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Open Mic

Mon, April 23 / 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. --

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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Jordi Baizan

Tue, April 24 / 730 PM

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These songs are inspired by loving relationships, the triumph of the human spirit in the face of tragedy, the beauty of nature, how our decisions give us the power to shape our destiny, and the importance of family and where Jordi grew up. This project was recorded and produced in Nashville by the brilliant Ren Renfree, who, with his wife Andi, will be opening the show and later joining Jordi onstage.  


Jordi Baizan was born into an international and musical family. With his distinctive voice and songwriting, he has the ability to connect with the mind and the heart of the listener. A life of reading, global travel, and multicultural experiences enhance Jordi Baizan’s songwriting along with musical influences as varied as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jeff Tweedy, Guy Clark, and the folk music of the USA, Mexico, Cuba, and Spain.

Both as a solo artist and as front man and songwriter for his band, QandA, Jordi has experienced growing recognition from audiences on the radio and in some of the best listening room venues in the country. QandA released its third record on January 12, 2016. The first Jordi Baizan solo record will be released on May 23, 2017 at the Mucky Duck in Houston.  

Following will be a tour that will take Jordi to destinations domestic and international. 

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Game Night - Irish Session

Wed, April 25 / 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

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Suzanna Choffel

Thu, April 26 / 7 PM

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Suzanna Choffel’s voice is the kind that lingers. It’s at once resonant and warm—powerful even as it pleads. Her pipes have served her well in her career—her sophomore album, 2012’s Steady Eye Shaky Bow, won Best Album at the Independent Music Awards—and on her forthcoming release, Hello Goodbye, it shines as she spans genres, letting her voice and her songwriting tell a story that veers from mournful to celebratory over the album’s eleven tracks.

“Go Forth,” which premieres exclusively below, is a steady beat of classic alt-rock, with vocal melodies soaring above rhythmic guitars, pulsing drums, and ringing piano chords in a style that might not sound out of place on an album from Sarah McLachlan or Aimee Mann.

Hello Goodbye doesn’t stick to one genre, though. Some songs have light reggae undertones, and others lean heavily on Choffel’s bluesy influences, or serve up stompy bubblegum pop—but “Go Forth” is a personal track that required a deft, serious touch.

“When I sat down to write this song, it was one of those rare times when the melody and words of the chorus just kind of came to me immediately,” Choffel says. “It just flowed effortlessly. I had been thinking a lot lately how indecision so often paralyzes you, and how you can’t let the fear of making the wrong choice stop you from making a choice. Strangely enough, I found out a few days later I was pregnant. My daughter has been so calm and fearless since day one, sometimes I think it was she who really wrote the song.”

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Lucas Jack

Thu, April 26 / 930 PM

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You can’t help but admire the tenacity of Lucas Jack, the old school, soulful piano man.

One day, something clicked in his head, and he decided to abandon a successful law practice — preferring instead to set up his piano on dusty Texas stages. From his perch in these smoky bars and ballrooms, Lucas Jack powers through ballads, while people enjoy the atmosphere he creates. He’s not just playing a piano anymore. Lucas Jack is painting a room with the stories of his life.

More than anything else, Lucas Jack is a reflection of the man he is: A dad with two kids, and a wife he beams about. He leads a band that swaggers around stage like sailors, grinning and jamming. Make it Beautiful is filled to a surfeit with stories of fatherhood, loss, coping, and his struggle to navigate a music industry that doesn’t seem to “get” what he’s doing.

His second full length EP is like walking into an unfamiliar bar, and seeing some guy just wailing away in the corner, with a piano, for about a dozen people. It’s not a popular bar, but the music is fantastic, so you decide to order a beer. Four songs later, you’re into another beer, talking to the person next to you. The bouncy piano chords fill the room, and you get an idea for who Lucas Jack is. You ask the bartender who the piano player is.

“Oh, that’s Lucas. He hauls that old upright piano in here every time he plays. I heard he was like a lawyer or something? I don’t know. He just came in here and offered to play piano one day, so I gave him a shot. Now he’s in here every week. People just like his stuff.” You can feel the narrative of his gumption through his music, and that’s hard to find. People say they want something “authentic” — which is the most overused word in any press release. Lucas Jack is authentically himself, a guy who probably should have been on stages in the 1970s, jamming with a bygone era of piano pop artists, yet he relents into our era. 

Nothing on Make it Beautiful is a compromise, or a song that’s written for the sake of writing a song. He’s telling stories about his kids. He’s talking about moving. His marriage. A life filled with joy. It’s a happy album, but sometimes there are moments of self-doubt. It’s a story of a life well-lived.

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James McMurtry

Fri, April 27 / 7 PM930 PM

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“James writes like he's lived a lifetime.” —John Mellencamp

“The most vital lyricist in America today.” —Bob Harris, BBC 2 RADIO

“James McMurtry is a true Americana poet – actually he is a poet regardless of genre” —Michael Nesmith

“McMurtry might be the best topical writer performing right now and (Just Us Kids) finds him at his finest.” —Patterson Hood, Drive-By Truckers

"America's fiercest songwriter" - CNN

“James McMurtry writes songs filled with characters so real that you're sure they're going to climb out of the speakers and look you in the eyes.” —VOICE OF AMERICA