Shakey Graves Performs Tonight at The Parish
Yes, my memories of local one-man band Shakey Graves are quite vivid. But these are, quite arguably, live performances you’ll not soon forget. (He’s had a day named in his honor by official mayoral proclamation, for heaven’s sake.)
The first time I saw songwriter Alejandro Rose-Garcia was last year in October at the Hole In the Wall, where the room was packed and buzzing with conversation, then suddenly quieted down the moment he got on stage. The atmosphere was charged with a different energy after that, in tune to his uncluttered style of lo-fi, rustic folk.
Something similar occurred during SXSW this year at a small showcase I happened upon at Papi Tino’s on E. 6th St. Without much fanfare, he stepped up to the mic and began his set. People literally stopped and stared, completely caught off guard.
I’ve said it before, and it bears repeating: Shakey Graves has a presence much greater than a single-person show. Armed only with guitar, banjo, and a makeshift kick drum made from a vintage suitcase, he is almost otherworldly with his vocals and graceful, haunted melodies.
Don’t miss out on the next show. Shakey Graves headlines tonight at The Parish, 214 E. 6th St. This is quite the lovely bill, with Little Radar, Acre Yawn (featuring Chase Weinacht of Marmalakes and Haley Barnes of Houston-based band Buxton), and songwriter Emily Wolfe. Doors open at 8 p.m. Recommended.