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Jackie Venson

Sat, October 21 / 7 PM

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“Austin’s got no shortage of indie blues musicians whose music sounds great from a coffeehouse stage, but it only has a few who can put together the total package of eclectic, soulful jams and a stridently powerful voice the way that Jackie Venson can.” (read the full article here) TEXAS MONTHLY

“With an astonishing mix of raw soul, superb musicianship and laid back grace it was easy to believe that we were participating in the origin story of Austin’s next great export — a Gary Clark Jr. level talent who speaks boldly through her guitar while simultaneously entrancing with her gorgeous smoky voice.” (read the full article here) AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Campfire Soul

Sat, October 21 / 930 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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Open Mic

Mon, October 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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Bill Carter

Tue, October 24 / 730 PM

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CD Release!

For his tenth release, it’s appropriate that Carter would return to the very basics of the songs that have built his career. “I love to get in the studio and record and arrange music with great players,” Carter says. “But I also firmly believe that a song should stand on its own merits, stripped down and performed with only the tools used to create it in the first place.” 

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Game Night - Irish Session

Wed, October 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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Eden MacAdam-Somer

Thu, October 26 / 7 PM

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Eden MacAdam-Somer is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians performing and teaching today. Her music transcends genre through soaring violin and fiddling, vocals, and percussive dance. She has been a featured soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras, jazz and swing bands, and Eastern European and American folk ensembles. 

As an educator and composer/improviser, Ms. MacAdam-Somer has been a guest artist at such institutions as the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and the Dundalk Institute of Technology, and a featured performer at the Eastbourne and Beijing International Music Festivals, in addition to maintaining a full-time studio at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. 

With her contemporary duo, NotoriousFolk, she has toured across the continental United States, and performed and taught in Alaska, Hawaii, India, Iceland, the UK, and Afghanistan.

Beginning her classical studies at the age of four, it was not until her teenage years that Eden became an active member of the traditional music and dance community in Houston, Texas. This led to years of playing and singing with American and International folk bands, jazz and swing groups, and early music ensembles. 

Eden also continued to develop her skills as a classical violinist, attending Houston’s renowned High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, winning the Music Teacher’s National Association State Division and the Lennox Young Artists Competitions, and, eventually, earning her BM and MM degrees in classical performance from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston as a student of Fredell Lack, and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as a student of Kenneth Goldsmith.

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Mike Stinson

Thu, October 26 / 930 PM

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Mike Stinson can write songs in his 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.

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That Carolina Sound - David Ball - Warren Hood - Marshall Hood

Fri, October 27 / 7 PM930 PM

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That Carolina Sound
featuring David Ball, Warren Hood & Marshall Hood. 
#1 country hits mixed with the legacy of Uncle Walt’s Band.

Grammy award-winning country artist David Ball has teamed up with Warren Hood & Marshall Hood for a reprise of the rich musical legacy of Uncle Walt’s Band. Ball, the only surviving member, was joined by Champ Hood's son Warren, and nephew Marshall, at a recent impromptu house show in Austin. Joined by a few backing musicians, Ball and the Hoods played in a completely acoustic context, backed up by only two ambient room mics, exactly the way UWB used to do it. Witnessing the great results and the warm audience reception, Ball exclaimed, “Let’s do more of THAT!"

Doing their first Houston show on October 27th at 7 pm at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, it will once again feature the intimate, all-acoustic approach. You will also hear David’s #1 country hits performed in the same context. “Thinkin’ Problem,” “Riding With Private Malone,” “Look What Followed Me Home,” “When The Thought Of You Catches Up With Me”…timeless country music mixed with the incomparable Uncle Walt’s Band catalog, originally written and performed by Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood & David Ball. This music has influenced the likes of Lyle Lovett, Marcia Ball, Shawn Colvin and Jessie Colter. Performed by David Ball, Warren & Marshall Hood, you will not hear it any better.