Friday, Sept. 21
KUTX Live at The Paramount presents Shinyribs
In 2007, to cover payments on his new family vehicle, Gourds co-founder Kevin Russell started doing a monthly side gig at a Houston club, using the name bestowed upon him by a transient woman he’d once presented with a plate of ribs. With 2015’s Okra Candy, Shinyribs became a band, with drummer/percussionist Keith Langford, keyboardist Winfield Cheek and bassist Jeff Brown. With 2017’s I Got Your Medicine it’s a party — attended by the Tijuana Train Wreck Horns and the Shiny Soul Sisters.
It might be a rent party at a trailer park, but hey, fun is fun, and that’s what Shinyribs are all about. Russell loves nothing more than challenging people’s sensibilities while making them laugh, which he can do merely by stepping onstage. He’s a jovial presence, all right (a regular “hippie redneck Buddha,” said the Dallas Observer). “A lot of people are so tightly wound, they can’t let themselves go,” he says. “I feel like I can demonstrate to them that you can shake your hips, roll around on the floor, scream and shout, and it’s OK: people will still accept you. It’s just music; relax and have some fun.”
Saturday, Sept. 22
KUTX Live at The Paramount presents The Flatlanders
Lubbock’s Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock have been friends for almost 40 years, and members of that not-really-a-band, life-of-its-own musical entity known as The Flatlanders for nearly as long. Their almost-annual fall shows at the Paramount are showcases of master songwriters at work, none more so than last year’s edition when they were joined for the first time by opening act Dan Penn. The Vernon, AL native behind “The Dark End of the Street,” “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” and “I’m Your Puppet” blew away the near-capacity crowd with an understated and righteous solo performance. He’s returning once more to open for the Panhandle legends.
Saturday, Nov. 10
KUTX Live at The Paramount presents Ray Wylie Hubbard
Whether or not you subscribe to the adage that the devil always has the best music, you can take it on faith that anytime he pops up for a cameo in a Ray Wylie Hubbard song, the results are gonna be pretty damned entertaining. And as any fan of the Hubbard canon knows, Old Scratch pops up in his songs a lot — nearly as often as all of Hubbard’s wise-cracking blackbirds, lyrical and musical nods to Lightnin’ Hopkins, bad-ass women (usually Hubbard’s own wife, Judy), and a myriad of other grifters, ruffians, and scrappy cats of the gnarly and general lowdown variety. Somewhere or other on just about every Ray Wylie Hubbard album, the devil always gets his due — and he’s now even worked his way up to top billing on the acclaimed songwriter’s latest, Tell the Devil I’m Getting There as Fast as I Can. It’s another modern classic from the iconic Texas outlaw, and we are looking forward to hearing highlights from his whole career at another edition of his annual birthday bash at Paramount.
Friday, Nov. 30
KUTX Live at The Paramount and KUTX’s Sunday Morning Jazz present Wynton Marsalis
Every holiday season, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis brings this Grammy Award–winning holiday extravaganza to venues across the country, and we are thrilled to have them back at the Paramount after many years. With soulful big band arrangements of songs both sacred and secular, Big Band Holidays is an uplifting tradition enjoyed by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. In addition to some swinging JLCO instrumentals, special guest vocalists join the band each season for imaginative new versions of classics like “White Christmas” and “Merry Christmas, Baby.”
Saturday, Dec. 15
KUTX Live at The Paramount presents the Bruce & Kelly Annual Holiday Shindig
It’s a bonafide Paramount holiday tradition. Last year’s sold-out Christmas bash featured a knockout guest performance from Jack Ingram, and you can bet Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison will outdo themselves with this year’s show. The singer-songwriter husband-and-wife duo will perform songs from their Christmas album, Happy Holidays, holiday-themed classics, and more!
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019
KUTX Live at The Paramount presents Terry Allen
Terry Allen has been joined by an all-star band for big shows at the Paramount the last two years running. We don’t know what he has in store for us this time, but we know it will be great. The renowned songwriter and visual artist from Lubbock has a whole lot of classic albums to draw from (and a whole lot of talented friends to join him onstage).
KUTX Live at The Paramount is supported by Bell’s Brewery