This group is made up of some of the finest western swing musicians in Texas playing great dance music, but for those who just want to listen, the smile on their faces won’t stop. The band has been together since 1982 and includes Jim Loessberg on steel, Lonnie Atkinson on guitar and vocals, Howard Kalish sings and plays fiddle, Mark Kazanoff is on sax, Larry Eisenberg is on bass fiddle, and John Chandler plays drums and adds vocals. Bandleader and vocalist Al Dressen has been an Austin musician since he was 15. The band plays real western swing, like the Texas Playboys did, with hot instrumental solos, clever ensemble parts on the melody, a solid rhythm section, diverse lead vocals and harmonies that will remind you of the Texas Playboys songs like Faded Love, Lily Dale, and San Antonio Rose. This band swings!
The Suffers are Houston’s award-winning 8-piece ensemble that have redefined the sound of Gulf Coast Soul. Established in 2011, The Suffers’ lineup was curated by bassist Adam Castaneda and vocalist/keyboardist Pat Kelly, who brought on trumpet player Jon Durbin, trombonist Michael Razo, guitarist Kevin Bernier, percussionist Jose “Chapy” Luna, and drummer/vocalist Nick Zamora filled out the rhythm section, while front woman Kam Franklin topped off the group with soaring vocals.The last 2 years have brought the band to new heights, as they played 300+ shows across North America, visited NPR in Washington, DC for a Tiny Desk Concert, made their national television debut on Late Show With David Letterman, and officially released their much anticipated self-titled album followed by performances on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
This year they will embark on their first international tour and spread the sweet sound of Gulf Coast Soul across the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Australia.
2018 BBQ Fest Highlights
See 2018 photos of Cue Course, Franklin & Friends, and BBQ Fest ’18.
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