Coffee House Live! @ St. Andrew’s

*** Live music & arts in the heart of West U in a comfortable, intimate family-friendly atmosphere. ***

A community outreach program of St. Andrew’s Contact/Directions.



For all shows, doors open at 7:00pm, and the show starts at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted). There is never a cover charge (but donations are welcomed). Everyone is invited to come enjoy these performances and musical fellowship time. For more information, send email to Pete Owens.

Thursday, April 05, 2018, 7pm


Carolyn Wonderland plays Coffee House Live @ St. Andrew’s on 4/05/2018
“Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal! She’s an amazing guitar player. She whistled a solo. She even played the trumpet! And dang, can she sing.” – Los Angeles Times

“A dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a big load of soulful individuality… that’s Wonderland, a seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist. And she can write, too! Produced by Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson, Miss Understood focuses on tough yet vulnerable blues, but also captures the melodic soul of classic American song… No wonder Dylan is an avowed fan.” – Daniel Gewertz, Boston Herald

“When she blisters the guitar and cocks her head fetchingly to sing her songs like “I’m Innocent” she stands in the good company of Sue Foley, Debbie Davies, and Bonnie Raitt. But when she whistles, as she does with disarming ease on another of her compositions “I’m the Man,” or picks up the trumpet, she’s one of a kind.” – Margaret Moser, Austin Chronicle


A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time.

Carolyn grew up the child of a singer in a band and began playing her mother’s vintage Martin guitar when other girls were dressing dolls. She’s gone from being the teenage toast of her hometown Houston to sleeping in her van in Austin amid heaps of critical acclaim for fine recordings Alcohol & Salvation, Bloodless Revolution, and more recently, Miss Understood and Peace Meal.

Along with the guitar and the multitude of other instruments she learned to play – trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin, lap steel – Wonderland even throws in a whistling solo on occasion.

From appearances on PBS’s Austin City Limits to top slots at major festivals around the world, Wonderland’s live shows leave a trail of screaming fans in their wake.

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No cover charge. Donations welcome: suggested donation $20 (cash or check), helps with our cost of artist, refreshments, facility — but not required.
**NOTE OF THANKS: This show is supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission On The Arts tca_horizontal_blue

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7pm



“Johnny Nicholas is one of the best bluesmen ever, black or white.” ~ Stephen Bruton

Make no mistake: Johnny Nicholas knows from the blues. His credentials? Impeccable. Conviction? Immeasurable. And chops? If an instrument’s got strings, keys, or reeds, rest assured he can play the heck out of it. He’s also a consummate songwriter and no slouch of a singer, either, blessed with a warm, toasty growl of a voice that can roll from rumble to croon and back again with seductive ease. In the words of kindred musical spirit Marcia Ball, he “writes instant classics and sings them to break your heart and rock your soul”. No less of an authority than the late great B.B. King once observed, Johnny “learned from some of the same guys I did and he sings and plays the real down-home blues.”

Johnny spent a good bit of his early career playing and touring with the legendary likes of Robert Lockwood, Howlin Wolf, Roosevelt Sykes, Big Walter Horton, and Johnny Shines (among many others), all the while simultaneously fronting various combos of his own, followed by a spirited run mixing jump blues with western swing as one of the front men in Asleep at the Wheel.

Johnny Nicholas does not paint in one musical color. As befits a first-generation Greek American (like Johnny Otis) he’s spent a lifetime soaking up the flavor of myriad different vibrant music scenes across the country. His music is full-spectrum Americana — a rich gumbo of not just blues, but cajun, swing, folk, and barrelhouse rock ’n’ roll.

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No cover charge. Donations welcomed: helps with our cost of artist, refreshments, facility — but not required.

More 2018 Shows to come! Artists TBA

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Previous Events

Feb. 15, 2018 – Bill Carter

Dec. 06, 2017 – Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express

Oct. 05, 2017 – Monte Warden & The Dangerous Few!

Aug. 24, 2017 – Guy Forsyth’s Hot Nut Riveters

May 11, 2017 – Brave Combo

Mar. 30, 2017 – Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines

Feb. 16, 2017 – Joe Ely (with Jeff Plankenhorn).

Nov. 17, 2016 – Max Baca & Los TexManiacs

Oct. 06, 2016 – Dale Watson & His Lone Stars

Aug. 25, 2016 – Radney Foster

May 14, 2016 – Trout Fishing In America, as part of St. Andrew’s annual Picnic In The Park.

May 11, 2016 – David De La Garza, of

Mar. 31, 2016 – Gurf Morlix

Feb. 18, 2016 – Amber Digby & Midnight Flyer

Nov. 19, 2015 – Jimmy LaFave

Oct. 22, 2015 – Rosie Flores

Sep. 24, 2015 – Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun

Jun. 04, 2015 – Jesse Dayton (and comedy from

Mar. 26, 2015 – Guy Forsyth

Dec. 11, 2014 – The Jones Family Singers

Sep. 11, 2014 – David Berkeley, NM singer-songwriter

Jun. 19, 2014 – Ezra Charles, “The Story of Boogie Woogie”

Mar. 06, 2014 – Darden Smith, Austin singer-songwriter

Oct. 24, 2013 – Texas Johnny Boy, featuring Milton Hopkins

 FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Stay tuned for future events, which should be on occasional THURSDAY evenings. “Like” us on Facebook @ Coffee House Live @ St. Andrews. Typically, doors open at 7:00pm. Entertainment @ 7:30pm sharp!  No cover charge (donations welcome). Open to the public/everyone.


You remember the date of our next event, and you just come!  It’s that simple.  No advance tickets are required (or available).  There is no cover charge…ever! Just come on out and join us.  (donations are welcome)


St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church — in the Warren Family Center.
5308 Buffalo Speedway @ Bissonnet.
(see map for parking behind the church, off of Buffalo Speedway on Rutgers St.)
If our lots are full, overflow parking is usually available directly across Bissonnet in the ABC-13 KTRK-TV parking lot (for most events)



“Coffee House LIVE!” is a community outreach effort of St. Andrew’s.  Everyone is welcome!

Several times throughout the year, we will “open” the coffee house for an evening to present live entertainment — primarily various kinds of eclectic music from bands and/or solo artists, as well as perhaps other forms of entertainment, such as poetry, comedy, etc. We intend to host a variety of local, regional, national, and international artists.  Although this is a church outreach effort, all entertainment is completely secular (not religious-based).

We serve coffee and snacks.  You are also welcome to bring your own food & (non-alcoholic) drink, if desired.

The Warren Family Center (within St. Andrew’s) is warmly intimate and acoustically balanced, allowing artists to connect with you — the audience — and showcase their talent. Tables and chairs are plentiful, and there is not a bad seat/view in the room.

There is never a cover charge to enter. However, donations (to help offset costs of artists and refreshments) are welcomed. These events are expected to last no longer than 90 minutes or so, providing you an “early evening” distraction.  All ages are welcome, including well behaved kids (and adults).  Children are to be accompanied by an adult.  Please supervise your kiddos, and keep in mind that this is a “listener-focused” room.

At these events, you will also have an opportunity to learn more about St. Andrew’s, if you so desire.

Seating is 1st come / 1st served, with doors opening 30 minutes prior to the show.


alternative listening venue (family friendly)
intimate concert experience
artists connect with the audience
artist meet n greet possible
casual, relaxed, and no $ required


We expect that, for most shows, you may photograph and/or record in a limited fashion, as long as it is not disruptive to the patrons or talent.  Some artists MAY impose restrictions on recording/photography — these details will be posted for each show accordingly.


St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is a place where all kinds of people come together for a common journey – a journey of seeking, discovering, knowing and sharing God’s love in Jesus Christ. No matter where you are in your own journey with God, even if one hasn’t yet begun for you, we would be privileged to walk with you along the way.  More about our beliefs…


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A community outreach effort of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

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