PAST RECOMMENDED SHOWS:
07/04/13 @ Auditorium ShoresFourth of July
The sonic boom touching off last Saturday’s thunderstorm brought down the fire hazard just enough for Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony Orchestra (8:30pm) to prep fireworks (9:30) on Auditorium Shores Thursday. Independence Day options before, during, and after remain plentiful, so here are a half-dozen suggestions: Scoot Inn’s Pig Roast beginning at 2pm (Slomo Drags, Loving Ugly, the Couch, Holiday Mountain); Nutty Brown Cafe & Amphitheatre’s Bob Schneider extravaganza (with Water and Rust, and the Wind and the Wave), complete with fireworks, 5pm; Hole in the Wall’s nine-band blowout, starting at 7pm (Big Britches, Robobilly, Wild Bill & the Lost Knobs, Stumbledrunk, Bluebird Specials, Under the Sun, Ted Nesseth, MK Ultra, Red Dirt Rebellion); Hotel Vegas’ Rockaway Beach Party, 9pm, as covered (ELO, Stooges, Bowie) by local all-stars (Roky Moon & Out of the Blue, Los Twat Vibes, Holy Wave, respectively); personal favorite and Austin’s John Lee Hooker-like Hosea Hargrove at the Continental Club, followed by ingenious Grupo Fantasma spin-off Money Chicha (10pm and 12mid, respectively); and late-night surf, punk, and post-punk at Beerland (Eets Feats, Crooked Bangs, Ghetto Ghouls). Lightning strike.
10/27/12 @ Long Center for the Performing Arts
Take 6 & the Austin Symphony Orchestra
Vocal sextet adds strings. Lots of ’em.
09/09/11 @ Long Center for the Performing Arts
Joshua Bell w/ Austin Symphony Orchestra
Grammy-winning violinist fronts the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
12/30/09 @ Palmer Events CenterDuke Ellington Orchestra
10/27/07 @ Riverbend CentreJoanna Newsom
The orchestral magic of Joanna Newsom’s 2006 Drag City masterstroke Ys
is something that’s re-created live very carefully. The Bay Area harpist/pianist tried it last December with a small band, but the swelling strings and theatrical production of honorary Beach Boy Van Dyke Parks call for something grander. Cue the 29-piece Austin Symphony Orchestra, which backs her for this very special show. 8pm.
04/11/06 @ Bass Concert HallElvis Costello
Austin has been on Elvis Costello’s path of least resistance for several years now, including SXSW showcases and a notable rock-out at the Backyard in support of 2002’s classic When I Was Cruel
. Following ’04’s orchestral Il Sogno
, based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
, Costello’s new release for Deutsche Grammophon is the rock and jazz of My Flame Burns Blue
, which could go in the first set with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, or in the second hits gather-all. Pump it up either direction.
11/12/05 @ Riverbend Centre
Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony Orchestra close the Union Gap.
02/19/05 @ Riverbend Centre
The Austin Symphony presents the "Wichita Lineman" in person at the beautiful 360 amphitheatre.