Free admission with a donation of three nonperishable food items or a $5 cash donation to the Central Texas Food Bank: Carson McHone (11:30am), Tiarra Girls (12:30pm), Superfónicos (1:30pm), Alesia Lani (2:30pm), Mike & the Moonpies (3:30pm)
Mike & the Moonpies are the hardest-working honky-tonkers in Texas. The local sextet rose from a residency at the White Horse to become two-step ambassadors across the nation, exporting a raucous mix of traditional and contemporary country to the tune of 275 dates
“I’ve had the same guys now for about 10 years, so it’s amazing nobody’s killed somebody yet,” laughs lead Moonpie Mike Harmeier while on the road to Houston. “We have a nice new Chevy conversion van with a TV and Xbox in it, so it keeps morale a little higher.”
Following 2015 breakout LP Mockingbird, the locals captured their live set on a double album last year during a three-night stand at the WinStar World Casino & Resort in Oklahoma. The pared-down but still energetic live set informed what Harmeier wanted from their fourth album, recorded at Yellow Dog Studios in Wimberley and expected out early next year.
“With Mockingbird, I knew exactly how I wanted that to sound,” offers Harmeier. “We brought in a saxophone player and all that, and this one I just wanted it to be about the band. We cut it live in five days and it’s more electric guitar-driven, a lot of twin guitars. I didn’t play any acoustic guitar on it.
“It’s really different from anything else we’ve ever done. It’s a rocking record.”
Mike & the Moonpies preview new tunes Sunday while headlining the Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival, for which songwriter Carson McHone dishes country ballads, Alesia Lani serves soulful R&B, Superfónicos spice up Afro-Cuban funk, and reigning U-18 Austin Music Award winners Tiarra Girls.
Sun., Aug. 20, 11:30am