Upcoming album release: This Road – The Runaway Grooms

The Runaway Grooms will release This Road on February 10, 2023. Photo: Google

For many years, Colorado has been the birthplace for a myriad of unique musical gems and The Runaway Grooms are no exception. The Runaway Grooms’ classic sound is a refreshing take on contemporary jam band music as it celebrates the authenticity and wholesomeness of traditional American roots music through tonality, lyricism, and instrumentation. After finishing their 6th national tour, The Runaway Grooms are now creating a buzz in many different musical communities around the country, sharing bills with nationally renowned and Grammy nominated artists like Umphrey’s McGee, Robben Ford, Leftover Salmon, Twiddle, Trombone Shorty, North Mississippi Allstars, and many more. Their newest album, This Road, is a blending of their previous two albums, marking the band’s return to an American roots rock style of songwriting, while simultaneously sending listeners on extended instrumental journeys through rich and colorful sonic landscapes. (The Runaway Grooms, 2023)

On February 10, the Grooms—guitarist and vocalist Adam Tobin, keyboardist Cody Scott, bassist and vocalist Zach Gillam, drummer Justin Bisset, and guitarist and vocalist Zac Cialek—are releasing their third studio album, This Road, into the world and onto stages nationwide. Recorded on the road at Paloma Sound Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, with former Ardent Studio engineer Jeremy Horn, the Grooms’ third LP marks the band’s return to more of an American roots rock songwriting style, all while keeping one foot in the tight-knit jam band circle from which they emerged. Equally inspired by jazz-fusion exploration from the likes of Steely Dan, Atlanta Rhythm Section, and Yes, and the guitar-driven prowess of Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Grateful Dead, This Road dives in and out of grooves and moods, turning on a dime, but always focusing on what the band sees as the most important aspect; the song. In addition to telling stories and gleaning wisdom from life, love, and struggle, This Road captures an array of emotions and moods drawn from the dramatic narrative of living on the road in a touring band.

JamBase premiered the first track from This Road, the piano-driven rocker “Jenny.” Written by Tobin as a letter from his late grandmother to his mother, “Jenny” is a story about love, life, family, and the passing of time. Recorded live in the studio to capture the organic energy found in The Runaway Grooms’ live show, “Jenny” winds higher and higher, punctuated by Cialek’s piercing lap steel guitar and Scott’s change from rhythmic piano to swirling B3 organ. The up and down dynamics of the song’s instrumentation flows beautifully with its lyrical content, exactly as the band intended, and is capped off by an all-engulfing slide guitar solo before the song effortlessly fades into the album’s next track. Westword included the track in their new music column this week, calling it “six minutes of classic-rock bliss that’s equal parts The Band and the Allman Brothers.”

Fans of the aforementioned bands and more modern contemporaries like Goose or Billy Strings should check out “Jenny” today and stay up to date on all things ahead of their February 10 release. 

This Road track list:
Mister Ford
Here I Come Again
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The Squeezebox to host Familia, Food & Oldies this Sunday

Courtesy photo, used with permission.

This Sunday December 15 at 6p.m., The Squeezebox will be hosting “Familia, Food & Oldies,” a holiday celebration. The event will include FREE cabrito tacos while supplies last and all the accompanying sides, prepared by local chef Teddy Liang. DJ Aaron Peña will be spinning oldies all night. Bar offerings include happy hour prices all night long as well as FREE Michelada upgrades by local family company Twang, featuring their recently launched Reserve Michelada Cocktail Mix. (The Squeezebox, 2019)

Starting on Tuesday December 10, The Squeezebox is also launching Karaoke Nights hosted by local Karaoke DJ Nicki Martinez. Karaoke Nights will be every Tuesday from 10p.m. to 2a.m. and will include happy hour pricing at the bar all night long.

The Squeezebox
2806 N St Mary’s St
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 314-8845

Drag Brunch at Paramour

Paramour will host another Drag Brunch on Sunday March 19, 2017. Photo courtesy of Paramour, used with permission.

Paramour will be presenting its third Drag Brunch of the year with a Madonna vs Britney themed celebration. It is set for Sunday March 19 from 11a.m. to 4p.m. with performances at 2p.m. There will be an exclusive Madonna and Britney themed cocktail menu suited for the occasion. Music will be provided by DJ Vitamin A with performances by Kristi Waters, show director and hostess of Babio’s Eat Drink Dance and winner of Most Original at 2016 San Antonio Burlesque Festival, Lucy Lips, winner of Audience Favorite at the 2016 San Antonio Burlesque Festival and member of the Pastie Pops Burlesque Revue and Nikaya Milan from Rey Lopez Entertainment. This event is free and open to the public with brunch drinks and food available for purchase. (Paramour, 2017)

102 9th St, Suite 400
San Antonio, TX 78215
(210) 340-9880

Book review: ‘Welcome to the Symphony’ by Carolyn Sloan

‘Welcome to the Symphony’ by Carolyn Sloan is a children’s book that introduces readers to the world of classical music.  Photo: amazon

Carolyn Sloan is a native New Yorker and a music educator at the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, New York. She is also a songwriter and musician and has been writing music for theater, television and children. As an author she has written ‘Finding Your Voice: A Practical and Spiritual Approach to Singing and Living.’  Her new book is ‘Welcome to the Symphony: A Musical Exploration of the Orchestra Using Beethoven’s Symphony No.’ It is illustrated by James Williamson, an illustrator, designer and artist whose work has appeared in The New York Times and numerous children’s books.

‘Welcome to the Symphony’ is an illustrated book targeted for children ages four to eight and uses Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, one of the most popular musical pieces, to introduce young children to the world of classical music. It is an interactive picture book with a panel of 19 sound buttons that readers press when prompted during the narrative and takes them from the tuning of the orchestra to the end of the first movement. They can learn the basics of classical music including the definition of a symphony and conductor. From there they are immersed in the different aspects of music which includes melody, harmony, tempo and theme and the different type of instruments in a symphony.

This is an excellent book to introduce to young children who are becoming interested in classical music. It is informative and straight to the point and suitable for anyone who wants to learn about the different instruments, the background of each and the specific sounds they make. Even adults can benefit from it to learn the basics of classical music. It is recommended for parents looking to introduce their children to music in general and for anyone who appreciates musical instruments.

*A copy of this book was given for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are solely the author’s.

Mardi Gras Night at Jazz,TX

This Fat Tuesday, February 28, Jazz, TX will be having its first Mardi Gras celebration. Photo: Jazz, TX, used with permission.

Jazz, TX, the Pearl’s upscale jazz venue, is hosting its first Mardi Gras celebration on Fat Tuesday, February 28, 2017. There will be a special menu created by locally renowned guest chef John Russ previously from Luke and a special performance by Kyle Keener, Curtis Calderon and friends during happy hour from 5:30p.m. with no cover charge and Doc Watkins and friends from 8:30p.m. to 11:30p.m. with a $20 cover charge per guest. Guests will be able to enjoy specialty drinks such as a twist on the popular Hurricane and New Orleans menu items. Tickets are available online. (Jazz, TX, 2017)

Mardi Gras menu:
Finger-licking Good Y’all – marinated crab claws, broiled with parmesan
La Grande Vie – Gulf shrimp and celery root remoulade
Oysters en Brochette – wrapped in bacon, on buttered toast
Red Beans and Rice – fried quail tots, crystal
Crispy Rice Jambalaya – pulled pork, andouille, rice crispies
Popcorn Shrimp Po’ Boys – dressed or with buttered bread and pickles
King Cake – no babies

Jazz, TX
312 Pearl Pkwy, Building 6 Suite 6001
San Antonio, TX 78215
(210) 332-938