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Sound On Sound Festival (SOS Fest) is excited to announce the full music lineup for the second annual event, which is set to take place on November 10-12 in McDade, Texas. The 2017 event is slated for a return to Sherwood Forest, a beloved medieval-style village and an idyllic festival location nestled among the Lost Pine Forest and about 35 miles east of downtown Austin. Weekend GA, VIP, and camping passes are all available now for purchase at www.soundonsoundfest.com.

The 2017 SOS Fest will once again play host to a wide mix of music acts spanning many genres and personal tastes, as well as a variety of medieval-style activities and games, comedy stand-ups and panel sessions, on-site camping, and more, all across three days in the heart of Central Texas. One of today’s most beloved and sought-after indie acts, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, will headline the 2017 fest after a notable hiatus from live performances and recordings since 2013.

Additional headliners include punk rock godfather Iggy Pop, who continues to perform in support of last year’s Grammy-nominated album, Post Pop Depression; and experimental rock group Grizzly Bear, who are slated to release their fourth studio album, Painted Ruins, this August following the band’s highly applauded 2014 album, Shields, and marking their only performance in Texas in 2017. The Grammy-nominated folk rock sextet The Shins are also set to headline and perform in support of their recent album, Heartworms, which was released this March after a five-year hiatus from recording. Also performing is new wave R&B project Blood Orange, led by singer, songwriter and producer Dev Haynes; English doom metal band Electric Wizard, who are currently recording their next studio album and whose performance at SOS Fest will mark their only currently scheduled US performance in 2017; and Pusha T, the acclaimed Virginia-born rapper and president of G.O.O.D Music (a record label founded by Kanye West) who is currently prepping the release of his newest album, King Push, for release later this year.

SOS Fest will also welcome a variety of renowned national acts including Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and dancer Kehlani, who just released her highly-anticipated debut album, SweetSexySavage, in early 2017 to praise from critics and fans alike; one of today’s most exciting West Coast rappers, Vince Staples, who is releasing his follow-up studio album, Big Fish Theory, this June; hard metal rock group Sleep, marking one of the only performances currently scheduled worldwide in 2017 for the stoner-rock pioneers; industrial metal band Ministry, who are prepping their fourteenth studio album for digital release this fall; synth-pop singer and songwriter Washed Out; emo rock outfit Taking Back Sunday; funk/soul/R&B singer Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, who will return to the festival after being forced to back out last year due to complications with stomach cancer; Canadian rock band Japandroids; electronic synth-pop band Austra, who continues to perform in support of their recent album, Future Politics, released earlier this January; indie rock outfit Real Estate, who released their latest studio album, In Mind, this past March; French electro-pop group Yelle; and a rare reunion from the groundbreaking alternative hip-hop trio Digable Planets.

Additional acts at the 2017 SOS Fest include a diverse mix of nationally acclaimed and up-and-coming performers from across the globe, including Dinosaur Jr., Converge, Ariel Pink, The Story So Far, NONAME, Foxygen, Cannibal Corpse, Cloud Nothings, Boris, Twin Peaks, Citizen, Cherry Glazerr, Turnstile, Snow Tha Product, and more.

Plus, SOS Fest will now feature a dedicated DJ stage this year, which will aim to showcase some of the best in forward-thinking dance music from a variety of genres — boogie, disco, classic electro, old school hip-hop, house, techno, and more. Key DJ acts set to perform include Hot Chip (DJ Set), Poolside, Lindstrom, Egyptian Lover, Juan Maclean (DJ Set), Peanut Butter Wolf, Tim Sweeney (Beats In Space), Honey Soundsystem, Lovefingers, and more.

SOS Fest will also play host to a variety of Texas music talent throughout the three-day weekend. Texas-based music acts include S U R V I V E (Austin), Power Trip (DFW), Capyac (Austin), Sweet Spirit (Austin), Holy Wave (Austin), Sam Lao (Dallas), Street Sects (Austin), Mélat (Austin), Growl (Austin), Alex Napping (Austin), USA/Mexico (Austin), Kydd Jones (Austin), and more. A variety of DJ’s from across the state will also be on site to keep the energy high throughout the second annual festival, including DJ Sober (Dallas), Flying Turns (Austin), Chulita Vinyl Club (Austin/San Antonio), All/Everything (DFW), Dayuta (Houston), and more.

In 2017, SOS Fest will once again offer ticket-buyers a truly unique festival experience at the beloved Sherwood Forest. Located just 35 miles east of downtown Austin and set among the beautiful Lost Pines Forest of Central Texas, Sherwood Forest is a 23-acre permanent renaissance village that features over 100 permanent buildings including shops, pubs, restaurants and stages, many of which will be again utilized in creating the festival footprint for the event. Through an expanded partnership with the Sherwood Forest community, ticket buyers can also expect an even more highly-curated festival experience, which will include a variety of medieval-style activities for attendees of all ages ranging from axe throwing to jousting to archery and more.

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Workshops with local makers. Tasty free food and an open bar. An awards ceremony that will make you feel all the feels. This is WeWork’s Creator Awards, coming to Austin June 27. The celebration is part of WeWork’s global initiative to recognize and reward individuals, organizations, and businesses who are thinking in new ways, building fresh projects, and achieving real change. Through 2017, WeWork is committing over $20 million to empowering creators. Will you be there to watch the magic unfold?

When: June 27

Time: 4pm – Midnight

Location:
ACL Live at The Moody Theater
310 W Willie Nelson Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

This event is 21+ and RSVP only.

It’s no secret that Lake Travis Zipline Adventures is one of my favorite things to do in Austin. Through June they’re having a special “kids fly free” program where any person 17 or under for free with a full price adult. The “kids fly free” program is on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays and ends June 30th, so get out there while there’s still time.

It’s an adventure from the beginning, as there are five ziplines for you to tackle. Now that the lake levels are back up the views are even more spectacular!  You reach speeds of up to 60 miles an hour. It’s such a rush! The guides are also friendly, knowledgeable and fun. They make the whole experience even better.

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Phone: 512-614-1996

Location:
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
14529 Pocohontas Trail
Volente, Texas

http://www.ziplaketravis.com/

Bring your dad to Rowing Dock Sunday June 18th for an outdoor adventure on Lady Bird Lake and you’ll automatically enter him in a drawing for the best Father’s Day gift ever!! Rowing Dock has partnered with Austin Canoe and Kayak, KIND, and Hops and Grain to host a special Father’s Day event. From 9-11 am, they’ll have Fishing Kayak Demos and Professional Fishing Kayak Guides onsite to answer all of Dad’s fishing kayak questions in addition to some fun games for dad’s and kids.

They’ll have coffee and snacks from KIND and if you happen to be one of the first 20 people to arrive you’ll snag a sweet goody bag with items from each vendor, including a sample of the infamous River Beer from Hops and Grain. In addition to the activities from 9-11, if you take dad out for a paddle any time on Father’s Day you’ll automatically be entered in their Father’s Day Raffle contest, which could win your dad a three-month supply of KIND snacks, a $75 ACK gift card, and a ½ day Guided Fishing Kayak Trip for two! So, grab your dad and your fishing poles and head down to the dock!

This is exactly the kind of thing that Austin does best: a day of great food, drinks, and music. If you’re a foodie—and who isn’t these days?—come spend the day at The Domain and see what the various restaurants at the shopping mecca have to offer. The 10th Annual Taste of North Austin is an all-day family food festival that will feature delectable tastes, beverage sampling, free live music, children’s entertainment, and lots of fabulous shopping. Guests who want to go all-out for the VIP experience will get a goody bag, complimentary drinks, and access to the swanky VIP lounge.

Balloon twisters, caricature artists, and crafts will be on hand for the kids.

When: Saturday, June 10th

Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: Live music and children’s entertainment are free. Wristbands are $20 and include 10 tastes. The VIP experience is an additional $15. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at select restaurant booths.

Location:
Domain II
3225 Amy Donovan Plaza
Austin, TX 78758

Call 512-873-8099 or click here for more information. For the latest deals, contests, and event information at The Domain, click here.

 

If you’re looking to lighten your meal routine this summer, let UberEATS help! Top healthy restaurants around the city are available for delivery right to your door (or the pool, the lake, the park). Here are some of our favorite restaurants with refreshing summer options that you can get delivered in as little as 35 minutes on UberEATS.

Green Lunch

This new delivery-only kitchen serves a fresh perspective on salads and bowls, accommodating special diets or lifestyles (gluten-free friendly, vegetarian, vegan, paleo).

(Pictured here: Sesame Sunshine Bowl)

Flyrite Chicken

Flyrite is fast becoming an Austin favorite because it’s fast, delicious, and it has a refreshingly healthy side. Chargrilled chicken, veggie spring rolls, chia pudding, even kale salad are everyday menu offerings.

(Pictured here: Eastside Combo with Kale Slaw)

Snap Kitchen

You can’t go wrong with Snap Kitchen—their menu offers healthy versions of commonly craved dishes, so whether you’re carb conscious, paleo, dairy free, or vegan, there’s something delicious for you. Tip: order multiple days’ worth of meals in one go, as all meals arrive fridge-stable and ready to heat up.

(Pictured here: Beef Sweet Potato Scramble).

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Even the healthiest people deserve a treat! When you’re craving something cool and sweet, try sorbet or frozen yogurt (which is naturally low-fat). Tip: add fresh fruit as a topping!

(Pictured here: 98% Fat-Free Soft Serve)

Daily Greens

This cold-pressed juice is made with love on the east side, and every bottle is packed with over 4 pounds of USDA Certified Organic produce! Tip: order a week’s worth in one delivery (they’ll stay fresh in your fridge).

(Pictured here: Harmony or Morning Greens)

The Vegan Nom

When you’re craving tacos, check out The Vegan Nom for a lighter take. Our friends at UberEATS told us it’s been a staple for folks wanting to dabble in plant-based eating without missing any of the traditional taco flavors.

(Pictured here: Mushroom, Spinach and Caramelized Taco and Rockin Vegan Migas)

Phonatic

The folks at PhoNatic are all about fresh, quality ingredients, and that carries over to their delivery options as well. We’re super impressed with how their dishes arrive chock full of veggies, and with baggies of fresh herb garnishes and sauces on the side. Don’t forget a Thai Iced Tea for the full Vietnamese experience!

(Pictured here: Chicken Cabbage Salad)

Daily Juice

Daily Juice is our go-to Austin staple for summer morning smoothies, and we were pleasantly surprised to see their UberEATS menu also offers acai bowls, fresh wraps, and salads so you can get your days’ fuel in one delivery.

(Pictured left to right: Dragonfly, Subliminator, Wild Thing, Chocolate Almond Acai)

Conscious Cravings

Conscious Cravings is our go-to for when we want a healthy salad but also a side of french fries! Their modern take on plant-based eating is super flavorful and fresh—the Quinoa Salad will make all your coworkers jealous.

(Pictured here: Quinoa Salad)

We’re taking you out to the ball game with an exclusive Round Rock Express experience!

Have you always wanted to catch a baseball game, but the hassle of traffic keep you from making the trek to Round Rock? Well, this experience is calling your name! Catch a ride with us to Dell Diamond from downtown Austin and reminisce on the good ol’ days while watching some classic baseball films along the way. Bring your favorite beverages/snacks on the bus, or munch on the Austin version of game day snacks – KIND bars and Topo Chico.

At the stadium, we’ll enjoy a VIP viewing experience from the Budweiser Party Porch! Once you’ve grabbed your free beverages from our friends at Twisted X and Dulce Vida Tequila, you can venture to your lawn seats to root for the home team. Don’t forget to snag a complimentary game day snack – game days aren’t the same without a hot dog or a pile of greasy nachos.

If you need more convincing here’s why Round Rock Express is a real catch:

  • They are a class Triple-A Pacific Coast League minor league baseball team
  • The Round Rock Express is affiliated with the Texas Rangers
  • In 2016, Forbes named the Round Rock Express the sixth most valuable minor league team with a value of $40 million
  • Each home game, Round Rock Express recognizes a local charitable organization through their Chasco Community Partnership program
  • The team rewards fans for wearing Round Rock Express gear
  • They’ve been around since 2005 and you’ve yet to catch a game
  • Their mascot, Spike, enjoys the Sandlot and is a great dance partner

We’re making the ball game experience better than ever. Munch on game day snacks, sip on craft brews + local beverages and enjoy some great company. Grab your buddies, your date or you dad and head out to a ball game. 

Look at that beauty, would you? She could be all yours! (Are bikes “she” like boats? Well, we’re going with it.)

Bike Austin’s annual Bike to Work Day (B2WD) is next Friday, May 19, and it’s an amazing way to see a whole new side of our city.

To celebrate this year’s event, we’ve partnered with one of our favorite local bike shops, Bicycle Sports Shop, as well as the nonprofit group behind the annual B2WD event, Bike Austin, to host a special giveaway featuring a brand spankin’ new 2017 Lookfar bike. It has a retail value of $529.99 and is available in Black or Cadet Blue. The Lookfar makes cruising and commuting easy and is great for all levels. One simple trigger shifter changes the gears up-or-down through all 7-speeds, and 42mm-wide Continental tires feel fast on smooth ground while still confidently handling rough terrain. To read more about your future bike (fingers crossed!) click here.

To enter, just fill out this B2WD 2017 pledge-to-ride form anytime now to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 15. One lucky winner will be chosen at random. Good luck, people!

The mission of Bike To Work Day is to attract new cyclists to commute while rewarding those who already do so. Not only do commuters improve the community by decreasing traffic congestion and reducing air pollution, but cycling commuters are proven to arrive at work more alert and in better health.

To encourage citywide participation, Bike Austin has partnered with over 45 local businesses across Austin to participate as official “fueling stations” for participants to visit during their morning commute to work. These partners will offer various gifts to participating riders, including free coffee, small snacks, merch, and swag, from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m during the day of the event.

Notable fueling stations include Flyrite Chicken, who will offer a free tall-boy Lonestar Beer to cyclists (21+) that bike through its drive-thru at either the East 7th or the new Burnet locations; Bikealot, who in partnership with Austin Massage Company will be offering quick “body tune-ups” throughout the morning; Bouldin Creek Cafe, will be serving up tasty breakfast tacos, muffins, house-made granola and fresh fruit; and Houndstooth Coffee, who are offering free 12oz iced coffees on the patio at their Downtown location. Other key stations include Juiceland; Whole Foods Market; Bicycle Sport Shop; Livestrong Foundation; and as well as Jugo, who are set to offer riders complimentary fresh-pressed juice; and City Hall, the largest fueling station each year hosting over 10 booths onsite including TacoDeli, who will also be offering some of their beloved tacos to participating riders.

They’re also bringing back the beloved B2WD Passport Program, in which 2017 riders will receive a specially created passport to collect unique stamps from each fueling station. Each stamp will enter cyclists into a raffle for numerous door prize drawings at the after-party, such as goodie bags and gift cards from Birds Barbershop, Rhythm Superfoods, Bennu Coffee, and more.

This year’s 2017 B2WD After-Party will be held at the Google Fiber Space on Friday evening starting at 5:00 p.m. At the after-party, participants will be offered complimentary beverages including beer from Hops & Grain Brewing, along with bites from Verts. All Austin cyclists are encouraged to stop by and partake in the community-wide event—no RSVP required.

Here’s the full list of fueling stations:

  • Alliance Transportation
  • Austin Cake Ball
  • B Cycle
  • Baby Greens
  • Bennu Coffee
  • Bicycle Sport Shop
  • Bikealot/Austin Massage Company
  • Birds Barbershop/Torchy’s Tacos
  • Bouldin Creek Cafe/Please Be Kind to Cyclists
  • City Hall
  • Cuvee Coffee
  • Cycleast
  • Dia’s Market
  • Easy Rider Pedicab
  • Easy Street & Monkey Wrench Bikes
  • Flyrite Chicken
  • Foreflight
  • Ghisallo Cycling Initiative
  • Hops and Grain Brewing
  • Houndstooth
  • Jugo
  • Juiceland
  • Kramer Station/Alliance Transportation Group
  • Livestrong Foundation
  • Mellow Johnny’s
  • Michael F. Adams Station @ Mueller
  • Quack’s Bakery
  • Rhythm Superfoods
  • South Austin Medical Center
  • Thunderbird Coffee
  • TownLake YMCA
  • Upper Crust Bakery
  • Volunteer (Randy Greenberg)
  • Wheatsville Coop
  • Whole Foods Market

 

 

Austin doesn’t have a shortage of delicious restaurants, and we like to take full advantage of that fact even when we’re busy writing or spending a night in. But our newest go-to for delivery is UberEATS, which now serves the full Austin-Round Rock metro and has grown like crazy, with hundreds of restaurant menus now available for delivery. Here are some of our go-to categories that you might not have considered for delivery:

FroYo and Ice Cream

The first time we had frozen yogurt delivered from UberEATS we were amazed that it was the perfect consistency when it arrived! They work with restaurants to deliver so quick that it doesn’t have the chance to melt. It’s now our go-to for late night cravings. Try Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Moojo, Teo Gelato, or Amy’s Ice Creams.

Fancy Toasts

When you have Instagram-envy for what everyone else is eating for breakfast, get a fancy avocado toast or berry toast delivered to your door. Pair it with a Matcha latte or iced coffee for the perfect morning pick-me-up. Our favorites come from Irene’s, Seventh Flag Coffee, and Mour Cafe, and they look just as good as they do in these photos upon arrival.

Rainbow Bowls

Healthy rainbow bowls are the latest craze. They also take a lot of work. So, when we want a rainbow bowl chock-full of fresh fruits or veggies, we just get it delivered fresh made from Ola Poke, Cenote, Snap Kitchen, or Acai Hut.

You can also sort options in the UberEATS app by Gluten-free, Vegetarian or Vegan, and by price range, delivery time, or popularity, so being healthy within a busy schedule is easy-peasy.

Cheese Boards

When we’re throwing a party or wine night and spend our time on Pinterest rather than preparing, we let the appetizer trays come to us! Our favorite cheese plate is from Hillside Farmacy where the cheese, fruit, and even honey comes from local farms. If you’re wanting more of a beer-pairing board with soft pretzels, try Easy Tiger or Flying Saucer.

Off-Menu Exclusives

You don’t have to know the chefs to get the hookup. Award-winning restaurants like Olamaie have made their off-menu southern biscuits and lunch menu available exclusively for delivery. And if you haven’t gotten the chance to try the Omakase dinner at Kyōten Sushiko, you can taste an affordable weekday lunch version on UberEATS. Our go-to is the Chirashi Bowl.

We’d love to hear what your favorite delivery finds are!

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Texas-based Grande Communications announced this morning (4/25) that home and business subscribers in the Austin area are now eligible for 1 Gigabit Internet service.

Customers in these areas that are now able to enjoy Grande’s expanded Gigabit internet service will notice a big difference in their online activities as the upgrade brings unparalleled speed, reliability and capacity over the traditional internet experience. With download speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps, users can download 100 songs or a two-hour movie in just a few seconds.

Residential pricing starts at just $69.99/month and includes wireless home networking, no contracts, no bandwidth usage caps and easy installation. Who doesn’t want seriously fast internet speeds to surf, stream, download, work and game online?

Sweepstakes

To help spread the news, Grande also kicked off the Gotta Getta Gig Sweepstakes and prizes include an Xbox One Bundle, and a Dell Touch-Screen Laptop.

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The contest is open to all Texas residents and runs through May 25th. To Enter:

Tell Grande why you need 1 Gig and enter for a chance to win at: http://mygrande.com/internet/gotta-getta-gig