The band Vallejo took the stage at this afternoon’s BBQ Cook-Off at Brushy Creek and proceeded to rock the place. This is nothing unusual for these guys.
One of my favorite Austin events has come and gone. We were lucky on Saturday to not get rained on so the bands could play in the park and at Spider House Cafe. Honk! TX was a wonderful festival, as usual.
My first ever visit to the Sahara Lounge on the East side of Austin. As a bonus, there was Marimba music. It was pretty awesome.
I was excited to find out that Michael Fracasso was playing in the Music Tent for the Texas Book Festival. He is one of my favorite local singer-songwriters. He and his band were awesome!
How to have a fun night in Austin with a bit of an international theme:
- Park at the State Capitol at around sunset and take a leisurely stroll through the grounds.
- Walk to Sixth Street in the gorgeous weather we are now experiencing.
- Check out the art and activities of the Fan Fest for the Circuit of the Americas.
- Walk to the far end of Sixth Street and get an Orange Cream Italian Water-Ice at Jim Jim’s.
- Walk all over the downtown area to work up an appetite and admire some of the awesome cars in town.
- Have crepes for dinner on the outdoor patio at Cafe Crepe.
- Return to the Fan Fest to catch the Flying Balalaika Brothers play another fantastic show.
- Call it a night with tiny experiences of Texas, Italy, France, Russia, and the Ukraine to spur your dreams.
What happens at the Rattletree Glow Party, you might ask? You put on your glow stuff, and maybe get your face painted. You take off your shoes at the door as per the rules. Then you can chill out and listen to DJ Happy Happy James, or get your dance on. When the marimba music starts, you are in musical heaven. Joel Laviolette and his band are so much fun. It was a great celebration of the new studio home for the Rattletree School of Marimba.
If the Pecan Street Festival isn’t fun enough for you, try throwing in the band called Calliope Musicals. They are starting to rise to the top of my favorite Local bands. Go see them if they arrive at a town near you.