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Spicewood Arts Society’s Concert Series Features Jazzy, Swamp Funk, ‘Country-Fried’ Music

The Spicewood Arts Society has announced its 2018-19 concert season, and it’s not to be missed, especially when Kevin Russell and Shinyribs take the stage. With a jacket like that, you know they put on a great show. Go to for tickets. Courtesy photo

SPICEWOOD — The Spicewood Arts Society has lined up a great mix of entertainment for its 2018-19 concert season, including funk-rockers Shinyribs and the Latin jazz group Beto and the Fairlanes.

“We increased our concert series budget to bring big-name performers to our Spicewood community while keeping our season ticket prices unchanged,” said Spicewood Arts Society President Karen Noecker. “People should plan to get their tickets early this year as we expect many more will see the great value.”

Last season, several of the concerts sold out.

Season tickets are available online at for $125 and include five shows. Individual show tickets go on sale Sept. 1.

This year’s lineup starts with Jennifer B and The Groove on Sept. 21. They’re described as a “talented, energetic, soulful band, led by singer-songwriter Jennifer B with a powerful voice landing between Aretha and Janis.” Tickets for this show alone are $30.

Taking the stage Nov. 16 is Shinyribs, an “exaltation of the spirit,” according to Spicewood Arts Society officials. The group, led by Kevin Russell, formerly of Austin favorite The Gourds, blends several styles of American music into something described as “country-soul, swamp funk, and tickle.”

Tickets for this show are $60.

Kimmie Rhodes performs Jan. 19, 2019. This “crystal-voiced songstress” has released 16 solo albums, written and produced three musicals, published a novella/cookbook, and written several multi-platinum songs. Tickets for the show are $50.

Then, on April 5, Mike and the Moonpies, one of the “hardest-working bands” in Austin, performs a “danceable” music that’s “as Texan as country-fried steak.” Tickets are $35.

The season wraps up May 9 with the 10th anniversary of “Toast to Tony” featuring Beto and The Fairlanes. They’ll be joined by special guests Javier Chaparro, Mitch Watkins, and Tomas Ramirez.

The Fairlanes, 2017 Austin Music Hall of Fame inductees, have been delighting audiences for 40 years with their blend of jazz, swing, and world beat music. Tickets are $50.

All concerts are at 7 p.m. at the Spicewood Vineyards Event Center, 1410 CR 409.

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