Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Are You Ready For Some Country, Music?

Country music ruled the night on August 13, 2016, as the Hank Williams Jr. and Chris Stapleton Summer tour took to the stage for a sold out show at the Austin360 Amphitheater at the Circuit Of The Americas.


Hank Williams Jr


Country music icon, Hank Williams Jr brought his sometimes rebellious, always powerful voice to the Austin audience despite having been stuck in a Houston rain storm just prior to the show.


Hank Williams, Jr


Hank Williams, Jr

Hank Williams, Jr

Hank Williams, Jr



Williams has received numerous awards and accolades during his career: Country Music Association- Entertainer of the Year; Academy of Country Music- Entertainer of the Year; Grammy Award- Best Country Vocal Performance, Male; Emmy Award - Best Composed Theme; Country Music Television- Johnny Cash visionary Award; Nashville songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee. 


Hank Williams, Jr


Hank Williams, Jr


Hank Williams, Jr


Hank Williams Jr performed many of his hits including "If Heaven Ain't A Lot Like Dixie," "Just Call Me Hank," "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight," A Country Boy Can Survive," "Born To Boogie," and "Family Tradition."


Hank Williams, Jr

Hank Williams, Jr


Hank Williams, Jr


Chris Stapleton 

Chris Stapleton is a country and bluegrass musician who has been an accomplished songwriter for many years, writing songs for many artists including Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Darius Rucker, Adele, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, and Dierks Bentley. 


Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton


In 2013 Stapleton signed to the Mercury Nashville label as a solo artist. Since then he has released his debut solo album, Traveller .  In 2015, Stapleton earned 3 CMA Awards: Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and New Artist of the Year. He also received the CMT Artist of the Year Breakout award.  In 2016, Stapleton has already garnered Grammy's for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance, CMT for Breakthrough Video of the Year, Billboard Music award for Top Country Album, and ACM Awards for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, New Male Vocalist of the Year, and Male Vocalist of the year. 


Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton



Chris' wife Morgane Stapleton performs with him on tour

Appearing on stage with Stapleton on  this night was Mickey Raphael,
best known for his work with Willie Nelson


Stapleton performed songs including "No Body To Blame," "Outlaw State Of Mind." "Hard Living," "Traveller," "Fire Away," "Tennessee Whiskey," "Might As Well Get Stoned," and "You Are My Sunshine."


Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton



Wade Bowen 


Opening on the evening was, Wade Bowen.


Wade Bowen is a Texas Country/Red Dirt singer, songwriter originally from Waco, Texas. 


Wade Bowen

Wade Bowen


In addition to Wade Bowen performing lead vocals and guitar, the band also includes Todd Laningham on lead guitar, Jay Saldana on drums and vocals, Caleb Jones on bass and vocals, and Will Knaak of guitar.


Will Knaak and Caleb Jones


Todd Laningham

Jay Saldana

Wade Bowen

Monday, August 15, 2016

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

Legendary crooner Frankie Valli performed at the Bass Concert Hall on the University of Texas campus on Thursday, August 11, 2016. The original Jersey boy and his backing group, The Four Seasons, have sold over 175 million records world-wide during his incredible long-lasting career.


Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons


Frankie Valli



Frankie Valli came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of The Four Seasons performing with Bob Gaudio on keyboards and tenor vocals, Tommy DeVito on lead guitar and baritone vocals, and Nick Massi on electric bass and bass vocals.


Frankie Valli


Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.


In 2005, Jersey Boys, a musical play based on the lives of the Four Seasons, opened to rave reviews and soon earn Tony recognition when the play hit Broadway. As a result, The Four Seasons' music has found a whole new generation of fans.


Frankie Valli


Frankie Valli



The group experienced many changes over the years including Valli almost losing his hearing due to Otosclerosis, record label disputes and break-ups, members dropping out and the music listening public's interest changing to different genres. But, through it all, the hits have stayed the course of time and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons have survived.


Today Frankie is backed up by a new group of singers: Todd Fournier, Brian Brigham, Brandon Brigham, and Landon Beard.


The Four Seasons - Brian Brigham, Landon Beard, Brandon Brigham, and Todd Fouriner


The Four Seasons - Brian Brigham, Landon Beard, Brandon Brigham, and Todd Fouriner



A talented group of instrumentalists accompanies the vocalists including Gary Melvin on guitar, Keith Hubacher on bass, and Robbie Robinson on Keys.


Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons


Frankie Valli


Frankie Valli


Now in his sixth decade of stardom, the 82 yr old Valli wasn't lost his voice or appeal.  He's still belting out unforgettable fan favorites like "Sherry," "Walk Like A Man," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Rag Doll," "December '63 - Oh What A Night," "Grease," and one of their most covered songs, "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You."


Frankie Valli

Frankie Valli


The Four Seasons - Brian Brigham, Landon Beard, Brandon Brigham, and Todd Fouriner


Frankie Valli




Saturday, August 6, 2016

Boy George and Culture Club Bring Color To Hot Summer Night

The 1980's new-wave pop icons boy George and Culture Club hit the stage of the Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center on August 2, 2016, for an evening of colorful nostalgia. The band is on a tour of the United States.


Culture Club

Boy George


The group is lead by the always colorful musical pioneer Boy George.


Boy George


Boy George


Boy George


Boy George



Boy George is accompanied by other three original members of Culture Club: bassist Mickey Craig, guitarist/keyboardist Roy Hay, and drummer Jon Moss.


In addition, Culture Club was joined on stage by a very talented touring band which included a horns section, a second drum kit and a trio a soulful backup singers.


Boy George


Culture Club



Culture Club Setlist:
Church Of The Poison Mind
It's A Miracle
I'll Tumble 4 Ya
Move Away
Everything I Own (Bread cover)
Black Money
Time (Clock of the Heart)
Like I Used To
Different Man
Miss Me Blind
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?
Victims
More Than Silence
The War Song

Encore:
Karm Chameleon
Get It On (T.Rex cover)





Culture Club

Culture Club

Culture Club performs at the Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center




The English Beat

Opening the night was The English Beat.


English Beat

King Schascha


Band members of The English Beat include lead vocals/guitar Dave Wakeling, saxophone/vocals Matt Morrish, keyboards/vocals Kevin Lum, toaster King Schascha, drummer/vocals  Brian "Nucci" Cantrell, keyboards/vocals Minh Quan, and bass/vocals Brad Engstrom.


Dave Wakeling


King Schascha


Matt Morrish


Brad Engstrom


Brian Cantrell


The English Beat