Sofar Sounds Makes For Cozy Entertainment in Austin

Since 2009, Sofar Sounds has been re-imaging the live event experience by transforming everyday spaces, such as living rooms and retail shops, into captivating music venues with secret, live performances. Sofar Sounds is a community of thousands of artists, hosts, fans, travelers and more, putting on hundreds of secret, intimate events per month, across more than 350 cities around the world to bring guests and artists closer together. Luckily for us, Austin is one of those special cities where locals can host some of the city’s most talented artists  along with a few very special friends to experience the magic of Sofar.

Last Saturday, the cold and rainy weather that swept through central Texas made for an even more cozy experience as Sofar hosted a special show in East Austin with spectacular performances by instrumental guitarist David Kelly, surf-rock 3-piece Hand-Me-Down Adventure and local indie rockers Belcurve. Thankfully, Track Rambler photographer Anie Walsh was able to get in on the secret. Enjoy some of the set photos below.

For additional information about Sofar Sounds or to get involved visit https://www.sofarsounds.com/.

 

David Kelly

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Hand-Me-Down Adventure

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Belcurve

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A few of the adorable fans at Sofar Austin.

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Photos by: Anie Walsh

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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