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Wakey!Wakey! aka Mike Grubbs (One Tree Hill) + Suzanna Choffel (The Voice)

$12 In Advance

I think this will be a supper mid-winter Saturday night show at Jammin Java.  The album Almost Everything I Wish I'd Said the Last Time I Saw You... is just a fantastic piece of music.  It still stays in regular rotation in my car after three years owning it.  I hope front man Mike Grubbs and Wakey!Wakey! will live up to my expectations.  Add to it , Suzanna Choffel of season three of The Voice.

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Bios from Jammin Java:

Wake Up Tour: Wakey!Wakey!

What We Say: “I was a scrawny, dopey kid—the worst athlete on the face of the planet,” says Wakey!Wakey! frontman Mike Grubbs. “You know tee ball? I got to first base one time.”

Good thing Grubbs had a burgundy baby grand to wail on instead, the centerpiece of a Partridge-like music room that also housed a French horn, clarinet, violin and autoharp. Grubbs started climbing scales and chords here when he was 5. Back then, his mother—a longtime piano teacher and choir director—would ask the kids to sight read songs before they could even think of eating cereal. And homework, why, that was something you did simply to score more bench time.Before Grubbs could tap his true voice through a string of buzz-stirring Wakey!Wakey! releases on Family Records (two live LPs, a free collection of covers and last spring’s War Sweater EP), the following dues were paid: a totally ‘90s bar gig aimed at pint-slamming college kids; a rock band best described by its beard quotient and Black Crowes nods (Satellite Kid); and two touring musicals (Brigadoon, Camelot). “I’m a tall, skinny straight guy who can sing,” says Grubbs. “That’s basically gold in the musical theater business because there’s none of us.” Speaking of standing out, Wakey!Wakey! made their presence known over the past couple years by finding a perfect balance between crowd-pleasing pop and art-damaged indie rock. It’s something Grubbs learned from New York’s anti-folk scene and its founding father, Lach.Nowadays, Grubbs is the crazy one, slapping his piano around and singing like his life depends on it while conducting a rich backdrop of sweeping strings, heavenly harmonies, and enough delicate details to make Wakey!Wakey!’s first proper LP feel like an Oscar-nominated film soundtrack. Which is ironic to say the least. After all, One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn loved a Wakey!Wakey! set so much he tapped their sun-stroked “War Sweater” track for season 6’s finale and recruited Grubbs for a recurring role. That’d be the tale of a bartender/musician named, err, Grubbs—a strangely familiar life story hinted at in such standout Wakey!Wakey! songs as “Almost Everything,” “Twenty-Two,” and “Got It All Wrong.”

2012 has been a very good year for Austin native Suzanna Choffel. Her performance of the Fleetwood Mac classic "Landslide" on the third season of NBC-TV's wildly popular The Voice landed her a place on Blake Shelton's team. And with it came an outpouring of praise from fans and media from all around the world. Rolling Stone called her "the most intriguing" contestant on the show. Earlier in the year her song, "Stumble," was selected in the Top 3 in the Performance category by The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) marking the second time that Suzanna has won an ISC Award. In 2008, her song, "Hey Mister" caputured First Place honors in the Triple A category. Ms. Choffel first gained national attention when she became the unwitting subject of the controversial docu-drama, Catfish. Choffel appears in the film peforming via a YouTube clip of her performance of the Doc Watson classic, "Tennessee Stud." "Stumble," with its chill out production reminiscent of 90's trip hop can be heard on Choffel's most recent album, Steady Eye Shaky Bow, which received high praise in her home state of Texas. The Austin American Statesman called it a "record of shimmering soul," and the Austin Chronicle declared it "sultry and soulful, bubbling with sizzling eclectic pop." The album also features the regional hit, "Raincloud," a song infused with the flavor of New Orleans with backing by Big Sam's Funky Nation - its video has been viewed on YouTube more than half a million times. Influenced by women as diverse as Erykah Badu and Edie Brickell, with echoes of Feist and even a little Dusty, Suzanna writes upbeat melodies but wraps them around fearless examinations of the emotional complexities inherent in relationships. Some of these melodies carry delightful reminders of what's come before: a little girl-group reference here, a little Stax or Motown flavoring there. And though her subject matter might reflect uncertainty, the confidence in her voice is unmistakable.

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  • Damien N.

    I really enjoyed the show and the venue!

    February 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Suzanna Choffel kinda stole the show in my books.. great voice. Definitely a good show and would go again if they tour here again!

    February 3, 2013

  • David

    Call or text me at[masked] to find the group.

    February 2, 2013

  • David

    If anyone is planning to come by metro, I can pick people up at the Vienna Metro.

    January 30, 2013

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