Galveston Historical Foundation

Josh Rouse at the 1859 St. Joseph’s Church

Joe Pug, a singer-songwriter known for his lyrical acumen and plaintive harmonica style, will host an evening performance at the historic 1859 St. Joseph’s Church, 2202 Avenue K, on Saturday, March 23. Held from 6:30 – 8 p.m., tickets are limited to 200 total seats and are $35 per person.

This performance is supported by Saint Arnold Brewing Company. 

Like a baseball player who quietly hits 30 home runs every year or a golfer who regularly finishes in the Top Ten, Josh Rouse’s continued streak of excellence is easy to ignore and maybe even downplay a little. – Tim Sendra, Allmusic.com



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. Learn more at joshrouse.com.


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.


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.

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