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Shakey Graves returns to Summerfest

When: Thursday, August 3. Gates at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
Where: Forrest Rose Park (Rose Music Hall)
Tickets: $15 in advance | $18 day of show
Opener: David Ramirez

Seeing Shakey Graves (aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia) at The Blue Note last year was one of the best concerts I’ve been to, and one of the most talented artists I’ve seen on stage. (Amy Winehouse, Andrew Bird and Bon Iver are who he’s running up against so hopefully that provides a little context.)

Last year, Rose-Garcia’s outdoor set at 9th Street Summerfest was cut short thanks to a thunderstorm rolling in. While fans waited for an “all clear” Rose-Garcia decided that if it didn’t stop raining, he would continue his set inside The Blue Note and do it acoustic. Moving the show inside couldn’t have happened if he wasn’t able to play it acoustic because it would have required the BN crew to move all the sound equipment indoors and risk getting it wet.

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Rose-Garcia got his stage name when he attended the Old Settler’s Music Festival in Driftwood, Texas. While joking with some friends and coming up with names for each other, someone dubbed him “Shakey Graves.” It stuck.

Fast forward and Rose-Garcia is standing on stage with his guitar, howling into the mic andpumping his foot on a pedal of his custom kick drum made out of an old suitcase. Being the one-man band he is known for, Rose-Garcia kept the audience’s unwavering attention. I was standing on the balcony that was shaking (as it tends to) from the combination of the sound and the crowd dancing. Meanwhile, those below tossed beachballs around and sang along as directed. (WordPress wouldn’t let us embed the Facebook video of this, but you can check it out here.) (Or this video from when we were live during the show.) Toward the end of the show, Rose-Garcia brought up a group of fans from the audience to sing into the mic with him.

This year, Shakey Graves will be bringing his blues Americana rock and roll to Rose Park. He’ll also be playing tracks from his latest EP, “Shakey Graves and the Horse He Rode In On” that was released on Spotify on June 30.

“The first album was me wanting to burn down my life, cut my hair off, and run screaming into the woods,” says Rose-Garcia. “This album is the trials and tribulations of becoming domesticated, letting people into your world and letting go of selfishness — the story of becoming a pair, losing that, and reconciling with the loss and gain of love.”

We’re crossing our fingers for better weather this year because Shakey Graves in the park sounds just about as good as it gets.

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Shakey Graves performing his acoustic set inside The Blue Note at Summerfest in 2016. Fun fact: Rose-Garcia was born in Austin, Texas. After gaining popularity, the Mayor of Austin declared February 9 “Shakey Graves Day.” To celebrate, he puts on concerts with other local musicians.

 

 

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Playlist: Andrew Bird

Indie rock giant and one man orchestra Andrew Bird has done it all. He’s sold out European tours, made late-night talk show rounds and he’s even written and performed a song for The Muppets. Bird mixes indie rock with folk, New Orleans style jazz and gypsy influences to create a sound distinct for its idiosyncrasies and nuance. His most recent album, “Are You Serious” is nominated for a Grammy for the best non-classical engineered album. In anticipation of his show at The Blue Note, I’ve put together a playlist combining some of my personal favorites, as well as some tunes you’re sure to hear Monday night.

This post was written by Ben Kane, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose Blog.


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Q&A: Houndmouth is back on the road

Houndmouth has earned themselves a spot in the limelight. From their start in the small Indiana city of New Albany, the band has blown up and is now headlining festivals and selling out shows on a national tour.

Their most recent album, “Little Neon Limelight” includes their hit single “Sedona” and is great in its entirety. It’s hard to pick favorites but “Otis,” “Black Gold,” “For No One,” “By God” and “Darlin'” are some of mine. The hook of “My Cousin Greg” always comes to mind when I think of the album. “If you wanna live the good life / Well, you better stay away from the limelight.” Regardless of their newfound fame and the departure of the bands former vocalist and keyboardist Katie Toupin, Houndmouth still seems to be living the good life.

Houndmouth is composed of Matt Myers (guitar, vocals), Zak Appleby (bass, vocals) and Shane Cody (drums, vocals). Accompanying them on the tour are Caleb Hickman on the keys and Graeme Gardiner and Drew Miller on the horns.

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Q&A with Matt Myers and Zak Appleby

It’s just the beginning, but how is the tour going so far? 

Zak: Really well. We just added a horn section which is super fun. We have Caleb Hickman playing really intricate stuff and he’s super good.

Katie Toupin parted from the band recently. Did you ever think about canceling the tour and how are you adjusting to touring without her?

Zak: We’re touring as six-piece band. We didn’t decide to cancel the tour. So we have Caleb Hickman, Graeme Gardiner and Drew Miller. It’s been really good; the shows have been great. They’re all into jazz and they’ve just been blowing my mind and showing us new stuff every night…With a female vocalist, there’s a range that’s very high and it comes out of the chest and it’s powerful, so now we’re either doing some falsetto stuff or pushing really hard to get the highs.

How did you find them?

Matt: I was at home over break and did a David Bowie tribute show and they had Drew and Grahm doing horns with them. And then Zak and I also did a Neil Young song at the Brown Theater and they came out and just hopped in and did some back solos over his music.

Any chance they’ll be on the next album?

Matt: We haven’t thought that far ahead yet. It’s kind of up in the air right now.

Zak: Yeah, I mean everything’s kind of subject to change. We would like to have them on all the time, really dependent on schedule. But this is definitely something we love and want to keep doing with them.

Do you have plans for new music yet?

Matt: Yeah, we’ve got some stuff in the works. We don’t have a set time we’re gonna go in the studio.

Zak: We’re doing new material right now…just in the process of writing stuff. It’ll just take some time.

What festivals this summer are you the most excited for?

Zak: Shakey Knees. We’re always pumped to play that and Lolla.

Matt: I don’t know what festivals we’re going to yet.

Zak: We think like maybe three days ahead.

How have you chosen bands to open for your shows?

Zak: People will throw in bands for us to listen to. And the last few tours, the bands that have opened for us have been totally new to touring and they just come on with us and get thrown into it. It’s really fun to see. I remember when we started and hadn’t toured before and met up with a band and were like, “What do we do?”

Matt: We try to take care of them real well…It’s hard opening and we did it for a long time. You don’t get to sleep overnight so you pack up after the show and drive two hours, sleep for two hours and then drive another 8 hours. It’s insane.

What is your favorite part of touring?

Matt: I’m gonna go with breakfast…Brekkie.

This post was written by Cameron Evans, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose Blog.