AUSTIN – The 2015 concert series of the very popular KGSR Blues on the Green (BOTG) is back! This is a very special yearly tradition for all of us that call Austin home. Many of us already have our calendars marked to make sure we attend one of this city’s great free music shows.
On any BOTG Wednesday, you can see good friends, families, dogs, blankets and lawn chairs converging on Zilker park to catch the outstanding musicians. This is a very special year since BOTG will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. This year, we will have 4 nights of amazing music.
June 3 – Jimmie Vaughan with special guests and The Antone’s All-Star Revue
June 24 – Shakey Graves with Riders Against the Storm
July 22 – Bob Schneider with Walker Lukens
August 5 – Jamestown Revival with Max Frost
Along with our city, Blues on the Green (BOTG) has grown considerably. This year, Zilker Park will have great local food vendors, bike lock stations and even a VIP viewing area. The amazing blues music is perhaps the one thing that has not changed (we are all very thankful for this). The stage for Blues on the Green will be on the east end of Zilker Park where Lou Neff Road wraps around. Music normally starts at around 8pm.
On June 3rd, we all were part of the Official Antone’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. BOTG celebrated the well-known club during the evening. We were all excited to hear that Antone’s will be reopening this summer in downtown Austin. The evening was hosted by Jimmie Vaughan and a very special guest. For a long time, rumors swirled that the special guest would be Gary Clark Jr. Unfortunately due to the weather related reschedule, the gifted Clark Jr. was not able to play with Vaughan. Instead, we had the chance to hear the exceptional Steve Miller on stage with Vaughan.
Earlier in the evening, the Antone’s All-Star Revue band jammed some great soulful blues for a very enthusiastic crowd of music lovers. Antone’s All-Stars featured a top notch cast of local blues players including guitarists Denny Freeman, Derek O’Brien and Eve Monsees, pianist Marcia Ball, bassist Sarah Brown and drummers George Rains and Mike Buck.
The stage was set for Vaughan and Miller to rock the evening away. He and his band took the stage around 9PM and played late into the night. Vaughan, who recently played at his brother’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction, did not disappoint the enthusiastic crowd. He put on a truly outstanding blues show. I particularly enjoyed how well Vaughan backup singer Lou Ann Barton’s voice complements his style and pitch.
The series will continue on June 24 with the incomparable Shakey Graves performing alongside the Riders Against the Storm. We will be there front center. Take a look here for more details on Blues on the Green. Come join us!