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Open Mic

Mon, February 26 / 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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Mari Black

Tue, February 27 / 730 PM

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"Mari Black is an extraordinary musician; her sound is musical enthusiasm personified" “One of the brightest young fiddlers around today.” — Brian O’Donovan, host of WGBH radio’s “A Celtic Sojourn”

“Particularly impressive” — The Boston Globe

“Superb, inspiring, and unforgettable! Her magic is such that she sweeps audiences along with the sounds she and her instrument make.” — Willie Ruff, Director of the Ellington Jazz Series, Yale University

“Mari Black is an extraordinary musician; her sound is musical enthusiasm personified.” — Dr. John Turner, 10-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion

"I felt lucky to be watching her performance" — Scott Richardson, music director of the Punkinfiddle festival

Artist Spotlight: Mari Black

A Rich Musical Education

For years, Mari Black has traveled the globe to share her musical talent with people from all corners of the world. Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, Mari Black is an award-winning composer, fiddler, and multi-style violinist that is changing the way that music fans think about string music.

She pursued a rich musical education, eagerly seeking out anything there was to be learned about music and dedicating years to honing her craft. First, she obtained a Master of Music Degree from Yale University, also earning an Artist Diploma in Violin Performance. After that, she continued pursuing her passion for sharing music with others when she attended Columbia University’s Teachers College. There, Mari worked to graduate with a Doctorate degree in Education. At Columbia, she was also named the Geffen Fellow in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creativity.

Jumping Into Her Career

After that, Mari Black wasted no time in leaping into the world of music. In the last several years, she has performed and taught music in countless corners of the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Korea, Scotland, Hungary, Italy, France, and Zimbabwe. Her talents have not gone unrecognized, as she has been honored with many prestigious awards including the US National Scottish Fiddle Champion in 2013 and 2015, the Maritime Fiddle Champion in 2012 and 2014, and more.

An Artist of Many Talents

One of the things that fans love most about Mari Black is that her talents are not limited to a single type of music. Not only can she play the best of American, Irish, Canadian, and Scottish fiddling, but she is also a talented musician of folk, jazz, klezmer, Western Classical, and Argentine Tango. It is difficult to imagine a more varied musical range than that, but Mari Black doesn’t stop there – she is also a talented novelty fiddler, entertaining audiences with clever tricks and fun techniques.

Her most recent album, Flight, is a collection of dance-inspired music, full of the joy and vivacious spirit that Mari Black embodies so well. Songs like “Hallucinations,” “To Paula,” and “The Star of Munster” are demonstrations of her incredible talent, with every single minute of the album worth repeat listens.
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Game Night - Irish Session

Wed, February 28 / 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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Lex Land

Thu, March 1 / 7 PM

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Lex Land is a singer-songwriter and jazz vocalist originally from Southern California currently residing in Austin, TX. She has released two albums with a third to be released in 2017, and was a member of Team Blake on Season 2 of NBC’s The Voice.


Originally aspiring to a career in classical music, Land dropped out of her vocal performance program at a university in Orange, California to pursue her pop ambitions. In 2009, she left Los Angeles to make Austin her home.


Lex began recording her debut album, “Orange Days on Lemon Street” (which critics deemed “a fantastic mix of honey sweet folk and dense, beat driven folk-rock”), at age 19 . In 2011 she followed it up with a more eclectic, electrified, and genre-hopping sophomore record, “Were My Sweetheart To Go.” Both records earned “Best of iTunes” honors and also received several featured song placements on television programs, including “Private Practice”, “Castle”, and “Bones.”


In the midst of supporting her two previously released albums, Lex represented Austin, TX as a Team-Blake-finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2012. She has also been invited to perform multiple times on late night television’s “Last Call with Carson Daly,” as well as over the radio airwaves on tastemaker stations such as KCRW’s venerated “Morning Becomes Eclectic.”


In Texas Lex has truly blossomed- taking the state by storm with her solo Jeff-Buckley-esque cabaret performances, hitting home-runs with her band, or stealing the show sitting in at jazz clubs.


Quotes:

• “When you think ‘singer songwriter,’ ‘fierce’ is not a word that often comes to mind. But there is something slightly fierce about the opening seconds of Lex Land’s new album ‘Were My Sweetheart To Go.’ It’s the track ‘Oh My!’ and it just reaches out and grabs you…”- KCRW – Artist You Should Know


• “She’s a great songwriter. She makes herself very vulnerable and her lyrics are revealing about relationships and all those universal themes we love. She really separates herself from the pack with her demeanor and her lyrics. She’s got attitude, she’s cool.”- Jason Bentley – KCRW


• “When I think of great female artists, past and present, some of the names I think of are Stevie Nicks, Fiona Apple, Patsy Cline, and Ann Wilson. Among that list, Lex Land deserves a spot. Not only is she one of the most underrated artists on the scene right now, but she somehow molds her voice so well, she’s able to sing any and every genre. If I had to put together a soundtrack of my life, Lex Land would be the prominent artist featured on it.” – Sounds That Matter


• “Easily, one of the best singer-songwriters in town right now and one of the finest voices we have ever heard, period. Believe it…”- LA-Underground


• “…give a listen to album standout ‘If I,’ which showcases Land’s subtle-yet-powerful control melody as well as her undeniable vocal prowess.”- KUT – Song of the Day

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Beat Root Revival

Thu, March 1 / 930 PM

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It started one rainy day in a far off land called the United Kingdom...

If you listen to the music of Beat Root Revival, you are going to hear a lot of different sounds. According to the duo’s Ben Jones, that isn’t just a coincidence.

“That’s really the kind of feel that we were going for. The reason we came up with our name was because of our style. The majority of our influences were very much roots based. Mine were the blues, rock and roll, and 60s kind of pop. Andrea comes from Ireland, and plays traditional instruments but uses them in a very universal fashion, creating a folk pop sound. We tried to blend all of the influences that both of us had in our style.”

The “Andrea” that Jones is referring to is his partner in the duo, Andrea Magee. She says that the two have been the perfect vocal fit for each other – as their passion for music is equally strong.

Music has long been important to both Jones and Magee. Andrea recalls that her exposure to music came rather early. “At the age of ten, I started playing the flute, and I started playing in bars in Ireland with my sister and my dad. A lot of my early years in music were in either classical or traditional Irish music. I studied music in school, got an honors degree in music, and became a music teacher, I was in charge of the music department in high school. I did that for about three years,” she said, until her students actually encouraged her to pursue her music as a career. For Jones, his introduction to music came a little bit later. “I got started being interested in music relatively late,” he says with a laugh. “I was about twelve.” What was guiding his influences? His father. “I was very fortunate to have my dad’s record collection as a starting point. I remember getting into The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Neil Young. By my teenage years, I was able to put all of those influences together.”

As it was, that love of music brought them together. “I was still a high school music teacher when I began to get involved in the local music scene in Kent and he was already working the music circuit, playing live shows,” said Magee, who ended up opening up a show for Jones’s band. From that point, the musical chemistry was obvious. “We wound up sharing each other’s’ songs, and we were both fascinated by the fact that we were both pushing our own material. And we used this to drive each other forward.”


After word of mouth concerning their performances began to spread in their native United Kingdom, Ben and Andrea decided do take a chance and see what musical adventures they could find in America. Andrea admitted that the trip was everything she thought it would be. “It was wonderful. I have always been drawn to the United States and knew I wanted to spend more time here because of the history of American music. What we were really taken by on a personal level was how welcoming and hospitable everyone was here, especially people in Austin, New Orleans, and Nashville. They really seemed to open their doors to us on a personal family level and treated us as a member of their community, which has been very invaluable when you’re a long way from home.”

Their first stop in the states was deep in the heart of Texas, visiting Austin. Ironically, they just happened to travel to the musical center of the Lone Star state when South by Southwest – one of the leading musical festivals in the country was going on. She admits it was a little bit of a culture shock. “We were just a little bit shell-shocked when we walked up and down Sixth Street. We were so much in awe, and thought it was incredible. We were trying to get gigs, and we thought it was going to be impossible.”

However, thanks to the hospitality of a local taxi driver – who was willing to show them some of the musical hotspots, they did make some valuable connections – one of which led to a big performance. “We ended up talking to the owner of one of the clubs who asked us if we would be interested in opening for Dale Watson. So, that was our introduction to Austin. Then, he and his band were so taken with our sound that they asked us to come to the Continental to open for him – on our very first trip!”

While they were in Austin, they also established friendships with some of the most legendary musicians in the region. From there, they made a trip to New York, where a chance meeting would lead them to Nashville.


A few weeks later, they would hear from her. “So, she emails us and tells us she knows a guy in Nashville that might be some help to us. As it turned out, it was Gilles Godard with Ole Music Publishing. He listened to our music, and he liked it. So, through that random act of kindness, we were able to go to Nashville with a meeting. He has been so supportive to us, and has connected us to a few different people in Nashville.” That exposure led to performances at such heralded venues as The Bluebird Café, The Hard Rock, and the historic Ryman Auditorium.

Beat Root Revival released their debut effort, Waiting On A Miracle, in the fall of 2014. The duo has traveled back to Austin to begin work on their follow up. Magee says she hopes the sophomore project will convey the growth that she feels the duo has made. “The first album was a snapshot of where we were at that point and time. We had only been together for a few months, so we just wanted to capture that eclectic group of sounds we had to offer at that point. Obviously, this new album is a progression. It’s a fully formed picture of where we are right now. We’ve gone from coast to coast and have had so many musical journeys so far.”

Making the musical journey smoother is their recent signing with Toulouse and Sony/RED. “That has been an exciting option for us along those lines because it meant we would be working with such a creative team in being able to market what we would be recording. It’s the best of things from the marketing perspective, and all of the experience that comes with who we’re working with, and they understand what we do. It’s not like the mindset of ‘We make chicken, and we need someone to sell it.’ They know what we do, and are able to get it out there.

Jones agrees, saying they have definitely found their collective voice. “On a personal level, when we made the first album, we were just trying to bring two solo talents together. I think that over the past year, we’ve really developed our sound. We’ve worked out a way to celebrate our sound as two different artists that have come together. I think the new album will be very representative of that.” "The group continues that relentless search for authenticity in their sound - a drive that informs their creative approach. With each show they perform, the fan base continues to build - charming audiences from Europe to the U.S. with their impassioned concerts.

So for Ben and Andrea, the “Beat” definitely goes on!

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Guy Forsyth Band

Fri, March 2 / 7 PM930 PM

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Austin’s Guy Forsyth has long enjoyed praise for his dazzling live shows and rich Americana and Blues roots sound. Forsyth (vocals, acoustic, electric & slide guitar, harmonica, ukulele, singing saw) usually performs with his band, but has been known to perform as a solo artist, and in various incarnations including a duo with Oliver Steck (Bob Schneider’s band). His songs incorporate a unique mixture of styles and his sound is at once polished, raw, compelling and irresistibly rump-shaking.


Forsyth brought his skills as a stellar live performer to help found and eventually drive to international acclaim the theatrical acoustic group The Asylum Street Spankers. He gave Wammo his first washboard and Christina Marrs her first guitar and ukulele. His time with the Spankers touring and recording 5 albums added to a wealth of earlier unique experiences in his life – working as a stuntman in renaissance shows, busking on the streets of New Orleans and playing on a mountain top in Nepal –which provided him musical fodder to be refined in the songs of Forsyth’s numerous solo albums. 


Guy is known today as a musician with gripping, powerful vocals as well as a master of numerous instruments. He started his musical development first with singing, and began playing harmonica at 16. Shortly thereafter he heard a very distinct and overwhelming sound on Kansas City radio that changed his life; it was Robert Johnson. After that, he borrowed a guitar, fell in love and learned to tune it with his feet from a friend who had lost both his arms in an accident. In college, he lasted a single semester at the University of Kansas, and then he found the music he had been seeking – gritty, organic folk and blues, “from a practical hands-on, gears, joints and joists level.” And he struck out to learn it. 

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Peterson Brothers

Sat, March 3 / 7 PM

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The Peterson Brothers combine youthful energy and modern influences with old-school blues, soul and funk to a create a sound that is uniquely their own. 


Their live shows feature jam-band style improvisation. Led by Glenn Jr., 21 and Alex, 18, the Peterson Brothers have toured throughout the United States, and had the opportunity to play with and open for the likes of Gary Clark Jr., Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Guy, the late B.B. King and other musical greats. 


They have also played festivals throughout the U.S., including the Chicago Blues Festival, Minnesota State Fair, Riverbend Festival, Austin City Limits Festival, Ogden Roots and Blues, King Biscuit Festival, Old Settler’s Music Fest, Kerrville Folk Festival, Lancaster Blues & Roots, Allentown Blues, Brews & Barbecue, and many more. 


  • “You can’t help but smile when you watch them play” Texas Lifestyle Magazine 

  • “Their set was bristling with fun and infectious energy” Austin360.com 

  • "The Peterson brothers, two barely-legal sibling guitarists from Texas, played one of the funkiest, most fun headline sets the festival has seen.” The Morning Call ?"

  •  “The Peterson Brothers Band just rolled into Houston and killed it with blues, funk and some good ol rock n roll....” Hanks Americana Radio'
     
  • “The Peterson Brothers delivered an amazing blues and R&B set that was part Isaac Hayes, part Stevie Ray Vaughan and part Stanley Clarke.” Twangville.com 

  • “The only thing missing from the Peterson Brothers Band is the word "amazing" at the front of the name.” - San Antonio Express-News


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Barbara Nesbitt

Sat, March 3 / 930 PM

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“Warm, evocative vocals” George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune


“This is simply a girl with a tremendous, angelic voice singing wonderfully crafted songs” Craig Yerkes, San Diego Troubadour


“Barbara’s versatile, pure and powerful vocal prowess..knocks me out.”  Simon Redley, Maverick


“With a voice that is clear as a mountain meadow and emotive as Patsy Cline, Barbara Nesbitt sings songs of life's journeys with fire grace and country soul”  Ray Benson, Asleep At The Wheel


“Her voice, while sweet and melodic, conveys a confidence and strength drawn from her life's experiences” Thomas Lim, China Daily