Americana is the broad umbrella under which Texas singer-songwriters Shakey Graves and Paul Cauthen fit, but authenticity may be their greater connection: Both create the music they want and in the way that they want.
It’s the sort of family reunion that makes one squirm to live through or, if on the outside, laugh at the familiarity of it: The child who returns to a smaller hometown after life in the big city.
Waco’s Juneteenth Family Fun Day, already one of the state’s larger Juneteenth celebrations, expands into an Extravaganza this year, with three days of activities and performances by the platinum-selling ’90s soul and hip-hop group Dru Hill and gospel singer Myron Butler.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — If the term “outlaw country” evokes images of Willie Nelson’s hippie braids or Waylon Jennings’ “Honky Tonk Heroes,” then you’ll want to see a new museum exhibit offering a deeper look at the poets, pickers and characters that revolutionized country music in the 1970s.
Creepy, creepy, creepy. Writer-director Ari Aster makes an impressively unnerving debut with “Hereditary,” a meticulously crafted horror thriller starring Toni Collette.
Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven” remake is a hard movie to live up to. Its starry charm was backed by a breezy and deceptively dense script full of memorable characters, dizzyingly complex logistics and lively filmmaking that Soderbergh himself couldn’t even recreate in the two sequels. But it is undeniable that even the near-perfect “Eleven” was missing something pretty major: Women. You know, besides Julia Roberts, that blackjack dealer and the one exotic dancer.
For Austin band Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes, it’s all about the party. Or the show. Or whatever it takes to get an audience on their feet, happy and leaving with a good feeling.
Sundae Drivers and Los Roachez, two Waco-area bands familar to local clubs and stages, take the weekend’s headliner slots at The Backyard downtown, giving fans live doses of Americana, rock, country and blues.
“The Rider,” a marvelous film by Chloé Zhao, tells the story of rodeo horseman Brady Blackburn, who, after suffering a near-fatal head injury after being stepped on by a bucking bronco, must find his place within a world where the phrase “ride or die” takes on real, high-stakes meaning.
Woman vs. nature. It certainly has a ring to it, especially when woman wins. But there are too few such stories in our popular culture, and certainly on our movie screens.
The tragic 1912 sinking of the luxury ocean liner RMS Titanic with the loss of some 2,200 passengers is a story that still captivates modern-day imaginations.
A milestone birthday merits something special. That’s why Texas country musician and Waco native Wade Bowen is changing some things for his annual Bowen MusicFest, which turns 20 this Sunday.
Texas country singer-songwriter Kyle Park says the title of his new album, "Don't Forget Where You Came From," explains in part the change in sound from his last album, "The Blue Roof Sessions."
Texas State Technical College Culinary Arts Connection
The Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer travels for many families, some of whom might be looking for a museum or art gallery visit to work into a city visit.
Just as Waco has shifted in out-of-town perception to become a tourist destination, Waco art sellers and artists are hopeful for another change in mind: Waco as a place to buy fine art.
The pop-rock musical “Bare” playing Friday and Saturday at the Waco Civic Theatre aims at young teens and adults, but not because of anything suggested by its title.
Spring, as Ted Nugent might put it, is the time when great shaggy beasts shake off winter’s sluggishness and, with hot blood pumping through their veins, go forth to stalk the land.
If there’s one takeaway from “Solo: A Star Wars Story ,” it’s that our favorite scoundrel had been through a lot before he ever met up with Luke, Obi-Wan and Leia.
The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir, which has traveled the world entertaining and leading praise, will continue its Texas swing with a stop Thursday evening at St. Eugene Catholic Church in McGregor.
Art will go beyond surface delight to issues of literacy and communication in two community projects with public receptions Thursday.
Predicting May weather in Waco for the annual Pints in the Park is a gambler’s game, but the remaining elements of Saturday’s edition — Texas barbecue, beer and live honky-tonk music — surely rate as a Texas trifecta.
The Brazos Theatre cast performing this weekend is accustomed to making up lines and situations in their regular mix of improv comedy and murder mysteries.
The start of a national tour always is a big thing, but the concert that kicked off the current “Jesus, I Believe” tour for Christian worship band Big Daddy Weave was more memorable than usual: a Carnegie Hall performance backed by a 250-voice choir.
When Melissa McCarthy, as the newly divorced, 40-something mom Deanna in “Life of the Party,” decides to re-enroll in college, my seatmate at a recent screening turned to me with a question about McCarthy’s choice of major: “What the heck is she going to do with a degree in archaeology?”
For a writer and performer whose songs have provided inspiration for millions of Christians, Michael W. Smith found himself at a strange place more than a year ago: creatively blocked and several years past his last album, released in 2014.
As Waco artist Marsha Wilson knows, jokes and puns come with the territory: Her art is hot. She’s burning to make more. Her work is smoking.
Shotgun Rider, the Texas duo of Logan Samford and Anthony Enriquez, knows the task ahead — building a base in Texas and beyond — means introducing fans to two distinctives, the band’s West Texas-lonesome sound and its name.
For a musical set in a specific time period, the 1950s, “Grease” and its high school story of romance and mild rebellion has proven remarkably timeless.
Tejano icon Little Joe Hernandez admits that though he lives in Temple, he doesn’t play many dates for his Waco neighbors.
The Central Texas Choral Society will do its part to mark the centennial of American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein by performing his “Chichester Psalms” in its spring concert Monday night at Truett Seminary’s Powell Chapel.
New food trucks offer baked potatoes with fillings and toppings, and Middle Eastern dishes served as a wrap or over rice.
The Waco Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-19 season will revisit several popular past performers, particularly Grammy Award winning pop/jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, and add well-known actor Henry Winkler as a narrator for the season closer.
Baylor University Film and Digital Media students put their work on public display Friday night with the annual Black Glasses Film Festival held at the Waco Hippodrome, 724 Austin Ave.
It’s not just wine stimulating the senses at the Waco Winery Tasting Room and Rooftop Patio, but sound and sight from its small stage.
Atlanta saxophonist Mace Hibbard performs with the Waco Jazz Orchestra on Monday night, but with a different status: distinguished guest artist rather than talented Waco High School student.
McLennan Theatre will stage its production of “The Wind In The Willows” on the banks of the Bosque River this weekend, but the river setting is meant more for atmosphere than reenactment.
When the band Honest Men opens for Kings Kaleidoscope Sunday night at Common Grounds, they’ll know the territory: The band started three years ago at Baylor University and Common Grounds was a basic venue.
Live music and award recognitions combine Friday night at the Music Association of Central Texas’ annual Groovy Awards, held at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum.
The band names Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and California Honeydrops offer no clues to the style of music they perform — horn-driven swing and infectious rhythm-and-blues/soul, respectively — but both suggest an easygoing, fun vibe for their audiences.
Those who’ve ever wondered what the animated television series “The Simpsons” would look like after 75 years — I know, a pressing question — “Mr. Burns — a Post-Electric Play” offers some answers.
Texas country star Pat Green comes back to Waco’s The Backyard April 27 with a new album of his songs. That’s not unusual, but who’s singing them is: a Who’s Who of Texas country.
Texas country singer-songwriter Josh Grider returns to his former musical stomping grounds of Waco Saturday night to open for Josh Abbott and his band at The Backyard in what Grider jokingly refers to as “a night of two Joshes.”
The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill
Atlanta-based comic, rapper and online personality DC Young Fly headlines shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday at the Waco Hippodrome, 724 Austin Ave.
The Art Center of Waco moved a major step closer to a downtown home this week with the completed purchase of a South Eighth Street property and building.
“Color Me You,” the indie film with China Spring’s Kaley Caperton Melcer as its lead, arrives in Waco this week with a five-day run that starts Sunday at the Waco Hippodrome. Color her happy.
Viewers may be forgiven for being confused by Wes Anderson’s movies. Constructed with dollhouse fastidiousness, their hyper-symmetrical, squared-off tableaus dressed with gorgeous textures and color palettes — and their clipped dialogue delivered with deadpan sincerity — they depict a universe with only glancing resemblance to the real world.
Texas country singer Cody Johnson looks at Saturday’s concert at the Extraco Events Center where he’s headlining a lineup of Mark Chesnutt, William Michael Morgan and Shotgun Rider, and thinks how far he’s come in Waco.
In many performing art circles, the year 2018 has special meaning. This would have been the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, one of the most important and celebrated musicians in American history.