This is the third of four in the ROOTS Music Series of outdoor, eclectic concerts scheduled for the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas. Concerts feature both emerging and established artists in an informal, family setting. Blues Night has a great lineup: Bobby Mack, Omar and the Howlers and closing out the evening is W.C. Clark; get ready to dance the night away. Come early and tour the museum buildings, enjoy food, beer, wine or beverages on Museum grounds.
The Museum grounds is a wonderful setting under the beautiful Texas Hill Country skies, perfect for an evening of great music. Bring your lawn chairs, families, friends and appetites.
July 27th Blues Night lineup and description:
6:30 p.m. Bobby Mack
7:30 p.m. Omar and the Howlers
9:10 p.m. W.C. Clark
Bobby Mack – Mack got his start at legendary Austin venues including Armadillo World Headquarters, Soap Creek Saloon, The One Knight, and The Split Rail as part of the developing Austin blues scene. He was a house regular at the famed Austin landmark, Antone’s “Home of the Blues” leading the stage every Wednesday night through the mid- 80s. As a staple of the Austin blues crowd, he shared the stage with notables such as Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Luther Allison, Willie Foster, Doyle Bramhall, Lou Ann Barton, and Jimmy Rogers.
Mack has released seven CDs with distribution in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and Europe.
He has had recording sessions with the Neville Brothers, Lonnie Mack, Doyle Bramhall, Willie Foster, Joel Guzman, and many others. He is a true Texas Guitar legend from Fort Worth, Texas. Like other such North Texas guitarists as Denny Freeman, Derek O’Brien, Jimmie and Stevie Vaughan, Mack helped define the Austin Blues genre.
Omar and the Howlers – Omar started playing guitar at seven, took to hanging out in edge-of-town juke joints at 12, and joined his first band at 13. He was still Kent Dykes in those days, but by the time he hit 20 he had hooked up with a crazy party band, called the Howlers. Looking back, he says, “We had two saxophone players on baritone and tenor who wore Henry Kissinger masks. They were called the Kissinger Brothers. Sometimes it was Dolly Parton playing saxophone. Or Cher.” It was a crazy time, but a lot of fun too, with the rough and tumble Howlers playing R&B, Rock & Roll and even the occasional polka and western swing tunes.
But Kent Dykes mostly just wanted to play blues. And by then the other Howlers had taken to calling him “Omar Overtone” because he tended to let his guitar feedback on stage while he dropped to the floor to spin on his back in a spontaneous, Big & Tall Store take on break-dancing.
In 1976, the Howlers relocated to Austin, where such clubs as the Soap Creek Saloon, the Broken Spoke, the Armadillo World Headquarters and Antone’s had created a haven for their renegade music.
Omar’s first release was Big Leg Beat in 1980, shortly followed by I Told You So in1984. This was just the beginning as Omar followed up with another twelve albums in the next fourteen years.
Today finds Omar tighter, funkier than ever and slated with a great new release last year. Omar always loves to play live; “I still do 150-160 shows a year, and with travel days that adds up to a lot of time away from home. It always seems like we’re on a plane headed somewhere.”
W.C. Clark – “If the blues is played right,” says Austin, Texas, native W.C. Clark, “it makes your soul feel clean.” Indeed, master guitarist/vocalist Clark – known as “The Godfather of Austin Blues” – has been playing the blues right and cleansing souls from the east side of Austin to stages around the world for over 40 years. Blues stars from Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan to Angela Strehli to Lou Ann Barton to Marcia Ball have all perfected their craft under Clark’s tutelage. Clark’s mix of modern Texas blues, searing guitar and heartfelt, Memphis-style soul vocals have made him a favorite of blues and R&B fans alike.
The HOUSTON CHRONICLE said Clark is “one of Austin’s most pervasive live performers…he is a powerful and poignant soul man with hard-earned blues wisdom.” The NEW YORK POST calls Clark “a legend of the blues world.”
Before he began releasing albums in 1986, Clark was often referred to in the local press as “Austin’s Best-Kept Secret.” Between the overwhelmingly positive media attention, the popular notoriety, the bigger and better tours, the secret was out. The AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN says its hometown hero is “one of the greatest modern blues performers in the world…blending rock with R&B, soul and a touch of funk.” A potent combination of gritty Texas guitar wedded to devastating, gospel-rich Memphis vocals.” Clark has won several Austin Music Awards for the “Best Blues Band”.
He learned the guitar as a youngster and at age 16 played his first gig at the Victory Grill. Along the way, Clark perfected his ability to lift an audience into a soul frenzy.
Clark won the 2003 W. C. Handy Award for “Blues Song of the Year” for his composition “Let It Rain” and was nominated for the 2004 W. C. Handy Award for “Male Soul Artist Of The Year”. Clark has toured relentlessly for years including performances at the Chicago Blues Festival, European Blues Festivals, Ottawa and Toronto Blues Festivals, and various festivals in Europe. Along the way he has met up with old fans and friends and undoubtedly gained new ones everywhere he plays.
The Roots Music Series is a fund-raiser for the Pioneer Museum. Each concert offers a different genre of music with a variety of performers each night. Get Back to Your Roots. Plan to attend one of these ROOTS Music Series. Help us make this the best season ever!
The Roots Music Series General Information:
Sodas, beer, wine, food and water are for sale on the grounds (no outside coolers, beverages or bottles allowed). Museum is at 325 West Main Street in Fredericksburg, with entrance gate on Milam Street. Bring lawn chairs. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Kids under 18 are FREE! Adult tickets are $12 each at the gate. Free parking. Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society
Save the Date for more 2013 Roots Music Series:
AUGUST 17– Bourbon Street Night
Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces
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