Much like January’s Free Week, Hot Summer Nights are a series of free concerts hosted by music venues located in Austin’s Red River Cultural District. Running July 13-16 at various clubs in the area, the performances will feature popular local acts White Denim, The Octopus Project, Magna Carda, Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit), Golden Dawn Arkestra and Moving Panoramas among others. Similar to the Free Week programming, there is a national act included, Andrew Savage of Brooklyn’s Parquet Courts. The event is a chance for Austin music fans to discover local bands in a small geographical area. Club hopping is not only allowed, it’s encouraged.
Hosted by the Red River Merchant Association which formed in November 2016, the purpose of the event is to promote local venues in an area threatened by downtown development and at the same time give back to the community which supports it.
“The Red River District itself is a true cultural icon here in Austin and we want to do everything we can to see the area not only survive, but thrive in the years ahead,” said Stephen Sternschein, RRMA board member and owner of Empire Control Room & Garage. “These Hot Summer Nights events are meant to serve as a way for our team to give back to residents here in Austin, as well as provide amazing musicians and artists an opportunity to directly interact the local community. We can’t wait to kick off these first Hot Summer Night events, which will be the first step of many to come for RRMA, and reveal additional plans for the district in the near future.”
While we love all the bands participating (because they’re Austin acts) several lineups stand out among the huge list of performers:
Friday – White Denim – Cheer Up Charlie’s
This show is opportunity for White Denim fans that doesn’t come along everyday. Since their lineup shake up in 2015 when White Denim lost two members to Leon Bridges’ band the James Petralli-led outfit has not performed often. The indie-rockers shifted from a prog-rock bent to more of a blues-rock oriented act with the new formation, inserting Petralli side-project Bob English members into the roster. The results are as entertaining as ever. The support bill includes Deep Time, The Stacks, Go Fever and Tyler Jordan and the Negative Space. RSVP via Facebook here.
Friday – The Octopus Project – Empire Control Room
If you haven’t witnessed the astounding visual spectacle of a show by The Octopus Project this is a perfect opportunity to see the UT Film School grads play their hybrid of electronica and power pop. Besides being one of Austin’s hardest-working bands, the group features the unusual addition of a theremin to the mix. Their recent show at Barracuda last month was a reminder The Octopus Project never disappoints. RSVP via Facebook here.
Saturday – Magna Carda – Cheer-Up Charlie’s
Hip-hop / jazz fusion act Magna Carda’s 2016 release “Cirqulation” was one of the best local albums to drop in Austin last year. The longtime duo of Megz Kelly and Dougie Do added what basically amounts to a jazz/funk trio to back them and the results were magical. Megz has the kind of flow that makes even casual hip-hop fans sit up and take notice. Doug provides the sounds and effects while their crack band ties it all together.
The supporting acts are no slouches. Get to Cheer-Up’s early to catch My Empty Phantom, Obscured by Echoes and Lord Buffalo. RSVP via Facebook here.
Saturday – A. Savage (Parquet Courts) – Barracuda
While we were in Spain last year for Primavera Sound Festival we caught Andrew Savage’s Parquet Courts on the Pitchfork Stage. The Brooklyn rockers style is hard to define. They played a high-energy show that featured elements of punk, alt-country and indie rock. Naturally we’re curious about Savage’s solo act. US Weekly and Alex Dupree round out the lineup. RSVP via Facebook here.
To see the entire roster of bands and stay up-to-date on the latest lineups visit the official Hot Summer Nights Facebook Event page. Despite the event kicking off tomorrow, there’s still some surprises ahead such as the special guest to be announced at Sidewinder on Saturday.
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Sex: Nuetered Male
Breed: Hound Mix
Age: 3 Year Old
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Mavericks foster reports that he is simple the BEST dog in the world! “He’s the best dog in the world, he LOVES to be with other dogs. He did great since the first minute here!!!! He loves to cuddle, he loves to be kissed and he loves to kiss. He loves to go for walks, and he also loves to sleep in the bed with Sassy and my sister.” Maverick is also housetrained and walks on a loose leash. Are you ready to make that lifetime commitment to a really GREAT dog?
Check out our previous Pet of the Week’s!
If you live in Austin, you know that bats are big. Well not literally big, they’re actually pretty small, but their nightly journey to find insects is a spectacle that draws huge crowds of tourists and locals alike. Every night at dusk from early March to November, more than 1.5 million bats fly out from underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge, home of the largest urban bat colony in the world. It’s an amazing scene and an absolutely essential Austin activity.
While most people just grab a spot on the bridge, there’s actually an even better way to watch the bats. We’ve partnered with Austin Tour Company and Capital Cruises to bring you Bat Tuesday, a party cruise on Town Lake (or Lady Bird Lake as it’s now known). Enjoy great music, snacks, and cocktails aboard a fabulous boat with air conditioning, bathrooms, and a gorgeous roof deck. We’ll pause near the bridge (and turn the music down) at sunset to watch the bats!
Here are the details for the cruise:
- Boarding starts at 6:30 p.m. We’ll cruise from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- House DJ laying down the best beats around
- Lite bites from Burro Cheese Kitchen
- Drinks from Eastciders and Mighty Swell
- If delicious cocktails ain’t your thing, the boat is also BYOB!
- All this for $35 per person
- You do not need a printed confirmation, we will check you in electronically once you arrive
- HAVE FUN, and drink responsibly
Space is limited so snag your reservation here.
Join Wild Heart Yoga for a free sweat session tonight at the Whole Foods rooftop! DJ Trey and DJ Cut-A-Rug will provide the beats, Wild Heart will provide the yoga and you provide your beautiful energy.
Bring a mat, towel and water.
When: Mondays in July
Whole Foods Rooftop
524 North Lamar Blvd.
Oh for the love of whisky—our favorite celebration of the good stuff is back! Whiskies of the World, a world-class tasting event, will gather skilled distillers and blenders under one roof to showcase over 200 varieties and create a kind-of whisky Shangri-La. “I WANT TO GO TO THERE!” you say? Well it’s all happening on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the JW Marriott Austin and tickets are on sale now.
This event has been successful year after year because of the wide range of experience levels and lack of pretension. (No bearded men in monocles and ascots swirling and sniffing their drinks, thank you very much). You can expect a variety of whisky lovers, from the whisky curious who are discovering how to enjoy this intense yet subtle elixir to the connoisseurs who are tasting new products and sharing their knowledge.
VIP ticket holders can arrive one hour early to taste an exclusive lineup of 10-12 whiskies at the Bon Vivant Hour. The event also includes whisky seminars, a variety of food for pairing, and a whisky and cigar pairing patio.
When: Saturday, September 16th
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Tickets: $120 General Admission (6 p.m. entry), $145 VIP Admission (5 p.m.: Bon Vivant Hour), Early Bird to June 30 ($20 off)
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
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Blues on the Green is the largest and longest running free concert series in Austin, Texas. This unique event held annually in the summer allows Austinites to head to Zilker Park one Wednesday night each month to enjoy live music. With thousands attending, it has become a staple of the city. This year, #BOTG has partnered with the Austin-based company, TicketCity to bring you the VIP Experience. TicketCity is the original online ticket marketplace and first company to ever launch real-time ticketing. Having served over 1 million customers tickets to events worldwide, they are able to provide extensive experience while still staying true to their local Austin roots.
Upcoming Dates: July 12th, August 2nd
What’s included in VIP?
- Side Stage Access
- Two drink tickets & cash bar
- Catering by Table 620
- Relaxed seating and shade
- Private Restrooms
- Misting Fans
- Games provided by TicketCity
- But don’t feel too guilty about the gluttony, because a portion of all VIP ticket sales will benefit a different non-profit each show. The Charities are listed below.
- Black Fret (May)
- Austin Parks Foundation (June)
- Communities in Schools (July)
- Make-A-Wish (August)
You can purchase VIP tickets to Blues on the Green here or be sure to follow us, @365ThingsAustin and TicketCity on our social channels for a chance to win FREE VIP tickets!
The only way to improve upon the idea of summer outdoor movies in Austin is to make it a Will Ferrell-o-rama—so thank you Easy Tiger for giving us the perfect plan. Their summer series kicks off tonight featuring this titan of comedy. Stay classy and drink a Scotch while you watch. Screenings will run Sunday nights through August 27. Here’s the full schedule so you can plan for your favorite movie:
◆ July 2: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
◆ July 9: Step Brothers (feat. an “Easy Tiger” Wine Mixer)
◆ July 16: Elf (feat. a Christmas in July Party)
◆ July 23: Talladega Nights
◆ July 30: Zoolander
◆ August 6: Night at the Roxbury
◆ August 13: Wedding Crashers
◆ August 20: Old School
◆ August 27: Anchorman 2
When: Today, July 2nd
Time: 9-11 p.m.
709 E. 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701
There are a ton of great restaurants in this city, but nothing beats the ambiance of the glorious outdoors in Austin. That’s why we’ve compiled the ultimate list of places to picnic this summer. And to save yourself the hassle of actually packing a picnic, we’ve picked our favorite UberEATS treats to pair with each location. All you gotta do is bring the blanket and the booze!
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3800 Mount Bonnell Rd.
Views don’t get anymore breathtaking than this. For maximum enjoyment, go either at sunset or sunrise.
Suggested UberEATS Picnic Pairing: Kesos Taco House
Deep Eddy Pool
401 Deep Eddy Ave.
We know guys, it’s so hot. That’s why jumping in the pool before your picnic is, of course, the ideal plan. Deep Eddy is spring-fed pool that remains between 65-75 degrees, so it’s always refreshing!
Suggested UberEATS Picnic Pairings: Peoples Deli
2201 Barton Springs Rd.
Ah, the holy grail of Austin zen. The ultimate summer staple. As John Muir once said, “Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods.” Well Barton Springs isn’t exactly the woods but it will surely restore your soul.
Suggested UberEATS Picnic Pairings: Flyrite
Zilker Summer Musical at Zilker Hillside Theater
2201 Barton Springs Rd.
Summer in Austin means infinite things to do. If you’re bored, than you’re not reading our website enough. ‘Tis the season for the free Summer Musical at Zilker. This year’s production is The Wizard of OZ.
Suggested UberEATS Picnic Pairings: Rising Roll Gourmet Cafe
On select Wednesdays during the summer, you can find Sound & Cinema happening at The Long Center. They show classic flicks with live music before the screening. Every Sunday they host a free concert series with the Austin Symphony Orchestra that is always the perfect way to wind down the weekend. Both are great excuses for a picnic and to watch the sunset over Downtown.
Suggested UberEATS Picnic Pairings: Burro Cheese Kitchen
Mueller Lake Park
4550 Mueller Blvd.
Hey North-ish Austin, we didn’t forget about you. Mueller Lake Park is always hosting fun events. But you don’t need an event to set up near the lake and enjoy the summer sun!
Suggested UberEATS Picnic Pairings: Austin Daily Press
2100 Barton Springs Rd.
Zilker! What else is there to say? It’s the ultimate Austin Park and boasts everything from extravagant views of Downtown to volleyball courts and a dog park. This place will make everyone happy.
Suggested UberEATS Picnic Pairings: Garbo’s Lobster Truck
Seaholm Picnic Table
That big picnic table near 800 W Cesar Chavez St.
Calling all Pinterest fans! Wanna show off? Plan a picnic at this giant art installation/picnic table in the new Seaholm district. Your picnic will be all over Instagram. We’re basic and we don’t care.
Suggested UberEATS Picnic Pairings: Easy Tiger
PDQ (aka “People Dedicated to Quality”) the award-winning restaurant with two locations in Austin and many many devotees, has just announced a bunch of new menu items that have us counting down the minutes to an acceptable lunchtime.
Fans of the restaurant know that the food is ready fast, but that’s where the comparisons to “fast food” end. The new dishes were created by PDQ Executive Chef Michael Brannock and Chef Bryce Bonsack, and include seasonal bowls like the Thai Peanut and Smokehouse BBQ with hand-fried pickles, and premium chicken sandwiches like the Southern Pimento Crunch and Grilled Hawaiian. There are also four new salads, including a healthy Garden Citrus salad and a new Kale Caesar, with shaved brussels sprouts and shaved Parmesan, Asiago, and Romano cheeses.
They’re also rolling out unique sides like roasted garlic broccoli, oven-roasted sweet potatoes with marshmallow fluff and pecans, and hand-breaded fresh zucchini fries. Nearly everything on the menu features PDQ’s 14 homemade sauces and dressings, all made from scratch in-house every day.
PDQ is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and each location has dine-in, take-out, drive-thru, and event catering. Ok, that’s enough talk about food, we’re off to eat some zucchini fries …
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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