Nutty Brown Amphitheatre Presents
Bob Schneider's Labor of Love Concert
The Peterson Brothers, The Troll Smashers
12225 Highway 290 West
Austin, TX, 78737
6:00 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
This event is all ages
In the heavy Texas summer heat, Bob Schneider stands in his garage, splattered in paint. Thick leaves pulled from fine art books soak in water baths as he prepares layers for a new collage. Intestines swirl on faces, haunted eyes peer out, and paintbrushes coat layers upon layers of glue as images transform one atop the other until Bob steps back, done.
The collage will find itself as the cover of Bob's latest album, a curated collection of three thematically-linked five song EPs, collectively titled King Kong. The album hearkens back to his earliest releases, Lonelyland (2001), I'm Good Now (2004), albums that brought the essence of Bob—good songs, all genres, fun and harrowing, sharp and insightful. Songs to dance to, to laugh with, to mourn through.
Fans who buy the physical album are treated to an artistic masterpiece, a collector's dream, with prints of Bob's art wrapping the music.
Bob Schneider is the best artist you've never heard of. But this year alone, he's headlining every premiere venue in Austin—the Paramount, the Bass Concert Hall, Dell Hall at the Long Center, and ACL Live/Moody Theater. Sure, he's struggled to break out of the Texas bubble, but this doesn't stop him. "If I were to listen to the gatekeepers—the critics, the charts—I'd never have done anything." And though the media barely grants him sidelong glances, the audiences keep coming.
Bob packs houses, he croons, he makes everybody swoon.
Bob Schneider is tenacious, constantly churning out new work. He's thinking ahead, two albums down the line. "When I'm recording a record, when I'm mixing a record, I'm still writing songs. I'm always writing songs." He's known for his prolific catalogue, more songs than most other bands on the charts have…combined. He brims with projects and ideas: a demo bible—a collection of 1000 original demos with lyrics—is long in the works, a way for his longterm fans to access all of his songs and all of their lyrics, from the deeply poetic to the tangled and twisted to the flat-out profane. He's also hard at work developing The Across The World Symphony.
Bob doesn't sleep. At least, it seems like he doesn't sleep. He's working on an arrangement at four a.m. He stays up all night filming and editing videos to accompany the songs on King Kong, releasing new videos weekly.
Offered a new project—a cameo appearance in a film, the chance to judge the Literary Death Match, and Bob's all in: "That sounds terrifying. I'll totally do it." He thrives on the challenge, happier to tackle projects that teeter on the edge of failure than return to the mundane sure successes.
Tell Bob that he can't do a project, and he'll just stop talking to you about it. "I have a complete inability to take no for an answer," he laughs. If he's got his mind set on it, he's going to make it happen. Ideas, projects, art pours out of him.
One spring afternoon, he arrives at a friend's yard to haul off a six-foot-tall tree trunk that blew down in a storm. Coming straight from a photo shoot, he's dressed to the nines, but quickly gets covered in mulch and bark as he lugs the giant logs around, investigating which one he wants to bring home. He'll work it on his back patio, sanding and sawing and sanding until he's got another in a series of haunting wooden sculptures, phallic, monk-like, a wooden choir of silent song and prayer. Trees fall, Bob crafts, sawdust in his hair.
Then he crashes into bed, catches just enough downtime to revive him, and wakes again, moving at top speed. He showers, drinks a pot of coffee, and races off to a gig. He arrives onstage, fully present and ready to play.
Audiences around the world can now peek into the sacred heart of the Austin live music scene, as Bob has begun livestreaming his Monday night residency at the Saxon Pub. Here each week for over fifteen years, he's gathered up his band Lonelyland, and taken over this Austin institution. Bob presents his newest songs, plays with fresh arrangements, and charms the pants off of everyone in the room.
Bob Schneider is always pushing himself. And he's pushing his audience. His songs are alive, fierce, hilarious, raw, crass. And then soulful, haunting, sweet, good.
He'll leave you breathless. He must leave you breathless. He pushes himself to breathlessness, howling into the mic, playing his fingers raw, the room awash in thick waves of sound.
Then he's jaunty, silly, laughing at his own jokes and tossing around a flyaway tune. Listen closely, and the lyrics speak of loss, betrayal, sorrow. But he'll sing it to you with a smile and a twinkle in his eye.
The Peterson Brothers
The Peterson Brothers combine youthful energy and modern influences with soul, funk,
blues & jazz to a create a sound that is uniquely their own. Their live shows feature jamband
Led by Glenn Jr., 21 and Alex, 19, the Peterson Brothers have toured throughout the
United States, and had the opportunity to play with and open for the likes of Gary Clark
Jr., Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Guy, the
late B.B. King and other musical greats. They have also played festivals throughout the
U.S., including the Chicago Blues Festival, Minnesota State Fair, Riverbend Festival,
Austin City Limits Festival, Ogden Roots and Blues, King Biscuit Festival, Old Settler’s
Music Fest, Kerrville Folk Festival, Lancaster Blues & Roots, Allentown Blues, Brews &
Barbecue, and many more.
With a standing room only weekly residency at Austin’s famed music hall, The
Continental Club, the Peterson Brothers have been referred to as, “The future of Austin
music” by Mark Murray of Sun Radio, and “Some of the most talented musicians I have
seen come out of Austin” by Jamfeed.
● “You can’t help but smile when you watch them play” Texas Lifestyle Magazine
● “Their set was bristling with fun and infectious energy” Austin360.com
● “The Peterson brothers, two barely-legal sibling guitarists from Texas, played
one of the funkiest, most fun headline sets the festival has seen.” The Morning
● “The Peterson Brothers Band just rolled into Houston and killed it with blues,
funk and some good ol rock n roll....” Hanks Americana Radio
● “The Peterson Brothers delivered an amazing blues and R&B set that was part
Isaac Hayes, part Stevie Ray Vaughan and part Stanley Clarke.” Twangville.com
● “The only thing missing from the Peterson Brothers Band is the word
"amazing" at the front of the name.” - San Antonio Express-News
The Troll Smashers
A folk trio playing funky and fresh roots music with fiddles, mandolins, fingerstyle guitar, and decadently layered harmonies. Chalk it up to folksmash.
$20.00 - $100.00
Celebrate Labor Day with us!
- The only seating and menu service/cocktailing will be available to VIP table purchasers. No outside food, drinks, or containers are allowed. Please see our FAQ for more info.
- One, small folding chair per person is allowed.