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If you still need a great plan to honor the mom in your life, here it is: The Austin Symphonic Band is giving a free Mother’s Day concert at the State Capitol! The band will perform a selection of festive tunes with a cajun flair, including works by Frank Ticheli and John Philip Sousa.

Pack a picnic with her favorite foods and get there early to spread out a blanket or grab one of our limited audience chairs in the front row.

When: Today, May 13th

Time: 7-8 p.m.

Texas State Capitol South Steps
1100 Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701

There’s free street parking on Sundays, or park in the Texas State Capitol Visitor’s Garage.

By: Greg Ackerman

If you’re a regular reader of our live music coverage, then you know we’re huge local music fans. What happens when some cool folks in Dallas produce a small-format festival in the heart of Dallas with a lineup that features some of our most beloved Austin acts? We head north for the ninth version of a tidy little one-day fest called Homegrown. The roster looks like an extension of LEVATION festival with post-rock heroes, Explosions in the Sky headlining. Neo-psych rock gods The Black Angels, Psychedelic music pioneer Roky Erickson and hard-rocking power trio Ume join their ATX brethren at Main Street Garden Park this Saturday, May 12.

We want one of you lucky readers to join us at the park. Head to our Twitter page and retweet our post with this article in the link. Don’t forget to @ mention a friend and use the hashtag #HG9 to enter. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced via Twitter at 5pm Friday.

There are several appealing facets of Homegrown Festival. With limited space for two big stages at opposite ends of the park, no set overlaps another. Ticket buyers could conceivably watch each and every performance. An opportunity that is not often presented at any music festival, let alone one with such a good bill.

Since we’re talking about the lineup again, let’s talk about the rest of this exemplary list of bands. Canandian indie-pop act Alvvays bring a shoe-gazey, dream pop sensibility to the festival. Their 2014 eponymous debut hit number one on U.S. college radio charts. We’re looking forward to catching their set as the group skipped SXSW in favor of an European tour.

Headliners Explosions in the Sky are a true Austin success story. Although the group has performed in Austin since their main stage appearance at Primavera Sound Festival in 2016, we’ve only seen the post-rock giants perform once since. The thought of seeing EITS in a more intimate setting, like their incredible 2015 appearance at the limited-attendance Utopiafest makes us giddy. We’re expecting a similarly impressive light show. Side note: This show is one of only two dates listed on the EITS tour schedule so far this year.

The Mustachio Light Show that comes with The Black Angels’ performances is perhaps more impressive as Bob Mustachio employs an array of film, video and projection lighting into the production. His work is really a technology-fueled expansion on the traditional light projector gel visuals used in when the wave psych rock innovators led by the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd and Texas’ own Roky Erickson began using visuals for the fans using LSD to trip during shows.

Our fingers are crossed TBA guitarist Christian Bland avoids sound issues that plagued his LEVITATION set two weeks ago. Despite the unusual sound issues the band found a way to work around the technical problems. Drummer Stephanie Bailey who was next to Bland on stage did a particularly good job of picking up the slack as did guitarist, Jake Garcia. An act as experienced as The Black Angels have surely worked out the kinks since then.

Tickets are still available for advance purchase at the Homegrown Festival website. Low ticket prices ($42 & $125) gives a lot of bang for your buck. Eleven bands at that price work out to less than $4 an act. Grabbing a ticket for that kind of value is a no-brainer for people who like good music.

If you and your pup are looking for something dog-friendly to do, it doesn’t get any friendlier than this. The humans behind Grocery Pup, the insanely healthy dog food that was born and bred right here in Austin, are throwing a doggie luau party to celebrate the launch of their new product, Porky’s Luau, which is made with fresh pork, pineapple, and veggies. Stop by and let your furry best friend sample the new flavor and their full product line, including Bitchin’ Beef Stew and Turkey Pawella.

The people can grab complimentary pork sliders from Hot Mess (while supplies last) and a pineapple infused cocktail from Austin Eastciders. Plus every new Grocery Pup subscriber gets an awesome goody bag!

Austin Animal Center will be onsite facilitating dog adoptions and everyone can enjoy dog caricature portraits, face painting, balloons, and lots of other fun activities.

*This event is free and dogs of all sizes are welcome on leash. Hawaiian attire is encouraged for dogs and their humans. 21 and up!

Register right here!

When: Saturday, May 12th

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Parlor and Yard
601 West 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701

All photos: Mike Manewitz

Our lede may be a bit misleading or at the least, confusing to fans who are aware Oh Sees did not play a “headlining” stage at LEVITATION music  festival last month. Instead, the Los Angeles-based garage psych/punk outfit helmed by John Dwyer sold-out back to back nights at Barracuda (April 27-28) then added a show at Hotel Vegas billed as the official LEVITATION after party benefiting the Austin Children’s Shelter/ SAFE. That show also sold out hours before the performance. Simply put, Dwyer and company reigned over the festival like post-punk kings.

Festival founders,  The Black Angels performed a headlining show at Stubb’s BBQ Sunday that was more than entertaining. The mind-bending Mustaciho Light Show that accompanies each TBA performance was in full effect. UK greats Slowdive delivered a fantastic headlining show to a packed Stubb’s the previous evening  and a rare live appearance by metal-lords, Electric Wizard destroyed on the largest stage (Stubb’s) of LEVITATION over the four-day event, but no act dominated the psych-rock festival like the Oh Sees did. While the group is listed as active from 1997, the side-project of Dwyer (Coachwhips) really began performing as The Ohsees (there have been a number of moniker iterations over the years) in 2006. Eleven years later Dwyer’s outlet for releasing experimental sounds including post-punk and noise rock element has become his most successful musical enterprise. 

Similar to The Black Angels in that Oh Sees have a trademark sound. TBA deals in neo-psych music. Oh Sees are harder to pigeonhole into a genre. Dwyer has developed at signature sound over the past decade marked by dual drum kits that primarily play in sync, providing a percussive texture that drives the Oh Sees machine. But it’s Dwyer’s astounding guitar work that gives the music its tantalizing flavor. Part punk, part psych-rock but all rock n roll, it’s an acquired taste that can quickly become an obsession as we found ourselves hitting each and every performance by the group during the festival. 

It’s the extended jams that set Oh Sees apart from their contemporaries. What punk outfit do you know of that plays fifteen minute songs that drive fans into a crowd-surfing frenzy? Yeah, that what we thought. No act but these guys do it the way they do. If you have the opportunity to catch them live. Do it. Here’s their upcoming tour schedule. We’d seriously consider going on Oh Sees tour if work didn’t keep us in Austin full-time. 

It’s clear that LEVITATION who moved their festival to eight venues (most in Red River Cultural District) from the logistical nightmare that was Carson Creek Ranch in 2016 after a one-year hiatus, books one of the most unique festival lineups in the country. Beyond psych-rock music, there was experimental electronica, Latin music, folk, post-punk and lo-fi pop. We challenge you to find a more diverse and original lineup anywhere in the U.S. this year. You won’t. 

Side notes

D.C. post-punk act The Make-Up delivered one of the more entertaining sets of the festival. He spent the majority of the time performing on top of fans at Cheer-Up Charlie’s (see photo). We also caught frontman Ian Sevonius’ side-project ESCAPE-ISM at Beerland with 365 Things favorites, Kay Odyssey. We recommend seeing all three acts live. 

LEVITATION Latin acts were impressive this year. There were standout sets by South Americans; Boogarins, Veuleveteloca, Follackzoid. We’re intrigued and now scouring streaming sites for similar acts. A Spanish venue-owner told us the music coming out of South America currently is among the most exciting a couple years ago at Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona. He was correct. Rock music from below the equator is sizzling hot. 

Lo-fi pop wonder Ariel Pink turned in a sold-out performance at Empire Garage that saw fans crowd-surfing to downbeat songs by the notoriously moody frontman, Ariel Rosenberg. While we enjoyed his upbeat songs, the slower, circus-like songs left us puzzled. There were also frequent vocal mic issues that appeared to incense Rosenberg who thankfully made it through the set without having an aneurism. In any case, we don’t see what Pitchfork sees but it’s clear the group has a loyal following and their shows are fun. 

Forget goat yoga and try horse yoga! Come out to the beautiful Healing with Horses Ranch to center your mind and relax your body with a very special yoga session among our herd. You will be guided through a series of fundamental yoga poses at the head of our 5 miles of nature trails. After yoga stay to enjoy some delious kombucha from Buddha´s Brew and interact with our horses.

  • Suggested donation of $10.
  • Bring your mat!
  • Complimentary kombucha provided by Buddha’s Brew.
  • All abilities welcome.
  • No pets allowed: service animals always welcome.

When: today, April 30th

Time: 6:30pm

Healing Horse Yoga
10014 Farm to Market Road 973
Manor, TX 78653

Come hang in the dreamy lounge at Hotel San José and listen to Deejay JLA Soul spin classic and deep rocksteady, reggae, and dub all on vinyl! This event happens the last Sunday of every month and it’s always a great time. Plus this weather is making everything amazing! Grab a good crew and wind down your weekend.

When: Today, April 29th

Time: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Hotel San José
1316 S Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704

It’s gorgeous out, so let’s head down south to Texas Keeper Cidery and sip the day away! The cider wizards out there are releasing their collaboration with Blue Owl Brewing today called Co-op Curiouser (& Curiouser). It’s an eccentric cider, made by first putting the unfermented juice through Blue Owl Brewing‘s lacto process, boiling in their kettle with Motueka hops, then fermenting at the cidery and dry-hopping with Motueka and Wakatu hops. The result is crazy refreshing, with notes of pear, melon, mint, and tropical fruit.

This is the second round of the good stuff, if you missed it last year because it went so fast, then get out there today for the first crackin’! They’ll be live music from Light Horse Harry from 4-6 p.m. and this special menu from Puli-Ra to go with the cider:

*Goan Crawfish/Shrimp Étouffée
*Mushroom Bacon and Green Curry Potato Po Biscuit- (vegetarian) with a hopped hot sauce aioli
*Boudin N Chips Cheese Plate
*Coorg style Pork Sausage, TX Bee Tree Pimento Cheese, Rice Crackers, Hot Sauce, Pickles etc*
*Gooey Butter Cake

When: Today, April 28th

Time: noon – 9 p.m.

Texas Keeper Cider
12521 Twin Creeks Rd.
Manchaca, Texas 78652

Who’s ready for another atxGALS art party?!

Come hang out with your favorite creative gals at the 2018 Spring art show, BLOOM, a one-night art party celebrating Austin’s emerging women artists.

Following their model of creating unique art exhibits to bring Austinites together, the event will kick off at 6pm on Friday, April 27th at The Refinery, located in the heart of downtown Austin. The one-night event will feature the work of over 10 local female artists, open bar, small bites, live music, swag bags for the first 100 ticket buyers, and raffle prizes throughout the night. 

When: April 27th

The Refinery 
612 Brazos Street
Austin, Texas 78701

What wine goes best with this ’90s classic starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny? You can find out tonight! Come sip wine at the Austin Winery and get ready to jam with free screening of Space Jam. They will be clearing out all of the tables and chairs so you can bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the film on the projector.
Also, just for kicks, check out the original website for the movie, which is for some reason still up and running—it will take you back in time.

When: Today, April 22nd

Time: 7 – 10 p.m.

The Austin Winery
440 St Elmo Rd E, Ste A-1
Austin, Texas 78745

Come enjoy loads of opening day festivities in celebration of this new special exhibition: “Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports.” The event is free all day and they’ll be tons of fun sports activities for the whole family, food trucks, giveaways, music from Chulita Vinyl Club, and special appearances!

“Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports” examines the intersection of social justice and sports in the United States. The exhibition celebrates athletes who have broken barriers and spoken out for equality, both on and off the playing field. Beginning in the late 19th century and continuing through current day.

RSVP here! (Not required, but all those that RSVP will be entered to win a private tour of the library and lunch for two at The Driskill Hotel’s 1886 Cafe & Bakery!)

When: Today, April 21st

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Festivities on the LBJ plaza and lawn
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Exhibition on view inside the library

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
2313 Red River St.
Austin, Texas 78705

Photo via the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum Facebook page. View of the LBJ Presidential Library from the LBJ lawn. July 13, 2016. Photo by Jay Godwin.