Posts Tagged ‘music

07
Dec
09

Night Owls on New Year’s

The time has come for us to go our separate ways. May everyone have a great holiday break and come back refreshed and rejuvenated, ready for another (maybe your last?) semester of school. If you happen to be sticking around Austin, however, I am sure you will be looking for something amazing to do for New Year’s Eve. I’ve never stayed in the city for the holidays, so I can’t vouch for anything, but hopefully one of these options can provide some fun for you.

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears are playing their second annual New Year’s show at Stubb’s (8th and Red River). Tickets are $32, but include a barbecue buffet and champagne toast. Doors open at 9 pm. buy tickets here

Robert Earl Keen, Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen and Band of Heathens are playing Austin Music Hall  (2nd and Nueces). Tickets are $50 for general admission or $75 for two balcony seats. Doors open at 7 pm. buy tickets here

Joe Ely is playing Antone’s (W. 5th). Tickets are $30 and doors open at 9 pm. buy tickets here

First Night Austin happens throughout the downtown area, specifically Auditorium Shores. This will be the 5th year the city of Austin celebrates the New Year with this even that provides  “Austinites and Central Texas with a free, inter-generationally programmed, family-friendly, alcohol-free, public celebration, showcasing the unique culture of Austin through expressive, creative traditions of performing and visual arts.” The events begin at 4 pm and the website has a schedule of the full day. Within the free event, one can also buy tickets to the “Long First Night,” a banquet at the Long Center. Regular tickets are $15 until Dec. 18th when they go up to $20 and give you access to the cash bar, food and entertainment. VIP tickets include access to the Long Center and all entertainment, as well as access to open bars, complimentary buffets and chefs stations, and a private VIP party.  They are $95 until the 18th, when they go up to $110. buy tickets here

Alamo Drafthouse Ritz New Year’s Bash is a showing of the classic 1960’s film The Apartment with a classy five course meal consisting of a club sandwich, sweet and sour lobster with Maitake dumpling, chicken noodle soup, braised lamb shank, and strawberry chocolate fruitcake. Tickets are pricey at $75 each, but that includes your meal. The show begins at 7 pm. buy tickets here

Happy holidays! It’s been a pleasure writing for you.

18
Nov
09

Time Warp Back to 1997

On Thursday evenings, Alamo Drafthouse’s downtown location, The Ritz, hosts its famous sing-along shows. As I mentioned in a previous post, these shows are a great example of things to do that are completely unique to Austin. I had the opportunity to attend the 1997 Sing-Along last Thursday and had an absolute blast.

The idea is basically group karaoke. For about two hours, music videos play on the giant movie screen with words to follow along. You can remain in the audience area and sing to your hearts content, or even get up on the stage in front of the screen and put on your own show.

Two hosts guide the crowd through the experience and get everyone excited and involved in the show.

Our hosts for the evening dressed the part in 1997 fashion.

It was my friend’s 21st birthday so they called her up on the stage for a free shot.

The birthday girl is standing in the middle wearing a dress.

Then the show began with “Bittersweet Symphony” by the Verve. I was expecting the show to cater more toward people who remember only the most extremely popular music of 1997– Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Hanson– but it surprised me by including popular music from many genres. Sublime, Foo Fighters, Third Eye Blind and Radiohead evened out the bubblegum pop. Reply in the comments if you know what song this is:

I feel like people tend to forget about this artist when they think of the '90s.

I won’t  give away the whole playlist, because Alamo still has two more showings for ’90s lovers– tomorrow night at 9:50 pm and next Thursday at 9:45 pm. I recommend purchasing your tickets now online because sing-alongs tend to sell out many hours before their showings. If you miss the 1997 shows, Christmas sing-alongs begin the following week.  Not only do you get to sing popular versions of holiday hits, but afterward the audience is invited to carol up and down 6th street, spreading Christmas cheer to all of downtown.

Location:
320 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

12
Nov
09

Review: Pretty Lights Concert

Seeing as we are blogging from the live music capital of the world, it’s only natural that we night owls occasionally attend a concert here and there. As I wrote in my last post, La Zona Rosa hosted Pretty Lights last night. My friends Amy and Katya, and I decided to make a night out of it.

We needed to have dinner, so our first stop was Blu Cafe, an Italian-inspired lounge. Located on the ground floor of the new 360 Condominiums, it was a great place to start the night. Katya ordered a dirty martini, and Amy and I ordered peach martinis. Prices on drinks were a little steep at $8.50 per glass, but the pizza was only about $9 and we were able to split it among the three of us.

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Amy and Katya cheers to the end of a long day

dirtymartini

Katya likes her dirty martinis with tons of olive juice, and our bartender was happy to oblige her wishes.

Our next stop was Garrido’s, a new Mexican restaurant right around the corner, also in the 360 building. We enjoyed mojitos and then were on our way to La Zona Rosa for the concert.

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Inside the venue

As soon as Pretty Lights came on, I found my friend Madeline and we pushed our way to the front

I found Madeline!

Then I documented parts of the show with my BlackBerry:

The show was really energetic– pretty much a huge dance party. Considering how many concert events Austin hosts, it’s not hard to find live music any day of the week. Going out on a Wednesday is not usually the most practical idea, but dancing and enjoying Pretty Lights’ mixes was a great way to forget about the stress of school.

10
Nov
09

Come Hear the Youngest Working Blues Singer In Austin

Travis Green has only been singing around town for a little over six months and he’s already landed a weekly gig at two different bars, as well as being a regular to some of the more reputable blues jams. At 21 years old that makes him one of the youngest working blues singers in town. He’s currently playing with Austin guitarist J.T. Coldfire while he gets a more permanent lineup together.

You hear Travis sing on Sixth Street Mondays at Friends Bar and Saturdays and alternating Wednesdays at Nuno’s.