Culture Dose: Shakey Graves This Sunday

Shakey Graves performs at the Americana Music Association Showcase at Gatsby's during SXSW on March 14, 2014, in Austin. (Erika Goldring photo)

Mark your calendar for some rockin’ Moore music

If you’ve not yet seen Shakey Graves live, that’s something you’ll want to fix. We’d recommend you clear your schedule for this Sunday evening to catch the mesmerizing and enigmatic performer, who made a name for himself early on as Austin’s best one-man band. This weekend, his much buzzed-about Die Hard Tour—one that features him with a backing band—enlivens the stage at downtown’s Moore Theatre (with Tennis as the opener). 

No stranger to the PNW—having rocked venues from The Neptune and Neumos to such festivals as Sasquatch and Pickathon—Alejandro Rose-Garcia (AKA Shakey Graves) has a bio that remains mysterious (“Shakey Graves Is A Gentleman From Texas”), raw lyrics that prove impactful and an unmistakable sound that’s beautifully haunting. Perfect for Halloween weekend, no?

The rocker has no doubt come a long way from his days of folk music obscurity and dive bar open mics, performances during which he took to the stage toting only an acoustic guitar and handmade kickdrum made from an old suitcase. His new breakthrough album ‘And The War Came’ on Dualtone Records debuted at #8 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart, launching the talent into the national spotlight and landing him on the stages of Conan and Letterman, Lollapalooza and Newport Folk.

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Photo by Josh Verduzco

Having earned such complimentary reviews as “unclassifiably original” by NPR Music and “boundary-pushing” by the LA Times, Shakey Graves also leads this year’s Americana Music Awards nominations alongside Lucinda Williams and Sturgill Simpson, with nods for “Album of the Year,” “Emerging Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year.”

Curious to hear for yourself? C’mon, it’ll be the perfect cure for your spooky Halloween hangover or—better yet—an extension of a celebratory weekend that’s full of mystery, intrigue and stirring allure.

Shakey Graves at Newport Folk Festival 2013 (Shakey Graves Tintype, Giles Clement)
Shakey Graves at Newport Folk Festival 2013 (Shakey Graves Tintype, Giles Clement)
Shakey Graves performs at the Americana Music Association Showcase at Gatsby's during SXSW on March 14, 2014, in Austin. (Erika Goldring photo)
Shakey Graves performs at the Americana Music Association Showcase at Gatsby’s during SXSW on March 14, 2014, in Austin (Erika Goldring photo)

If this concert leaves you craving more Moore, check out upcoming shows like the Seattle Rock Orchestra performing David Bowie + Glam Rock November 7 and 8 and Glen Hansard November 14.