Featured Performers for March 2017 Tracy Weinberg and Gretchen and the Scotts
March 2017 Featured Musicians
Tracy Weinberg will start the new year of music at 1:00 p.m. His unique and eclectic singing style and accompaniment on the dojo (resonator banjo) and ukulele creates a fresh acoustic sound that blends clever, thoughtful lyrics with elements of blues, jazz, and folk.
Mr. Weinberg grew up in the Chicago area near Ravinia Park, which featured live music during the summer months. “I was able to hear performances ranging from the Chicago Symphony to Ravi Shankar to Iron Butterfly, creating an appreciation for many types of music. This is why my biggest influences as a performer are diverse artists like Louis Armstrong, Leon Redbone, Tom Waits, and Bela Fleck.”
When asked about his choice of musical instruments, he says, “No one on my family was very musical, but when I was in high school, I decided I wanted to play something. I chose to take up the banjo because it seemed like everyone else played guitar.”
He notes that music took a back seat for to his career for many years. “I taught public school for several decades; I loved teaching, but it took up much of my time and energy. More recently, I’ve renewed my passion for writing and performing and have worked hard to find my musical voice.”
Tracy has recorded two CDs of original material, combining clever, thoughtful lyrics with top-notch instrumental accompaniment. The first, Mountains of Dreams, came out in 2012, and charted in the top 30 on the Folk DJ chart. His newest recording, The Other Way Around, was released in 2016. He performs regularly at venues in San Marcos, Wimberley, Austin, Lockhart, Seguin, and beyond.
Listen to Tracy Weinberg’s music and check on his upcoming performances at www.tracyweinberg.com, www.facebook.com/tracyweinberg, or www.reverbnation.com/tracyweinberg.
Music continues at 2:30 p.m. with Gretchen and the Scotts. The group is led by the award-winning bard, Gretchen McMahon; she is a multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/songwriter, a winner of the silver medal in the Guitar Wars competition, sponsored by the Austin radio station KLBJ.
When asked to describe the band Gretchen and the Scotts, Ms. McMahon states, “I call ourselves wicked sonic ambrosia. We blend equal parts Celtic Women vocals with Carlos Santana stylings on guitar and mandolin, and serve it on a bed of Celtic/Gypsy/Jazz, spiced with lyrics that are both sassy and achingly beautiful.”
She continues, “The Scotts are made up of bassist and singer Scott McMahon, who brings three decades of experience to the group. He is joined by drummer/percussionist/vocalist Scott Wade, aka The Dirty Car Artist, who has been a fixture of the Central Texas music scene for many years. He has played with a wide range of groups, including, most recently, Ponty Bones and the Squeeze Tones.”
Gretchen notes that Gretchen and the Scotts will be bringing their live performance to music festivals, concerts and private events across the U.S. They will be touring in the summer and are recording a CD.
Come experience Gretchen and the Scotts genre-bending style of five hundred years of music in five minutes, rooted in jazz, world, and Celtic sounds, and get transported to a world full of wit, mythic exploration, and enchanting spirit.
Music is an integral component of the Arts Market and the community is invited to bring their lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the day listening to music. Local musicians perform 45-minute sets from 1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Any local musician interested in performing at the Arts Market should contact Tracy Weinberg at email@example.com Stipends are available.