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Dubb And The Luv Machines: I’m a Musician Because It’s What I Love

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By Johnny Griffith

When I’m searching for local musicians to interview every month I’ll browse through to see who’s playing where or if it’s someone I’ve heard before or I’ve had friends mention as someone worth hearing. Occasionally I’ll come across a band with a name that jumps off the screen and demands some attention.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Dubb And The Luv Machines.

This is one of those bands I couldn’t help but smile over when I saw the name and decided they needed to be in this month’s issue. Then I listened to them and while the name might be catchy and silly, there is nothing silly about the talent The Luv Machines have on stage. Led by Dubb Williams, this band is built for the party bringing a great catalog of favorites, old and new alike, with the musical chops to leave any crowd wanting more.

I recently sat down with Mr. Luv Machine himself to get the story behind the band:

Johnny: Let’s start with a little background on yourself. Who is Dubb Williams?

Dubb: I’m originally from Sulphur Springs, Texas and I graduated from Saltillo High School in Saltillo, Texas. I completed my bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M – Commerce. I’ve moved all over Texas, and out of Texas, but I always found home to be Sulphur Springs. I’m married with four-legged fur kids and I work as a professional audio and video manufacturer’s representative to pay the bills. I’m a musician because it’s what I love to do but I’ve done everything from food service to repo man to Child Protective Services to owning my own production company. I’m a Jack of all trades, I guess.

Johnny: What was your first exposure to music that you can remember?

Dubb: That would have been riding in the car with my mom listening to her classic country tapes. It was all country from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The good stuff!

Johnny: When do you remember thinking that this was something you wanted to do more than just a side hustle or a hobby?

Dubb: Some friends and I put together a band for a youth group we all attended and the fire spread from there. We were just goofing around and then it kinda sounded ok, not great or even good, just ok. Then we started playing real shows outside of the youth group and it really took hold. I knew music was something I never wanted to give up. We played in other bands and spread our musical wings and it kept growing, there’s no end to the possibilities nor are there limits. I am just along for the ride no matter the destination.

Johnny: Who is in the current lineup to Dubb And The Luv Machines?

Dubb: Currently there are six Luv Machines, including myself. Jordan Owens on drums, Jacob Mazoch on lead guitar, Colton Smith on bass, Cody McDowell on keys, Kristen Richmond on vox and a mean tambourine, and myself on vox and pretend guitar. I don’t play all that great but I surround myself with incredible guys and a gal, to make me look good.

Johnny: How did you all meet?

Dubb: We have all been friends for years through other parts of life, and when I moved back to Sulphur Springs from OKC, I decided I wanted to put a band together. It just worked out that the current members Jacob, Jordan, and Colton were either on a break from other projects or in between projects. After that, the pieces just locked into place. The chemistry is great and being friends prior makes it easy to bust each others chops or provide constructive criticism, but honestly, we prefer busting chops!

About a year after we started the Luv Machines, Kristen approached me while I was visiting her family’s business and told me she was going to sing in our band. I welcomed her without an audition, shoot what band can’t use a good looking singer up front! It prompted some raised eyebrows from the guys, but then at her first practice with us, she opened the heavens by belting out a ballad and the rest is history. She fit right in, jumped on the bus with us, and never looked back.

Johnny: So what’s the story behind the name?

Dubb: It was actually a joke from my buddy Ryan W. He called me Big Dubb Luv and I would joke back about being a luv machine. When we started playing around town and East Texas, we figured we needed a name. It needed to be a name that was memorable and one that said we are here for a good time. So Dubb Luv became Dubb And The Luv Machines. We like to have a good time and we make it our business to help everyone else around us joins in.

Johnny: You play a pretty diverse selection of music. Is there any genre or style you consider your wheelhouse? How would you describe your sound?

Dubb: We want to entertain everyone when we play and we all like different styles and genres so that was a perfect combination which led to our diverse catalogue of songs. Everything from classic rock to hip-hop to country to pop and whatever’s in between. My guys are very talented, so with the different tastes, and one common goal, I’d say music is our wheelhouse.

Johnny: How many originals do you have and how many find their way into a typical show?

Dubb: We don’t typically do originals at a Luv Machines show but on rare occasion, and it’s usually requested by friends that know about them, we’ll pull out one. Every now and then someone will yell out a request though.

Johnny: About how many shows a month is the band playing and are the gigs mainly in the East Texas region or are you travelling a decent amount for shows?

Dubb: Shows per month vary, we all have day jobs and/or daily grinds that come with having to “adult” so sometimes our schedule is thin and sometimes we are playing Thursday through Saturday. I’d book Sunday’s but some of us are in worship bands. We travel from Texarkana to College Station, up into Oklahoma and we can’t leave out Arkansas or Louisiana. If the road is big enough for the bus, we’ll go!

Johnny: What has been your most memorable show to this point?

Dubb: Man, they are all so much fun it’s hard to single one out, but playing our hometown at local establishments or private parties are always great times. Then we go out on the road and find hidden gems that rock. We love seeing new places and meeting new people.

Johnny: What can a first timer expect at a Dubb And The Luv Machines’ show?

Dubb: High energy, crazy antics from a rogue drummer, blazing guitar solos, fat bass lines, soulful vocals, songs they know and can sing along to, and occasionally a ‘request challenge.’ That’s when someone asks us to play a song not in our repertoire, and we go at it on the fly. Could be musical genius or could be a trainwreck, but we are gonna have fun with it and probably drag the requestor in on it.

Johnny: What is on the radar for the rest of 2018 for you and the band?

Dubb: We have a pretty full schedule to finish out the year and there may be an original EP on the loose soon. Who knows! We are playing Texifed Jam Fest this October which is going to be a 2-day festival in Sulphur Springs. We are very pumped about that. We have a couple of charity events to do as well, and those are always something we love to be involved in. We are looking toward 2019 with hopes of doing it bigger and better.

Catch Dubb & The Love Machine online at facebook.com/dubbandtheluvmachines.

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903 Music Fest Coming October 12th-13th

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The 903 Music Fest:

10 Bands on 1 Stage in 2 Days

Introducing…The 2018 903 Music Fest! There will be 10 bands on 1 Stage in 2 days!

Music starts at 6pm on Friday, October 12th, and 12 noon on Saturday, October 13th. This new family and community focused event features a number of different musical genres performed by locally, nationally, and internationally-known artists.

Friday night’s headliner is Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. Saturday night’s headliner is Clint Black. Friday night Casey James and Sam Hyman Band will perform. Saturday Tusk, The Molly Ringwalds, Dagnabbit, Chad Cook Band, Akeem Kemp, and The Mansion Family will be on stage.

Tickets range from $20-$375. This will be held in Downtown Longview at Methvin and Green Streets. For more info or tickets go to 903musicfest.com.

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Sept. 29th: Texas Tenors at Cowan Center

Bring on the unforgettable concerts! Bring on the big Broadway musicals! Bring on the amazing shows! Bring on the insightful lectures! It’s a new season at Cowan Center!

The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the UT Tyler campus. Tickets are available at the box office by calling (903)566-7424, or go to cowancenter.org. Upcoming productions are:

September 29th (7:30pm) – The Texas Tenors – Over 100 million people from around the world tuned in to NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2009 to see The Texas Tenors become the highest ranking vocal group in the history of the show. Performing everything from country legend Alabama to opera’s Puccini, John Hagen, Marcus Collins, and JC Fisher bring their unique blend of country, gospel, classical, and Broadway to the stage. Public sales start August 27th. Tickets are $37-$62.

October 4th (7:30pm) – Dennis Miller – Maybe you’ve seen him on the FOX News Channel. Or, perhaps you remember him from his days as anchor of the “Weekend Update” segment on “Saturday Night Live.” Dennis Miller is also an award-winning comedian, talk show host, sports commentator, actor, author, and television personality. After captivating audiences on Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1991, he went on to earn five Emmy® Awards and three Writers Guild Awards for his critically acclaimed talk show, “Dennis Miller Live.” Public sales start September 10th. Tickets are $27-$57.

October 13th (7:30pm) – “iLuminate,” the fantastic journey of wireless technology and dance, is coming to Tyler! Music, art, and the technological magic of iLuminate brings you a story of adventure and romance told through dance styles ranging from contemporary, hip-hop, Latin, to breaking – all using the power of light. “America’s Got Talent” called it, “The Best New Act in America!” Public sales start September 1st. Tickets are $32-$57.

October 27th (7:30pm) – The Selena Experience – It’s hard to believe more than 20 years have passed since Selena was taken from this world far too soon. Even though she was known as “La Reina de Tejano,” Selena was more than a Tejano artist. She was a pop cultural icon. A true superstar. In this concert by Los Chicos del 512 and featuring Evelyn Molina, you will relive all of the songs (“Dreaming of You,” “I Could Fall In Love,” “Baila Esta Cumbia”) that keep Selena’s star shining bright today. Public sales start October 1st. Tickets are $27-$57.

November 8th (7:30pm) – “The Sound of Music” – The Hills Are Alive! The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®-, Grammy®– and Academy Award®– winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” and the title song. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. Public sales start October 8th. Tickets are $37-$77.

December 8th (7:30pm) – The Robert Cray Band – With five Grammys®, fifteen “Billboard” chart-topping releases, and numerous W.C. Handy Blues Awards, Robert Cray is one of the most successful blues artists of our time. His 40-plus years of touring have featured him in bars, concert halls, festivals, and the largest arenas around the world. Public sales start November 5th. Tickets are $42-$67.

January 24th (7:30pm) – “Something Rotten!” is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (“New York Post”). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. Public sales start December 3rd. Tickets are $37-$72.

February 1st (10am and 12:30pm) – “The Ugly Duckling” – Hans Christian Andersen’s classic “The Ugly Duckling” has helped generations of children understand one of humanity’s universal struggles. This classic story comes to life in this modern stage production and offers hope to us all as we root for the ugly duckling who exemplifies resilience and heroism along the way to becoming a beautiful swan. This is jointly presented by UT Tyler Cowan Center with Young Audiences of Northeast Texas and The Discovery Science Place. Public sales start August 20th. Tickets are $4.

February 4th (7:30pm) – “The King & I” – Two worlds collide in this “breathtaking and exquisite” (“The New York Times”) musical, based on the 2015 Tony Award®-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, “The King and I” boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens. Public sales start December 3rd.

February 9th (7:30pm) – Kool & The Gang – Indeed, it will be a huge “Celebration” when these living legends raise the roof. Kool & The Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. During their 50-plus years together, they’ve earned two Grammy® Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits with 31 gold and platinum albums. Public sales start December 3rd. Tickets are $52-$117.

February 19th (10am and 12:30pm) – “The Magic School Bus” – When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip! This is jointly presented by UT Tyler Cowan Center with Young Audiences of Northeast Texas and The Discovery Science Place. Public sales start August 20th. Tickets are $4.

February 26th (7:30pm) – Los Vivancos: Born to Dance – Brothers from Spain ignite the stage with power, grace, virtuosity, and passion! Metallica, Deep Purple, Leonard Cohen…the best hits of all-time music legends come together in an impressive extravaganza created by the award-winning group Los Vivancos. Through tap dance, humor, martial arts, aerial performance, musical virtuosity, and flamenco, these six artistic and athletic performers create a spectacular stage utopia. Public sales start January 28th. Tickets are $37-$62.

March 16th (7pm) – The Chieftains with Paddy Moloney – Irish luck must be on our side because the band most recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and international scale will be on the Cowan Center stage on St. Patrick’s Day eve! Six-time Grammy® winners The Chieftains have been making music together for over 50 years. Their ability to transcend musical boundaries has notably hailed them as one of the most renowned and revered musical groups to this day. And after 55 years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, their music remains as fresh and relevant as when they first began. The band Switchback, known for playing American roots and Celtic soul, returns to the Cowan Center to open for The Chieftains! Public sales start February 18th. Tickets are $37-$77.

March 19th (7:30pm) – Dan Rather – Those who hear Dan Rather speak often say that he is one of the most extraordinary communicators of our time. With more than 60 years spent chronicling our world and nation, few can match the authority, experience, and perspective that the famed newsman brings to almost any subject. With a career that began in radio and is currently shaping news coverage in social media and beyond, Dan Rather has earned his place as one of the world’s most influential and respected journalists. During 44 years at CBS, including 24 years as anchor of the CBS “Evening News,” he interviewed every president since Eisenhower and personally covered history-making events. He is the recipient of virtually every honor in broadcast journalism, including numerous Emmy® Awards, several Peabody Awards and the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award. Public sales start February 18th. Tickets are $27-$57.

March 30th (7:30pm) – New York Philharmonic String Quartet – To commemorate the 175th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic, this phenomenal string quartet made its much-anticipated debut in Lincoln Center in March 2017. The members of the acclaimed ensemble, all multiple prize winners, are Concertmaster Frank Huang, Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps and Principal Cello Carter Brey. Their concert program for their evening in Tyler includes pieces by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Brahms. Expect an evening of magnificent music with the New York Philharmonic String Quartet! Public sales start March 4th. Tickets are $27-$47.

April 9th (7:30pm) – “Finding Neverland” – This breathtaking smash, based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award-® winning film, “Finding Neverland” tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie leaves his old world behind for Neverland. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Public sales start March 4th. Tickets are $37-$77.

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