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Minton Sparks

Sat, September 5 / 7 PM

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Imagine, if you will, Flannery O’Connor and the ghost of Hank Williams having an affair that results in the birth of an illegitimate child . . . . I have seen Minton Sparks. And if she’s not the ghost child of the woman who wrote Wise Blood and the man who sang ‘I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive,’ then cotton doesn’t grow in a cotton field. — Marshall Chapman, writer for Garden & Gun

Minton Sparks is a wildly original poet, performance artist, novelist, teacher, and essayist born in a Tennessee college town and raised among her Southern family in and around Arkansas. She earned degrees from the University of the South and Vanderbilt University. Her appearances range from the prestigious Jonesborough National Storytelling Festival all the way to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Minton’s books, Desperate Ransom and White Lightning, and her writing have received wide acclaim from NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered and BBC’sBob Harris Show. Her performances have enthralled audiences across the United States and Europe. Her DVD,Open Casket, and three CD’s, which feature blues sensation Keb Mo’, the legendary Waylon Jennings, and the internationally acclaimed Irish songstress Maura O’Connell, are sought after worldwide. She has appeared on stage with Ben Folds, John Prine, Punch Brothers, Jacob Dylan, Rosanne Cash, and country legend Pam Tillis. Minton was also chosen to perform at an exclusive event on Healthcare and the Arts in Nashville, Tennessee.

In addition to writing and performing, Minton teaches a writing/performance workshop,Create Your Story, at universities and professional organizations across the country. She recently taught at Summer Fishtrap in Enterprise, Oregon.

Accompanist John Jackson

John Jackson, Minton’s musical accompanist, is a brilliant guitarist and no stranger to the world of poetry and music.  He played in Bob Dylan’s band for six years, 1991-97.  He also was part of Lucinda Williams’ “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” Grammy winning tour, as well as Shelby Lynne’s Grammy winning “I am Shelby Lynn” tour. Jackson did a stint on Broadway performing in the Twyla Tharp/Bob Dylan play, “The Times They Are ‘a Changin‘.

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Stefani Scovolo

Sat, September 5 / 930 PM

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Stefani Scovolo is a Texas-born, Singer-Songwriter, who has lived in Nashville, New York, Europe and now LA. Her experience in all these places has enabled her to experience all kinds of great music. Stefani studied at Belmont University in Nashville, TN where she received a BBA degree in Music Business. 

Her work as an songwriter has included releases on Warner Japan with a number one single on the charts in late 2011 and other songs placed in various TV shows and film including a recent placement on the Showtime network show, "Shameless". 

Stefani also has a single coming out this fall one of the biggest dance labels out of Europe, Armada Music , where she is featured as an artist and songwriter both. Another release on Ministry of Sound's label Hed Kandi came out this summer on a best of 2013 anthems compilation which featured some of Europe's best pop and dance hits. 

Her Nashville and New York City songwriting trips led to cowrites with several top songwriters and she is very excited about some recent co-writes in LA, her home-base. Bringing together songwriters in LA is another pass Stefani is great at, and her Nashville style songwriter rounds are fun to attend. Her versatility to write in several genres has been an asset in co-writes, but she has a special flair for catchy pop hooks and emotional power ballads with themes/ story lines that can be appreciated by all ages. 

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Labor Day - Closed Sunday and Monday

Sun, September 6 / 11 AM

Closed Sunday, September 6 and September 7 for Labor Day
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Open Mic

Tue, September 8 / 630 PM

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.

(sign up at 6 p.m.)

No cover charge

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Game Night - Irish Session

Wed, September 9 / 730 PM

Game Night at the Duck

We have the games or you can bring your own. We have the beer, wine, and food. So bring your friends (and your skills!) for game night! See you at the Duck!

Irish Session


Barry Foy's Field Guide to the Irish Music Session defines a session as: ...a gathering of Irish traditional musicians for the purpose of celebrating their common interest in the music by playing it together in a relaxed, informal setting, while in the process generally beefing up the mystical cultural mantra that hums along uninterruptedly beneath all manifestations of Irishness worldwide.

Our Houston Session has been around for over 30 years - the last 23 have been hosted at the Mucky Duck. 

Come have dinner and pint and enjoy an Irish evening.

No cover charge

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Possessed by Paul James

Thu, September 10 / 7 PM

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POSSESSED BY PAUL JAMES Best Concerts of 2014. "The one-man folk wonder Possessed by Paul James." - N.Y. Times... [Read more...]


Konrad Wert, better known on stage as Possessed by Paul James, was raised in a small Mennonite community in Florida. There, he picked up strange whispers and Hoodoo hymns of the South, infusing his bare bones music with magic. [Read more...]


Konrad Wert is a teacher by day, but when he plays his country-folk songs for fans in his home of Austin, Texas and elsewhere, he goes by the moniker Possessed By Paul James... [Read more...]


"So while his own gale-force performances sometimes resemble a musical cyclone, the one-man-folk-tornado says “Hurricane” is all about the craziness of bringing a child into the world." - CMT Edge... [Read more...]

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Aaron Lee Tasjan

Thu, September 10 / 930 PM

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“..telling tales of unapologetic hard livin’ and lovin’ existing somewhere between Todd Snider, Lou Reed and Bruce Springsteen.”American Songwriter

…honest…fresh…something for everyone…”USA Today

“…an extraordinarily engaging solo performer,”Guitar World

“An Aaron Lee Tasjan song has a kind of laid back anger, a cutting insight and a wicked solo guitar style that sounds like many different instruments, even in the same song,”KDHX Radio St. Louis, MO