Anderson Fair in 2019…Concert Schedule
Thanks for supporting live music…
Our doors open at 7:30 and we generally get the concerts started by 8:45 (8 o’clock on Thursdays)
We are not set up to take credit cards, please remember to bring cash.
Thursday night, Songwriters in the Round
Freddie Fuller and Kimberly M’Carver
Music starts at 8 on Thurdays
Hosted tonight by Ken Gaines and Wayne Wilkeson
Friday, February 22
Houston favorite, Matt Harlan is a troubadour of the first degree, bringing his handcrafted songs to stages across his home state of Texas, the USA and Europe.
Harlan is a winner of multiple songwriting accolades, from outfits like American Songwriter, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Billboard. He was named Singer-Songwriter of the Year in the 2013 Texas Music Awards and was featured alongside a stellar cast of characters (Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, & Nancy Griffith, to name a few) in the documentary, “For the Sake of the Song.”
Matt is a masterful guitarist and writes true to the heart songs about life and living.
Saturday, February 23
New Braunfels’ Drew Kennedy travels around Texas quite often, sharing stories and songs in the grand folk singer tradition. But there’s more in Kennedy’s bag than just some vagabond ideal. Kennedy comes across as a cleaner and less political version of Steve Earle; he’s released three solid efforts of not-quite-alt country that feature songwriting that balances serious romanticism with a healthy dose of self-depreciating humor.
Friday, March 1
with special guest…
An Irish singer and recording artist, Pat Byrne hails from Borris, County Carlow.
Byrne’s early influences were Johnny Cash and Elvis, first encouraging him to pick up the guitar. "I'll be forever grateful to my parents for having their records in the house,"
"Pat's voice strikes an emotional chord with his audience; ranging from seductive whisper one moment, to full-bodied rock 'n' roll growl the next." - Stuart Gray, Hot Press Magazine
After working with many recording greats over the years (Barry Beckett, Tony Brown, Ed Cherney, Justin Niebank, Stuart Sullivan...), Rich finally felt confident enough to hang out his own shingle at Ace Recording, a comfortable and productive recording space in South Austin, TX.
In addition to producing and arranging, Rich has composed soundtracks for commercials, films and CD's. Rich has produced records for:
Robert Earl Keen, Ed Miller, Caroline Herring,
Rodney Hayden, The Barbers, Leeann Atherton,
Stephen Clair, The Tea Merchants, Mark Gunn,
and Pat Byrne.
Saturday, March 2
Anyone who meets singer-songwriter Susan Gibson will know immediately that her family is a core foundation in everything she does, from the songs she writes to the tour routes she takes.
Whether it’s hearing her stories from the stage at one of hundreds of live shows around the country each year, sitting in on a songwriting workshop or coaching session with her, or running into her on the street in your town while she’s walking her 5 dogs on a break from driving to the next show...you will hear Susan speak of her family.
Friday, March 8
Adam and Chris Carroll
Adam Carroll’s musical biography is as winding as the stories in his songs, full of far away places and close to home meditations that encompass a career built on countless shows in Texas clubs, thousands of miles on the road with his partner in life and music, Chris Carroll, accolades of all kinds, and still the burning desire to simply...write the next song.
“Influences? Adam Carroll. I used to skip my own gigs to go watch him...by far my favorite, somebody whose writing style I emulated in some ways.”
Saturday, March 9
For more than forty years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. A New England native, Bill became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960's and for a time, emceed the Sunday Hootenanny at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge. Bill quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area. From the time in 1971 when a reviewer from the Boston Phoenix stated that he was "simply Boston's best performer", Bill has continually appeared on folk music radio listener polls as one of the top all time favorite folk artists. Now, well into his fifth decade as a folk performer, he has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.
Songwriters Thursday, March 14
Friday, March 15
As a singer/songwriter, Mike Blakely has released 11 CDs, performed all over the U.S., and has made16 tours to Europe. His songs have been recorded by Gary P. Nunn, Red Steagall, Flaco Jimenez and Raul Malo, john Arthur martinez, Randy Brown, Geronimo Trevino III and Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny Bush, Pauline Reese, and others.
As an author, he has published 17 books released by major New York City publishers. His last two books were co-writes, one with Willie Nelson, the other with Kenny Rogers. A native Texan, Mike served in the U.S. Air Force and later earned a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. He released his first novel 1988 and his first CD in 1995. One of his co-written tunes landed on a Grammy Award-winning album by Flaco Jimenez in 1995. Another was played on the orbiting International Space Station in 2007.
Saturday, March 16
Denice Franke’s career is rooted firmly in her gift for singing, and an intuition for penning songs that get under the skin. She accompanies herself on the guitar with grace, and skill, and a repertoire of rhythms that rock listeners gently in place as they take in the ‘movie’ each song projects. Life as a touring artist began for Denice in 1978. Franke (pronounced “Frankie” – the name she answers to as readily as her first) will tell you straight out she’s grateful for the distances traveled, and for the water under the bridge. It’s what informs her music these days. What makes her dive more deeply into her own stories, and those of the characters who find their way to her songs.
Thursday, March 21
Hope Dunbar and Grady Lee
Friday, March 22
For more than three decades, Texas singer-songwriter Shake Russell has been entertaining audiences throughout the region with his unique, Americana style of folk-rock. A prolific songwriter, Shake has written or co-written hundreds of melodies. Through the years, Shake’s songs and albums have frequented the Billboard charts, with many, including “Deep in the West,” “You’ve Got a Lover,” “Put Yourself in My Shoes,” “One More Payment,” and “Our Kind of Love” being recorded by such distinguished artists as Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Ricky Skaggs, Clint Black, and Carolyn Dawn Johnson. Ricky Skagg’s hit recording of “You’ve Got a Lover” has appeared on three of Ricky’s albums. In 1983 Shake was commissioned by the Texas State University in San Marcos to write a song ,''River of Innocence''. for a documentary filmed and produced by the university.
Saturday, March 23
Singer-songwriter BOB LIVINGSTON has never been a traditional Texas country musician living the honky-tonk life even though he's spent more than his share of time on the roadhouse circuit with some of the most colorful and rambunctious musicians in Texas. As a member of Austin’s legendary Lost Gonzo Band, Livingston toured and recorded with such musical visionaries as Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Martin Murphey, Ray Wylie Hubbard and many more. Livingston played an integral role in helping to create the music that first earned Austin the designation of “Live Music Capital of the World” and helps explain why he was inducted in to “Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame” in 2016 and the West Texas Walk of Fame in 2018.
Thursday, March 28
Amelia Earhardt Returns
Friday, March 29
“Danny Schmidt CD Release Concert
w/special guest Carrie Elkin”
Danny Schmidt is best known for his riveting poetic lyrics, which have drawn favorable comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt for their depth and complexity. And gypsy spirit Carrie Elkin is best known for her incredibly soulful and dynamic vocals, which have drawn favorable comparisons to Patty Griffin at her most powerful, and Nanci Griffith at her most intimate.
Saturday, March 30
Ginger Leigh rocks out with the best of them; ax-swinging, sweatin', groovin', beltin' chanteuse. She can make your jaw drop like no other, ripping your heart out with anthem-style ballads. She can crack you up with her Ellen-style dry wit, her old-school-Bette stage antics, classy and crass. Once a fan described Ginger Leigh as "Like Adele with a Joan Jet kick in the ass."
She is Adult Contemporary/Pop/Rock, yet she is Jazz, she is Rock, she is Latin, She is one-of-a-kind, sexy and funny. She is a female-Elvis-like chanteuse. Ginger Leigh is a smart artist, a business woman, a music-maker, a recording artist, a writer, an actress, a hostess and a stage-lover who goes unchallenged and who is uniquely made up of nothing but pure love, hard work, natural talent and unstoppable drive.