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Monday, April 21, 2014

Sharon Bourbonnais

Sharon Bourbonnais

6:00 PM

Jazz Singer

Sharon Bourbonnais with or without her ensemble "Tres Bourbonnais" is a breath of fresh musical air. Sweet sultry vocals over unique, eclectic piano stylings. Referred to as Bonnie Raitt meets Diana Krall while tripping over Billy Joel. Sharon has opened for Jack Johnson and renowned ukulele artist Jake Shimibukuro and recently returned to Austin after 10 years in Hawaii.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Massimo Gerosa

Massimo Gerosa

6:00 PM

Honky-tonk piano from an Italian rockabilly

Pianist Massimo Gerosa has backed up living legends of American music across Europe, including Wanda Jackson, and also plays with Shaun Young's Blue Dots and JWW and the Prospectors. His heavy boogie woogie, classic sense of melody, and dead-on rhythmic feel sew up the band's sound like needle and thread.

Brian Kremer

Brian Kremer

8:00 PM

Songwriter

Brian Kremer is most noted for his smooth voice, which PopMatters calls "an evocative instrument in itself" and his original, often-melancholy folk/country tunes that Austin.com describes as "exquisitely pleasurable heartache." But he now also delivers his own guitar-centric takes on pop standards from the 1910s-1940s, making them audience favorites in Austin, as well as in Dallas, NYC, and his home state of Vermont. While building on a classical choral career that culminated in a 2003 Grammy nomination with the Dale Warland Singers, a debut solo album (2008's Climbing The Vine), and a steadily growing audience in Austin and beyond, Brian hit a wall in 2011 with tendon injuries in his hand, forcing a yearlong hiatus. The break was tough but fruitful as he refined and focused his direction - listening, writing, and honing in on this new, yet familiar sound. Brian staged his welcome-back show in July 2012 to a packed room at Austin's famed Cactus Café and is back to performing again. He's crooning, picking, whistling, and charming rooms with his signature sets of originals and classic interpretations.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Massimo Gerosa

Massimo Gerosa

6:00 PM

Honky-tonk piano from an Italian rockabilly

Pianist Massimo Gerosa has backed up living legends of American music across Europe, including Wanda Jackson, and also plays with Shaun Young's Blue Dots and JWW and the Prospectors. His heavy boogie woogie, classic sense of melody, and dead-on rhythmic feel sew up the band's sound like needle and thread.

Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

8:00 PM

Springsteen-esque Singer/Songwriter

Bruce Smith continues the work praised by Eric Brace of the Washington Post as "powerful folk songs with a conscience" and what Neal Fagan of  Performing Songwriter Magazine called "literate, descriptive lyrics with a unique point of view articulated in a way that's intelligent and accessible".


The Bruce Smith Band features two time Grammy Award Winner Randy Caballero (formerly of La Mafia and Xelencia) on keyboards, Jasper on lead guitar, Jamie Pender on bass, Bryan Austin on drums and Bruce Smith on lead vocals and rhythm guitar.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Massimo Gerosa

Massimo Gerosa

6:00 PM

Honky-tonk piano from an Italian rockabilly

Pianist Massimo Gerosa has backed up living legends of American music across Europe, including Wanda Jackson, and also plays with Shaun Young's Blue Dots and JWW and the Prospectors. His heavy boogie woogie, classic sense of melody, and dead-on rhythmic feel sew up the band's sound like needle and thread.

Mary Fagan with Redd Volkaert

Mary Fagan with Redd Volkaert

8:00 PM

Folk/Blues vocalist with the legendary guitarist

A restless heart and devotion to music has made Mary Fagan a true original with wide ranging influences. Backing herself solidly on piano or guitar, this modern American troubadour moves seamlessly from jazz to folk, blues and rock. With influences that range from Duke Ellington to The Grateful Dead, you can't fit her neatly into any one musical category. She plays solo, duo and with her Honky-Tonk band in Austin, an Americana band in North Carolina and several ensembles in New Hampshire. But no matter what style of music she is playing, her voice will captivate you. It is bold and smooth, as if it were forged in the blues and then dipped in velvet.

Redd Volkaert was a successor to Roy Nichols in Merle Haggard's backing band, and is "among the country's top Telecaster guitar slingers.". Volkaert won a 2009 Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Suzi Stern & George Oldziey

Suzi Stern & George Oldziey

6:00 PM

Jazz Singer & Pianist/Composer

Austin-based composer George Oldziey has been writing, producing, and performing music for over 30 years. His diverse scores have graced numerous films, video games and documentaries. He is well known for his versatility, professionalism and enthusiasm.

The musical styles of George's original scores and orchestrations run the gamut from the grand orchestral scope of films such as Sin City and Once Upon a Time in Mexico to the quirky variety of Spongebob Squarepants. Directors and producers from all genres of film, documentaries, TV and video games have praised him for the quality and breadth of his work, his teamwork and his ability to meet deadlines on time.

Although usually associated with the Austin jazz community, Suzi Stern transcends the limitations of genre with this subtly compelling, quietly evocative collection of original compositions and imaginative arrangements that prove to be her most ambitious project to date. Stern surrounds herself with a cast of local virtuosos, most notably her pianist and musical partner George Oldziey. A tasteful combination of instruments, Oldziey's accordion and James Anderson's violin for instance, layer the sound to evoke a European cabaret vibe on "Air" and "Tango for Tina," with a splash of klezmer on the title track in John Mills' clarinet. Trumpeter Mike Sailors blows quite effective on "Deeper Quiet," an ethereal tune on which Stern's jazz sensibilities serve her well. This is a mature, contemplative album that requires intimate listening, and while Stern's vocals admirably carry the program, its within the limited range permitted by these delicate tunes

Weldon Henson

Weldon Henson

9:00 PM

Country Singer

Simple & True. Weldon Henson is to country music what an ice cold beer is on a "long, hard, hot, day" - refreshing. The first few notes out of his mouth and you know your witnessing the real deal. Henson's shows are a throw-back to the vintage honky-tonk and Texas culture that brought your grandparents together combined with the rock ‘n roll attitude and approach of the more modern men of Texas country. You're in good hands with Henson. Prepare to swing, 2-step, waltz, and even polka to authentic, brand new honky-tonk music.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Undead Joe

Undead Joe

9:00 PM

Country Trio

"The songs are all original and every one is killer honky tonk, but if I was pushed to nail highlights, Please Whiskey, and I Made A Mistake are especially good." - Duncan Warwick, Country Music People



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