Dancing Under the Stars kicks off June 4 with Michael Ingalls Band
By ANTHONY FLORES
The Michael Ingalls Band is kicking off the summer with a bang as part of the Dancing Under the Stars charity concert series’ first show.
The festivities kick off June 4, from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
“We just now started booking again,” said Ingalls. “This gig in Liberty Hill is going to be a real fun time for us all. Looking forward to performing.”
Ingalls is a staple of the Texas music scene. Raised in Dallas, it wasn’t long before he felt the itch to pick up a six-string.
“I grew up in Dallas, and that’s when I started learning how to play guitar. I always wrote my own songs from the time I started playing,” said Ingalls. “Around the late 90’s I moved to Austin and ended up getting some great gigs as a lead guitar player. The guys from Double Trouble, Lisa Tingle. I’ve opened up for Cory Morrow recently.”
Ingalls is joined by drummer Paul Ramsey, and bassist Scotty Nier.
“Paul Ramsey has been around the Austin scene for a while now, and he’s played with guys from all over town,” said Ingalls. “He had a studio as well, so he’s really familiar with the recording process.
“Our bass player is Scotty Nier. He works out of his church, but he’s an incredible bassist. We only do it as a three-piece right now because those guys fill up so much sound space that it’s more than enough for us,” Ingalls said.
After years working for other musicians, Ingalls was ready to start his own band.
“I was a hired gun for a long while before I got tired of being only the lead guitar,” he said. “I said, you know what, I’m going to put my own band together again. Life is short, so I feel like I have something to say, and I want to say it. Before I run out of time.”
After a taste of the Central Texas music scene, Ingalls relocated to Austin, and the rest is history.
“Not just Austin, but the scene around it is amazing,” said Ingalls. “It’s the Liberty Hill, Taylor, Pflugerville, and Round Rock areas. I play all of those areas because the vibe is just incredible. That small-town vibe.”
It’s the small-town vibe that keeps Ingalls in the area. He says the experience in a small town is so different from a city experience.
“I love the personal interactions with people,” said Ingalls. “You’re not dealing with all the crowdedness of everything. There can be a lot of people, but they all seem so grateful that you’re playing. They’re very receptive to everything. They’re hungry for good entertainment and aren’t distracted with the city stuff.”
Ingalls’ booker and friend Dan Stevens initially approached him about the performance.
“He brought it up, and I asked what the cause was. It was a no-brainer,” said Ingalls. “Even if we don’t make any money, it’s for a great cause, and that’s all that matters. Plus, I have family in Liberty Hill, and they’ll get to come out.”
Concert-goers can expect a marathon show as Ingalls predicts a four-hour performance. He is focused on one thing and one thing only — giving Liberty Hill a show worth talking about.
“I just want everyone to have a great time out there,” said Ingalls. “It’s for a good cause. For just a few bucks, you can bring the lawn chairs and a cooler, and we can have a great time together. It’s going to be a four-hour show, and I’m looking forward to meeting some new peeps.”
The Dancing Under the Stars concert series is a fundraising event for local charities L4 Cares and Community Pathways.