The 04 Center Presents: Leigh Nash w/ Jordan Whitmore
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

The 04 Center Presents: Leigh Nash w/ Jordan Whitmore

GA Adv - $20 / Door - $25 / VIP - $45
Doors @ 7pm / Show @ 8pm
Full Bar / All Ages
VIP Tickets include reserved front row seating, a pre-show artist meet & greet, and a Limited Edition 6 song EP (with the 20th Anniversary edition of “Kiss Me” & other new material). Only 32 VIP tickets available!

 
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Growing up in the Texas Hill Country of New Braunfels, Leigh Nash officially started her music career singing country music and learning old country songs on the guitar when she was just 12 years old.

With a desire to be on the stage, she started calling clubs on her own to book herself to perform. Before long, the young teen was singing Loretta Lynn and Tanya Tucker songs, such as "You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man" and "Texas When I Die,” on open mic Sunday nights while being backed by a middle-aged band of town locals. It was in the early 90’s when she met guitarist and songwriter Matt Slocum and together they formed the band Sixpence
None The Richer, a famed pop group that went on to win numerous awards and accolades, including two GRAMMY® Award nominations.
In their career, Sixpence None The Richer recorded four full-length albums. Their debut, which released when Nash was just 16, was 1994’s critically acclaimed LP The Fatherless & The Widow. In the years that followed, the band released numerous timeless songs and huge radio hits, from
the GRAMMY-nominated “Kiss Me” to “There She Goes,” among many others.
Leigh Nash also recorded the song "Need to Be Next to You,” written by famed songwriter Diane Warren, for the 2000 movie Bounce, which became Nash's first solo single. She also made guest appearances on albums from bands such as Los Straightjackets and Delerium. Nash eventually pursued a solo career and debuted her first album, Blue On Blue, in 2006 (One Son/Nettwerk). She also became a member of Fauxliage and Movement Nashville.

Today, Nash is based in Nashville working as a touring solo artist and songwriter, and she continues to tour with Sixpence None The Richer. She is currently writing and recording, with new songs projected to release throughout 2019.



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Austin IN Connection Presents - Austin IN: Relationship- How to Cultivate Healthy Intimacy and Attachment
Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

Austin IN Connection Presents - Austin IN: Relationship- How to Cultivate Healthy Intimacy and Attachment

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Join us for a lively discussion about cultivating intimacy and attachment in your romantic relationships! Discussion will be followed by Q&A

About this Event

Our night will begin with a 45-minute facilitated discussion with some of Austin’s most dynamic couples therapists, followed by 45-minutes of Q&A with our audience.

Topics we're highlighting in our discussion include:

  • Attachment Styles

  • Desire Discrepancies

  • Milestone Conversations + Sex

  • Expansive Sexuality

This event is LGBTQ+ and Polyamorous inclusive. ALL are welcomed!

Featured Speakers:

  • Dr. Felicia De La Garza Mercer, PhD

  • Kristal DeSantis, LMFT (Austin STRONG: Relationship Building Center)

  • Adam Maurer, LMFT, LPC (Moontower Counseling)

Moderated By: Marissa Rivera, LPC (Ola Wellness)

*PARKING IS FREE*


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Austin IN Connection Presents: Cutting through The Blame Game & Rewiring for Love
Oct
26
to Oct 27

Austin IN Connection Presents: Cutting through The Blame Game & Rewiring for Love

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Join us for a one-day professional workshop with Dr. Brent Atkinson as he outlines his pragmatic, experiential approach for clinicians working with couples.

6.0 CEUs, light breakfast, and a boxed lunch will be provided!

Dr. Atkinson will pre-select case studies from attendees prior to the workshop. Stay tuned for more info on how to submit your case study for consideration!

Part 1: Cutting Through the Blame Game

Most people who are in distressed relationships believe that their partners are more to blame than they are, but studies suggest that partners tend to engage in unhealthy relationship behaviors at approximately the same rates. Studies further suggest that mistaken beliefs about overall blame are no small matter. They fuel contempt, which is the most powerful predictor of divorce. In this workshop, Dr. Atkinson will demonstrate how you can go straight to the heart of the matter, helping partners realize that it’s in their own best interest to understand how their own dysfunctional habits have caused just as much trouble in the relationship as have their mates’. You will learn how to give critical feedback to clients without them feeling criticized, and help them understand the concrete changes they need to make.

Step by step, Dr. Atkinson will show how you can motivate and guide clients through the process of “laying down their weapons,” explicitly acknowledging mutual responsibility for the depleted condition of their relationships.

Part 2: Rewiring for Love

This workshop will build upon Part 1 by teaching you how to create detailed mind/body workout routines for inmate partners that enable them to develop the abilities that have been proven to be necessary to develop and maintain satisfying relationships. To execute the needed abilities, one’s brain must be wired in ways that promote mood-regulation, self-soothing, response-flexibility, and empathy. The neural mechanisms that enable such abilities cannot be willed at a moment’s notice, but hundreds of studies suggest that they can be strengthened through three types of daily practices. Dr. Atkinson is a master at translating the advances in neurobiology and relationship science into usable methods.

Through engaging examples and videos, he will show you how you can guide partners step-by-step in implementing them.


Learn more about Dr. Atkinson:

https://thecouplesclinic.com/our-story/

Podcasts:
-https://couplestherapistcouch.com/011-pragmaticexperiential-therapy-brent-atkinson/
-https://loveumentary.com/blog/s3-e10-dr-brent-atkinson
-https://ackerman.podbean.com/e/the-ackerman-podcast-16-increasing-the-capacity-for-love-with-brent-atkinson-phd/

Articles:

http://www.oprah.com/relationships/how-to-save-your-relationship

https://thecouplesclinic.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/The-Emotional-Imperative.pdf

https://thecouplesclinic.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Brain_to_Brain.pdf

https://thecouplesclinic.com/articles/article-4/

https://thecouplesclinic.com/articles/article-5/

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The 04 Center Presents: The Gray Havens w/ Wilder Adkins
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

The 04 Center Presents: The Gray Havens w/ Wilder Adkins

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Doors @ 7pm / Show @ 8pm
All Ages
GA - $15 / VIP - $40


VIP Experience includes: a ticket to the show, a group Q&A, photo op, signed poster and early access one hour before public doors.

The Gray Havens centers around husband/wife Dave and Licia Radford. Since their beginning in 2013, their projects have been hailed as “an imaginative treatment of faith…[having] a visionary quality that’s both playful and enraptured.” They have a knack for creating a listening experience similar to paging through your favorite book, with richly textured compositions and multi-layered lyrics. Releasing their debut EP on NoiseTrade in 2013, and their first full-length album, Fire and Stone, in 2015, the duo has gained a steady following of listeners nationwide. 

Their newest release, Ghost of a King, debuted at #3 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts, rewarding listeners with immersive soundscapes and lyrical imagination. From poetic – almost Shakespearean – imagery to grand epics fit for darkened concert halls, to pop music infused with loops and infectious beats, the album possesses a remarkable range. In the context of that refreshing variety, the album stays cohesive thanks to its exploration of the human condition of longing.

Today, The Gray Havens are making the most well-crafted music of their career. Their next highly anticipated full-length album is expected to release in 2018. 
All Ages

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Blue Corn Music Celebration benefitting HAAM
Nov
10
6:00 PM18:00

Blue Corn Music Celebration benefitting HAAM

20 years of Blue Corn Music. PHEW!
Grammy Winners Grupo Fantasma headline this event with proceeds going to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians - HAAM
The AMAZING lineup (so far!):
Ruthie Foster
Roger Blevins of Mingo Fishtrap
Rebecca Loebe
Gary Nicholson Music
Jeff Plankenhorn
Adam Carroll and Chris Caroll
Rich Brotherton
Two High String Band featuring members of Wood & Wire

"We have been fortunate to have worked with so many incredibly talented artists over the last several years. We all know how much the business environment has changed over this period, but the music will always transcend. We're taking this opportunity to celebrate our artists' creativity and contribute to the Austin music community."
-Denby Auble, founder

Tickets:
GA- $25
VIP-$45

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The 04 Center Presents: Indian & The Jones Album Release Show w/ Sour Bridges & Ruby Dice
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

The 04 Center Presents: Indian & The Jones Album Release Show w/ Sour Bridges & Ruby Dice

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Doors @ 7pm
Show @ 8pm
Full Bar
All Ages

The 04 Center welcomes Austin's own Indian & The Jones to the 04 Room stage to celebrate the release of their new album. Opening the show will be Sour Bridges & Ruby Dice. 

BIO:
Indian and The Jones is Tanner Evans, Jesse Schaefer, and Sarah Dossey.

Combining sounds and elements of American folk music, bluegrass, old time music, country music, and modern folk songwriting, Indian and the Jones crafts a fresh sound that harkens back to the deep, illustrious musical traditions of America. 

With Dossey and Schaefer's pop roots, and Evan's deep knowledge of traditional fiddle tunes and folk tradition,  Indian & The Jones beautifully marries their collective love of crafting great songs with their foundation in Texas music. These three know how to write songs that are fun, sometimes heartbreaking, and catchy to the core. 

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Kessler Presents: David Ball & That Carolina Sound
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Kessler Presents: David Ball & That Carolina Sound

 
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Doors @ 7pm / Show @ 8pm
GA $28 / VIP $64
Full bar service
All Ages

 

Grammy award winning David Ball has a new project paying tribute to the great music of Uncle Walt’s Band, called David Ball & That Carolina Sound, featuring Warren Hood & Marshall Hood. Here is a link to the band live.

Peter Blackstock writes, “If you don’t know the band name, you might well know the participants, especially if you were a fan of the Austin/Carolina country-jazz trio Uncle Walt’s Band. The sole surviving member, David Ball, teams with Austin violinist Warren Hood — son of Uncle Walt’s Band fiddler Champ Hood — and Warren’s cousin Marshall for a night that promises to bring back fond memories of the late, great Walter Hyatt. Ball also will play many songs from his solo career, adapted to the acoustic trio style. Oh, and about that name? It came from Lyle Lovett, one of Uncle Walt’s Band’s biggest fans, who once described this music that influenced him so much as “That Carolina Sound.”

They have inspired numerous house favorites, Robert Earl Keen, Shawn Colvin, Jessie Colter, Jerry Jeff Walker, Marcia Ball, Joe Ely, and the aforementioned  Lyle Lovett…Those boys from Carolina, they sure enough could sing…

“That’s Right You’re Not From Texas” -Lyle Lovett 

Walter HyattChamp Hood, and David Ball formed Uncle Walt’s Band. They moved from SpartanburgSouth Carolina to NashvilleTennessee, in 1972, where they caught the attention of Willis Alan Ramsey, a famous and revered Texas singer and songwriter. Luring them to his studio, Ramsey would become the band’s first noted fan.

The band returned to the Carolinas in 1974, recording Blame It on the Bossanova, their first record, at CharlotteNorth Carolina‘s Arthur Smith Studios.

In 1978, Uncle Walt’s Band played a reunion gig in Austin, Texas, and the success that followed kept the band together in subsequent years. That success wasn’t limited to the South, however. Uncle Walt’s Band gained a cult following around the world, ranging from the University of California, Berkeley to Moscow University in Russia. UWB released two more albums on the local Lespedeza label, 1980’s An American in Texas and 1982’s Uncle Walt’s Band Recorded Live, which was recorded at the Waterloo Ice House in Austin.

In 2007, during South by Southwest, the Austin Music Awards put together a tribute to Uncle Walt’s Band. Lyle Lovett and David Ball were joined by Champ Hood’s son singer, songwriter, and fiddle player, Warren Hood, and Champ Hood’s nephew, singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Marshall Hood of The Belleville Outfit.

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Kessler Presents: The Band of Heathens
Dec
1
6:00 PM18:00

Kessler Presents: The Band of Heathens

 
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EARLY SHOW
Doors @ 6pm / Show @ 7pm
$28 GA / $54 VIP
Full Bar / All Ages

Sometimes it’s the “happy accidents,” rather than elaborately laid plans, that lead to something lasting, and that’s precisely the case with award-winning Austin rock and roll stalwarts, The Band of Heathens.

“It’s really funny how the loose, tequila-fueled weekly side-project that started almost 14 years ago has evolved into what the band is today,” singer and songwriter Gordy Quist says with a laugh as he recalls the band’s road to success. 

But planned or not, the band has enjoyed sustained success for more than a decade, racking up 10 albums and more than twelve hundred performances in thirteen countries. Quist and Ed Jurdi, the band’s other principal singer and songwriter, are the only founding members still in the group that first came together in 2005. The core lineup of Jurdi and Quist on guitars and lead vocals, were joined by Trevor Nealon on keys in 2009 and Richard Millsap on drums in 2012. Bassist Jesse Wilson came on board in 2017.

Despite a few changes in personnel along the way, one thing has remained constant for the band. “The thing we always set out to do was to make timeless music, timeless records,” Jurdi says. “Not what’s fashionable or what’s trendy, but what inspires us.”

“As the band was getting together and going, Gordy and I seemed to have similar focus in terms of what our ambitions were for making music and taking it beyond the confines of what we were doing, presenting it on a bigger level,” Jurdi continues.  It’s not just writing and performing the songs, there are endless choices that go into establishing the right aesthetic and tone for the presentation of the entire band, both on stage and in our recordings.”

The Band of Heathens’ first two releases were live recordings and the funky, soulful, rootsy sounds on those live records would come to be the band’s hallmark. “People say, ‘What kind of music do you play,’ and we say, ‘Rock and roll,’” Quist says. “And it’s always like, ‘Oh, rock?’ ‘No, not rock, rock and roll, with the roll in it.’ Because the roll implies a groove and a funkiness that modern rock just does not have. ... We’re a rock and roll band.”

Between 2008 and 2016, The Band of Heathens released five studio albums, four of which went to either number one or number two on the Americana Radio Albums Chart, and earned a pair of Americana Music Awards nominations. Then in 2018, they released the acclaimed A Message from the People Revisited, a recreation of the legendary 1972 Ray Charles album, A Message from the People.

Also in 2018, Quist and a friend purchased The Finishing School, a studio in Austin where the band had frequently worked, after the passing of the studio’s owner, their longtime friend and producer, George Reiff.

“We’re really fortunate to be in a position to have access to a creative workspace like The Finishing School. It’s allowing us to take the final step in realizing some greater creative vision.   We’ve laid down about 15 new songs over the past several months, with plans for some of this material to be included on a full length album in 2020, says Jurdi.

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Kessler Presents: Josh Weathers
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

Kessler Presents: Josh Weathers

 
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Doors @ 7 pm
Show @ 8pm
TICKETS
$22 GA / $44 VIP

 
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Josh Weathers is a Fort Worth based soulful singer-songwriter. He has spent the last 15 years honing his craft of combining songs of hope with a high energy rock n' soul live show. Since a video of him singing "I Will Always Love You", the classic Dolly Parton hit, went viral a few years ago, it has expanded Josh's reach to a national and global level. Many people have compared him to the likes of John Mellencamp, Springsteen, and even Stevie Wonder, but his die-hard fanbase has found something incredibly unique about his ability to connect with an audience. In late 2015, Josh and his wife Kady founded a non-profit organization called Love Like You Mean It, Intl. after a life-changing trip to India. Since the foundation began, Josh has chosen to use his platform to bring awareness to their efforts overseas. If you ever have a chance to witness a live performance... do it. You'll be a part of something special.

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Kessler Presents: Marc Broussard
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

Kessler Presents: Marc Broussard

 
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GA - $32 / VIP - $64
Doors @ 7:00pm
Show @ 8:00pm
All Ages, Full Bar

The son of Boogie Kings guitarist (and Louisiana Hall of Fame member) Ted Broussard, singer/songwriter Marc Broussard was seemingly destined for a life as a music man. His upbringing in Lafayette, Louisiana instilled in him an affinity for R&B alongside the Cajun trappings of southern Louisiana. Drawing vocal and stylistic influence from Otis Redding and Brian McKnight while bearing the preternaturally gruff vocals of John Hiatt and Dr. John, Broussard was barely 20 at the time of his first album's release. Momentary Setback appeared to encouraging reviews on the independent Ripley Records label in September 2002. Soon afterwards, the young musician inked a deal with Island Def Jam.

Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce SpringsteenWith Island's support, doors began to open for Broussard. "Just Like That," a track from the Momentary Setback album, was culled for inclusion in the 2003 Lost and Found, Vol. 1 compilation alongside such artists as Ryan Adams and the Jayhawks; that same year, Broussard also appeared on a Bruce Springsteen tribute album, Light of Day, with the track "Back in Your Arms." He spent the autumn of 2003 on the road, where he served as opening act for the Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, and fellow singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw. Carencro, a sophomore album named after Broussard's hometown, was issued by Island Records in 2004, and he made the jump from Island to Atlantic Records four years later for the release of Keep Coming Back. He became a road dog after the album's release, opening for and sharing stages not only with Maroon 5 and the Dave Matthews Band but also with Willie Nelson, O.A.R., and Bonnie Raitt.

A Life Worth LivingIn March of 2011, two songs, "Lucky" and "Only Everything," were issued for digital download as a precursor to his Jamie Kenney-produced self-titled album, which appeared in July and also signaled his move to the Vanguard label. It was followed in 2014 by Life Worth Living, a more stripped-down effort that drew raves from critics. In September of 2016, he announced that 50 percent of the sales of his S.O.S. II album would go to charities that primarily served the homeless and hometown organizations like City of Refuge. Released in 2017 on G-Man, Easy to Love placed inside the Top 25 on the Top Independent Albums chart.

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Kessler Presents: Rodney Crowell "The Texas Tour"
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Kessler Presents: Rodney Crowell "The Texas Tour"

 
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GA - $38 / VIP $68
Doors @ 7 Show @ 8
Full Bar Service
All Ages

With more than 40 years of American roots music under his belt, Texas native RODNEY CROWELL is a two-time Grammy Award winner with five Number One hits of his own and a legacy of songwriting excellence which has made him an icon among giants. With strong roots in country music, Crowell has written chart-topping hits for the likes of Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Keith Urban and more. But owing to the distinctly universal, literary quality of his writing, has also penned beloved songs for artists as diverse as Bob Seger, Etta James, the Grateful Dead, John Denver, Jimmy Buffett and countless others. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Crowell is also the author of the acclaimed memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, and teamed up with New York Times best-selling author Mary Karr for Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell in 2012, with Karr saying of her collaborator, “Like Hank Williams or Townes Van Zandt or Miss Lucinda, he writes and croons with a poet’s economy and a well digger’s deep heart.” Crowell was honored with ASCAP’s prestigious Founder’s Award in 2017, and that same year released the album Close Ties, which spawned another Grammy nomination for “It Ain’t Over Yet” with Rosanne Cash and John Paul White in the category of Best Americana Song. In 2018, he opened his own record label, RC1, and released his Acoustic Classic project. His new album TEXAS will be released on August 15, 2019.

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The 04 Center Presents: Beat Root Revival Album Release Show w/ Pat Byrne & Alice Spencer
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

The 04 Center Presents: Beat Root Revival Album Release Show w/ Pat Byrne & Alice Spencer

Doors @ 7pm / Show @ 8pm
Full Bar / All Ages

GA - $20 /VIP - $40

VIP tickets include a reserved seat close to the stage, a signed copy of Beat Root Revival's new album and an after show meet and greet with the band.

Join us as Beat Root Revival celebrates the release of their new album with a very special of intimate music on the 04 Room stage w/ opening act Pat Byrne.

BEAT ROOT REVIVAL is a multi-instrumentalist roots duo, combining elements of Folk, Blues, Country, and Rock n Roll to create a melodic sound, made up of powerhouse harmonic vocalists Andrea Magee and Ben Jones.

Originally from England and Ireland, Ben Jones and Andrea Magee came to the USA 4 years ago like their ancestors before them, looking for a new life and to share their music far and wide. With just a guitar, a Bodhran and a hunger in their harmonies and songs, Austin, Texas became their adopted home and they have developed an ever-growing fan base gigging regularly while writing prolifically. The band's CD sales are higher than any other support act we’ve had at our label in years and they just recorded three brand new songs with legendary producer Paul Leary (Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, Ballyhoo!, Meat Puppets, Butthole Surfers), which includes a great rendition of Thunderclap Neman's, Something In The Air.

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Kessler Presents: Liz Longley & Scott Mulvahill
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Kessler Presents: Liz Longley & Scott Mulvahill

 
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TICKETS ON SALE
Friday, July 19 2019 @ 10:00AM

GA $28 / VIP $36
Door @ 7, Show @ 8
Full Bar Service
All Ages

While best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Liz has steadily developed a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music. Liz’s songs have won some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Competition. With five albums to her name, Liz’s music has been featured on TV shows such as ABC’s “Beauty & The Beast”, Lifetime’s “Army Wives”, and MTV’s “Scream”. The latest release, ‘Weightless’, is the highly anticipated follow- up to Longley’s eponymous 2015 Sugar Hill Records debut, which earned accolades from critics, who proclaimed the album “a thing of beauty,” (Popdose), and praised her “captivating stories set to tunes that will be running through your head after a single spin.” (American Songwriter). Later this year, Liz is set to release her sixth album, produced by 5-time GRAMMY nominated producer, Paul Moak.

As a teenager, Scott picked up the bass guitar on a whim. Natural talent and the lure of a challenge drove him to be the best musician he could and discover his love for singing, songwriting and the upright bass. With the encouragement of his teacher, he went on to study music in college.

Scott moved to Nashville after school, and he would meet American music icon Ricky Skaggs and join his Grammy winning band, Kentucky Thunder. He toured with Ricky for five years, and in that time, first started writing songs on his upright bass.

He has shared the stage with some of the greatest artists of modern music, such as: Alison Krauss, Barry Gibb of the BeeGees, Bruce Hornsby, Brad Paisley, Peter Frampton, Steven Curtis Chapman, Emmylou Harris, Dave Barnes, Ben Rector, and many more.

Scott’s songs have received honors or been featured in NPR’S Tiny Desk Contest, the International Songwriting Competition, John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and American Songwriter Magazine’s 30th Anniversary Contest, and he has had numerous cuts on other artists’ albums.
He’s currently touring in support of his September release, Top Of The Stairs(EP), which was produced by himself, Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, The Lone Bellow) Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Sarah Jarosz), and Shani Ghandi (Sarah Jarosz).

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Kessler Presents: Riders in the Sky
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Kessler Presents: Riders in the Sky

Riders In The Sky are truly exceptional.

By definition, empirical data, and critical acclaim, they stand "hats & shoulders" above the rest of the purveyors of C & W - "Comedy & Western!"

For more than thirty years Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life "The Cowboy Way!"

Riders In The Sky are exceptional not just in the sense that their music is of superlative standards (they are the ONLY exclusively Western artist to have won a Grammy, and Riders have won two), but by the fact that their accomplishments are an exception to the rule as well.

Riders In The SkyThat Riders In The Sky was even formed is a feat of improbable likelihood. What are the odds that a theoretical plasma physicist, a wildlife manager - galvanizer - Life Scout, an English major - shot putter - Bluegrass Boy, and a Polka Hall of Fame member would collectively become "America's Favorite Cowboys?" And even more unlikely is that 30-plus years later, the original members are still "bringing good beef to hungry people" while putting up Ripken-like numbers! The Rolling Stones only made it a few years before replacing Brian Jones; the Sons of the Pioneers constantly changed personnel; even the Ringo-era Beatles only lasted 8 years. (Perhaps Too Slim, as a sophomore writer for the University of Michigan Daily, had an ulterior motive in 1969 by propagating the rumor that Paul McCartney was dead! It's true... go ahead and Google "Paul is dead rumor"...) But the key to keeping the same founding members intact for three decades on the road is more easily explained: "Separate hotel rooms," cracks Ranger Doug!

Riders In The Sky's first official public performance was Nov. 11, 1977, at the erstwhile Nashville nightspot "Phranks & Steins." Taking the stage that night for a crowd of eight or nine (counting Herr Harry behind the bar) were Ranger Doug (Idol of American Youth) on arch-top guitar and baritone vocals, and Too Slim (A Man Aging Like Fine Cheese) on bunkhouse bass, face, and tenor vocals. A chain saw may have been in the mix somewhere that night, but was soon retired. Replacing the chain saw was Woody Paul (King of the Cowboy Fiddlers) on fiddle, tenor vocals and rope tricks, and the launch was successful! They subsequently added the "Stomach Steinway" stylings of Joey the Cowpolka King on accordion and baritone vocals, much to the delight of 'Polkaholics' everywhere.

Riders In The SkyAs a classic cowboy quartet, the trail has led them to heights they could have never predicted. Riders have chalked up over 6100 concert appearances in all 50 states and 10 countries, appearing in venues everywhere from the Nashville National Guard Armory to Carnegie Hall, and from county fairs to the Hollywood Bowl.  Their cowboy charisma and comedic flair made them naturals for TV, and landed them their own weekly show on TNN, as well as a Saturday morning series on CBS. They have been guests on countless TV specials, documentaries and variety shows, appearing with everyone from Barney to Penn & Teller. And their animated likenesses have shared the screen with Daffy Duck on the Cartoon Network, and the Disney Channel's Stanley. If you consider their compositional credits, one might call them "Writers In The Sky!" In addition to penning award winning songs for their own albums, they wrote the score for Pixar Animation's 2002 Academy Award-winning short "For the Birds." They composed the theme song for the internet cartoon show "Thomas Timberwolf" by renowned Bugs Bunny creator Chuck Jones. But the animated character that history will most certainly link to Riders In The Sky is the loveable cowboy Woody, as Riders performed "Woody's Round Up" in "Toy Story 2," with the album of the same name garnering Riders their first Grammy Award in 2001 for "Best Musical Album for Children." Two years later, Riders roped their second Grammy in the same category, for "Monsters Inc. - Scream Factory Favorites," the companion CD to Pixar's award winning movie.

Equally as exceptional, but of greater significance, is that in 1982, Riders In The Sky became the first, and to date only, exclusively Western music artist to join the Grand Ole Opry, the longest running radio show in history, and thus began a love affair with radio as well. In 1988, they recorded comedy skits for the album "Riders Radio Theatre" and launched the long-running international weekly radio show of the same name on public radio. And keeping pace with the ever-changing technological landscape, in 2006 "Ranger Doug's Classic Cowboy Corral" debuted on XM Satellite Radio, still heard weekly on SiriusXM Channel 56.

Riders In The SkyExceptional artists also appeal to a diverse and broad-based cross section of their adoring public. Riders In The Sky's music and comedy delights cowboys and cowgirls of all ages, and from all walks of life. Riders are equally at ease amusing a theatre full of children as they are enthralling a symphony audience accompanied by 50 or 60 classically trained instrumentalists, or even an NCO club full of servicemen during a USO Tour. Riders have performed at the White House for both Democratic and Republican administrations, and at Major League Baseball's winter meetings for both American and National Leagues (although with an admitted bias for the Detroit Tigers). With their ability to persuade cowpokes on both sides of the fence to set aside their differences for a brief escape from day-to-day tribulations, is it any wonder that Riders have a virtual home called "Harmony Ranch?"

Ultimately, exceptional careers do not go unnoticed, and throughout theirs, Riders In The Sky have been honored regularly. In addition to being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, Riders are in the Western Music Association's Hall of Fame, the Country Music Foundation's Walkway of Stars, and the Walk of Western Stars (in Newhall, CA near Melody Ranch Studios) along with Gene, Roy, John Wayne and other cowboy legends. No less important than their two Grammies, Riders have been the Western Music Associaton's "Entertainers Of the Year" seven times, and won "Traditional Group of the Year" and "Traditional Album of the Year" multiple times. The Academy of Western Artists has named them "Western Music Group of the Year" twice in 5 years, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has bestowed Riders with their Wrangler Award statuette three times. It comes as no surprise then that Billboard magazine's Jim Bessman counts them as one of "the most historically significant acts in the history of American music."

Yes, it would be "The Easy Way" to call it a career after 30-plus years, but it wouldn't be..."The Cowboy Way!"  And so, the never-ending trail drive continues. The ponies are rested and watered, and America's Favorite Cowboys are ready to saddle up and ride, bringing good beef to hungry people wherever they may be. Yes, Riders In The Sky are truly an exception to the rule.

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Kessler Presents: John Fullbright & Tulsa Revue featuring Paul Benjaman, & Jacob Tovar with Jesse Aycock
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Kessler Presents: John Fullbright & Tulsa Revue featuring Paul Benjaman, & Jacob Tovar with Jesse Aycock

 
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Doors @ 7pm, Show @ 8pm
$24 GA / $36 VIP
All Ages
Full Drink Service

 

The Tulsa Music Revue featuring John Fullbright, Paul Benjaman, Jacob Tovar & friends. A live experience done Tulsa-style, with quality players and a sense of community.

The night starts with a set by Jacob Tovar, then one by Paul Benjaman, followed by John Fullbright-
The evening wraps with the three joining the backing band for an Oklahoma Jam!

JOHN FULLBRIGHT: Critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated, John Fullbright is a musical triple threat - songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and singer of the highest order. His Oklahoma roots are apparent in his music, but his sound is his own. Catch a live show and be mesmerized by the artistry of this talented individual.

PAUL BENJAMAN: Groove-based tunes with more than a nod to the elusive Tulsa Sound and other forms of American music. Signature guitar licks from band leader Paul Benjaman and steel work from Hard Working Americans member, Jesse Aycock, apply a vintage hue that is both nostalgic and fresh.

JACOB TOVAR: A man from a different time, a different era. With a gentleman’s handshake, a booming voice, a contagious smile, and a quick wit, this Tulsa, OK performer effortlessly connects with all walks of life through his sincere songs of roots, folk, Americana, and old school country.

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Kessler Presents: Carolyn Wonderland & The Mighty Orq
Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Kessler Presents: Carolyn Wonderland & The Mighty Orq

General Admission - $24 / VIP - $48
Door - 7pm
Show - 8pm
Full bar service
All Ages

A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time.

Carolyn grew up the child of a singer in a band and began playing her mother’s vintage Martin guitar when other girls were dressing dolls. She’s gone from being the teenage toast of her hometown Houston to sleeping in her van in Austin amid heaps of critical acclaim for fine recordings Alcohol & SalvationBloodless Revolution, and more recently, Miss Understood andPeace Meal.

Along with the guitar and the multitude of other instruments she learned to play – trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin, lap steel – Wonderland even thows in a whistling solo on occasion.

Her breakthrough album release was 2008’s Miss Understood (Bismeaux). From appearances on PBS’s Austin City Limits to top slots at major festivals around the world, Wonderland’s album quickly reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Blues chart and her live shows left a trail of screaming fans in its wake.
The follow up, Peace Meal (2011), was produced by a stellar cast including long-time supporter and inspiration, Ray Benson, and two-time Grammy winner Larry Campbell (the force behind The Band drummer Levon Helm and his recent comeback) and founding Monkee, Michael Nesmith.

2014 highlights included key festival appearances in North America and Europe, as well as guest sit-in appearances with cohorts Vintage Trouble, and vocal performance on two tracks of James Williamson’s (Stooges) release of newly recorded versions of songs he and Iggy wrote in 1973 and 1974 called “Re-Licked” along with Jello Biafra, Mark Lanegan, Alison Mosshart, and many more. 2015 highlights include her first-ever New Orleans JazzFest appearance, appearance on Carson Daly Show, and a live album called “Live Texas Trio.”

Kevin Lance plays drums and is currently recording/performing/touring with Carolyn Wonderland, Nakia & the Blues Grifters, and performing local dates with the Texas Tycoons. Over the past three decades, Kevin has performed and recorded with such artists as Carolyn Wonderland, Alejandro Escovedo, Willie Nelson, Paula Nelson, Fastball, Nakia, Wendy Colonna, Ginger Leigh, Patrice Pike, Patricia Vonne, Miles Zuniga, Jon Dee Graham, Dewato, Darin and Trish Murphy, Skyrocket, Govinda, Matt Hubbard, Lance Keltner, Mr. Rocket Baby, Johnny Goudie, Steven Doster, Phil Lewis and LA Guns, The Holidays, Johnson (the band), and many others. He also assembled and was a driving force behind the critically acclaimed and award winning instrumental groups Gnappy and McLemore Avenue.

Bobby Perkins is a man. A man of mystery. Bass player to the stars, he is a constellation. Nobody fully understands the inner workings of such a Perkins, but everyone tries. Born in Italy, TX, young Bobby traded a pig for his first car and used that car to drive to music. He keeps driving music to this day. He is known for his stints in bands like Chickenstrut, Larry, Topaz, Graham Wilkinson, Whiskey Sisters, Bruce Hughes’ All Nude Army, and Carolyn Wonderland, with whom he currently sweeps up the dance floor with the four string thunderbroom.

On their eagerly awaited debut album Samsara, the visionary Austin, TX combo Los Coast delivers a fresh blast of punchy psychedelic-pop-soul that effortlessly incorporates a wide range of genres. The band’s seamlessly soulful songcraft incorporates the band’s distinctive grooves along with the inventive compositions and commanding vocals of principal members Trey Privott (lead vocals, guitar) and John Courtney (guitar, keyboards, vocals).

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Kessler Presents: Radney Foster & Kim Richey / Lyrics & Harmony
Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Kessler Presents: Radney Foster & Kim Richey / Lyrics & Harmony

 
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$24 GA / $45 VIP
Doors @ 7pm
Show @ 8pm
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All Ages

As a young musician straight out of Texas, Radney Foster spent the lengthy drives in between tour stops reading the likes of John Steinbeck, Larry McMurtry, and Harper Lee. Over 30 years of artist cuts later, there is no question that he himself is an established storyteller. Whether it’s navigating the ever-changing music industry or battling a sudden, terrifying illness – Foster definitely has a story to tell.

In late Fall 2015, the legendary songwriter got the diagnosis every musician fears-- a severe case of pneumonia and laryngitis. However, for someone who’s been producing songs for almost 40 years, the desire to write doesn’t fade along with the voice. During a grueling six-week period of vocal constraint, Foster’s creative side emerged in the form of a short story inspired by the song, titled “Sycamore Creek,” and the idea for Foster’s newest endeavor was born.

For You To See The Stars is a project comprised of two parts – a book and a CD. The book is a collection of short stories published by Working Title Farm. Though the stories are fiction, they are informed by Foster’s upbringing on the Mexican border in Del Rio, TX. The story that most closely resembles memoir, “Bridge Club,” is a humorous and poignant retelling of the song “Greatest Show on Earth,” a recollection of playing music with family and friends on the back porch on a Saturday night.

While it’s evident that Texas has always been an inspiration for his music, in For You To See The Stars, Foster explores various landscapes, both physical and emotional, from the story of a retired spy in New Orleans, to the tale of a Dallas lawyer wandering the Rocky Mountains in search of redemption, to a post-apocalyptic parable of a world in endless war.

The beauty of this CD/book combo lives within Foster’s extensive imagery, which not only further expands the meaning behind Foster’s songs, but gives the reader a look at the thought process behind his songwriting. “For me, the goal of writing is always to touch that one person so much that they wonder how I got a peek into their living room--how I understood exactly what they felt. More than just rhyming or having a pretty melody, I try to express a part of the human condition that can make someone want to laugh, cry, make love, or all of the above.”

For You To See The Stars is Radney Foster’s eleventh album. Foster has written eight number one hit singles, including his own “Nobody Wins,” and “Crazy Over You” with duo Foster & Lloyd. His discography contains countless cuts by artists ranging anywhere from country (Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Luke Bryan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) to contemporary (Marc Broussard, Hootie & The Blowfish, Kenny Loggins, Los Lonely Boys). Although highly recognized and accomplished in the music world, Foster is a true renaissance man. In addition to For You To See The Stars being his first book, Foster recently starred in the world premiere of "Troubadour,” at Atlanta’s Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre.  He also appears in the upcoming feature film, Beauty Mark.

For You To See The Stars is Foster at his classic storytelling best, both as a seasoned singer/songwriter and a soulful writer of prose. Although both components stand alone as separate pieces of art-- they are meant to be enjoyed together for a reason. When coupled, the book and CD give fans a deeper insight into the subconscious of Foster’s storytelling. Journalist Peter Cooper puts it best, “Radney Foster writes with uncommon depth of emotion, humor, empathy, and clarity. I’m going to ask him how he does it, and if he tells me I’ll let you in on his secret. Until then, it’s best that we read, wonder, and revel.”

 

 

 

Edgeland moves roots singer/subtle excavator of the human condition Kim Richey through the topography of the life lived by a woman committed to following her music. Flinching over hurting another, knowing the ways of the road, seeking higher ground and accepting the fact everyone’s truth isn’t a white picket fence, she continues defying labels as she defines the thinking person’s life.

“Right now, my stuff is all in storage,” she says of her state of constant motion. “I’ve lived in a lot of different places – different countries even. It’s a little overwhelming, keeping track of stuff, but it’s been an amazing trip because music has taken me places I never dreamed… I’m the same way with writing. Even when I’ve finished a record, or am in the middle of recording, I’m writing. Writing songs is what I do; it’s how I connect with the world.”

Kim Richey is a traveller, after all. Musically, physically, emotionally. Not merely restless or rootless, it’s who she is. Willing to follow where the music leads, she’s landed in Los Angeles, Nashville, London, working with a who’s who of producers – Richard Bennett, Hugh Padgham, Bill Bottrell, Angelo, Giles Martin. She’s attracted a coterie of top-shelf genre-definers -- Jason Isbell, Trisha Yearwood, Chuck Prophet, My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel, Wilco’s Pat Sansone – for her critically-lauded projects. She has also sung on records for Ryan Adams, Shawn Colvin, Isbell, and Rodney Crowell.

Part of what draws them to the dusky honey of her crystalline alto is the way she writes: to and from the soul, never flinching from the conflicts and crushing moments, yet always finding dignity and resilience. Her arc of the human heart is true. True enough that over the years, Richey’s been both Grammy nominated. Nominated for Yearwood’s truculently groove-country “Baby, I Lied,” she also co-wrote Radney Foster’s #1 “Nobody Wins.”

Once again, Richey has drawn a multitude of collaborators who rival her own singular voice. Veteran journeymen artist/writers Chuck Prophet, Maendo Sanz, Mike Henderson (Steeldrivers), Bill Deasy (the Gathering Field), Pat McLaughlin (John Prine) and Al Anderson (NRBQ), plus Aussies Jenny Queen and Harry Hokey co-sign on these musical polaroids from the going, the leaving, and the pausing.

“I’ll be doing an interview, and people will say, ‘You co-write a lot…’,” she marvels, “like it’s a bad thing. But it’s inspiring to me, and takes me in other directions, to other places. The people I write with are funny, and smart, and a blast to hang out with, but they’re also really good writers in their own right. Nobody’s pandering or chasing ‘a hit,’ we’re all just trying to get to the best possible song.”

Richey enlisted producer Brad Jones, known for Over the Rhine, Josh Rouse, Butterfly Boucher, Hayes Carll and Marshall Crenshaw, in crafting an adult album that evokes and provokes musically. “I wasn’t sure at first if we’d be a good combo because he has such strong opinions, and I do, too. But it was (laughter) the easiest record I’ve ever made. He has really different ideas, and it’s nice to have somebody push you in a direction you might not have gone – and have them respect your opinion, too. I really loved working with Brad.””

With three different tracking bands, Edgeland is a who’s who of Nashville’s roots players: beyond co-writers, steel player Dan Dugmore, drummer Jerry Roe, multi-instrumentalist Sansone, guitarist/various stringed thing players Doug Lancio and Dan Cohen, string arranger Chris Carmichael and Robin Hitchcock all contribute to the bewitchery.

 

“So many of these guys produce and make records on their own,” she marvels. “I’m open to collaboration, too. These songs wouldn’t sound the way they do without these players.”

“It’s a lot easier to say something in a song than in a conversation,” allows the easy-going grown-up. “And it’s not all about me, but the people in the songs. Even the stuff you leave out says something, so you’re creating on so many layers. And sometimes I don’t know where it comes from, just some other place.”

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Paul Thorn w/ Rob Baird
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

Paul Thorn w/ Rob Baird

 
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Doors @ 7:00pm
Showtime @ 8:00pm
FULL BAR SERVICE
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GA - $22
VIP - $44

Paul Thorn has created an innovative and impressive career, pleasing crowds with his muscular brand of roots music – bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern American, yet also speaking universal truths.

Among those who value originality, inspiration, eccentricity and character – as well as talent that hovers somewhere on the outskirts of genius, the story of Paul Thorn is already familiar. Raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, among the same spirits (and some of the actual people) who nurtured the young Elvis generations before, Paul Thorn has rambled down back roads and jumped out of airplanes, worked for years in a furniture factory, battled four-time world champion boxer Roberto Duran on national television, signed with and been dropped by a major label, performed [on stages with Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, Sting, and John Prine among many others, and made some of the most emotionally restless yet fully accessible music of our time.

He’s also appeared on major television shows such as Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live, been the subject of numerous National Public Radio (NPR) features and charted multiple times on the Billboard Top 100 and Americana Radio Charts.

In 2018, Paul released an album titled Don’t Let the Devil Ride, which he describes as “the culmination of my whole life in music, coming back to my roots.” It marks his first time recording gospel music - featuring guests such as the Blind Boys of Alabama, the McCrary Sisters, and Preservation Hall Horns - and his creation of a body of strikingly original songs that address the foibles of human relationships without necessarily favoring the sacred over the profane.

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An Evening with Griffin House w/ Matt McCloskey
Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Griffin House w/ Matt McCloskey

GA $22 / VIP $50
Doors @ 7pm / Show @ 8pm
Full Bar Service
All Ages

VIP tickets include reserved front row seating and a pre-show artist meet & greet


GRIFFIN HOUSE

www.griffinhousemusic.com

“If you are looking to be blown away by raw talent,
then look no further than Griffin House.” —American Songwriter

“Rising Star” is not a phrase one would normally use to describe an artist like Griffin House, who has been touring for more than 15 years and has recorded over 12 studio albums.

The title of House’s upcoming release, Rising Star, references the first track on the album which tells the story of a character who moves to Music City, like so many do, with a guitar and a dream. Although not intended to be autobiographical, the listener gets the sense that this comical and fictitious tale could hardly have been woven by someone without a similar life experience to the protagonist in Rising Star. 

Indeed, House’s story began in much the same way. Moving to Nashville as a young man in 2003 with not much more than a guitar and a handful of songs, he took a part time job downtown at a Broadway gift shop, biding his time before he caught his big break. That big break came after just a few months, in the form of a phone call from Island Def Jam Records, which jumpstarted his career and led to him signing with CAA and Nettwerk Records.  

After that, things happened quickly for House. His 2004 debut album Lost and Found was lauded by music critics such as Bill Flanagan (Executive VP MTV/VH1 Networks) who featured House on the CBS Sunday Morning show as one of the “best emerging songwriters.”  He began touring, opening for acts like John Mellencamp and The Cranberries, and found himself meeting people like Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nelson. By all accounts, House seemed poised to be more of an “overnight success” rather than a ”rising star”… but that’s not exactly how things turned out. “I’ve been a “rising star” for the past 15 years” House jokes, “It’s a slow rise.”

Although House has enjoyed plenty of success as national headliner for over a decade and has earned a great deal of respect as a well-known performer and singer-songwriter, he seems to not take himself or his career in the music industry too seriously. 

Now married, sober, and a father, House has learned to balance his career by making his family and his sobriety his first priority. He pays tribute to his wife and children with When The Kids Are Gone, a song about watching his daughters grow up and imagining he and his wife as empty nesters.  

There’s a sense of lightness in his new record, which comes across particularly in the first few tracks, such as in Mighty Good Friend, where you can hear his daughters on the recording, and the tongue-in-cheek humor in 15 Minutes of Fame.

House acknowledges that his new album is a collaborative effort. “I teamed up with my old buddies Paul Moak and Ian Fitchuk who helped me make my very first record Lost and Found.  It was so good to reunite with them and work together again.” he says. “It’s amazing to watch these guys I started out with in the very beginning who are now world class musicians and producers winning Grammys. This album seemed to come together with a little more grace and ease than records I’ve made in the past, and I think so much of that is attributed to how good the people I got worth with on this record are, they all just happen to be really good friends too.”

Several songs on House’s album are also co-writes with friends, fellow Nashville musician Brian Elmquist (The Lone Bellow) and Joy Williams (The Civil Wars), and longtime collaborator Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow).

“I usually lock myself in a room for eight hours at a time until I have enough songs done,” House says, “But with touring part time and being a dad part time, that adds up to full time job, so I decided to call in a little help from my friends to write some of these songs” says House. “Some songs came easier than others. I wrote Mighty Good Friend with Brian (Elmquist) and it’s a song about fighting through writer’s block, and then there are songs like Change that I wrote with Joy (Williams). We sat on her couch one morning and I remember showing her the idea for the verse. We worked on the words for an hour or two, and then out of nowhere she sang this beautiful chorus. We broke for lunch and came back and finished it that afternoon.  It was one of those songs that took years to live and only one short day to write.”

“I love making music with friends,” says House. “Hindsight was another one with Brian (Elmquist). He and I share some similarities, including our journey into sobriety together. There’s a line in the song “I’ve been thinking lately, of a boy young and on the run” that always makes me imagine Brian as a little boy with a dream, both running away from a hard past and on toward a brighter future.” he says. “We’ve formed a bond and friendship through music and sobriety and I think you can feel that in the songs we wrote together.”

Just when you think you have House’s album pegged, there seems to be a surprise around every corner. Each song is distinct in its own way.  The heavy guitar on Hung Up On You, a song that House says is a break up letter addressed to alcohol, gives way to the intro of Cup of Fulfillment, which starts with a bagpipe solo and leads the listener on an epic journey that crescendos into the record's most moving moment.

We catch a glimpse of a much more rock ’n’ roll side of House than we’ve heard before from the Pink Floyd-esque Crash and Burn to the rowdy punk influenced Natural Man.

House’s new album, Rising Star, is set for release on June 28th, 2019.  Also, set for release in 2019 is a full length film also titled Rising Star, in which House stars and co-produces with music video director and film maker Shane Drake. The film features music from House’s new album as well as his previous catalogue and chronicles his life as a musician.


MATT MCCLOSKEY

Since his 2009 debut release, These Times Won't Last, Matt has fearfully explored themes of pain, hope, and freedom in his songs, and become known for his cutting lyrics, and truthful performances.

It’s been said that artists need to be able to step into the darkest places in life that most of us can’t, and come back with a story to tell. Local singer/songwriter Matt McCloskey spent his last several years strangely absent from the music scene, but has emerged with new songs to sing. Three newly released singles shed light into darker times, and reveal a new hope for love and life.

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Darden Smith & Peter Bradley Adams
Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

Darden Smith & Peter Bradley Adams

 
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VIP - $36

 

Darden Smith is a singer-songwriter based in Austin whose thirty-year career redefines what it means to be a musician. In addition to fifteen critically acclaimed albums, Smith continues to break new ground using the craft of songwriting in education, entrepreneurship, and in service to others. He is the co-founder and creative director of SongwritingWith:Soldiers, a nonprofit that pairs award-winning songwriters with veterans and service members in retreat settings to craft songs about combat and the return home.

Smith began writing songs the age of ten, and has been recording since 1986. His music remains rooted in the songwriting traditions of his home state of Texas, while reflecting influences of rock, folk, and Americana rhythms and melodies. Described by All Music Guide as “a singer-songwriter blessed with an uncommon degree of intelligence, depth, and compassion,” Smith continues to write songs and tour across the U.S. and Europe. His latest album, “Everything”, was released in April 2017 on Compass Records. About “Everything,” songwriter Mary Gauthier says:

“Darden Smith has made a beautiful new record, filled with hope and love and heartfelt tenderness. These songs are medicine for a world gone wrong. Give a listen, let them wash over you, receive the balm. This music is magic, and who doesn’t need a little magic right now?”

Smith’s career evolved in unexpected directions when he began to explore the creative potential in what he calls “writing songs with people that don’t write songs.” He founded The Be An Artist Program in 2001, encouraging students in the US and Europe to discover their own creativity and passions. After a decade spent tapping the transformational possibilities of collaborative songwriting in a range of contexts—from homeless youth at Covenant House to HIV-affected villagers in South Africa and Botswana—Smith co-founded SongwritingWith:Soldiers in 2012.

The collaborative songwriting process at the heart of SongwritingWith:Soldiers offers veterans “a creative means to cathartic healing” (Anne Marie Dougherty, Executive Director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation). To date, the program has held more than thirty events at locations in Texas, New York, New Jersey, California, Maryland, Florida, Colorado and Virginia, and has expanded to include retreats for military families, military couples and student veterans. The music created during retreats and one-day workshops is shared online and through social media and concerts to raise awareness and help bridge the divide between military and civilian communities.

Smith served as Artist-In-Residence at Oklahoma State University’s Institute for Creativity and Innovation and the Riata School of Entrepreneurship (2011–2013), exploring the connections between art and business thinking with students and faculty. He leads songwriting workshops in the US and the UK, and works with major companies in key areas (conflict resolution, team building, innovative thinking) using songwriting to inspire creativity and collaboration within the traditional work environment. His book, The Habit of Noticing: Using Creativity to Make a Life (and a Living), was released in September of 2018.

No matter the form, when it comes to art, there are a number of different tacks to take. Some artists continually push their work across new horizons. Neil Young, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Joni Mitchell come to mind, in that regard. Others — Claude Monet, Jason Isbell, and Bonnie Raitt, among them — stand a bit more still in order to continually refine the capturing of their vision. Singer/songwriter Peter Bradley Adams falls into the latter category of perfectionists chasing their own perfection. With A Face Like Mine, he may well have caught it.

There's a confidence, a completeness in the song cycle that listeners have gleaned throughout Adams' illustrious career, but A Face Like Mine, his sixth solo effort, brings it all into sharp focus. As Adams sees it, “On the long plod of finding my voice as a singer and a writer, the singing has slowly developed from the sound of a scared guy to someone who believes what he's saying and the writing, I hope, has become less rigid — both in the lyrics and the phrasing.”

Less rigid, indeed. Adams' brand of Americana nestles his often delicate, always heartfelt voice in the warm embrace of gentle guitar, tasteful dobro, subtle banjo, supportive bass, and unhurried percussion. The result is a sonic scape that, in turn, wraps itself around the listener like a soft blanket on a cold day. With A Face Like Mine, Adams further refines the simple musical sophistication that has become his trademark.

Throughout the self-produced set, Adams tells tales of love and loss, homes and hearts. The territory he mines is a deliberate mix of fact and fantasy. “I feel like I'm, firstly, a storyteller, but it's inevitable that my own stuff gets in there deep. And it's funny how, sometimes, I don't realize it until the song is done,” he offers. “At the same time, there are times where I take very directly from an experience or a relationship, but I try to be very careful when that happens. I don't want to ever sound like a journal entry.”

Regardless of the details, there's always a philosophical bent that is often more under than on the surface, firmly grounding Adams' songs even as they stretch outward. By his own admission, Adams is a seeker who spends considerable time wrestling with matters of faith, though he's the first to admit he doesn't have any real answers. “I honestly don't know what the hell I'm doing... nor do I have the language for any of this stuff,” he says with a laugh. “But there is a constant tug on me in that direction and, the older I get, the more present it becomes. Music can often be the most direct way to step into that river.”

That seeker's heart is the tie that so often binds these songs together. Whether the search for place and purpose is of a spiritual or geographical nature, few writers capture the journey as thoughtfully as Adams. An Alabama native, Adams says he feels most comfortable in motion and doesn't have a strong sense of being Southern, even though his music is rooted in that world in so many ways. The first verse of the album's mesmerizing lead track, “Good Man,” exemplifies his plight: “This old house is falling down. Every step I take makes a hollow sound. Should I walk away? Should I push on through? What in the world can a good man do?”

Even as Adams goes on to sing of “laughing eyes with a touch of grey” and walking “a mile across the kitchen floor” in order to set various scenes, he leaves room for the listener to crawl inside his stories and make them their own. Striking that balance is the songwriter's eternal struggle, but one Adams seems to have mastered after years of toiling on his own and collaborating with co-writers like Kim Richey, Caitlin Canty, and Todd Lombardo.

“I don't think I'm very good at co-writing because my process seems so weird and long and tedious to me,” Adams confides. “It's hard to allow someone into that space, but there a few folks where our sensibilities are aligned and we're not just trying to bang out a song in a day. I want to feel as close to the songs I co-write as the ones I write alone. Writers like Kim Richey have such an economy and depth to the ideas that come out of their mouths and hands — there's wisdom there. I want to be more like that.”

In addition to this release, Adams is currently putting his classical composition studies to work on a piece for violin and piano — an aspect of his craft and education that got set aside somewhere along the way to now. “I've wondered a lot why I spent all that time studying music in school and how my composer hat fits in with or hinders my songwriting,” he says. “Some of it was definitely useless to me, then and now. But some of it has left its mark on how I listen, and how I think of arranging songs, and how I communicate with players who are playing on them. Also, writing in such an extremely simple and constrained musical language makes all your choices much more delicate, so I spend a lot of time crafting even the simplest melody.”

A Face Like Mine's songs were composed all over the world, from Alabama to India, and they dig into topics are disparate as the desperation of addiction (“Lorraine”), the grappling of self-image (“Who Else Could I Be”), the vitriol of politics (“We Are”), and the genetics of suffering (“A Face Like Mine”). “We Are” and “Who Else Could I Be” were originally written for a dance piece that Gina Patterson choreographed for the San Angelo Civic Ballet. Even so, Adams made sure the songs could stand alone in their own world no matter what else was swirling around them — confidence and completeness in action.

As a work of musical art, A Face Like Mine fulfills the promise of Peter Bradley Adams. And rarely has an artist's standing still sounded so divine.

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Rivers & Robots w/ John Tibbs
Aug
9
7:30 PM19:30

Rivers & Robots w/ John Tibbs

The 04 Center welcomes Rivers & Robots, an indie worship band from Manchester, UK. Their name comes from the combination of acoustic and electronic sounds they like to use in our music. Their aim is to make Jesus known through creative worship. Opening the show will be Top-20 AC (Christian) artist and Dove Award nominee in the Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year category, John Tibbs.

$15 Advance / $20 Day of Show
$40 (limited to 50): VIP includes a ticket to the show, early entry at 6:00PM before everyone else, a pre-show experience featuring a group Q&A and an “acoustic” performance with Rivers & Robots.

All Ages

6:00PM VIP Experience
7:30PM Doors
8:00PM John Tibbs
9:00PM Rivers & Robots

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Lights - Skin&Earth Acoustic Tour w/ Tillie
Aug
7
7:00 PM19:00

Lights - Skin&Earth Acoustic Tour w/ Tillie

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Each ticket purchaser will receive a special commemorative autographed print to be picked up on the night of the performance.  Prints will not be shipped.

An intimate experience featuring new music, full band, and string performances.

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Lights has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket will go to support Grid Alternatives and their work bringing accessible renewable energy technology and job training to underserved communities. www.gridalternatives.org

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Sunny Leigh Shipley / Album Release Show
Jul
20
8:00 PM20:00

Sunny Leigh Shipley / Album Release Show

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Tickets: $20
Doors: 8pm
Show: 9pm
Full bar service, plenty of parking

Come celebrate the release of Sunny Leigh Shipley's debut record "Out of the Sky" on Saturday, July 20th at the 04 Center in Austin Texas! This will be a seated event and it's open seating.
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From the impact of striking oil (a.k.a. “Black Rain”) in a small town to the red muddy water in “Out of the Sky,” Sunny Leigh Shipley’s debut album, “Out of the Sky,” is a beautiful collection of songs and stories inspired by her childhood memories and the culture of West Texas. For Sunny, West Texas doesn’t just run through her veins...it flows through her songs. As you can quickly tell after listening to one song, this rancher’s daughter is no stranger to songwriting. Sunny has written and co-written numerous songs, including “Oh, Tonight” for the Josh Abbott Band, which hit #1 on the Texas Country Charts and made it to the Top 50 of Billboard’s Country Chart. Sunny continues to write music in both Austin, TX and Nashville, TN.

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Walter Trout w/ special guests Sparky Parker Band
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Walter Trout w/ special guests Sparky Parker Band

 
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Showtime @ 8:00pm
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All Ages

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GA - $24
VIP - $42

 

Walter Trout and Provogue Records / Mascot Label Group will release Survivor’s Blues globally on January 25.  Trout is no ordinary artist and this is no ordinary covers album. From the day he conceived the project to the moment he counted off the first song in the studio, he had a bolder plan for this release.  Trout shares. “I’m riding in my car sometimes, and I’ve got a blues station on – and here’s another band doing Got My Mojo Workin’. And there’s a little voice in me that says, ‘Does The World need another version of that song?’ So I came up with an idea. I didn’t want to do ‘Stormy Monday’ or ‘Messin’ With The Kid.’ I didn’t want to do the Blues greatest hits. I wanted to do old, obscure songs that have hardly been covered. And that’s how Survivor Blues started…”

Over the course of the last several decades, Walter Trout has been a prolific artist.  He’s regularly released offerings from the studio, so this moment of offering a covers album is somewhat of a curveball.  His 2017 all-star release, We’re All In This Together, shows no sign of burning out and continues to receive accolades and sales on a global basis, alongside four awards for Blues Rock Album Of The Year.  He reflects, ”It’s really overwhelming. How do I follow that up? I’ve always respected guys who went out on a limb, like Neil Young or Bob Dylan. You never know what they’re gonna come out with.”

Likewise, long-standing fans have given up trying to second-guess Trout’s next move. The tracklisting of Survivor Blues is a window into the 67-year-old’s fast-moving backstory, chronicling a five-decade career whose one constant is his deep love of the Blues. Opener “Me, My Guitar And The Blues” tips a hat to cult hero Jimmy Dawkins, whose records Trout devoured while cutting his teeth as a ’60s axeslinger in New Jersey. “Nature’s Disappearing” nods to his celebrated ’80s tenure in John Mayall’s near-mythical Bluesbreakers. In-between, you’ll find cherished favourites from a lifetime’s listening, with songs that caught Trout’s ear at key junctures in his journey, from backing up John Lee Hooker in the ’70s, to bringing the groove to Canned Heat in the ’80s or breaking through as a solo artist in the ’90s.

The roll-call of artists might be eclectic, but there’s a cohesion to Survivor Blues. From the outset, Trout made it his mission to harness the power and spirit of the originals, while stamping his inimitable musical personality onto each new take. He offers, “My idea was to do these songs like me, to arrange them for my band and style - not to just copy the originals note-for-note.”  

Last September, as recording began at the Los Angeles studio of iconic Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Trout and long-standing producer Eric Corne shared their vision with the only band who could measure up. The thunder and finesse of drummer Michael Leasure. The muscular groove of bassist Johnny Griparic. The spell-casting fingers of keyboards session god and regular Trout conspirator, Skip Edwards. “I’d play them the original,” remembers Trout, “and then I’d say, ‘Here’s how the song goes, what have you got?’ I’d give these guys a lot of freedom. The record was mostly done live, with us set up in a circle, just to get the feel of us going there together. And you can feel it, y’know?”

Walter Trout has a connection to each of these songs selected. He reflects on Chicago Bluesman Jimmy Dawkins never receiving the recognition deserved in covering “Survivor Blues.” He reveals, “The last line – ‘Since you left me, All I have left is Me, My Guitar and the Blues’ – is one of the greatest lyrics I’ve heard in my life and I start crying just saying it. And my wife thinks it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”  Sunnyland Slim’s “Be Careful How You Vote” stresses the importance of choosing carefully at the ballot box, without taking sides. Certainly relevant for all members of society. Universal themes are also explored on Otis Rush’s defiant “It Takes Time” and the funk-flavoured groove of Luther Johnson’s “Woman Don’t Lie.”  With J.B. Lenoir’s
“Talk To Your Daughter,” he recalls, “I found this song that Lenoir does all by himself with the guitar, very slowly, almost without even a rhythm. I played the original to the band and said: ‘Now we’re gonna turn it into Jimi Hendrix’. I wanted to use it as a vehicle for the band and for my guitar-playing and vocals. I wanted to belt it out.”

There’s rarely been a Trout record without a tip of the hat to Mayall, and here the Brit-blues godfather is represented by “Nature’s Disappearing.” He reveals, “I was nervous about doing it because it’s by my mentor and surrogate father. John told me he’d read an article about ecology and pollution – he put the magazine down at the end and wrote that song in five minutes. It’s even more relevant today, with all the environmental regulations being thrown out and national parks being sold off to oil companies.  

You don’t hear a track like Goin’ Down To The River every day either, with Mississippi Fred McDowell’s ancient gem decorated with slide guitar from a very special guest. “There was something about the lyric,” muses Trout. “Y’know, ‘I’m going down to the river, I’m gonna let the waves and the water wash my trouble down’. It tore me up. But the original is very different. I decided to take the verses that spoke to me, and then rearranged the song almost Muddy Waters-esque with that slide lick. Robby Krieger was coming in every day, listening and hanging out, so I said, ‘I’d love it if you played on this song’. So when I say ‘Play it, Robby’ – that’s Robby Krieger from The Doors. We just did that in the studio – boom, there you go.”

All they needed was a title. And as Trout surveyed his bloodied-but-unbowed cohorts – and reflected on a collection of blues songs whose raw power remained undimmed – he knew the suggestion of his wife and manager, Marie, couldn’t be topped. “We started thinking about these enduring songs and the guys playing on the album,” he reflects. “Mike is in recovery. Johnny almost didn’t make it. Skip has had a triple bypass. And I almost didn’t make it after my liver disease in 2014. So Marie said to me, ‘You’re a group of survivors. You’ve all been through hell and you’ve come back. These songs are survivors. This album needs to be called Survivor Blues’. I just looked at her and said: ‘You got it’.”

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An Evening with Slaid Cleaves
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Slaid Cleaves

 
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Showtime @ 8:00pm
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ALL AGES

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VIP - $38

 

The music of Austin-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Slaid Cleaves is rooted in country and traditional folk songs, but it is unusual enough to have held interest in a sea of singer/songwriters across the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. While he released a handful of recordings during the early '90s, he gained significant notice with No Angel Knows, which was released on Rounder's Philo subsidiary in 1997. Joined by former Lucinda Williams guitarist Gurf Morlix, Cleaves combined his passion for folk songs, blues, and traditional country music into an amalgamation of styles known as Americana. Not surprisingly, the album rode high into the charts at Americana-formatted radio stations around the U.S. and Canada in 1997. The release set the tone for the rest of his career.

Prior to entering the music industry, Cleaves majored in English and philosophy at Tufts University in his native New England, and began playing music in garage rock bands while still in high school. While in college, he learned guitar, and later spent a summer in Ireland. He began busking on the streets in Cork, and that was the turning point when he decided to become a folksinger. At Tufts, he developed his guitar skills and studied the music of Woody Guthrie and Bruce Springsteen. He recalled that he had listened to the music of Guthrie, Carl Perkins, and Hank Williams as a child, so he went back into his parents' attic to discover a treasure trove of albums.

After many years in Portland, Maine, he sought new mountains to climb, and found some of them after moving to Austin, Texas, in 1992. Despite the echelon of great singer/songwriters like Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Lucinda Williams, Robert Earl Keen, Guy Clark, and Joe Ely all centered around the Austin scene, Cleaves was able to make a name for himself there. In 1995, he recorded an independent album for Rock Bottom Records entitled Life's Other Side. In 1996, he began his collaboration with Morlix, who liked Cleaves' demo tape and ended up serving as producer for 1997's No Angel Knows.

During the following decade, Cleaves released Broke Down (2000) and Wishbones (2004) prior to switching to Rounder proper for Unsung (2006). After signing with Jimmy LaFave and Kelcy Warren's Music Road label, he issued Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away (2009, featuring liner notes from fan Stephen King), the two-disc Sorrow & Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge (2011), and Still Fighting the War (2013). The title song of the latter album was inspired by Craig F. Walker's Pulitzer-winning photo essay regarding a soldier's postwar civilian life. 2017's Ghost on the Car Radio found Cleaves exploring the traditions of American small town life.

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Mason Jennings w/ Matt the Electrician
Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Mason Jennings w/ Matt the Electrician

 
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Showtime @ 8:00pm
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All Ages

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VIP - $36

 

When Mason Jennings started writing songs for his new record, Songs From When We Met, he was in a setting he had never written in before. "I was living out at a farm for a month and walking through some old woods on the property every day. There was a river. And each day an owl would come find me, and then perch above me, day or night. I saw lots of snakes. Songs just came to me there. They were coming in so fast they just about took my head off. It was unlike anything I’ve experienced before,” recalls Jennings. In Native American animal medicine snakes symbolize rebirth, owls symbolize seeing what others cannot and turning darkness into light. Both are themes throughout the album and the music has a clear hopeful feeling.

Songs From When We Met pulls you in from the start, with Jennings telling the listener, "Get into my car now...let's leave the city". “Cursive Prayers is the first song I wrote for the album. I hadn’t written anything in a long time and any time I tried writing things I wrote were very dark. This song is so hopeful and full of love it surprised me. I think it was the beginning of things getting better in my life, like a message from another dimension."

"The last record was made in a real dark time for me. I was battling a lot of dark energy. Since then I’ve healed a lot and a lot of changes have taken place. I got divorced. I’ve been healing from agoraphobia. It’s been a rough patch but thankfully this record is about healing and hope. I fell in love and got married so it is mostly about love." A great ambassador for the album is the slow grooving "I Know You". "The lyrics at the end of this song sum up the love tone of this album: “Most people don’t make sense to me, I don’t know much in this world you see, but I know you.”

The story of Songs From When We Met comes to an end with the track "Magic Is Real". "The rain on this track is real. We opened the doors of the studio and put mics up and that’s the sound of rain on the trees in Wisconsin. Rain is healing."

At the time in his career where a lot of musicians burn out, Mason has new energy and drive. "I’m just happy to have found true love and to be healing from that dark time. I was struggling to find hope and it found me. Music just burst out of me this year. It’s always been a life line but this is the most open I’ve felt."

Key Players:

The album features Mason on guitar, piano, bass and drums. He is accompanied by one of his favorite bands The Pines. "They are magic. They got inside these songs and really brought them to life. I produced an EP for them last year and it reminded me how good we worked together. It is always a pleasure working with them. They are Great humans".

The album was recorded with Grammy winning engineer Brian Joseph (Paul Simon, Bon Iver). "His studio has tons of windows. It is an old renovated barn in Eau Claire Wisconsin. He’s got tons of amazing wasp nests, bones, books, hanging lights. The walls are covered in ropes. It’s so beautiful. He’s got bees out back. The studio sits on beautiful land and lots of natural light. Very helpful". Then the recordings went off to Los Angeles to be mixed by another Grammy winner, producer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, The War On Drugs.) "He’s an amazing person and sound engineer who has mixed three of my albums. He’s another magic being. He brings out the essence of a recording and makes it hit so hard. He’s a rare guy. I’m happy for him that he’s winning Grammys now. He deserves it".

The Mason Jennings history:

Mason Jennings was born on the Island of Hawaii, but at an early age his family moved to the opposite of tropical, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At 13, he started playing guitar and writing songs. Mason later dropped out of high school and decided to move to Minneapolis to pursue his musical career. Jennings made this decision after a friend of his father’s sent him cassette tapes of the Replacements, Jayhawks, and Prince. After non-stop listening he felt like it would be a great home for his music.

Jennings produced his self-titled debut album in 1997 on a Tascam analog four-track in the living room of a rented home, playing all instruments himself. In October 1998, he began a weekly gig at Minneapolis' 400 Bar. The two-week gig ended up lasting four months.

Birds Flying Away, Mason's second record, revealed his penchant for singing first-person narratives of imaginary rustic characters. In 2002, Jennings released a studio album, Century Spring, and a "fans only" collection of acoustic songs, Simple Life. Mason released all three albums (and re-released his earlier albums) on his own record label, Architect Records.

In 2004, Mason released Use Your Voice, which included the songs "Keepin' It Real," ostensibly written at the request of Shrek 2 producers (but not used in the film), and "The Ballad of Paul and Sheila," an acoustic dirge for late Minnesota senator Paul Wellstone. Later that year came a DVD entitled Use Your Van, which chronicled the recording of Use Your Voice and the promotional tour that followed. Andy Grund filmed the DVD.

In June of 2005, Jennings signed with Glacial Pace, a subsidiary of Sony's Epic Records headed by Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock. Minnesota's Star Tribune credited Brock with convincing Mason to sign after he opened for several Modest Mouse shows in 2004. Jennings had long avoided the major labels, citing desires to maintain creative control and dodge big-label politics.

Mason recorded his sixth album, Boneclouds, at Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, MN with producer Noah Georgeson. Jennings recorded two Bob Dylan songs "The Times They Are A-Changin'" and "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" which Christian Bale lip-synched in the film “I'm Not There”.

In early 2008, Mason signed with Jack Johnson's record label, Brushfire Records. Jennings released In the Ever in May 2008. The title was inspired by his son referring to where he was before he was born as, "In the ever". Blood of Man soon followed and received a coveted 4-Star review in Rolling Stone, who also cited, “What makes Mason Jennings one of the best singer songwriters you’ve never heard of is his ragged intimate voice and his simple ruminations on God, war, hope and gratitude.”

In 2010, Live at First Ave., his first live album, was released. Later that same year, Jennings released The Flood, an album made up of songs he had recorded in the 1990s on a cassette tape he had lost. A friend sent a copy of the tape to Mason and after rediscovering the songs, he decided to re-record them in a stripped down fashion to stay true to their intent.

In 2011, he released Minnesota, his first new album of original songs since 2009's Blood of Man. The single from the record "Raindrops on the Kitchen Floor” Jennings explains is "one of those songs that kind of wrote itself, I felt the only thing it needed was a secret weapon in the chorus. So I asked my friend, Jason Schwartzman from Coconut Records to help me out."

On November 12, 2013, he released Always Been. The first single from the album was "Lonely Street", was followed by "Wilderness". He released Wild Dark Metal in 2016. He got divorced and after taking some time off to focus on painting, to recover from depression and to heal from agoraphobia, he began touring again. He remarried in 2018 and released an album of love songs inspired by his new relationship, Songs From When We Met, available now.

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Rickie Lee Jones
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

Rickie Lee Jones

 
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Two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona over 15 critically acclaimed albums.  A cultural phenomenon, Rolling Stonemagazine put her on its cover twice in two years, and Saturday Night Live gave her an unprecedented three songs for her second appearance.  Rickie is both a character in the songs and the songwriter singing, defying convention with her sometimes brazen sexuality and the mixed bag of jazz, rock and what has come to be known as 'confessional' songwriter performances. 

“She can sound like a nun who has closed the door in the chapel to sing quietly to herself. She can sound dissolute, louche, exalted, elegant, or like a figure howling against a menacing sadness...She sings like a shy person somehow released of inhibition by singing. Every word she writes and sings seems earned. Her songs are cunning and serious or playful and exuberant but always carefully made…[Jones expresses] a human truth: over time, we cannot be other than ourselves.”   - Alec Wilkinson, The New Yorker

All Ages

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Vieux Farka Toure & Jackie Venson
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Vieux Farka Toure & Jackie Venson

 
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VIEUX FARKA TOURE
JACKIE VENSON

All Ages
Doors @ 7pm
Show @ 8pm
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Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré, who died in 2006. Ali Farka Touré came from a historical tribe of soldiers, and defied his parents in becoming a musician. When Vieux was in his teens, he declared that he also wanted to be a musician. His father disapproved due to the pressures he had experienced being a musician. Rather, he wanted Vieux to become a soldier. But with help from family friend the kora maestro Toumani Diabaté, Vieux eventually convinced his father to give him his blessing to become a musician shortly before Ali passed.

Vieux was initially a drummer / calabash player at Mali’s Institut National des Arts, but secretly began playing guitar in 2001. Ali Farka Touré was weakened with cancer when Vieux announced that he was going to record an album. Ali recorded a couple of tracks with him, and these recordings, which can be heard on Vieux’s debut CD, were amongst his final ones. It has been said that the senior Touré played rough mixes of these songs when people visited him in his final days, at peace with, and proud of, his son’s talent as a musician.

In 2005, Eric Herman (still Vieux’s manager today) of Modiba Productions expressed an interest in producing an album for Vieux; this led to Vieux’s self-titled debut album, released by World Village in 2007. Ali Farka Touré’s work to tackle the problem of malaria is continued as 10% of proceeds are donated to Modiba’s “Fight Malaria” campaign in Niafunké through which over 3000 mosquito nets have been delivered to children and pregnant women in the Timbuktu region of Mali. On this first album, Vieux pays homage to his father and follows Ali’s musical tradition, giving new versions of the West African music that is echoed in the American blues. The album features Toumani Diabaté, as well as his late father. One of the tracks, ‘Courage’, is on the soundtrack of the film The First Grader (2010).

On his second record, Fondo on Six Degrees (2009), Vieux branched out and presented his own sound: while remaining true to the roots of his father’s music he uses elements of rock, Latin music, and other African influences. The album received a great deal of critical acclaim from across the globe, and Vieux was clearly moving out of his father’s shadow.

By June 2010, Vieux was performing at the opening concert for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. That month Vieux also released his first live album, LIVE. His live performances are highly energized and Vieux is known for dazzling crowds with his speed and dexterity on the guitar, as well as his palpable charisma and luminous smile, both of which captivate audiences from all audiences in spite of any language barriers (though Vieux does speak 8 languages).

In 2011 Vieux released his 3rd studio album, The Secret, so named because the listener will hear the secret of the blues with a blend of generations from father to son. It was produced by guitarist Eric Krasno (of the Soulive trio) and features South African-born vocalist Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks on electric slide guitar and jazz guitarist John Scofield. The title track is the last collaboration between Vieux and his late father. With the heralded release of The Secret, Vieux Farka Touré has clearly established himself as one of the world’s rare musical talents and guitar virtuosos with a distinct style that always pays homage to the past while looking towards the future.

Vieux released The Tel Aviv Session (Cumbancha) in April 2012, a collaborative project with Israeli superstar Idan Raichel dubbed ‘The Touré-Raichel Collective’ that has been hailed by fans and critics alike as a masterpiece and one of the best collaborative albums in the history of international music, drawing comparisons to Ali Farka Touré and Ry Cooder’s legendary Talking Timbuktu album. 

In 2013, Vieux Farka Touré’s beautiful and critically acclaimed latest album Mon Pays was released as an homage to his homeland.  Being that his native Mali had recently been splintered by territorial fighting between Tuareg and Islamic rebels since January 2012, Mon Pays was devoted to reminding the world about the beauty and culture of his native Mali. Translated as ‘My Country,’ this predominantly acoustic undertaking transformed into an artifact of cultural preservation. Two songs on the project -Future’ and ‘Peace’ feature Sidiki Diabate’s kora leading an emotional charge complemented by Touré’s spectacular guitar work. Both tracks represent an important generational “passing of the torch” as Sidiki’s father, Toumani is considered one of the greatest living kora masters and was a close friend of Vieux’s father Ali. Mon Pays has been widely hailed as the most mature and lovely record yet from one of this generation’s most exciting artists to come out of Mali and one of world music’s true rising stars.

Vieux reunited with Idan Raichel in Paris to record, release and subsequently tour their 2nd collaborative album as The Touré-Raichel Collective in 2014. The result was yet another musical and critical triumph, titled 'The Paris Session' (Cumbancha) revered by many as not just a musical gem for the ages but a powerful testimonial to the power of art and fraternity to transcend vast cultural and political divides.  In 2015, Vieux released another unexpected, genre-bending collaborative album, this time with New York-based singer Julia Easterlin, aptly titled 'Touristes'.   The album shot to the top of the iTunes World chart and earned critical acclaim, including that of John Schaefer (NPR) who called it "brilliant."  On April 7, 2017, Vieux released his latest album 'Samba', recorded live in front of a small audience at Applehead Studio in Woodstock, NY.  The album is already being hailed by critics as Vieux's finest, most well-rounded and mature album to date.  With each new project, Vieux expands his horizons, embraces new challenges and further entrenches his reputation as one of the world’s most talented and innovative musicians.

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An evening with The Nils Lofgren Band
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

An evening with The Nils Lofgren Band

 
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AN EVENING WITH THE NILS LOFGREN BAND

Tickets on sale March 1st @ 10am
$38 to $68 / All Ages
Doors - 7pm
Show - 8pm
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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Nils Lofgren hits the road this May with an all-new hard-hitting studio album featuring a dozen dazzling, forceful songs and first band tour in over 15 years. The Nils Lofgren Band shows will include tracks from his new album Blue With Lou, produced by Nils and his wife Amy, out April 26. The album features 6 songs Nils wrote with the legendary Lou Reed along with new originals from Nils. He’ll be joined on the tour by a great cast of old friends and stellar musicians. Andy Newmark on drums, Kevin McCormick on bass, and Cindy Mizelle on vocals, all featured on the new album, along with Nils’ brother and Grin bandmate Tom Lofgren on guitars, keyboards and vocals.
In addition to the new album’s songs, Nils plans a lot of jamming and a joyful, reckless exploration of the best live songs through his 50 years on the road on this rare band tour. Come celebrate this special run of shows with Nils and Band. More info at nilslofgren.com

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Eric Hutchinson & The Believers w/ Jo James
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

Eric Hutchinson & The Believers w/ Jo James

 
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TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, MARCH 1st @ 10am
$22 to $44 / All Ages
Doors 7pm
Show 8pm
FULL BAR SERVICE

ERIC HUTCHINSON & THE BELIEVERS

Singer, songwriter, performer, producer, DJ – Eric Hutchinson is a constantly evolving musician, driven by his passion and curiosity for all things musical and creative. He independently recorded his debut album Sounds Like This in 2007 and it became the highest charting album by an unsigned artist in iTunes history. Eric’s 2008 single “Rock & Roll” earned him his first gold record in the United States and the song became a #1 hit in Australia, New Zealand & Norway. He has traveled all over America and the world performing his music in places like Dubai, Oslo, London & Melbourne.

Eric has toured and performed with artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Jason Mraz and OneRepublic and has appeared on “The Today Show”, “The Tonight Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, “Conan”, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. One of his latest projects is The Basement, a night of vintage music party that Eric spins from the DJ booth, featuring everything from Motown to Funk to Oldies to 80’s Dance Pop to 90’s Hip Hop and everything in between.

Eric lives in New York City and is an advocate for Operation Smile, Big Brothers Big Sisters & St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

JO JAMES

Austin TX Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist, Jo James has a gift of entertaining the crowd. Specializing in Heart & Soul Music, Jo delivers smooth grooves and soulful vocal expressions with a touch of blues guitar and is known for his fusion of Blues, Rock, Soul, and R&B. From heavy-hitting stages to intimate heartfelt performances, Jo James continues to captivate audiences in a powerful way.

Jo is no stranger to the Austin Music Circuit, but has also graced stages regionally and nationally. You may have seen him as an opener for greats like Leon Russell, Uncle Lucius, and Robert Randolph. He’s also backed Robert Randolph at the NOLA Festival and played guitar for the Capital Records Pop artist Fletcher.

Jo has performed at the state-of-the-art Dell Diamond in Round Rock, The Rustic, The Saxon Pub, Antone’s, and Skylark lounge, Whiskey a Go Go, Springboard Fest San Diego, and many more. Jo also received the honor award at the 100% Music Songwriting Contest.

Jo’s Latest EP, Midnight Dealin’ can be streamed and downloaded on all music platforms.

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Tab Benoit
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Tab Benoit

 
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Doors @ 7:00pm
Eric Johanson @ 8:00pm
Tab Benoit @ 9:00pm
FULL BAR SERVICE
All Ages

 

Medicine co-produced by ace songwriter Anders Osborne and features drummer Brady Blade, keyboardist Ivan Neville, bassist Corey Duplechin and the legendary Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil

You’ve tried the rest, now try the best! Tab Benoit’s amazing new Medicine, 100% pure musical snake-oil. A melodic potion that provides immediate and satisfying relief for all aches and pain. Benoit’s Medicine is a guaranteed cure for heartache. It’s the genuine article this Medicine is for whatever ails you.

Medicine, Benoit’s seventh solo release on Telarc International, a division of Concord Music Group, successfully joins two gifted guitarists/songwriters in a session that proves greater than the sum of its very talented parts. Set for April 26, 2011 release, the 11-track recording features seven new Benoit originals co-written with ace songwriter Anders Osborne (his song “Watch the Wind Blow By” was recorded by Tim McGraw in 2002, hitting No. 1 on the country charts for two weeks and selling over three million albums, and Keb’ Mo’s 1999 GRAMMY-winning album Slow Down, featured two songs he had co-written).

“Anders and I have been friends for years, and we have a very comfortable relationship,” says Benoit, a GRAMMY®-nominated songwriter, as well as a guitarist and singer with a repertoire that ranges from swamp-pop classics to gritty blues and rootsy jams. “Songwriting needs to feel natural. It needs to flow easily. When he and I went out on the bayou, we came back with seven songs! Anders also played most of the rhythm parts on the album. He does a good job of not stepping on what I’m doing and making it fit the song.”

In an unusual twist, Osborne (who also co-produced the album) uses B.B. King’s famous guitar ‘Lucille’ on Medicine. “He played half the album on that guitar, basically anything that’s not slide guitar,” Benoit says.

Medicine showcases a lean, energetic young band, and vibe-wise it’s hipper and groovier than anything Benoit has ever done before. The recording also spotlights the work of keyboardist Ivan Neville (son of Aaron Neville and nephew to members of the Neville Brothers), drummer Brady Blade (Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Dave Matthews) and bassist Corey Duplechin (Chubby Carrier & Bayou Swamp Band). Fiddler/singer Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil makes a special appearance on three tracks.

Medicine was recorded at Louisiana’s legendary Dockside Studio (B.B. King, Dr. John, Keb’ Mo’, Taj Mahal, Buckwheat Zydeco), located on a 12 acre estate in the heart of Cajun country on the banks of the Vermilion Bayou, and engineered by David Z (Prince, Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy, Gov’t Mule). The award-winning music producer/engineer worked with Benoit on three earlier releases (Fever for the BayouPower of the Pontchartrain and Night Train to Nashville). “When David’s in the booth, I don’t have to worry,” says Benoit. “He’s always comfortable with the way I work. We have a lot of fun and like to joke around.”

Benoit’s blazing guitar kicks off the title track of the recording. ‘Medicine’ captures what this album is all about, he says. “Let music be the medicine. Like John Lee Hooker once said, Blues is the healer.”

‘Sunrise’ showcases Benoit’s keen sense of tasteful restraint when it comes to the slower blues numbers, and ‘A Whole Lotta Soul’ spotlights Ivan Neville on B-3, alongside Benoit’s crunchy fretwork and vocals.

‘Long Lonely Bayou’ is a special highlight. This roots summit features two of Louisiana’s biggest and most popular artists: Michael Doucet and Tab Benoit. ‘Michael and I have played several gigs together over the years,’ Benoit says. ‘When I wrote this song, I could practically hear him performing it. Most Cajun music is played in a major chord, but Michael approached it as crying, minor type of song.’

‘In It To Win It’ and ‘Next To Me’ both spotlight Benoit’s unbelievably solid guitar chops, while ‘Nothing Takes The Place of You’ is a deep, soulful ballad drenched in his whiskey-soaked vocals. Doucet returns to play fiddle and sing on ‘Can’t You See’ and the album’s funky closer, ‘Mudboat Melissa.’

Tab Benoit is Louisiana’s No. 1 roots export. More than just an acclaimed bluesman, he is an indefatigable conservation advocate. Benoit is a driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, an organization working to save Louisiana’s wetlands. In 2010, he received the Governor’s Award for Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Benoit also starred in the iMax motion picture Hurricane on the Bayou, a documentary of Hurricane Katrina’s effects and a call to restore the wetlands.

In 2007, Benoit won the dual awards of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Best Contemporary Male Performer at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards). In 2006, he received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album for Brother to the Blues, a collaboration with Louisiana’s LeRoux. LeRoux joined Benoit on Power of the Pontchartrain in 2007 and the live Night Train to Nashville in 2008.

Medicine is more than another strong entry in Benoit’s increasingly impressive discography it’s one of his most defining albums. ‘Magic happens when you least expect it,’ says Benoit. ‘Most of the stuff here was played live ~ these are mostly first takes. When it came down to playing, we weren’t trying to structure things. We were open to the moment.’

If music has the power to help relieve pain and suffering, then Tab Benoit’s Medicine might be just what the doctor ordered.

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An evening with Dawn & Hawkes
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

An evening with Dawn & Hawkes

TICKETS ON SALE NOW
GA Adv - $15 / Door - $20
Doors @ 7pm

The 04 Center is excited to welcome to the 04 Room stage the "undeniably intimate" duo, Dawn & Hawkes! Join us for an evening with a couple whose harmonies and chemistry speak for themselves. This will be a night of genuine songs and storytelling you don't want to miss.
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“Dawn and Hawkes writes with gritty realism, hard conversations about love and life, and a willingness to confront emotions outside of the predictable and easy.” - Ear To The Ground
“Outstanding musicians individually, they are absolutely magical together.” - Houston Press
"Undeniably intimate" - Texas Monthly
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Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes 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 and international touring performances.

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.'”

// This event is "Bring Your Own Beverages" //
[Only hand held coolers are permitted in the listening room, large coolers will be placed in a walk-way near the restrooms for easy access throughout the show]

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DAVE SCHER TRIO w/ BEAT ROOT REVIVAL & DAVID JIMENEZ
Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

DAVE SCHER TRIO w/ BEAT ROOT REVIVAL & DAVID JIMENEZ

TICKETS ON SALE NOW
GA Adv - $15 / Door - $20

Doors @ 7pm
David Jimenez @ 7:25pm
Beat Root Revival @ 8pm
Dave Scher Trio @ 9pm

The 04 Center welcomes 2018 Black Fret grant winner & hailed as “one of the best'‘ guitar players in Austin, Dave Scher, with special guests Beat Root Revival, a dynamic duo who have toured the globe with the likes of Brian Setzer and Brian Wilson (Beach Boys). Opening the show will be one of Austin’s best kept soulful secrets, David Jimenez. Join us for an evening of incredible new music! 
// THIS EVENT IS “BRING YOUR OWN BEVERAGE” //
[Only hand held coolers are permitted in the listening room, large coolers will be placed in a walk-way near the restrooms for easy access throughout the show]

DAVID JIMENEZ

DAVID JIMENEZ

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JENNIFER KNAPP w/ MIRANDA DODSON
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

JENNIFER KNAPP w/ MIRANDA DODSON

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY SEPT 21st

GA Adv - $15 / Door - $20
All tickets purchased include (2) Drink tickets
VIP - $35

VIP includes reserved 1st & 2nd row seating, a reserved cocktail table & (3) drink tickets
Doors @ 7pm
Miranda Dodson @ 7:25pm
Jennifer Knapp @ 8pm

Jennifer Knapp is a Grammy-nominated songwriter, author, and advocate. Her impressive history includes selling over one million albums with her first three releases Kansas (debut 1998, Gold-certified), Lay It Down(2000), and The Way I Am (2001). She has earned four Dove Awards and two Grammy nominations. The Kansas-born musician has toured the globe with artists such as Jars of Clay and was featured on the Lilith Fair Tour in 1999 and again in 2010. Knapp has received critical acclaim for her human approach to the divine, with The Los Angeles Times calling her "a rising star" and People Magazine describing her as "an uncommonly literate songwriter."

With a considerable fan base and critical and commercial successes, Knapp walked away from music in 2002 at the height of her career. After a seven-year hiatus she returned in 2010 with a renewed passion for music showcased in her album Letting Go, which debuted at No. 73 on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart. Set Me Free followed in 2014 on Righteous Babe Records in conjunction with a memoir, Facing the Music: My Story, on Howard Books/Simon & Schuster. Her 2017 album Love Comes Back Around, produced by Viktor Krauss, pairs her fearless songwriting and strong, expressive voice with rootsy arrangements.

As the first major artist known by the Christian music world to speak openly about LGBT identity, her unique position has created opportunities for dialogue at churches and universities through her organization Inside Out Faith and on the TEDx stage at University of Nevada.
A true Renaissance woman, Knapp recently completed a master’s degree in theological studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School.

JENNIFERKNAPP.COM

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Kathy Baldock / Untangling the Mess - Part 2
Aug
20
6:30 PM18:30

Kathy Baldock / Untangling the Mess - Part 2

If you are in the Austin, Texas area please come to one of my presentations at Austin New Church on August 19th or 20th. Both nights 6:30 till 9:30 pm.

It will include the latest research that I have been doing and it is so, so, so good.

I've been sharing it with friends in one-on-one conversation, and they each agree. This stuff is COMPELLING!

Outline, plus so much more:
- Beginnings of Patriarchy
- The Progression of Understanding of Human Sexuality
- Beginnings of Psychology of Sexual Behavior
- 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10 arsenokoitai & malakos
- Cultural Shifts in Feminism & Gay Rights
- Bible Translations Leviticus 18:22 & Romans 1
- Homosexuality Depathologized
- Complementarity
- Modern Translations of Same-sex Behavior Verses
- Christian Reparative Therapy Movement

~ Kathy Baldock

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