SHANE COOLEY & the MIDNIGHT GIRLS // THE REELING KIND
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

SHANE COOLEY & the MIDNIGHT GIRLS // THE REELING KIND

"The story goes like this – KUTX Eklektikos host John Aielli himself admitted he fell in love with the music of Shane Cooley one summer when he heard his music at a local coffee shop. Aielli was captivated. “I’ve worked in radio since 1963, and over the years I’ve learned to recognize talent,” he said recently. “There was something in his sound that made me want to listen…” There’s proof positive to this testimonial with Cooley’s release of Kings Highway, an album rich in roots, Americana, a bit of rock and eclectic touches of pop."

~Laurie Gallardo, KUTX Austin Music Minute

photo: CPaul Cardoza

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THE JOE JACKSONS // BLOOD PUMPS
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

THE JOE JACKSONS // BLOOD PUMPS

THE JOE JACKSONS are a rock 'n' roll band from Austin, TX featuring former Weary Boys front man Mario Matteoli and local top guns Rob Bacak (Crooks) and Zac Bryant (Sounds del Mar). Together they mix Stooges-era sleaze with early 80's punk and a little Seattle grunge for good measure. Hold on to your faces, lest they melt right off.   

BLOOD PUMPS just put out their very first EP America & Burgers, but singer/bassist Bill Stevenson, guitarists Mike Brinley and Joe Lewis, and drummer Jordan Cook have quite a bit of experience playing together. Together, they form the rhythym section of Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears. While they may share members of the same band, Blood Pumps is fully the brainchild of singer, Stevenson.

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ERIK HOKKANEN
May
9
9:00 PM21:00

ERIK HOKKANEN

World-class fiddler and surf guitar master ERIK HOKKANEN plays every first Thursday starting in April 2015. In 1984, at age 21, Erik moved to Austin, TX and joined Gary P. Nunn’s band and toured throughout the Southwest. He was voted a three time winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival Music Awards’ “Instrumentalist of the year” (1993-1995) and was inducted into the Kerville Festival’s Music Hall of Fame in 1996. This year also saw John Travolta dancing to Erik’s fiddle music (“Erik’s Two Step”) in the movie “Michael.”

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ERIK HOKKANEN
Apr
25
9:00 PM21:00

ERIK HOKKANEN

World-class fiddler and surf guitar master ERIK HOKKANEN plays every first Thursday starting in April 2015. In 1984, at age 21, Erik moved to Austin, TX and joined Gary P. Nunn’s band and toured throughout the Southwest. He was voted a three time winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival Music Awards’ “Instrumentalist of the year” (1993-1995) and was inducted into the Kerville Festival’s Music Hall of Fame in 1996. This year also saw John Travolta dancing to Erik’s fiddle music (“Erik’s Two Step”) in the movie “Michael.”

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JOHN ELLIOTT
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

JOHN ELLIOTT

Here's a review of JOHN ELLIOTT’s album BACKYARDS from Norway translated via the Google Translator from Norwegian to English:

“Elliott has a very nice and pleasant voice, and writes spruce texts about daily challenges and love. This is a wonderful autumn album which like the sort of music when you crawl under the blanket with a cup of cocoa and a good book. I think evocative and melancholy are the two key words I hunt here. So are you looking for something evocative and melancholy of the musical autumn cosiness, you could do a lot worse than buying this disc.”

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J WAGNER // ADAM THOMAS BROWN
Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

J WAGNER // ADAM THOMAS BROWN

J Wagner is a songwriter out of Austin TX who was raised in the deserts of New Mexico and one time park ranger for Joshua Tree National Park. His music often draws from this desert landscape. His song (Wagner/Isakov/Elliott)“If I Go, I'm Goin",has been covered by the country artist, Bart Crow, by the Denver symphony orchestra, and also appears on the TV shows,Californication,Teen Wolf,and The Haunting of Hill House.

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NORI // LEY LINE
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

NORI // LEY LINE

Two of Austin’s great world music projects join forces on this bill. NORI is the collaboration of Akina Adderly and Adam Beaudoin among others…finding it’s place somewhere firmly in jazz, but drawing its power from all types of music traditions. LEY LINE celebrates the music of Brazil- taking familiar South American folk music to beautiful and exciting new highs.

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