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Open Mic

Mon, May 21 / 630 PM

No cover charge.


You’ll hear plenty of folk, country and acoustic renditions by performers that spent their afternoon in classes at Rice or a long day at the office. Not only does the pub feature an impressive array of live music almost every night, but the Mucky Duck has been listed by Billboard Magazine as one of the 20 best acoustic venues in the country. Each performer gets three songs or 15 minutes on stage. -- houston.cbslocal.com


The Duck stage is open for you to present your original compositions or a favorite song made famous by someone else. 


Comedians, poets, jugglers and mimes also welcome. 


Don't be shy. Come on out ~ It's your turn to be a Mucky Duck Open Mic Star.


Each performer has 3 songs or 15 minutes for their performance. 

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Campfire Soul

Tue, May 22 / 7 PM

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Jake and Elwood once kidded the only place new generations would be able to hear blues music would be from archives of the local library. Thankfully, new talent like Campfire Soul is taking on the mantle to keep the genre alive and kicking. 


A family band centered around the Kimberly sisters, Sarah (vocals/keys) and Reagan (drums), Campfire Soul is no novelty act. Along with bandmate Daniel Holder and help from talented young friends like guitar gunslinger Zach Person, they're routinely in the running to represent Houston at the annual International Blues Challenge, which they've done twice now. 


The band is a former Houston Press Music Awards nominee for Best New Act and Best Blues Act, and they're busy. 


This month, you can catch them at McGonigel's Mucky Duck.  - Houston Press - Jesse Sendajas Jr.


Campfire Soul is a Blues/Rock/Soul band that is turning the music world upside down. Bursting onto the Houston Music scene in 2013 this young band has been turning heads everywhere they perform. 


Campfire Soul consists of Sarah-Grace, Reagan, and Daniel. Out front, Sarah-Grace brings soulful vocals that defy her age and has drawn comparisons to some of the grand ladies of blues and soul. Although Sarah-Grace’s vocals will bring you into the show, it is her musicianship that will keep you there. 


Sarah-Grace brings a blistering trumpet to the party and some fine throwback B3 organ pounding, as well. Keeping it in the family is Sarah-Grace’s sister, Reagan, behind the kit. 


At barely 12, Reagan is already one of the funkiest drummers in Houston and has held the groove behind some of Houston’s finest musicians. Reagan’s rhythm mate is the one and only, Daniel Holder. Daniel is a native of Germany and recently attended the prestigious Victor Wooten Bass Camp. 


Campfire Soul has already been blessed to receive many accolades including being chosen to represent Houston twice in Memphis as their youth showcase band for the International Blues Challenge as well as receiving “Best New Band’ and “Best Blues Band” nominations from the Houston Press.   

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Game Night - Irish Session

Wed, May 23 / 730 PM

Board games are hot right now — whether it’s the new Euro-style games like Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, 7 Wonders or Power Grid, or you’re kickin’ it old school with traditional games like the Trumpesque, land-grabbing Monopoly. For a great midweek diversion, head on over to the Mucky Duck for a pint and a little tabletop competition; they’ve been at it for almost 25 years. We checked in with Stevie Hazlewood, day manager for McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, and she says the club stocks a nice selection of titles for the Wednesday night Game Night and Irish Session. 


“It runs the gamut from Connect Four, to Scrabble, Yahtzee, Risk, three different versions of Monopoly, Scattergories, Cards Against Humanity,” says Hazlewood. Play one of those games or bring your own, and scarf down pub snacks like fish and chips, Welsh rarebit and the club’s famous shepherd’s pie. 


Best of all, there’s no cover. 7:30 p.m. 


- Susie Tommaney - Houston Press


Irish Session starts 7:30

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Bob Schneider

Thu, May 24 / 7 PM930 PM

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Bob Schneider’s fellow Texans as well as his rabid U.S. fanbase will testify to his abilities, as he has become the most awarded singer songwriter in Austin’s history, winning over thirty Austin Music Awards. 


His scruffy good looks and strong, husky voice provide a good complement to his semi-confessional songwriting. The real beauty of Schneider’s artistic career is about the freedom to constantly write, record and stockpile songs. 


While he’s already released hundreds of songs with his bands, Schneider estimates there were at least a thousand songs that didn’t fit his band’s concepts.

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Radney Foster

Fri, May 25 / 7 PM

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“While Radney Foster is no stranger to the country charts, both on his own and with the duo Foster & Lloyd, there’s not much Music City/Nash Vegas gloss on Everything I Should Have Said


Foster’s songs are essentially country, but are charged with crackling Louisiana flavors and wiry, rootsy-rock a la The Band. Foster’s voice has a plainspoken quality akin to that of the late Levon Helm.” –Icon Magazine


“Like the songs of [Townes] Van Zandt, Foster’s music doesn’t jump up and down, wear fancy clothes, or beat around the bush. And like Van Zandt, Foster’s always trying to find that little piece of truth.” –Charleston City Paper

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Buenos Diaz

Fri, May 25 / 930 PM

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CD Release!


If you asked him, songwriter and guitarist Nick Diaz might describe himself as an “alligator cowboy rock ‘n’ roller.” Let’s put that into perspective: Sharp, badass, one hell of a bite, some lightning-quick moves catching you off guard, perhaps? 


Just add a guitar into the equation, and let Diaz take it from there. Diaz fell in love with classic Texas rock at an early age, and counts Jimmy Vaughn, Ian Moore and T Bone Walker among his influences. 


His musical travels have taken him through New Orleans, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and finally Austin, where he currently resides and performs with his band Buenos Diaz. ~Laurie Gallardo, KUTX AUSTIN MUSIC MINUTE

“Simple, catchy … great solos and riffs that any listener would like” — WLOY Radio

“Singer song-writer acts that we’ll take a pedicab in inclement weather just to see” — Tour Worthy

“Buenos Diaz is a breath of fresh air” — Tipcow Music Blog

“One of the more impressive acts you can catch coming from the state capitol today” — Free Press Houston

“Trippy head music with a garage rock snarl” — The Austinot


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Dawn & Hawkes

Sat, May 26 / 7 PM

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Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes met when he crossed an Austin barroom floor and asked her to dance. 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 and kicked off a whirlwind of constant cross-country touring and performances with artists like Patty Griffin, Dan Tyminski & Alison Krauss, Chris Issak, Old 97s, Robert Earl Keen, and showcases at festivals including Austin City Limits, Folk Alliance, AmericanaFest, South By Southwest and TEDx.


Their most recent album, Yours and Mine, is foremost a celebration of life’s beautiful moments that make us want to take another breath and another step – despite uncertainty. 


"Impeccable vocal harmonies and instrumentation”  - Acoustic Guitar


"Transcendent alternative-folk - you will find yourself craving more from this amazing, dynamic duo" - Huffington Post


“Songs of introspective bliss, this singer-songwriter team genuinely helps the listener feel the spirit of life”  - Performer Magazine


“lovely, lilting and clearly heartfelt” - Elmore Magazine


“Outstanding musicians individually, they are absolutely magical together.”  _ Houston Press


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Mike Stinson

Sat, May 26 / 930 PM

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Mike Stinson can write songs in his sleep....no really, check out Walking Home In The Rain from his fourth and most recent album Hell And Half Of Georgia. "Well that only happened once but yeah it's true. I woke up with that song fully formed playing in my head. No idea where it came from." General consensus is that Mike's blue collar songwriting ethic earned him that freebie. That kind of 'luck' comes from putting in the time. Here's a glimpse at what that time has looked like. Raised in Virginia, schooled in DC, Mike moved to Los Angeles where eighteen years made him a veteran of what he calls "the trenches of beer joint warfare." The last six years have found him based in Houston and barnstorming the roadhouses of Texas week in and week out.

 

Along the way he has written his very own version of the American songbook and developed an expansive live show that "has taken country and rock and boiled them down to their essence before injecting everything with the kind of ju-ju that Gram Parsons died for." (Bill Bentley, The Morton Report)  Critical acclaim has followed. Los Angeles Magazine named him Best Country Artist (2004), The Houston Press awarded him Song Of The Year (2010), Texas Music Magazine named him one of their Artists of The Year (2012) and one of their Records of The Year (2013), and The Houston Press named him Best Country Artist in each of the last two years (2014, 2015). But perhaps the more significant mark of Mike's creative success is the respect and admiration he's earned from a large songwriting community. His songs have been released on albums by Dwight Yoakam, Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Gilkyson, Jesse Dayton, Brian Whelan, Folk Uke (featuring Willie Nelson), Austin Hanks and Larry Bagby.

 

Few, if any walk, away from a Mike Stinson show unaffected by his particular slant. His songs are the thrills, chills and spills of life, filled with razor sharp word play, charm, depth, poignance and musical muscle. “Mike Stinson is dangerous, the kind of songwriter who can upend the way you see the world with a single line, and whose lean, mean rock and roll machine of a band usually starts at a Chuck Berry gallop and goes from there. They can crank it so hard, in fact, it’s entirely possible to miss all the diamond-tipped rejoinders, double entendres, aphorisms and the occasional outright burn that litter Stinson’s songs, and make him one of the wickedest lyricists around today.” HOUSTON PRESS