It's amazing to just think the number of really great music you can listen to on the island during Mardi Gras.

For an event that is not a stand alone music festival, Mardi Gras does quite well. Just think of this: During the next few days, you can see and listen to amazing artists such as Jerry Jeff Walker, Joe Ely at Boots on the Beach on Friday, Asleep at the Wheel at the Tremont Ball or Kool & the Gang at the San Luis Salutes Mardi Gras gala on Saturday. On Monday and Tuesday, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen will be at The Grand 1894 Opera House.

Award-winning jazz artist Eden Brent just made a last second announcement that she will be at The Wizzard on Friday.

Those are just the big names that anyone could recognize. Then there are hardworking and entertaining local groups that often draw rowdy crowds of local friends and fans. Groups like Sam Navarro and the Lone Star Devils, Robert Kuhn, Red Cap Band, Zach Tate Band, The Line Up, Radio London, Kevin Anthony and many, many more will play across the island during the next few days.

Bands will be traveling in from places like Austin, see Wood & Wire, BitterHeart Society, Law by the Gun, or Nashville, Lee Brice, or Spring, Tx, Will Makar & The Red Line, and plenty of other towns large and small.

They've all made their way to this little island for the wild and wooly Mardi Gras party. I've heard plenty of talk, and even engaged in it myself, that there is not much of a music scene in Galveston. But looking at what the this weekend and last weekend had to offer might change your mind.

So now that all these bands are here, where do you plan to be? Hopefully out at one of the many great venues.

I'll leave you with some "Let's Boogie Woogie" by Brent and I'll see you out at a show this weekend.



Myrna Sanders - Bayview Duck in Bacliff at 8 p.m.

Chris J. Hardy; Cisco - 517 Bar in Dickinson at 8 p.m.

Wayne Dylan - South Shore Harbour Resort in League City at 9 p.m.


Mardi Gras Main Stage at at Strand and 23rd Street

Catie Taylor, 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

The Line Up, 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Lee Brice, 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sprung, 11 p.m. to midnight

Boots on the Beach at 21st Street and Seawall Boulevard:

Sam Navarro and the Lone Star Devils, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Paula Nelson, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Jesse Dayton, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Jerry Jeff Walker, 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Joe Ely, 11 p.m. to midnight

Eden Brent - The Wizzard at 8 p.m.

Marina Rocks - The Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe at 8 p.m.

Radio London - B. Jigger’s at the Holiday Inn Resort at 9:30 p.m.

The Antiques - Bobbie's House of Spirits at 9 p.m.

Soul Pride - Crow's Southwest Cantina at 9 p.m.

The Line Up - Yaga’s at 10 p.m.



Dawn Noelle - Dunn Bros Coffee in Friendswood at 7p.m.

Josh Wager; Mandi Powell - Crazy Alan's Swamp Shack in Kemah at 1 p.m.

"Jeff Maximum Band!" - 146 Roadhouse in Bacliff at 8 p.m.


Mardi Gras Main Stage at at Strand and 23rd Street

Ben Cina, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Bare Necessity, 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The Line Up, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Will Makar, 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sprung, 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Vanishing Point Cafe:

Zach Tate Band, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

People on the Balcony, 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Robert Kuhn, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Law By The Gun, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Red Cap Band, 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Kevin Anthony and G-Town, 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

BitterHeart Society, midnight to 1 a.m.

Cassette Tape - Float Patio and Pool Bar at 9 p.m.

Hold Fast Fables - Jimmy's on the Pier at 9 p.m.

Soul Pride - Crow's Southwest Cantina at 9 p.m.

Wood & Wire - Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe  at 8 p.m.

Bourbon Street - B. Jigger’s at the Holiday Inn Resort at 9:30 p.m.

Zach Perry - Bobbie’s House of Spirits at 9 p.m.

The Line Up - Yaga’s at 10 p.m.

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