Hot off of winning a coveted Black Fret grant, Austin’s Tameca Jones took the stage at Stubb’s to rousing hoots and applause. Sporting a sleek new do, Tameca exploded onto the stage, hitting the audience head-on with the raw passionate vocals for which she is known. Her infectious smile let everyone know that the night was gonna be nothing but fun and Miss Jones did not disappoint.
The intimate setting of Stubb’s indoor venue could barely contain her energy as the “Queen of Austin Soul” segued from her opening number into a rousing cover of Elton John’s “Benny and the Jets.” Tameca has a way of taking a classic tune and putting her own soulful funky spin on it. Whether she’s covering Elton, the Talking Heads or Hendrix, you are at first taken aback by the song choice and then find yourself nodding and grooving in her fresh and vibrant interpretation. Her band effortlessly combines elements of funk, rock, soul and jazz to create a dynamic and tasty groove for Tameca to weave her vocals through and brand each song with her own unique vibe.
Some of the real gems however are found in her new original tunes, including her single “Hot and Bothered.” Tameca has only recently dipped her toes into the originals pool and has expressed a bit of anxiety about writing and performing her own songs. She needn’t worry. She brings such honest emotion through her vocals that the listener is sucked in and lost in the moment. And isn’t that what a good song is supposed to do?
All in all it was a killer night of fantastic music performed by real musicians in a hot, sweaty club. Yes… we are spoiled in Austin. And I for one could not be more grateful.
The night was a benefit for the Hill Country Conservancy. The Hill Country Conservancy marshals public and private resources to preserve the natural areas and scenic vistas, aquifers and springs, rivers and streams, working farms and ranches, and the rural heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country for people to enjoy and cherish for generations to come.
The night was also a chance for the group to highlight and report on the Violet Crown Trail. The Violet Crown Trail began as a vision in 1999 to create the first regional trail system in Central Texas. After over 15 years, the first six-mile segment is now open. Once complete, the 30-mile trail will provide a unique recreational experience as it passes through the urban wildlands of the Barton Creek Wilderness Park, the City of Sunset Valley, and eventually into Hays County. The Violet Crown Trail represents the greater vision of Hill Country Conservancy’s work to get people out on the land. Users will have the opportunity to experience conservation lands like never before – surrounded by wildlife, clean streams, and the breathtaking views of land preserved by HCC and its partners.
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