John Gorka’s warm baritone and original compositions have carried him from humble beginnings as a soundman in a Pennsylvania venue to a world renowned folk singer-songwriter. During his college days in Pennsylvania, Gorka began focusing on his own music, soon after winning first place at the 1984 Kerrville Folk Festival. Flash forward to 2013 and John Gorka is now 11 studio albums deep. An additional 2010 collaboration record with Eliza Gilkyson and Lucy Kaplansky, titled Red Horse, quickly scaled its way to the top of the Billboard Folk Charts.
John Gorka will be playing live at the Cactus Cafe this December 5, but first he’ll be stopping by KUTX for a special performance! Check back soon to take a listen!
If ever there were nostalgia-producing music, A Charlie Brown Christmas would take the cake. The “cool” jazz-inspired, tinkling piano of Vince Guaraldi ranks among the most popular Christmas music of all time. Anyone who has spent their holiday in the U.S. within the past four decades has heard these tunes, if not seen the synonymous Christmas special on TV.
Now thanks to the leadership of pianist Dr. Michelle Schumann (Artistic Director of Austin Chamber Music Center), you have the chance to hear a live rendition of this national holiday classic! Dr. Schumann will be joined by Utah Hamrick on bass and David Sierra on drums as the trio performs your favorite Charlie Brown Christmas songs in Studio 1A, December 4 at 11 a.m.! Bundle up and tune in to 98.9!
Join the trio again on Sunday, December 8 at 2 p.m. to hear an extended performance at Antone’s, including additional arrangements by Vince Guaraldi.
Excitement surrounds Joanna Barbera’s sophomore album, Forget. The dark, full tones of this Austin based musician’s folk vocals have been accompanied with a confident exploration into alternative rock. This new edge of textured instrumentation that she has gained in Forget brings a bit of grit to her singer-songwriter charm that she established in her debut album, Carnival Beginning. With a national tour under her belt, she is ready to share more of herself in her new, emotionally raw set.
Catch the last show of her tour on December 15th! She will be opening up for The Starlings at Rattle Inn.
Tune into KUTX to catch her live session with us on December 15th at 1PM.
Austin’s own Invincible Czars are known for playing a mix of original material and arrangements of classical works, including Tchaikovsky’s original Nutcracker. Phil Davidson (violin), Leila Henly (winds), Bill Petersen (keys), Josh Robins (guitar), and Henry Q Vines (bass) make up the band, and their music is a combination of fuse riff rock, classical music, groovy funk, country, and polka. The band is also known for their original live scores for movies, which they perform at indoor and outdoor theaters. Their live performances are unique, inventive, and frenzied, and they are certainly not to be missed. The Czars play an annual Nutcracker Kids’ Show, which will be a Spiderhouse Café November 30 at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m.
The Invincible Czars brought their high-spirited act to our Studio 1A this past Monday, and you can check out their performance right here!
Anyone serious about local Austin blues knows Ruthie Foster. She won an Austin Music Award for Best Female Vocals, an Blues Music Award for Traditional Blues Female, and tours throughout the states. Back in Texas, Foster performs new material from her recent EP Tuesday, December the 3rd in Studio 1A.