Next month’s installment of the Kenneth Threadgill Concert Series will have a distinctively hometown flavor. Ben Kweller comes home to headline The Threadgill Series on Saturday evening, May 22nd inside the historic Municipal Auditorium in Downtown Greenville.
From his days in Radish through his solo albums, Kweller has been called everything from balladeer to punk rocker, anti-folker to indie-popper. On his latest album Changing Horses, Kweller turns toward country music, which was a major influence while growing up in Greenville.
Like Kenneth Threadgill, Kweller has roots in Greenville and Austin. Changing Horses was recorded in Austin, where he moved with his family after several years in New York.
This will be a special evening for Ben to perform at a venue he knows well, in front of fans, friends and family. He will showcase his acoustic side on the Steinway grand piano and Epiphone Texan guitar. His set, like Dylan, will also go electric, with help from his friend and former Radish collaborator, John David Kent. In addition to backing Kweller, John David Kent and The Dumb Angels will perform a set of their own music.
Influenced by the country and classic rock he grew up on, Kent formed the Dumb Angels in 2008 and began recording what he calls the most honest music he’s ever written. “My Girl”, the band’s first single, garnered immediate attention with heavy airplay on 95.3 FM the Range in the Dallas area. The video for “My Girl” became the “pick of the week” on CMT.com and was added to CMT’s Pure Country rotation.
Rounding out the bill is Austin’s The Band of Heathens, which features three frontmen and another Greenville native (John Chipman, drums). Named the Best New Band at the 2007 Austin Music Awards, the group has moved from relative obscurity to playing 250 dates a year for their rabid fan base. Like Kweller, they have performed on PBS’ long running show Austin City Limits. Their new album One Foot in the Ether demonstrates their evolution into a band worthy of the comparisons they receive to the Black Crowes, Little Feat and the Band.
Tickets are now on sale through Front Gate Tickets, 888-512-SHOW and www.frontgatetickets.com , as well as at Bill’s Records and CD World in Dallas and at Cavender’s, Magic Bubble and Calico Cat in Greenville. Limited tickets are available in the front reserved section. Advance tickets are $15-25. Tickets will also be available at the door from $20-30.
Posted by: Sam Moore
Tags: Texas music
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