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Game Night - Irish Session

Wed, September 27 / 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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Rebecca Loebe

Thu, September 28 / 7 PM

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Rebecca Loebe’s new album Blink was inspired by mix tapes and the IRS.


Blink was born one summer night on the way home from a gig in South Texas when a song that Loebe had put on about a million high school mix tapes came on the radio. She says, “Suddenly I was transported back in time to the summer I was 17... Before I got home, I’d written Forever Young Forever and the rest of the songs that would make up Blink started spilling out.” 


Blink is the fourth full-length studio album from the songwriter who has spent the past decade on the road performing in 44 states of the U.S., as well as Canada, Europe, The U.K. and Japan. Along the way she has honed her voice as one of the Americana music scene’s most exciting new songwriters and earned a place on Alternate Root Magazine’s annual listing of The Top 10 Female Singers in America

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Pat Byrne

Thu, September 28 / 930 PM

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An Irish singer and recording artist, Pat Byrne hails from Borris, County Carlow. Byrne won the “The Voice of Ireland," in 2012. Pat's voice strikes an emotional chord with his audience; ranging from seductive whisper one moment, to full-bodied rock 'n' roll growl the next. His first U.S. tour kicks-off in September 2017 in Austin, TX, and McGonigel's Mucky Duck in Houston, TX, with stops in Baltimore, New York, Thomas, WV, and winding up Knoxville, TN. 


Byrne’s early influences were Johnny Cash and Elvis, first encouraging him to pick up the guitar. "I'll be forever grateful to my parents for having their records in the house," Byrne said. Pat started drumming as a young teen. He formed his first band in 2007, and continued playing professionally through his University years. Signing with Universal, Pat released his album's debut single, "End Of The World" in November 2012. Pat continues to tour Ireland, the UK and Europe, as a solo artist. Byrne began collaborating with Alan Downey of the rock band, Aslan, in 2014. With Pat on lead vocals and guitar, they perform a diverse range of music including Pat’s original songs. 


In his first US tour, scheduled for September 2017, Pat will be joined by some of Austin's finest musicians. He returns for more gigs in November 2017.

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The Borris Boss: Meet Pat Byrne

NBC's musical talent show “The Voice,” which is now a worldwide phenomenon with shows in numerous countries – including Ireland, has put the spotlight on a number of talented performers that the world might not have heard otherwise. One of those performers is Pat Byrne, known to his fans across the globe as "The 

Borris Bruce," so named after his small hometown on the River Barrow. 


A Fine Lad With A Good Voice


Byrne first appeared on “The Voice of Ireland” back in 2012, wowing audiences and ultimately winning the competition with a cover of Bruce Springsteen's ballad "The River." His debut album, “All or Nothing,” performed fairly well in Ireland, and a follow-up album has not yet come out (though one has been planned for some time). 


The Borris Bruce


Much like Springsteen, Byrne doesn't have a single musical strand weaving throughout his work. Instead, he works within a wide variety of styles and tones, from heartfelt ballads to foot-stomping rock to soulful alternative pieces. He admits to having been influenced by classic artists, particularly Elvis and Johnny Cash, and some of his set lists include covers from bands ranging from Simon and Garfunkel and Dire Straits to more recent hitmakers like Passenger and Daft Punk. His broad range may be part of the reason why he’s garnering fans outside of the U.K. and in the States as well.


The Man Comes Around


Byrne's resonant tenor voice carries well and covers a good range, perfect for slow jam soul or rowdy rock runes. And from his history so far, it's obvious that he's comfortable playing to crowds of virtually any size and composition, whether it's the folks back home in Ireland on national television, large wedding receptions, or tightly-packed little pubs. No matter the crowd, one can almost imagine the set as it plays, Byrne on the stage, the audience listening in rapt attention or possibly even singing along with some of the old standards on the list.

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Radney Foster: Special Acoustic CD/Book Release Party

Fri, September 29 / 7 PM

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“While Radney Foster is no stranger to the country charts, both on his own and with the duo Foster & Lloyd, there’s not much Music City/Nash Vegas gloss on Everything I Should Have Said


Foster’s songs are essentially country, but are charged with crackling Louisiana flavors and wiry, rootsy-rock a la The Band. Foster’s voice has a plainspoken quality akin to that of the late Levon Helm.” –Icon Magazine


“Like the songs of [Townes] Van Zandt, Foster’s music doesn’t jump up and down, wear fancy clothes, or beat around the bush. And like Van Zandt, Foster’s always trying to find that little piece of truth.” –Charleston City Paper

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Buenos Diaz

Fri, September 29 / 930 PM

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Guitarist Nick Diaz is a musical chameleon who negotiates his cinematic shifts and twists with passion and purpose  ~  Guitar Player Magazine

A mix of Americana, electro pop, and bluesy hook filled rock, Buenos Diaz is one of the more impressive live acts you can catch coming from the state capitol today  ~  Free Press Houston

Heavy fuzzed-out rock n’ roll bass, wailing 80’s electric guitar, driving rock drums, psychedelic spoken word promoting an all-out reign of love  ~  See/Saw Music Blog

Buenos Diaz is a breath of fresh air  ~  Tip Cow Music Blog


Singer-songwriter acts that we’ll take a pedicab in inclement weather just to see  ~  Tour Worthy Blog

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Radney Foster: Special Acoustic CD/Book Release Party

Sat, September 30 / 7 PM

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“While Radney Foster is no stranger to the country charts, both on his own and with the duo Foster & Lloyd, there’s not much Music City/Nash Vegas gloss on Everything I Should Have Said


Foster’s songs are essentially country, but are charged with crackling Louisiana flavors and wiry, rootsy-rock a la The Band. Foster’s voice has a plainspoken quality akin to that of the late Levon Helm.” –Icon Magazine


“Like the songs of [Townes] Van Zandt, Foster’s music doesn’t jump up and down, wear fancy clothes, or beat around the bush. And like Van Zandt, Foster’s always trying to find that little piece of truth.” –Charleston City Paper

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Griffin House

Sat, September 30 / 930 PM

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“If you are looking to be blown away by raw talent, then look no further than Griffin House.” —American Songwriter


It is a true, and nowadays rare, musician who writes lyrics so vulnerable and authentic that an audience is irrevocably captured by the powerful experience of sharing the journey. An album that is essentially an autobiographical account of personal mistakes, change, and growth, offers listeners a chance to reflect on their own experiences and connect with another’s story.


With Griffin House’s upcoming album, So On and So Forth, it is clear the artist digs deep and offers up his narrative after much reflection. House is now a young family man and artist who is choosing sobriety and celebrating the path to his success, through songs which share his perspective on how people remember the past with rose-colored glasses, how we grow up and realize what we deeply need, and how we must find happiness in ourselves in the present.


“The record has a lot to do with recognizing the ego in one’s self and letting it die. It can feel like your whole identity is being wiped away, and you don’t even know who you are anymore. For the person singing these songs, holding on to one’s own individuality in order to remain special or important in the world has started to became far less important than being content with being a good, decent, and loving person. But old habits die hard,” adds House.


The project was tracked last summer at Lakehouse Recording Studios, in Asbury Park, New Jersey. House’s ties to Asbury Park go all the back to 2004, when he was invited to tour with Patti Scialfa. His first show in the boardwalk town was opening a show for Scialfa at the Paramount Theatre. It was there that Griffin met her husband, Bruce Springsteen, and all the wonderful characters in their crew and band. Those memories and experiences made returning to Asbury Park over a decade later to record So On and So Forth feel like a full circle moment in his career.

House recorded the essentially live project with no click track and very little overdubbing. Lakehouse owner, Jon Leidersdorff, helped assemble the band. Prior to walking into the studio, House had never met the musicians and had no idea how the songs would turn out. He adds, “The experience ended up being one of the most fun and positive of my career. The process was stress-free and freeing.” The resulting album reflects this journey — a leap of faith with triumphant results.


Recording and performing for over a decade, House has toured with Ron Sexsmith, Patti Scialfa, Josh Ritter, John Mellencamp, Mat Kearney, and The Cranberries. He received early critical acclaim on the CBS Sunday Morning, and his songs have since been featured in countless films and television shows such asOne Tree HillArmy Wives, and Brothers and Sisters. He has also appeared on Late Night with Craig Ferguson. Most recently, CNN Newsroom invited House to perform “Paris Calling,” from So On and So Forth, live on the air, and the song has been picked up by radio prior to being serviced. House has released ten albums and continues to headline his own national tours. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Jane and their two daughters.