Waco Live Music: Essential Sounds (4/29–5/3/23)

Jordan Tyler Haynes with Clint Bracher | Texas Music Cafe | 8 pm, Saturday, April 29

Jordan Tyler Haynes brings his electrifying fusion of bluegrass roots and rock ‘n’ roll spirit to the Texas Music Cafe this Saturday night in downtown Waco. With a musical journey that began at age twelve, Haynes’ artistry transcends genres, drawing inspiration from disparate legends like John Prine and Jimi Hendrix. His performances are a blend of heartfelt narratives and raw emotion, as he pours sorrow through soulful vocals and channels fiery passion through his guitar. Clint Bracher opens.

Tickets are $20 and are available online.

The Atkins Tent Revival with SUNNN | Bridge Street Plaza | 6 pm, Saturday, April 29

Bridge Street Plaza will once again be alive with the sound of music on Saturday night as the second free concert in the Levitt AMP Waco Music Series features The Atkins Tent Revival. The band’s mission is to spread the Gospel of Good Times, and what a gospel it is: a melting pot of blues, country, soul, ranchera, folk, gospel, rock—you name it, they’ve got it. Powered by frontman Ben Atkins’, their shows have the kind of raw emotion that’ll give you goosebumps. And as Atkins is about to leave Waco, don’t miss your chance to see this free show. SUNNN opens.

Listen to more music by The Atkins Tent Revival on Spotify.

Michael Longoria Y Conjunto Jamm | JRG’s Bar & Grill | 9 pm, Saturday, April 29

An accordion prodigy since age 10, Michael Longoria has recorded five albums and is working on a new one now with Conjunto Jamm, which includes bassist Johnny Longoria, bajo sexto player Andrew Longoria, and drummer Matt Macias. The band’s sound is a testament to Longoria’s musical lineage—his father, Johnny Longoria, played alongside conjunto industry greats like Tony De La Rosa and Alfredo De La Rosa, and that influence shines through. Don’t miss your chance to see this Kingsville-based band perform at JRG’s on Saturday night because you’re in for a high-energy, accordion-fueled fiesta.

$10 cover.

Tea Aguilar with Fingerjane | Hemingway’s Watering Hole | 6 pm, Monday, May 1

Waco’s Tea Aguilar is an artist who resists easy definition. His work as a singer-songwriter and musician is a testament to the transformative power of art, as he navigates the complexities of the human experience through sound. Aguilar’s music is a kaleidoscope of influences, blending the experimental with the familiar, the introspective with the exuberant. And his performances are a study in contrasts—sorrow and joy, introspection and catharsis—melded into a singular, compelling experience. And you can see him for free at Hemingway’s weekly Monday Funday. Fingerjane opens.

Listen to more music by Tea Aguilar on Spotify.

The Koch-Marshall Trio | Backyard Bar Stage & Grill | 8:30 pm, Wednesday, May 3

Guitar virtuoso Greg Koch has teamed up with his son Dylan on drums and B3 organist Toby Lee Marshall in a trio that’s anything but a vanity project. The Koch-Marshall Trio has chops to spare, and they’re not shy about showing them off. But it’s not just about the solos—these guys have a knack for blending blues, rock, and jazz into a musical gumbo that’s as tasty as it is heady. So if you’re looking for something to do next Wednesday night, get yourself down to the Backyard. Admission is free, but the musical dividends will be rich.

Listen to more music by The Koch-Marshall Trio on Spotify.

More Waco Live Music

  • Ryan The Son plays a rescheduled show at Freight Bar on Monday night as part of its battle of the band series that concludes on May 4.
  • The acoustic duo version of Live Oak Moonshiners performs at Barnett’s Whiskey House starting at 4 pm on Saturday.
  • Mack Abernathy’s First Wednesday Fiasco returns to the Taqueria Mexicano Grill 15 in China Spring on May 3 at 6:30 pm.

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Mark Roy Long's various incarnations have included college English instructor, book publisher, freelance writer, editorial content manager, and professional lawn mower. He is a devotee of craft beer, disc golf, and live music. A long-time Waco resident, he was tired of asking, “What’s going on around town?” and decided to answer that for himself... and anyone else who wanted to know.

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