Peggy’s Porch Party with Cari Hutson
Friday, May 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
In August of 2020, after 20-plus years of belting her lungs out onstage in more bands than she can keep track of, Austin singer-songwriter Cari Hutson laid down what may be the best vocal track of her career to date in the closet of her master bedroom. The song was “Blame,” co-written with her husband Hunter St. Marie and recorded soup-to-nuts in their home during quarantine lockdown. Her husband, the lead guitarist in her band Good Company, played every instrument on the track save for some keys added remotely by bandmate Bryce Powell, then set immediately to work planning and editing together a video with Hutson while the song was sent off for mastering. They were racing the clock, hellbent to have both the song and video out before the Nov. 3 election — even if only by a matter of days.
“Blame” will be released Friday, Oct. 30. It’s the first single from an as yet-untitled, five-song EP that Hutson aims to have out in February 2021 — and her first release since her second full-length album, 2016’s Don’t Rain on My Sunny Day. A second single, “The Rescue” — an equally powerful and deeply personal song Hutson wrote about her late mother — will follow in December, marking the one-year anniversary of the night Hutson and her band were awarded a $20,000 grant at the annual Black Fret “Black Ball” at the Austin’s Moody Theater.
Eventbrite Tickets go on sale beginning April 20, 2021! They will sell out fast!
Peggy’s Porch Party with Pat Byrne
RESCHEDULED FOR Saturday, June 19 at 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. SHOW IS NOW AT PEGGY’S PORCH.
Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m
An Irish singer-songwriter, Pat Byrne has come a long way since his first deal with Universal. In late 2017, Byrne began his migration to Austin, Texas. Immersed in the Texas music scene, Pat penned several new songs and released the “Rituals” LP in October 2018. In 2019, Pat took the US by storm, with breakout performances at the 30A Festival, SXSW, Kerrville Folk Festival and the Americana Festival.
“The raspy melodic soul of Byrne’s voice recalls the emotional spells the late Austin troubadour Jimmy LaFave used to cast, though Byrne’s songwriting bears a distinctive Irish stamp. He’s more contemporary than strict traditionalists, putting him more in the league of Glen Hansard or Luka Bloom.”
Peter Blackstock, The Austin American Statesman
“Pat Byrne lives in Austin and traffics in the kind of earnest roots rock championed by artists like Shakey Graves. His voice and songwriting chops show the reason he’s attracted a lot of attention. Look for a big second act from this artist.”
Tom Thornton, Riff Magazine
A sophomore LP due out in early-2021, has an edgier feel underscoring both emotional depth and greater confidence, while blending new influences with his rich Irish heritage.
Pat’s Song Premiere published May 5, 2021. Pat Byrne and Jaimee Harris collaborate on ‘Losing Heart’ https://www.austin360.com/story/entertainment/music/2021/05/05/song-premiere-austin-pat-byrne-jaimee-harris-team-losing-heart/4920451001/
Eventbrite tickets go on sale beginning April 25, 2021. Eventbrite ticket link:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peggys-porch-party-with-pat-byrne-full-band-tickets-158333597051
Peggy’s Porch Party presents South Austin Moonlighters
Friday, May 28, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m CANCELLED due to severe storms. RESCHEDULED DATE is Friday, August 20, 2021 at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
A Roots & Americana band from Austin, Texas.
The band started in 2011 when Lonnie got together a group of local music veterans to occasionally play together for the sheer joy of making music. Pretty soon it became evident that something special happened when we played together, and the band—which was originally meant to be a moonlighting side-gig for all of us—became our main gig.
Those of you who know us know that our success has come from working as a team. We hold each other up and inspire each other to keep pushing and challenging ourselves to be our very best at all times. We all sing and write songs. We take turns leading the band, singing harmonies and coming together to lift each other up.
At the end of the day we all love making music, sharing it with people and basking in the joy that our audiences reflect back to us.
The Moonlighters deliver their own unique brand of Americana music with organic, show-stopping vocal harmonies, incredible musicianship, and well-crafted, heart-felt songs.
The joy of making music is a tangible and contagious part of the Moonlighters’ live shows. They are often compared to The Eagles, Little Feat, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young—but the Moonlighters have a voice all of their own.
Peggy’s on The Ledge! with Dave Scher DIFFERENT LOCATION
Friday, June 4, 2021 at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. CANCELLED DUE TO SEVERE STORMS. RESCHEDULED DATE is Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 6 – 9 p.m.
Dave Scher grabbed onto an electric guitar at age 10, and has spent little of his waking time ever since without having one in his very capable hands. That is, unless, he happens to be playing mandolin, fiddle, bass, piano, organ or any number of other instruments, just to keep things interesting. He’s been known to dabble in jazz, funk, or even a little country whenever he temporarily wanders from his beloved blues, but basically he does it all. Dave ScherAnd then there’s his voice—powerful and sensual enough to convey every emotion on the spectrum, a natural extension and perfect complement to his work on the guitar.
It is Dave’s honor and pleasure to play as a sideman for many well-known local acts, and his versatility and enormous talent enable him to really up the ante and make any band sound incredible. But he mostly shines as a solo performer or when leading his own trio, belting out original material in addition to his own exciting, inventive arrangements of popular and classic covers of all genres.
“One of the best guitar players I’ve ever heard …”
Van Wilkes, “Texas Music Hall of Fame”
“I just wanted to tell you that you sound really great!”
“A great, great player.”
Kym Warner, founding member of The Green Cards
Chris Gage, multi-instrumentalist and premier guitarist for Jerry Jeff Walker
“Truly one of the best guitarists I’ve ever heard.”
Carlton Dillard, host of Bridge Radio with Carlton Dillard on Sun Radio, Austin.
Eventbrite Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/152729428833
Peggy’s on The Ledge! with Carrie Rodriguez & Luke Jacobs DIFFERENT LOCATION
Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Carrie Rodriguez, a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, finds beauty in the cross-pollination of diverse traditions. A passionate performer, she effortlessly melds fiery fiddle playing, electrifying vocals and a fresh interpretation of new and classic songs with an “Ameri-Chicana” attitude. Her newest project found her switching roles from performer to composer/lyricist of an original musical. ¡Americano!, which ended its 27-show debut at The Phoenix Theatre Company at the end of February of 2020 with 10 consecutive sellout performances, follows the true story and journey of Tony Valdovinos, born in Colima, Mexico and brought to the U.S. when he was two years old. The musical casts a profoundly human light on what it means to be a DREAMer. An album of 9 selections from the musical (aptly titled ¡Americano! The Musical) was released in January ‘20. Produced by the musical’s arranger Sergio Mendoza, the album features his band Orkesta Mendoza, Carrie on vocals and strings, and guest vocalists Joey Burns (Calexico), Brian Lopez, and Carlos Arzate.
“¡Americano! is an inspired act of conscience. It is a work that speaks to a moment in time when a nation’s principles are being challenged. It carries with it an emotional power that is palpable and yet immensely entertaining.”
– Herbert Paine, Broadway World
In 2017 Carrie founded a highly acclaimed ongoing concert series set at the historic Cactus Cafe in Austin,Texas called Laboratorio that both celebrates and explores Latinx culture and its contribution to the American experiment. Carrie and her all-star Laboratorio band collaborate with a different guest artist for each unique performance, ensuring that no two shows are ever the same. They’ve collaborated with artists such as legendary Tejano vocalist Ruben Ramos (of the Grammy award winning Los Super Seven), Latin pop songstress Gina Chavez, jazz trumpet player/bandleader Ephraim Owens, and guitarist/composer/producer Adrian Quesada (of the Black Pumas) to name just a few.
“Not only does each unique “laboratory” produce joy and wonder (on stage AND in the audience), it also reflects our American experiment: men and women, young and old, black, white, brown, and everything in between, collectively creating an uplifting sense of surprise in each performance…The musicians share duties, switch instruments and take turns being featured, expressing the values of mutual respect and innovation that the best aspects of this country were built on.”
– Evan Voyles, The Neon Jungle
Peggy’s Porch Party with Ray Prim + Quartet
Friday, June 18, 2021 at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Imagine Bill Withers heading over 2 Abbey Road in a Cadillac 2 pick up Ben Harper so they can catch the tail end of The Reverend Al Green’s sermon…2016 Black Fret Recipient, Ray Prim, is a Singer Soulwriter based in Austin, Texas. His music takes you back to the days when songs were inspiring, meaningful and thought provoking. His tunes are melody-based short stories that anyone can relate to and identify with. It only takes one of his many songs to be instantly hooked. Five words sums it up – Ear Candy for the Soul. Eventbrite Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/152731988489
Peggy’s Porch Party “Fireside Series” presents Giulia Millanta
Friday, June 25, 2021 at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m
Peggy’s Porch Party with Miggy Milla
Friday, July 16, 2021 at 6:00 -9:00 p.m.
Miggy Milla is a Filipino American singer-songwriter who folds modern pop beats into his music amplified by his weightless yet emotive vocals.
Born in Manila, Philippines, Miggy grew up in Queens, New York before moving to Austin, Texas.
An alumni of Berklee College of Music, he’s worked alongside many talents including Grammy Award-winning artists, songwriters, producers & musicians.
A constant advocate for culture & arts, Milla also represents the city’s Diversity Field Guide Series through Visit Austin & is a member of the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, representing some of the talents that Asian Americans provide in Austin, Texas. Eventbrite Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/152884434459
Peggy’s on The Ledge with Jon Muq DIFFERENT LOCATION
Friday, August 6, 2021 at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
From Kampala, Uganda, Jon Muq is a vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist that makes soul-filled pop music that celebrates the magic of human connection, love, and the world’s many wonders.
Now based in Austin, Muq has found a strong creative community to nurture his powerful talent. An all-around artist whose talent reaches beyond the world of music, Muq has a degree in Industrial Art and Design and is well versed in African design, jewelry making and mosaics, which add a visual dimension to his songs. He has also continued to devote time to charitable organizations in both Uganda and the US, working with non-profits and community programs that provide education, food, clothing, and support to those in need.
Eventbrite Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peggys-porch-party-with-jon-muq-tickets-156144838415
Peggy’s Porch Party with Jo James – Single(s) Release Show
Friday, August 13, 2021 at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Austin TX Singer-Songwriter and multi instrumentalist Jo James has a gift of entertaining the crowd.
His “retro” style incorporates elements of Blues, Neo Soul, R&B, and Funk.
Jo delivers smooth grooves and soulful vocal expressions. From heavy-hitting stages to intimate heartfelt performances, Jo James continues to captivate audiences in a powerful way.
Jo has worked and performed with some of the industries top acts
and also received the honor award at the 100% Music Songwriting Contest, and was nominated for “Soul of Austin” award at Austin Armadillo Awards.
You may have seen him featured on Season 17 of The Voice.
“Great raw talent and voice is lovely to listen to” – John Legend
“I love Jo’s voice” – Blake Shelton
Eventbrite Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/153040639673
Peggy’s Porch Party presents Braydon Zink
Friday, August 27, 2021 at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Based in Austin, Braydon Zink hails from the small town of Iliff, Colorado. While attending college to become a 3rd generation lineman, Zink set his sights on a long brewing craft; a passion for country music. At age 10, he was introduced to the organ by his grandmother and quickly learned to play traditional gospel songs. Moving to the trumpet, he expanded his skills by learning how to read music. At age 11, with allowance money saved, Zink bought his first guitar. With a good ear and some Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash records from his grandparent’s house, Zink taught himself how to play. Sports took the driver’s seat during Zink’s high school years but he continued to play the guitar during his free time. Zink suffered from severe concussions that kept him from pursuing collegiate sports. But thanks to fate, Zink turned to his guitar; and started singing and writing his own songs. Things took off from there and soon after Zink started performing all over northeastern Colorado. With a solid loyal following in CO, Zink set his sights on Austin, the “Live Music Capital of the World”. For the past 6 years, Zink has now called Texas “home”. He has played across the entire state as well as the SW portions of the US, as the opening act for artists like the Travis Tritt, Jack Ingram, Turnpike Troubadours, Cory Morrow, Randall King, Johnny Rodriguez and Hal Ketchum, just to name a few. Zink is often known for bridging memories with melodies. His authentic lyrics tug at your heart and touch your soul in a way that will draw you into loving the songs and stories that they tell.
Eventbrite Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/153697173383
Peggy’s Porch Party with Travis Linville
Friday, September 3, 2021 at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
I’m Still Here
Black Mesa Records (2021)
When someone comes from as strong a musical stock as Travis Linville, a conventional life and the path not taken are irreversibly conjoined. His preternatural musical work ethic was ignited as a small child on the built-in stage in his grandparents’ music room, and since then, Linville’s thirty-something years of sweat equity have culminated in a winding, successful career built of disparate parts: veteran and up-and-comer, mentor and underdog, session player and bandleader, sideman and songwriter.
A sought-after collaborator, Linville’s touring instrumental work includes turns onstage with Samantha Crain and Hayes Carll and session work with too many artists to count, among them gifted American songwriter John Moreland and indie rock stalwart Berwanger (feat. members of the Anniversary). In recent years, he’s performed his own music as hand-selected support for Carll, fellow Oklahomans Moreland and Parker Millsap, Todd Snider’s Hard Working Americans, and even country legend Marty Stuart.
Combined with his hundreds of solo shows, these collaborations and his recorded catalog, including 2017’s Up Ahead LP, have built for Linville a dedicated group of fans equally enamored of his nonchalant technical skill—whether as his own producer and studio engineer, or on guitar, pedal steel, piano, mandolin, or any number of other instruments—and his artistry and taste.
Among those fans who’ve spent decades following Linville’s solo work is Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native JD McPherson, who recollects, “Growing up in Oklahoma, Travis was known everywhere as one of the most respected musicians and performers from a very large pool of talent.”
He’s put in so much work, in fact, that he makes extraordinarily difficult things seem easy, operating outside the banal umbrella of the visibly tortured artist. As Hayes Carll puts it, “Travis is one of those rare artists that seem to be gifted at everything. His playing and singing appear to be just as natural as breathing to him. That ease has always stood out to me.”
But despite that perceptible ease, Linville not only likes a challenge, but it’s essential to who he is as a musician. “My ambition has always been about musicianship. Music itself is what I’ve been in love with and want to explore—rhythm, melody, harmony,” he explains. “Every time I’ve run low on that passion, I’ve picked up a new instrument or technique, and I’m right back where I love to be…with the beginner’s mind.”
Peggy’s On the Ledge! with Lisa Morales DIFFERENT LOCATION
Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Singer-songwriter Lisa Morales draws from a creative palette informed by the rhythms, colors and flavors of the Southwest — from the painted-desert skies of her native Tucson, Arizona, where she and cousin Linda Ronstadt grew up, to the sea-salted air of Houston, where she moved at 18, and the history of San Antonio, and the music filled city of Austin where she now lives.
Lisa toured most of 2018-2019 with Los Lonely Boys, Los Lobos, and Rodney Crowell, she continues to record and release music sung in English, Spanish and Spanglish, conveying the promise of new beginnings and confirming that she is a woman in touch with her emotions and inner power.
Peggy’s Porch Party with Wendy Colonna
RESCHEDULED DATE: Friday, September 17, 2021 at 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Wendy Colonna is a seasoned troubadour and a new mother who hails from the gulfcoast of Louisiana and has called central Texas home since 2000. The Austin-AmericanStatesman calls her “a force of nature” and the New York Times cited her sound as“ethereal.”
Wendy’s songs echo soulful tales of joy, reclaimed innocence, joy, loss and celebration.Her resonant, signature, grit-infused-honey voice can moves from a sweet whisper to afull-on bayou-soul-shout without skipping a beat.
Tracks from Wendy’s most recent release “No Moment But Now” (2017) weresimultaneously featured on Apple· Music’s “Hot Tracks” and “Breaking SingerSongwriter playlist, and Spotify’s “Fresh Folk” playlist. In 2016, Wendy received a BlackFret Major Grant and in 2017 she was selected as a Kerrville Folk Festival New FolkFinalist.
In January 2017, Wendy was invited to lend her uplifting, anthemic songs to to theAustin Women’s March with 60,000 in attendance. She was also invited to emcee and perform Austin’s Earth Day Festivities. Wendy has had the honor of sharing the stagewith legends like Mavis Staples, Delbert McClinton, Edgar Winter, Jeff Buckley and more.
In addition to her live-performance career, Wendy has been writing and producingaward-winning custom songs for advertisement for clients like Coca-Cola and Southwest Louisiana Visitors Bureau. The Coca-Cola song, “A Happy Song” topped AdWeek upon its debut and “My Southwest Louisiana Home” took home several ADDY awards.
Wendy currently lives in San Marcos Texas with her husband, mother, two amazingstep-children and her baby boy, Charlie. On top of touring, family and regionalperformances she and collaborator, Mark Addison are the owners of Tips Concerts, a house-concert venue in southeast Austin where they host fall and spring shows. Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/153055096915
Peggy’s Porch Party with Motenko
Friday, October 22, 2021 at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The saying goes you never forget your first love. For Micah Motenko—musically speaking—that would be Motown, a sound he swooned for at age 7. That music set an artistic ideal for Micah of well-crafted heartfelt songs, brimming with infectious hooks and smoldering grooves.
Today, that love legacy burns with his groove machine, Motenko. This four-piece band of ace musicians specialize in incendiary in-the-moment performances, telepathic musical interplay, and recordings that invoke the mojo of 70’s-era R&B, soul, funk, and New Orleans second line with the satiny touch of modern soul production.
Motenko’s debut is chock full of jams that are as booty shaking as they are heartwarming. The 5-tracks can be interpreted sequentially, as a narrative about the lifespan of a hypothetical relationship, from its inception to its death and the aftermath. “The songs in this EP are about love and loss. They were written as a way for me to process the death of close family and friends, all while riding the pleasures and pitfalls of romantic pursuit as a young man,” Micah shares.
As live music options become available, the groove machine is ready to be the soundtrack to the post-pandemic party.
Eventbrite Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peggys-porch-party-presents-motenko-tickets-159512954541
Peggy’s Porch Party with Ariel Hutchins
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Ariel Hutchins is a Texas singer/songwriter and performing artist. Her music celebrates her West Texas heritage and embodies her love of country music past and present.
Ariel was born in Abilene where she spent her early childhood singing in Church. When she was eight, family tragedy placed her in the foster care system. The highlight of those years was the gift of a guitar which she received on her eleventh birthday, which she spent every free moment with thereafter, teaching herself to pick and play.
At fourteen, Ariel found a forever family with her custodial guardians Billy and Rebecca and moved to her new home in Cross Plains, Texas. There she often sang the National Anthem at high school sports events and performed acoustically in local venues.
Upon graduation, Ariel formed her own band and began playing honkytonks, bars and festivals throughout the state. The Ariel Hutchins Band has opened for Kevin Fowler, Stoney Larue and William Clark Green.
“Wine Won’t Work” is the first song from Ariel’s upcoming CD to be released as a single. It has been enthusiastically received by Ariel’s fans on the road as well as by her rapidly increasing media following.
Eventbrite Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peggys-porch-party-with-ariel-hutchins-tickets-159528151997