Two Saturday’s ago Pennyfest Music Festival at Empire Control Room and Garage produced by by Austin firm, Penny Loafer PR featured a solid local line-up anchored by San Antonio’s Girl in a Coma who headlined the outdoor stage. The rest of the roster was filled with a slew of great Austin acts including Emily Wolfe, Lincoln Durham, My Jerusalem, Otis the Destroyer, Slomo Drags, Ghost Wolves and MCG. We also discovered the amazing Darkbird thanks to a tip from ACL Live’s Whitney LeMond. From MCG’s indie-pop to Otis the Destroyer’s heavy guitar-oriented rock, a wide range of music was presented at the mini-fest run by Australian founders Rob Pascolo and Sharna Haine who relocated to Austin a few years ago to launch Penny Loafer PR.
Arriving after indie-popsters Slomo Drags took the garage stage, we watched the quartet work their way through mostly new material then noticed record producer Matt Parmenter (Ice Cream Factory) singing along with the band. He mentioned he’d produced the new record which despite finishing three months ago still doesn’t have a distribution deal or label to put out the album. Slomo Drags have been courting local and national indie labels to find the right fit but haven’t managed it yet. We wouldn’t be surprised if an Austin label picked up the record. Several outfits come to mind; Chicken Ranch Records, Austin Town Hall Records and Modern Outsider all seem like appropriate labels. We could also see them on Secretly Canadian, French Kiss Records or Paper Garden Records. Whatever happens, be sure to check the new record once it drops.
Naturally we followed up an indie-pop set with more indie-pop from MCG on the Control Room stage inside. The low ceilings, light and projectors complimented Mariclaire Gamble’s remarkable vocals perfectly. With a crack quartet of musicians backing her, led by lead guitarist, David Tenczar. Gamble’s band manages just the right combination of pop, electronic and rock sounds to turn their set into a joyous party. Check out their latest, Outside EP produced by Austin’s Frenchie Smith. We think you’ll agree this band has a big future ahead.
Next we caught hard-rockers, Otis the Destroyer on the same stage. Led by Taylor Wilkins this guitar-driven act has come into it’s own on the release of latest record, “Keep Bashing,” also produced by the prolific Smith at his Bubble Studio. Wilkins has endured recent lineup changes like when his longtime bassist, Kyle Robarge relocated to Seattle this year. You can still hear Robarge on the new album. Andrew Dalton has stepped in to take over on bass when the band performs live. Aside from Wilkins exceptional stage presence and musicianship, drummer Clellan Hyatt is a dynamo. Hyatt’s atypical cymbal arrangement (he places them up higher than normal) makes him even more appealing to watch play. His arms are everywhere all at once.
365 Things Austin favorite, My Jerusalem appeared next on the inside stage. While we really love this band, the PA inside the Control Room was turned up a bit too loud for the relatively small space (compared to the Garage stage outside). There were points during the performance when they sounded distorted, as if the mixing board engineer was not aware of the issue. All of that went away though when bandleader Jeff Klein cued up his lone crooner, “No One’s Gonna Give You Love.” This song that has a hook that grabs ahold of the listener and doesn’t let go until it’s over. It’s a radio hit waiting to happen. We’ll admit to putting the tune on repeat when it dropped last year on Washington Square Records. If you didn’t click the link provided, we recommend backing up a second to take a listen.
The highlight of the evening was an outstanding set by Darkbird. Fronted by relentless vocalist Kelly Barnes, this Austin rock outfit puts on a incredibly entertaining show. Barnes dressed in a black jumpsuit and boots with ringlets of curly auburn hair framing her face, cavorted about the stage belting out lyrics as her band chugged along behind her. There simply are not many bands with a lead singer as animated as Barnes on stage. Her enthusiasm is infectious. Even our photographer was seen grinning ear-to-ear while watching the performance.
Darkbird’s band bio refuses to pigeonhole the band into a genre of music beyond rock. Some have described their sound as indie. They’re indie in the sense that they’re unsigned to a record label but we wouldn’t go as far to call them indie rockers. They’re just plain rock ‘n rollers who know how to craft a good song and put on a helluva show. Check their new singles, “Daredevil” and “Bad Self” which dropped last month.
The band’s genesis started with Barnes and Brian Cole, who co-writes the music with Barnes. We asked how they define their music. Barnes responded, “I remember saying to Brian ” I wonder what we’ll sound like” when we began and he just said, “whatever it is, it will sound like us.”
Barnes continued on, citing a few influences, “That said, I’ve always loved The Pixies, PJ Harvey, Annie Lennox etc…”
Frankly we’re looking forward to another Darkbird show. They play an acoustic set at Collide ATX September 27 and a full electric show at Oskar Blues Brewing on September 29.
Head to the author’s Do512 calendar for more local music suggestions or search the site for upcoming shows by the acts featured in this story.
You slept in, the weather is fabulous and cool, and now there is simply one thing to do to make this day completely perfect: Go to Super Soul Sunday at Icenhauer’s!
Since its beginning in 2011, this legendary #SundayFunday shindig has joined the ranks of Austin’s “must do” activities alongside swimming in Barton Springs, shopping on South Congress, and jamming at Austin City Limits. A hotspot for locals and tourists alike, this historic Rainey Street hangout is the ultimate backyard party for both the young and the young at heart.
Enjoy an afternoon relaxing in the sun, drinking giant mason jars of Sangria, and listening to Austin’s favorite 10-piece soul outfit, The Nightowls.
When: Today, September 10th
Time: 4 – 7 p.m.
83 Rainey Street
Austin, TX 78701
If you’ve been to ACL Fest over the years, you know they are constantly tweaking the experience to make it better for fans. In that grand tradition, organizers have just announced a bunch of new amenities and changes to the layout.
The new fancy stuff includes enhanced Platinum amenities—because that Platinum life just gets better and better: Platinum ticketholders will also have an exclusive viewing area in front of the main stages, a new lounge located in the northeast area of Zilker Park with a private, elevated viewing deck, side stage viewing platforms at the two main stages, and food from award-winning chefs.
Us peasants can get excited about the new wine tent (I want to go to there) which will be a shaded haven with a selection of wines from around the world. You can chill with a nice bottle of wine, cold glass of bubbly, and nibble on a delicious bite. Plus a new silent disco has been added to the schedule for both weekends. Each night from 8-10 p.m. at the Tito’s Stage, you can slip on a pair of supplied headphones and quietly groove to tunes from live DJs.
Layout-wise, there’s a new entrance gate and repositioned stages that they are hoping will create better crowd flow and avoid sound bleed issues. Now you’ll be able to enter at one of three places: the existing Lady Bird Lake Entrance, a Barton Springs East entrance, and a Barton Springs West Entrance. There will also be an additional Box Office. The festival area across Barton Springs Road, typically used for the ACL Fest Box Office, will be incorporated as part of the main festival grounds, and will host one of eight stages, as well as food and bar options.
If you are still on the fence about the fest this year, here is the rundown:
It’s taking place October 6-8 and October 13-15. On both weekends, fans will see performances from JAY-Z, Martin Garrix, The xx, Ryan Adams, Solange, FOSTER THE PEOPLE, and more on Friday, while Saturday’s festivities include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance The Rapper, ICE CUBE, Spoon, Tove Lo, A$AP Ferg and much more. The Killers, Gorillaz, Run The Jewels, The Head and the Heart, Vance Joy, ZHU and Milky Chance will close out Sunday night on each weekend. This year’s performance schedule is available here.
General Admission 3-Day Tickets for Weekend Two are still available, while only General Admission 1-Day Tickets for Friday and Sunday are available for Weekend One and Two here. 3-Day and 1-Day VIP Tickets, 3-Day & 1-Day Platinum Tickets, as well as Hotel Packages for both weekends are also available. Music fans ages 10 and under will be admitted free of charge accompanied by a ticketed adult.
Infinite Monkey Theorem will be donating 100% of profits of wine sales every Wednesday throughout September at all three IMT taproom locations. Funds raised will go toward Rockport Fulton’s Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund.
Winning things is fun. Winning things is great. But winning ACL passes for your entire crew is how you win at life! Imagine how much of a hero you’ll be.
bthere, the app that rewards friends for spending time together, has just launched in Austin and they are celebrating with a 10-ticket giveaway to weekend one of ACL Fest.
The problem with traditional group messaging platforms is they don’t provide helpful context for close friends who are getting together and planning to hang out. Friends go out, lose each other, phones die, we’ve all been there. Most annoyingly, our messages are all about finding each other: Text me when you get there! I’m outside! What’s your ETA? It never ends.
With bthere’s private location sharing (only for your closest pals), pinata dropping, group texting, and notifications around phone batteries that are about to die, the app creates a world within a world where all of those problems are solved. It’s a smart and fun way to stay in the loop when you and your friends are out on the town in ATX.
The app makes it easier for close friends to get together and stay together. And through partnerships with local retailers, they offer users free giveaways and discounts based on the amount of time they spend together. Groups will be rewarded with large-scale giveaways, and individual bthere users can cash their bthere points in for discounts at local restaurants and bars. bthere is starting out with a small number of retailers in the Austin market, but keep checking! They’ll be adding more soon.
If you have a ongoing text chain with your closest friends that’s a mile long and blowing up your phone all day, this app is for you. We all love Instagram and Facebook (hey, like and follow 365 Things Austin!) but our phones are making us miss out on real life moments with friends. bthere will help you get the crew out of the phone and see each other face- to-face in real life. Imagine that! You love your buds; you can’t get enough them—why not get rewarded while you’re at it?
I LIVE HERE I GIVE HERE’S THE BIG GIVE ON 9/8 AT HOTEL VAN ZANDT
One of Austin’s most-anticipated annual fundraising galas, TheBIGGive presented by I Live Here I Give Here’s (ILHIGH), is coming up next Friday, September 8 at the lovely Hotel Van Zandt and we want to offer two lucky folks tickets to the big event!
This year’s The BIG Give will celebrate a decade of giving back to Austin and Central Texas, and to help make the celebration bigger and better than ever, we have partnered with I Live Here I Give Here to host a special giveaways featuring two tickets to The BIG Give, valued at $150 each – a total value of $300!
At The BIG Give the lucky winner will have the chance to bid on specially curated silent auction packages, including a private ten-course dinner for four with wine and sake pairings at Uchi, a “Craft Beer Austin” curated raffle basket worth over $2k, a Gary Clark Jr. signed guitar as part of an Antone’s package, a A limited edition piece from Keith Kreeger’s signature collection and more!
Entry is simple! Just tag someone you want to take with you to the event on our Instagram post for the giveaway, which ends tonight at midnight. One lucky winner will be chosen the next day on Tuesday, September 5. Good Luck!
The mission of I Live Here I Give Here and The BIG Give is to cultivate the power of giving back. ILHIGH strives to meet our community’s needs by ensuring that the culture of giving back is embraced and celebrated throughout our region. ILHIGH accomplishes this through a unique set of products and services designed to meet every Central Texan exactly where they are with a special focus on new and emerging donors. We do so through integrated and effective tools with proven impact, like The BIG Give.
To encourage attendees to donate and give back to their Central Texas community I Live Here I Give Here has partnered with numerous restaurants, brands and organizations to put together a series of unique and locally populated packages for The BIG Give’s silent auction event. These partners have each pledged to donate a unique item, experience or service to demonstrate their commitment to giving back to Austinites and everyone across Central Texas. The silent auction packages will be open to bidding from all attendees at The BIG Give on Friday.
In addition to the donations listed above notable partners include Tiffany & Co., who provided a special breakfast at Tiffany’s for six with a matching silver Tiffany & Co. cuff; Bunkhouse, which generously donated a 3-night stay at Bunkhouse Group’s newest property, Hotel San Christobal in Todos Santos; Allens Boots and Morris Kay & Sons Furs; who gave a timeless yet chic mink stroller from Allens Boots and Morris Kaye & Sons Furs; Hotel Van Zandt, who in addition to hosting The BIG Give, have provided a once-in-a-lifetime experience package containing one complimentary day or evening rental of the luxury Meriwether Ballroom, a 20% discount on all food and beverage ordered for the event, a 20% discount on all audio/visual services, a complimentary night stay in the Van Zandt Suite and a $250 dinner certificate to Geraldine’s; and Maggie Louise Confections, who gave a private event for up to 20 guests featuring handmade chocolate tasting, bubbles, and a tour of the MLC production facility. Even more amazing silent auction packages will also be announced and put up for bidding at The BIG Give on Friday!
This year’s The BIG Give will take place at Hotel Van Zandt beginning with the VIP reception for “Joyful Givers” and above from 6:30 – 7:30pm, followed immediately by The BIG Give event for all ticket buyers from 7:30 – 10:30pm. Chikage Windler has been gracious enough to host as emcee for the night, with local band Keeper performing as the special musical guests at The BIG Give.
The full list of notable 2017 Silent Auction Package Donors is included below:
Whether you’re a freshman or a senior headed back to campus this fall, one thing is certain—you’ll need to eat. And there is nothing worse than being limited to questionable cafeteria food or taking a chance on expired leftovers in the back of the fridge.
Since you should focus on what you love about college and not worry about your next meal, we’re predicting five times you’ll need to order UberEATS this semester.
Running Late for Class
We’ve all been there. Alarm was set for pm not am and now you’re running late, but you’re s-t-a-r-v-i-n-g. Gameplan: place a scheduled order to arrive after your class and meet your courier outside the door.
All-Nighters at the Library
Midterms, finals—you know they’re coming, yet they always seem to sneak up on you. Brain food is a must to power through hours of memorizing and fact-cramming. With the cafeteria closed, your best option is delivery. No matter what food helps fuel your study sesh, most restaurants are open on UberEATS to deliver on 24/7.
On Campus for the Holiday
Whether it’s an unexpected snowstorm or you’re holding off until December to fly home, you’re staying on campus. But you’re in the holiday spirit and want to host a friendsgiving in your dorm. With a variety of cuisine options, you can find everyone’s favorite comfort foods. No matter how much you order from one restaurant, you pay the same booking fee. The best part? It requires zero cooking.
TV Trade Off
We all know that Wi-Fi is a precious commodity. How else will you stream all your can’t-miss shows? (And submit that homework, of course.) No one wants to be a mooch, but your Wi-Fi isn’t working. How about ordering UberEATS for you and your neighbor and catching that episode with them? Because going into class tomorrow without knowing how the show ended is not an option.
Crashed on the Couch
You either stayed out a little too late last night or just don’t feel 100%. Either way, you’re not getting off the couch. Thankfully, not all heroes wear capes. Some can deliver everything from soup to sesame chicken to your front door, Uber fast. So you can get back chilling out in no time.
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The flooding this weekend has left many of our neighbors without homes. Several people have asked where they can donate. Here is a list of ideas. If anyone knows of other places to drop off items such as clothes, bottled water etc. please let me know and I will add to the list ASAP. firstname.lastname@example.org
Places To Donate:
Austin Diaster Relief Network: ADRN’s Hope Family Thrift Store’s receiving dock with be open to receive survivor donations Monday – Saturday, 10AM – 5PM at 1122 E 51st Street from 10-5PM.
New undergarments (all sizes, children and adult) •
Clothing is not needed – ADRN will distribute the abundance of previously-donated clothing to survivors
uShip HQDROP OFF LOCATION (205 E. Riverside Drive Austin TX 78704)
Suggested donations include: non-perishable food (including baby formula and baby/toddler food packets), bottled water, personal hygiene items (including diapers, hygiene items, depends, baby bottles, baby formula), pet food and essentials, insect repellant, hand sanitizer and baby wipes, tools (including shovels, rakes, hoes, chain saws, shop vacs, industrial brooms), work gloves, buckets, large/industrial trash bags, flash lights, batteries, tarps, foam ear plugs, safety glasses
*No clothing or blankets at this time, please
Capitol Home Health: DROP OFF LOCATION Arboretum Area, 9015 Mountain Ridge Drive, Suite 140. Collecting:
cleaning supplies including masks and gloves for mold and mildew clean up
The Oasis: SUPPLY DROP OFF LOCATION: Drop off daily 11:30-8:00 pm at their Host Stand in the Gift Shop
Non Perishable Food/Snacks
Paper Towels, Toilet Paper
Juice Society: DROP OFF LOCATION: until Friday at noon. Collecting:
Any other Dry Goods
Freedman’s: DROP OFF LOCATION: until Sunday to take to Rockport & Port Aransas. Collecting:
Feminine Hygiene products
Pet Supplies (Treats, Large Wire Crates, Food)
Independent Brewing Company: DROP OFF LOCATION / SUPPLY DRIVE . August 31st – September 3rd. Bring something from this list below, give it to the bartender, and in return, they will give you an Independence Beer Token redeemable at that moment, or for a later date! (Token is only good for individuals 21+).
Clothes (for all ages and sizes)
Canned Food (minimum of 3 cans for token)
Celebration Church Georgetown: DROP OFF LOCATION: 7 days a week from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. in the South Auditorium – Annex to receive donations. Donation List (Please only donate new items and items from this list at this time.):
Toothbrush / Toothpaste
Shampoo / Conditioner
Canned Goods / Non-perishable Food Items
Feminine Hygiene Products
New Baby Blankets
Cleaning Supplies / Tools:
Mold Killer (Concrobium – Lowes / Home Depot)
5 Gallon Buckets
What NOT to Donate
Lazarus Brewing: They have a truck going to Houston on Sunday. Enjoy $1 off a beer for every item donated. Currently collecting:
non perishable foods
travel sized toiletries
Live For More Center: 14735 Bratton Lane Suite 120, Austin TX 78728 for a supply run headed to the refugee centers. Accepting:
Central Texas Food Bank: Is currently working to prepare emergency boxes that will go to the areas where the need is most acute. These boxes consist of things like ready-to-eat food items with pop-tops (things that you don’t need cooking facilities or can openers for) along with non-food items too. We wanted to share the following list with you that can be shared with others about our most-needed items right now:
Large or Small Deodorant
Soap (either bar or liquid)
Wet wipe/baby wipe pack
Squeeze Grape and Strawberry Jelly
Creamy Peanut Butter
Chunk Light Tuna in water
Beef stew – can pop top
Additionally, donations can be brought to our facility, located at 6500 Metropolis Dr, Austin, TX 78744, anytime Monday through Friday between 8am and 5pm to receive a receipt for your donations—no need to make an appointment beforehand! For individuals who would like to drop-off donations for the Food Bank elsewhere, we also have a map of drop-off locations found a little more than half-way down this page.
Pet supplies: dog & cat food, leashes, crates, & beds
Hula Hut 3825 Lake Austin Blvd. All donations will be donated to the Red Cross. Collecting:
Anything is appreciated
Native Hostel: DROP OFF LOCATION. 807 E. 4th St. 78702. Through Sunday collecting:
baby diapers, wipes, formula and clothes; basic toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, soaps; snack bars, powdered milk, pop top food; clothes: socks, sweatshirts/sweatpants and shoes; First Aid and medical supplies; towels, sheets, blankets and pillows; and pet supplies: dog and cat food, leashes, crates and beds
Help With Pets:
Austin Pets Alive! Top Current Needs- Martingale Collars, Tarps, Cat Litter – Clumping Preferred
Dog Treats* – Chew Toys/Rawhides, Treat Logs, Peanut Butter and Milk Bones for Kongs for all of our stressed and crated pups!
Paper or Styrafoam Bowls* – For feeding cats.
Kitten and Puppy Formula
Flea + Tick Prevention
Canned Wet Food and Tuna – Now only needed for cats!
Litter Boxes – 12×10″ or smaller
Large Metal Dog Bowls
Large Trash Bags
Updated Cleaning Supplies List – Bleach, paper towels, general purpose cleaner, latex gloves, dish soap, sponges
Travis County Veterinary Hospital: San Antonio Animal Care Services has established an emergency pet shelter at the Joe Freeman Coliseum. Right now they urgently need:
crates of all sizes
dog and cat food
cat litter, and newspaper or butcher paper
Travis Country Veterinary Hospital is accepting those donations on their behalf and sending them to San Antonio.
Tuesday, Sept. 19- 5:30-8:00pm, College of Health Care Professionals- 6330 East US HWY 20 Suite 180 Austin, TX 78723
We Are Blood Center-Sun 10-2p, M- 8-5p, Tues- 8-6p, Wed 8-5p, Thur- 8-6p, Fri 8-5p, Sat 8-3p, 4300 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin, Tx 78756
Shop For A Cause:
YETI: Friday, September 1st – 100% of purchases from their Flagship store & online store will go to
Eating For A Cause:
Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches: hosting a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fundraiser benefiting the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund on Saturday, September 2 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Batch will be offering a special “Hatch Recovery Kolache” made with Micklethwait’s Craft Meats’ pulled pork shoulder, hatch green chili, and cheese; and a special keg of Yellow Rose IPA from Lone Pint Brewery in Houston. All proceeds from this special keg and kolache will be donated directly to the Red Cross. There will also be music by Cotton Mather, Darin Murphy, Noah and the Megafauna, Phil Hurly, and more. Additionally there will be 5-minute $5 portraits by local artist, Laura Lit.
Eater Austin has put together this amazing list of places around town to EAT FOR A CAUSE
Since the events of the weekend, I’ve been flooded with emails of people asking how to help. I am working on compiling a comprehensive list of verified ways to help. In the meantime, The Austin Disaster Relief Network is an organization I KNOW is doing great things. Here is run down of what they are doing and need currently.
The Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) has deployed Emotional and Spiritual care teams to help more than 100 families from Rockport, Texas directly impacted by flooding. Volunteer social ambassadors will be on hand to bus the eldery and special needs families to local stores to shop for clothing, hygiene items and emergency necessities. Gift cards will be distributed to families along with toys, coloring books, hygiene kits and collected items. ADRN is gearing up to deploy additional teams in the days to come to assist survivors.
Working through the weekend, ADRN’s Call Center has answered more than 450 calls from survivors from the coast as well as people who are volunteering to help. ADRN is continuing to receive monetary donations to provide support for the survivors. These funds will be distributed in the form of gift cards, emergency housing, emergency transportation and/or building materials to meet immediate and long-term needs.
ADRN is coordinating closely with Red Cross of Central Texas, providing volunteers for shelter staffing within the Greater Austin area. Local congregations from ADRN’s network of more than 175 churches are also preparing to sponsor survivor families through ADRN’s Disaster Relief Shepherd program to guide them through the recovery process.
HOPE FAMILY THRIFT STORE SURVIVOR DRIVE In order to meet the needs of survivors, ADRN’s Hope Family Thrift Store’s receiving dock with be open to receive survivor donations Monday – Saturday, 10AM – 5PM at 1122 E 51st Street from 10-5PM. Delivery trucks have been deployed to distribute goods to local shelters in Greater Austin area and will continue as need increases.
Items needed include:
New undergarments (all sizes, children and adult) •
Clothing is not needed – ADRN will distribute the abundance of previously-donated clothing to survivors
SURVIVOR HOTLINE Families seeking support and volunteers wishing to support survivors should call ADRN Call Center: 512-806-0800.
DONATIONS NEEDED Monetary donations, in the form of financial funds, are needed at this time to help ADRN provide support to survivors impacted by the storm. Funds will be distributed in the form of gift cards, emergency housing, emergency transportation and/or building materials to meet immediate and long-term needs. To make a tax-deductible gift to support disaster survivors, go to https://adrn.org/give/ and make a donation to the ‘Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund’.
ABOUT ADRN Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization comprised of more than 175 greater Austin churches and thousands of trained volunteers. ADRN’s network enables church members to organize, prepare and respond quickly in the event of a disaster, large or small. ADRN network churches, volunteers, business partners, local agencies and community organizations provide in-kind and monetary donations and additional volunteer assistance that enable ADRN to fund the rebuild/repair of survivor homes and provide immediate assistance to those in crisis. Since 2009, ADRN has brought emotional, physical and spiritual relief to more than 19,000 individuals, sponsored more than 2,650 families and given more than $4.4 million in disaster relief funds.