When you book Steel Betty you are ensuring the finest old-timey bluegrass and acoustic music for your event, and a smooth and stress-free booking process for your sanity. The trio delivers a mix of traditional covers and original music that has consistently delighted guests at private and corporate events across Texas.
From background folk music for an intimate rehearsal dinner, to a high-energy and danceable bluegrass set, Steel Betty can shift the feel of the performance to fit the atmosphere of your event. They received exclusively rave reviews from their event clients and are sure to charm. Check out their videos and request a quote today.
I booked Steel Betty for my wedding, site unseen. I am so glad I did - they delivered on everything and more. Truly professional throughout, great communication, and easy to work with. They brought 4 musicians to my outdoor wedding and played processional/recessional music for the ceremony and three sets for the cocktail hour/reception (bluegrass/americana). The music was amazing and entertained all ages (mostly 30's - 60's, and kids.) My only regret it that I didn't get to hear more. Everyone commented on how fantastic this band is! They even learned a couple new songs for us, which was really special for the family. I would absolutely hire Steel Betty again and recommend them to anyone. We will definitely be making the trek from San Antonio to their home base in Austin, to hear them play some more!
Steel Betty were a joy to work with for our rehearsal dinner on a farm. They fit the theme perfectly, playing traditionals and modern songs all the guests could sing along too. They were gracious when I asked them to practice and sing with them a surprise song for my now-husband - This Must Be the Place by the Talking Heads. I practiced with them one weekend before the wedding; they pulled the song together in no time and made the process so fun! The night of the rehearsal they showed up and set up in no time. Everything sounded great - their talent is palpable. After the wedding my husband and I received the sweetest note from the band congratulating us on our marriage that made us tear up a bit. I cannot recommend Steel Betty highly enough for any event - particularly a wedding or rehearsal dinner.
We had Steel Betty at a Chili Cook-Off with guests of all ages. They were quite talented and so much fun to listen to. They arrived early to set up and were ready to go on time. All of our guests enjoyed the evening with their music.
From my very first contact with David I knew Steel Betty was going to be special. My daughter had done a bit of research for bluegrass style bands for an old timey wedding venue at Star Hill Ranch in Bee Cave. There was a lot of planning and communications, and David was always friendly, responsive, adaptable, and creative. They arrived early for setup and performed a lovely quiet acoustic set during the small chapel service, followed by increasingly upbeat amplified sets throughout the reception (alternating with pre-recorded dance sets). Everyone said, "who are these guys?...they are simply wonderful!" They just adapted so well to the audience and clearly demonstrated excellent musical talent, enthusiasm and confidence. We all felt like they were just part of our family since they seemed to be having so much fun as well. They also hung around during clean up and never seemed to be in any rush. Now we can't wait to hear them again later this summer or fall at one of their public shows, which I am sure will also be equally great.
These guys were fantastic. They are skilled musicians who were also friendly and flexible when the skies decided to open up on our outdoor venue. They moved from the yard, to the garage, then to an upstairs balcony, and did it all with smiles on their faces. Party-goers were so impressed and the guests of honor were touched to have great live bluegrass music at their 50th wedding anniversary party!
Response from Steel Betty:
Thanks so much for everything Dana! Hope to make it out there again!
Recently I had to plan a "corporate/after work event" for customers at a conference in Austin. I thought since Austin is the City of Music, I should look for a local Austin band to give it a nice local flavor for mostly out-of-town guests. I was coming in from out of town (Montreal) and did not know the local Austin music scene, and so on the recommendation from Montreal Folk Fest co-founder, Carl Comeau, I checked out Gig Salad to help me. There were many great choices, but one band stood out from the rest: STEEL BETTY. I immediately clicked with their fun and relaxed vibe, and thought they would be perfect for our event. I got a quick response back from band leader, Dave, and we discussed what our needs were and how they could answer them. We wanted a band that was lively and entertaining, but was able to adjust with people at the event carrying on conversations etc. They understood what was needed and played two perfect sets. In all things leading up to, and at the event, Dave and his band were very friendly and very professional. All paperwork/contracts arrived and were returned promptly, items were adjusted as necessary and documents were quickly returned. Communication was excellent and prompt at all times and I quickly had full confidence in Dave and his band. This is very important/critical to have when you're coming in from out of town for an important event for key customers and you've hired a band you've never dealt with! They arrived in plenty of time to set up and were ready to go when we were. Their music was exceptional and very much enjoyed by all at the event. They really seemed to be enjoying playing together for this event, and this was evident in their performance. I noticed this and had a few attendees mention it as well. That evening and the next day, I had many customers/attendees come up to me to tell me how much they'd enjoyed the event, and how great the music was (and where did I find them etc....Gig Salad of course!) We were part of a conference where other competitors (to our company) were also hosting events that evening and MANY customers told us that ours was by far the best. I know for a fact that STEEL BETTY played a big part in that.
Thank you to Dave, and all the rest of the crew. We hope to see you up in Montreal someday soon! À bientôt!!
Associate Director of Marketing
Steel Betty played the music for us during my son's rehearsal dinner at The Addison Grove on March 24, 2017!! They were the icing on the cake! So easy to work with and they provided us with the perfect feel for our outdoor dinner before the big day!! Highly recommend them!!
Steel Betty did a corporate gig for me and they were awesome! They were super easy to work with, professional, on time and the crowd loved them. Would use them over and over again!
We used Steel Betty for a gala and David was so wonderful and responsive. Everyone was very impressed with the band.
Really great dynamic bluegrass band. Lots of technical skill and also lots of heart. Really easy to work with, friendly and easy going. Hope to see these guys do real well.
Steel Betty always does an outstanding job. They are easily one of our favorites. We always love having them at The Pigpen.
Steel Betty played at our last house party and they were amazing. Not only are they professional and pleasant, but they are very talented. They play a variety of songs and I can't wait to have them come entertain us again.
Everyone at Spechts really enjoyed the funky bluegrass delivered by Steel Betty Last sat nite . Customers and some of the employees commented how much they enjoyed . Great group of guys I wish them all the best! We will have them back for sure
Approached with little time to prepare for a benefit show hosted by Austin, Texas-area nonprofit East of Cameron, Steel Betty generously offered their time and their music to the organization.
In spite of short notice, the band were well-prepared and maintained effective communication with organizers before the event to generate maximum publicity and ensure smooth proceeding during the event.
Their music is excellent--technically expert, but also flexible; impressive and fun, yet also vulnerable. They're a really amazing band composed of really amazing people. They brought out a crowd. It was an awesome show, and we're so grateful for their music and their support.
Thanks again, y'all!
What to Expect
When you book Steel Betty you are ensuring the finest old-timey bluegrass and acoustic music for your event, and a smooth and stress-free booking process for your sanity. The band delivers a mix of traditional covers and original music and hip look that has consistently delighted guests at private and corporate events across Texas. Just check out the many testimonials from happy brides, corporate event planners, and a slew of others thrilled clients from their two years in the private event business.
From laid back acoustic folk for an intimate rehearsal dinner, to a high-energy and danceable bluegrass set, Steel Betty can shift the feel of the performance to fit the atmosphere of your event. Prefer an acoustic duo? Need to fill a large stage to a packed auditorium? Steel Betty can scale up to a five piece or down to a duo depending on your budget and preference on group size. The band furnishes and runs all sound gear necessary for your event so that you can focus on other details of event planning. Check out their videos and request a quote today.
Past Corporate clients include:
Texas Monthly Magazine
Texas Family Services
The Boys and Girl in the Band
Madeleine Froncek is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist living in Austin, TX. In addition to playing in Steel Betty, Maddy plays bass and banjo in her gypsy, punk, funk, pop band, Cactopus, and in her Brazilian leaning band, Ley Line. She is currently working on completing studio albums with both groups. Maddy climbs rocks, bikes mountains, and is a semi-pro hand whistler.
Micah Montenco is a singer, songwriter, pianist, saxophonist, clarinetist, and mandolin player from Boston, MA. He is a master chef and master vocalist. He has toured with Whiskey Shivers and lived to tell about it. You can catch his playing at his Saturday residency from 3-6 pm at South Austin Brewery.
Singer, guitarist, and frontman Dave McDonald is a professional musician born and raised in Austin Texas. In addition to fronting Steel Betty, he plays in the Austin based west African band Zoumountchi and works as a guitarist for Zach Scott Theater. He loves golden brown foods, unicycling, storytelling, and playing with Steel Betty.
Additional Booking Notes
All we need is somewhere to plug in a power strip! We work with a simple, old time bluegrass set up, using just a couple high quality mics to capture our warm acoustic sound. Our dobro player is also a professional live sound man, so you can be confident that our sound will be just right. We are also happy to play straight acoustic if you'd like.
Upcoming Booked Events
|December 16, 2018 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm||Vista Brewing|
|February 02, 2019 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Home Concert Series - Houston TX|
|February 08, 2019 • 7:30pm - 9:30pm||The Townsend - Austin, TX|
|February 28, 2019 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||UW - Platteville Center for the Arts|
|April 07, 2019 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Private Event|
Past Booked Events
|September 19, 2018 • 5:30pm - 8:00pm||Grand Opening|
|May 11, 2018 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|November 16, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Be Thankful! Family Services Event - San Antonio|
|November 04, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|October 26, 2017 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Festival|
|October 21, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Wedding Reception - Spicewood TX|
|September 29, 2017 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|September 01, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Hemisfare|
|June 08, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Pigpen in San Antonio|
|May 30, 2017 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Buzzmill|
|May 28, 2017 • 5:30pm - 8:30pm||Anniversary Party|
|May 26, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Opa Coffee and Wine Bar - Austin|
|May 21, 2017 • 3:00pm - 10:00pm||Private Wedding|
|May 20, 2017 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Banger's|
|May 19, 2017 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm||Corporate Event|
|April 22, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Private Event - Wedding|
|February 01, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Corporate Event|
|January 30, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Corporate Event|
|January 05, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||The Saltlick|
|November 26, 2016 • 6:00pm - 8:30pm||Festival|
|October 22, 2016 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Jester King Brewery|
|September 18, 2016 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Specht's General Store|
|June 04, 2016 • 4:30pm - 7:00pm||Graduation|
*We are willing to consider learning reasonable requests for songs not listed here*
American Standards/Folk/Country/Americana (Bluegrass tunes listed separately at the bottom)
Wayside/Back in Time - Gillian Welch
Ms. Ohio - Gillian Welch
Fishin Blues - Taj Majal
Paradise - John Prine
The Weight - The Band
Angel From Montgomery-John Prine
Aint No More Cane - American Standard
Rita Ballou - Guy Clark
White Freight Liner - Townes Van Zandt
Dublin Blues - Guy Clark
San Antonio Girl - Lyle Lovett
Fire on the Mountain - Grateful Dead
Shotgun Willie - Willie Nelson
Dead Flowers - Rolling Stones
Your Cheatin Heart - Hank Williams Sr
Friend of the Devil - Grateful Dead (G)
Lonesome LA Cowboy - Old and in the Way (G) *
Long Black Veil - The Band, Johnny Cash
Frankie and Johnny
Man of Constant Sorrow
Will the Circle be Unbroken?
I Saw the Light
I’ll Fly Away
9 Pound Hammer
On and On
Molly and Tenbrooks
White House Blues
Home is Where the Heart Is
Old Home Place
Pig in a Pen
I Just Think I'll Stay Around
Sitting on Top of the World
More Pretty Girls Than One
Walls of Time
Love Please Come Home
|Curtis Clogston||Dobro and Soundman|
|Micah Montenco||Mandolin and Vocals|
|David McD||Guitar and singing the tunes|
|Maddie Froncek||Upright bass and sweet harmonies|
Influences & Inspiration
Old Crow Medicine Show, Gillian Welch, Bill Monroe, Punch Brothers, Guy Clark, Old and in the Way, Doc Watson