Josh Rouse at the 1859 St. Joseph’s Church
March 23, 2024 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm$35
This performance is supported by Saint Arnold Brewing Company.
- Tickets are non-refundable
- #GalvestonHistory+ Member Meet & Greet and early admission from 5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
- Doors open at 6:15 p.m., show starts at 6:30 p.m.
- Seating is general admission – no reserved seating will be available
You don’t have to work hard to enjoy Rouse’s music. His songs present themselves to you with an open heart, an innate intelligence, and an absolute lack of pretension. They are clear-eyed, empathetic, and penetrating. Without pandering, they seek to satisfy both your ear and your understanding.
Josh Rouse was born in Nebraska, and following an itinerant upbringing, he eventually landed in Nashville, where he recorded his debut Dressed Like Nebraska (1998). The album’s acclaim led to tours with Aimee Mann, Mark Etzel, and the late Vic Chestnut. The follow-up, Home (2000), yielded the song “Directions,” which Cameron Crowe used in his film Vanilla Sky.
After relocating to Valencia, Spain, with his wife, Paz, Rouse has released a steady stream of high-quality songs and albums. Subtitulo (2006) contained the international indie folk hit “Quiet Town.” On El Turista (2010), he even experimented with writing and singing some songs in Spanish. In 2014, he won a Goya Award (the Spanish equivalent of an Oscar) for best song for “Do You Really Want To Be In Love,” from the film ‘La Gran Familia Española.’
His latest, Going Places, came together over the last two years when Josh Rouse found himself unable to tour and hunkered down with his family in Spain. Together with his Spanish band, he began workshopping new songs in a small local venue owned by a friend, resulting in ten road-ready tracks with a looser, more relaxed vibe.
ABOUT THE 1859 ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH | The oldest German Catholic Church in Texas and the oldest wooden church building in Galveston, St. Joseph’s, was built by German immigrants in 1859-60. Bishop John Odin, the first Catholic bishop of Texas, recommended that a church be built for the German-speaking Catholics of the growing city. The church was dedicated in April 1860 to St. Joseph, the patron saint of laborers. It is one of the few pre-Civil War buildings left on Galveston Island.
ABOUT GALVESTON HISTORICAL FOUNDATION | Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency, and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.