C’mon. You know the reference. ^
And it was brought to you today by the Austin Music Minute courtesy of an extremely cool show happening at Radio Coffee and Beer. Check it: Fans of Jackie Venson already know the shredding mastery of the badass guitarist, but there’s another facet to this multi-talented mind – the electronic inspiration behind Venson’s project, Jackie the Robot. Venson embraces the wizardry of technology, from original compositions to remixes of her previous work.
Rise, ‘bots, and reboot. Jackie the Robot shares a bill with funk/R&B duo The Vapor Caves, at a show starting at 7 p.m. tonight, Saturday May 15, at Radio, 4204 Menchaca Rd. It’s a socially-distanced show with limited seating. Find ticket info at Radio’s website. Masks required for entry.
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As you’ve no doubt heard your Austin Music Minute host mention before, local nonprofit SIMS Foundation supports not only Austin music artists, but the music community at large, with access to mental health and substance use recovery services including musicians, music industry professionals and their dependent family members.
May happens to be Mental Health Awareness Month, and to celebrate, SIMS and The Far Out Lounge and Stage in South Austin are presenting a big daytime benefit show tomorrow, Saturday May 15. Doors open at noon, and the music starts with Como Las Movies at 1 p.m., followed by Moving Panoramas (featured on today’s AMM) at 2:30 p.m., and The Deer at 4 p.m. The mighty DJ Raquiqui spins between sets.
This is an outdoor socially-distanced show; masks required for entry.
-Art from poster design by Billie Buck.
Like all livestreams at the beginning of the pandemic, Black Fret‘s endeavor started on slightly shaky footing on the technical end of things. But the good vibes – and thousands of viewers – picked up the pace in no time. Black Fret founders Colin Kendrick and Matt Ott knew it was a pivotal moment for many in the local music community. Live shows were completely shut down. Hopefully, this would be one way to keep the music going, and to keep Black Fret’s mission of providing grants and mentoring to Austin music artists on track.
This weekend, the event that started as a livestream will be a three-day in-person event to garner potential new support for Black Fret recipients. The Keep Live Music Alive Festival will feature performances from one hell of a line-up: Jake Lloyd, Ley Line, J Soulja, Buffalo Hunt, Harry Edohoukwa, Mike Melinoe, Eimaral Sol, Nané, Darkbird, Deezie Brown, Motenko, Night Blooms, Sam Houston and Blk Odyssy, and many more.
The festival kicks off at 3 p.m. tomorrow, Friday May 14, and continues through Sunday May 16 at The Long Center, W. Riverside Dr., on the H-E-B Terrace. This socially-distanced event includes tickets for Black Fret membership as well as the general public. Details can be found at Black Fret’s website.
It’s true! This is not your typical happy hour – and that’s why it rules. Austin-based label Spaceflight Records raises the bar with their weekly live music series, featuring artists from their badass roster. The first fully non-profit label in the U.S. boasts a list that includes several artists featured on the KUTX airwaves, the Austin Music Minute, in Studio 1A, and even as KUTX Artist of the Month. FYI: This label has no affiliation with KUTX whatsoever; it’s just that they know what’s up, and curate their list to show it.
The Spaceflight happy hour awesomeness continues this week with a performance by longtime AMM fave Think No Think, so prepare for a dose of mega shreds and face-melting. (And no, it’s not too early in the day to get that loud.) Catch Think No Think 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 tomorrow, Thursday May 13, at Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. It’s a socially-distanced show; masks are required.
-Photo by Dave Creaney.
All eyes were on Zach Person during his stint on American Idol five years ago, and since then, the Austin-based artist (by way of hometown Houston) has not slowed down one iota. After joining Black Denim Records and adding drummer Jake Wyble to the mix, and releasing a self-titled EP in March, Person continues the upward trajectory with a blazing bluesmanship. He writes from a soul revering Delta rawness and contemporary grooves.
If your intention is to catch Zach Person at his residency show tonight, Tuesday May 11, at Geraldine’s, you need to act quickly. Limited seating is available at this socially-distanced show that fills up pretty quickly; masks are required for entry. The music kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
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