Palette Cafe Stage Schedule

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Texas Commission on the Arts

Saturday, April 7th, 2018


DJ Mac Big Band

David McKenery formed The DJ Mac Ensemble in Spring, Texas in 1983 with just a 5-piece dance band performing for receptions, parties and corporate events. Over the years the band has evolved into a leading Big Band in the Houston area. The DJ Mac Big Band consists of 15 to 17 local professional musicians now and band directors who enjoy performing big band music.

The DJ Mac Big Band covers classic jazz swing arrangements as well as modern jazz, pop and rock selections. Sit back and enjoy the journey.


Sarah Sharp

Sarah Sharp is a multiple Austin Music Award-winning songwriter and Jazz singer. As a former member of Jitterbug Vipers, the DIY release of her full-length debut of Viper Jazz inspired originals “Phoebe’s Dream” earned her top placements in the 2014 Austin music awards for Best Female Vocalist, Best Producer, Best Songwriter, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Band of the Year, Best Jazz Band and was featured on NPR’s Song Travels with Michael Feinstein. Sarah’s songs have been featured worldwide in ad campaigns for Chanel, Dell, Kia, ABC’s Revenge, E.L.F. cosmetics, among others and on TV, including hit shows The Good Wife, Cable Girls, Grandfathered and more. Sarah recorded her 1st solo album, which is expected to be released in 2018.


Texas Gypsies

The Texas Gypsies live band is a collection of well-seasoned musicians and Grammy winners who have backed many of today's top jazz, swing music, and pop performers. The award winning recipe for The Texas Gypsies is to perform the “Vintage Jazzy Swingin " cool hep cat sounds of the 20's-30's-40’s along with a taste of its sister sound Western Swing, some Gypsy Jazz magic sprinkled over the top and finish up with a pinch of Retro Deco Rockabilly!

The band mixes passionate violin, a blazing horn section, rockin’-swingin’ guitars, slappin’ upright bass, and retro style drumming to harmoniously create their own unique, and fun sound!


George Navarro

From Mexico to Texas to Tennessee George Navarro is tearing up the Texas venues with some of the most well-known names in country music. George was thrust into the spotlight just days after his 21st birthday playing to audiences numbering in the thousands. George’s unique vocals and wide ranging musical talents allows him to have an arsenal of songs at his disposal. He has the ability to flip from a smooth two stepping cowboy tune to a show stopping southern-rock fiddle solo. He also is well versed in a variety of instruments including the guitar, bass, drums, fiddle and mandolin. George Navarro is a name that is going to be streaming across your newsfeed in the near future if it hasn’t already!


Smooth Hound Smith

Smooth Hound Smith is a foot stompin’ American roots duo comprised of “one-man-band” Zack Smith (guitars/vocals/foot drums/harmonicas/banjo) and Caitlin Doyle (vocals/percussion).

Established in 2012, and based in East Nashville, TN, they record and perform a varied and unique style of folky, garage-infused rhythm & blues. Using primal foot percussion, complex, fuzzed-out, finger-picked guitar patterns, warbled harmonicas, tasty harmonies and A LOT of tambourine, they are able to create something rugged and visceral- a modern interpretation of early blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll music that harkens back to the traditions of hazy front porch folk songs as well as raucous back-alley juke joints.

The duo has traveled over 150,000 road miles, playing over 800 shows across America, Europe, and Canada, all in the last five years. In addition to their own headlining shows, they have toured as support for bands such as the Dixie Chicks (25 dates in the US and Canada in 2016/2017), The Record Company, and Jamestown Revival. They continue to tour heavily while working on new material for a third full-length album, expected to be released in 2018.

Sunday, April 8th, 2018


Eddie Moore and The Outer Circle

Eddie Moore's third album with The Outer Circle, "Kings & Queens," was released by Ropeadope Records. Moore’s forward-thinking sounds are part of the rich continuum of African-American music that continues to be imbued with indigenous African elements. Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle’s remarkable sensitivity and cohesive interplay reflect an unflinching groove. “Kings & Queens” made worldwide acclaim featured in Jazziz Magazine, The Jazz Ambassadors Magazine, The Pitch KC, and NextBop. The Outer Circle investigates modern influences with those of tradition. Saturated with color, the melodies are lyrics that share about life experiences to the listener. This group enjoys using mixed meters in composition to introduce twist and turns to create a different mood with every piece that allows the soloist freedom with line and idea.


The Winterlings

After meeting at a Buddhist fire ritual, Wolff Bowden and Amanda Birdsall drove from Florida to the Pacific Northwest where they soaked up seven years of rain and created over fifty songs. With songs as vivid as feature films, Northwest indie-folk/folk-rock duo The Winterlings take listeners on unexpected journeys, soaring with astronauts, hitchhiking in Alaska, fighting beside a female Civil War soldier, and walking deeper into the forest of human existence. PASTE called their January 2016 release, You Are Acres, “a gorgeous follow-up to their stunning debut” (2010’s The Animal Groom), and No Depression called their November 2016 album, Poems That Live As People, “absolutely spellbinding.” Their September 2017 release, American Son, has won them international acclaim from BBC Radio, guitar, violin, banjitar and drums. The Winterlings build bonfires of sound to dance and dream beside.


Slaid Cleaves

The characters in Slaid Cleaves' songs live in unglamorous reality. They work dead-end jobs, they run out of money, they grow old, they hold on to each other (or not), and they die. With an eye for the beauty in everyday life, he tells their stories, bringing a bit of empathy to their uncaring world.

Traditional love songs are not often found on a Slaid Cleaves record. Here he approaches the subject less as a romantic gesture, and more as a world-weary appreciation of the one who's seen you through thick and thin.

Slaid thinks that perhaps his music “doesn’t seem relevant to mainstream culture” but then he really has “no interest in what mainstream culture has to offer.” Cleaves admits it’s sometimes hard to stay inspired. Becoming jaded, but wondering if he has had any real national success or any impact on the culture as his heroes have.

"But those feelings are always quickly overcome by gratitude," he explains. "I'm making a living as a musician, and making a meaningful connection with people - what could be better than that?"


Caleb and The Homegrown Tomatoes

There’s only two things that money can’t buy, that’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.” – These fine words from the late great Guy Clark are what started it all…Caleb and the Homegrown Tomatoes is the result of longtime friends from different projects and bands coming together to make a sound completely of their own. A splendid blend of Southern Rock and Americana, with just enough hints of Texas and Alt Country to keep the sound as down home as possible. The six piece band out of Cut n’ Shoot, Texas all come from different musical backgrounds- stretching from the blues, to the sweetest of classic rock and even a little jazz. In October 2017 the ‘Tomatoes’ won Houston’s talk show host Michael Berry's Redneck Idol competition held at the Redneck Country Club in Stafford, Texas.

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