Double Decker Friday Night Special: Water Liars, Greg Iles, Jamie Brickhouse, and Reverend John Wilkins

Live from the Oxford Square April 24, 2015 at 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Join us for a Friday night on the Oxford Square featuring great music and literature on the Double Decker Graduate Hotel Main Stage.

5:30pm  Water Liars (hour long concert)

6:30pm  The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour (performed live) with special guests Water Liars, Reverend John Wilkins and authors Greg Iles and Jamie Brickhouse.

7:30pm  Reverend John Wilkins (hour long concert)

FREE and open to the public.

NOTE DATE, TIME and VENUE shift: FRIDAY, APRIL 24 5:30pm – 8:30pm, OUTSIDE on the Double Decker Graduate Hotel Main Stage (North Lamar Boulevard)


Musical Guests:

Water Liars

Author William Boyle notes, “If you haven’t listened to Water Liars, let the music be your introduction. Is it important to know that Bryant is from Mississippi and Kinkel-Schuster is from Arkansas, that they’re shaped by the writers whose influence shines through in everything they make – Frank Stanford and Barry Hannah especially – and that their pain is the pain of the wretched and beautiful South? Sure, and it’s all there in the songs.”

Water Liars will perform an hour long concert from 5:30pm – 6:30pm just before the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour on Double Decker’s Caterpillar Stage (North Lamar Blvd).

Reverend John Wilkins

“You Can’t Hurry God” is Reverend John Wilkins’ debut full-length album. In it he showcases an individual sound that is regional and universal. This recording is a culmination of a lifetime spent learning from, and ministering to some of the luminaries of North Mississippi and Memphis. And, this sound can have only been made by a child of the North Mississippi Hill Country.

Reverend John Wilkins will perform an hour long concert from 7:30pm – 8:30pm immediately following the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour on Double Decker’s Graduate Hotel Stage (North Lamar Blvd).

Literary Guests:

Greg Iles

Iles wrote his first novel in 1993, a thriller about Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess, which became the first of twelve New York Times bestsellers.  His novels have been made into films, translated into more than twenty languages, and published in more than thirty-five countries worldwide.  His new epic trilogy continues the story of Penn Cage, protagonist of The Quiet GameTurning Angel, and New York Times #1 bestseller The Devil’s Punchbowl. 

Iles is a member of the legendary lit-rock group “The Rock Bottom Remainders.”  Like bandmate Stephen King, Greg returned to the musical stage after recovering from his injuries, and joined the band for their final two shows in Los Angeles in 2012.  A nonfiction memoir by the band, titled Hard Listening, was published this past summer.  Hard Listening also contains a short story Greg wrote as an homage to King.

Iles lives in Natchez, Mississippi, with his wife and has two children, at least one of whom aspires to both literary and film endeavors.

Jamie Brickhouse

Jamie Brickhouse author of Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir, has been published in The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Publishers Weekly, Lambda Literary Review, The Fix,Addiction/Recovery eBulletin, and the Latin American travel magazine Travesía. He is also a guest blogger for the Huffington Post.

Brickhouse spent over two decades in the publishing industry, most recently at two major houses as head of their publicity and lecture divisions. He is founder and CEO of the speakers bureau, redBrickAgency. He has also performed stand-up comedy and recorded voice-overs for the legendary cartoon TV show, Beavis and Butthead. A native of Beaumont, Texas, Brickhouse lives in Manhattan with his partner, Michael.

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