The Texas Tunes series began in 2011 as part of the inaugural season of Lewisville’s beautiful new arts facility. This series features musicians based in Texas, performing music about Texas and doing so with skill and style. Performers include both contemporary young artists and seasoned professionals. It is all about entertaining audiences and celebrating our diverse Texas culture. The series is presented by the City of Lewisville.
Tier 1 tickets: $30
Tier 2 tickets: $20
$15 Lewisville resident tickets can be purchased in person at MCL Grand during normal business hours. Must show valid driver’s license or utility bill to validate residency. Subject to availability.
Sales tax included in ticket price.
Ray Wylie Hubbard - SOLD OUT (1/14/19)
Saturday, Feb. 9
Whether or not you subscribe to the adage that the devil always has the best music, you can take it on faith that anytime he pops up for a cameo in a Ray Wylie Hubbard song, the results are gonna be pretty entertaining. And as any fan of the Hubbard cannon knows, Old Scratch pops up in his songs a lot – nearly as often as all of Hubbard’s wise-cracking black birds, lyrical and musical nods to Lightnin’ Hopkins, badass women (usually Hubbard’s own wife, Judy), and myriad other grifters, ruffians, and scrappy cats of the gnarly and general lowdown variety. Somewhere or other on just about every Ray Wylie Hubbard album, the devil always gets his due – and he’s now even worked his way up to top billing on the acclaimed songwriter’s latest, Tell the Devil I’m Getting There as Fast as I Can.
“That may be RWH’s greatest gift. Whatever is dealt him, he scrapes the roots, boils the marrow and gives up songs that rabbit punch with delicious truth. Like Keith Richards, an outlaw who doesn’t need the tag, Hubbard’s reality is the rogue’s romance completely inhabited.” – Paste Magazine
Saturday, March 23
3 p.m. (children's concert) and 8 p.m.
Dallas-native Lisa Loeb is a singer/songwriter, producer, touring artist, actor, author and philanthropist who started her career with the platinum-selling No. 1 hit song, “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites, as well as two back-to-back albums that were certified Gold—Tails and the Grammy-nominated Firecracker. A trailblazing independent artist, Loeb was the first musician to have a number (or No.) 1 single while not signed to a recording contract. She followed that remarkable feat with the hit singles, "Do You Sleep," "I Do" and "Let's Forget about It” and the albums Cake and Pie, The Way It Really Is, and No Fairy Tale, among others.
Loeb continues to craft irresistible pop songs for the 21st century, while designing Lisa Loeb Eyewear, writing children's books, and supporting non-profit causes. The Los Angeles based mother of two is well-known to parents and kids for her albums Catch the Moon (with Elizabeth Mitchell) and Amazon Music exclusives, Nursery Rhyme Parade! and 2018 Grammy-winning Best Children’s Album, Feel What U Feel (featuring Craig Robinson and Ed Helms). She has also published two picture book-CDs for Sterling Children’s Books: Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Movin’ and Shakin' and Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing Along.
Loeb will perform two concerts, including a family-friendly matinee performance at 3 p.m. Seating for the children’s matinee is general admission. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for children 12 and under.
Tickets to the evening concert are $30 and $20. Lewisville residents may purchase select $15 tickets, subject to availability, in person at the MCL Grand during regular business hours. A valid driver’s license or utility bill is required to show proof of residency.
Lisa Loeb is a talented and clever pop songwriter. – PopMatters
Saturday, April 13
In regard to the Lone Star State’s finest tunesmiths, Bruce Robison lands at the top of the heap. His songwriting turned the heads of some of the industry’s biggest artists and took them to the top of the charts (Dixie Chicks’ No. 1 version of “Travelin’ Soldier,” George Strait’s recording of “Wrapped” and the beautiful Tim McGraw/Faith Hill rendition of “Angry All The Time,” to name a few). While those achievements might be considered the pinnacle of a song writing career to some, Robison has never been one to rest on his laurels. He and his wife Kelly Willis, who joined him in his Texas Tunes debut in 2014, have released several albums together, including Cheaters Game and Our Year, and most recently, Robison released 2017’s Bruce Robison & The Back Porch Band.
The opening set of this concert will feature finalists from the City of Lewisville’s “Be The Next” contest. More details to be released.
"...in a couple decades of watching his gradual rise from an Austin nightclub and dancehall upstart to the likely future dean of Texas songwriters... [Robison]'s not content to simply coast on the coattails of past accomplishments. The creative spark still burns in him." - No Depression
Texicana Mamas: Tish Hinojosa, Patricia Vonne, and Stephanie Urbina Jones
Saturday, May. 18
Three phenomenal singer-songwriters share the stage, singing with and supporting each other in music that uniquely blends their Hispanic heritages with American country, folk, and rock.
Tish Hinojosa is a singer-songwriter from Austin. Her blend of folk, country, Latino, and pop has an undeniable far-reaching appeal, garnering her accolades such as a White House concert at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton and teaming up with artists such as Joan Baez, Booker T. Jones, Flaco Jimenez, Pete Seeger, and Dwight Yoakam. She has recorded as an independent artist as well as for A&M, Warner Bros, and Rounder Records and has been a featured artist on Austin City Limits, A Prairie Home Companion, and other NPR programs. With 17s CDs to her name, Hinojosa’s distinct sound has gained her much critical acclaim. She has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe and returns to the MCL Grand after her January 2014 Texas Tunes debut.
Patricia Vonne has proven herself a truly ascendant and transcendent musical artist. The San Antonio native singer, songwriter, actress, activist, and award-winning filmmaker has released her seventh studio album, Top of the Mountain. The album is hot on the heels of her recent win at the Madrid International Film Festival for Best Animation awards for “Huerta de San Vicente,” the music video and homage to Spanish poet Federico García Lorca. The song was featured on her critically acclaimed all-Spanish album Viva Bandolera that made Top 8 in The Huffington Post. Vonne continues her trailblazing ride along the borderland where Castillian & Mexican infusions of flamenco and fiery gypsy guitar meets all-American rock 'n' roll. Her song "Traeme Paz" was featured in her brother Robert Rodriguez’s film Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and she was voted Best Female Vocalist 2014 & 2015 at the Austin Music Awards.
Stephanie Urbina Jones was born in a bi-cultural home in San Antonio, where she grew up hearing sounds from both sides of the border. She learned early about the power of storytelling through song and created a Latin country rock style all her own. Drawing from her passion to honor her heritage through music, she became the first independent female to reach No. 1 on the Texas Music chart. Her latest album, 2018’s Tularosa, is an inspired marriage of country classics with mariachi rhythms, honoring both her personal musical icons — Loretta, Dolly, Patsy, Willie, Merle, Hank, Kris, Johnny, and June — and the Mexican heritage that feeds her sound. But these long-overdue arrangements also reveal something else: the connections between traditional country music and the Hispanic influences that pervade it. She is not only a proven songwriter and vocalist; she is a passionate performer with a presence and spirit that is infectious.
"Simply put, [Tish] Hinojosa is a first class songwriter." – Chicago Tribune
“[Vonne's] confident, tuff gal vocals, sharp musicianship, and smart lyricism don't just promise the total package, they deliver the goods from the get-go.” – Texas Monthly Magazine
“Stephanie Urbina Jones builds a bridge between the Bible Belt and the tropics…” – Rolling Stone
Asleep at the Wheel
Saturday, June 15
Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia 48 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. The Grammy Award-winning Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. Featuring 22 acclaimed collaborations, the all-star lineup includes legends such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and George Strait and newcomers like The Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show, and many other fine talents.
With recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin), Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals), and Josh Hoag (bass), Asleep at the Wheel’s newest members have given a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band. Asleep at the Wheel veterans David Sanger (drums) Eddie Rivers (steel guitar) and Jay Reynolds (saxophone and clarinet) round out the now eight-piece band. Between those Texas Twin Fiddles and Boogie Piano, you can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town!
“Everything this act has ever released is simply spectacular.” – Billboard Magazine
Past 2019 Texas Tunes Concerts
An Evening with Ruthie Foster
Saturday, Jan. 12
In the tightknit musical community of Austin, Texas, it’s tough to get away with posturing. You either bring it, or you don’t. If you do, word gets around. And one day, you find yourself duetting with Bonnie Raitt, or standing onstage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater and trading verses with Susan Tedeschi. You might even wind up getting nominated for a Best Blues Album Grammy – three times in a row. And those nominations would be in addition to your seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year, and the title of an “inspiring American Artist” as a United States Artists 2018 Fellow. There’s only one Austinite with that résumé: Ruthie Foster.