MUSIC

The 2010 music lineup boasts the best of the Austin, TX, music scene and more, ranging from roots rock & country to blues & classic soul. Performances will take place on the music stage inside Madison Square Park, free of charge. Don’t miss these awesome live acts:

Saturday, June 12

1:00PM – 2:15PM SECRET COUNTRY

The self-proclaimed “greatest country band to ever come out of Newark, New Jersey,” Secret Country is a Brick City blend of 21st century “outlaw” style and classic roadhouse honky–tonk sound. If your musical preferences favor Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, David Allen Coe, and Willie Nelson, come early to the party and catch Secret Country!

2:45PM – 4:00PM CAROLYN WONDERLAND

Texas songstress Carolyn Wonderland is a triple threat – eclectic songwriter, soulful vocalist, guitar goddess – who’s appeared on more than twenty albums, six of them her own releases. Like her spiritual predecessors Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt, Carolyn’s music remains firmly rooted in the blues but with added flavors from Western swing to Sixties soul. “She’s something else!” – Bob Dylan

4:30PM – 5:45PM BOB SCHNEIDER

Bob Schneider has been a fixture on the fertile Austin music scene for nearly two decades, beginning with his stints in popular regional bands like Joe Rockhead and the Ugly Americans. As a solo artist, Bob skillfully colors his semi–confessional songwriting with shades of funk, folk, and Texas country–rock. Last March, Bob swept the 2010 Austin Music Awards when he won Austin Band of the Year, Austin Musician of the Year, Austin Album of the Year (for Lovely Creatures), and Best Male Vocal.

Sunday, June 13

1:00PM – 2:15PM THE DERAILERS

Straight out of Austin, the Derailers are the crown princes of Texas country–rock. Over the course of fifteen years and nine albums, this versatile and exciting quartet has combined the influences of Buck Owens, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich, and the Beatles into a sound distinctly their own. “Mixing country and rock with a flair that very few bands are capable of these days.” (Jim Caligiuri, Austin Chronicle)

2:45PM – 4:00PM “CHARLES BRADLEY & THE MENAHAN STREET BAND“

On cult-favorite recordings like his Dunham Records single “The World (Is Going up in Flames),” soul survivor Charles Bradley revealed himself to be a gritty, deeply expressive singer in the great tradition of Otis Redding and James Brown. That makes Charles the ideal front man for the Menahan Street Band, a group that brings together some of the city’s top funk and soul musicians drawn from the ranks of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, the El Michels Affair, Antibalas, and the Budos Band. The MSB’s international rep reached a whole ‘nother level when Jay–Z sampled the title track of the band’s Dunham debut album, Make the Road by Walking, for his smash hit “Roc Boys (and the Winner is…)” from the American Gangster album, which Rolling Stone hailed as the Number One single of 2007.

4:30PM – 5:45PM NICK CURRAN & THE LOWLIFES

Reform School Girl, the latest release from Nick Curran & the Lowlifes, is a retro–kicking stew of punk, blues, and rockabilly that entertains from start to finish, its unvarnished low–fi sound striking a surprisingly modern chord. Front man Nick pushes his voice to its outer limits, coming on like the plains–bred offspring of Little Richard. “Captures everything that made the kids go crazy fifty years ago… Any one of these fourteen tracks could have been a hit single in the early days of rock ‘n roll…” (Andy Whitman, Paste Magazine)