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Grounds for a Good Time: Folk music favorite comes back again to coffee shop stage

September 05
05:30 2013

Dustin Patterson, a second year Grad student from Houston, TX serves a cup of joe to the next happy customer.  August 22, 2013 Robby Hirst | Lariat Photographer

Dustin Patterson, a second year Grad student from Houston, TX serves a cup of joe to the next happy customer. August 22, 2013
Robby Hirst | Lariat Photographer

By Michael Davidson

Texas folk musician David Ramirez returns to Common Grounds Coffeehouse once again, performing live tonight. This stop is only one of many on his most recent tour that will take him around the United States from New York City to Los Angeles.

Ramirez’s most recent work, “The Rooster EP,” was released in May as a follow-up to his 2012 “Apologies” album, which debuted at No. 2 on iTunes’ Singer-Songwriter chart.

“Although I’m now writing more about love, this isn’t an upbeat pop record,” Ramirez recently told regarding the EP. “I’m still carrying my low-tempo, melancholy self through these beautiful new moments.”

As an Austin native, Ramirez has had many opportunities to play at Common Grounds and has since become a consistent fixture of the venue.

“David has played here a handful of times, maybe five to six times,” barista Ryan McNiel said. “I’ve met him a couple times and he is a great guy. He’s really down to earth and friendly to everyone he talks to.”

His performances over the years at the local coffee shop, along with his heartfelt music and friendly demeanor, has also built him a solid fan base among students and locals alike.

“He always puts on a really good performance,” said Bailey Bettencourt, a Wamego, Kan., junior and Common Grounds. “Since it’s just him and an acoustic guitar, his shows are very intimate and cool.”

While a typical Common Grounds show is attended primarily by Baylor students, McNiel said, bigger artists such as Ramirez bring in a more diverse audience, including students, Wacoans and traveling fans from Austin and Dallas.

Adding more local flair, Waco artist O, Loveland will open the show with its own unique brand of folk music. The former Uproar Records band is composed of newlywed duo Clark and Amy Jones, a Baylor alumnus and a Loveland, Ohio, senior respectively, who will also join Ramirez for his next show in Abilene on Friday.

The concert will also mark the first use of Common Grounds’ newly extended stage area. The recent renovation will certainly be utilized, as McNiel said a typical show by Ramirez usually brings in about 200 people.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $10 or they can be purchased at the door for $12. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Common Grounds website at

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