For the Fallen 19: A Benefit for Fallen Firefighters of Austin and Arizona w/ SHURMAN

There is an elusive sweet spot at the crossroads where soul music, country, and rock'n'roll intersect, and the Austin, TX-based band Shurman hits that bulls-eye dead on. The band is gaining a reputation as a "must see live act" built on their sweat-drenched shows that pack a powerful punch of rock laced with Motown inspired melodies and just the right amount of twang. Underneath the energy and grit of the band's performance lie songs that breathe the truths of unrequited love, every day life experiences, and emotions that are both familiar and haunting.

The foursome's latest offering for Sustain/Universal Republic, Still Waiting for the Sunset, is a smoking 12-song tour de force that blends the best of heartland rock with an enthusiastic nod to the rebels and hell-raisers of Country music's past. The record blasts off with a propulsive kick of barroom existentialism on "Is It True" and wraps up with the blistering twang and statement of musical purpose of "Three Chords." In between one finds everything that a fan of real American music holds dear: songs about life and death, love lost and found, noble and shady characters, and places both familiar and otherwise that speak from the heart with sincerity and conviction. Music that is so intoxicating and potent that it can lift a weary soul as well as drown the deepest of sorrows. In short, it's the best elements of what rock'n'roll and country used to be, driven by the impassioned vocals of singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Aaron Beavers.

Co-produced by Beavers and Danny White, Still Waiting for the Sunset was tracked at Nashville's 16 Ton Studios and Austin's Premium Recording. Joining the band on the sessions are such Americana luminaries as steel guitar legend Al Perkins (known for his work with The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Gram Parsons and a host of others), Grammy-winning artist Robert Reynolds of The Mavericks, rising Memphis soul singing sensation Susan Marshall on background vocals, and former Wilco/Uncle Tupelo drummer Ken Coomer on percussion.

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Jackie Bristow

Singer /songwriter Jackie Bristow is a southern girl at heart. Born and raised in the South Island of New Zealand this kiwi has found her wings. Moving to Australia 1994, this is where Jackie established herself as a professional musician and recording artist, signing to Mushroom and Liberation music in 1999, Craving Records 2005 and Native Tongue 2007. Beautiful songbird that she is, Jackie has flown halfway around the world with nothing more than her guitar and a dream. Jackie is returning to the USA with a national release of her 3rd album "Freedom" and a prestigious US tour opening for internationally acclaimed guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel scheduled for Feb 2011. Currently there are new shows being announced and Jackie will be opening for Marc Cohn, John Waite, and Bob Schneider.

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Mick Leonardi

Inspired by a guitar-playing friend Cass Mcombs at the tender age of thirteen, Mick Leonardi told his father that he wanted to learn the instrument—a desire the boy soon forgot, drawn as he was by the hope of owning a new Super Nintendo instead.

$10 Suggested Donation at the Door


Summer heat and dry weather make us thirsty and ready for cold beer and great music -- indoors or outside. So we are throwing a party at INFEST from 2 to 8 pm on Sunday, August 4 -- with great bands and solo artists -- including SHURMAN, Alex Campbell, Gina Chavez, Jackie Bristow, and many more. Summer heat and dry weather also make great conditions for brush fires in central Texas and all across the Southwest. The loss of 19 members of the Prescott-Granite Mountain Hot Shots in a fire in Yarnell, Arizona, on June 30 brought stark reminders of the 2011 mega-fires in Bastrop County, Spicewood and Steiner Ranch in Austin that took the life of just one firefighter but left upwards of 10,000 people homeless and exhausted. We feel a kinship with the families who have lost loved ones there, because we lost so much here. So we decided to make this party a benefit for the Fallen 19 -- and for fallen firefighters here in the Austin area as well.

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