Two big Saturday concerts are coming to Artichoke Music: California’s Joanne Rand on July 12 and Austin’s Better Halves and Michael Shay on July 25. Both nights begin at 8 pm and doors open at 7:30 pm, Tickets are $15 and seating is limited. Make reservations now at 503.232.8845.

Joanne Rand

Joanne Rand

For 30 years Rand has written and performed her “Psychedelic-Folk-Revival” across the country. An unforgettable force of nature, Rand is prolific and preparing her 15th album, Southern Girl, for release.  Watch the bumps rise on your skin and the lump rise in your throat when she sings.

Rand said, “I have sung in the Amazon Jungle for Indigenous peoples; for the head of the Mormon Church, before mosh-pit audiences of 60,000, for the dying, at births, high profile nudist colonies, rallies, in prisons and churches and in the 100-year-old small town ranch built by my great grandfather. I have sung for underpaid workers and new age conferences in posh hotels, for outlaws and politicians, kindergarteners, rebel teens, Native Americans, Hell’s Angels, Microsoft billionaires, Buddhists, goddess worshippers and rural salt-of-the-earth folk.”

Now it’s your turn July 12. joannerandmusic.com

The Better Halves

The Better Halves

The Better Halves are an Austin-based husband-wife duo with roots in country, bluegrass, folk, jazz, and classical music. Their funny, touching duets use real boy-girl banter and they play rousing instrumentals too. Their debut album, Tête à Tête, is upbeat, humorous and dexterous. These folks can play and their songs are very original! thebetterhalvesmusic.com

They share the evening with Michael Shay a guitar pickin, cello playin songwriter who spends part of the year in Quito, Ecuador. He’s taught in Canada, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Germany, France, England, Denmark, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, and Mexico, the ol’ US. michaelshay.com.