Gig Guide

The Live Music Gig Guide: Music Is All Over the Island

To be included here, e-mail us your schedule at theislandguide@gmail.com.  Saturday, April 29th The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 6-9 B. Jiggers – Midnight Release, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Float – DJ, 9-1 Galveston Island Brewing – Kevin Anthony, Bon Ton Mickey & The Zydeco Hot Steppers, 1-7 The Grand – The Midtown Men, 8pm Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 5-10 Mod – Lynda Plummer, 7-9 Old Quarter – Swarming Branch, 9-1 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Rum Shack – Live Music, 9-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Silver Spot Saloon –Curtis…

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Sharis Roe “Evolution of Love” New CD

Get signed copies of the book "Connections," at the CD (+Book) Release Party on April 14th at Island ETC. Come celebrate with us! If you can't come to the party, you can order a signed copy at sharisroe.com anytime.  With five worldwide singles already to her credit, Galveston resident and singer/songwriter Sharis Roe has released her first full-length album, “Evolution of Love,” a collaboration of Roe and the talents of local musicians Tony Sassi and George Douglas Lee. The sultry, give-you-chills voice of Sharis Roe, backed by Sassi’s formal music education and Lee’s 40+ years of recording experience,…

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Shaun Michael: From Georgia With A Smile

By Michael Alan Basham, Photos by Sharis DeJaynes “Some ladies might use the term “a tall cool drink of water,” probably a few guys also. His name is Shaun Michael. “Shaun Michael from Georgia, and don’t you forget it!” Ladies…be sure to wear light cool clothing and hope for a breeze. Standing at about 6’-4”, even before the cowboy boots, this man in black, in addition to being an extremely talented songwriter, is one handsome fellow. I can say that with a straight face. I’m a veteran advertising executive, and I have put a lot of good looking people…

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“Two For The Road:” Two Awesome Hometown Galveston Bands

By Michael Alan Basham, Photographed by Sharis DeJaynes I recently got the opportunity to interview two truly amazing Galveston Island Bands that are both well on their way to the major leagues, and they are quite ready for “The Big Show” as we used to say. I got to listen to a full body of work, and view them live, and view some pretty amazing video production of one of the bands. To Whom It May First up to bat is “To Whom It May.” Comprised of members: Jonathan Jourdan on guitar and lead vocals, Robb Marshall on…

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Trinity aka William Newby IV: The Real Thing

By George Douglas Lee William Newby IV is a genuine blues man. Most people in the Galveston area know him as Trinity. He’s been playing his distinctive brand of blues for nearly twenty years and has been a fixture in the Galveston music scene since he moved here from Houston in the late nineties and began attending open mics at various venues on the Island. “Í was a Pennsylvania boy from Sharon,” says Trinity. “All my family - my father, his brother, my uncles - used to have a music band. They practiced all the time; sometimes at…

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Geoff Fish Turns Down The Volume

By George Douglas Lee If you’re a fan of the Galveston area music scene, you’ve seen or heard Geoff Fish. He’s played lead guitar with Soulshine for a long time but recently decided to take a break. But not entirely. He took a break from being an electric guitar hero and picked up his acoustic instead. Now he’s playing at a number of venues, hosting open mics, doing a solo acoustic show or appearing with musical friends as a duet, or in his latest side project, “Well Played” featuring Geoff, Scott Misner, Mike Miller, and Michael Arcadia. It’s…

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The Wizard of Ahhhs: Jeb Adame, The “One Stop, Rock, Pop, Go-to Man”

Written By Michael Alan Basham, Photographed by Sharis DeJaynes In the movie “The Wizard of Oz,” there is a line where the surprised exposed poser-of-a-Wizard says, “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” Well, if you are an entertainer, or musician appearing at any Galveston Park Board venue, then you really want to pay attention to “the man behind” it all - Jeb Adame, “the one stop, rock, pop, go-to man.” That goes for country, R&B, Jazz, and Special events too. Jeb, is the logistical and equipment stage authority when working with Park Board performances of…

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Zak Perry: Galveston’s Ramblin’ Man

By Kimber Fountain Zak Perry chose Guitar class for an elective in high school, only because he thought it would be easy. Turned out it was in fact easy, because stumbling upon something that was already looking for you always is. Zak’s mother was an accomplished pianist, and “I think my Dad wanted to be Frank Sinatra,” Zak says of his father, who was a nightclub performer for many years. “They soon became my biggest fans,” and his subsequent twenty-plus year career has taken him all over the country, resulted in seven studio albums, and has at last…

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Galveston Djembe: Drumming Up Beats at Jimmy’s on the Pier

By Kimber Fountain It has been said that “talking about love is like dancing about architecture.” The same could be said for writing about music. Especially when the music is drawn from one of mankind’s oldest instruments, and especially when it feels like the music is making itself. Such is the case with Galveston Djembe, colloquially referred to as the “drum circle,” which has been a fixture on the Island for almost twenty years. The group, comprised of local musicians of all skill levels and from all walks of life, gathers weekly to summon the sounds of Earth.…

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Robert Kuhn And the Album “Everybody Knows”

By Kimber Fountain Pick any decade. Pick any genre. Chances are, no matter which you choose, you will hear it reflected in the latest album by local Galveston singer/songwriter Robert Kuhn. “Everybody Knows” is a display of amazing versatility, the product of a brilliant mind whose music is a veritable smorgasbord of sounds that lists like the Who’s Who of music. Subtle undertones of Jim Morrison, Bradley Nowell, Bob Marley, Jack Johnson, and even Jerry Lee Lewis and Marc Antony resonate with a spiritual fervor equal to Chris Cornell’s and a paradoxical, intricate-yet-simple lyrical styling reminiscent of Rob…

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Joe Pena: The Granddaddy Of Galveston Rock And Roll

By George Douglas Lee One night a few years ago, I dropped in at the late, lamented Bobbie’s House of Spirits to hear the open mic jam. Joe Pena was there playing Oye Como Va and Black Magic Woman with the Tomz Katz Band. He saw me. When they stopped, and to my surprise, he called out, “George Lee is in the house.” I shouted back, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Joe Pena, the Granddaddy of Galveston Rock and Roll!” And the name stuck. Anyone who frequents the local clubs has probably seen and heard Joe Pena. Joe is…

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The Line Up: The Renaissance Men of Music

By Kimber Fountain For performance schedules check out our Gig Guide! Picture a young boy, six years old, singing on the steps of the Customs House on 20th Street. Not too far away is another lad, an unassuming presence in the audience. Now fast forward a few decades with the knowledge that both of those boys are now grown men and members of The Line Up, and you just may be able to wrap your head around the relevance of this band to the Galveston music scene. Most native Galvestonians remember the first time they saw The Line Up as…

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