- Presented by
- Republic Services
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.
Join us on the lawn!
This concert is free! Open seating is available on the lawn. Please bring blankets and lawn chairs. You also can bring your own food and coolers with beverages, including alcohol, but no glass containers, please. Parking is free. For directions to the Levitt, please see Directions & Parking.