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Susanna's Kitchen Coffeehouse

Live music every third Thursday

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Great music! Wonderful musicians, great volunteers and a great cause.  Proceeds from the Susanna's Kitchen concerts go to help people in our community who are in need, through Barnabas Connection,  Wimberley Community Assistance Fund, and other Wimberley-area nonprofits, plus scholarships for pre-schoolers at Bright Beginnings.

 

Great food! Delicious pies, tamales, pizza, coffee, and soft drinks available. Doors open by 7:00 pm. Concerts start at 7:30 pm and are held in the Fellowship Hall at Wimberley United Methodist Church.

 

Great Cause! We all benefit – those who come to hear the best music in Wimberley, those who have a great time volunteering their talents to produce the concerts, and the people who are helped by our donations. Mark your calendars for every Third Thursday year round.

 

Tickets are sold ONLY AT THE DOOR. Tickets range in price from $20-$25 depending on the musician. Cash and checks are currently accepted. Students under 18 are $5.  Concerts are not appropriate for small children, as there is no childcare.


To ensure a good seat, and as some concerts sell out, come early!  Ticket sales begin by 6:30 pm. Arrival between 6:30 pm and 6:45 pm is suggested, especially for very popular musicians.  Doors open by 7 pm. Come early, enjoy dinner with us and enjoy the concert experience in a small, intimate environment. Oh, and don't forget that Susanna's Kitchen Concerts take cash or checks at the gate, but not credit cards or other methods of payment.

Jeff Plankenhorn
June 20, 2024

First recognized for his chops as a guitarist, singer-songwriter Jeff Plankenhorn has crafted an impressive body of work with his albums and solo releases. His fourth and latest, Alone at Sea (2023), is highlighted by the artist’s impeccable musicianship, expressive vocals and openhearted conviviality.

An Ohio native from the Columbus area, Plankenhorn’s discovery of music began with singing in church choirs as a young boy. “I got a taste of how music can make people feel. Coming from a pretty broken home, with my mom having to work a lot, I got a sense of community through music, and a sense of something through which I could give back.”

Plankenhorn explored jazz, funk and classical music while studying at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. When a friend put together a bluegrass band, each member chipped in $20 to purchase a Dobro for Plankenhorn to play. “They gave me Jerry Douglas records and said, ‘Play this.’ At the same time I was also playing in a 12-piece funk band,” he recalls. Moving to Nashville, he continued in bluegrass bands throughout the O Brother Where Art Thou? era.

Departing for Austin, TX in a Geo Prism with $100 and seven guitars, he stayed at the home of friends Judy and Ray Wylie Hubbard, the latter a legendary figure in a town famous for its songwriters. It was there, as a guitarist, that Plankenhorn learned how to back up singer-songwriters in performances. “To not get in the way of the words. To listen to what was going on in the song and try to complement it,” he says.

For many years, Plankenhorn was best known as a guitar master and valued sideman for Ray Wylie Hubbard, Joe Ely, the late Jimmy LaFave and many others. “I had this education where I had reverence for the song,” he continues. “It was daunting when I started writing my own songs. Not only did I have this legacy of people to hold myself up against, sadly, but everyone else who was playing was pretty damn good. It’s still a wonder to me that I’m doing this myself when I played with people like Joe Ely, Eliza Gilkyson and Willis Allan Ramsey.”

For Plank, as he's called for short,, there's nothing quite like the feeling of bringing people together to experience the joy music brings. He's so good at it that he's been recognized with Austin Music Award nominations for Musician of the Year, Best Guitarist, and Best Misc. Instrument - for “The Plank” a hybrid lap steel guitar Jeff designed himself. In 2016-2017, he also earned Album and Song of the Year nominations for his album, SoulSlide, and the single "Trouble Find Me."

Plank has recently relocated to Vancouver Island although he still spends a lot of time in the Austin area. Perhaps reflective of his new home, Alone at Sea expresses his exploration of a new sonic territory. Lyrically that exploration manifests in songs such as the title track, which poured out of Plankenhorn so fast, he had to be convinced not to tamper with it. 

These days Plank happily finds himself on the road over 150 days a year. “I like the idea that people get uplifted at my shows, there are so many ways to get away from the hubbub of day-to-day living. Dancing is one of the more noble and effective, in my humble opinion. Better than any drug I’ve ever tried. I like the idea that everybody who walks in — I don’t care if you’re a biker or a drag queen — I want you there. Music is supposed to bring people together.”

Susanna’s Kitchen is located at Wimberley UMC (RR 12 & Cr 1492.) Concert starts at 7:30, doors open by 7:00. Join us for coffee, soft drinks, tamales, pizza, and pie! Tickets for sale at door, cash or check only, $25 for adults, $5 for students under 18.

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Upcoming Shows:

2024

June 20                  Jeff Plankenhorn

July 18                    Shake Russell

August 15              Austin Lounge Lizards

September 19       Two Tons of Steel

October 17            Jeff Black

November 21        Terry Hendrix/Lloyd Maines

December 19         Adam & Chris Carroll

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Mark your calendar 
for our July guest:


Shake Russell
July 18, 2024

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