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Ellis Paul

Thu, February 11 / 7 PM

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with special guest - William Harries Graham


“Ellis Paul finds light in telling stories through music. That has been the folk singer’s mantra for more than two decades.

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“I never had anyone tell me I had to be a farmer,” Paul says. “I had plenty of people telling me how my hard work and talent could take me places. That’s enough to get you dreaming, and enough to make you believe those dreams are within reach.”” — Adrian Gomez, Albuquerque Journal


“Paul has received a lot of recognition for his work, from winning 15 Boston Music Awards, to being inducted to the Maine Music Hall of Fame. His songs have been featured on Hollywood soundtracks such as, “Shallow Hal,” “Hall Pass,” “You, Me and Irene” and the upcoming film, “10 Days in a Mad House.” He also has written a poetry book, children’s books, made a film and recorded two children’s albums and a Christmas album. 


“I love my job,” he said. “People keep showing up.”” — Shannon Flynn, Eagle Tribune


“Over Ellis Paul’s songwriting career, he has earned 15 Boston Music Awards, played 150-plus shows annually for over 20 years, put out 19 records, two books and a documentary film. This year he plans to release a new book and get some new songs written. He’ll play the Kerrville Music Festival in May and the Woody Guthrie Festival and Black Potatoe in July. He has fond memories of iconic venues big and small.” — Musician's Friend

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Jessica Lea Mayfield

Thu, February 11 / 930 PM

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Make My Head Sing…


Jessica Lea Mayfield has gained widespread acclaim for singing delicate confessions about love, heartbreak, and contradictory emotions in a way that captivates listeners and enchants critics. Whether she was heartbroken, or breaking hearts, Mayfield’s acoustic strumming and laid back demeanor have remained consistent since her earliest recordings.


However, on her third album, Make My Head Sing…, Jessica takes on distorted guitar tones, crashing drums, and heavy riffs that would more likely evoke a comparison to her idols of the early 90’s, than any modern day artist. The album was recorded at Club Roar in Nashville and was co-produced by Jessica, along with her husband Jesse Newport and features Matt Martin on drums. It finds Jessica in a place where she is ready to take control of her music, and elevate her reputation from folk songstress to rock star.

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Carrie Rodriguez

Fri, February 12 / 7 PM

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“[Rodriguez] creates beautiful music that is always slyly smart, which in turn makes it more beautiful.” —The New Yorker

“A superb interpretive singer” —The Washington Post


Acclaimed Austin-based artist Carrie Rodriguez is set to release Lola, the follow-up to her critically lauded 2013 LP Give Me All You Got, February 19 via her own Luz Records, distributed by Thirty Tigers. Inspired by 1940s-era recordings of her San Antonio-born great aunt Eva Garza, the bilingual album presents a collection of ranchera-inspired originals by Rodriguez in English, Spanish and “Spanglish,” coupled with Spanish songs written by some of her favorite Mexican composers. Rodriguez is touring widely in support of the album—see dates below.

Produced by Lee Townsend (Bill Frisell, Loudon Wainwright III, Kelly Joe Phelps), the album features an all-star band dubbed “The Sacred Hearts,” including internationally acclaimed composer/guitarist Bill Frisell, Viktor Krauss on bass,Luke Jacobs on pedal steel and guitars, David Pulkingham on nylon string guitar and electric guitar and Brannen Temple on drums and percussion. Vocalists Raul Maloand Gina Chavez and Grammy Award-winning bajo sexto player Max Baca also make appearances.


“I still remember the first time I listened to one of the recordings by my great aunt, Chicana singing sensation Eva Garza, from the ‘40s… As the strings and trumpets soared behind her gutsy alto voice, I was immediately moved to tears, awestruck by the connection I felt to her and to my family history,” Rodriguez says. “Ever since that first listen it has been a dream of mine to create my own blend of Tex-Mex music. Lolais the album I dreamed of, inspired by the rich landscape of blended cultures that I call home: Texas.”

Born in Austin and raised on a broad range of pop, traditional and classical music, Rodriguez began training on the violin at age five while simultaneously developing a taste for fiddling under the influence of the rich and vibrant songwriting culture of her hometown. She was awarded a scholarship to Oberlin Conservatory of Music and moved on to graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. A collaboration with Chip Taylor (of “Wild Thing” and “Angel of the Morning” fame) produced four highly-regarded duet albums, after which Rodriguez began recording and releasing solo albums of her own. 2013’s Give Me All You Got reached No. 1 on the Americana Radio Chart and received wide critical acclaim with the Boston Globe praising Rodriguez’s “fine singing and scintillating fiddle work,” and PopMatters calling it “country songwriting at its best.” It was also chosen as an “Editor’s Pick” by the Washington Post, among many other accolades.

Rodriguez has toured, recorded and co-written songs with legendary artists including Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Bill Frisell, Rickie Lee Jones, Mary Gauthier, Los Lobos, Alejandro Escovedo and Los Lonely Boys. She has made numerous television and radio appearances, including “Austin City Limits,” “The Tonight Show” and “A Prairie Home Companion.”

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Graham Wilkinson

Fri, February 12 / 930 PM

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The depth of his influences and breadth of his worldly experiences, are unmistakable in this diverse collection of heart thumping tunes. From ska to folk, honky-tonk to rock, his lyrics tackle such lofty and often neglected topics as social responsibility and justice, political corruption and greed while consoling the audience with pithy love songs and pure ‘feel good’ rhythms and melodies. 


"Graham's a great singer/songwriter. His songs are deep from the heart. His music on stage comes across as very honest, true and real. His unique voice and style  make for an enjoyable live show."    ~Steve Augello, RCA


“Graham is like no other musician on the scene with charisma in spades and the songs to match. - Hayes Carll (Lost Highway Records Artist)

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Jimmy Lafave

Sat, February 13 / 7 PM9 PM

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Tickets tonight include a romantic four-course dinner.

Dinner service starts at 7pm. Performance begins at 8pm.

Austin-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Jimmy LaFave brings a passionate rock & roll energy to his original folk songs, whether he's playing solo or with a band.


Quite a fixture on the Austin music scene, upon his return to Texas in 1986, LaFave racked up critical accolades among not only Austin–based publications, but periodicals across the country and two Austin Music Awards, in addition to other laurels. 


LaFave’s visibility on the musical radar increased with an appearance on Austin City Limits and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute to Woody Guthrie, where he was hand–picked by Guthrie’s daughter to appear.


Valentine’s Day 2016


TO START:


lobster bisque soup

hearts of palm salad


YOUR CHOICE OF


roasted beef tenderloin

gorgonzola pepper cream


roasted salmon

spicy javanese sauce


chicken picatta

angel hair pasta


vegetable platter


TO FINISH:


churros

fried spanish pastries | spicy hot chocolate for dipping

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Open Mic

Mon, February 15 / 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. -- houston.cbslocal.com


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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Dayna Kurtz

Tue, February 16 / 730 PM

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The Washington Post called her voice "a deep-hued garnet of lifeblood and beauty," while L.A. Weekly rhapsodized, "Kurtz tilts her head back at an angle and spins melodic, earthbound poetry that sets loose demons only to dismiss them into the ether... Kurtz makes ordinary misery voluptuous."  


The Boston Globe stated, "There's no logical reason why Dayna Kurtz is not a full-blown star," star," and prominent Dutch op-ed writer Frits Abrahams recently referred to her as the "female Dylan."