August is passing fast this year, but we’re not too sorry to see it go because the end of the month brings the first show of the 17-18 Long Center Concert Club season! Tucked away in our cozy black box theatre, Concert Club brings you live, local music with the hum and lights of downtown but without the crowds. Five times each year, we feature local artists ranging from rock to jazz to country in our intimate Rollins Studio Theatre, this year beginning with Carrie Rodriguez, August 30th.
“I’ve played a mean fiddle, been breaking it down ever since I was little,” begins “Z,” a song from Austin singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez’s newest album, Lola. This is a little ditty about the challenges of being a Mexican-American musician on the country music circuit—including teaching venues “where to put the Z,” as Carrie’s song goes. Dripping with Texas twang and seamless bilingual phrases, Lola was named to Rolling Stone’s 40 Best Country Albums of 2016 and NPR Music’s Felix Contreras commented, “I don’t think I have ever heard anything express so powerfully the kind of bicultural existence so many of us live.”
Taking her cue from her great aunt, 1940s Chicana singing sensation Eva Garza, Carrie embarked on Lola as a return to her musical roots and her own twist on Mexican Ranchera songs with her signature “Ameri-Chicana” attitude. Rodriguez is a fascinating character in Austin’s (and the Southwest’s) music scene—it’s no surprise that tickets for her Concert Club appearance are almost sold out!—or the fact that she’s toured, recorded and co-written songs with legendary artists like Lucidna Williams, Bill Frisell, Alejandro Escovedo and others. Here’s a taste of her past work—
And check out this Tiny Desk Concert from NPR if you’re hooked!
Joining us for Concert Club later this year is The Jeff Lofton Electirc Thang in October and Graham Reynolds with a raucous holiday show later in December. Plus, read up on the perks and membership benefits of becoming a Concert Club Member!