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Monday, May 23, 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, May 24, 2016

Jamie Thomas

Jamie Thomas

6:00 PM

Singer Songwriter

Jamie Thomas had his musical epiphany not at the proverbial crossroads but a schoolyard in Astoria, Queens, where the music of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones and others touched his soul and inspired him to play and sing music as well as write songs. He honed his skills as a performer playing New York clubs in a band before striking out on his own, making his bones as a solo act in the ground zero of the American folk movement, Greenwich Village.

He later headed south of Mason-Dixon to the folk and roots mother lode, spending time in Nashville before landing in Austin, where he has made his mark on the music community both with his own frequent shows and joining such local scene stalwarts as Will Sexton, Stephen Doster and Bill Carter on stage. His performances mix his own steeped-in-the-tradition originals with his reinterpretations of other numbers from the great real American music songbook that span from its origins to today.

 

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. 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.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Jamie Thomas

Jamie Thomas

6:00 PM

Singer Songwriter

Jamie Thomas had his musical epiphany not at the proverbial crossroads but a schoolyard in Astoria, Queens, where the music of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones and others touched his soul and inspired him to play and sing music as well as write songs. He honed his skills as a performer playing New York clubs in a band before striking out on his own, making his bones as a solo act in the ground zero of the American folk movement, Greenwich Village.

He later headed south of Mason-Dixon to the folk and roots mother lode, spending time in Nashville before landing in Austin, where he has made his mark on the music community both with his own frequent shows and joining such local scene stalwarts as Will Sexton, Stephen Doster and Bill Carter on stage. His performances mix his own steeped-in-the-tradition originals with his reinterpretations of other numbers from the great real American music songbook that span from its origins to today.

 

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 26, 2016

Jamie Thomas

Jamie Thomas

6:00 PM

Singer Songwriter

Jamie Thomas had his musical epiphany not at the proverbial crossroads but a schoolyard in Astoria, Queens, where the music of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones and others touched his soul and inspired him to play and sing music as well as write songs. He honed his skills as a performer playing New York clubs in a band before striking out on his own, making his bones as a solo act in the ground zero of the American folk movement, Greenwich Village.

He later headed south of Mason-Dixon to the folk and roots mother lode, spending time in Nashville before landing in Austin, where he has made his mark on the music community both with his own frequent shows and joining such local scene stalwarts as Will Sexton, Stephen Doster and Bill Carter on stage. His performances mix his own steeped-in-the-tradition originals with his reinterpretations of other numbers from the great real American music songbook that span from its origins to today.

Big John Mills

Big John Mills

8:00 PM

Guitar-playing skill like Big John’s does not often accompany such deft and wise songwriting and phrasing, but Big John is the whole package. His original rocking and rollicking song, “Spicy Chicken,” is the theme song for the Texas Music Awards. His great original songwriting has earned him the respect of his peers and the devotion of legions of fans around Texas, across the country and in Europe.

Big John MillsTexas legend and guitar virtuoso, began playing guitar at age 6. By age 16, Mills was earning a living as a highly sought-after guitarist and session musician. Mills was raised in Texas, living in most every part of the state and ultimately growing up in Deer Park.

Guitar-playing skill like Big John’s does not often accompany such deft and wise songwriting and phrasing, but Big John is the whole package. His original rocking and rollicking song, “Spicy Chicken,” is the theme song for the Texas Music Awards. His great original songwriting has earned him the respect of his peers and the devotion of legions of fans around Texas, across the country and in Europe.

 

Friday, May 27, 2016

D.C. Bloom

D.C. Bloom

6:00 PM

Singer/Songwriter

Since landing in Austin in 2009, the Ohio native has released two full-length CDs (Simpler Times A-Wastin’ and New Man) and one five-song EP (Cinco de Star-Oh!). D.C. is currently recording a new album (The Rest is Commentary) set for an April 2014 launch.

Along the way, he’s worked with some of Central Texas’ best musicians, including Terri Hendrix, Warren Hood, Barbara Nesbitt (The Whiskey Sisters), and Leeann Atherton.

With a frisky wit and winsome demeanor, the typical D.C. set may find him offering an empathetic musical salute to the Texas Panhandle’s lowly and endangered Lesser Prairie Chicken and then lithely pivoting to share a heartbreaking story of perpetual wonder as a result of an unheard whisper from a past love. 

Meagles

Meagles

9:00 PM

Americana Band

Band Members

Landis Armstrong: Guitar
Matt Eskey: Bass
Andrew C. Gerfers: Drums

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Cornell Heard

Cornell Heard

9:00 PM

Western Swing Band

The beginnings of this band go back to 1968, when Cornell Hurd (vocals, guitar) and Frank Roeber (vocals, bass), refugees from high school rock and surf bands put together The Milpitas Submarine Band, a "hillbilly" band formed to entertain students at Homestead High School in the town of Cupertino, California. Cornell and Frank were joined by Russell E. Bowen and John Shudlick, vocalists who played guitar and percussion. The Cornell Hurd Band serves up a delicious combination of Western Swing, classic country, and boogie-woogie, spiced with a dash of rock ‘n roll. 



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