+ Saturday, 7/27/19 @ 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Rock Baby Rock It Preview
+ Sunday, 7/28/19 @ 2:00pm
Folk Family Revival
+ Saturday, 8/10/19 @ 3:00pm
Tee Vee & John Stephens
+ Wednesday, 8/14/19 @ 5:30pm
+ Saturday, 8/24/19 @ 3:00pm – 5:00pm
David Ensminger “Out of Step: Washington D.C. Punk Interviews”
+ Saturday, 8/24/19 @ 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Bobby Sullivan “Revolutionary Threads: Rastafari, Social Justice, and Cooperative Economics”
Tee Vee is the musical guise of Teresa Vicinanza, a singer-songwriter operating from her home base of Houston, Texas. Writing, recording, and producing the project herself, Vicinanza uses Tee Vee as an outlet for processing life’s more mercurial themes, from highs of blissful memory to lows of lapses in mental health. Drawn from synth-, art-, and dream-pop, the sound of Tee Vee is at once delicate and danceable, with latticed synth squeals and cooing vocal loops weaving through the BOOM CLAP of vintage kick and snare samples. Melding this sonic palette with introspective song writing, Tee Vee offers music both singular and singable, like the daydream echo of a long-forgotten tune.
Wherever the Folk Family Revival plays, the ground underneath seems more a sanctuary than a stage. Sure enough, the Lankford family, Mason, Barrett and Lincoln, once filled a pew at a Magnolia, Texas church where the brothers became fast friends with their soon to be brother and lead guitarist Caleb Pace. They played rock’n’roll in church for a time until the congregation found them a little too wild for their flock. So the family dug up their roots from that place and headed home to the little shed next to their parents’ house, the blue house, where the brothers honed their craft.
Beneath many hours of cosmic contemplation, tempered through many hours more of pressure and concentration, the boys fashioned a sound; clear and righteous, bold and forceful, complex and simple at the same time. Mason’s lyrics ride the narrow edge of paradox and preaching, while the rumble of the band pulses with a fury of sacred rage. They’ve come to shake the windows and rattle the walls. They will go down fighting.
With their record releases thus far, 2011’s “Unfolding” and 2015’s “Water Walker”, the band of brothers’ music has evolved and left fans guessing with each rendition of their ever-changing sound. With their new record, “Electric Darlin”, released June 2019, one can appreciate the multi-genre direction they’ll take with their new sound.
Over the years, Folk Family Revival has opened for legends such as Willie Nelson, Lucas Nelson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Hayes Carll, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eddie Money, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Merle Haggard, George Jones, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Suffers and Jon Foreman.
Today it is arguably the centerpiece of the summers music schedule, a zoot-suit riot of hot rods, hair grease, sharp threads and vintage tunes.
Established in 2000 by DJ Big E, this annual rockabilly festival brings in bands and fans from across Texas and beyond to see contemporary and legendary rockabilly, psychobilly, and old school country music played live. DJs, dance contests, burlesque, bbq, and custom cars round out the show.
Rock Baby Rock It Preview includes DJ Black Slacks and Tom Cat Y El Rock And Roll Combo.
Rock Baby Rock It #19!
Texas’ longest running Rockabilly Weekender
FRIDAY July 26th & SATURDAY July 27th
The Return of The Jungle Rockers
Matt Hole and The Hot Rod Gang
Rockin’ Lloyd Tripp
Tomcat y el Rock N Roll Combo
The Luxurious Panthers
Shame On Me MTSP
Giddy Up Go
DJs and more!!!
Presented by Big Kat’s/Kat’s Meow Houston
Advance tickets will be availabel at Sig’s Lagoon
Houston favorite, Matt Harlan is a troubadour of the first degree, bringing his handcrafted songs to stages across his home state of Texas, the USA and Europe.
Harlan is a winner of multiple songwriting accolades, from outfits like American Songwriter, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Billboard. He was named Singer-Songwriter of the Year in the 2013 Texas Music Awards and was featured alongside a stellar cast of characters (Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark) in the documentary, “For the Sake of the Song.”
His first two studio albums were well received by national and international Americana radio, both earning the #1 spot on the Euro Americana Chart. “Raven Hotel” his third – and possibly best – record also hit the top spot on the Euro charts after its release in 2014. As with each collection, the newest one features a musical roux that showcases Harlan’s literary grit with a variety of moods to fit the many themes on the record.
In his recent travels, Matt has shared stages with Americana greats such as Guy Clark, James McMurtry and up-and-comers like John Fullbright.
John Koozin is a bassist and composer residing in New York City. He has performed throughout the US and abroad with a goal to invoke thoughts, ideas, and unity through narrative-based compositions and playing. His compositional work and his playing are inspired by visual artists, poetry, video games, and his friends.
Koozin grew up in Houston, Texas in a musical family with a creative upbringing. He was fortunate enough to study at the esteemed High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where he studied with artists including Paul Ellison, Warren Sneed, David Craig, Sebastian Whittaker, J.B. Dyas, and more. During this time he also had the opportunity to study at Domaine Forget in Quebec for two seasons, where he worked and performed with Francois Rabbath, Ellison, Ali Yazdanfar, Renaud Garcia-Fons, and more. He was also able to play in the Thelonious Monk Institute for Jazz’s Outreach Program, where he toured and learned from Lisa Harris and Antonio Hart.
Koozin moved to New York City in 2014 after receiving a scholarship to the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Through this opportunity, John studied with teachers and musicians including Jane Ira Bloom, Andrew Cyrille, Matt Wilson, Billy Harper, Chris Stover, Kirk Nurock, and La Tanya Hall. He studied bass and composition privately with a variety of musicians including Linda May Han Oh, Harish Raghavan, Chris Morrissey, Andy Milne, Cyrille, Ben Wendel, and Chris Tordini.
During his time of study, and since graduating The New School, Koozin has worked with a wide variety of ensembles as a bandleader and sideman. In NYC, he has performed at venues including The Jazz Gallery, Zinc Bar, Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, at the Lincoln Center Library and The United Nations. Beyond New York, Koozin has performed at Cezanne’s (Houston), blue whale (LA), The Berne Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Star Eyes (Japan), the Pashkevich Jazz Club (Latvia), and more.
Koozin has worked with artists including Matt Wilson, Dawn Thomson, Lisa Henry, Antonio Hart, Jason Moran, Vic Juris, Nir Felder, Brandon Lee, Steve Cardenas, Arta Jekabsone, Joel Frahm, Francois Rabbath, Tim Armacost, Dennis Dotson, James Francies, Jasper Dutz, Joel Ross, Sebastian Whittaker, and Adam O’ Farrill. He has also performed with the Houston Symphony, The Metropole Orchestra, and the Joffrey School of Ballet.
His most recent EP, “Trying to Explain Myself ” is a collaboration with visual artist Kate Saubestre and features drummer Matt Wilson. He is currently performing, recording, and touring with multiple groups, while teaching private lessons and classes. He is also an accompanist for The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Join us at Cactus Music on Saturday, July 6th at 3pm for an in-store performance by cast members of The Catastrophic Theatre ‘s rock opera SPEEDING MOTORCYCLE by Daniel Johnston. The performance will feature songs by the Texas music icon performed by local musicians Greg Cote, Joe Folladori, Erin Rodgers, and Alli Villines.
SPEEDING MOTORCYCLE takes audiences deep into the astounding, hilarious, and heartbreaking world of one of America’s most compelling cult musicians, Daniel Johnston. The play is about a man named Joe the Boxer, who loses his mind when his true love marries an undertaker, and it includes cameos from characters that feature prominently in Johnston’s mythology, including Jeremiah the Frog, Captain America, and Casper the Friendly Ghost.
The in-store performance at Cactus is free and sponsored by St. Arnold Brewing Company. SPEEDING MOTORCYCLE runs Thursdays – Sundays, June 28th–August 4that the MATCH (3400 Main St.). All tickets are always Pay-What-You-Can!
Visit https://matchouston.org/events/2019/speeding-motorcycle or call 713-521-4533 for details and tickets.
Resistir is the latest album from Mexstep of Third Root and features Grammy Award winning producer Adrian Quesada. This limited edition brown colored vinyl includes a die-cut sticker inside with artwork by renowned Chicano artist Jaime Chavez.
Resistir calls for resistance against injustice by conjuring up the power of ancestral knowledge, indigenous spirituality, and cultural memory. The album breaks down histories of colonialism in Texas and beyond and pushes education and awareness. The tracks on the album draw from cumbia, son jarocho, Tejano, funk and features a host of musical guests including Beto Martinez (Grupo Fantasma), Daniel French (Las Cafeteras), Roberto Livar (Bombasta), Easy Lee(Third Root), DJ Chicken George (Third Root), Maya Guirao, Reyna Zavala, Jaime Ramirez, Ali Friedrich, Apaso, Kree23, and R.E.L (Chisme).
Rich Hopkins came of age on his abilities as a guitar-slinger and songwriter. His ear-bending way of expression became a rock ’n‘ roll definition of the romantic American southwest, these desert blasts filled with spirited tales, soaring hooks and a warm, beating heart. The songs pump blood in that essential way that says there’s nothing else in life for Hopkins but the song. Think of the music as an aural equivalent of rainwater-etched swirls in sandstone-it’s got timeless unstoppable beauty, and its shape sometimes shifts in graceful ways, but it’s always formable, always heavy.
Yes, that might sound like bio-ready hyperbole, but hold on: Trust the sizable audiences the world over who have long regarded Hopkins as the essential lifeguard of „desert rock,“ audiences who have responded to Hopkins‘ guitar heroics and scruffily quixotic songs since the storied, late-’80s and ’90s albums he made with that rowdy (now-mythological) major-label combo he co-founded called The Sidewinders (later rechristened The Sand Rubies), and then his own Rich Hopkins and the Luminarios. Nearly two-dozen albums all told, each persuasive and subtly dramatic, like a mounting monsoon storm, and also fun as hell.