Monday, December 03, 2007

MSC: More Uptown Music!

Okay, two of these performers, Mike and Tish, are among my favorites. The third i just don't know. Anyway, they put on a great show at Uptown so if you need something to do . . .

UPTOWN MARBLE THEATER
COWBOY & COWGIRL HOLIDAY BALL
FEATURING: TISH HINOJOSA, MIKE BLAKELY, & PAULINE REESE
DECEMBER 8, 2007, SATURDAY 8 p.m.


From the White House to el barrio, TISH HINOJOSA has enchanted, enlightened and entertained countless listeners with her distinctive cross-cultural music. In the process, she has become one of the most acclaimed and beloved artists in the contemporary Latin and folk scene. With a purity of voice and a vision that also embraces pop, rock, tejano and international styles into her music, she reflects modern America's multicultural richness with sincerity, heart and a winning musicality. Family, music and a multicultural perspective were hallmarks of Hinojosa's years growing up in San Antonio, where she began performing as a teen. Alongside the traditional Mexican songs she inherited from her parents, she was inspired by the pop and rock artists she and her older siblings listened to along with the folk revival of the early 1960s. Performing in her hometown as well as doing stints in Taos and Nashville, she eventually landed in the renowned Austin, TX music scene. Her debut album, "Homeland", found Hinojosa weaving all the threads of her musical ethos into a stunning tapestry that immediately put her on the international musical map. With her release, "Culture Swing", Hinojosa won the NAIRD Award for Best Folk Album. Hinojosa has explored a wide range of musical expression and her music and social activism has won her numerous awards and accolades, including recognition by Fox TV's Bravo Honors and a Las Primeras (The Firsts) Award from MANA, the largest organization of Latina women. She was also invited to perform at The White House for President and Mrs. Clinton. Since 1996, Tish has forged a separate career as a children's music artist with the release of “Cada Niño” (Every Child) CD and illustrated songbook in Spanish and English. The 2005 release of “A Heart Wide Open” with 12 new songs all written by Tish was her first studio CD in five years and added to her stature as an American musical treasure.

Favorite Son, MIKE BLAKELY, is the leader (cowboy) of this wonder evening, so he has been “sandwiched” between these two wonderfully talented ladies. Mike has always got some new tunes up his sleeve and a new CD in his hand. The latest are two “LIVE AT THE UPTOWN” CD’S that were recorded during two days of performances at the theater in July of 2006. Filling out the “Whiskey Traders Band” are guitarist extraordinare, LARRY NYE, and bass player and favorite sidekick, DONNIE PRICE.

PAULINE REESE has done a lot in just a short period of time. Aside from working practically every honky tonk and dancehall in the state, her crown-pleasing rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” has kept her in enormous demand to kick off rodeos and sporting events across Texas. Pauline’s history is steeped in rodeo and music, having grown up on an East Texas ranch and influenced by her mother’s musical directorship at the local church. At 14, Pauline and her family moved to the Austin area, and at that point she was introduced to many other styles of music, but country remained her passion. By the age of 15, she was singing backup in a local band, and by 18, she was fronting her own band. Now at 27, Pauline has evolved as an artist and a songwriter, and is known as one of the hardest-working artist in the state, sharing the bills with everyone from WILLIE NELSON to PAT GREEN to ROGER CREAGER, and the list goes on. She has been nominated for “Western Swing Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Academy of Western Artists, and has released three CD’s, the most recent “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” includes a duet with Wille Nelson. With her band and powerful vocal style, and an undying appreciation of true-to-the-roots country and western music, Pauline Reese is a natural fit across the state and anywhere good country and western music is treasured.

Please join us for a great holiday musical treat. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and $20 for limited table seating. Tickets available online at: www.uptownmarble.com , at the R-Bar & Grill, 904 Third St. Marble Falls, or by calling the theater at 830-693-9996.


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