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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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What we’re stoked for: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears

When: Thursday, June 29. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Blue Note
Tickets: $12 in advance | $15 day of show
Openers: The Flood Brothers

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Black Joe Lewis playing at The Blue Note in 2010. Lewis discovered his love for the blues after learning to play guitar as a teenager.

The first time I heard of Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears was when a friend of mine put on “Booty City.” I listened for a minute and learned two things. 1) With the exception of two lines, the entire song is made up of Lewis singing the hook “Right on everybody, won’t you take me to Booty City.” 2) It was catchy and I liked it. I decided I could overlook the repetitiveness of the song, though I can’t listen to it on repeat, and I added a few of his hits to my playlist of the moment on Spotify.

The group’s sound is a contemporary take on blues, soul and funk. A Texas native, Lewis draws inspiration from the likes of Howlin’ Wolf, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. Their most recent album, Backlash, returns to their contemporary take on soul and “punked-up” R&B. Lewis joined forces with Grammy Award-winning producer Stuart Sikes (The White Stripes, Cat Power, Modest Mouse) to record the album, revisited deep-seated influences. “I wanted to go for more of a soul/blues/rock-and-roll sound compared to the last one—the kind of stuff I was doing back in the day, but with the songwriting a little more evolved,” Lewis says.

Lewis says the album is about the ugly reality of “dealing with the backlash from the things you’ve done in the past.” The album is joyful, chaotic and full of Lewis’ high-energy screams. Given his track record and previous show at The Blue Note, it’s safe to say that his performance is sure to follow in the same path.

 


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Must see: Steve Moakler

When: Friday, April 21. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: $10
Openers: Drew Baldridge + Smithfield

There’s a good chance that you’ve heard of country singer-songwriter Steve Moakler. He’s headlining SiriusXM’s The Highway Finds tour, which is how I discovered him — on the radio’s segment Highway Finds. Before the station spun his single “Suitcase,” the DJ gave a backstory on how Moakler had pinned a few hits for other established country artists, including Dierks Bentley’s “Riser.” I’m happy to report that Moakler’s sound does not fall into the dark realm of “bro-country.” Moakler isn’t into the music business for awards, money or fame, which is one reason why so many people dig him. He’s just here because he loves making music. Plus, I’m a sucker for great songwriters, so I was instantly intrigued.

 

The first time I saw Steve Moakler live, I also met him

Moakler opened in May for Billy Currington and Kelsea Ballerini at The Blue Note’s 9th Street Summerfest. It was my first day as an intern at The Blue Note and I had somehow ended up directing traffic during soundcheck. A stranger walked up to me and we started talking about the excitement of the day. He walked away and then to the stage to soundcheck “Love drunk” and I realized that I had just met one of Nashville’s finest! The show was a success and now I can’t wait to see him headline at Rose Music Hall.

I’ll be mentally preparing for the show by listening to his new album, Steel Town

Another reason to be excited for the show is the up-and-coming artists who will be kicking it off. The Highway handpicked Drew Baldridge and Smithfield to start the night right. I also picked a few tunes to get you familiar with the artists and their music before the show.

My picks:
Drew Baldridge’s “Dance With Ya”

Smithfield’s “If I Were You”

Now that you have some listening homework, all you need is your ticket. It’ll only cost you $10 to experience all three country acts in the wonderful atmosphere that we know and love as Rose Music Hall. Don’t forget to come early for Happy Hour in the park and enjoy even more live music before the show, $3 Logboat cans and tasty grub from Pepe’s Tacos. See you Friday!