If it’s April, this must be Unplugged: Shady Grove marks 25 years of KGSR series

Gary P. Nunn will play KGSR’s “Unplugged at the Grove” series on June 7. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

KGSR’s popular “Unplugged at the Grove” series celebrates its silver anniversary this year with five months of live music on Thursday evenings at Shady Grove, including longtime Austin favorites Marcia Ball, Alejandro Escovedo, Kelly Willis, Bob Schneider and Ray Wylie Hubbard.

The series, which begins April 12 with Shane Smith & the Saints, also works in a few up-and-coming acts, including Jackie Venson and Los Coast. Seven dates are still to be announced, including the final weeks in early September.

The music is free and begins at 8 p.m. Those arriving early and dining on the patio get preferred seating; late-arrivers often stretch out on the lawn adjacent to the patio alongside the retaurant’s indoor space.

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Here’s the lineup as it stands so far:

April 12: Shane Smith & the Saints
April 19: Kelly Willis
April 26: Charlie Mars Duo
May 3: James McMurtry
May 10: Marcia Ball
May 17: Ian Moore
May 24: Dale Watson
May 31: Los Coast
June 7: Gary P. Nunn
June 14: TBA
June 21: Dirty River Boys
June 28: Ray Wylie Hubbard
July 5: Jackie Venson
July 12: TBA
July 19: TBA
July 25: Roger Creager
Aug. 2: Alejandro Escovedo
Aug. 9: TBA
Aug. 16: Eric Tessmer
Aug. 23: Bob Schneider
Aug. 30: TBA
Sept. 6: TBA
Sept. 13: TBA

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Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and austin360.com. Twitter: @Blackstock360

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