Charles Smith Wines presents the Rhythm & Vine Concert Series ft.

Copper Chief

with Darkbird

Wed, November 27, 2019

$15.00 ADVANCE // $18.00 DAY OF SHOW 

8:30 pm

Part of the Rhythm & Vine Concert Series presented by Charles Smith Wines. A portion of each ticket sold goes to benefit the Austin Music Foundation.


With rock ’n’ roll attitude and a grassroots country approach, Copper Chief is comprised of Mike Valliere (vocals, guitar), Rio Tripiano (vocals, lead guitar), Justin Lusk (vocals, bass), and John Jammall II (drums). This Austin/New Braunfels, TX based outfit has been tearing down highways from coast to coast over the last year and were recently featured as finalists on USA’s “Real Country” with Travis Tritt along with being voted the Texas Regional Radio Report’s “New Band of the Year 2019”. A bucket of personality, tight three-part harmonies, undeniable Texas swagger, and intricate musicianship blend seamlessly together as the foundations of this group. They have produced a truly unique blend, drawing from the musical canons of several Southern styles including roots, rock ‘n’ roll, country, soul, swamp, psychedelic, and blues. This unapologetic sound paired with their high energy and free flowing live show has been hailed as a refreshing experience among today’s musical climate. The debut, self-titled album released December 2017 has spawned 2 singles and was met with acclaim from both fans and radio personalities alike. Their passion is evident with every “leave it all on the stage” performance in front of steadily growing crowds, so don’t be late, come see what all the fuss is about!



Lyrics to the first song Kelly and Brian would ever write together set the stage for the romantic waterloo that would become Darkbird.

Kelly Barnes left Los Angeles after a broken marriage resulted in a broken band. Just prior to the move, she unexpectedly hit international success, singing a monster hit called, “Get Shaky” with DJ Ian Carey. While the track and a few others were financially significant to the ex-wife and waitress, the style of music was unfulfilling to Barnes. She began to dread performing the songs and eventually became fearfully depressed.

After a tragic house fire in NYC, Brian Cole opted for a fresh start. As his belongings smoldered in the winter snow, he decided to pack up what was left and head south in search of warmer days and better luck.

Ironically, while most go to LA or NYC to make their dreams come true, Brian and Kelly found each other on the musician page on Craigslist in Austin, TX.  While they had hoped to leave their pasts behind, inevitably, the heartbreaks found a place they call home in Darkbird.

Approaching their 3rd official SXSW appearance, the Austinite darling just finished their 3rd record, which will be followed by a nation-wide US tour in 2019.

Darkbird is: Kelly Barnes // Brian Cole // Chris Spencer // Ethan Yeager // Damien Howard // Eric Wilson