Saturday, March 25
10:45 am - 3:00 pm
The Better Halves
The Better Halves are a husband and wife duo specializing in making their audiences smile. Jimmy Joe Natoli is a skilled guitarist trained at Berklee College of Music. He has a talent for crafting story songs one of his car songs was featured on NPR’s “Car Talk”. Chrissie joins him with sweet vocal harmonies and rhythm guitar. Her whimsical, melodic songwriting earned her a performance on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” as a duet contest finalist. Country, bluegrass, folk, jazz, Latin and classical styles create a widely appealing repertoire with funny, clever and touching duets that entertain all ages. They get toes tapping with their upbeat, fun and inspiring music.
3:30 - 6:30 pm
The Classicats are a piano/sax/bass trio that features Pop, Jazz, Blues and Latin music of 1940's through the 1960s. Audience members often comment that The Classicats transport them to a time when small combos regularly performed at upscale hotels, supper clubs and swanky nightspots. Lamar Pecorino, Dan Torosian and Brad Taylor accomplish this by skillfully combining well-known vocal and instrumental selections as well as other memorable music rarely heard today.
Sunday, March 26th
10:30 - 12:00 pm
David Dean Gomez, Lucy Lenoir & Friends
David Dean Gomez, Lucy Lenoir & Friends bring a repertoire of old timey and Eastern music, blues, jazz, fusion and swing. Each member possesses a love of playing and influences the group with their individual vocals. Dean, his guitar and the guys come from San Antonio. Lucy Lenoir plays ukulele, is a talented sculptor and Austin native who credits her AISD music teachers and the Omega Institute, NY for teaching and inspiring her. Paul Perez on bass, is also the songwriter, lead guitarist and vocalist with alternative rock band "Sintense". Robert Louis has a passion for creating sounds that carry the soul to another dimension of groove. His harmonica style is influences by fusion jazz, jump blues, rock, folk and grunge along with many other genres. The diverse talents of the band members come together in a cohesive and very entertaining sound. Special guests, Dexter Haskins, lead vocalist for Sintense, Texas Pink Floyd and The Evers; and Ben Gomez, percussionist for the Evers, will keep it lively with congas & bongos.
12:30 - 2:30 pm
Amy Rosalyn & Brenna Manzare
Amy Rosalyn is a native Austinite whose melodic crooning and haunting poetic grace amplify her intricate story weaving. As an acoustic singer-songwriter, she has played throughout Texas, and has toured the West Coast and Southern states. She draws inspiration from Patty Griffin, Aimee Mann, Neko Case, and hundreds of other powerful, vibrant women who are leaders and trailblazers.
Songwriter-guitarist Brenna Manzare is an Austin native with musical roots in the Fort Worth and Kerrville Folk Festival music scenes. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Nina Simone, Tom Waits, Feist, and Iron & Wine; Brenna weaves dynamic melodies with her sultry voice and melodic electric guitar. She's a humble charmer you won't soon forget.
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Mamafesta is back! This groove -rock band was born in 2011, they slowed down only long enough to complete their educations. Songwriters Zack Morgan and Lowell Carrico create a broad pallet of sounds and rhythms. Lowell gets more out of a guitar than most players dream of; Zack on keyboard and sax reflects well-arranged original material, the rhythm section consists of Logan Dance on bass and Vince Seidl on drums. These talented musicians all display a respect for meaningful lyrical messages.
Once, when thanked for performing, Lowell responded: "my pleasure to contribute to the vibe".