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Posted on: December 23, 2016

Brown Bag Lunch Concerts stay fresh in 16th year

This is a photo of the Lake Travis Fiddlers performing at Lakeway Activity Center in 2016.
Have some lunch and take in a free concert during the 2017 Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series every Thursday in January and February at the Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek.
The Lakeway Arts Committee produces the series of free weekly concerts, which is in its 16th year. The concerts begin promptly at noon and end at 1 p.m. They are open to everyone; reservations or tickets are not required. There is plenty of table seating.
“Mark your calendars, pack your lunch and prepare to be entertained,” Arts Committee Chairman Fred Newton said.
The 2017 lineup is:

Jan. 5
Displaying extraordinary talent with a band leader who also is a symphony conductor, The Reel Sheboygan will light up the stage with popular music of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s.

Jan. 12 
The iconic duo of Albert and Gage has impressed Lakeway and Austin audiences for years. Christine Albert draws on her musicianship as chairwoman of the National Recording Academy’s board for the Grammy Awards. She and her husband, Chris Gage, have performed their roots rock-folk music together and with other bands across the nation. 

Jan. 19
Popular Lakeway singer Barbara Calderaro will bring her quartet, The Highlights, to the Brown Bag stage to feature jazzy versions of favorite songs.

Jan. 26
Not many performers can captivate an audience like Matt Wilson. He is a consummate musician and vocalist, having gained national exposure wowing sold-out audiences as the “Piano Man” in the first national tour of the Billy Joel Tony-award winning musical, “Movin’ Out.”

Feb. 2
The Lake Travis Fiddlers, founded in 2000 by Lake Travis ISD orchestra director Anna Macias, continue to gain national recognition. They perform in a wide variety of Texas venues and were a great hit with Brown Bag crowds last year. These fiddlers and singers present a rousing show of country and folk music.

Feb. 9
Pianist Red Young has had a spectacular musical career, including recordings with Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, Linda Ronstadt, Eric Burdon, and Nelson Riddle as well as concert tours around the world. The Red Young Quartet will feature Young’s wife, vocalist Silvie Rider, in this concert.

Feb. 16 
The Robert Skiles Quartet will present a musical valentine. Vocalist Shawnda Birch will be featured as they present popular songs with a taste of jazz. Skiles is renowned as an orchestra leader, composer and college teacher. He performs in many venues, including annual shows at the One World Theatre.

Feb. 23
Get ready for Mardi Gras as The Second Line Jazz Band returns to Lakeway. They have performed in concerts sponsored by the Austin Traditional Jazz Society and at various festivals. Their leader, clarinetist Jim Ivy, says, “The band’s name comes from the quintessential New Orleans art form, said to be like having a jazz funeral without a body.”
For information about the 2017 Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series, call Lakeway Activity Center at 512-261-1010.
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