Friday, December 4, 2015

MIKE BLAKELY HEADLINES FRIDAY, DEC 11 JAVA JAM

Mike Blakely, novelist/musician/songwriter will perform at Wharton’s most unique dining/live entertainment venue, The Java Jam, Friday, Dec 11, 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 consist of lots of sing-a-long Christmas songs for the audience to be a big part of the show.

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” will be released soon 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.

Friday, August 21, 2015

August Java Jam

WILD RIVER DUO, JAVA JAM, FRIDAY, AUGUST 28

The next Java Jam, Friday, August 28, 6-9 pm features two great musicians; Mike Stroup (guitar, vocals) and Bad Bob Rohan (fiddle) play with other bands but occasionally get together to form the dynamic Wild River Duo.
Mike Stroup arrived in Houston, in 1981. After meeting a couple of members of the Houston Folklore Society, he began his Texas music journey. Learning and playing with fellow folk musicians, then meeting local bluegrass players and performing in bands such as In America, Fat Chance and The Harry Fish String Band, music became a full time habit. Recording guru Karl Caillouet introduced Mike to probably the best swing band in Texas, Tom Morrell & the Time Warp Tophands. Next came the Wild River Band performing and recording three western swing albums over the next 10 years. At present, Mike lives on a Longhorn ranch in central Texas performing solo and with various combinations of musicians.
Bob Rohan (State Fiddle Champion of Wisconsin) is known in Texas as “Bad Bob” and has been playing the fiddle and singing in various groups for over 30 years in his adopted Texas; he has opened for Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Carlene Carter and John Conley to name a few.
Bob is no stranger to Wharton, having played in Shanghai Days Cowboy Gatherings and with Pat Gavin’s Buckaroo Band at Java Jam. His first album “Bad Bob” recorded in 1983 was well-received in Texas and his version of “Orange Blossom Special” is a favorite at country nightclubs and discos everywhere. Also a gifted songwriter Bob wrote 9 of the tunes on another album, “Bad Bob and his Good Friends.”
His traditional swing style has also been popular in Holland, Australia, England, Belgium, Germany and recently Spain!
So come on out and join the Wild River Duo and Java Jam Band, Friday, August 28, Milam St Coffee, Wharton, 6-9 pm. Bring a covered dish with a little extra to share and $15 per person cover charge to experience Wharton’s unique dining/live music experience.


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Envy!!

Come by and try out Envy!!  It's a non-carbonated fruit drink.  Amazing!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

May 2015 Java Jam

GRADY LEE, NEXT JAVA JAM, FRIDAY
Special guest Grady Lee will be the featured guest at the next Java Jam, Friday, May 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. His style is Country but he’s not above performing anything from Old West to Rockabilly, Gospel and Bluegrass.

**Here's the way the Java Jam works:
6-7 pm opening music
7-8 pm buffet
8-9 pm second round of music
What you'll need to enjoy the evening:
    1. Bring your own wine if you wish.
    2. Bring $15 per person to help pay for the guest musicians. This is an honor system donation designed to help attract and pay a little gas money to out of town musicians.
    3. Bring a covered dish with a little extra to share with your new friends.
    4. Door prizes will be given away featuring the May Business of the Month, Burr Trade Days!

Directions from Houston, Sugarland or Rosenberg, Texas --
Take Highway 59 South, take first Wharton exit which is Business 59 to Hwy 60 (Bay City), turn left, go around the Courthouse Square on one way streets. We are on the northwest corner of the square. If you need any help, please call 979-282-9771.
Linda King

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

TODD JANIK NEXT JAVA JAM, FRIDAY, FEB 27, 6-9 pm


There is an old joke about people showing up at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter asks what they do for a living. One was a doctor, one a teacher, one an engineer, etc. They were told to come right in the front gate. Then a musician showed up. He was told to go around back, down the basement, up the stairs and through the kitchen. Wharton’s native son Todd Janik fully understands the joke. He prefers to keep a sense of humor about a musician’s life and it shows, especially in his rare solo presentations.
To quote Todd “I don’t consider myself as much a musician as I do an overgrown kid with a wide imagination, but I HAVE successfully (for what it’s worth) taught myself to play music. It’s taken all of my 29 years to get to where I am musically….18 years to buy my first guitar, maybe 3 to get it down from the top shelf in my closet, then roughly 8 years to learn 3 chords (just kidding, I know like 7).
I’ve been playing in an Americana/Roots Rock band called “The 

Washers” for most of my 20s, with which I’ve played around 100 shows a year, had multiple songs on the radio, won a Texas Music Award for ‘Album of the Year’….and heck, we even tricked somebody into letting us play a couple of songs on TV. I’ve been truly blessed to have been able to play with some of the biggest names in the Texas Country music scene at some of the best venues in the world (I’ve played to a sold-out crowd at Gruene Hall!).  I look forward to every show like it’s my first…and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.”

**Here's the way the Java Jam works:
6-7 pm opening music
7-8 pm buffet
8-9 pm second round of music
What you'll need to enjoy the evening:
    1. Bring your own wine if you wish.
    2. Bring $15 per person to help pay for the guest musicians. This is an honor system donation designed to help attract and pay a little gas money to out of town musicians.
    3. Bring a covered dish with a little extra to share with your new friends.
    4. Door prizes will be given away featuring the February Business of the Month!
Directions from Houston, Sugarland or Rosenberg, Texas --
Take Highway 59 South, take first Wharton exit which is Business 59 to Hwy 60 (Bay City), turn left, go around the Courthouse Square on one way streets. We are on the northwest corner of the square. If you need any help, please call 979-282-9771.
Linda King




Saturday, January 24, 2015

Super Bowl 49!





Come and join us on Sunday, February 1st at 5 pm for Super Bowl 49!  We will have Football Bingo, Frapps for the winners of the game, and much more!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

January 2015 Java Jam

NEXT JAVA JAM, FRIDAY, JANUARY 16

The next Java Jam will feature special guests George Franklin and The Austin Colony Band, a name derived from the historic Angleton area where Stephen F. Austin settled some of his early colonies. The band consists of guitar, dobro, bass and banjo. The acoustic group plays bluegrass, country and western swing. You might hear anything from Smokey Mountain Breakdown to Milk Cow Blues with lots of energy. They love what they do. You’ll love it too. 
 
**Here's the way the Java Jam works:

6-7 pm opening music
7-8 pm buffet
8-9 pm second round of music

What you'll need to enjoy the evening:

    1. Bring your own wine if you wish.
    2. Bring $15 per person to help pay for the guest musicians. This is an honor system donation designed to help attract and pay a little gas money to out of town musicians.
    3. Don't forget to bring a covered dish with a little extra to share!
    4. Door prizes will be given away!
For a great evening of fun, food and music come join the crowd, Friday, January 16, 6-9 pm, Milam Street Coffee Shop, Wharton.  It’s Wharton’s most unique dining/live entertainment venue. Don’t miss it.