Texas Book Festival Live Music Tent

This year’s Live Music Tent, with a new location at the South Entrance of the Festival promises a top-tier lineup of Austin’s favorite and emerging talent. Take a seat and enjoy the show!!

Where: Texas Book Festival, Congress Avenue & 8th Street

When: Sat., Nov. 5, 10 AM – 5 PM; Sun, Nov.6 – 11 AM – 5 PM

Saturday, November 5, 2016

10:00 – 10:45 AM — Curtis McMurtry

25-year-old Curtis McMurtry writes and sings Americana with a depth beyond his years. Having studied both music theory and ethnomusicology at Sarah Lawrence College, Curtis places a premium on acute sonic elements. His compositions, laden with an array of strings and horns, can’t be, nor should they be, easily pigeonholed.


11:00 – 11:45 AM — Jon Dee Graham and William Harries Graham

jon-and-williamRecognized in his native Austin as the Real Deal — a dedicated artist and member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame – Jon Dee Graham is a singer-songwriter-guitarist whose every word, every lyric, every guitar riff is meaningful and extraordinary. William Harries Graham, Austin singer-songwriter-guitarist, is Jon Dee’s much heralded son. As music critic Tim Stegall has noted, “It’s as if sound poet Brion Gysin had diced up a My Bloody Valentine record and one by Neil Young and Crazy Horse, then almost randomly reassembled the pieces.” A musical legacy in the making.


12:00 – 12:45 PM — Amy Cook

amy-cookAmy Cook is an Austin-based singer-songwriter whose most recent album, “Summer Skin” was greeted with critical acclaim. She has been a working musician for 20 years, from coffee shops and busking to traveling the country opening for Lucinda Williams, Shawn Colvin, Alejandro Escovedo, Todd Snider and Richard Thomspon, among many others. Amy is also the artist behind the iconic “i love you so much” wall on South Congress Avenue.


1:00 – 1:45 PM — Warren Hood and Marshall Hood

webnew3“The cream always rises to the top, and there are young performers out there who will find their audience [such as] Warren Hood, a terrific songwriter and singer.” – Lyle Lovett

One obvious influence for Warren Hood is Uncle Walt’s Band, which featured his late father, Champ and Walter Hyatt whose tunes the younger Hood takes to sweetly with a twist of his own finely tuned musicianship.


2:00 – 2:45 PM — Hunter Sharpe with Marlon Sexton

hunter-sharpeHunter Sharpe had a dazzling New York debut with an impressive offering of clearly distinct rock songs. With a experienced trio backing him (including Marlon Sexton), Hunter Sharpe may be young, but light years ahead in talent, skills and stage presence.


3:00- 3:45 PM — Tommy Shannon Blues Band

tommy-shannon-blues-bandTommy Shannon is a living blues legend and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble). Tommy Shannon Blues Band also features blues master David Holt on guitar (Storyville, Joe Ely, Mavericks, ARC Angels) and ace drummer Tommy Taylor (Christopher Cross, Eric Johnson, many others!) on drums.  TSBB stays true to the blues while celebrating Austin’s rich musical legacy.


4:00 – 4:45 PM — Rent Party

Rent Party, comprised of an eclectic group of talented young musicians, brings a unique blend of varied musical backgrounds and influences.  This diversity manifests in a fresh blend of hot jazz, vintage swing and jazz manouche. Bring your own coffee, croissants and dancing shoes for brunch hour @ the TBF Music Tent!


Sunday, November 6, 2016

11:00 – 11:45 AM — WhoDo

who-doWhoDo is an Austin blues consortium specializing in the music of Texas and Louisiana. It is perhaps Austin’s most literary band, with Ricardo Ainslie (author and documentarian) on guitar; John Burnett (the NPR correspondent) on harmonica; and Lawrence Wright (author and New Yorker writer) on keyboards. Rounding out the band are Brian Turner on guitar, Jimmy Umstattd on bass, Christian Umstadtt on drums. Their performances keep the literary spirit of the Texas Book Festival alive and rockin’ year round.


12:00 – 12:45 PM — Charlie Faye and the Fayettes

Onstage and on their self titled release, Charlie Faye and the Fayettes craft smart soul-pop that merges the swinging, swaying sound and style of a 60’s girls group with a modern vibe that’s so current, they’re dancing to the forefront of a retro revival.


1:00 – 1:45 PM — Ramsay Midwood

ramsay-midwoodSometimes spiritual, sometimes psychedelic, always steamy and swampy, Ramsay Midwood is a unique musical craftsman whose time has come. His latest CD includes more wonderful new songs, including his version of the Louvin Brother’s “Higher Power.” Don’t miss it!


2:00 – 2:45 PM — Michael Fracasso and BettySoo

unnamed-2 unnamedCome by as two experienced artists have fun with a song swap of each other’s work. Michael Fracasso’s critically acclaimed work includes nine distinctive CDs.  With Here Comes The Savages (2016), Michael has, once again, asserted himself as a master songwriter as well as gifted interpreter of well-chosen covers. BettySoo, traveller across continents and into troubled souls, BettySoo gives audiences a strong dose of gritty and sweet. As Americana UK notes, “BettySoo’s voice is the perfect combination of strength, vulnerability and clarity- it’s just perfect.”


3:00 PM 3:45 PM — Kevin Welch

kevin-welch“His songs span the width and breadth of the Americana landscape, stretching, meshing, melding and coalescing the forms until they all break down into porridge . . . and when you attempt to describe it – it might sound horrible, but tastes so good.”  Bob Gottlieb


4:00 – 4:45 PM — Jackie Venson

jackie-venson-2Jackie Venson is an Austin-based singer-songwriter-guitar player.  She is best known for her vocals and blues guitar.  The Statesman described her as “a Gary Clark Jr.  level talent who speaks boldly through her guitar while entrancing with her gorgeous, smoky voice.” Did you catch her on Colbert?