Texas Crawfish & Music Festival

Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears are an eight-piece, garage-soul ensemble featuring groove-laden guitars, penetrating brass and a fiery frontman who exudes power and attitude.

Experiencing the raw energy of Black Joe’s performances, accompanied by The Honeybears’ masterful backing is the equivalent of a kick to the stomach. Their gut-shot style, draws directly from their classic soul, R&B and blues influences. Inspiration from artists such as Otis Redding and The Bar-Kays, James Brown and Lightning Hopkins are clearly present in their songs and live shows, but Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears inject a full-tilt, unabashedly brash element to this old-school style.

Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves is the moniker of Austin’s Alejandro Rose-Garcia.

A multifaceted artist, Rose-Garcia wrote, recorded, and produced every element of his debut release “Roll The Bones” which has received rave reviews worldwide. With its jaunty high soaring choral arrangements and twangy finger picked guitar, his recordings have a unique, psychotic, forlorn appeal that has quickly made Shakey Graves a household name from coast to coast.

He is currently being hailed as the best damn one man show in Austin, with a set that involves a hand made suitcase kick drum and feverish finger picking which follows in the tradition of Townes Van Zandt, Leo Kottke and Michael Hurley… He is truly a site to be seen.

Rose-Garcia follows in a long line of Texas troubadours, a tradition of finger picking and road songs, of tall tales and small woes. He is a bright new asset to Texas music and the independent folk scene that will leave you tapping your feet and longing for a slow drive through the back roads of America.

Recently, Shakey Graves was named one of the 12 artists of 2012 by KUT 90.5 and has been bestowed with the distinct honor of having FEBRUARY 9TH proclaimed “SHAKEY GRAVES DAY” by the City of Austin.

Up and coming Austin artist Max Frost is a native Austinite, guitar player, and singer/songwriter.

Learned at the Austin School of Music, he began his career as a member of the award-winning teen groups Joyride and Blues Mafia, and has since toured and written songs with fiddle prodigy Ruby Jane Smith. He’s done many collaborations with Austin-born MC Randell Jones, aka “Kydd Jones,” who won an Austin Hip Hop Award for Best Lyricist Of The Year in 2009.

Jake La Botz is an actor and musician from Chicago. He has released six albums under his own name and toured internationally and famously around American tattoo shops. The first time you see him play knocks you out. Nobody really picks a guitar like Jake anymore; he learned from some of the best Chicago bluesmen that ever lived.

He’s also an actor, with past roles in Steve Buscemi’s Animal Factory, the remake of Rambo, which also featured two of his songs, Lonesome Jim, Sinners and Saints, and Fully Loaded, among others. He also has parts in the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Walter Salles’ version of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road — he’ll head to the Cannes Film Festival later this month for the premiere of that one. The Los Angeles Times recently called his performance as “The Shape,” the Satan-esque narrator of Stephen King and John Mellencamp’s just wrapped musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, “slithering, salacious, manipulative, delightful” and The New York Times said the show “comes alive” in his “every bravura entrance.” As one of the actors in that show, I can attest: people went nuts for the guy.

His history is as authentic and roller-coaster wild as he is now generous and calm.

Matt Ellis is an award winning singer songwriter from Sydney, Australia. Based in Venice Beach, CA since 2006, Ellis has just released a new double A-Side single, “Candy / Dangers of the Night”, the follow up to 2010′s celebrated “Birth, Deaths & Marriages”.

Matt’s four album releases have taken him across the United States, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and Mexico, performing at The Sydney Opera House, The Troubadour, Tucson’s Rialto Theatre, CBGBs (RIP), The Bitter End, El Mocambo, Hotel Cafe, Spaceland, Pappy & Harriets and The Annandale Hotel sharing the stages with Calexico, J.Tillman, DeVotchKa, Perry Farrell and John Doe to name a few. Tracks have been licensed by ABC TV America, MTV, Qantas and The Food Network and received airplay on over 50 Radio Stations across America, Europe and Australia.

Produced by Ellis and mixed by Craig Schumacher (Neko Case, Calexico, Iron & Wine, M Ward), “Births, Deaths & Marriages” received ISC Awards for numerous tracks and music videos in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The album features eleven Americana/Folk Rock tracks and is arguably his best work to date. 

What started as a noise letter to a friend in 1995, Tenlons Fort has become a four album song cycle of musician, writer, director, artist and human rights activist Jack Gibson. The latest release Shelters LP consists of ten songs, an equal number of paintings.

After years of following the melancholic muse resulting in the first three releases The Golden Handshake, Followed By Bad Luck and Forever is a Long Time, Tenlons Fort replaces the meditations of death and doom, with tales of wisdom, patience, and clarity without leaving the emotional territory that has made him an underground favorite since 2005.

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Texas Crawfish & Music Festival - Sat April 27 with Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Shakey Graves, Max Frost, Jake La Botz, Matt Ellis, Tenlons Fort

Saturday, April 27 · Doors 11:00 AM at Preservation Park