Shakey Graves Day at Antones With Calliope Musicals

Back in 2012, The City of Austin declared February 9th “Shakey Graves Day” and every year since, Mr. Graves has used that date to try and give back with jos benefit concert. This year the 7th Annual Shakey Graves Day celebration took place at the iconic Antone’s with special guests and Austin’s 2017 Band of the Year, Calliope Musicals. The proceeds from the benefit concert went to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and The Southern Poverty Law Center.

In addition to the benefit, Shakey made his entire record catalog available via Bandcamp at a “pay what you want” price for 72 hours. This included all major releases as well as 14 previous SG Day releases. He also premiered two brand new tracks, “Counting Sheep” and “Kids These Days”, off his upcoming record via the Sleep EP. The full album Can’t Wake Up will be releases May 4, 2018. The album can currently be pre-ordered from Shakey’s Bandcamp page here.

Shakey Graves

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Calliope Musicals

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Photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt

ALL ATX Back to the Armadillo Benefit Concert Recap

Auditorium Shores in downtown Austin was packed Sunday for a day full of local music and giving back to several charities benefiting local musicians. One of Austin’s most noble nonprofits, All ATX put together an incredible lineup to benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), The SIMS Foundation, and Austin Music Foundation that are all dedicated to healthcare and income assistance for musicians.

The lineup headlined by Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty, featured several of Austin’s local favorites from Austin Music Awards ‘Best New Artist’ winner Jane Ellen Bryant to Texas Country star Jack Ingram. Each artist is featured on the 2017 edition of the ALL ATX compilation CD featuring covers of some of the greatest musicians to ever play the legendary former music venue, Armadillo World Headquarters.

Although sets were short, every artist came out and put on their best performance for the cause. Bastrop blues act The Peterson Brothers wowed the audience as they played one long jam session for the duration of their set. The guitar and bass duo’s sound was more like Austin in 1985 rather than 2017 with a guitar solos that would make Stevie Ray Vaughn proud. If you haven’t seen them live, you can catch them every Monday night at the Continental Club.

Later in the evening is when some of Texas’ most notorious acts came out to play with performances from 90’s rockers Fastball along with couple Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison. Followed by a set from Jack Ingram with Bruce Robison on guitar who came out to Willie Nelson and Leon Russell’s famous hit “A Song For You”. Seeing two Lonestar legends playing together in the capital city made you proud to be a Texan, and if you’re not, there seems to be plenty of people from all over rushing to sign up.

Austin’s patron saint, Shakey Graves took the stage for an intimate set with great comedic excerpts in between songs. A lone performance without any other band members, Shakey still managed to give the crowd an energetic performance showcasing his many talents.

The night concluded with a set from legend John Fogerty to cap off a day full of great music and local talent. The best part of the day was seeing that every musician was ecstatic to be playing before a hometown crowd in the heart of the city. This all shows you why Austin is such a special place and without a doubt the Live Music Capital of the world.

All ATX ‘Back to The Armadillo’ Benefit Concert

Photos by: Matthew Carlin

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Article and photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt