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Monday, June 20, 2016

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, June 21, 2016

Jeremy McBee

Jeremy McBee

6:00 PM

Singer/Songwriter

At 24 years old, Jeremy McBee has immersed himself in the Austin music scene after graduating from Texas A&M University in December 2012. During his time in College Station, TX, Jeremy performed weekly at restaurants, bars, festivals, private parties, and weddings. Inspired musically by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Jamie Cullum, and John Legend, Jeremy aims to create and perform music that emits that heartfelt, old school feeling. Before his college years at A&M, Jeremy grew up in Nashville, TN, for 14 years. It was while growing up in Nashville that he first noticed his musical talents and passions. By the time he was 18, he had recorded in the world renowned Dark Horse Recording Studio in Franklin, TN, as well as recorded in the studio of Wayne Kirkpatrick (world renowned songwriter and producer of Little Big Town).

Brian Kremer

Brian Kremer

8:00 PM

Crooner Songwriter

Brian Kremer bills himself as a crooner/songwriter, pointing with a Dean Martin wink to an elegant sound that plays somewhere between Bing Crosby and Hank Williams on the radio dial.  Brian’s polished, tender voice and guitar-picking charm are fully showcased on his new album “Echoes & Twirls”.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Jeremy McBee

Jeremy McBee

6:00 PM

Singer/Songwriter

At 24 years old, Jeremy McBee has immersed himself in the Austin music scene after graduating from Texas A&M University in December 2012. During his time in College Station, TX, Jeremy performed weekly at restaurants, bars, festivals, private parties, and weddings. Inspired musically by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Jamie Cullum, and John Legend, Jeremy aims to create and perform music that emits that heartfelt, old school feeling. Before his college years at A&M, Jeremy grew up in Nashville, TN, for 14 years. It was while growing up in Nashville that he first noticed his musical talents and passions. By the time he was 18, he had recorded in the world renowned Dark Horse Recording Studio in Franklin, TN, as well as recorded in the studio of Wayne Kirkpatrick (world renowned songwriter and producer of Little Big Town).

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, June 23, 2016

Jeremy McBee

Jeremy McBee

6:00 PM

Singer/Songwriter

At 24 years old, Jeremy McBee has immersed himself in the Austin music scene after graduating from Texas A&M University in December 2012. During his time in College Station, TX, Jeremy performed weekly at restaurants, bars, festivals, private parties, and weddings. Inspired musically by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Jamie Cullum, and John Legend, Jeremy aims to create and perform music that emits that heartfelt, old school feeling. Before his college years at A&M, Jeremy grew up in Nashville, TN, for 14 years. It was while growing up in Nashville that he first noticed his musical talents and passions. By the time he was 18, he had recorded in the world renowned Dark Horse Recording Studio in Franklin, TN, as well as recorded in the studio of Wayne Kirkpatrick (world renowned songwriter and producer of Little Big Town).

Outlier

Outlier

8:00 PM

Piano/Guitar/Violin Duo

Outlier, Anthony Garcia of Texas, guitarist, pianist and vocalist; and Melanie Lenau of Michigan, violinist and vocalist are a duo who met in the port town of Busan, South Korea while working there as English teachers. It was there in 2012 that they recorded their debut, self titled album Outlier. The album features a full band and is electric guitar centered,cinematic Americana with solos reaching back to the guitar hero tradition of Zeppelin and Hendrix, lyrics and songs that pay homage to Townes Van Zandt and Leonard Cohen, and haunting violin inspired by J.S. Bach, reflecting the duo’s formal classical training. 

Live as a duo, their songs are brought to life with subtle, live percussive loops that Anthony creates on the fly by beating on his acoustic guitar, freeing him up to move over to the piano, on which he is classically trained. Melanie adds vocal harmonies and chordal violin accompaniment as well as gypsy, baroque solo lines. The texture of their duo performances reaches from the most tender vocal harmonies to a sprawling wall of sound.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Alexa Kriss

Alexa Kriss

6:00 PM

Pop/Rock Singer

Twenty year old Nebraska college student and singer/songwriter Alexa Kriss has released her debut Pop Rock album and several music videos. Exciting, unique, all original sound with a mix of pure vocals and rock inspired pop tunes are certain to have you up and dancing! The creation of Alexa’s slick new sound is a result of a variety of musical influences ranging from Celine Dion, The Beatles, Dave Matthews, The Darkness, and The Scorpions.

Trip Trio

Trip Trio

9:00 PM

Swing Blues with Rural Roots

"Excavating the musical world these days is as exciting as ever. From the unlikeliest of places come gems of such brightness they can only be described as brilliant. Lissa Hattersley spent the swerving ‘70s in the Austin group Greezy Wheels, which got thrown in with the redneck rock set but were in actuality a psychedelic swing band with rural roots branching out all over the place. Hattersley was one of their spirited lead singers, and her sweet voice belied an earthy sense of gospel-fueled rhythm & blues. All these years later she has finally made a solo album, and what a kick it is. Her voice has a timeless quality to it, impossible to pigeonhole into a single style or time zone. What really comes across is her inner beauty, a sultry playfulness that makes it seem no matter what comes her way she’ll take it to the sunny side of the street. “Easy Reverie” is a striking original that could just as easily be written in the ‘30s, sung at a Café Society speakeasy in downtown New York, while “Moonstruck Love” is a soul song that lets Hattersley shine at her brightest. Some of the best musicians in Texas are on these sessions, and while there is an easeful joy in every song, the years of experience of all the players always feels like seasoned professionals are ably on the case. The singer grew up on the East Coast before heading for Texas, and the sense of sophistication running through the sound makes an intriguing case of yin and yang, uptown and back home, with Lissa Hattersley our gracious vocal host taking us to the other side. For a glimpse into a musical world that may be off the beaten path but promises a spirited journey, How I Spent My Summer Vacation could be the best travel tip you receive all season." -Bill Bentley, SonicBoomers.com

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Cascade Rye

Cascade Rye

9:00 PM

Folk/Rock Americana

Cascade Rye is a husband and wife duo originally from Oregon. Both Jake and Kalyn Payne have deep roots in the Northwest and love where they are from. They left all that for a chance to perform in a region that lends itself more to their brand of music.

The musicianship of this band is also well documented. These aren’t monotonous singer/songwriter numbers, strumming the same predictable chords in a day and age when every town or city in America has an open mic night, a Sunday afternoon “jam,” or in the current time where pop culture has reduced the art of music to a weekly televised contest spectacle. At coffee houses, vineyards and venues throughout the country, singer/songwriters of every age and background wear their heart and soul on sleeve, certainly an expressive and vulnerable place to be. However, the actual instrumental compositions of Cascade Rye stand alongside the lyrical content, and this is an excruciatingly important detail that is often overlooked by so many aspiring songwriters and bands; the instrumentation, key choice, placement of notes and instrumental execution or technique affect the mood and support the storyline of the song, much like lighting, camera angle and set- dressing affects the visual feel of a movie. Rhythmic urgency, mandolin and violin flourishes, guitar chord structures, and multi-harmony vocals executed at just the right moment provide an explicit artistic imagery that seems simply neglected in today’s saturated singer/songwriter market.



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