Oskar Blues Brewery Austin is turning one year-old Saturday. To celebrate they’ve put together a stellar psych-rock bill featuring The Bright Light Social Hour with support from Abram Shook and The Halfways. Fans can win tickets by tagging 365 Things Austin’s Instagram account and a friend you’d like to take to the show. A second chance to win a pair of tickets comes in the form of reposting this story and tagging us on Facebook and Twitter. Contest runs through noon on Saturday. If you would rather just purchase advance tickets, here’s the link. RSVP via Facebook here.
Four new beers will be available in the tap room only meaning you can’t run out to HEB and grab a sixer. These are Texas-only offerings. There will be a Brewhouse specialty lager, gin barrel-aged Mama’s Lil Yella Pils, the introduction of an imperial red ale and a beer called Spinner. Food from Gobble Gobble and Hecho en Queso (4-11pm) will be available for purchase. Fans will also have the opportunity to pick up a custom, live screen-printed shirt from Fine Southern Gentlemen.
All that good food and drink is great but the reason you want to party with Oskar Blues Brewery is the great slate of Austin bands performing. The Bright Light Social Hour (TBLSH) has two full-length records out and a third on the way according to tour manager Katie Marschner. Their blues-rock debut featured a few local hits including, “Detroit,” “Back and Forth” and the unforgettable “Shanty.” The band shifted gears with their next full-length, heading in a decidedly psychedelic direction with “Space is the Place.”
TBLSH recently performed at Solstice Festival earlier this year with Built to Spill, JJ Grey and Mofro, CAPYAC and Radio Moscow among others. We overheard musicians backstage talking about TBLSH. They were impressed. They’d also forgotten how good the quartet led by Curtis Roush’s blazing guitar. Jack O’Brien (bass), Joe Mirasole (drums) and Edward Braillif (keys) is.
Supporting acts, The Halfways and Abram Shook represent a different take on psych rock than TBLSH but no less enjoyable. The Halfways ethereal sound is both haunting and lush, like a dreamy sonic landscape punctuated by a standard setup that included an eerie organ on one of their new tracks co-founder Daniel Fernandez sent us. They call it psych-noir. We call it trip-out tunes that are perfect to chill out to after a long day at work. The quintet also features Mohawk Austin Marketing Director, Taylor Catherine on bass.
We first caught the unconventional Abram Shook at The Parish on Sixth street several years ago. Vocal effects and songwriting produce a sound akin to Walker Lukens’ vocal gymnastics but with a psych bent. Think songwriter with a predilection for weird sounds.
Happy Memorial Day Austin! I hope we all take a moment to remember why we’re celebrating, and why it’s such an important day for our country.
I thought a fun way to pay tribute would be to enjoy the 15th Annual Free Memorial Day Concert & Sing-A-Long at the state capitol. The concert features songs of inspiration and patriotism to honor those who served our country.
For those that are having BBQ’s or celebrating on the water, please remember that it is a “no refusal” weekend. Don’t drink and drive.
May God Bless America and Austin, Texas.
When: Today, May 27th
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Texas State Capitol Grounds
1100 Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701
Join Matthew McConaughey, Jack Ingram, and Mack Brown for the inaugural Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) event taking place in Austin. Yes, you heard it right, some of Austin’s favorite names are coming together for a great cause. MJ&M is the first ever joint fundraising effort by Mack, Jack, and Matthew and will support organizations that positively impact the lives of children from across the country.
MJ&M will take place on April 11-12, 2013 with multiple celebrity-filled, one-of-a-kind events throughout Austin. Grammy Award-winning artist John Mellencamp will headline its Gala Night on April 11 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater as part of MJ&M’s inaugural, two-day event in Austin, Texas. Opening for John Mellencamp will be Austin’s very own Dale Watson.
Mack, Jack & McConaughey will continue on April 12 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater with the Jack Ingram & Friends concert featuring Kris Kristofferson and also including Bobby Pinson, Bob Schneider, Randy Travis, Holly Williams, Radney Foster, Allen Shamblin, Todd Snider and more on April 12.
They are anticipating a sell out event so get your tickets early. To purchase concert tickets please visit www.ACL-Live.com. Remember all proceeds from the event support select organizations that share MJ&M’s goal to empower kids.
To enter to win a set of tickets to the John Mellencamp concert on April 11 like & share this post. Winner will be announced Monday, April 8th.
To keep up to date with updated information on Mack, Jack & McConaughey follow them on facebook & twitter.
Yes , you can still enjoy the madness of SXSW without the luxury of a wristband/badge. The free shows are at Auditorium Shores are on of the best things for those that do not have credentials.
Free music plus the city as a backdrop are a sure good time.
As one that has experienced the free shows before here are some pointers:
- Parking is NOT easy. Take a cab, ride a bike, get dropped off, walk. If you are there early you may be able to park at Palmer Event Center (yet you have to pay to park).
- Be prepared for a crowd but it is a great time!
- If you don’t have a specific show in mind that you want to see late afternoon/early evening is a great time to head out because watching the sky turn from day to night with Austin as a backdrop is pretty incredible.
- Also, feel fee to tag me on instagram @365thingsaustin so I can see your pictures!
The Shins. Courtesy of Jordan Naylor.
Here is the line-up for the next few days.
Thursday March 14:
Friday, March 15 (Gates open at 3:30pm):
Saturday, March 16:
800 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704
I absolutely love Stevie Wonder. I’m so envious of everyone who’s going to be there when he lights up the stage at ACL, and since I can’t go this year and enjoy the real thing, this Stevie tribute show will work for me.
Momo’s is a great music venue that showcases lots of local talent. They have plenty of outdoor seating, and it’s perfect for Austin nights like tonight.
Stevie Wonder hits and a cocktail on a patio? Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m sold. Soul and Motown lovers will not want to miss this show!
Have a safe weekend everyone and have fun!
618 W. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701