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Weird Fact Wednesday

In honor of our 40th season, we’re kicking off a series of “weird facts” about the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. This is my personal favorite… Every show starts and closes with the sounds of ‘London Homesick Blues’ by Gary P. Nunn playing overhead. I drive home from the show singing this song and wake up every day during the duration of the show with it stuck in my head. It’s a good thing that this is a great Texas song. This is the version we play at the show, but here’s a live performance for your viewing pleasure.

You can see another version here with over 1,000 other people playing guitar along, too.

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Music Monday: John Fullbright

Hailing from Oklahoma, Grammy nominated John Fullbright will be gracing our intimate stage for the first time this year. Fullbright’s sincere lyrics and heart shines through in his music. His story-telling magic will have you feeling every thing he sings, from the ballads to the more upbeat songs. Fullbright is sure to take you on a journey you don’t want to miss.

John Fullbright will play the Armadillo stage Wednesday, December 16th at 7pm.

Photo by Vicki Farmer

Music Monday: The Mastersons

The Austin, TX-based husband/wife duo’s lilting songcraft and charismatic chemistry have already won over listeners around the world, thanks to the couples ongoing status as members of Steve Earle’s band The Dukes, their frequent opening sets for Earle, and their critically-lauded 2012 debut album, Birds Fly South.

Denton, TX-born Eleanor and Houston-bred Chris have both been making music for most of their lives. Eleanor, the daughter of an opera-singer mother and a folk singer/airline pilot father, began playing fiddle at the age of four and studied with legendary Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble, and she and her sister Bonnie (now a respected singer- songwriter in her own right) played in the family band. Chris, meanwhile, was a teen guitar prodigy, playing the blues in Houston clubs by the age of 13.

We just know you’re going to enjoy their special indie pop-folk music vibe. You can hear more from The Mastersons here.

The Mastersons will play the Armadillo stage Friday, Dec. 18th at 3pm.

Music Monday: Gina Chavez

We’re kicking off our “Music Monday” series showcasing the musicians that are new to the Armadillo stage this year. First up, the award winning Gina Chavez.

Backed by a six-piece band, Chavez has claimed a prominent stake in the Live Music Capital. An eight-time Austin Music Award winner, Chavez and her band swept the 2015 awards, winning Musician of the Year, Album of the Year (Up.Rooted), Song of the Year (“Siete-D”), Best Latin Band, and the Esme Barrera Award for Music Activism and Education, while placing in six other categories. Aside from making a mark on the local music scene, Gina Chavez is also a philanthropist. Chavez and her partner, Jodi Granado, co-founded Niñas Arriba, a college fund that offers full scholarships to a private, Catholic university for girls in Soyapango. Southern Living and Olay named Chavez one of 11 “southern iconic women who have left a beautiful footprint across the South,” for her continued work in El Salvador.

We are honored to have her collection of bilingual songs that includes cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton and folk on the Armadillo stage. You can hear more Gina Chavez in this NPR Tiny Desk concert.

Gina Chavez will play the Armadillo stage December 16, 2015 at 3pm.



Armadillo artist, Brian David Johnson, has curated an art show dubbed Vessel. Opening night is this Saturday September 12, 6-10pm, there will be food, drink, and live music by Ethan Azarianmid. Vessel is both the name and theme of the show. Many artists will be showing literal vessels, but the theme is also open to artist interpretation of the idea of a vessel. Approximately 24 local artists (one being Kathleen Ash, another Armadillo artist) will represent a range of disciplines including: wood work, ceramics, metal work, glass, sculpture, and 2D paintings and illustrations.

The show is partially funded by the Austin Cultural Arts Division and sponsored by Big Medium, and will be held at the shade houses and beautifully landscaped grounds of Utility Research Garden at 638 Tillery Street. The opening is free, but if you can’t make it Saturday night, you have another chance to view the work Sunday, September 13 11am – 4pm. Find sneak peeks of the amazing work that will be on display this weekend here. We’re looking forward to the show. Hope to see you there!