Austin singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson, backed by Glen Fukunaga, performed in Crawford last weekend at a rally for Cindy Sheehan, the California woman who lost her son Casey in Iraq last year, and whose vigil outside President Bush's ranch has drawn international attention. Gilkyson has made no secret of her opposition to the war through songs like "Man of God" on her new LP Paradise Hotel.
In Through the Out Door
The Church of the Friendly Ghost, the Eastside experimental venue forced to shut down earlier this year, hasn't gone completely quiet. While he awaits a new certificate of occupancy, owner Aaron Mace is using the Church's current zoning designation as a studio/gallery to program what he calls "sound installations" and "parties," keeping crowds to 40-50 people and not charging for use of the space or cover. "Until I'm properly incorporated with tax ID number and whatnot, that's how it will be," he says.
Direct Events has contracted with GetTix.net, a subsidiary of Global Entertainment Corporation, to handle ticket sales for all post-Oct. 5 events at its five Austin-area venues: the Backyard, Austin Music Hall, La Zona Rosa, Antone's, and the Glenn. Besides online, local GetTix outlets are Waterloo Records and all Pinky's Wireless locations, or by phone at 866/443-8849.
End of an Ear is giving away a pair of tickets to eccentric Houston guitarist Jandek's sold-out Aug. 28 show at the Scottish Rite Theater. To enter, drop your name and contact info in the box at the store; winners will be notified by Aug. 26. If you happen to spend $25 while there, you win a coupon for a free coffee at the nearby Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse.
Peek-a-Boo Records, home to beloved local bands past and present Silver Scooter, the Kiss Offs, Octopus Project, Black Lipstick marks its 10th anniversary with a new Web site and catalog sale; several long out-of-print vinyl releases are also now available at iTunes and eMusic. Check it out at www.peekaboorecords.com.