Featured Musicians Tracy Weinberg will start the new year of music at 1:00 p.m. His unique and eclectic singing style and accompaniment on the dojo (resonator banjo) and ukulele creates a fresh acoustic sound that blends clever, thoughtful lyrics with elements of blues, jazz, and folk. Mr. Weinberg grew up in the Chicago area near Ravinia Park, which featured live music during the summer months. “I was able to hear performances ranging from the Chicago Symphony to Ravi Shankar to Iron Butterfly, creating an appreciation for many types of music. This is why my biggest influences as a performer are diverse artists like Louis Armstrong, Leon Redbone, Tom Waits, and Bela Fleck.” When asked about his choice of musical instruments, he says, “No one on my family was very musical, but when I was in high school, I decided I wanted to play something. I chose to take up the banjo because it seemed like everyone else played guitar.” He notes that music took a back seat for to his career for many years. “I taught public school for several decades; I loved teaching, but it took up much of my time and energy. More recently, I’ve renewed my passion for writing and performing and have worked hard to find my musical voice.” Tracy has recorded two CDs of original material, combining clever, thoughtful lyrics with top-notch instrumental accompaniment. The first, Mountains of Dreams, came out in 2012, and charted in the top 30 on the Folk DJ chart. His newest recording, The Other Way Around, was released in 2016. He performs regularly at venues in San Marcos, Wimberley, Austin, Lockhart, Seguin, and beyond. Listen to Tracy Weinberg’s music and check on his upcoming performances at www.tracyweinberg.com, www.facebook.com/tracyweinberg, or www.reverbnation.com/tracyweinberg. Music continues at 2:30 p.m. with Gretchen and the Scotts. The group is led by the award-winning bard, Gretchen McMahon; she is a multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/songwriter, a winner of the silver medal in the Guitar Wars competition, sponsored by the Austin radio station KLBJ.