Flannel-shirted, modern-day dustbowl troubadour Eric Hisaw will be the showcase attraction at Sam’s Burger Joint’s Honky Tonk Happy Hour on Friday, September 12. Hisaw, who’s spent the last couple of months promoting his well-crafted, no-nonsense, Springsteenish (or should that be Springsteenian?) album, Nature of the Blues, recently returned from a heartland swing that included shows in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Kansas City. Showtime for Honky Tonk Happy Hour is
6 p.m.

For my money, one of the big highlights of the inaugural Art and Music Festival at Main Plaza on September 13 should be Piñata Protest. On a day when attendees will be graced with the venerable, double-accordion shot of Texas Tornados Augie Meyers and Flaco Jimenez, Piñata Protest can be counted on to forcefully take the raw essence of conjunto into warp-speed tempos and punky aggression. One of the most original forces on the local music scene, this guitar-bass-drums-accordion combo will almost certainly shatter any hint of tranquility at Main Plaza when they tear into classsics such as “Denied Rights” (with its brilliant, tongue-in-cheek intro) and “La Cantina.”

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