Jan 25

Robert Earl Keen

It’s not always easy to sum up a career — let alone a life’s ambition — so succinctly, but those five words from Robert Earl Keen’s calling-card anthem just about do it. You can complete the lyric with the next five words — the ones routinely shouted back at Keen by thousands of fans a night (“and the party never ends!”) — just to punctuate the point with a flourish, but it’s the part about the journey that gets right to the heart of what makes Keen tick. Some people take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune; but from the get-go, Keen just wanted to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible.

“I always thought that I wanted to play music, and I always knew that you had to get some recognition in order to continue to play music,” Keen says. “But I never thought of it in terms of getting to be a big star. I thought of it in terms of having a really, really good career and writing some good songs, and getting onstage and having a really good time.” This Texas superstar and his traveling circus roll into the Big Room for one big night. Just remember his words to live by… “the road goes on forever but the party never ends!” Check him out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe4NxjuI1G4

Big Room
Jan 29

The T Sisters

Back by popular demand!! The T Sisters are a vocally-driven contemporary folk band hailing from Oakland, California. The three sisters’ inventive songwriting is supported by their own acoustic instrumentation as well as upright bass (Steve Height), mandolin/guitar (Andrew Allen Fahlander), and drums (Marlon Aldana). When performing their lively set of originals and covers—occasionally in arresting a cappella–they captivate audiences with close harmonies, creative arrangements, and sassy performance style. Touching on elements of folk, Americana, gospel, R&B, bluegrass and soul, the T Sisters weave evocative stories with a sound that is at once modern and timeless. Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen have more than earned this headlining return to the Big Room by always getting the crowd immediately to the dance floor and keeping them there.

Big Room
Feb 06

Shane Dwight Band

Nashville-based Shane Dwight is a young American roots musician for the 21st century—a killer blues player who can rock the house all night as well as an introspective singer-songwriter whose voice spans alt-country, Americana, R&B and flat-out rock ‘n’ roll. Despite drawing from a broad musical spectrum, Shane weaves a unified sound, compromising nothing thanks to fierce talent and unending inspiration. The dance floor will be open, so bring a guest with some energy!

Big Room
Feb 16

Charlie Musselwhite Band

The blues legend Charlie Musselwhite returns to the Big Room.

Charlie has garnered worldwide attention for his dynamic harmonica work as is evidenced by his many awards: 33 Blues Music Awards, 11 Grammy nominations INCLUDING a 2014 GRAMMY WIN for best blues album with Ben Harper: GET UP.

Fifty years of nonstop touring, performing and recording have reaped huge rewards. Charlie Musselwhite is living proof that great music only gets better with age. This man cut his (musical) teeth alongside Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and everyone on the south side of Chicago in the early 1960’s – thank your lucky stars he is still with us telling the truth with a voice and harp tone like no other. The legends are dying on us. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a true blues master and yes, the dance floor is open.

Big Room
Feb 20

ALO

Long acclaimed for their deft musicianship, potent songwriting and on-stage interaction, the members of ALO have played together for more than two decades. A live show is best described as a “little bit of fun, a little bit of pop, a lot of energy and a big dollop of dance-worthy music,” wrote San Diego Magazine. ALO features Steve Adams on bass, Lebo on guitar and pedal steel, Zach Gill on keys and ukulele, and Dave Brogan on drums.

“They can improvise and jam as good as anyone I’ve ever seen,” said Jack Johnson, who produced their 2010 album “Man of the World.” “But they got these songs that really stick in your head, as well.”

Since ALO sold out its last appearance, we suggest you get your tickets early.

Big Roomo