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If it’s April, this must be Unplugged: Shady Grove marks 25 years of KGSR series

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

KGSR’s popular “Unplugged at the Grove” series celebrates its silver anniversary this year with five months of live music on Thursday evenings at Shady Grove, including longtime Austin favorites Marcia Ball, Alejandro Escovedo, Kelly Willis, Bob Schneider and Ray Wylie Hubbard.

The series, which begins April 12 with Shane Smith & the Saints, also works in a few up-and-coming acts, including Jackie Venson and Los Coast. Seven dates are still to be announced, including the final weeks in early September.

The music is free and begins at 8 p.m. Those arriving early and dining on the patio get preferred seating; late-arrivers often stretch out on the lawn adjacent to the patio alongside the retaurant’s indoor space.

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Here’s the lineup as it stands so far:

April 12: Shane Smith & the Saints

April 19: Kelly Willis

April 26: Charlie Mars Duo

May 3: James McMurtry

May 10: Marcia Ball

May 17: Ian Moore

May 24: Dale Watson

May 31: Los Coast

June 7: Gary P. Nunn

June 14: TBA

June 21: Dirty River Boys

June 28: Ray Wylie Hubbard

July 5: Jackie Venson

July 12: TBA

July 19: TBA

July 25: Roger Creager

Aug. 2: Alejandro Escovedo

Aug. 9: TBA

Aug. 16: Eric Tessmer

Aug. 23: Bob Schneider

Aug. 30: TBA

Sept. 6: TBA

Sept. 13: TBA

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