The Pitmasters Aren’t the Only Sizzlin' Acts!
Saturday, June 2 | 8pm
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE. The Mavericks were founded more than 25 years ago by Raul Malo and Paul Deakin as a standout alternative band in a Miami rock scene dominated by hair metal and punk.
Improbably, they were noticed by super-producer Tony Brown in Nashville, and when they got signed to innovative MCA Records, they upended expectations in country music. Their blend of Cuban grooves and Bakersfield-inspired twang netted them several CMA and ACM Awards plus a Grammy in 1995. They charted numerous singles and albums while earning accolades as one of the finest live bands in the business. There was some time off and re-jiggering of personnel, but they came back strong with 2013’s In Time and 2015’s Mono, albums that provided abundant material for a refreshed and unmatched stage show.
“We’ve traveled a lot in the last four years. And we’ve come back from a hiatus of nine years to find a brand new purpose — not just to go out and play for tickets and do the oldies,” says Eddie Perez. “Not many bands get to come back from that long to have another moment like this. So I believe it to be quite special.”
THE DIRTY RIVER BOYS
Saturday, June 2 | 6:30pm
Indeed, The Dirty River Boys have an incredible number of strengths. All four members have a hand in the songwriting, and all four sing as well, while members often switch off instruments during shows. This isn’t just a vehicle for a songwriting frontman, with an interchangeable crew of instrumentalists bringing those ideas to life.
And so, after a pair of EPs and an album, “Science of Flight,” that served as a tour calling card, the time couldn’t be better for an anthemic, hook-laden declaration of intent, served up to an audience beyond DRB’s Texas die hards. And thanks to the golden-eared production assistance of Chris “Frenchie” Smith, that’s exactly what “The Dirty River Boys” is.
The record is both a cohesive statement and a dizzying testament to the band’s capabilities, as it shifts gears between genres with the skill of a long-haul trucker. There’s traditional, honky-tonk country (“Didn’t Make The Cut”), Flogging Molly-style Celtic rock (“Sailed Away”) and an all-out greasy road rocker (“Highway Love”) and you get the feeling the ’Boys are just getting warmed up.
Monte Warden & THE DANGEROUS FEW
Saturday, June 2 | 5pm
Tony Bennett meets Ray Price. 100% Original songs 1000% Coolsville.
Nothin' else like it, here or anywhere.
“A lifelong Austinite who’s carved out a three-decade career as a solo artist and songwriter and with country band the Wagoneers, Warden had been thinking for a while about following his passion for the pop-jazz crooner heyday of Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. The twist being that he wanted to write all new songs in that same classic style. … There’s room for the Dangerous Few, he says, because 'this thing is so musically different, like no other direction I’ve gone.'”
– Peter Blackstock, Austin American Statesman
Saturday, June 2 | 3pm
The Mismatch is a 6 piece from Austin, TX that smoothly combines folksome Americana tunes with a hometown groove, a bit of bluegrass, and just the right amount of grit. The Mismatch consists of raw vocals, screaming fiddle, mandolin, bass, banjo, guitar and drums that pairs well with many different types of artists as support or lead, spanning genres from Americana to Folk to Bluegrass to Rockabilly and Psychedelic Folk-Rock.
Something really special happens when The Mismatch takes the stage, the overall charisma & energy that the band brings while on stage or off is truly infectious and fun to watch. An act that is unforgettable, multi-dimensional, and tells a story you won’t forget.
NICK DITTMEIER & THE SAWDUSTERS
Saturday, June 2 | 2pm
A four piece Americana band from Louisville, KY. They’ve released two EPs, “Extra Better” in 2013, and then “Light of Day” in 2014.Through relentless touring, they’ve become mainstays of the Midwest Americana scene. In September of 2015, they set ten highway-tested, fine-tuned songs loose in the confines of LA LA Land Studios. The result is “Midwest Heart/Southern Blues”. The new album is a gritty, upbeat collection of songs, full of characters who were developed while staring over the dash of a beat up Ford van cruising through towns in the South and Midwest, whose better days are behind them. The Sawdusters will be on the road in 2016 and beyond. For fans of The Band, Little Feat, and the Turnpike Troubadours.
Dale & WAYLON
Saturday, June 2 | 1pm
Dale & Waylon are the combination of Jake Waylon Lehman and Ryan Dale Davenport. Lifelong friends, at times roommates, extended family, and co-writers. Music was introduced to them at an early age from their fathers. Steve & Mike played many living room shows to the young ears of their sons. A few church group shows later, a garage band or two, and Dale & Waylon were hooked. These two have gone through a few different iterations in their musical journey. Green Whiskey & The Rocket Pig, The Chuck Brothers, Green Whiskey (shorter is better), Jake & Ryan, and now here. Always focused on dynamics and harmony, Dale & Waylon provide an intimate show with songs that were "lived in" and "lived through". Two guitars, a mandolin, a harmonica, and a stray tambourine, provide the soundtrack to a Dale & Waylon show.