HEADLINERS

Mr. Sipp • "The Mississippi Blues Child"

CD Releaese Show

Friday, April 17th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22

Saturday, April 18th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22

Sunday, April 19th • 7pm & 9pm • $20

Castro Coleman, a.k.a. Mr. Sipp “Mississippi Blues Child” was born August 25, 1976 to Johnell and the late Vera Coleman in the small town of McComb, MS. With gospel as his foundation, Sipp started playing guitar at the tender age of six with his musically inclined family. He has played on over 50 national gospel recordings and this year he took him the title of International Blues Challenge Winner, just a mere 14 months after taking up the blues. The IBC is held annually in Memphis and hosts over 230 bands competing for this honor.

Coco Montoya

Wednesday, April 22nd • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $30

Guitar One Magazine calls guitarist/vocalist Coco Montoya “the hottest southpaw in the blues” and raves about his “master touch and killer tone.” The Boston Globe succinctly states that Montoya’s music is “hot, blistering soul.” From his early days as a drummer to his current status as one of the top-drawing guitarists and vocalists on the blues-rock scene, Montoya earned his status through years of hard work and constant touring.

Soul Track Mind

Thursday, April 23rd • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $20

Soul Track Mind has an original sound that blends soul, funk, and rock with elements of R&B, blues, and jazz. The project began in 2008 when frontman Donovan Keith moved from Indiana to Austin, intent on starting a band rooted in the soul music he grew up listening to. He assembled STM's initial lineup and logged an 18-month weekly residency at an eastside juke joint before branching out to venues throughout Central Texas and the U.S. Over time, STM developed the one-of-a-kind, dance-infused stage show now loved by fans and acknowledged by reviewers across the country. 

Karen Lovely Band

Friday, April 24th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22

Most recently nominated for two Muddy Awards: Best Female Artist and Best Northwest Recording for her Prohibition CD. Known for her passionate, driven performances and always backed by stellar musicians, this powerhouse vocalist delivers a blistering mix of contemporary & old school blues. Lovely's standout performances have garnered awards, critical acclaim and standing ovations at festivals and venues throughout the US, Canada and Europe. 

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Saturday, April 25th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22

Lavay grew up in Southern California and the Philippines and has become an internationally recognized Diva of Jazz and Blues, with a singing style influenced by Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, Little Esther Phillips and other legendary greats. Whether singing her own compositions or drawing on a large repertoire of classics, Lavay and her all-star 7-piece band bake up an instant recipe for dancing and good times.

Tommy Castro & the Painkillers

Sunday, April 26th • 7pm & 9pm • $24 for Both Shows!

“I’m always moving forward, going outside of my wheelhouse, listening to new music and incorporating new ideas,” says award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tommy Castro. “The contemporary blues scene is full of fresh, new sounds It’s an exciting time.” Castro is famed for his signature brand of tough, rocking rhythm and blues, thrilling fans around the world with his incendiary live performances. With his turbo-charged new Alligator Records album, The Devil You Know, Castro strips his music down to its raw essence as he rockets into the next phase of his storied career.

Eric Bibb

Tuesday, April 28th • 7:30pm • $30

Wednesday, April 29th • 7:30pm • $30

Already enjoying success in Europe, Grammy nominee Eric Bibb is becoming a familiar face – and voice – in the U.S. Nominated for nine W.C. Handy Blues Music Awards and winner of the Best Newcomer title in the British Blues Awards, Bibb has been appropriately described as "discreetly awesome" and "a total original." As his popularity escalates, earlier comparisons to legendary greats Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal are being replaced by quotes that speak to Bibb’s ability to "use standard blues ingredients to cook up something all his own."