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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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Movies in the Park are back…and free!

Drive-in movies are unarguably one of the best parts of summer, so at Rose Music Hall, we decided to tweak the idea and bring Columbia some of our favorite movies right from our backyard (i.e. Rose Park). This summer, you’ll have the chance to watch some classics from our new stage and the comfort of your own blanket. If you’re looking for a good date idea, a place to bring the kids, or just something to do, head down to Rose for any of these FREE flicks. (P.S. This is just round one so stay tuned as we announce more!)

Wednesday, 6/14 – The Princess Bride – Free Movies in the Park
Wednesday, 6/21 – Batman – Free Movies in the Park
Wednesday, 6/28 – Mrs. Doubtfire – Free Movies in the Park
Wednesday, 7/5 – E.T.

During the movies you can get popcorn and beer from our outdoor bar, or tacos from Pepe’s kitchen. You’ll want to come prepared with a blanket or lawn chairs, especially since we just finished up construction with the new stage. But if you forget, you can always snag a spot on the patio, a picnic bench, or toward the top of the hill. And speaking of snagging a spot, you’ll want to make sure you get there early. We open doors for movies at 7, so for prime seating, you’ll want to get there early. Movies will start at 8:30 or shortly after when the sun goes down. Can’t wait to see you there!