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Acoustic with special guests Paul Overstreet and Allen Shamblin.
Rob Baird will be the first one to tell you that he hasn’t always been 100%, shall we say, forthright as a songwriter. Back in college (not too terribly long ago), he recorded an album that he has since “completely buried” — primarily, he says, because back then, “I just wasn’t writing about anything that really meant anything to me.” His next album, 2010’s Blue Eyed Angels (which he considers his proper debut), was a fair deal closer to his heart, but even then he was still an artist in search of himself. Songs like “Could Have Been My Baby,” “Blue Eyed Angels” and especially “Fade Away” all demonstrated that he was ultra-confident in the hooks department and talented enough to sound like he knew what he was doing.
Enjoy an evening of Latin jazz and salsa dancing with Regency Jazz Band in our outdoor McNutt Courtyard & Sculpture Garden. Enjoy this outdoor oasis featuring newly installed sculptures and a lush garden. Cheesy Jane’s and Chela’s Tacos will be onsite with their coveted food trucks for your dining enjoyment.
For tickets and more information on the event, check out http://rawartists.org/sanantonio.
A new River Walk destination dedicated to preserving and interpreting the art, history, and culture of the American West, The Briscoe Western Art Museum invites the public to beat the heat at its Summer Sol Fest, a free event with food trucks and live music by Austin’s award-winning Latin funk orchestra Brownout.
With the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio providing a test sountrack, TPR’s free event invites guests to listen to the Tobin itself, hearing how the peformance space changes and magnifies the music being played. Acousticians, engineers and designers of the Tobin will break down the science of acoustics, from sound’s reverberation properties to how building shape can affect audio. Let’s just hope the TPR or Tobin folks will make good use of the opportunity to drop a Beastie Boys “Sound of Science” joke.
Though they live in Austin, OBN III’s members make their sonic home in the Motor City. Strutting like Raw Power-era Iggy, shredding like Fred “Sonic” Smith, OBN III’s play pure, fist-through-the-drywall, 40-to-the-face rock ‘n’ roll. With SA punkers Fruit Punch and White Christ.
Though the name would be perfect for a band of the heavy metal variety, Otis the Destroyer is anything but abrasive. The Austin-based blues group is indeed heavy on soul and hardcore for good, old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. Indie-poppers Sick/Sea’s sugary sweet ballads can cure just about any illness with soulful ethereal vocals and powerful harmonies. The term “math rock” is often confused as being for geeks, but SA’s Feuding Fathers prove otherwise. With complex drumming and elaborate guitar work, Feuding Fathers are the kings of mathematical cool.
Recommended if you like: ecstasy, grinding/sweating on your club neighbor, press-play production, sunglasses that say stupid shit on them, Skrillex’s OWSLA record label, snapbacks that say stupid shit on them, sub-bass, teeth-grinding, dub, wub, glovers, pupil dilation, bass drops, MIDI snares, corporate investment in formulaic dance music, TWONK, teenagers OD’ing.
Like the bulk of Austin Mahone’s Instagram account, this one’s a selfie. In a white tank top, hair coifed up real big, Mahone arranges his facial features in the manner of good-looking people well versed in taking pictures of themselves—lips lightly pursed, eyebrows up, posing without posing.
“Running on the beach will be the death of me,” the caption says. It’s enough to garner 7,000 comments and 332,000 little hearts of approval from Mahone’s massive teen following, an audience seemingly dependent on an IV drip of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Known as the Mahomies, Austin’s crew numbers well into the millions.
Rising originally on Youtube, Mahone now holds some serious influence over the young wallets and fluttering stomachs of his adolescent audience. But as “Baby” did to Bieber, Mahone needs one smash single to boost him into the next level of superstardom. At 18-years-old, Mahone’s got the career infrastructure in place to jump to the .01 percent of Big Pop. More importantly, it appears he’s got the workhorse ethic to follow through at a vital crossroads period for teen idols, when the decisions of legal adulthood can send them into dens of vice and crumbling anxiety. At 18, on the road for his second headlining tour, Mahone’s already light-years away from his first bout of videos, singing from his bedroom in the doldrums of San Antonio.
A musician with gripping, powerful vocals that deliver energetic yarns about love, the government and the apocalypse, to name a few. From his start as founder and stellar live performer with The Asylum Street Spankers to being awarded numerous Austin Music Awards, Forsyth has earned a veritable army of Texan fans.
For this year's 21st Annual Balcones Heights Jazz Festival, die-hard Jazz fans, or belovedly termed "Jazz babies," will plant their chairs in advance, hours and sometimes days in advance for a good seating overlooking the water fountain at Wonderland of the Americas and catch the live music performances of musician and composer, Nelson Rangell, and Alabama-band Roman Street.
With a chance to win tickets to Float Fest (August 31, featuring Grouplove, Portugal. The Man, STRFKR and Bun B) and jam out to local tunes, the Float Fest Pre Party is a celebration all in itself. Self-described as a disco punk quartet with elements from the NYC-grown subcultures of hip-hop and no wave, Nght Hcklrs are much more than just an interesting hybrid genre group. As a super group of the electronic underground featuring Galacticat and PleasureFaces, Calico Club is a kaleidoscope of samples stitched together with a wide array of electronic styles. Where PBLC’s first effort, I Just Wanna Do Some Coke and Fall Asleep, was as self-contradicting and all over the place as the title suggests, trading off between pastiche takes on ‘60s surf and the early emo of Cap’n Jazz, the recent Seagrave EP hones in without losing the cyclonic energy of the 2012 debut.
Though raised outside of Texas, Austin Forrest has made a home for himself in San Antonio and makes his living by entertaining audiences with his music. He rocks a solo act that could rival a trio band with the sound he produces. Forrest shifts easily between blues, pop, soul,and R&B. His debut album, Eating the Elephant, marks his clear style and showcases how well developed he is. If you enjoy rhythm, melody, and great lyrics, there’s no doubting how much you will enjoy his music! His love for music is contagious and bound to leave you coming back for more.
Austin-based journalist and author Chris Tomlinson became a reporter in 1994, covering the end of Apartheid in South Africa and reporting from 50 countries and nine war zones including Rwanda, Somalia, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq. Hailed as a “masterpiece of authentic American history,” his book Tomlinson Hill tells the stories of two families who trace their roots to a slave plantation that bears their name.
With a nod to the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and its lecture series Mixed Taste, the McNay launched its own Mash-Up Series in 2012 and continues it this week with an interactive experience inviting participants to “make the mash-up connection” between professor of Islamic art Stephennie Mulder and pastry chefs Anne Ng and Jeremy Madrell.
Reportedly one out of every six Americans is now of Hispanic origin, an impressive social transformation with enormous political, economic and cultural consequences. To better understand this culturally shifting phenomenon, SPAIN arts & culture commissioned curator Claudi Carreras to gather the strongest photographic voices tackling issues of Latino identity. The resulting exhibition comprises works by established and emerging photographers such as Carlos Alvárez Montero, Sol Aramendi, Katrina Marcelle d’Au-tremont, Calé, Dulce Pinzón, Susana Raab, Stefan Ruiz, and Gihan Tubbeh.
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