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Ley Line, Geto Gala, Indoor Creature, & Van Mary Heat Up Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

By Rachel Rascoe, August 27, 2021, 10:00am, Earache!

In 2019, we licked our spicy fingers with abandon under the blaring sun at Fiesta Gardens. In 2020, we sold out of at-home hot sauce kits in a remote effort to keep the annual fundraiser for Central Texas Food Bank rolling. This year, the 30-year-old tradition pivots to luxuriate at South Congress’ spacious, shady Far Out Lounge.

The Austin Music Award-winning outdoor venue packs hot sauce samples from 15 commercial bottlers and other spicy foodie fare, Sunday, September 12, 3pm–9pm.

With a go-to locale for pandemic-era outdoor listening, the Chronicle music team thought long and hard on the ideal alt-weekly-beloved, “who have I missed hearing live?” acts for the afternoon party. A lineup of Ley Line, Geto Gala, Indoor Creature, and Van Mary, along with a DJ set by McPullish, results. Tickets are on sale now for $10 each, with half of each ticket benefiting the food bank.

Note on safety: Our intent is to require that all attendees show proof of either vaccination or a recent negative COVID test. We will be asking all guests to practice social distancing and wear masks when not eating, drinking, or distanced from others. See our full list of safety requirements here.

Ley Line, local acoustic quartet, move through languages and musical geographies in their serendipitous harmony. The Chronicle described their sophomore We Saw Blue as “a spiritual reminder, drawing upon their global journeys and finding a collective voice in myriad influences from West Africa, Latin America, American folk, and, most directly, the band's 2017 trek through Brazil.” The group’s latest “En Busca Del Agua” offers their first all-Spanish single.

Geto Gala united two Central Texas standouts – Bastrop rapper/singer Deezie Brown and alternative R&B local Jake Lloyd – for a nostalgic, Southern-centric February EP. Of the fantastic self-titled collaboration, this weekly wrote: “Interspersing tuneful hooks with clever, inspired bars, the project spotlights struggle as subtext to a rejoicing of Black excellence, perseverance, and ownership.”

Indoor Creature, local indie-pop troupe, were seen last month decked out in tie-dye leading a buzzing Mohawk crowd. According to the Chron, “the charming, jazz-influenced assembly gained a following in recent years for grand, groovy live shows under the memorable exclamation of lead singer Caleb Fleischer's saxophone… New album Living in Darkness zooms out on the full sixpiece's lively musical landscape, covering shadowy themes with beachy blasé.”

Van Mary, emotive indie rock project of singer-songwriter Emily Whetstone, throws fuzzy, lovesick manifestos to hit you right in the gut. The Hole in the Wall regular graced the 2020 Austin Music Awards with a starlit tribute to Roky Erickson. Live, her full quartet “merges the Breeders' salty-sweet noise-pop with beguiling narratives à la Julia Jacklin,” as the Chronicle previously recommended. Tribute to another great, try latest track “Connie Converse.”

McPullish, local dub connoisseur, packs collaborations with noted vocalists General Smiley and Tippa Irie alongside production for Texas favorites El Tule and Brownout. On last year’s Lone Wolf McDub, the Chronicle noted “superior drum sound and enchanting leads like the cinematic melodica on ‘High and Lonesome.’” Keep up with the local polymath on his own Charlie's Records.

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