Upcoming Events

September 8
Dripping Springs, TX - Cantina Sounds Concerts
601 Madrone Canyon Dripping Springs, TX 512-426-2963 $30 suggested donation All proceeds go to artist
September 14
The Coop House Concert - Leander, TX
11709 Lindeman Loop Leander, TX 78641 United States VENUE PHONE: O 512-267-0959     C 512-762-8282 Doors 7. Show 8 pm; Solo acoustic show $20 pp suggested donation
September 21
Austin TX - Peggy's Porch - Austin Texas
2602 De Soto Drive, Austin, TX 78733 $30 ticket - all sales tips merch to band 512-550-6938   About the Happyland  Band:

Everybody’s got a choice so why not choose joy?

We’re all headed in a new direction.

Everybody get along, if you feel like jumpin’ on,

We’re all headed for Happyland.”

The moment they had finished writing those lyrics for the song Happyland, sitting in Gabriel Rhodes‘ backyard last spring, Kimmie Rhodes mused, “You know, that it would be a great name for a band.”

Zoom forward from that day to October 30, 2023 when at Kimmie’s request, Gabriel assembled a stellar group of local veteran musicians to play her show billed as, Kimmie & Friends, a ten show series to raise funds and awareness for HOME (Housing Opportunities for Musicians and Entertainers, hosted by Joe Ables, owner of The Saxon Pub, Austin’s premier song-swap venue.

Gabriel rounded-up the volunteers to play the gig fairly effortlessly. Johnny Goudie (guitar, vocals) Harmoni Kelley (bass) John Chipman (drums) Louis Rhodes (piano, Gabriel’s son) had been co-writing songs and recording them together prolifically over the past couple of years at Rhodes Bumshoe Studio in south Austin. Of late many of those songs have found their way onto a soon-to-be-released album produced by Rhodes for Shawn Pander (guitar vocals) titled Forever and For Now and also Hypnotized, Kimmie’s up-coming album, the first single being slated for release on January 26.

The Saxon show was magical– the music, the harmonies, the songs, the fans, the joy­. When everyone ended the evening singing along to a brand-new song, Happyland, a band was born. Kimmie calls it a happy accident and likes to refer to it as “Austin’s new feel-good-pop-up band.”

The “why” of the band is found in the song lyrics. “Takes a little from you, takes a little from me. Everybody give a little and let’s all meet in the middle. Everybody come together, all try to do better, and we’ll be headed for Happyland. Believing that it’s what the world needs most right now the aim is to have fun playing uplifting, up-tempo songs, with lots of harmony vocals and even throw in the occasional all-time favorite sing-along cover song. They also plan to collaborate on new songs for future shows.

September 23 - November 11 (Mondays 6-7:30pm)
Austin, Texas - The Saxon Pub - Kimmie & Friends play for HOME fund-raiser (6-7:30pm Mondays)
HOME - https://homeaustin.networkforgood.com/ Kimmie's annual event to raise funds for housing for elderly musicians who need help with housing and bills.  
October 13
Austin, TX - Beneath The Oaks House Concert - Trio Kimmie Gabriel and Louis Rhodes
April 6
Austin, TX North Loop House Concerts - Kimmie Rhodes
5pm - doors - 6pm - show 5414 Duval St. Austin, TX 78751 Mary Jo O'Neal - RSVP - [email protected] or call 713-301-8259