The Amercian SideShow
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The Amercian SideShow

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The best kept secret in music


"Hard Rock Café - Austin"

“American Sideshow is a groove feast for the mind and body... sublime lyrics coupled with searing music…”

- Scott Beverly General Manager


We are currently working on our first full-length album. Currently, we have a 3-track demo available for free download off our website. However, the demo recordings are over 2 years old and our sound has immenseley improved since then.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Composed of five (musically) well-endowed individuals, the band's collective experience boasts regular gigs in Austin, San Marcos, and San Antonio. Having shared the stage with seasoned acts such as Soul Asylum, Los Gallos, and Canvas, the American Sideshow has quickly earned the respect and attention of the central Texas music community.

The original incarnation of American Sideshow began in the summer of '99 when Robert Cooperman (singer/songwriter/guitarist), Justin Smith (bass/keyboards), and Neal Shotwell (drums) began making music together, then known as Jacks & Sixes. With the addition of lead guitarist/songwriter Ben Henning in late 2002, the American Sideshow was born. Taking on Matt Ramsey on percussion and vocals in mid-2003 completed the lineup.

Drawing inspiration from artists such as Dave Matthews, Sister Hazel, John Mayer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Incubus, the American Sideshow sound encompasses a wide array of musical styles. Funky to smooth, heavy to mellow, the American Sideshow delivers something for everyone.