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Tune into the Camp Street Cafe & Store Music hour.
 Every Saturday morning at 8:30 on KIVY 92.7 FM

or streaming online:
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All shows start at 8:00 PM unless otherwise mentioned

Children 12 and under are Free
Accompanied by Adult

New reservation policy at Camp Street Cafe.
Reservations will guarantee the reservation holder a seat,
but not a specific seat. Seating will be general admission,
first come first serve, with doors opening at 7:00pm


 
Saturday April 5
The David Crockett Old Time Music Society



 


Saturday April 12
The Camp Streeters

 


Friday, April 18
Chris Gage & Christine Albert



The Sawmill Vagrants
Saturday, April 19th
 


Saturday May 3
The David Crockett Old Time Music Society


 

 

Saturday May 17th
Ezra Charles


 

 

Saturday, May 24
Pipp Gillette and Lloyd Wright



 


Saturday, July 5th
David Crockett Old-Time Music Society

 

 


 Saturday, July 12th
Spencer and Raines







 


The David Crockett Old Time Music Society
Open Mic / Jam
7:00pm - $2.00


Saturday May 3
Saturday, July 5th

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Saturday April 12
The Camp Streeters
Featuring

Steve James
on Electric Guitar and Vocals
 
and
Pipp Gillette
on Drums and Vocals

Will be preforming East Texas Juke Joint Music

The Camp Streeters will be recording a live CD at this preformance. Come and be a part of history

$16.50 (tax and handling included)

The Camp Streeters

Pipp Gillette...drums and vocals
Steve James....electric guitar and vocals

East Texas Juke Joint Music

Named for their home base in Crockett, Texas, this duo carries on one of the missions of the Camp Street Cafe; playing and singing a heady mixture of East Texas blues, country and roots music.  
Friends since their teens, Steve and Pipp have always shared a love of music in general, and the sounds of Texas icons like Lightnin' Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb in particular.  
"That's what we're goin' for," says guitarist James, "that basic Brazos bottoms boogie and all that crazy two-beat stuff that crawled out of the swamp a hundred years ago.
 Ever since we were kids, I dug Pipp's singing and drumming; so when he told me he wanted to get back on the skins, I was, like...Yeah!"
The pair returns to Camp Street where a full house cheered their debut set in February
 Don't miss this!

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Friday, April 18
Albert & Gage


$22.00 (tax and handling included)

Albert and Gage Artist Bio

           In Austin, Texas—a town overflowing with gifted singer/songwriters and guitar players—Christine Albert & Chris Gage have a long track record of making beautiful music together, although both musicians' individual pedigrees are far more extensive.  Over the course of six duet albums, the duo has demonstrated that disparate backgrounds do not preclude musical soul mates from finding one another.

The Houston Press noted, “From George Jones and Tammy Wynette to Richard and Linda Thompson, male-female duets are one of popular music's most delightful permutations. 
And the Austin-based duo of Christine Albert and Chris Gage easily slot right in with the best.”

Onstage, Albert's slender, dark beauty contrasts strikingly with Gage's craggy good looks and how gracefully they complement each other is easily apparent.  In 2003 Albert and Gage released their first live recording, Albert and Gage at Anderson Fair.  Dirty Linen commented that the set, which is reflective of their typical live performances, had “energy, humor, really fine duet singing, strong leads, original harmonies, a strong sense of partnership, personality, and musicality” and Sing Out! called it “a cohesive and exciting exploration of the roots of popular, mostly American, music”. 

Gage is a journeyman musician and South Dakota native who literally began touring in a station wagon at age 15.  In the mid-Seventies and early Eighties he led the popular Midwestern country-swing Red Willow Band, whose reunion shows still draw thousands of devoted fans.  From there he graduated to an eight-year tenure on piano with guitar virtuoso and country star Roy Clark, which included appearances on Hee Haw, The Tonight Show and The Grand Ole Opry.  After moving to Austin in 1991, Gage began commuting to San Antonio to take the reins as musical director for the Fiesta Texas theme park.

But it was during (and following) his next incarnation, as bandleader for West Texas alt.-country singer/songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore, that he began to carve out his own place in the Austin scene as an in-demand session player, accompanist and producer.  It was with Gilmore that Christine first heard Chris play and in 1997 Albert & Gage was formed.  The duo later toured as an opening act for Gilmore and as members of his ensemble.

 Christine cut her musical teeth in northern New Mexico after moving west from her childhood home in upstate New York.  Along with old friend and fellow New Mexico chanteuse Eliza Gilkyson (whom she also cites as an early influence and inspiration), Albert relocated to Austin in 1982 and began to distinguish herself as a singer-songwriter in a town where the bar for such artists is set very high indeed.

Christine Albert's French grandmother lived in Paris and her mother was born in Switzerland, so perhaps it's inevitable that the occasional Edith Piaf song migrates into her sets of original material and carefully chosen covers. 
She has recorded a series of acclaimed albums of lovely Franco-Lone Star fusion - Texafrance (1992), Texafrance-Encore (2003) and Paris, Texafrance (2008). 

Christine released several other solo albums during the years before she met Chris, and had established a solid name on the Texas scene.  She was voted Female Vocalist of the Year in the Kerrville Music Awards poll and has appeared on Austin City Limits.  A longtime community activist, Albert is also cofounder/president of “Swan Songs”, a non-profit that fulfills musical last wishes by organizing private concerts for individuals with a terminal illness.  Ms. Albert currently serves as a Trustee on the National Board of Trustees of The Recording Academy. 

With the exception of 1997’s Jumpin’ Tracks, Albert and Gage’s albums have been recorded at their own MoonHouse Studio (a commercial facility in south Austin) and released on the artist owned MoonHouse Records.  Chris maintains a busy studio schedule and over the years they have expanded MoonHouse Records with Gage productions by Cowboy Johnson, Michael Austin and Abi Tapia.  Gage also plays lead guitar in Texas legend Jerry Jeff Walker’s band and is prominently featured on Walker’s latest CD, Moon Child; Christine also makes an appearance and sings a duet with Jerry Jeff of “San Antone Rose” by Susanna Clark.           

The duo’s most recent CD, Dakota Lullaby (2009), features twelve songs by an unheralded songwriter from South Dakota – Tom Peterson.  The CD landed in the top 40 on the Americana Music chart and the Top 20 on the EuroAmericana and US Folk-DJ charts.  FAME described it as “a pure, unadulterated labor of love…Albert & Gage, obviously on the same page at all times, blend voices effortlessly, fluctuating between smooth country and western swing like they were born to it.  Beneath those voices Gage placed a bang-up group of sidemen most musicians would kill for and handled production like the pro he has become.”     

Christine Albert and Chris Gage are well respected, seasoned music business veterans, but the joy they experience making music together is fresh and infectious.  “They can rock, boogie, swing, trot down country roads and stride down sophisticated boulevards and make it all sound as it should: like parts of a unified whole rather than a mishmash of different styles.  Albert and Gage have global class, musicality and charm.” (Houston Press)  You can’t ask for more than that. 

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The Sawmill Vagrants
Saturday, April 19th


$16.50 (tax and handling included)

Although the current incarnation of the Vagrants has only been playing together for a year, Lloyd and Hollis come from a family which has been deeply involved in old time music for many years and have a number of recordings.
James is an in-law of theirs and from a music rich background as well.
The remaining Vagrants came slumming around at different times in recent years and found themselves welcomed in.
What started as a great way to spend a Friday or Saturday night playing fun music resulted in invitations to play festivals and local venues,
and now these no good Vagrants find themselves actually having to work at it!

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Saturday May 17th
Ezra Charles

$22.00 (tax and handling included)

 

In the diverse world of Texas music, the Ezra Charles Band may be the most diverse of all. The features that make their act unique are a long list: a front-man singer-songwriter on piano, a three-piece horn section that is all female, bass lines played by the keyboardist, a repertoire that is almost all original, a range of musical styles from rockabilly to swing to blues to boogie, the ability to shift from infectious dance-hall beats to intimate cabaret-style songwriting presentations to international arena-level concerts, and a three-decade longevity.

The present band began in 1983 as a rockabilly trio, but two years later Ezra added a three-piece horn section, and the lineup was born that has survived to this day. A big part of the impact of the band's live show comes from the fact that Ezra combined the concept of female backup singers with a horn section by recruiting three girls who play trumpet, trombone and sax.

The Ezra Charles Band has scored many high-profile opportunities over the years, including the Houston Rockets NBA championship era (1993-1996) when they were the band that played courtside during the games, and played twice at the Astrodome for 50,000 Rockets fans celebrating the championships. Performing at clubs, concerts, media events, fund-raisers, and parties of every description, they have played for President George Bush and the 1990 Economic Summit, The NBA All-Star Party, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the NFL Super Bowl festivities when it was in Houston and a private performance for The Rolling Stones!

In 2008 and 2009 they toured internationally, playing concerts in South America and Italy, including two invitations to the Umbria Jazz Festival, Europe’s largest music fest. February 2010 found them performing for 14,000 Boy Scouts and their leaders at Minute Maid Park in Houston after being selected to be the musical entertainment for the BSA Centennial Celebration.

In October of 2010 the band won the Regional Finals of a contest organized by the Houston Blues Society, and earned a trip to Memphis in Feb. 2011 as the Houston entry in the International Blues Challenge. Competing against 110 bands from around the world, they advanced as far as the Semi-Final round, winning praise from blues fans and musicians from all over America for their distinctive show and unique sound.

The music they play consists mainly of songs written by Ezra Charles that fill the eight CD’s they have released on their own label. Ezra has spent the last twenty-five years creating a body of work that chronicles his life and the Texas Gulf Coast atmosphere that permeates his music. As the band's horn arranger as well as songwriter, he has drawn from both the heritage of the "Blue-Eyed Soul" horn bands of the Beaumont-Port Arthur-Louisiana region where he grew up, as well as the rich Houston sound of the Duke-Peacock stable that recorded behind Bobby "Blue" Bland and Gatemouth Brown.

Although their style is hard to categorize, it is fair to say that the band’s music includes elements of everything that makes Texas music special. Concerts by the Ezra Charles Band always include improvisation and exciting interplay between the musicians, epitomizing what great live music is all about. 

"Nobody's Better Than Ezra." DigitalCity.com

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Saturday, May 24
Pipp Gillette and Lloyd Wright


Photo by Kevin Martini-Fuller

 

$16.50 (tax and handling included)

Pipp Gillette raises cattle on the family ranch near Lovelady, Texas, where his grandfather started in 1912. Pipp plays traditional cowboy music on guitar, banjo, harmonica, and bones.
Pipp and his late brother Guy Gillette recorded eight albums of cowboy music and were recipients of the Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Best Traditional Album of 2010.
They also received the 2012 Wrangler Award for Best Outstanding Original Western Composition for their performance of the song, Trade Off, penned by Waddie Mitchell.
Pipp will be joined onstage by Lloyd Wright, an award-winning, multi-instrumentalist steeped in America's musical traditions who plays banjo, mandolin, guitar, and fiddle.
The two met when Lloyd was 14-years-old and now he is learning Pipp’s repertoire.

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 Saturday, July 12th
Spencer and Raines


$16.50 (tax and handling included)

Spencer & Rains play old time music. Tricia Spencer  is a Kansas fiddler who grew up learning the tradition of old-time music from her Grandparents. 
At an early age, she was perched up on some stage tapping her foot to the beat of fiddles, banjos, mandolins and guitars. 
While growing up, her free time was spent traveling to festivals and fiddling contest throughout the Midwest and hanging around listening and learning from Pete McMahan
, Ceril Stinnet, Lymon Enloe, Dwight Lamb, Amos Chase, and Lucy Pierce. Tricia is multi-instrumentalist who has studied with some of the great masters in old-time and is highly sought after as a performer,
dance fiddler, and instructor. Howard Rains is a native Texas artist and fiddler living in both Austin, TX and Lawrence, KS whose twin obsessions are painting and playing traditional American fiddle music.
Howard plays rare, old traditional fiddle tunes learned from friends, family and old recordings. His release “The Old Texas Fiddle” reintroduces listeners to the pre-contest styles of Texas fiddling.
 The New York Times has called Howard “an authority on old Texas-style fiddling.” As much known for his painting as his fiddling, Howard has painted many of great old time musicians, both living and gone.

Together, Spencer & Rains play old time fiddle tunes and sing old songs in the style of their home states while also exploring other American regional styles of fiddling.
Both multi-instrumentalists deeply absorbed in traditional music, Howard and Tricia preserve, present, and teach old time music while at the same time making it their own.
Not only do they love to play dances, festivals, and house concerts, Spencer & Rains are highly sought after as instructors and  love to teach old time music at camps, workshops, and private lessons. 

 

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