Tonight in Seattle: Jon Dee Graham, Mad Rad, Roger Waters and more!Posted by Chris Green
Singer/songwriter Jon Dee Graham has been a fixture in the Austin music scene since 1979, playing in one of the city’s first punk rock bands, The Skunks, who opened for and played with a who’s who of early punk rock bands, including The Clash, The Ramones, The Cramps, and Gang of Four. The band broke up in 1983, but has been playing annual reunion shows since 2000. He then joined roots rock band The True Believers along with brothers Alejandro and Javier Escovedo. After the True Believers broke up, he collaborated with a number of other musicians, including John Doe, James McMurtry, John Hiatt, and Michelle Shocked.
Since the release of his first (of seven to date) solo album in 1997, Jon has generated an enthusiastic cult of fans and local and national recognition for his music which lies at the intersection of roots rock, country, and the blues. He was named Austin Musician of the Year at the 2006 SXSW event, has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame 3 times, and his songs have been used in multiple soundtracks. A documentary covering his life and art, Jon Dee Graham: Swept Away, was released in 2008.
Neumos’ new small club, Barboza, is open after some delays and tonight marks the first appearance of raucous local party rockers Mad Rad at the space.
Other musical happenings tonight include Roger Waters‘ big budget production of The Wall at Key Arena, high energy rockabilly with Angie and the Car Wrecks and the Load Levelers at the Funhouse, and funk rock from Nefarious Jones at the Tractor.