Riverboat Gamblers, East Cameron Folkcore, American Sharks

Free Week Live Shots Part 2

Riverboat Gamblers
Riverboat Gamblers (Photo by Shelley Hiam)

Riverboat Gamblers, East Cameron Folkcore, American Sharks

Mohawk, Jan. 11

"We're called American Sharks. You don't mind if we start off with some fast rock & roll, do you?" So asked the burly Mike Hardin before the local trio exploded into a tsunami that left nothing but blood in the water from all the headbanging. Hardin, recently relocated to Austin from Houston after fronting the stoner glam of Roky Moon and BOLT!, vied for the most lovable man in metal by threatening to bear-hug the entire audience in appreciation. It was a complete contrast to the Sharks' massive riffage, which rightfully earned them a recent opening slot on tour with the Sword. Though the set timed out too short, it fed well into the Southern rock explosion of East Cameron Folkcore, the notoriously sprawling outfit packing the stage as a 10-piece and sounding like a Lucero hootenany. Moody and gravelly beyond desperation, Allen Dennard and Blue Mongeon competed in stomping across the stage, showcasing tunes from February's upcoming For Sale, including lead anthem "Salinger Is Dead," the dark "Ophelia," and biting "Sallie Mae," all proving ECFC is perched for breakout. Mohawk's outside stage remains ideally constructed for any Riverboat Gamblers' slot, its rafters begging for Mike Wiebe's acrobatics. The frontman didn't disappoint, diving from the balcony to crowd surf and ripping his shirt as he pinballed against the concrete walls. Digging deep, the veteran Austin punk quintet roared through "Hey! Hey! Hey!," "True Crime," and dished gritty gutter glory with "The Ol' Smash and Grab." Still swinging, still knocking it out.

Check out our Free Week Photo Galleries.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Riverboat Gamblers
Texas Platters
Riverboat Gamblers
Massive Fraud (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Sept. 16, 2016

Worst Tour Stories Ever
Worst Tour Stories Ever
The road goes on forever and the party never ends

July 8, 2016

More East Cameron Folkcore
Texas Platters
East Cameron Folkcore
Better Off, Fossils (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, Sept. 23, 2016

The Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises
East Cameron Folkcore endures

Doug Freeman, April 3, 2015

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Sabbath Crow
Carrion Highway Weird Sun (Record Review)

Michael Toland, Aug. 16, 2019

Texas Platters
Matamoros (Record Review)

Rick Weaver, Aug. 16, 2019

More by Doug Freeman
Robert Earl Keen Takes a Final <I>ACL</I> Bow
Robert Earl Keen Takes a Final ACL Bow
Texas songwriting staple signs off with seventh taping

April 28, 2022

What We're Listening to Right Now
What We're Listening to Right Now
Sir Woman, whookilledkenny, Buffalo Hunt, Aaron McDonnell, Startographers, and more local sounds

April 29, 2022


Riverboat Gamblers, East Cameron Folkcore, American Sharks

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle