Living in Austin, we may not get snow, but we’ve got great Armadillo musicians from past to present to welcome us into the holiday season and Christmas spirit! We made you a Spotify Playlist to share the holiday cheer. Holiday music not your thing? Don’t you worry, we have a selection of playlists perfect for you Armadillo Christmas Bazaar enthusiasts.
The three-time Best Keyboards Winner of the Austin Music Awards and former keyboardist for iconic Texas western swing band Asleep at the Wheel, Emily Gimble will be bringing her notable sultry, bluesy voice to the Armadillo stage for the first time this year. As the granddaughter of legendary fiddler Johnny Gimble and daughter of noted CenTex guitarist and fiddle player, Dick Gimble, Emily has music in her blood. With vocals reminiscent of Billy Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Norah Jones, we just know you’re going to love her soulful, thoughtful songs.
Emily Gimble will play the Armadillo stage Tuesday, December 20th at 11am
Los Coast’s music is a punchy, psych-tinged, lyrical variety of rock and soul. For the band’s three principals, Trey Privott, John Courtney, and Megan Hartman, this style of music is a uniquely efficient medium of communication—one that reaffirms music’s role as the universal language of the intangible.
Los Coast formed like Voltron, and Trey happened to be the heart. He is Los Coast’s “Stax-worthy” vocal feature. To put it simply, “there’s something about Trey’s voice that resonates with you.” He was introduced first to jazz—by his uncle Hiram Bullock—but Trey’s musical enthusiasm embraces gospel, punk rock, electronica, folk, and hip-hop, among other genres, and his eclectic songwriting style reflects his universal musical interests.
John is a multi-instrumentalist with a particular aptitude for keyboard and lead guitar. He is primarily responsible for most aspects of composition and production for Los Coast, and his creative impact on the band is significant. John’s style is deeply rooted in Americana and heavily influenced by an acute understanding of music theory, which he honed studying mood, texture, and composition at Berklee College of Music.
Trey and John formed Los Coast in January of 2015 and recorded their debut album “Voila” in Athens, Georgia with Drew Vandenberg. They subsequently recruited the talented Megan Hartman to join the band on electric and stand-up bass and feature several local percussionists and horn players in their live performances. They are sure to get everyone at Armadillo moving their feet!
Los Coast will play the Armadillo stage Monday, December 19th at 11am
Jai Malano, debuted as leading lady to horn driven 40s-50s R&B band, The Royal Rhythmaires, on July 4, 2010. As vocalist for The Royal Rhythmaires, she and the band were listed as one of the Top 15 Bands to watch in 2014 by the Dallas Observer. Jai has mesmerized audiences with her raw, yet sultry, renditions of timeless Blues classics ever since. Combine her blend of storytelling with the same vocality as Etta James, Little Richard, Lavern Baker, and many more of the originators of Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll, and you’re guaranteed to be blown away from start to finish. Her strong vocals and showmanship have landed her the cover of UK Rock ‘N’ Roll Magazine, and she has received further recognition in Vintage Rock Magazine, and the Austin Music Journal. She is a show stopping powerhouse that you won’t want to miss.
Jai Malano will play the Armadillo stage Friday, December 16th at 3pm
Through the release of three LPs and endless touring, the Austin, Texas band Quiet Company has been making a name for themselves nationally with their energetic live shows and their anthemic, dynamic, indie rock which critics have called a mix of The Beatles, Death Cab for Cutie, Arcade Fire and Weezer. Quiet Company won Rock Band of the Year during SXSW 2014, adding to their previous 10 Austin Music Awards including Band of the Year, Album of the Year, Rock Band of the Year, Indie Band of the Year and Song of the Year, all won on the strength of their 2011 release We Are All Where We Belong.
After the success of their 2013 album re-release, A Dead Man on My Back: Shine Honesty Revisited, Quiet Company was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and chosen to be a Red Bull Sound Select Artist, all of which rekindled interest in We Are All Where We Belong and shot the album to #7 on the iTunes Rock charts nearly 2 years after its release. Come see their Armadillo stage debut.
Quiet Company will play the Armadillo stage Thursday, December 22nd at 7pm
Carson McHone is an alt-country/americana songwriter from Austin, Texas. She released her debut self titled EP in 2013 and toured nationally and internationally in its support. Her vocals are featured on Shinyribs’ album (Okra Candy, 2015), on Ray Wylie Hubberd’s song “Chick Singer Badass Rockin”, as well as a duet on Mike and The Moonpies 2015 release, Mockingbird. In 2014 McHone was selected as one of six songwriters to represent the city of Austin in “Project #ATX6”. The group played showcases in Toronto, Canada at NXNE (North By Northeast Festival) and toured Northern Germany, culminating in a sold out out showcase at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg. Have a listen to get you excited to see Carson McHone live on the Armadillo stage…
Carson McHone will play the Armadillo stage Thursday, December 15th at 3pm
Charlie Belle is an Austin based sister-brother pop band comprised of songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist, Jendayi Bonds and drummer, vocalist, Gyasi Bonds. They made a splash in early 2015 with the breezy debut EP, Get To Know, which recalled the British “alterna-pop” sounds of the 90’s. A succinct and memorable handful of songs that reflected Jendayi’s mature-beyond-her-years songwriting, Get To Know had major press outlets proclaiming that Charlie Belle was “armed with the most infectious kind of power-pop” (Wired), dubbing the group “the coolest and youngest band you need to know,” (Nylon), and reminding that Charlie Belle would be one of the “musicians you’ll tell your friends about in 2015” (NPR Music). We are pleased to have them be the opening act on the Armadillo stage for their first time this year.
Charlie Belle will play the Armadillo stage Wednesday, December 14th at 11am
The Rocketboys’ sound reflects the Texas landscape from which they hail: vast, yet sparse, desolate, yet rich and abundant. Familiar lyrical themes of romance and love are often eschewed in favor of songs of brotherhood, family, life, and death in the band’s dynamic musical array, from guitar and keyboard rich anthems to gentle, ethereal whispers.
The Rocketboys’ forte is its keen ability to create and capture unique, emotional musical experiences. Hit TV shows “Glee,” “One Tree Hill,” “Private Practice,” “Elementary,” and many others have channeled the band’s powerful thematic energy. Reviews often highlight the band’s parity to textural acts such as Band of Horses and Death Cab for Cutie while retaining the mass appeal of Coldplay, The Verve and Keane.
The Rocketboys will play the Armadillo stage Tuesday, December 22nd at 3pm
Drummer Ernie Durawa was born in San Antonio, but he has been a major player in the Austin music scene for decades. His ability to transcend stylistic barriers has made him an important part of various bands that do the same thing, most notably the all-star Texas Tornados featuring his life-long friend Doug Sahm as well as country and western legend Freddy Fender and Tex-Mex maestro Flaco Jimenez. Durawa was also the drummer for the unique singer and bandleader Delbert McClinton for a long bluesy stretch which ended in 1981. He has a residency at Strange Brew every Tuesday evening. Learn more about him here.
DURAWA plays the Armadillo stage Thursday, Dec. 24th at 3pm
Michael Fracasso is not only an artist on stage, but he’s an “Artist in the Kitchen” (as his book is titled) as well. This Austin singer-songwriter/chef can work his creativity in multiple arenas.
Upon arriving in Austin, TX in 1990 from New York City, Michael Fracasso was promptly voted Best New Artist in Music City Texas ‘Insiders’ poll and was able to record his first CD, Love & Trust which features a duet with Lucinda Williams. He was short listed for the Austin Public Library Award for literary achievement in 2011 and was on the “Best of 2011” list for several publications including Third Coast Music, San Antonio Express News and Austin Chronicle.
Fracasso has this magical way of weaving Americana, folk, country, and rock with his smooth tenor voice in a way only he can do to best sing his stories. While “Gypsy Moth” has quite a beat, the slow and soulful “Saint Monday” tends to be a crowd favorite. Fracasso has been working on a new record, “Here Come the Savages,” that’s tentatively due out in January of next year, and we can’t wait to hear it.
Michael Fracasso will play the Armadillo stage Tuesday, December 15th at 3pm.