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+ Tuesday, 6/18/19 @ 5:30pm
John Clifton

+ Saturday, 6/22/19 @ 1:00pm
Billy Raffoul

+ Saturday, 6/22/19 @ 3:00pm
The Inverters

+ Saturday, 6/29/19 @ 1:00pm
Mexstep & DJ Chicken George

+ Saturday, 7/6/19 @ 3:00pm
The Catastrophic Theater presents Speeding Motorcycle by Daniel Johnston

The Catastrophic Theater presents SPEEDING MOTORCYLE – SATURDAY, 7/6/19 @ 3:00 PM

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.

MEXSTEP & DJ CHICKEN GEORGE – SATURDAY, 6/29/19 @ 1:00 PM

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 – FRIDAY, 6/14/19 @ 5:30 PM

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.

THE INVERTERS – SATURDAY, 6/22/19 @ 3:00 PM

The Inverters are a ska band from Austin, TX heavily influenced by The Specials, Madness, The English Beat and other amazing 2 Tone bands of that era. Add in a dash of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and what you get is honest & in your face ska!

JOHN CLIFTON – TUESDAY, 6/18/19 @ 5:30 PM

As a co-founder (w/ brother Bill Clifton) of Fresno’s The MoFo Party Band, John Clifton has solidified himself as one of Central California’s most in demand Blues frontmen since he started in the late ’80’s. His from the gut vocal and harmonica presence and high energy performances have captivated audiences worldwide.

Hitting the road hard since the early days and performing over 150 dates a year, John regularly tours in the U.S. and has headlined some of the most well known venues and festivals throughout Europe such as the Beersel Blues Festival in Belgium, and the Blues Express and Polish Boogie Festivals, both in Poland. He has also electrified audiences on festivals and in venues throughout the islands of New Zealand and Fiji!

IN 2016, The John Clifton Blues Band performed on the Doheny Blues Festival, California’s largest and most prestigious festivals, with Edgar Winter and Lynyrd Skynyrd headlining. He also injected a shot of adrenaline to the acclaimed Edition de Bain de Blues Festival in France.

With style and prowess on the level of Kim Wilson and Rod Piazza, John has always kept it real with his own voice and identity and never set out to be a copy of any of his musical heroes. As a showman he delivers straight from the heart, soul, and gut, staying clear of the typical clichés and novelties.

He also keeps things fresh and exciting by effortlessly infusing styles from West Coast to Chicago Blues, classic R&B and Soul, to some hard driving vintage Rock’n’Roll.

John’s reputation and performances have earned him the respect of many of the greats as he has been invited on stage with the likes of James Cotton, Rod Piazza, Tommy Castro, John Mayall, Huey Lewis, Willie Big Eyes Smith, Luther Tucker, Kim Wilson, Billy Boy Arnold, James Harman, and Rusty Zinn. He was also given the honor of opening for BB King, winning and being a multiple nominee for the Modesto Area Music Awards, and receiving the “Declaration of Appreciation” from the State of California for his contribution to the arts.

John has performed as a featured harmonica player 7 times and the prestigious Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blow out show and has been ask to join in as a guest on many occasions with Mark Hummel and many other of the top blues harmonica players in the world.

In addition, John was asked to tour and record as the featured harmonica player with Big Bill Morganfield, Blues Hall of Fame inductee and son of Muddy Waters, on his 2016 release “Blood Stains On The Wall”.

He has also brought his skills as a producer to the studio with a band from Poland called The Boogie Boys, featuring piano giant Bartek Szopinski, and winning the Polish Blues Award for “Best Blues Album 2013” for their CD “Made In Cali”.

Producer David Z best known for his work with Prince, Etta James, Billy Idol and many others, chose John’s song “Anytime Is Cool” for the 2017 motion picture release “Shattered” John and Band were also asked to appear in the movie and were featured in the first scene.

John captured the attention of Scott Abeyta, owner of Rip Cat Records in Southern California, and was added to a roster that included The Blasters, the 44’s, and Kid Ramos among many other great names. He released his first solo album “Let Yourself Go” in 2015 to worldwide acclaim and airplay, and the single “Let Your Self Go” charted in the Top 10 on the Duke University WXDU Americana Show.

The album boasts guest performances by Kid Ramos, Rusty Zinn, brother Bill Clifton, Bartek Szopinski, Marty Dodson, and Bob Welsh. Scott Abeyta holds down the main guitar duties, and fellow Fresno music icons Roger Perry, Jake Finney, and John Shafer are also featured.

2018 Brings a new CD on Rip Cat Records “Nightlife” .The new CD has been getting great reviews and song “Still A Fool” from Nightlife was the #10 of the top new releases on Top 15 Rack of Blues Radio show on BB Kings Bluesville on Sirus XM Radio. Also an extensive tour in support of “Nightlife” in the Mid West and East Coast for the summer 2018.

John Clifton…one of those rare musicians that has dedicated himself to the Blues and has found continued success and relevance by remaining dedicated, excited, hardworking, and focused.

WADE BOWEN – WEDNESDAY, 5/29/19 @ 5:30 PM

Today (5/20/19), Wade Bowen announced that his critically acclaimed 2018 album Solid Ground will be released on vinyl for the first time ever on May 31 via Thirty Tigers. The special edition vinyl will also include a previously unreleased song “Yours Alone” that was recorded during the sessions for Solid Ground.

“This song has always been on the back burner for me waiting for an album,” explains Bowen. “I’ve loved this song since Sean McConnell and I wrote it. It was a tad too happy for the record for the original release but I feel it was maybe the best song on the album. Sometimes we have to cut our favorites to make the album make sense. I’m glad this song is finally being heard by the world. Love the lyrics and maybe my favorite melody I’ve ever had the pleasure writing.”

To celebrate the upcoming vinyl release, Wade Bowen will play three in-stores next week at Waterloo in Austin, TX on May 28, Cactus Music in Houston, TX on May 29 and Chief Records in Fort Worth, TX on May 30. Bowen and his band will also be touring extensively thoroughout the summer. Find a full list of tour dates below or visit his website.

“This album was meant for vinyl more than any album I’ve ever done. Keith Gattis brought producing to the highest level of authenticity in my opinion and I’ve waited for it to be released since we finished. Enjoy!”

Upon its release, Rolling Stone called Solid Ground “…a love letter to his home state of Texas and his most musically ambitious set of songs in a career that stretches back two decades.” Sounds Like Nashville called it, “A versatile album that blends many sonic flavors and influences seamlessly, Bowen’s Solid Ground continues to enhance the singer’s lengthy catalog all while paying tribute to his deep Texas roots.”

Bowen’s single “Fell In Love On Whiskey” is currently #1 on the CDX Radio Chart and #5 on The Texas Regional Radio chart.

TEXAS CITY 5 (TC5) – FRIDAY, 5/24/19 @ 5:30 PM

Where Texas rock and the British invasion meet. Original rock n roll mixed with classic 60’s & 70’s cover music.
Strong British Invasion/Glam rock influence.

ACCORDION KINGS AND QUEENS SHOWCASE – THURSDAY, 5/23/19 @ 6:00 PM

Presented by Texas Folklife.

Accordion Kings and Queens showcases the amazing musical diversity of Texas accordion styles, featuring legends of conjunto, polka, country western, zydeco, Cajun and more. Accordion Kings & Queens draws a capacity crowd of six thousand to Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. The event celebrates the cultural diversity of Texas by bringing communities together for an evening of dancing and roots music played on the accordion, “the national instrument of Texas”. Come out for an evening of dancing and roots music, featuring the best of Texas accordion music genres. Pick up your FREE tickets at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre the day of the event.

OTTO RECORDS! SHOWCASE – SATURDAY, 5/18/19 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Artists performing: The Walk Offs, Nuclear Juarez, and 61 Ghosts

Otto Records! is a Rock-N-Roll label from San Antonio Texas. Releasing music from all over the world. Rock, Punk, Garage, Indie, Surf.

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