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A hip-shakin’, belly-laughin’, song-slingin’,
down-home house party!
Shinyribs is the continuation of Kevin Russell’s musical journey that began in Beaumont, when, at 14, he found a guitar under his father’s bed, along with a sewing machine, a billy club and a box of comic books. Luckily, he chose the guitar. Following his family’s oil boom and bust migratory path, he landed in Shreveport, where he formed his first band, Picket Line Coyotes, a Husker Du meets Elvis Costello hybrid that lived and died between the “Arklatexabamassippi” borders much like their unfortunate animal namesake. From there, Kevin ventured to Austin, where The Gourds were born from the Picket Line Coyote ashes. That storied band of pumpkins came to an end after 18 years of good times and hard traveling. Since then, Kevin has been riding high on the Shinyribs river of country/soul and swamp/funk. A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip-shaking, belly-laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party. All styles of American music are likely to be touched on, squeezed on and kissed on by the Shinyribs band featuring Winfield Cheek on keyboards, Keith Langford on drums, Jeff Brown on bass and the Tijuana Train Wreck Horns. Whether on his six-string uke, his electric guitar or singing a cappella, Kevin Russell can entertain you like no one else. The freedom with which he moves, coupled with his incredible voice is an experience in and of itself. His original songs laced with magical realism along with novel interpretations of popular songs old and new (George Jones, TLC, Leadbelly, T-Pain) are the true art that runs throughout. He’s Burl Ives meets Al Green; Hank Jr. meets Teddy Pendergrass. Wendell Berry meets Chuck Berry — a unique musical experience and an original expression of our colorful musical heritage.
Free admission. Open lawn seating on lawn chairs and blankets. Picnics, snacks and coolers with beverages are allowed, including beer and wine, but no glass containers, please.
For more details about visiting the Levitt Pavilion, please see Your Visit.
The Levitt Pavilion is located in Founders Plaza, 100 W. Abram St., at the corner of Abram and Center streets. For directions and parking, please see Directions & Parking.