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ACL II: The Do-Over

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Going to a music festival is the ultimate act of insanity. One of your favorite artists will be there – the one you’ve never seen live – so you do it once again expecting a different result from what you will inevitably get.

You have your backpack stocked with a poncho, lightweight hoodie, flare gun, caution tape, and none of the prohibited items whatsoever. And as quick as you can say Uber, pour a roadie, and put on your boots, you buzz off to join in the infestation of an unsuspecting city park.

You’re part of the swarm. Or a disease. People are a disease that’s spreading all around you, while you hold a beer in one hand and a Torchy’s taco in the other. But it’s okay because you’re going to see Beck. You’re going to see Beck! That’s why you’re in a better mood than you have been in months, and you’ve got to make your way through the crowd and worship at the feet of your favorite headliner.

The throng pulses toward the big black altar, and Beck or Eddie Vedder or Andre 3000 will impart holy sacrament to the masses. Everyone must get to the big black altar. And there is no getting to it.

Unless you’re the type who likes to self-induce claustrophobia, attempting to get a good look at the artist you came to see is futile. And just when you resign yourself to way over stage left by the porto potties, at least one of your friends has vanished and texting is delayed, at best, because the city park is now a city.

Worse than that is when, after years of anticipation, the show is underwhelming. Or maybe it’s just that you’re distracted because you don’t know how you’ll find your friends again and get home. And there you are in a crowd by yourself. The least they could do is stick with you since you gave them the passes. It is your birthday after all, and one is the loneliest number. People suck, and you’re surrounded by drunk, gyrating assholes you don’t even know.

And then your favorite song swells, and the crowd roars. You are lost in the music and lights, and how you get home doesn’t matter. It will work out. You are connected. Is this…happiness?

Music makes everything better, and for better or worse, festivals present a chance to experience and celebrate it. Festivals connect us as the assholes we truly are. You have to have the bitter to appreciate the sweet, and on a deeper level, festivals are a practice in how to be in the moment, if nothing else.

That’s one of the great things about ACL – you get a chance to do it all over again the very next weekend, so you don’t have to wait a year to do it better. No separating from your group. Your phone will be fully charged. You will admit that a little EDM is pretty fun. And for the love of Beck and all that is holy, you will get it right this time.

Austin Events – September 2014

 

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C3 PRESENTS
BRO SAFARI W/ VALENTINO KHAN, MUST DIE, UFO!
FRI. 09/05 | 8:00PM @ EMO’S

TRANSMISSION EVENTS PRESENTS
ISLANDS W/ TEEN
FRI. 09/05 | 9:00PM (DOORS) @ PARISH / PARISH UNDERGROUND

KUTX LIVE AT THE PARAMOUNT PRESENTS
RUTHIE FOSTER CD RELEASE W/ LUTHER DICKINSON & MORE
FRI. 09/05 | 7:00PM (DOORS) @ THE PARAMOUNT AND STATESIDE THEATRES

DO512 PRESENTS:
FACT: FRIDAYS AT COLDTOWNE THEATER
EVERY FRIDAY 7:00PM @ COLDTOWNE THEATER

C3 PRESENTS
DRAKE VS LIL WAYNE
SAT. 09/06 | 5:30PM (DOORS) @ AUSTIN360 AMPHITHEATER

SPIDER HOUSE, PANACHE BOOKING & PRAGMA EVENTS PRESENT
SPIDER HOUSE RAGER PT. 2 – BACK TO SCHOOL W/ MARNIE STERN, THE ENTRANCE BAND, BOYFRNDZ, GROWL & MORE
SAT. 09/06 | 7:00PM (DOORS) @ SPIDER HOUSE CAFE & BALLROOM

TRANSMISSION EVENTS PRESENTS
PINBACK W/ TERA MELOS
SAT. 09/06 | 8:00PM (DOORS) @ MOHAWK AUSTIN
EARPHUNK
SAT. 09/06 | 8:00PM (DOORS) @ PARISH

TRANSMISSION EVENTS PRESENTS
WHIRR W/ NARROW HEAD, CARL SAGAN’S SKATE SHOES
SAT. 09/06 | 9:00PM @ RED 7

CRAVE AND SPRATX PRESENT:
SPRATX HAPPY HOUR FEAT. LIVE PAINTING BY LUCAS AIOKI
SAT. 09/06 | 8:00PM @ CRAVE
FIRST 100 PEOPLE TO RSVP GET A COMPLIMENTARY DRINK TICKET!

PARAMOUNT SUMMER CLASSIC FILM SERIES
CLOSING WEEKEND FILM FAN PARTY SHOWING GIANT
SAT. 09/06 | 6:00PM (DOORS) @ THE PARAMOUNT

TAILGATE ON THE LAWN: BUFFET, BEER & COCKTAILS
SAT. 09/06 | 3:30PM @ HOTEL ELLA

WARM SODA W/ THE WOLF & THE LOCHNESS MOBSTERS
SAT. 09/06 | 9:00PM @ HOTEL VEGAS

SATURDAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL SPECIALS
EVERY SATURDAY 1:00PM @ HAYMAKER

TRANSMISSION EVENTS PRESENTS
BALMORHEA W/ JESS WILLIAMSON
SUN. 09/07 | 7:00PM (DOORS) @ PARISH / PARISH UNDERGROUND

C3 PRESENTS – “YES!” TOUR
AN ACOUSTIC EVENING W/ JASON MRAZ AND RAINING JANE
SUN. 09/07 | 8:00PM @ BASS CONCERT HALL

EMPIRE MOVIE MONDAY DOUBLE FEATURE: BACK TO SCHOOL & REAL GENIUS
MON. 09/08 | 8:00PM @ EMPIRE CONTROL ROOM & GARAGE

FOG & BONE
MON. 09/08 | 7:30PM @ CACTUS CAFE

AUSTIN CHRONICLE AND SCOOT INN PRESENT
HISTORIC SCOOT DIVE-INN THEATRE: “THE BLUES BROTHERS”
TUE. 09/09 | 8:00PM @ HISTORIC SCOOT INN

SAUCED! COMEDY AT KEBABALICIOUS
EVERY WEDNESDAY 8:00PM @ KEBABALICIOUS (NAVASOTA)
THE VALLEY FORGE W/ MOTHER MEREY AND THE BLACK DIRT, PETER SHULTS OF HELLO WHEELS
WED. 09/03 | 9:00PM – THU. 09/04 | 2:00AM @ THE NORTH DOOR

 

Sep 12-14 UTOPIA FEST
Utopia, TX
http://www.utopiafest.com/

Funny or Die Presents
Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival 2014
Sun, Sep. 21st
Austin 360 Amphitheater
OddballFest.com

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Sep 23 HAAM Benefit Day
http://www.myhaam.org/event/haam-benefit-day/

Austoberfest

2ND ANNUAL AUSTOBERFEST – GERMAN BEER AND SAUSAGE TASTING
Saturday, September 27, 2014
1-5 pm Sausage Tasting (Or till Sausage Runs Out)
1-11pm Live Music and Beer Tastings (RAIN or SHINE)
Price: $40 Advance / $50 Door General / $20 Members

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Sat., Sep. 27th & Sun., Sep. 28th
Pecan Street Festival
http://www.oldpecanstreetfestival.com/

Austin Music People’s United We Jam 2014, August 29-30

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Friday & Saturday, Aug 29-30, 2014

8 p.m. – Close

IT’S TIME TO UNITE & FIGHT FOR AUSTIN MUSIC!

That’s the battle cry of the second annual United We Jam, hosted by Austin Music People, to benefit and raise awareness about the state of the Austin music scene.

United We Jam is a two-day music and voter registration event, with shows by local musicians at venues downtown, on the East Side, in the Red River Cultural District and beyond.

Full United We Jam Schedule:

Fri, Aug 29th

Beerland Three Bad Jacks, Jimmy and the Mustangs, and Something called Nothing
The Blackheart     Big Bill, Basketball Shorts, Summer Salt, Chancellor, Eric + Erica
Carousel Lounge    Oh Antonio & His Imaginary Friends, Ruby Murray, Frederico
Cheer Up Charlie’s Kay Odyssey, Total Unicorn, Mom Jeans
Holy Mountain      Harvest Thieves, Emily Wolfe, Otis the Destroyer, El Campo
Hotel Vegas        Holy Wave Euro Tour Kickoff with Hidden Ritual, Dead Space, Annabelle Chairlegs
Red 7              Clouds Are Ghosts, Residual Kid, Lowin, Slomo Drags, Modern Medicine, Featherface
Spider House BallroomGobi, Mobley, Vinyl Dharma, and Modal
The White Horse    Carson Mchone , Ben Ballinger, Mrs Glass
Volstead           CRASHIN IN with KING LOUIE
ABGB               Little Mikey and The Soda Jerks, Slowtrain

Sat, Aug 30th

Beerland           Ghost Knife, Lenguas Largas, White Nights, Nameless Frames
The Blackheart     Lochness Mobsters, Rootbeer and Mermentau, Loteria
Carousel Lounge    Tootsie and the Flames, 35MM
Cheer Up Charlie’s Coma In Algiers, SUR, Mulicult (Baltimore), Carbon Poppies (Lafayette)
Hotel Vegas        Foot Patrol Performing Purple Rain with DJs Michael Byers & Brian Tweedy
The Mohawk         Mother Falcon, Magna Carda, Roger Sellers
Spider House BallroomThe Nightowks with Black Fret, Emily Bell, and Mad Maude and the Hatters
Stubb’s            Chris Strand
The White Horse    Jenny and The Cornponies, McMercy Family Band, and The Beaumonts
Mean Eyed Cat      Mother Merey, The Black Dirt

Check out Austin Music People for more information.

2014 ACL Fest Late Night Shows – Tickets On Sale

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Official 2014 ACL Festival Late Night Shows

Tickets on sale – Friday, Aug. 22nd, 10 a.m. CDT

Available from C3 Concerts

The official 2014 ACL Festival late night shows have been announced, and tickets go on sale Friday, August 22, at 10 a.m. CDT. Catch some of your favorite ACL artists in intimate settings, after-hours. Beck is performing at Stubb’s Outdoors on Oct. 2nd, and you can keep the party going with The Head and the Heart, Spanish Gold, CHVRCHES, Skrillex, Spoon, and others. Check out the official ACL Festival late night schedule for more details.

Photo by Ashley Garmon,  Courtesy of ACL Music Festival
Photo by Ashley Garmon,
Courtesy of ACL Music Festival

John Paul Keith at The White Horse – August 22, 2014

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John Paul Keith

The White Horse

500 Comal St, Austin, TX

Friday, Aug. 22nd, 2014

12 a.m.

John Paul Keith makes a stop on his current tour at The White Horse in Austin this Friday night. The East-side honky-tonk has become a regular stop for Keith, bringing his Memphis-embodying brand of Americana roots rock that always gets everyone dancing.

The accomplished singer-songwriter-guitarist turns out song after distinctive song that evokes nostalgic familiarity with a deceptive sense that “Anyone Can Do It.”

Keith released Memphis Circa 3AM last year and is touring the states after returning from a European tour earlier this summer. Find more upcoming tour dates on his website, and be sure to catch him Friday, circa midnight, Memphis Music Time.

CITY OF BOSTON PROCLAIMS TODAY: GODSMACK DAY!

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To mark the release of Godsmack’s sixth full-length album, 1000hp [Republic Records],  Boston’s Newbury Comics store at Faneuil Hall (1 N Marketplace #336 Boston, MA 02109) will host “Godsmack Day” today Wednesday,  August 6th.  As part of the festivities, Godsmack will be on hand to sign albums, and Boston’s Mayor Martin J. Walsh will declare August 6th“Godsmack Day,” in recognition of the band’s Boston roots and long success within the music industry. Longtime WAAF radio personality Mike Hsu will introduce the Mayor at 4:30pm.

During “Godsmack Day,” fans may purchase the Grammy Award-nominated multiplatinum group’s sixth full-length album, 1000hp [Republic Records], when Newbury Comics open at the special time of 8am. The first 500 to pick up the new disc will be granted a wristband allowing them access to meet the band for an album autograph signing after the presentation.  They may lineup on Clinton Street with the records and wristbands starting at 4pm.

Where: Boston’s Newbury Comics at Faneuil Hall (1 N Marketplace #336 Boston, MA 02109)

When:  4:30pm Godsmack Say Nice Things: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOiLmN_ffTQ

New Album 1000hp Out Now! Currently #2 on iTunes and #1 on iTunes Rock Chart!

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The Long Awaited Return of Pearl Jam to Memphis

Photo courtesy of Beaver Productions

Memphis finally gets a shot to see Pearl Jam for the first time in over a decade on Tuesday, October 14 at FedEx Forum.

Fans were given a taste in 2012 when Eddie Vedder stopped in and played at The Orpheum. Mostly performing songs from his solo album Ukulele Songs, the audience saw a more subdued side of this artist. I, for one, felt as though I had been whisked away to a crackling campfire by a bubbling stream, probably because there was actually a fake campfire on stage. Did anyone bring s’mores?  Along with songs from his solo album, Eddie mixed in a few Pearl Jam favorites and several covers including his version of The Beatles classic, “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.”

For the second set, he invited opener Glen Hansard to join him for a few songs, including a beautifully executed version of Hansard’s Oscar winning “Falling Slowly” from the movie Once. Eddie rounded out the evening with Ozzie Nelson’s “Dream a Little Dream of Me.” He took us on a journey into one of his dreams, and my heart breaks for anyone who did not get to share the experience.

The tour gets rolling in Cincinnati, OH on October 1. They will also be headlining BOTH weekends of the Austin City Limits Music Festival (October 3-5 and October 10-12). If the current European Tour is any indication of what’s to come, expect to hear all your favorite tunes from the 90’s to the latest album Lightning Bolt, with a few surprises. If Eddie is willing to cover “Let it Go” at the request of his five-year-old daughter in Milan, there’s no limit to what can happen.

I know Memphis is starving for a great rock show, and not just any great rock show, THIS ONE! I have heard countless tales of survival from fellow Memphians who have braved snow storms and torrential downpours to catch this band over the last 10 years in other cities. Our chance is finally here and since the buzz has become almost tangible with a few months to go, I have no doubt we will show Pearl Jam all the love they deserve for not forgetting about us. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.