Music highlights at the Fest

Music Tent Lineup (3)Music highlights at the Texas Book Festival: live performances, authors, sessions, and more

It’s no secret that music and writing go hand-in-hand. A great song is remembered not only because of the music, but because it tells a great story. Music is mankind’s universal language, after all.

For this reason—and of course the fact that the Festival is held in the live music capitol of the world—music has always played an integral part in our programming. This year is no exception.

The 2014 Texas Book Festival features a spectacular lineup of live music performances, combo musician/authors, and music-themed books.

Histories of music and musicians are represented and always impress, but this year the Texas Book Festival also features books like Marie-Helene Bertino’s 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas and Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings, both fictional tales with musical backbones.

Ziggy Marley, multiple Grammy award winner, children’s book author, and the oldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, will read from his book I Love You Too on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Children’s Read Me a Story Tent, with introductions by Lisa O. Dea’s students from Brentwood Elementary School.

Untitled 44From Galadrielle Allman, daughter of legendary guitarist Duane Allman, comes a new book entitled Please Be With Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman in which she tells the story of her father’s life and reflects on her memories of him. Her session takes place on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Capitol Extension Room E1.026.

Highlights in the Music Tent on Saturday include Shelley King, the 2008 Texas State Musician and winner of two Austin Music Awards; Jesse Sublett, author and blues musician known from the seminal Austin rock band The Skunks; Austin Lyric Opera; and Harvey “Tex” Thomas Young and The New Danglin’ Wranglers. On Sunday in the Music Tent, Bob Livingston, singer-songwriter and founding member of The Lost Gonzo Band, will take center stage at 4 p.m.

The full Music Tent schedule is as follows.

Saturday, Oct. 25

10 a.m.Annie & Kate

Annie & Kate are a 15-year-old acoustic rock duet on the rise. Born and raised in the live music capital of the world of Austin, Texas, the indie rock sisters are multi-instrumentalists and songwriters with an extensive performance history and two original recording projects under their belts. Annie & Kate have been named as one of the top five under 18 bands by the Austin Music Awards.

11 a.m.—Austin Lyric Opera

Austin’s professional opera company performs its live opera music. Locally created with productions of opera’s most beloved stories, and anchored by critically acclaimed productions and the highest artistic standards, Austin Lyric Opera has inspired Central Texans for the past 25 years.

Noon—Kalu James

With blend of blues-rock, soul, and African folk rhythm, Kalu James brings to the table genuine lyrics and a unique style of vocal delivery that will have “your mind thinking, lips singing, and foot tapping days after the show.”

1 p.m.—Harvey “Tex” Thomas Young & The New Danglin’ Wranglers

An Austin staple, the Danglin’ Wranglers were regular performers at well-known local establishments such as the Continental Club and Hut’s Hamburgers, where they played frequently for ten years. Harvey “Tex” will be performing new tracks and original favorites from the days of the Danglin’ Wranglers.

2 p.m.—Shelley King

The music of Shelley King draws from and blends a spectrum of roots music styles, but one word succinctly describes it: soulful. Be it R&B, folk, blues, country, bluegrass or rock — or combinations of and variations on those themes—King delivers a powerful performance on stage with her “smoky, sultry vocals and smart, soulful songs.” She has risen from the vibrant music scene in the Texas capital city to charm fans across North America, Europe and Japan, win two Austin Music Awards, and be named the Texas State Musician for 2008.

3 p.m.—Jesse Sublett

As a member of the seminal Austin rock band The Skunks, Jessie Sublett is an Austin music legend as well as a critically acclaimed writer of crime fiction, memoir, nonfiction, and historical documentaries. His work is known for its powerful lyrical drive, dark humor, and bright splashes of violence and absurdity.

4 p.m.—Who Do

Austin’s most literary band with Pulitzer-prize winner author Lawrence Wright and friends traipsing through an array of Texas R&B and folk classics. Wright, whose book Thirteen Days in September is featured at the Festival this year, plays the keyboard for the band.

Sunday, Oct. 26

Noon—The Tiarra Girls

The Tiarra Girls are three Latina sisters who attend Ann Richards School for Girls and perform music from many genres including originals and covers. The group was named Emerging Artist for 2014 by the Mexican American Cultural Center’s and was also named the Youngest All Girl Latina Band in Austin Texas by he Austin History Center. 

1 p.m.—The Stapletones

With gigs such as SXSW and ACL under their belt, The Stapletones are an established group of musicians from church and secular groups who combine to create an uplifting Gospel collaboration of roots, blues, soul, and spiritual musicianship.

2 p.m. —The Flatlanders (Getting The Band Back Together) with John T. Davis

John T. Davis, music journalist and author of The Flatlanders: Now It’s Now Again (American Music Series), chronicles the beloved band’s musical journey from small-town Lubbock to iconic music legends. Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock, two of the three Flatlanders band members, will be there talking with Davis and playing some music. 

3 p.m.—The Peterson Brothers

Born and raised deep in the “Lost Pines” of Bastrop, Texas, the band’s music combines the classic blues sounds of music legends with their own blend of soul-infused inspiration. Voted Best Under 18 Band in the Austin Chronicle Music Awards in 2013, The Peterson Brothers have played many venues and festivals across the nation, and have opened shows for B.B. King and other legendary musicians.

4 p.m.—Bob Livingston

Bob Livingston is an American singer-songwriter, bass player, and a founding member of The Lost Gonzo Band. Traveling since the ‘80s as a Music Ambassador for the U.S. State Department, Livingston has taken Texas music as far afield as India, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Livingston’s folk-rock/Americana spirit musical stylings won him the title of Album of the Year at the 2011 Texas Music Awards.

The Texas Book Festival mobile app is now available for download on iPhone and Android. The new app will give you maps, up to date schedule information, and allow you to bookmark the sessions you don’t want to miss.


Family Fun at the Book Fest

Fotor0930144934For families, everything we offer at the Festival looks, smells, and tastes like free fun—stories read by the actual authors of favorite picture books, DIY craft activities, a kids’ storybook fashion show, and more! We always aim for our children’s programming to be as fun and energetic as possible, but our ultimate goal is more serious: we want kids to read more and to get excited about reading.

The 2014 Festival will feature some of the nation’s most entertaining children’s authors and books on Oct. 25 and 26 at the State Capitol and surrounding areas

Children’s book and author highlights include: Ziggy Marley, a Jamaican musician, the oldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, and children’s book author, who will present his most recent book I Love You Too. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham’s new book Thomas Jefferson: President and Philosopher, is a special illustrated adaptation of his New York Times bestseller Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power that teaches young readers about the life and political philosophy of one of our Founding Fathers. Drawing from family history, Pat Mora and her daughter Libby Martinez tell the story of a girl named Libby, whose 80-year-old Mexican-born great-aunt, Lobo, becomes a U.S. citizen in their new children’s book I Pledge Allegiance.

The youngest readers will enjoy the Children’s Chapter, by presenting sponsor H-E-B, which includes the Children’s Read Me a Story Tent, the Children’s Entertainment Tent, and the Children’s Activity Tent.

Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 1.32.03 PMNew at the Festival this year: there will be a Where’s Waldo scavenger hunt, hosted by Candlewick Press. The scavenger hunt checklist entry forms can be picked up in the Children’s Activity Tent, and there will be several large Waldo cut-outs scattered throughout the Festival grounds for children to find as well as a real-life Waldo making several appearances, popping in and out of venues. All participants get a sticker when they finish and will have their names entered to win a Waldo deluxe prize pack. Two lucky kiddos will win prize packs, and there will also be Where’s Waldo books available for purchase.




  • 10- 11 a.m.–Austin Dog Alliance: Meet the Bow Wow Reading Dogs
  • 11 a.m.- noon–Storybook Character Fashion Show: Come dressed as your favorite storybook character and walk the runway
  • 1- 2 p.m.–All Over the Alphabet: Fun with alphabet activities, crafts and stories with Rawson Saunders teachers
  • 2- 3 p.m.–TLA Presents 2x the Fun: Learn how to expand your child’s reading experiences with fun activities you can both share after reading award-winning Texas 2×2 books


  • 11 a.m.- noon–Create a Calavera! Get ready for Dia de los Muertos by coloring or crafting your own paper calavera
  • Noon- 3 p.m.–KLRU/PBS: Kids Transmedia Demonstration Station
  • 3:15- 3:45 p.m.–Made By You! Come by to create your own Texas Book Festival souvenirs



  • 10- 11 a.m.–Magician Ken Cummins puts on anunforgettble show that’s sure to entertain audence members of any age
  • 11 a.m.- noon–“I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”: Presented by Thomas Hellman and Emilie Clepper
  • Noon- 1 p.m.–Lucas Miller, The Singing Zoologist
  • 1- 2 p.m.–Kathi Appelt presents Mogie: The Heart of the House
  • 2- 3 p.m.–Boitumelo: Songs and Stories of South Africa: Presented by Rochelle Raboui
  • 3- 4 p.m.–Joaquin Hancock and the Hancock Family Band with Chataqua
  • 4- 5 p.m.–Knights of Steel: A returning Festival favorite, the McCallum High School steel band entertains with its musical stylings


  • 11 a.m.- noon–Hand to Mouh Puppet Theatre: puppeteer, painter, graphic artist, costume designer, and book illustrator Ellen Turner Scott amazes with the art of puppetry
  • Noon- 1 p.m.–The Biscuit Brothers: the hosts of the EMMY Award-winning PBS kids’ music and education program will capture all that’s best about children’s music
  • 1- 2 p.m.–Joe McDermott: “the maestro of imagination”
  • 2- 3 p.m.–Mr. Will Dupuy



  • 10- 10:30 a.m.–Erzsi Deak reads Pumpkin Time
  • 10:30 – 11 a.m.–Pat Mora and Libby Martinez read from I Pledge Allegiance
  • 11- 11:30 a.m.–Aree Chung reads selections from Ninja!
  • 11:30- noon–Shannon and Dean Hale read from their book The Princess in Black
  • Noon- 12:30 p.m.–Mac Barnett reads from his book Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
  • 12:30- 1 p.m.–London Ladd reads from his book Under the Freedom Tree
  • 1- 1:30 p.m.–Bluebonnet Master List Announcement
  • 1:30- 2 p.m.–Monica Brown reads from Conoces a Pablo Picasso
  • 2- 2:30 p.m.–Tad Carpenter reads from Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop
  • 2:30- 3 p.m.–Andrea Beaty reads from Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau
  • 3- 3:30 p.m.–Keith Graves reads from The Monsterator
  • 3:30 – 4 p.m.–Lorisse’s Dog Training
  • 4- 4:30 p.m.–John Rocco reads Blizzard
  • 4:30- 5 p.m.–Diane Gonzales Bertrand reads from Cecilia and Miguel are Best Friends/Cecilia y Miguel son mejores amigos


  • 11- 11:30 a.m.–Barbara Renaud Gonzalez reads from The Boy Made of Lightning
  • 11:30-noon–Penguin Party: Molly Idle reads from her book, Flora and the Penguin
  • Noon- 12:30 p.m.–Penguin Party: Melissa Guion reads from her book, Baby Penguins Love Their Mama
  • 12:30 – 1 p.m.–Poetry Fun with Rawson Saunders: the Rawson Saunders Writer’s Workshop is an intensive writing program for middle and upper school students, and they will be reading selected works of their free verse poetry
  • 1- 1:30 p.m.–The Young Writers Award
  • 1:30 – 2 p.m.–Chris Barton reads from Attack! Boss! Cheat Code
  • 2- 2:30 p.m.–Ziggy Marley reads from his book I Love You Too
  • 2:30 – 3 p.m.–Carolyn Dee Flores and Rene Saldana, Jr. read from their book Dale, dle, dale: Una fiesta de numeros / Hit It, Hit It, Hit It: A Fiesta of Numbers
  • 3- 3:30 p.m.–Divya Srinivasan reads from her book Little Owl’s Day

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