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Monday, May 2, 2016

Jim Ragland

Jim Ragland

6:00 PM

Singer Songwiter

Jim Ragland returned to performing as a singer, songwriter and guitarist 2006 after a 25 year break.  He played folk-rock in NYC in the 70s, then in 1980 started scoring music for Off-Off-Broadway shows. In 2006, Jim left his job teaching guitar and studio production at Seattle University, and began producing other songwriters, playing clubs and doing studio work, first in Seattle, then Portland, then Nashville, then Los Angeles.  In 2011, he moved to the Austin area, where he is grateful to find audiences that seem to like his songs, clubs that ask him to play, and creative projects with terrific musicians.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Massimo Gerosa

Massimo Gerosa

6:00 PM

Honky-tonk piano

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

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, May 4, 2016

Massimo Gerosa

Massimo Gerosa

6:00 PM

Honky-tonk piano

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, May 5, 2016

Massimo Gerosa

Massimo Gerosa

6:00 PM

Honky-tonk piano

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.

John Arthur Martinez

John Arthur Martinez

8:00 PM

Acoustic Guitar & Fiddle

In 2004, on the heels of his second-place finish on the TV talent competition Nashville Star, singer-songwriter john Arthur martinez released an album titled Lone Starry Night, which climbed to No. 49 on Billboard magazine's Top Country Albums chart. In 2015, he's reaching for the stars again, so to speak, with the Feb. 15 release of If Stars Could Sing on his own JAM Records label.

Martinez has traveled the world, sharing stages with artists from Dwight Yoakam to Elton John. But his favorite place is his home in Marble Falls, outside of Austin, where he has established the annual FiestaJAM festival to raise funds for local music education programs. He received much of his music education at the famed Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, where he honed his songwriting chops alongside fellow alums Todd Snider, Terri Hendrix, James McMurtry, Bruce Robison and Hal Ketchum, among others, while attending college. Bruce's brother, Charlie, later suggested martinez audition for TV's Nashville Star; he wound up beating Miranda Lambert for second place. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Christy Hays

Christy Hays

6:00 PM

Americana Singer/Songwriter

Born in the midwest, Christy Hays has traveled the world many times over. A lover of fellow musicians, run down towns, feather collecting and impermanence, Hays is a vagabond. She has shared the stage with Hayes Carll, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis and Sturgill Simpson, to name a few. Hays' full length album Drought was released in 2012 and will be followed by her solo EP O Montana that is slated to be released December of 2014. Hays' has been compared to the sounds of Lucinda Williams, Sun Volt, Mazzy Star, Kathleen Edwards and Loretta Lynn. With multiple tours under her belt along with international dates, it's likely she will appear in a town near you. Hays has a dynamic band that delivers a folk psych rock Americana sound called Christy Hays and Caliche which can be seen regularly in their hometown of Austin, Texas.

Paula Russell

Paula Russell

9:00 PM

Singer

Paula has been teaching and directing non-stop for over 30 years, offering workshop intensives, classes, private coaching and production coaching for both professionals and community groups. After a 20-year hiatus from acting, Paula's most recent professional work as an actor includes three SAG commercials and the title role in "Always, Patsy Cline" under an Equity contract.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Choctaw Wildfire

Choctaw Wildfire

9:00 PM

Honky-tonk band

Often sounding like a band possessed, Charlie Pierce and Choctaw Wildfire is an intense, driving honky-tonk trio that consists of piano, upright bass, and drums. During a performance, they will rattle you to the core with a heartbreaking ballad and then unleash a New Orleans inspired boogie that leaves the listener longing for the days when juke joints ruled the American landscape. Their music is somehow familiar, yet can leave you feeling like an outsider who has just witnessed something very real, painfully beautiful, and ultimately redeeming. Regardless of how their music grabs you, a performance by Charlie Pierce and Choctaw Wildfire might be the most genuine thing you've heard in a very long time.



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