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Free First Friday Featuring Jay White & The Blues Commanders and The Haberdashers
July 1, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Jay White & The Blues Commanders
Jay White was born at Fort Ord, California, moved soon afterwards to Texas and was quickly drawn to music as a child. “I have a vivid recollection of a trip to my grandfather’s house in Phoenix, AZ one summer when I was about 3,” says Jay. “My grandfather Bill White and some of his buddies were jamming out one night at his home and while they were taking a break I ran over and strummed the strings of his Gibson guitar that was leaning against a chair. I remember my folks shouting not to touch it and my grandfather assuring them that I couldn’t hurt the guitar. I still have that old Gibson after all these years.”
“Although I was brought up in church and began singing in public at an early age, my career as a guitar player began on my 10th Christmas when I got my own six string acoustic. It was a cheap, unplayable Kay Craft that was soon replaced after my grandfather Bill came to live with us. He told my dad that if I wanted to play they needed to get me a guitar I could play. Soon I had a Kay electric complete with a small amp and was on my way. My neighbor (across the pasture) Alan Davis who was in high school at the time had an old Silvertone guitar and amplifier case combo and he showed me some basic Jimmy Reed songs. From that point on I was hooked on the blues. Although I have played numerous styles of music over the years, it all boils down to the blues.”
The Haberdashers bring to the stage a whimsical blend of sirenesque harmonies and swashbuckling pirate roars guaranteed to inspire even the most apathetic listener to raise the black flag and toast a tankard of grog. The ragtag band of five are far more than just well-accessorized seamen (and a seawoman), they are an explosion of high energy folk/Americana goodness featuring show stopping vocals, plucky banjo, the occasional mandolin lick, and a whole lot of damn-catchy songwriting.
Lead songwriter Jaron Kucera and guitarist Erik Buerkle met and began writing music together over ten years ago in their rural Kentucky hometown. The two linked up with bassist Andy Mirsberger, banjoist Patrick Hornbeck and mandolinist Emma Kate in 2014 after meeting in an Austin, TX hat shop, where they were all currently employed. Yes, every band member is a real life, bona fide haberdasher. Not only can they serenade your ear holes with aural pleasure, but they can custom shape and fit your hat after the show.