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Staehely Brothers

Fri, August 18 / 7 PM

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Members of the classic rock band, Spirit, The Staehely Brothers (Al and John) are hosting a cool collection of Staehely written acoustic numbers- some recorded by Marty Balin, Keith Moon, Bobbie Gentry, John Cippolina, Nick Gravenites, Patti Dahlstrom, Peter Cox of Go West and up and coming blues sensation, Annika Chambers-  others recorded by Al and John when they left Austin in '71 to join the legendary West Coast group, Spirit.  

Also featured will be songs from the the Staehely Brothers Epic Records release, Al's solo recordings on Polygram and SteadyBoy Records, as well as new songs- some influenced by Al's travels to Brazil.  John's guitar work makes clear why Robert Palmer, Bob Dylan, John Hiatt and Jo Jo Gunne chose him as their guitar slinger.  Sitting in with the brothers is Evelyn Rubio, the beautiful and uniquely talented singer and sax player from Mexico City.  A cameo performance by Al's son, Christian, featuring his compositions, will offer a glimplse of more to come from the Staehely millinneal. 

The Staehely Brothers are not only contemporary artists but they are also a part of America’s musical heritage.  Merging their Texas style with West Coast rock they took their music on the road headlining Carnegie Hall as Spirit members and touring the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe and Asia.  

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Tony Ramey

Fri, August 18 / 930 PM

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Texas CMA Independent Artist of the Year, Multi-Gold and Platinum Award Winning Songwriter, Scholar, Troubadour, Poet, Composer, Musician, and friend of the common folk... 

Currently he tours the US and Texas, where he has been named 2016's Independent Artist of the Year by the Texas Country Music Association. 

With the latest release Soul Survivor, featuring a duet with the iconic Willie Nelson (also a new fan of his music), Ramey is still grabbing the attention of industry people, and growing his audience by leaps and bounds because of his undeniable prowess as a singer/songwriter, and his passion for playing live. There is no doubt he prefers the troubadour life-style, and the solace of his writer's getaway between shows where he says he can "be alone with nature, his thoughts, and the eternal spring of the Art Spirit." So until now, Ramey spent much of his music career flying below the radar, but his recent touring schedule and album releases are getting noticed. 

Ramey’s first Gold Record came out of the frustrations of commercialism.  “I Don’t Want this Song to End” was a response to his first publisher’s new “rules” about songwriting: No ballads, definitely no waltzes, and no songs over four minutes.  Tom Collins, Country Music publisher and producer icon, was Tony’s first go ‘round with Nashville’s Music Row:  “Tom was a great song man and an even better psychologist.  He knew us writer’s well enough to know we wouldn’t be told what to do.  I think he just wanted to ruffle our feathers so we would go in a room and write something great, and stop following the formula.”  

From the beginning of his career as a songwriter, Tony felt as though he lived on the fringes of Nashville’s Music Row.  He aspired to follow in the footsteps of Guy Clarke, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and other outlaws who flew below the mass media radar.  "It's easy to get consumed by the hype and sparkle and neon of that town, but I came from the mountains, where you learn that everything man creates is superficial, talk is cheap, and stars fall as regular as acorns off the tree. I took a lot of what Nashville had to offer with a grain of salt.”

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Max Stalling

Sat, August 19 / 7 PM930 PM

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Max Stalling to Record Live Project at McGonigel's Mucky Duck

Texas artist will perform two live shows to be recorded live at iconic Houston music venue August 19th  

Known as an intimate listening room, McGonigel’s Mucky Duck was an easy choice for Max Stalling as the setting for his next project.  Not only is the Mucky Duck an ideal venue for a live recording, it is also a great fit for the type of performance Stalling is looking to capture; a stripped-down “jug band” version of his current, high-energy shows that his dedicated fan base has come to love over the past twenty plus years. 

Max Stalling’s acoustic shows at the world famous Mucky Duck have long been a fan favorite as well as a band favorite.  So, he and his band have decided to try and capture the fun and energy of those magical moments.  Stalling recently stated that “The Mucky Duck is a very special listening type venue,” adding “we’ve had some truly amazing shows there.”  Stalling will be performing many fan favorites from his previous studio releases along with a “couple of surprises.”  

Although a little tight lipped on what these surprises might be, he says that fans will “not be disappointed.”  He also says that, through his strategic partnership with Shiner Beer, there will be yet another special event planned around this recording project.  “We are not quite ready to announce anything just yet, but we are very grateful and honored to have Shiner on board and very excited for everyone to see the final product.”Stalling is no stranger to live recording projects.  

He previously released two highly acclaimed live recordings, “Sellout: Live From Dan’s Silverleaf” in 2005 and “Live At The Granada” in 2009 which was also accompanied with a DVD of the live performance.  The upcoming live recording from the Mucky Duck follows up Stalling’s most recent studio release, 2015’s “Banquet.” 

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Open Mic

Mon, August 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. --

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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Cliffs and Caves

Tue, August 22 / 730 PM

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Lindsey and Claire have recently launched their debut EP, entitled Hold On. The original songs appearing on the EP are a team effort with Lindsey creating the lyrics and melodies while Claire, a multi-instrumentalist, composed the music for the tracks. They traveled to Los Angeles to record the songs at Banana Chicken Studio, a process overseen by Grammy-nominated producer, engineer, and composer, Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams, R.E.M., Eagles). Also appearing on the EP is legendary Willie Nelson harmonica player, Mickey Raphael.

Whether they are working alongside a Grammy-nominated producer in Los Angeles or writing songs with stories that resonate with listeners of all generations, the mother-daughter duo of Cliffs and Caves isn’t shy about using their music to tell deeply personal and relatable stories. Made up of Lindsey and Claire Justice, the duo offers up a unique blend of Indie, Folk, Americana, and Pop music inspired by their combined musical influences: Bonnie Raitt, Ben Howard, Fleetwood Mac, and the band Joseph.

“Working Girl’s Guitar is Rosie to the core. Sassy, classy and ready to kick ass-y.” – Guitar World

“Flores is a working girl whose instrument and voice labor to give you a good time and make you think and feel more deeply.”– PopMatters

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Game Night - Irish Session

Wed, August 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

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The Here and Now Irish Band

Thu, August 24 / 7 PM

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The Here and Now, based out of Austin, Tx, is an  exciting band made up of Chris Buckley (fiddle), Niamh Fahy (fiddle), Rob Forkner (Bodhrán) and Joseph Carmichael (guitar). All accomplished musicians in their own right, together they create a rich and captivating sound full of energy that presents Irish traditional music in a contemporary context. Drawing from each of their backgrounds in Irish music, with a geography that spans the United States and Ireland, The Here & Now keep tradition at the heart of their music.

Chris Buckley has spent the last decade plus as a member of the renowned Irish music trio, the Tea Merchants. After growing up in Wisconsin, he came to Austin to pursue his Master's of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas and has been here since developing a reputation as one of Texas’s most sought after fiddle players.  

Niamh who is originally from Co. Meath in Ireland, moved to Austin in 2014 having spent the previous 10 years playing music full-time, 5 of which  she spent as soloist with Riverdance. She has also worked with The Young Irelanders, The Dhol Foundation, Donal Lunny & The Chieftains. 

Rob Forkner is a master Bodhrán player and is also one of the world's most highly sought after Irish drum makers. He, along with Chris, is a founding member of the Tea Merchants, and after a time in Europe has returned to Austin, to combine forces musically once again. Joseph Carmichael, guitarist and whistle/flute player from Dallas is a founding member of the irish music trio, Flashpoint. He tours regularly with the Mari Black band and Ashley Davis. He pulls from a variety of influences to create a style that brings the band's music together.

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Bill Kirchen

Thu, August 24 / 930 PM

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Nick Lowe - "A devastating culmination of the elegant and the funky, a really sensational musician with enormous depth."

Pop Matters - "He is one of the singular instrumental stylists of American roots music, and to hear his sound once is to have it indelibly etched on one’s musical memory."

No Depression - "You might call [Hot Rod Lincoln] the Triumph of the Telecaster. Then again, you might say that about Kirchen's whole career."

3rd Coast Music - "Most discographies have their ups and downs, but Bill Kirchen's albums just get better and better." 

San Francisco Chronicle - "Kirchen can count on the respect of anybody who knows his work." - "one of the classic American artists."