Tomar Williams & The FCs Release Party!@11:30pm, Lou Ann Barton @10:00pm – $12 at the door @9:30pm. No advance tickets. 21+ only.
In the early 2000s, Tomar Williams became increasingly focused on music production and songwriting. In 2005, Tomar collaborated with his brother Salih (Carnival Beats) and signed with Universal Music Publishing. They went on to produce tracks for renowned artists Big Moe, Mike Jones and 2Pac. More recently, Tomar enjoyed playing keys and singing backup vocals for “the Blackties”, the backing band of popular Texas soul singer Latasha Lee.
In early 2015 Tomar and Nikolas Bouklas (tenor sax) got to talking about a new project. Nick introduced Tomar to Austin based instrumental band “the FCs” with David Earl (keys), Mitch Fischels (bass), Paul Kresowik (drums), and Andy Tenberg (guitar). It was clear from that first meeting that Tomar’s vocal skills and energy were a perfect match for the FC’s grooves. Tomar and the FCs were born. The band debuted in March and, after successful shows in Austin, San Antonio, and Houston, released its EP “Day by Day” in September 2015.
“Although she doesn’t tour nearly as much as she probably could, Austin-based vocalist Lou Ann Barton is one of the finest purveyors of raw, unadulterated roadhouse blues from the female gender that you’ll ever hear. Like Delbert McClinton, she can belt out a lyric so that she can be heard over a two-guitar band with horns. She belts out her lyrics in a twangy voice so full of Texas that you can smell the barbecue sauce. She swaggers confidently about the stage, casually tossing her cigarette to the floor as the band kicks in on its first number. The grace, poise, and confidence she projects on-stage is part of a long tradition for women blues singers.” ~AllMusic.com, Richard Skelly.