They came together to make music. And together they made history. Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins join forces for one night only on December 4, 1956 at Sun Records Studio in Memphis for the greatest jam-session ever. Relive this legendary night as you rock along to such classics as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Great Balls of Fire.” There will surely be a “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” in the Topfer Theatre for this epic night of music from rock n’ roll’s greatest icons.
Whiskey Shivers are off the bluegrass rails and careening fast into punk rock; they’re making blues-folk for the rock n’ roll generation. Formed right here in Austin, Texas through a dubious Craigslist ad, “man seeking bluegrass group”, the band is now five members strong; boasting fiddles, washboards and lonesome harmonies. They quickly made a name for themselves with their raucous live shows that saw the boys barefoot, sweating and getting audiences on their feet. Their latest album, Part of Something, combines a kinetic punk sensibility with traditional bluegrass themes of work, pain, sin and death; all performed at breakneck speeds. The record was accompanied by a pre-release campaign fitting to the band’s anything-goes philosophy; fan rewards included tattoo lessons and actual hair from frontman Bobby Fitzgerald ‘s infamous mullet. The album is an unflinching exploration of life’s hardships, imbued with their trademark dark humor and an edge of reckless abandon. The boys brought their barking laughter, infectious energy, and anarchist Americana into Studio 1A. Check out the full session below! Then go dance yourself silly at their Mohawk release show!
7/22 @ Mohawk
L.A. native Robert Schwartzman has been kicking out the jamz as Rooney ever since teaming up with a group of like minded high school friends in the late 90s. Now with more than 15 years of experience, including tours with The Strokes, Janes Addiction, and Queens of the Stone Age, Schwartzman and crew have perfected their own brand of power pop full churning guitars and fun, eminently catchy choruses. The veteran touring group stopped by Studio 1A and played a couple of songs off their forthcoming album, El Cortez, out July 28th, before hitting Barracuda as part of an epic cross country tour hitting both coasts and everywhere in between. Enjoy the session in the player at the bottom of this post!
Austin’s favorite Avant-electro-pop quartet The Octopus Project is at it again, and they’ve brought their already profound and tightly crafted music to a new level. The most exciting thing about The Octopus Project has always been that they are absolutely fearless. No sound is off limits, no topic untouchable (they have a song called “Porno Disaster”), and no concept beyond their reach. The only limitation is the number of hands they have, which coincidentally is 8. Their recent album Memory Mirror stretches their already experimental sound to new heights with the help of notable producers Dave Fridmann and Danny Reisch. Enough talk. Let’s hear some music. Scroll down to check out the Studio 1A after hours session!
– James Parker
The Summer Stock Austin program is unique for a number of reasons. First of all, there is no tuition fee for our college and high school participants who are selected solely on the basis of their demonstrated talent, promise, and character. Second, as part of a “stock” company, each of our participants performs, designs, builds, and assists with every aspect of a theatrical production.
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, Irving Berlin’s glorious wild west spectacle, celebrates the legendary sure-shot, Annie Oakley. ANNIE GET YOUR GUN is loosely based on the true story of renowned sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her tempestuous romance with gunslinger Frank Butler. The musical features countless standards, including “You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “I Got Lost in His Arms,” and “Anything You Can Do.” The original production, starring Ethel Merman, opened at the imperial Theatre on May 16, 1946 and proved to be Berlin’s longest-running Broadway show, playing 1147 performances. The 1999 revival attracted the talents of Bernadette Peters and Reba McEntire. Join us for one of Broadway’s most loved musicals!
MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
Monty Python’s Spamalot, the musical comedy sensation “lovingly ripped off” from the film classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail, leaps onto the Rollins stage this summer, spreading laughter and cheer throughout the kingdom. As gleefully silly yet wickedly smart as Monty Python, the beloved British comedy troupe that inspired it, Spamalot parodies the legend of King Arthur and his band of haphazard knights as they sing and dance their way through an inane divine quest, dodging giant wooden rabbits, obnoxious Frenchmen, and a death-defying limbless knight along the way. Don’t miss this madcap comedy of magic and mayhem!
A SHOE STORY: A BRAND NEW MUSICAL COMEDY
From the creative minds of Allen Robertson and Damon Brown of the Biscuit Brothers comes A Shoe Story, a musical in which Sydney, a 13th generation shoemaker, lives in a flooded town. Her business is failing and Sydney will have to close the shop for good if she can’t sell her last pair of shoes. But when a shoeless girl arrives at her door, the shoemaker gives the shoes away. Luckily for Sydney some refugee elves, on the run from the law, decide to make shoes for her in exchange for a safe place to stay. What is there to do but to solve everyone’s problems with rap battles, lounge singing, and magical, tap-dancing shoes? It’s a story your entire family will enjoy! A Tall Tale… with plenty of Heart and Sole! Did we mention the rap battle/pun-off?