Shakin’ Bacon

Popular roots-swing-Tex-Mex bandleader Billy Bacon reunites with his Lincoln band, dubbed the Porkestra, this weekend. This is the very entertaining local configuration of Lincoln’s Tijuana Gigolos plus Dave Boye on bari sax. The ensemble gives Bacon a sizzling band with a horn section. Bacon now calls Austin home and performs infrequently due to severe arthritis […]

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Searching for Answers

Yesterday I conducted an interview with a nationally known musician where I mentioned that I bought his most recent CD. He laughed and said, “You bought it?” I asked what was so funny, and he said, “Oh nothing, just the idea that someone actually purchased music.” And I thought to myself: This is where we […]

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Heaven Sent

America in 2004 needed a great bar band, so Craig Finn and company started America’s best new bar band, man. Since then, The Hold Steady has catapulted into the national presence behind singer Craig Finn’s tales of late nights, early mornings and the complications that can arise between the two, all of which is packed […]

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Funk, Ska & OEAAs

The Louisiana soul, funk, R&B, zydeco and blues of Josh Garrett & The Bottomline shake it up at The New Lift Thursday, Nov. 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m. This is a don’t-miss show. Garrett is from Houma, La., also the birthplace of Tab Benoit, and has spent time honing his bandleader chops in Nashville. The charismatic, high-energy […]

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Closing Time

My last show at The 49’r The 49’r closed its doors forever Tuesday, Oct. 26. I drove by yesterday. The neon signs were gone. The windows were black. The place was dead. As an elegy, let me tell you about the last time I saw a band at The 49’r. “Hold on a minute,” said […]

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All In The Family

Family band Eisley is on the road again Eisley, a Tyler, Texas-based five-piece, indie-pop band is, despite the relative youth of its members (ranging 20-28) is well acquainted with the vagaries and frustrations of the music business. While most bands spend years (if not decades) touring in cramped busses, taking rest stop sink showers and […]

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Killah Bee

Ghostface Killah brings that Wu-Tang heat Wu-Tang Clan comin’ at cha! Well, at least one of them. The infamous Ghostface Killah (AKA Tony Stark, AKA Iron Man) has been an integral part of the New York City crew since 1993’s groundbreaking Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Named after a character in the 1979 kung-fu film, […]

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Just Announced…

Just announced: Mark Mallman, who in October committed to being weird so hard that he wrote and performed live a 78-hour song (not a typo), will come to the Waiting Room, Sunday, Nov. 28. 1% Productions recently announced that and several other new shows; visit onepercentproductions.com to see the full lineup. I’ve been tracking the […]

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Funky Bottomline

Louisiana soul and Nashville showmanship mark the excellent performances that Josh Garrett & The Bottomline put on for fans. Garrett hails from Houma, La., also the birthplace of Tab Benoit. Fans of Benoit and Tommy Castro should dig this horn-driven band that mixes funk, blues, R&B and zydeco. Fronting the band, Garrett has the guitar […]

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