Living in the live music capital of the world, Alex and I have been wanting to put together a show ever since we arrived in ATX in March. We figured summer would be the perfect time to get together some rad bands and hopefully have a series of shows around Austin.
Soooo, to that end, we are really excited to announce the first show of our summer series on Monday, June 18th at Beale Street Tavern in downtown Austin. The lineup includes Nashville-based indie folk band Neulore and local Austinites Edison Chair and Waking Fable. Stay tuned for information on door times and cover charges in the next few days on our twitter (@Kony2012Austin) and our facebook (https://www.facebook.com/austin.streetteam.7) and don’t hesitate to throw questions and suggestions our way.
Now, some information about the bands who will be part of our first Invisible Children-ATX show:
Neulore (http://neulore.bandcamp.com/) was heralded by popular Nashville blog, Music City Unsigned, as the “Band To Watch” and their sound was described by valslist.com as “much like the Fleet Foxes or Horse Feathers with its ambient folk melodies & harmonies. They have fashioned sound and spirit, wood and string, current and wire to bring lyric to life. The result is a collection of songs that have become as beautiful as the story they seek to share. The timeless story, told in modern tones.”. We are stoked to have this quintet partnering with us on our inaugural summer series show.
Edison Chair joined forces in 2007 and quickly garnered attention from big time producers and major labels like Interscope Records. SXSW said that the Austin band “honors the style of timeless rock such as The Who and The Beatles, while making innovative strides in the wake of popular modern bands such as The Fratellis and Oasis.” Check out their stuff here http://www.reverbnation.com/edisonchair and come hear them live on the 18th.
Waking Fable is a newcomer to the Austin music scene, having just formed a few months ago. They describe themselves as an “acoustic soul quintet…with a saxophone”. Check ‘em out here https://www.facebook.com/wakingfable.
Austin is a really rad city. We already knew that, but the 2nd Street Soundcheck event we went to on Saturday really proved it. Some of my favorite musical sounds come from a band called Seryn, from Denton, TX. I’ve never had the chance to see them live, and considering they were dubbed “Best Performance” at SXSW this year by Paste Magazine, I was beyond stoked to finally get the chance to see them (and for FREE, too).
The event in the 2nd Street District downtown wasn’t only a draw for us because of Seryn and the other sweet sounds of bands like Rogue Wave and Polica, it was also sponsored and attended by some awesome local non profits and really rad globally-conscious companies, like the ONE Campaign, Comfort the Children International, the Whole Foods Whole Planet Foundation, Big Ass Canvas and Raven and Lily.
We tasted local food, heard some incredible music and made connections with some of the non profits and companies in attendance. It was the start of some beautiful relationships with local Austin organizations and we’re really excited for what’s in store for Invisible Children-Austin.
I hope your weekend was as good as ours was. Enjoy a beautiful and productive week here in the Live Music Capital of the World!
This is our first post and our first installment of our ATX Bucket List. We asked the good people of Facebook for bucket list items and have come up with the following (and added some of our own):
Swim in Hamilton Pool-Collapsed cavern-turned-natural-swimming-pool fed by a waterfall
Go kayaking (Town Lake and Lake Austin)
Attend Austin City Limits Festival
Attend SXSW music festival
Eat at Franklin’s bbq
Swim in Barton Springs-spring-fed and over 900 feet long
Hike Mount Bonnell
Play disk golf at Zilker Park
Hike/Bike/Fish Lady Bird Lake
Eat at Torchy’s Tacos
Go to Amy’s ice cream and have them throw the ice cream across the street (apparently it’s a thing?)
Go to Sno-Beach and get sno cones
Eat Gingerbread pancakes at Magnolia Cafe — Just go to Magnolia Cafe in general, says Lindy.
Cliff jumping at Lake Travis
Eat breakfast burritos at the original Whole Foods
Have a cake shake at the Holy Cacao food trailer
Have something from each of the trailers in the iconic South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery (Torchy’s Tacos, Holy Cacao and Man Bites Dog) in one sitting.
Find and take a picture with Leslie, the famous homeless man.
This is phase one of THE LIST. Let us know if you have any more ideas for us to add.