Palette Cafe Stage
Friday April 10th
Gary Michael Dahl
Members of this group are virtuoso instrumentalists as well as great vocalists who bring an extraordinarily versatile blend of Jazz, R&B, Caribbean, Reggae, Soca, Latin, and a variety of other genres to their inventory, along with outstanding original material. What a nice way to have a long, lazy lunch!
Michael Anthony Shanks
From the dingy tango bars of Buenos Aires to the gaudy hipster hideouts of Seattle, Michael’s songwriting reflects the characters, landscapes and melodies that he has met in his travels. His forte is melding all these distinct experiences together to create something soulful and fresh to the ears. He calls it “funk, folk and everything in between.”
Grifters and Shills
A duo that plays high-energy roots music, featuring vocal harmonies, guitar, banjo, percussion, harmonica, and bass, Grifters and Shills write and perform timeless music with deep ties to the past and an honest view of the present. It’s a down-to-earth journey through songs and stories, celebrating and touching lives wherever they go.
Guillermo Serpas Trio
This Nuevo Flamenco guitarist has a wonderfully unique style that combines a fusion of Spanish Guitar, Latin Jazz, and World Music. With the 2006 release of “Mi Sol y Mi Luna”, Guillermo came to Houston where he enjoys a reputation for his mastery. His newest CD, is “Guitarra Bohemia”. Lovely, passionate and soothing to the soul.
Woodlands High School Orchestra
The Woodlands High School Orchestra closes our first day with a group of 13 highly skilled high school string players. They perform all types of music, from jazz, to rock, to classical, and movie scores.
Saturday April 11th
College Park Cavaliers
The Cavalier Orchestra opens on Sunday with a presentation of classical pieces that regularly win College Park High School accolades at regional and state music competitions.
A Texas born and bred Singer/Songwriter with a talent for delivering unforgettable songs, Kyle's music is a mixture of country and southern rock-n-roll, that delivers messages from the heart on the real issues of our time.
Chubby Knuckle Choir
The Chubby Knuckle Choir is from Austin, Texas – Four singer/songwriters and the world’s tallest red-headed bass player. Picture five guys from five different genres/styles of music…now, Representatives of the best of Texas music, theirs is a rootsy, freewheeling sound which blends country, bluegrass, R&B, and swamp blues with musical mastery.
Brought up on the sounds of Sinatra, Bonnie Raitt, country, and blues, Amy’s original music might be called Folk, but you’ll hear echoes of Appalachia, Rhythm and Blues, and the best of Southern backwater sounds.
Beto and the Fairlanes
From the fertile beginnings of Austin music in the ‘70s, with excellent musicianship, joyful rhythms and a large dose of humor, dancing to Beto and the Fairlanes beneath the stars became a truly "Austin" thing. After 38 years, the popularity of the Beto “Experience” is still growing. Stars or not, you’d better get up and dance!
What started as a casual jam session with friends blossomed over time into an impressive eight-piece ensemble that evokes fond memories of listening to soul music as a kid. Motown, Marvin and “going to Church” inscribe their music, mingling fresh takes on songs from their extensive experience with their own twist on a few select soul standards. You’ll want to get a cold drink and a good seat!
Sunday April 12th
"Farra" means party in Spanish. The members of Farra 8 are distinguished professionals in the areas of medicine, engineering, and geology who share a passion for Latin rhythms. The musical traditions of their home countries, Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela, create a fusion of genres including Vallenato, Salsa, Cumbia, and Merengue, mixed with elements of rock and funk.
Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters
Truly one of the Grand Old Men of American music, The Texas Blues Preservation Society honored Grady with its first annual Blues Heritage Award, citing him as the Texas Blues Ambassador Around the World and a Pioneer in the Creation of Rock & Roll. His music is authentic, soulful and represents the best of six decades - Grady is the real deal.
Somehow, Seth Walker’s art is classified as Americana music. Others would say that he’s a masterful blues player. None would argue, though, that his brilliantly nuanced sound, with an expressive, soul-burnished voice, agile guitar artistry and impeccable southern songwriting, have garnered him a reputation as one of the most acclaimed modern roots artists in the country. You just don’t want to miss this one.
Terri Hendrix Band
Terri Hendrix is an award-winning Texas songwriter who spins sorrow into joy and wrings wisdom from the blues with a poetic grace and uplifting melodic flair. This has endeared her to three generations of loyal fans across the country and around the globe. She artfully weaves folk, pop, country, blues and Swinging jazz into an eclectic style all her own. With Lloyd Maines. Wow!