With the release of his award-winning debut album Fjord (2016), Jacob Metcalf hinted that you could travel all the continents and discover that you never left your one true home.

Now, with the full-length follow up Monitors (2022), Metcalf capably demonstrates that the journey within is just as rewarding, and may be just as perilous.

Born from the quiet, alone and wandering the confines of the mind, Monitors unfolds like an unhurried, developing conversation with self.

In an age of misdirection, what is and isn’t real has never been less obvious. Metcalf further invites the listener to blur the lines with him.

Hosted by the historic Kessler Theater, expect a full-band concert spring-loaded with surprises. All attendees will enjoy a complimentary digital-format version of Monitors to take home.

Special Guest Doug Burr opens the show.

The Kessler is proud to host alternative musicians from Austin and Dallas coming together to pay tribute to the late iconic musician/artist Daniel Johnston.

Perfomances by:
Kathy McCarty
Jad Fair of Half Japanese
Tim DeLaughter of The Polyphonic Spree
John Dufilho of The Deathray Davies
The Sutcliffes
Paul Slavens
Jacob Metcalf
Artwork by Daniel Johnston and Jeff F. Wheeler

Dallas native, nationally-touring artist Cameron Matthew Ray is a lyrical martyr. Cameron’s lyrics boast a melancholy, brutally and simple truth that pierces your musical skin. Ray is a seasoned vet when it comes to the singer/songwriter and folk genres opening up for veterans like Griffin House, Andrew Belle, Gungor, Sean McConnell, and Foreigner. Rays newest project “Love & Space”, produced by Taylor Tatsch (Maren Morris, Garret Owen) will leave you hurting and wanting more music at the same time.

Ray’s new project is a collection of Singles for each season, Starting with Winter.  On 11/30/2018 Ray released “Here for You”  The song is about the joys and struggles of spending winther with his wife in their current home of Dallas, TX and this wife’s past home in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.  Each song from the project will detail the season it is about in different parts of the country. 

Ray’s boisterous live shows range from anywhere from a striped down warm acoustic guitar to a energetic rock show back to to a classical interpretation with Clarinets and many more classical instruments.  Each time He takes the stage the audience is in for Ray pouring out his heart for all to hear.


Jacob Metcalf is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Dallas, Texas.  Metcalf’s debut album Fjord (2016) received pleasant responses from the international press community and music lovers alike for its art-folk compositions. The eleven song collection ranges from wistful, unhurried ballads to swirling, majestic orchestrations, sometimes within the same song, and all set to Metcalf’s inviting vocals and non-linear story-telling. Highlighting eastern sounds and western orchestra, Fjord reads like a love letter to humanity, for all splintered people living in a fractured age.

D and Chi are a Dallas Indie pop duo that’s taking what they learned on the streets of the Bishop Arts District to the world. Either backed by a full band or playing acoustic, this duo can showcase what’s sure to be hit songs that’ll be stuck in your head until the next show.

Since the release of This Is Where We Are, Seryn has undergone a lot of changes, most recently a move from Denton to Nashville. The band has over the past seven years seen a few lineup changes, several management changes, and transitioned from label to independent. Ultimately, the struggle to keep their heads above water strengthened the core focus and direction of Seryn.

Founded in Denton, Texas and based out of Nashville, Tennessee, spirited indie folk-pop ensemble Seryn crafts emotionally charged, harmony-laden Americana-kissed pop confections. Formed in 2010 they employ an instrumental arsenal that includes guitar, ukulele, accordion, bass, violin, and banjo, as well as some inventive percussion. Their albums have received nearly unanimous regional acclaim, as do the group’s rousing live shows.