Fastball End of Year Blowout at Antone’s Dec. 1

Austin’s platinum selling rock group Fastball returns to Antone’s on Dec. 1st for their final blowout show of the year with special guests Moving Panoramas. The last twelve months have been quite amazing for the two-time Grammy nominated and five-time Austin Music Award winning Fastball beginning with the release of their sixth album, Step Into Light. In support of the new album, the band hit the road on two cross-country tours, one of which saw Fastball opening for the multi-platinum Everclear. Fastball was also featured on Howard Stern’s Wrap Up Show, made a debut performance with AV Club Undercover and interviewed with MLB. The band’s smash hit, “Out of My Head” was re-interpreted by Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello as the Top 5 Hit “Bad Things”. To wrap it all up, Fastball also premiered their latest Nigel Dick directed video for the fourth single from Step Into Light with “Best Friend”. The band released the video following a nearly-year long #FastballAtChets Twitter campaign in which the band played a concert at the home of Los Angeles comedian Chet Wild and raised $12,500 for Hurricane Harvey Relief. Several shots from the in-home performance are included in the “Best Friend” linked video.

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Tickets for Fastball at Antone’s on Dec. 1st along with VIP Meet N Greet packages can be purchased on the band’s website here.

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Feature Photo by: Sandra Dahdah

 

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Matisyahu To Record LIVE AT STUBB’S VOL. IV on Nov 5, 2017

Matisyahu, who broke out with his 2005 Live At Stubb’s album that was certified gold in less than a year, returns to the venue where it all started. On Sunday, November 5th, the Grammy nominated artist is back in Austin, TX to film and record another historic night in the “Live Music Capitol of the World” with Live At Stubb’s Vol. IV.

Fans can expect the live energy of the first three volumes, but with the most refined and cohesive Matisyahu to date reflective of his newest album, Undercurrent, which was released earlier this year via Thirty Tigers and Matisyahu’s own imprint, Fallen Sparks. The album embodies a collaborative and free-form spirit as Matisyahu and his band seamlessly merge instrumental improvisation sessions with lyrics and vocals. The synergistic energy of the album is especially apparent onstage, where Matisyahu and guitarist Aaron Dugan, bassist Stu Brooks, drummer Joe Tomino and keyboardist Big Yuki bring their creative dynamic to life.

The Stubb’s Austin show is part of the “Broken Crowns Tour” featuring direct support from Common Kings and Orphan. To celebrate the tour Matisyahu and Common Kings have released a collaborative single, aptly titled “Broken Crowns,” showcasing a relaxed atmosphere and deep lyrical content. This modern reggae anthem is sure to resonate with music lovers around the globe. In addition to Matisyahu, all sets from the night will be recorded including Common Kings, whose debut album Lost In Paradise debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart, so fans can expect the inaugural Common Kings Live At Stubbs forthcoming as well!

Don’t miss this opportunity to witness history in the making, when Matisyahu hits the stage at Stubb’s for the fourth volume in one of the most successful live album series to date.

Show Details:
Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017
Venue: Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Address: 801 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
Time: Doors at 7pm
Age: All
Price: Varies

$26 Advance GA / $28 Day of Show GA / $79 ‘Undercurrent’ Matisyahu Soundcheck Experience / $79 ‘Lost in Paradise’ Common Kings M&G Experience / $126 Venue VIP Ticket / $139 Matisyahu’s Post-Show Kick-Back Experience / plus applicable fees

Tickets can be purchased here.

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Feature Image: Nechama Leitner

Alvvays Takes Over The Mohawk on Oct. 17

Fresh off the release of their second LP Antisocialites, the Toronto indie-rockers are backing the new album with a full US Fall Tour. One of the most buzzed about bands since the release of their 2014 self-titled debut are coming through Austin on October 17th to play the Mohawk.

Having played a heavy festival circuit the past few years at Texas events Fun Fun Fun Fest and Fortress Festival, Alvvays skipped the US festival scene this year in exchange for their own headlining tour. With several dates already sold out on their fall tour, this is one of the must see concerts left in the year and a show you sure don’t want to miss.

You can check out their new album Antisocialites on Spotify and on their website.

If not already sold out, tickets for their show at the Mohawk can be found here.

 

Photo Credit: Arden Wray

Article by: Matthew Carlin

Q&A With Electro-Pop Artist LEV on Upcoming Sofar Sounds Show

Sofar Sounds has joined forces with Amnesty International to host “Give a Home,” a global day of live music events taking place in people’s homes. Thousands of artists will be performing in hundreds of homes globally.

The event will be taking place on Wednesday, Sept. 20 and will bring together musicians, refugees, and music fans with the aim to raise awareness of the ongoing refugee crisis. “because we all deserve a home, not just the memory of one”.

We recently spoke with Dallas-based, electro-pop artist, LEV, who will be joining Larry g(EE) and Matt Tedder for a secret Sofar Show in DFW on Sept. 20. Read what the ‘Search Party‘ star had to say below.

 

How do you feel being one of the 1,000 global musicians selected to play the “Give a Home” event?

I’m super honored to be apart of Sofar and such a great cause.

Is the current refugee crisis an issue you feel strongly about personally?

It definitely breaks my heart and it weighs heavy on me when I think of how many don’t have homes. Everyone deserves freedom.

The 80’s electro-pop you create features a lot of dance-inducing, synth-driven beats. Will the Sofar crowd see a more stripped-down LEV? What sort of adjustments will you make if any?

Yes I will be playing a very stripped down set. I will be playing an electric hollow body guitar along side with a friend who will accompany me on the acoustic.

How do like performing intimate settings such as Sofar Sounds when compared with larger club venues? Does it make a difference during the preparation process?

I rather enjoy performing for an intimate crowd. I don’t get to do this kind of set up often, so I’m excited to share that part of me that’s a singer/songwriter. I actually wrote a new song very, very recently that I will be performing for the first time.

You will be sharing the evening with Matt Tedder, a roots rock, blues artists. Do you believe your styles will compliment each other nicely for the crowd?

I think we will compliment well because I am playing such a broken down set and I chose songs with a less poppies vibe done acoustically. So I feel like it will be a nice blend.

You just wrapped up the ‘Search Party’ video and now you’re a Sofar artist, what’s up next for LEV?

Yes, Search Party is my first single off the upcoming album, along with some visuals to compliment the release. Next I will be prepping for my next single and working on some projects in LA this fall.

For more information on LEV visit http://www.levthemusic.com.

For more information on ‘Give a Home’ visit https://www.sofarsounds.com/ and https://www.amnestyusa.org/

 

Feature photo by: Nicollette Mollet

Splice Records Brings River Revival Festival to New Braunfels

Hurricane Harvey isn’t going to keep Houston-based record label Splice Records from bringing 500 of their closest friends to the banks of the Guadalupe River for the third annual River Revival Festival. Join the fine folks of Splice Records in collaboration with St. Arnold Brewery on Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2017 for a weekend camping adventure full of river rocking live music, interactive workshops and communal campfire celebrations. Located at the KL Ranch Camp-On the River campgrounds in New Braunfels, the River Revival Festival features an array of funtastic music genres such as folk, Americana, rock ‘n’ roll, Latin rock, Funkadelic, Gypsy jazz, blues and Texas roots music.

This year’s music lineup will include Pimps of Joytime, Alvin YoungBlood Hart, John Evans, Henry and the Invisibles, Tomar and the FCs, Emily Bell, Ancient Cat Society, Craig Kinsey, Pecos Hank, Say Girl Say, Vodi, Monoceja, The New Offenders, Maggie Belle Band, The Space Villains, The Tomes, Heath Ledet, The Anjali Project and AndyRoo and the AndyRooniverse.

Each year River Revival draws in more than 500 conscious campers, all gathered to partake in a variety of activities geared towards bringing people together for a good time. Activities such as intimate campfire concerts, hiking, river floating, canoeing, various workshops on reptile handling and nature identification with a true master naturalist, live transcendental meditative music mixed with morning yoga sessions along the majestic Guadalupe River with Christi Workman of Hi/Lo Kick Studios, kids music class with AndyRoo and the AndyRooniverse, family activities and puppet shows, natural live art exhibits by Journey Through, One Pot Cooking Competition, River Revival giveaways and prizes, and so much more.

“We are not trying to be the biggest festival, or the loudest, we are just trying to be the most fun,” says Splice Records CEO Shaun Brennan. “The camping and the Guadalupe River are what separates us from other festivals. River Revival is so much more than a music fest, the combination of the music and river is our recipe for a special weekend.”

Clean and maintained showers are available on site, but they do require quarters for operation. The campgrounds provide firewood and ice, and there is also a small store on site. Campers are allowed to bring their own supplies as well. Tent campers will have a reserved campsite that will be made specifically for them. There will be a family area sectioned off for attendees with children. RV and motorhome spaces are also available on a first-come-first-serve basis but are very limited. The 30-amp RV premium campsites come with a one-time $95 additional cost which can be purchased during the ticket checkout experience.

“We do our best to show our true selves while offering pure southern hospitality to the festival-goers by cooking for them, floating with them, offering them cold tasty beverages and performing for them live at night,” said Brennan. “The stage is right next to a flowing river and the food, drink and river time is all inclusive. Not only can you bring your own (fill in the blank), but we provide the campers with free meals and complimentary beverages.”

We had an opportunity to speak with Splice Records CEO and River Revival Festival creator, Shaun Brennan, about the festival and how it all came about below.

How did you first get involved with organizing large events and festivals such as River Revival Festival?

During my teenage years, my roots were a little unhinged. I was always throwing parties and I tended to take it a little more serious than just trying to throw a keg out back. We would have themed parties and then we added live bands. Then in college the parties started getting a bit grander and I started to hone it in. Then when I mixed it with camping there was that Zen moment that this is what I should be doing.

What was the original idea behind RRF and has that changed now in year three?

It originally started as just a camping trip with a bunch of musicians and close friends. The Guadalupe River has a long history with my family and we did a lot of camping and floating there when I was a kid. I even ended up attending Southwest Texas State. The first festival camping trip turned out to be a great success…a very positive and communal experience with neighborly campfire concerts at night. As I was leaving the campgrounds it just hit me that this could really be something. I decided to make it a more formal festival in a very informal way and we grew it step-by-step from there. Now it really is more of an actual festival. But, at the same time, it’s also remained a really unique micro-fest. It’s not very flamboyant with aggressive sponsors or wallet gouging. But, we still want to lift up and showcase the music and food.

Unlike a lot of other music festivals, RRF seems to be an event the entire family can enjoy, correct?

I questioned having kids there that first year. But, as a father, I didn’t want to do something really special and not have my kids with me. Kids are welcomed and I think they really enjoy it. During the day we’ll have a lot of family-oriented activities with children’s music, puppet shows and storytelling. But, I wouldn’t suggest that everyone bring their kids because overall it’s an adult themed festival with a lot going on throughout the night just for the parents. We want people to be able to relax and unwind.

What do you hope to accomplish with RRF and its overall message?

The message we are trying to create is that we can still have these grand ideas 25-50 feet from this powerful piece of nature without destroying it. There is a consciousness in everything we do. I don’t pass out festival itineraries because I don’t want them to end up in the river. The utensils we use are all made of wood…there’s no plastic wrapping that could litter the property. We also take time to do river clean-up. We want to be conscientious of the natural surroundings and enjoy the authenticity that comes with camping and having the river right next to you. We try to integrate those ideas in ways that won’t cause us to go home with the guilt trip.

Is there a particular theme you are looking for when creating the music lineup?

I love to see live music and go support my artists…as well as a bunch of other artist…mainly Texans but not strictly. Sometimes I’ll see a band that maybe isn’t quiet ‘there’ yet…but, they’re definitely good enough to be ‘there’. I want to become friends with that band or highlight them on stage…and at RRF we do both. But, every band we showcase has to have a particular sound. If you were on the water and enjoying nature would you really want to listen to every type of genre? To me, that’s not the case. There are specific types of music I want to hear while I’m in nature. We want a kind of vintage feel with the sound…that old kind of Rock & Roll, Blues and Funk…something you can really rock on the river.

Is there a particular band you are really excited to showcase this year?

Yes, definitely! The Pimps of Joytime. They have a sound that I’ve never heard before. It’s this contemporary, modern but vintage funk that just makes you want to dance and have fun. Getting them to perform this year is pretty much my greatest musical accomplishment to this point. I’m also really psyched about Tomar and the FC’s. I saw them at Continental Club in Houston and they put on a fucking killer show…very soulful. They kind of reminded me of Jackie Wilson who was one of my favorite performers. I think it’s really about to happen for them.

What are some of the most important aspects of RRF that first time attendees should know?
The one thing you want to know is that it’s a camping festival. Just bring your camping material. But, it’s also very communal. We do unplugged campfire shows at night after the main stage shuts down where you can watch from the river or from your lawn chair. You want to anticipate this not being like any other festival. We aren’t a few thousand fist pumping frat boys. We’re 500 people who are very comfortable having a good time and enjoying the natural surroundings. When you go here, the Guadalupe River really feels like it’s yours. The festival is at the end of September and New Braunfels and the river are kind of shut down. They’re done with the busy season. So, you don’t see a lot of people coming down the river. You really feel cut off in this beautiful piece of Texas. It just makes New Braunfels the perfect location.

For more information on River Revival Festival or Splice Records visit http://www.splicerecordstx.com.

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VÉRITÉ Somewhere in Between Tour Headed to Austin

VÉRITÉ has come a long way since waiting tables in Times Square. Three years ago, the Orange County product, born Kelsey Byrne, was independently financing her budding music career with double shifts at Applebee’s. Thankfully, she has closed-out that tab and now VÉRITÉ has become one of the hottest names in alternative pop. With over 1.7 million monthly listeners and more than 100 million streams on Spotify, this blossoming star is currently touring the US and remains just as independent as ever.

Byrne debuted as VÉRITÉ in 2014 with her DIY single, “Heartbeat”, which quickly went viral and left record labels waiting to be seated. The hardworking songstress chose to continue waitressing and fund the release of her debut EP Echo with her Applebee’s tips. “I decided that I didn’t want to answer to anybody or change anything to appease someone else,” says VÉRITÉ.

In 2015, the same year she released her sophomore EP Sentiment, Byrne quit her waitressing job to pursue music full-time just before heading out on her first-ever tour. Since then she has completed two North American headline tours and released her highly acclaimed third EP, 2016’s Living. She’s also opened for such artists as Tove Lo and BØRNS and appeared at major festivals like Lollapalooza and Firefly, plus made her television debut on the TODAY Show.

This past June, VÉRITÉ made her full-length debut with Somewhere in Between, a moody mélange of emotive empowerment hypnotically draped over brooding electronica that lingers ‘somewhere in between’ Halsey and Lana Del Ray. At the heart of the album is a selection of songs that “dissect fragments of my experience as a human and twists them in unusual ways,” according to VÉRITÉ. “I like playing with the sentiment of human relationships” she adds, “but the lyrics are more about my relationship with the world, and dealing with things like apathy and boredom.”

Well, apathy and boredom still may persist. However, finding fans shouldn’t be an issue for the exotic soprano. VÉRITÉ is currently headlining a fall tour in support of Somewhere in Between and will be visiting Stubb’s in Austin with Tigertown on September 15. “Now I get to go back and experience the album live and reinterpret and re-imagine the things I may have done differently,” she claims. Well, whatever she’s been doing, it’s been working. You can catch VÉRITÉ at the stops below.

September 7 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
September 9 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
September 10 Dana Point, CA @ Ohana Music and Arts Festival
September 12 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
September 15 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Jr.
September 16 Dallas, TX @ Three Links
September 17 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)
September 19 Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
September 20 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
September 21 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
September 22 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

 

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Photo Credit: Eric Ryan Anderson

Deep Ellum Art Co. Officially Launches

Today Deep Ellum Art Co will hold the grand opening for their creative space for artists of all backgrounds. Renovated from an old printing press repair shop, the multi use space includes both indoor and outdoor art galleries, live music stages, and a 60ft bar. From today through October, the Dallas-based facility will be holding a number of exhibits and music events.

With the first of several commissioned pieces already on display from today until Sunday, local artists will be able to showcase their talent. The founding entrepreneur and creative advocate of Deep Ellum Art Co. , John LaRue, says “The goal is to promote all of the arts be it music, culinary, sculpture, 2D, 3D, or digital.”

The building erected originally in 1949, is surrounded by 10,000 square feet of open outdoor space, leaving ample room for a variety of creative displays. LaRue, reinforces this by describing “Deep Ellum Art Co. will represent as full a spectrum of the arts as our local artists bring to us.”

In addition to galleries and performance stages, the space will house a number of food trucks, twenty four various beers, and seven unique cocktails. LaRue continued with “I didn’t set out to create a space that had a singular identity”.

Both LaRue and his artistic director Amber Crimmings have plans to give back even more to the local community, by starting an artist mentor program, allowing young, budding artists to work along side established artists in a safe and creative environment. LaRue continued to say “its worth the effort required to pass this along to the next generation”.

The new creative space is open now, and located at 3200 Commerce St., Dallas, Texas.

Upcoming events include:

Friday, Sept. 1 – Saturday, Sept. 2: Forgotten Space (Grateful Dead Tribute)
Saturday, Sept. 2 – Inhabitants Group Art Show
Sunday Sept. 3 – Arkansauce
Tuesday, Sept. 5 – Zack Witness “Electric Revival” Album Release Party
Saturday, Sept. 9 – Art Yard Artist Market
Thursday, Sept. 14 – “Get Inky” Printmakers Group Show
Wednesday, Oct. 4 – Wednesday, Oct. 15: Skinny Cooks Residency
Saturday, Oct. 7: Friday’s Foolery and Lunar Eclectic with MOJO
Friday, Oct. 13: Henry and The Invisibles Intergalactic Space Disco Starparty with DJ Mikey Rodge
Saturday, Oct. 14: Class Reunion with Nervana, Green Dazed and Sedated

 

Article by: Beth Judge

The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour Hits Bass Concert Hall

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on February 13, 1996 to ecstatic reviews and transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996. RENT is winner of the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is one of only six musicals to win both awards.

Based on the original direction by Michael Greif (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations, RENT), Evan Ensign restages this 20th anniversary tour. Marlies Yearby (Tony Nomination, RENT) serves as choreographer.

The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include Cinderella, MAMMA MIA!, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Vocalosity, and Crazy For You.

WHAT:              The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour

WHEN:             October 13 – 15, 2017

Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

 WHERE:           Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712

TICKETS:         Start at $30. Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com

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Photo Credit (Featured): (L to R) Skyler Volpe, Kaleb Wells RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Credit Carol Rosegg, 2016.

Dallas-based literary nonprofit WordSpace special Season Launch Sept. 7

Dallas-based literary nonprofit WordSpace is excited to announce its 24th season with a launch party at The Wild Detectives in the historic Bishop Arts District. Live entertainment and a preview of upcoming events will make for a lively, music-filled and literary evening. The event features music by Inferno Texino, off-the-rail readings by novelist Brian Allen Carr, cheap eats and drink specials. The celebration takes place Thursday, Sept. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. The Wild Detectives is located at 314 W Eighth St., Dallas, Texas 75208.

“We’d like to start the season off with a bang, and a party always seems the way to go,” said WordSpace board president Charles Dee Mitchell.

The event is free to attend with dollar tacos provided by El Padrino. Join WordSpace at upcoming season events hosted at The Latino Cultural Center, South Dallas Cultural Center and The Kessler Theater this season. More details to be announced.

“Wordspace is one of the most important literary arts organizations in Dallas and they’ve been an ideal partner on events since we opened,” said Lauren Smart, programming director at The Wild Detectives. “We’re excited to be part of their upcoming season.”

For more information on WordSpace, visit http://www.wordspacedallas.com/.

Celebrate Six Square District Days and East Austin Stroll

This Labor Day weekend enjoy two days of food, fun and culture reflective of the African American legacy in Central East Austin with the Six Square District Days Festival and East Austin Stroll.

The Six Square District Days Festival begins at 4:00pm on Saturday, September 2nd at the historic Downs Field and will feature food, vendors, music and live performances by DJ Kay Kali, Chris Omenihu, Bandan Koro, Ogden Payne, Riders Against the Storm, Tree G. and C.J. Edwards and the Funk Fellowship!

Six Square District Days will be free and open to the public. All ages welcomed.

On Sunday September 3rd Six Square proudly present the East Austin Stroll.  Stroll the vibrant streets of East Austin and immerse yourself into uniquely curated experiences reflective of the rich traditions that gave birth to the uniqueness of the African American legacy in Central East Austin.

Explore six historical destinations within the District that will be reanimated through curated cuisine of the African Diaspora, artistic performances, art exhibits, multi-media displays and much more. Some of the curated sites include: Six Square District Office, the George Washington Carver Museum, Oakwood Cemetery, the African American Heritage Facility, the 12th St. Business Corridor, and Huston-Tillotson University. 

The East Austin Stroll all culminates at Huston Tillotson University with live performances by Boss Street Brass Band and more!

East Austin Stroll, September 3rd, 2017 from 1:006:00 p.m. Ticket prices for General Admission are $35 (includes samples of alcoholic beverages and food, and entertainment) and VIP Access is $49 (includes samples of alcoholic beverages and food, and entertainment, a guided historical tour of the district and reserved seating at the final event).

Proceeds benefit the ongoing preservation and celebration of East Austin’s Black Culture. Visit www.sixsquare.org or call 512.505.8738 for tickets and additional information.