas, sings Latin music with a World sensibility. Her multilingual album, El Unico Para Mi, made Texas Music Magazine’s top ten favorite albums of 2017. The song, Frio en el Alma, was also a listed favorite in 2017 by NPR’s Alt/Latino program. Leti has received a Distinguished Music Award by the Texas Music Museum, Austin, TX, as well as recognition by the Austin History Center for her contributions to Texas Music. Leti promotes inclusion and the power of diversity, and will perform with La Banda, her Austin band, for this event. http://www.letigarza.com/

Danny Schmidt

Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door.

CD Release show! Named to the Chicago Tribune’s list of the “50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years,” Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt has amassed a cult following for his poetic, poignant lyrics. With a craftsmanship and emotional depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt, and with fantastical narratives reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Salman Rushdie, Schmidt is considered a preeminent writer. Sing Out Magazine proclaimed that: “Schmidt is a force of nature: a blue moon, a hundred-year flood, an avalanche of a singer-songwriter. His songs are a flood of poetry, mythology, folk wisdom, and surprise. He is perhaps the best new songwriter we’ve heard in the last 15 years.”

Performing solo almost exclusively, armed with just his voice, his acoustic guitar, and his acute commentary, Schmidt’s an authentic timeless troubadour, one man sharing his truth in the form of songs, unadorned and intimate. The understated effect can be powerful. As songwriter Jeffrey Foucault put it: “Everything about the man is gentle, except for his capacity for insight, which is crushing.”

Carrie Rodriguez Laboratorio

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $22.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door

Laboratorio is the ongoing concert series conceived and led by Carrie Rodriguez, a multitalented bilingual singer/songwriter/fiddle player from Austin, Texas. Carrie and her all-star Laboratorio band collaborate with a different guest artist for each unique performance, ensuring that no two shows are ever the same. Their quest is to both explore and stretch the boundaries of what is considered to be Latin Music in America today. Not only does this ongoing “laboratory” produce byproducts of joy and wonder (on stage AND in the audience), it also reflects our American experiment: men and women, young and old, black, white, brown, and everything in between, all playing together nicely. They might play an ancient Mexican corrido, which then drifts into a dreamy psychedelic cover of Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer’, followed up by an original bilingual twangy composition by Carrie. They share duties, they take turns, they switch instruments: you want to see this because we should ALL be this way.

Who is Laboratorio? Carrie Rodriguez – vocals, violin, tenor guitar / Michael Ramos – vocals, keys, accordion / Roscoe Beck – bass Alex Marrero – vocals, drums / David Pulkingham – vocals, guitars / + special featured guest

 

Bobby Long

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $15.00 in advance and at the door

British singer-songwriter Bobby Long emerged from London’s club scene with a reputation for creating memorable songs inhabited by hauntingly poetic lyrics. He relocated to New York in 2009 and has since released four CDs inhabited by powerful original material: A Winter Tale (2011)—an homage to his acoustic roots; Wishbone (2013)—a gritty opus that showcases his sorrow-filled voice and stellar guitar playing; the critically-acclaimed Ode to Thinking (2015, Compass Records), which applies his varied musical influences to a compelling collection of original songs, and the latest, Sultans, arriving on March 1, 2019. Of him, one writer recently wrote: “Bobby Long is a British-born singer-songwriter who wraps his voice around the truth without judgment, melancholy without tears. His gentle guitar style allows for his plaintive and honest lyrics to crash like thunder. It’s the blues with a solution. There are many comparisons to be made, but toss those aside for a moment won’t you and leave it to the man, his guitar, and you.”

Visit: www.bobbylong.info www.musicbobbylong.com https://twitter.com/BobbyLongNews www.facebook.com/musicbobbylong www.youtube.com/musicbobbylong .

Carrie Rodriguez Laboratorio

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $22.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door

Laboratorio is the ongoing concert series conceived and led by Carrie Rodriguez, a multitalented bilingual singer/songwriter/fiddle player from Austin, Texas. Carrie and her all-star Laboratorio band collaborate with a different guest artist for each unique performance, ensuring that no two shows are ever the same. Their quest is to both explore and stretch the boundaries of what is considered to be Latin Music in America today. Not only does this ongoing “laboratory” produce byproducts of joy and wonder (on stage AND in the audience), it also reflects our American experiment: men and women, young and old, black, white, brown, and everything in between, all playing together nicely. They might play an ancient Mexican corrido, which then drifts into a dreamy psychedelic cover of Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer’, followed up by an original bilingual twangy composition by Carrie. They share duties, they take turns, they switch instruments: you want to see this because we should ALL be this way.

Who is Laboratorio? Carrie Rodriguez – vocals, violin, tenor guitar / Michael Ramos – vocals, keys, accordion / Roscoe Beck – bass Alex Marrero – vocals, drums / David Pulkingham – vocals, guitars / + special featured guest LETI GARZA

For more info please visit: https://www.carrierodriguez.com/laboratorio/

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