Tag: American dreamer


American Dreamer has had a very big year! they performed at the Kerrville Music Festival (Kerrville, TX), Old Settler’s Music Festival (Driftwood, TX), Mayfest (Ft. Worth, TX) Deep Ellum Arts Festival (Dallas, TX), Texas Folklife Festival (San Antonio, TX) Heart of Texas Rockfest (Austin, TX), Ultimate Louisiana Party (Dripping Springs, TX) and made friends at KUTX radio, SUN Radio and gathered many, many new fans.
They are excited to record in March for their next album with Goose Creek Music  and their bandleader Sasha has signed a publishing deal with Another Victory Publishing. 


RajiWorld is proud to invite you to a double bill of two clients playing together for the first time!
Doors: 7pm Show: 7:30pm General Admission: $15.00

American Dreamer: Comprised of three classical musicians and two former rockers, Austin orchestral folk ensemble American Dreamer has over 30 years of collective music school experience.

Members can be found performing with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. Not surprisingly, the band’s sound mirrors the generosity apropos of educators. In performance they selflessly let each other share the spotlight as much as they commingle in it, obviously in appreciation for what they do as individuals and as a group. From the rocker “Start-Stopping” to the more introspective “Apollo,” American Dreamer’s songs flow easily with intricate, lush harmonies and expressive instrumentation reminiscent of October Project. With one foot in classical music and the other comfortably in folk, the common thread that runs through every song and each member of the group is the natural urge to share sounds, emotions and stories through music.

In the last year, American Dreamer has performed at the Kerrville Music Festival (Kerrville, TX), Old Settler’s Music Festival (Driftwood, TX), Mayfest (Ft. Worth, TX) Deep Ellum Arts Festival (Dallas, TX), Texas Folklife Festival (San Antonio, TX) Heart of Texas Rockfest (Austin, TX), Ultimate Louisiana Party (Dripping Springs, TX).

Misimplicity: Misimplicity is a collaboration between singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Grace London and bassist Zoe Cz, two 16 year old musicians hailing from Austin, Texas. Elements of alternative-folk, indie-rock, and 90’s emo fuse together on the duos first self-titled EP, a six song reflection on the difficulty of existing comfortably as expressed through Grace London’s uniquely poetic stream of consciousness writing style. The album is a testament to the enormity of introspective thought in all its strange loops, a dissection of the wishes and regrets we hold on to; feverishly communicated and beautifully performed.

Grace began her musical career by learning the classical guitar at age seven, going on to play an array of shows at coffee shops and small events before she’d reached middle school. For a short time she assumed the role of guitarist for Austin Music Award winning band Residual Kid before jumping back into her own music, recording her first album Rocketship Girl at 13 years old, a release that marked the inception of her continuing studio collaborations with Austin producer Brian Beattie.

By the release of her second album, the critically praised Brains Grace had made a dent in the Austin festival circuit, performing sets at Old Settlers, Austin City Limits, and SXSW, taking charge of vocals, guitar, kick drum and drum machine. Zoe’s musical trajectory was on a similar path; the classically trained upright bassist was avidly taking the stage with various bands, including local rockers Charlie Belle. The two musicians finally crossed paths while interning at Girl’s Rock Camp during the summer after Brains release. Zoe was looking for a band and Grace was looking to get on stage with a bassist; the two almost instantly decided to begin playing gigs together. Since then they’ve developed a strong collaborative dynamic as a duo, making another SXSW showcase appearance and playing tons of clubs through out Austin.

After the past year of performing together, Zoe and Grace decided it was time to become Misimplicity, a name inspired by the title of the new EP’s second track “Miss Simplicity.” The name alludes to a subtle sarcasm that’s weaved its way into Grace’s songwriting, a tonal distinction from her previous projects. Where Brains was often playful and self-deprecating Misimplicity aches with occasional tinges of nuanced humor. Grace’s frustration bites and writhes on tracks like “Little Girl,” a sludgy rock outburst that wears Brian Beattie’s presence as producer in its peculiar details, while the hypnotic melancholy of “Old Apartment” finds Grace recounting visual and emotional memories in a brood reminiscent of Red House Painters or American Football, driven by a sparse programmed drum loop and atmospheric guitar and bass. “Take me Down” is one of Grace’s most powerful lyrical moments, exhibiting a depth that defies the marginalized expectation with which young musicians are often unnecessarily held to. “I am just a little person and I’m learning as I go”; most bands of any age wouldn’t have the bravery to make such a simple, poignant statement. Misimplicity will be performing at the Cactus Café Friday September 23rd to celebrate the release of Misimplicity.


As Old Settler’s Fest hits 30, younger artists remain key to its future

MUSIC By Peter Blackstock – American-Statesman Staff

30th Old Settler’s Music Festival
Thursday-Sunday, April 20-23, 2017
Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch, FM 1826 south of Austin, Texas


Headliners include Los Lobos, Leftover Salmon, Shakey Graves, Shinyribs, Old 97’s, 

Sarah Jarosz, Anders Osborne, Gregory Alan Isakov, 

Reckless Kelly, Nikki Lane, Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush 
WHAT: Media is invited to preview, attend & cover the 30th annual Old Settler’s Music Festival, a unique four-day music experience featuring 30 outstanding roots, bluegrass and Americana acts performing on four stages in wildflower-laden central Texas April 20-23.
Performers also include Peter Rowan & Friends, the Lone Bellow, the California Honeydrops, Gaelic Storm, the Travelin’ McCourys, Elephant Revival, Billy Strings, the Peterson Brothers, Session Americana, Lil’ Smokies, Wood & Wire, the Honeycutters, Väsen, River Whyless, Mandolin Orange, American Dreamer, the Last Bandoleros and Griffin Carter (schedule below).
WHERE: Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch, FM 1826 south of Austin
WHEN: Thursday, April 20, through Sunday, April 23
4 p.m. to midnight Thursday, April 20, Camp Ben McCulloch (box office: 10 a.m.)
4 p.m. to midnight Friday, April 21, Salt Lick Pavilion (box office and gates: 3 p.m.)
10:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday, April 22, Salt Lick Pavilion (box office and gates: 9:30 a.m.)
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 23, Camp Ben McCulloch (box office: 9:30 a.m.)
ABOUT: Old Settler’s has earned its reputation as one of the country’s finest roots music festivals by presenting a mix of respected veterans and exciting up-and-comers in a beautiful, relaxed setting. Campground jam sessions, engaging kids’ activities, a crafts market, specialty foods and brews, artist interactions and friendly patrons help deliver indelible memories that draw festivalgoers back year after year. Workshops with master performers and the Youth Talent Competition, where tomorrow’s headliners might gain early recognition and cash prizes, plus a festival slot, add to the allure of this gathering, one of the best entertainment bargains around. The nonprofit festival also gives back, via annual beneficiaries and a college scholarship program for music-related majors.
FYI: Free apps for Apple and Android mobile devices, available via iTunes or Google Play, enhance the experience with customizable schedules, artist info and an interactive festival map. Old Settler’s also has posted special Spotify and YouTube playlists featuring festival artists.

(Artists and times subject to change)
Camp Ben McCulloch Stage 
4-5:15 p.m. – American Dreamer
5:35-6:50 p.m. – Session Americana
7:15-8:30 p.m. – Mandolin Orange
9-10:15 p.m.  – The Peterson Brothers
10:45 p.m.-midnight – Billy Strings
Hill Country Stage (Salt Lick Pavilion)
4-5:20 p.m. – Lil’ Smokies
5:45-7 p.m. – Gaelic Storm
7:25-8:40 p.m. – Sam Bush
9:05-10:20 p.m. – Gregory Alan Isakov
10:45 p.m.-midnight – Shakey Graves
Friday – Bluebonnet Stage (Salt Lick Pavilion)
4-5 p.m. – Session Americana
5:20-6:35 p.m. – California Honeydrops
7-8:15 p.m. – Reckless Kelly
8:40-10 p.m. – Anders Osborne
10:30 p.m.-midnight – Leftover Salmon
Hill Country Stage
11-11:45 a.m. – Griffin Carter
12-1 p.m. – Väsen
1:20-2:10 p.m. – Peter Rowan Bluegrass Jam with Wood & Wire
2:30-3:40 p.m. – California Honeydrops
4-5:15 p.m. – Elephant Revival
5:35-6:50 p.m. – The Lone Bellow
7:10-8:25 p.m. – Del McCoury Band
8:45-10 p.m. – Sarah Jarosz
10:30 p.m.-midnight – Los Lobos
Bluebonnet Stage
10:30 a.m.-1:10 p.m. – Youth Talent Competition
1:30 -2:30 p.m. – The Honeycutters
2:40-3 p.m. – 2017 Youth Competition Winner
3:20-4:20 p.m. – Wood & Wire
4:40-5:50 p.m. – The Travelin’ McCourys
6:10-7:15 p.m. – Peter Rowan & Friends
7:40-8:50 p.m. – Nikki Lane
9:15-10:30 p.m. – Old 97’s
11 p.m.-midnight – Shinyribs
Discovery Stage workshops

1 p.m. – Parents Instrument Petting Zoo
2 p.m. – Shaker workshop with Mike Meadows
3 p.m. – The Travelin’ McCourys
4 p.m. – Songwriting with Sarah Jarosz
5 p.m. – Väsen meet ‘n’ greet
Camp Ben McCulloch Stage
10-10:45 a.m. – Sunday Service
11 a.m.-noon – Väsen
12:20-1:20 p.m. – River Whyless
1:40-2:40 p.m. – The Last Bandoleros
3-4 p.m. – Elephant Revival
4:30-5:30 p.m. – Shinyribs


This is going to be an absolutely incredible Spring for American Dreamer including 6 festival appearances. We look forward to working with you on developing fans worldwide for this beautiful music.

Atwood Magazine’s  writes “The name “American Dreamer” feels redundant, in a way; from birth, so many Americans are instilled with the values of liberty and justice for all, taught that our country was built upon the dreams of the few who inspired the many. We learn the power of dreams through exemplars like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose “I Have a Dream” speech is as relevant today as it was fifty-three years ago.

Of course, the American Dream is not perfect; our streets are not paved with gold. Success does not come without dedication, hard work, and (perhaps) a bit of luck. Moreover, America’s so-called “freedoms” do not extend to all levels of society: Women, people of color, the LGBT+ community, those of certain religions, and other sectors of society do not enjoy the ability to freely express themselves; they are still fighting for their freedoms.

The notion of chasing the “American Dream” has many a folly, but to be an American Dreamer is to recognize the imperfections in our world – from inequality to exploitation, and beyond – and to work towards their end by whatever means necessary. Austin orchestral folk ensemble American Dreamer might not (or might!) have given such an extensive level of consideration into their band name, but they nevertheless stand by its values, promoting notions of unconditional love and individual freedom on their latest music video “All the Time.”