HEAR THE BLUES.
HOUSE OUR HEROES.
A Blues Music Festival Raising Funds and Awareness for Austin’s Homeless Veterans
SHINYRIBS | CAROLYN WONDERLAND | MINGO FISHTRAP | NAKIA & THE BLUES GRIFTERS
Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Sunday, November 12
4:00 – 8:30 pm
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Our event is only for one night. Our vets need your help year round — please consider donating below.
A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party. All styles of American music are likely to be touched on, squeezed on, kissed on by this world-class band featuring Kevin Russell leading the way, with Winfield Cheek on Keyboards, Keith Langford on Drums, Jeff Brown on Bass, the Tijuana Trainwreck Horns, and The Shiny Soul Sisters – Sally Allen & Alice Spencer. Whether on his 6 string Uke or his Electric guitar or singing a cappella, Russell will entertain you like no one else. The freedom with which he moves, coupled with his incredible voice is an experience in and of itself. His original songs laced with magical-realism along with novel interpretations of popular songs old and new (George Jones, TLC, Leadbelly, T-Pain) are the true art that runs throughout. He’s Burl Ives meets Al Green; Hank, Jr. meets Teddy Pendergrass. Wendell Berry meets Chuck Berry. Shinyribs’ river of country-soul, swamp-funk and tickle will have you on your feet dancing all night long!
Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal! A dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a big load of soulful individuality… that’s Wonderland, a seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist. No wonder Dylan is an avowed fan.
She’s an amazing guitar player and damn, can she sing. Carolyn Wonderland’s live shows are just outright phenomenal. Top notch, five-stars, off the meter – whatever the cliché, Carolyn and her band meet it … her voice can be as beautiful as an angel and as powerful as a Class 5 hurricane all within the drop of a hat … one thing’s for certain, some forces – even those barely five feet tall – cannot be contained.
Austin, Texas doesn’t have a Trombone Shorty, the Subdudes or Dirty Dozen Brass Band like New Orleans does but they do have Mingo Fishtrap, and they’re just as funky and soulful as those bands with a healthy dash of Motown tossed into their pot. Mingo Fishtrap has been described as the space where melodic pop meets gritty Memphis soul, with a twist of N’awlins funk. Like kudzoo vine crisscrossing the Mississippi Delta, Mingo’s tenacious sound infiltrates the musical landscape on a sanctified mission to shake your soul. Mingo has honed its sound, rubbed shoulders with musical idols, and delivered powerhouse live shows to crowds of thousands across the country and globe in the years since the band’s inception in a tiny dorm room in Denton, Texas.
NAKIA & THE BLUES GRIFTERS
With legendary clubs like Antone’s and iconic performers like Stevie Ray Vaughn, it’s no wonder the blues hold a special place in the Austin music scene. In recent years, nobody has done more to ensure the blues remain an important part of the Austin music experience than Nakia. A consummate band leader and incredible vocal talent, Nakia has worked hard to keep blues & soul music thriving in the Live Music Capitol of the World from the moment he arrived in 2002. Since then, Nakia has appeared as a contestant on NBC’s The Voice, shared the stage with legends likeCeeLo Jones, Sharon Jones, Gary Clark Jr., and Alejandro Escovedo, and has become a vocal advocate for Austin musicians. His new project with The Blues Grifters finds Nakia digging deep into his appreciation of Southern blues and soul.
A CONCERT WITH A CAUSE
Red, White, and Blues 512~House Our Heroes, a music festival fundraiser created to help homeless veterans, was founded by a small group of friends who were inspired by the collaborative efforts happening in Austin to end veteran homelessness. Through the teamwork of the nonprofit groups including Caritas, Front Steps, Samaritan Center, ECHO (Ending Community Homelessness Organization), and the Housing Heroes Fund, Austin has housed over 680 veterans since 2015. In addition, these veterans are receiving services such as case management, therapy and skills training to help them get firmly back on their feet.
Motivated by this collaboration, the first Red, White and Blues 512~ House Our Heroes festival was launched on Veterans Day Weekend in 2016 to help fund this critical work.
An effective structure is now in place to help our veterans, but the reality is that ongoing financial funding is needed in order for the teamwork’s success to be sustainable for the veterans already receiving support and for those yet to be identified. As time goes on and more soldiers return from deployments, the need for services is expected to rise. The nonprofit groups providing the services are identifying 35 to 50 new veterans needing help each month in Austin.
This year Red, White and Blues 512~ House Our Heroes continues to focus on helping veterans who have dedicated their lives to protecting our freedoms. While the festival is a celebration of Austin’s success, it is also a call to action to ensure that progress continues. Without steady financial support from the community, these programs will not be able to continue to provide the assistance our veterans need.
All proceeds and donations from Red, White and Blues 512~ House Our Heroes will go directly to the nonprofits to improve the lives of our veterans with vital services such as treatment for returning soldiers with PTSD , housing for veterans who may only own the backpack on their backs, life skills and employment training to start a new life, therapy to heal emotional wounds from war, and even food bank support for daily survival.
No veteran should ever be homeless.
With your support of Red, White and Blues 512~ House Our Heroes we can help our veterans build the futures they deserve.