Defiant Artist Agency Group Presents:
Tom Petty Tribute Into The Great Wide Open with Chris Taylor, Ruben V, Michael Morales and more
Michael Martin, Matt McCormack, Jackson Parten, Jordan Sleed
Sun, December 3, 2017
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pmSam's Burger Joint
$15.00 - $45.00
This event is 18 and over
Seating NOT GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final.
All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. - $15 Advance/ $20 Day of Show/ $45 Reserved Booth
He has cowritten two songs with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics fame and has over 30 albums to his credit. His album, Never Ending Now, released through Lo-Fidelity Records in 2016, is a double album featuring some of his best music to date.
Throughout the 90’s, Taylor was the primary writer and visionary for the band Love Coma, which included Matt Slocum (guitar player for Sixpence None The Richer) and they developed quite a cult following across the US. With both his music and visual artwork, Taylor has remained prolific and prominent in releasing new work for his fans.
Chris Taylor is a solo ARTIST in every sense of the word. Chris Taylor & The Setting Sons are a rock and roll band. No two Chris Taylor shows have been the same. Acoustic guitar and harmonica. Electric guitar and amplifier. Chris Taylor paints and sings at the same time, creating something unique right in front of you. The Setting Sons provide the muscle, the psychedelia, the rock and roll rhythm to it all.
Ruben V is an accomplished artist. He's released eight solo CDs, 14 group albums and averages over 120 shows a year. He is a guitar player, songwriter, producer and family man. He's built a huge following of Ruben V Band fans – all while keeping a sense of humor and a genuine Texas charm.
But first and foremost, there is the music. It's a fresh, smooth blend of blues, Latin, soul, and rock. It's an ambitious mix of the music that moves him and in his skillful hands, becomes a truly energizing and enjoyable experience. The result is stylistically different from his peers – it's alluring, soulful, fun and mature. As he says, "it's everything I love about music."
For a man who would turn out to be such a celebrated guitar player, Ruben was self-taught – old school style. "I would slow down our old 45 albums on the record player and learn that way. I was also front and center at every concert – watching and listening. Then it was just hitting the road. There's no better way to learn." Hitting the road began at 15 for Ruben, who played in a string of bands and eventually landed an Indie record deal with his heavy metal band, Final Assault. The unexpected death of a friend, the band's bass player, brought everything to a halt for Ruben and he began questioning his direction. Again, it was music that pulled him back in. "I was in a dark time in my life when I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan in concert. It was the opposite of the heavy metal bands that were defining the time. I wanted to play Stevie's kind of music – to bend a guitar string like that because that's what I felt." That performance is what drove him back to writing and playing, but this time, he surrounded himself with his brothers and the group began touring clubs in the area. As time passed, the shows became bigger and the four albums they put out became heavier, but, again, that sound wasn't what Ruben had envisioned for himself. Forced to confront the different directions the brothers were heading, Ruben parted ways with the group to pursue his own musical path – one that was true to him. That becomes the essence of Ruben V's music.
Putting out great music meant finding a producer with equally high standards and the talent to match. It was sheer determination that led Ruben to search out two famed producers. Richard Mullen produced Ruben V's first three CD's: In His Hands, Home and Let Me In. Mullen's previous work included Eric Johnson, Joe Ely, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Jim Gaines, whose previous credits included multiple Grammy Awards and 4X Platinum work with Santana, Blues Traveler and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The collaboration between Gaines and Ruben produced I AM, Labor of Shame and Come to Me. "Jim pushed me and brought out a more Hispanic flavor than what I had done in the past. He's an amazing man and I'm blessed to work with him."
Every show is different; Ruben has a vast catalog of songs to pull from. They may play a familiar song but change the tempo or instruments. The Ruben V shows become enlivened jams inciting the audience into a musical frenzy. It keeps the audience entertained and coming back for more. From here, Ruben V will continue to pursue what has been in his life at every turn – he'll tour, write songs and make albums. The musical path that he's followed – varied, honest and sincere – may not have always proved the easiest, but from a man who knows where he comes from, playing music his way is the only way to go. "My guitar might change shape and size; but, those six strings will always be a part of who I am and who I have grown up to be."
Alejandro Escovedo, Joey Shuffield of Fastball and many other artists around the United States. Early accolades from leading radio station KGSR 107.1 in 2001 (shortlisted for best new act) as well as songs placed in Lionsgate Films and commercial work for the San Antonio Spurs has been given the unique and rare opportunity to work, play shows with and create personally with the people he artistically admires . These artists include Todd Snider, Bill Carter, Alejandro Escovedo, Ian Moore, Blind Melon, Johnny Depp, The David Letterman Show, Jack Ingram, Charlie Sexton.....
After musical residencies in Nashville and Los Angeles, McCormack put music aside to focus on his management group M3/NewPony which handled the careers of Austin's own Bill Carter and Will Sexton. 2012 -2013 were whirlwind years for M3/NewPony clients....with David Letterman appearances and artistic praises from American Songwriter, Spin, EW, Rolling Stone...... AfterGive.com, a nonprofit for artists in dire straits (Artists For Traumatic Emergency Relief) was ready to launch with overwhelming enthusiasm. During this time Matt McCormack's documentary film was created and started titled "That's What I'm Doing Here". The film depicts the day to day lives and performances of Father-In- Law and future Rock N Roll Hall Of Famer Alejandro Escovedo, Texas songwriting legend Bill Carter and Bob Dylan guitarist Charlie Sexton.
Unfortunately all was lost on Oct.31st 2013. The Onion Creek flood devastated South Austin and left McCormack and family (uninsured flood victims) with no government or FEMA assistance.
Charlie Sexton posted a message to music fans for a recent Ausin All-Star Benefit held for The McCormack Family...http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/music/2014-02-05/alejandro-escovedo-hosts-matt-mccormack-benefit/
"Matt is a very close friend and Great supporter of so many ...On an Ironic note Almost exactly a month prior to the flood that literally washed it all away, Matt and I were having many conversations about a charitable organization he wishes to create that could lend aid to those who Found themselves in similar situations, Please show your support and enjoy a great show as well" C.S.
Matt McCormack and The Valley Below are set to release a 3 vol.
Digital Catalog on May 7th... Songs from all albums are featured (Choker Montana, Tonopah, Here We Go Again, Rock Bottom Choir and The Missing Yrs.) also included are 15 new tracks recorded from 2013 to to the present:
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215