Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February 2017 Java Jam

The multi talented Johnny Flores, from Needville, a singer/songwriter/guitarist will once again occupy the guest spot at the popular monthly Java Jam at Milam Street Coffee Shop. Johnny was one of the first performers of original music at MSC and created a lot of new fans for his unique sound that can best be described by the border slang word “Spanglish,” a cross between Spanish rhythm and English lyrics.
Flores can dazzle an audience with flamenco guitar picking one moment and down home country sounds the next. He writes and sings with the passion of a country boy aware of the joys of life and how to express appreciation for them. His subject matter ranges from childhood memories of watermelons and ripe tomatoes to loyal dogs he’s loved and a record breaking fish that was almost caught but much admired for how it got away. He sings of Cowboys he’s known and horses he’s owned, of Vaqueros, Gringos, and a few beautiful girls he’s serenaded in two languages, without a trace of an accent in either. Above all Johnny is an entertainer, one of the most popular the Java Jam has had. His regular fan base will cheer his return and new ones yet to be made will be mighty happy to join the club. That’s Friday, February 24, 6 pm to 9 pm, Milam Street Coffee Shop. Bring a covered dish and $15 per person to experience Wharton’s unique dining/music experience.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Jnauary 2017 Java Jam


Last year Doc Blakely was invited to entertain at a chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy here in Texas. He has always been intrigued by stories of the Civil War, or as they say in the South, the war of northern aggression. He suggested to the ladies that a program using music and humor would be his preference and although they raised their eyebrows they gave him their blessing. The result was that it was well received and led to other engagements including the national annual meeting of 500 people from all across the South and even some members from the North. Membership was restricted to females descended from Confederate soldiers, and much to his surprise consisted of white, black, red and other shades of humanity. Their goal is simply to preserve a proud history.
Doc's research uncovered lots of material not usually presented in meetings of this type, namely music and humor. That’s what he did and the result was such a pleasure for him and such a relief to them that this would not be another description of a bloody battle that he wants to share it with Java Jam attendees in even greater depth. Here’s what to expect.
The first hour 6-7 pm will consist of great tunes like Lily Dale, Lorena, The Yellow Rose of Texas, Hallie and the Mockingbird, Goober Peas, Tommy Don’t Go, Bear Creek Hop, Gallopades and Reels. A little history of little known facts of the war and the incredible exploits of some Texans will be sprinkled between songs that will no doubt stir emotions and Lone Star pride.
The always delicious covered dish buffet from 7 to 8 provides a nice break and in the second set from 8 to 9 we’ll follow up with the full blown Java Jam Band playing examples of the modern forms of music used today that were shaped by that era.
So come on out and enjoy a great evening of historical proportions. Bring a covered dish with a little extra to share and $15 per person cover charge and enjoy Wharton’s most unique dining/live music venue. For other details and directions see www.milamstcoffee.com

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December 2016 Java Jam


Heads up Java Jam fans. The Java Jam will not be held on a Friday this month but a SATURDAY. A special Saturday at that, because his talented and lovely wife, Annie, will join him singing harmony on many of the tunes.

Mike Blakely, novelist/musician/songwriter will perform at Wharton’s most unique dining/live entertainment venue, The Java Jam, Saturday, Dec 10, 6-9 PM, Milam Street Coffee Shop, Wharton, Texas. Open to the public, the process is simple: Bring a covered dish with a little extra to share and $15 per person (except kids are free) for the honor system cover charge. The food is always great and guests may bring their own wine. This month is special for two reasons, because Java Jam comes earlier than usual and the second set will start a little early to squeeze in some sing-a-long Christmas songs for the audience to be a big part of the show, led by Ashley our singing waitress.

Recently when a major publisher began looking for a novelist to team up with international entertainment icon, Kenny Rogers, they came straight to Mike Blakely, who had previously co-written the novel “A Tale out of Luck” with Willie Nelson. Blakely and Rogers have now released their co-written novel “What are the Chances?” a mystery novel about, what else, the gambler alluded to in Kenny’s block buster hit record “The Gambler.” Copies of the book will be available at the Java Jam for signing after the show as well as CD’s of Mike’s original music.
Blakely, who was reared in Wharton, a graduate of Wharton High, Wharton County Junior College and the University of Texas, continues to leave his creative footprints across the landscapes of Texas, the U.S., and the world, as the author of 20 books and a performing songwriter with seven CD's to his credit. His talents take him to annual concert tours of Europe and the U.S.

As a novelist, Mike has enjoyed national distribution, with his books selling in Barnes & Noble, Hastings, Borders, Walmart and independent bookstores everywhere. He is a winner of the Spur Award for Best Western Novel, 2001, “Summer of Pearls,” given annually by Western Writers of America. To quote famed western novelist, Elmer Kelton, “Besides being a fine spinner of tales, Mike Blakely is a poet and musician at heart, which makes his narrative sing and his unusual characters dance their way through the epic story of a changing west.”

Blakely has written, in addition to novels, over 500 songs which have caught the attention of artists such as Grammy-winner Flaco Jimenez, Raul Malo (of The Mavericks), Gary P. Nunn, Larry Joe Taylor, Johnny Rodriquez and many others. One of his songs, from his own CD, “Last Comanche Moon” was the number one requested tune for over sixteen weeks over the Americana radio network in America and, of all places, the top English language station in France. The latest big news is that one of Mike’s songs, the bi-lingual “Seguro Que Hell Yes” was recently released by Alan Jackson on his new album.

Mike Blakely's dual career as a novelist and performing songwriter makes him uniquely qualified for an appearance at venues around the world. Java Jam attendees can expect a sensory filled hour of entertainment from a rare talent, a prolific writer, and an established veteran of the American and European entertainment industry in print, over the airways and on stage. And as usual he’ll hang around for a Christmas Time Song Jam with the Java Jam Band and THE AUDIENCE in the second set. For more information on Mike see www.mikeblakely.com
For more information and directions on the Java Jam see www.milamstcoffee.com

Monday, July 18, 2016

Grady Lee Java Jam

Grady Lee will be the featured guest at the next Java Jam, Friday, July 22, 6-9 pm, Milam St. Coffee, on the square in Wharton, Tx.
Texas singer-songwriter and entertainer Grady Lee has been playing his own style of Texas music since the 60’s. His musical influences include Bill Monroe, Peter Rowan, Jimmy Buffet and Bob Dylan among others. Grady can play solo guitar, as a duo with fiddle or lead guitar, or with a full band at private parties, festivals, and corporate events throughout Texas and the southwest.
Grady is a singer/songwriter/guitarist with credentials as big as the Lone Star State. He has received numerous awards for his work including Studio Musician of the Year from Texas Music Association in 2012. He is no stranger to Wharton, having played numerous times for Shanghai Days Cowboy Gathering and other functions. This is his second appearance at Java Jam. His style is Country but he’s not above performing anything from Old West to Rockabilly, Gospel and Bluegrass.
Come join Wharton’s most unique dining/live music venue. Bring a covered dish with a little extra to share and $15 per person cover charge to provide a little gas money for guest musicians. Bring your own wine if you wish. See www.milamstcoffee.com for further details and directions.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April Java Jam

Next Java Jam, Friday, April 22, 6-9 pm, Milam Street Coffee, on the Square, Wharton, Tx.
Remember the River Ramblers? This was a group of seasoned musicians that played a wide swath of land either side of the Colorado River. Elements of that kind of talent have resurfaced in a group of five, some of whom play multiple instruments to add a unique flare to the performance. The band plays home grown originals, classic country favorites, popular Texas country songs, as well as newer pop country tunes.
Michael Kelly and the City Limits Band was started in Wharton, Tx in a small dorm room at Wharton County Junior College. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Michael Buentello (aka Kelly), wrote the first originals "Already gone" and "My Texas Girl" while passing time between classes. Michael gets his inspiration from experiences in his own life as well as experiences and hardships the people around him have endured. His goal is to spark an emotion in his listeners that brings them back to a memory they have experienced, a dream they want to reach, or maybe just make living in the moment fun.
Now, a few years after writing his first song, Michael has put together a band of skilled river ramblers to make his music come alive. Fans of the Java Jam Band will recognize John Pursel, lead guitar, Rick Quijas, Bass and Ron Sanders, drums, as well as popular Java Jam guest guitarist Johnny Flores. Their dedication to this project have made what Michael Kelly and the City Limits Band is today, a pure listening pleasure and Texas to the bone. Bring a covered dish with a little extra to spare and $15 per person cover charge (kids free) to enjoy Wharton’s most unique dining/live music venue. OK to bring your own wine. See milamstcoffee.com for directions and additional information.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Sunday Afternoon Jazz!

Don't Quit Your Day Job

Don’t Quit Your Day Job” Band Next Java Jam

The next Java Jam, Friday, March 18, 6-9 pm, Milam Street Coffee will feature a Gig Master, George Franklin and his band. The name is apropos for the stereotypical starving musician. The advice is jokingly used among pickers, singers, performers of every type that the world has not yet discovered. The band, “Don’t Quit Your Day Job,” was formed in 1983 and consisted of an insurance agent, a deputy sheriff and a PHD chemist. Magic happened and the trio played together until 1995 then got on with the business of making a living in the real world.
Nineteen years later they got back together to play for a 50 year class reunion and found they could not remember songs, lyrics, keys or who did what. Fortunately they discovered a live recording of 28 songs they had recorded on a flatbed trailer in 1989 at The Strand in Galveston, without studio musicians or any recording enhancements. They joke that they were up to 44 miles on their world tour at the time. Once again the magic occurred, their memory revived and they put back together their Peter, Paul and Mary type sound. George Franklin, Steve Alexander and Charlie Martin never did quit their day job but they will entertain you as well as those who did.
Bring a covered dish with a little extra to share, your own wine if you wish and $15 per person cover charge to enjoy Wharton’s most unique dining/live music venue. See www.milamstcoffee.com for directions.