Close Your Eyes has received a massive amount of attention on the heels of the release of "Line In The Sand." Their new leading man Sam Ryder will join the band for this tour
The USAF Band of the West's Horizon Sax Quartet performs jazz, classical and pop.
Likened to Patsy Cline by producer Gordon Raphael, 17-year-old, Texas-based French singer-songwriter Victoria Celestine celebrates the release of her new CD Back Home in San Antone with a concert featuring Juanito Castillo and an after-party with Zydeco Blanco.
Special guests include Of Mice and Men, Issues and Letlive.
Even if you can’t dance salsa, Arjon’s will make you want to try. Live music Thursday-Sunday (with free salsa lessons Sundays from 7:30-9pm) sets the stage for seasoned professionals and protégées to cut some serious rug. Cocktail waitresses charge only slightly more if you’re lucky enough to score a table _ otherwise it’s dancing-room only. If you overdose on cumbia and merengue, hit the back patio, where you’re likely to find couples refueling over plates of mini tacos.
This venue is one of many studios participating in the East Austin Studio Tour. Visit eastaustinstudiotour.com for a complete list.
You’ve gotta walk over to the restaurant next door to get them, but Sam’s burgers are a damn sight better than standard bar food. Carry one back to the bar and stuff your face while you watch one of the large variety of bands, from alt rock to country to cumbia, that commandeer the mid-size stage, but expect to pay extra for a booth reservation if you want to set that sandwich on a table when a nationally known act like Joe Ely or Kinky Friedman comes to town.
God won’t return our calls (and we’re not so sure about all the fellas who claim to be his spokespeople), so we can only speculate how he feels about you guzzling hooch in his former home. We can tell you, though, that as of press time, the musicians who’ve played there — Bett Butler & Joël Dilley, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rosie Flores — remain largely un-lightning-struck. Maybe the monthly visitation he gets during the popular Sunday Gospel Brunch is enough to stay his wrath.
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Take a lesson from the Boy Scouts of America (not the one about discriminating against gay people) and be prepared when you visit this hybrid live music venue and dance club. Be prepared for a 20-minute drive up 281 if you live downtown. Be prepared to tip the bathroom attendant if you’re the hand-washing kind. Be prepared to see local bands (often for free) on a kick-ass stage that’s hosted the Toadies, Dropkick Murphies, and Billy Bob “Not an Actor” Thornton. And on Big Ass Beer nights, bring along a straight-edge friend or be prepared to call a cab.
A gritty new addition to SA’s evolving River Walk scene, the former Ruta Maya is back from the dead with a hardcore case of the punks. Other than a comfy white couch here and there, there are no coffeehouse remnants. High-octane live music attracts a mixed alternative crowd on certain nights, but it was a DJ spinning vintage New Order that made us want to know more. For a true taste of the SA underground, hang downstairs, where we were (accidentally) stomped on by a boot-clad mosher.
Linger too long on the St. Mary’s strip and the crowd will probably push you into the Mix whether you were planning to go or not. This mainstay often ends up the de-facto place to be when you have no particular place to be, but free shows by high-caliber local bands make it a destination spot on the weekends. When an established act’s on the bill, check your claustrophobia at the door and BYO shoehorn.
Stuck in a dilapidated building stuck between SAMA and the VFW, this small room hosting local and visiting bands defines the scene to many indie fans. Thirsty? Go for the changing beer selection, which trends towards Texas micro-brews.
The Jefferson Airplane song of the same name might fool you into thinking this place is a hippie joint, but usually what you’ll find waiting down this rabbit hole is a big old-fashioned mosh pit. Bands compete on the indoor and outdoor stages to see whose music is louder and most violent, so odds are you won’t even hear what that damn dormouse said, but most of the pitting is admirably polite, and the pizza place next door is a viable option should all the shoving give you an urge to feed your head.
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Unveiled last week during the Contemporary Art Month Kickoff Party, New York-based Claire Watson's exhibition “Now What” is a set of intimate collages based on, and sourced from, delicate personal belongings (notably, gloves). On Wednesday evening, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum hosts an intimate gathering designed to give Watson direct contact with the audience while offering art lovers a peek inside her creative process. Drinks and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Space is limited, please RSVP to email@example.com.
More than a decade after its Broadway debut, the Tony-winning musical Wicked is still riding a wave of hype soon to play out in a film adaptation reportedly starring Lea Michele (Glee) and Harry Styles (One Direction). Based not on L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz but Gregory Maguire’s loaded remix Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the box office record-breaker explores the backstories of sharp, green-skinned Elphaba and bubbly blonde Glinda—polar opposite roommates at Shiz University. In a story for The New York Times, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) noted civil rights violations in Munchkinland, yellow bricks laid by slave labor and flying monkeys (subjects of a disastrous experiment) as hallmarks of this “two-act flashback of radical reinterpretation.”
For a 17 year-old, Texas-born French singer-songwriter Victoria Celestine has already racked up some impressive credits. Back in 2010, Celestine caught the attention of producer Gordon Raphael (the Strokes, Regina Spektor), who later worked with her on seven acoustic tracks. While still 14, Celestine mixed elements of country, pop and folk on her debut From the Outside. Reviewing the album for the Current, Enrique Lopetegui applauded the pianist/guitarist’s songwriting chops, likening her voice to “Norah Jones on chamomile tea.” (Raphael commented on the review: “I totally think she is a super talent, and as musically ambitious as anyone I have met!”). In celebration of her sophomore effort Back Home in San Antone, Celestine performs at Sam’s with a full band featuring Juanito Castillo, Randy Reinhart and Ron Knuth. Zydeco Blanco plays the after-party.
Among the recent (alleged) highlights from the Sun Sentinel’s weird-news blog FloriDUH: a woman who called 911 to sexually proposition a cop, a man arrested for smoking marijuana in a maternity ward and a man who made a bomb threat while being transported in an ambulance. What is going on with the state Patton Oswalt calls “America’s drooping nut sack”? Maybe this Contemporary Art Month event at High Wire can help explain. Following a feast of the traditional stewed-palm-heart delicacy swamp cabbage, High Wire will present two other Sunshine State treats named after the dish: a short-subject documentary on Florida “crackers” (the actual name for the state’s first European settlers) and a performance by a Jacksonville-based blues-rock band with songs such as “Purdy Mouth,” “Poontang” and “More Booty With Buddha.” BYOBS (Bring Your Own Bath Salts).
If B-movie star Bruce Campbell had his own late night talk show, Calabrese would be the house band (and I’d totally watch that over Fallon’s Tonight Show). The Italian-American brothers Calabrese funnel their fascination with horror flicks, comic books and the occult into straightforward punk rock that’s sometimes called Gothabilly, and more generally known as horror rock. Calabrese seems perfectly content to be pigeon-holed—though their musical talent hints at broader potential—with album titles like 13 Halloweens, The Traveling Vampire Show, Dayglo Necros and their latest, 2013’s Born with a Scorpion’s Touch. Like Campbell, they seem at once to be in on the joke and to embrace it fully, one early song’s lyrics were entirely comprised of 1950s “creepshow” film taglines. And for a band that sings almost exclusively about vampires, motorcycles, zombies and vigilante justice, they’re weirdly wholesome. Typically, my first reaction to the lyrics “I’ll smash in your teeth and your mouth will explode,” isn’t “aw, how sweet!”
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