Fan Fest III

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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.

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ANY

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ANY = Austin’s New Year.  The city threw a pretty cool party this evening at Auditorium Shores.  There were bands (including two of my favorite Austin bands – Vallejo and the Flying Balalaika Brothers), art, decorated bicycles, food trucks, and nice views of downtown.  Thanks for the party Austin.  We will see you next year. 🙂

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International Music Festival 

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I saw four great bands today at the International Music Festival put on by the Texas Music Museum.

  • Indrajit Banerjee and Sri Gourisankar – Indian Music
  • Kunitan – Andean Music
  • Batuque Raiz – Brazilian Music
  • Flying Balalaika Brothers – Russian Music

I was surprised to discover that the two gentlemen playing the sitar and tabla were my favorite music of the afternoon.  You can find them on the Internet and YouTube if you are interested in hearing their music.

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