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Reasons to come early: Strand of Oaks

It’s no secret that Drive-By Truckers put on a killer show. However, if you plan on coming out to The Blue Note on Tuesday night, make sure you plan on showing up early to catch Strand of Oaks.

The project is the brainchild of Timothy Showalter and its sound is the perfect blend of Americana and Rock. His latest release, Hard Love, speaks on touring experiences, challenges in his marriage and the near death of his brother. 

On a personal note, it’s one of my favorite albums of the year. Songs “Radio Kids” and “Rest of It” drive the album with soaring guitar and sing-along vocals, while “On the Hill” and “Taking Acid and Talking to My Brother” have a more psychedelic feel.

Strand of Oaks’ infectious energy will set the tone for the Truckers’ headlining set. You don’t want to miss it.

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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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The Revivalists: Show preview

Where: The Blue Note

When: Tuesday, March 14. Doors 7 p.m. | Show 8 p.m.

Tickets: $22

Transcending: The single word that defines the music created by the ever-talented seven-piece band known as The Revivalists. To be the best and the most successful in the music business, an artist must defy genre limitations and expose their fans and themselves to a melting pot of music. That being said, The Revivalists have beautifully transcended these expectations by creating songs that encompass the various sounds and rhythmic grooves of alternative rock, soul, blues, R&B and progressive trance, and ultimately provide that jam band feel.

Fun fact: “Jam band” describes musical groups whose performances feature extensive musical improvisation and long sets of songs that cross genre boundaries.

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of crossing paths with any of The Revivalists’ stellar tunes, let me introduce them to your life and give you a few reasons to come check them out.

Ever heard of Galactic?

or Dumpstaphunk?

If you’re a fan of either, you know that jazzy, funky, bluesy, chill vibes sail from these bands’ cores. Drawing inspiration from their New Orleans roots, each band cultivates a unique groove that withstands the minimalist sounds of funk and soul music. With each performance, listeners release themselves to the undeniable synergy between the universe, body and soul.

How about Dave Matthews Band?

Or O.A.R.?

Unlike Galactic or Dumpstaphunk, both of these bands have a more subtle, smooth, alternative rock sound that connects fans to the world around them. Each band’s lead singers have distinct vocals that successfully unite with background instrumentals and rhythmic variations, resulting in a fusion. Although the use of more classical sounds differentiate them from the previously mentioned bands, their general jam band approach remains the same.

While each band delivers their own unique form of this style of music, they all have something in common. Each of them transposes the organization of their chords and melodic noises to get listeners lost in the music and in touch with their roots. They exemplify the past by digging into their original musical roots, which today have become so easy to lose a sense of.

If you answered yes to knowing any of the above bands, check out this playlist illuminating The Revivalists’ exploration and reconciliation of various stylistic and harmonious sounds and get ready to jam tonight.