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Amanda Pascali and the Family

Thu, May 23 / 7 PM

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Renaissance woman and singer/songwriter, Amanda Pascali was born in Queens, New York and is based in Houston, Texas. Amanda's Immigrant American Folk Music showcases her traditional influences, but she is no copy of anyone. As the daughter of an Eastern European refugee with Sicilian heritage, Amanda writes with a sincerity which shows us that home is truly where the heart is.


Amanda’s music tells the story of a girl, transplanted from the Corona and Forrest Hills neighborhoods of New York City to the center of Houston, Texas. With a father who was thrown out of his home country for rebelling against the government, Amanda was driven from a young age to be a messenger of her family’s stories and diaspora. Her words tell of her experiences growing up in the light of her family’s compelling memoirs and the grave semblance to the plight of refugees today.


In 2016, Amanda recorded a solo, self-titled EP which she released before forming her trio- Amanda Pascali and The Family. The Family consists of seasoned accordion player “Uncle” Felix Lyons, who turned seventy years old on the night of their first show together, and violinist Addison Freeman who is classically trained and experientially tempered to the folk tradition. The group formed after all three musicians joined the Houston Balalaika Orchestra, playing traditional Eastern European music in a living room on the south side of town. The trio’s debut, full-length album “Still It Moves” is a tribute to Italian revolutionary Galileo Galilei, and a collection of songs dedicated to all things true, whether or not we want them to be.


Accompanied by her family, blood related or not, Amanda Pascali has released music and performed internationally, including packed houses in Italy and Romania. Her art is inspired by the love story of her parents as working-class immigrants in the 1980s as well as the stories of first-generation Americans throughout the United States. Her music is consistently carried by the one thing that joins both love and revolution: great passion. In addition to speaking at scientific conferences and conducting field work in the mountains of west Texas as an aspiring geologist, she travels the eastern hemisphere piecing together the stories of her family and documenting them in song. Amanda’s music, now coined Immigrant American Folk, delivers a powerful narrative on being “too foreign for here, too foreign for home, and never enough for both.”


The Houston Press describes Amanda and The Family as “Houston’s newest artist for you to adore” and “a welcomed addition to the Houston music scene […] with songs that will be stuck with you for days”.

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Sylvia Rose Novak

Thu, May 23 / 930 PM

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“Obsession-Worthy” - Popdust 


“The same Southern Gothic blood that runs through the work of Faulkner, Carson McCullers and McCarthy also courses through Novak’s veins…” - Mike Davies, Folk Radio


“Novak is an emerging talent, delivering honest, emotionally ridden songs that have lasting power.” - Glide Magazine [Read the full review here]


Check out the first listen to "Wildflowers" off of "Someone Else's War" via Cowboys & Indians Magazine 


“Novak’s voice brings a sound of hope and optimism to an album that is very gritty and real in its subject matter.” - Morgan Bryce, The Opelika Observer [on Someone Else’s War]


Watch the video premiere of "Someone Else's War" on The Boot


“Someone Else’s War is Sylvia Rose Novak’s Call to Action” - Flagpole [Read the full feature here]


An interview with Americana Highways on the human condition, luthier work, and being a woman in the music industry

“Someone Else’s War is Sylvia Rose Novak’s Call to Action” - Flagpole [Read the full feature here]


An interview with Revival Weekly on influence, inspiration, and more!

“Three parts Amanda Shires and one part Brandi Carlile; there are times on Sylvia Rose Novak’s third album, Someone Else’s War, that complement that vocal sound with the driving rock of The War on Drugs, but other gentler moments that feel more like a coffeehouse. All of those times, the record is a soundtrack; windows-down driving music into a western sunset.” - Blake Ells, Author Of "The Muscle Shoals Legacy of FAME"

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Sarah Grace & the Soul

Fri, May 24 / 7 PM

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“The challenge of the song is to not scare America. I’m changing ‘Amazing Grace,’ everybody. Fair warning.”


So said Team Kelly’s 16-year-old blues ingenue, Sarah Grace, on Monday’s top 10 episode of The Voice. Religious songs usually are popular on The Voice — last week, when Kymberli Joye did Tasha Cobbs’s “Break Every Chain,” she was the top-charting contestant on iTunes — but most contestants don’t take as many creative liberties as Sarah did this week. Besides playing “dirty” trumpet, Sarah also sang the traditional hymn with the “House of the Rising Sun” production under it — basically, she did a skronky, Blind Boys of Alabama-inspired “Amazing Grace”/”Rising Sun” mashup.


“This idea is the coolest idea that anyone I ever worked with on The Voice has ever come to the table with,” said Sarah’s coach, Kelly Clarkson. 


“This is an insanely cool version of ‘Amazing Grace.’ It’s my favorite I’ve ever heard.


Sarah Grace & The Soul is a band comprised of sisters Sarah Grace (Vocals, Keys), Reagan (Drums), and Daniel (Bass), and Erich (Guitar).  They hail from Houston, TX where they have grown up and flourished in the rich Blues, Rock and Soul scene. 


Drawing from many influences, they combine powerful vocals and rootsy musicianship to create their own original sound. Already veterans of the local and regional scene they have been recognized as one of the “Top Ten Bands Under 21” in Houston as well as multiple representatives of Houston in the International Blues Challenge, Youth Showcase in Memphis, TN. 2018, finds them hard at work in the Studio recording their debut CD featuring all original music. 

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Rev Peytons Big Damn Band

Fri, May 24 / 930 PM

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The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band are the world’s greatest practitioners of classic country-blues, featuring the foremost finger-picking steel guitar player in the Rev, and the sensational rhythm and vocal accompaniment of “Washboard Breezy”, Rev’s wife of 15 years, who has played by his side since the band’s inception and is known for setting her washboard on fire, Jimi Hendrix-style, as part of the group’s dynamic live performances. 


A devotee of what he calls “front porch blues” since he was 12 years old, Rev and the band have followed their lifetime immersion in and devotion to this music with pilgrimages to its birthplace of Clarksdale, MI and the Chess studios in Chicago. A student of Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson, Furry Lewis, Bukka White and Mississippi John Hurt, Rev’s style has been honed through studying with the late David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Robert Belfour and T-Model Ford.


Rev and Breezy make their home in Bean Blossom in the hills of Southern Indiana – the adopted home of bluegrass legend Bill Monroe, which features his memorial park along with national forests in what began as an artist’s colony. “Most of the people here can both paint a picture and skin a deer”, laughs Breezy. The twosome – along with drummer Max — live and breathe the music and culture, but that doesn’t mean they’ve turned their back on modern civilization.

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Trout Fishing in America - Kids Show

Sat, May 25 / 2 PM

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A willingness to at once make fun of our most annoying daily habits, then to touch our hearts with tender and passionate images of family life, is what makes the connection between Trout Fishing in America and its audiences so compelling and poignant. “…the Lennon and McCartney of kids’ music.” – National Public Radio

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Trout Fishing in America

Sat, May 25 / 7 PM

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Trout Fishing in America is the long-standing and yet seemingly unlikely musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. As individuals, they are about as different as one can imagine. Together, they blend seamlessly in a way that has captured the imagination (and hearts) of audiences of all ages for over four decades. Ezra on guitar and banjo stands 6’8? tall while Keith on bass stretches to 5’5 1/2? on a humid day. Ezra is more playful and extroverted while Keith is more serious and reserved. Each of them bring out the best in the other and the joy that comes from this musical interaction is contagious and impossible to deny.

The duo has earned four Grammy Nominations for their family CDs. The most recent family release is “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers”. Try saying that five times fast! The CD features tongue twisters, mind-benders, spooky situations and instantly identifiable slices of a kid’s life. In April 2017, they changed gears and released a folk/rock CD called “The Strangest Times”. The project is a return to the roots of the band. 

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Mike Stinson

Sat, May 25 / 930 PM

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From stone cold honky tonk to some of the stoutest rock you'll ever hear, Stinson writes 'em and sings 'em like music is a life-and-death matter.
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Mon, May 27 / 12 PM

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Shake Russell

Tue, May 28 / 730 PM

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For more than three decades, Texas singer-songwriter Shake Russell has been entertaining audiences throughout the region with his unique, Americana style of folk-rock. A prolific songwriter, Shake has written or co-written hundreds of melodies. Through the years, Shake’s songs and albums have frequented the Billboard charts, with many, including “Deep in the West,” “You’ve Got a Lover,” “Put Yourself in My Shoes,” “One More Payment,” and “Our Kind of Love” being recorded by such distinguished artists as Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Ricky Skaggs, Clint Black, and Carolyn Dawn Johnson. Ricky Skagg’s hit recording of “You’ve Got a Lover” has appeared on three of Ricky’s albums. 


In 1986, Shake was asked by longtime friend Bruce Bryant, creative producer at KPRC Channel 2, to compose a theme song commemorating the Texas sesquicentennial. He obliged and wrote the regional favorite, "Traveling Texas", which became the theme song for KPRC's award winning TV series "The Eyes of Texas".

Shake is a two-time recipient of the BMI “Million Air” award for Clint Black’s recordings of “Put Yourself in My Shoes” and “One More Payment,” both of which he co-wrote with Clint, and a four-time recipient of the BMI Writer’s Award. The Texas Music Association nominated Shake's song, “Cowboy Coffee,” for the “2007 Texas Music Awards Best New Song.” Shake made history by being named Entertainer of the Year for the third time (2004, 2008, 2011) in the Texas Music Awards!


Weaving sophisticated harmonies through his songs and drawing from various genres, Shake created a style of folk-rock that is uniquely his own. His repertoire consists of a blend of love songs, ballads, and waltzes, skillfully balanced with lively rockabilly tunes and soulful rhythm and blues pieces. His lyrics are imbued with beautiful imagery, catchy phrases, and inventive similes and metaphors. But it is the rich, melodious voice of Shake Russell that breathes life and spirit into the lyrics.


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Game Night - Irish Session

Wed, May 29 / 730 PM

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Irish Jam Session at 7:30pm. Games are available all evening.

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