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Staehely Brothers

Tue, October 17 / 730 PM

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Members of the classic rock band, Spirit, The Staehely Brothers (Al and John) are hosting two very diverse shows on the same night for one ticket price. The first, at 7:30 PM,  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. 


At 9:00 PM Al and John will rock the Duck along with Texas Music Hall of Fame drummer, Freddie Steady Krc, and keyboardist Mike Robenbaum with an electric set including songs from their Spirit days like "Nature's Way", "I Got a Line on You" and "Cadillac Cowboys".  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. On November 1st, they bring it all back home to Houston.

Reservations are highly recommended for this two show, one ticket, one night special event. 


with special guest, Evelyn Rubio


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Game Night - Irish Session

Wed, October 18 / 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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Tannahill Weavers

Thu, October 19 / 7 PM

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"…the group has found an especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." - Stephen Holden, New York Times


As they approach their 50th anniversary, the Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant and humorous performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that. 


"These guys are a bunch of heroes every time they go on tour in the states." - Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion


"...the Tannies are the best that Scotland can aspire to (and believe me, that is THE BEST)." -The Living Tradition


"This is a wall of sound." - Geoffrey Stokes, The Village Voice


"The group that introduced a generation raised on rock ‘n’ roll to the power and joy of Celtic music." - The Oregonian, Portland OR


"…the Weavers’ unpretentious manner and superlative playing set them apart from most other Celtic groups... In a world where good taste has become a scarce commodity, the Tannahill Weavers are a wealthy bunch." - The Charleston Gazette, Charleston, SC


"…the Weavers combine tradition with the spirit and energy of rock ‘n’ roll into an entertaining and satisfying evening of music, humor and joy." - News & Observer, Raleigh, NC


"…their great humour and superb musicianship make them on of the finest bands on the circuit." - Rogue Folk Review


"…there probably aren’t too many bands hiding on the misty moors who can match the Tannahill Weavers for consummate musicianship, a grasp of the traditional canon and the kind of group cohesiveness that borders on telepathy…. one of the most exciting ensembles currently recording inany genre." - Ron Hubbard, Knight-Ridder Newspapers

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Scott Miller

Thu, October 19 / 930 PM

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Scott Miller came into the national spotlight in the mid nineties as leader of the Knoxville-based band The V-Roys; signed and produced by Steve Earle for his E-Squared label. After releasing two critically acclaimed albums, The V-Roys disbanded. Miller then signed to Sugar Hill Records and released several highly praised recording with his new backing band, The Commonwealth.  Most recently he has recorded and released music through his own F.A.Y. Records label.

 

The last few years have seen big changes for Miller. He left his long-time adopted home city of Knoxville, TN to return to the family farm to tend a herd of beef cattle, look after his elderly parents and set up a new touring base from his hometown of Staunton, VA. During this time of transition and scaled down touring, Miller teamed up with old-time fiddle maven Rayna Gellert adding another sonic layer to his repertoire.  The two released a mini-ablum titled “Co-Dependents” and continue to tour together and collaborate often.

 

For his newest cd, “Big Big World,” Miller tapped Nashville guitarist and producer Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt). Miller’s avid fans will realize the title phrase points to the artist’s new musical horizons, stretching beyond any of his previous works and reflecting his significant growth as a songwriter.

 

Miller’s writing is informed and fueled by his connection to his family land in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.  He truly is the sum of his ‘Southern place’:  rural imagery, sin and salvation, defiant, rebellious, pathos and humor.  He is currently working on new music, stepping up his touring with the Commonwealth’s Ladies Auxiliary (Rayna Gellert and Bryn Davies) and finding a way to merge his life on the farm with his songwriting. “History is my jam”, states Miller. “The story is already there and all you need to do is find some connection with it and try to connect that to the listener.”

 

Miller recently collaborated with filmmaker James Weems (Jason Isbell) and photographer Glen Rose to produce the mini-documentary “Goin’ Home” which explores Miller’s personal and musical journey since returning to the family farm.

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Corb Lund - Solo Acoustic Show

Fri, October 20 / 930 PM7 PM

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Rolling Stone …. “finds Lund flirting in fresh sonic waters, while still keeping his sardonic mix of eerie lyrics and deceptively joyful vamps well intact.” Alberta-based Lund describes the song as a, “Louis L’Amour style western tale crossed with Motown.”

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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.