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Open Mic

Mon, June 17 / 630 PM

No cover charge.


This little gem might be a bit easily overlooked in Houston’s typical bar scene, but that’s because it’s an entirely different kind of place. McGonigel’s Mucky Ducky is an Irish pub that features a very popular open mic night every Monday at 7 p.m. (sign up by 6:30 p.m.) 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. - CBS HOUSTON

 

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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John Egan

Tue, June 18 / 730 PM

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Egan howls and drops his foot like a hammer on his stompbox, but it's his flashy fingerwork on a National steel guitar that truly dazzles.    

-Houston Chronicle

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Game Night - Irish Session

Wed, June 19 / 730 PM

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
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Vanessa Peters and The Electrofonics

Thu, June 20 / 7 PM

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Weaving thoughtful, introspective lyrics with irresistible melodies, Vanessa Peters has been releasing album after album of well-crafted folk/rock gems for more than a decade. 


She has played over 1000 shows across the US and Europe, receiving accolades from abroad and in her hometown of Dallas, where she has been nominated as “Best Folk Artist”  and “Best Female Vocalist” by the Dallas Observer. She has recently opened for artists like 10,000 Maniacs, John Oates, and Horse Feathers, as well as fellow 30A songwriters Griffin House and Edie Carey. 


Her new album, “Foxhole Prayers” (Idol Records) has been receiving stellar reviews; MOJO gave the album 4 stars, proclaiming that “her songs have the intensity of short stories; gut-punching, laconic” and No Depression says that “her instantly accessible songs—a mix of gorgeous ballads and well-hooked rockers—come loaded with pensive, clever lyrics”


Dallas music critic Jeremy Hallock wrote that she is “a brilliant songwriter with a literary quality that makes her songs comparable to short stories". 


Vanessa Peters is Dallas’s Aimee Mann. She’s been a well-kept secret in Texas for many years, and the rest of the world is finally starting to take notice.

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Sam Baker

Fri, June 21 / 7 PM

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Baker’s musical storytelling in Land of Doubt gives voice to emotions tender and bitter, personal and universal. Some songs seem to come from deep inside the well of his own experience, while others reflect empathy with and insight into the suffering of those outside it.  


Perhaps Baker describes the record best, “I wanted a cinematic feel, a mixture of sparsity and tension…


And beauty…I always come back to beauty on my records. That’s shorthand for something that's bigger than me.”

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Ruthie Foster

Fri, June 21 / 930 PM

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2019 Blues Music Award Nominee (Koko Taylor Award – Traditional Blues Female)

“…there is no denying the spirit.” -USA TODAY

“The one thing you can count on from Ruthie Foster anytime she steps onto a stage is being blown away by both her powerhouse voice and her familial warmth. …the Texas singer-songwriter brought the standing room only crowd into her embrace, holding them gently in her grip like a long-lost cousin for almost two hours of song and story.” – Atlanta Journal Constitution

“There’s no denying the power of Foster’s monstrous voice” -Paste Magazine

“If you’re not smiling as you listen to Ruthie Foster’s new album, Joy Comes Back, then you might want to check the condition of your heart. On this album…Foster joyfully delivers a set of ten infectious songs that carry powerful images of hope and love.” – DOWNBEAT

In the tightknit musical community of Austin, Texas, it’s tough to get away with posturing. You either bring it, or you don’t.

If you do, word gets around. And one day, you find yourself duetting with Bonnie Raitt, or standing onstage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater and trading verses with Susan Tedeschi. You might even wind up getting nominated for a Best Blues Album Grammy — three times in a row. And those nominations would be in addition to your seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, and a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year.

There’s only one Austinite with that résumé: Ruthie Foster.

The small rural town of Gause, TX had no chance of keeping the vocal powerhouse known as Ruthie Foster to itself. The worship services at her community church and influences like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin created the foundation of her vocal capabilities, which developed into her own sound which is unable to be contained within a single genre. That uniqueness echoes a common theme in Ruthie’s life and career – marching to the beat of her own drum.


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Guy Forsyth and Jeska Bailey

Sat, June 22 / 7 PM

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“Best Male Vocals slam dunk Guy Forsyth…” - Raoul Hernandez  Austin Chronicle 2018

“Guy Forsyth is a simply one of the best performing musicians around. “- TRACIE FERGUSON  Lone Star Music Magazine 2010


The insanely talented multi-instrumentalist can put on one hell of a show, alternately dazzling and amusing audiences on a musical journey that ventures from ragtime jazz and Delta blues to socially conscious folk and rollicking modern rock.’ - Texas Music Magazine 


“More than a white bluesman, Forsyth mines the deep seams of American music traditions, emerging with fuel to feed the soul. The range of sound is amazing.” - Jeff Spevak, Rochester Democrat


“The Texan Guy Forsyth and his band…offered late Saturday evening one of the best concerts of this Cognac Blues Passions festival. It is utterly rare that the festival asked the same artist to come backfire a second time in a row, but since he made such an impression in 2011, Guy  Forsyth had received “Carte Blanche” to set the stage of the Blues Paradise on fire, which he did with enormous power, energy and intensity.” - Philippe Ménard Sud Ouest


“Forsyth’s Skills as a bandleader, singer, harmonica player and entertainer remind you exactly why live music rules in Austin.” - Joe Gross, Austin American-Statesman

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John Evans - Graham Wilkinson

Sat, June 22 / 930 PM

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Standing at six-foot-five, adorned in polyester, with a smile on his face and sparkle in his eyes, Texas-born musician John Evans is hard to miss when he takes the stage. Big hair, horn-rimmed glasses, bell-bottoms and vintage cowboy boots may be part of his iconic look, but it’s his contagious energy and memorable sound that captures the audience. 


As a performer, if Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly and Elvis Costello were to have a love child, John Evans might just be it. But it is also his songwriting that has built his legacy over the past 20 years as a troubadour in the great state of Texas. 

Music runs deep in this man’s blood, and with just a tiny bit of whiskey to make it flow even better, Evans is embarking on a new album and a new chapter that will go down easy, with or without a shot.


Born in Texas, the son of a preacher and school teacher, Graham was raised on the importance of family and service to others. Over the last 7 years, Graham has independently booked himself to the sum of nearly 200 shows a year; while also being a dedicated father, husband and family man of three wonderful daughters (one in college as well as twin 6-year olds) & two dogs. The line in his song “Laugh Until Life Makes Sense” sums up a message of positivity and love that Graham strives to exemplify and share through his music and home life.