Austin Derby Fest w/ Deer Tick and Special Guests
You are invited to be a part of Austin's inaugural Austin Derby Fest on May 3, 2014. Come join us at 360 Nueces (block party) to celebrate the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby!
Nationally recognized acts Deer Tick and Ray Wylie Hubbard will be gracing our stage, as will Austin favorites, The Dirty River Boys, Whiskey Shivers and MilkDrive from 1:30 PM until 10:00 PM.
Advance General Admission tickets start at just $20. You will be treated to the best food, drink and LIVE music in town!
We have a limited number of VIP tickets that will also be available. Not only will you be tasting the best food in town, you will partake in the ambiance of Trifecta Bar/Restaurant. Trifecta is just steps away from the stage and allows access to your own private indoor restrooms, air conditioning, bar and flat screen TVs.
Don't forget, we'll also be showing the "most exciting 2 minutes in sports" on our jumbotron once the race begins!
So, come on out wearing your biggest hat and have Austin's best mint julep while enjoying everything that the Austin Derby Festival has to offer.
John McCauley and Deer Tick have long walked a tightwire between total despair and fractured resilience, but Negativity represents a heroic leap forward on virtually all fronts for the Providence, Rhode Island-based band. Recorded earlier this year in Portland, Oregon with legendary producer/musician Steve Berlin (The Blasters, Los Lobos, and last year's McCauley side project, Diamond Rugs), the album Deer Tick's fifth full-length studio release, and follow-up to 2011's acclaimed Divine Providence is McCauley's most personal work thus far as well as the band's most undeniable and universal, their famously freewheeling musical approach refined here into a gloriously cohesive whole.
Deer Tick sounding as sure-footed as one would expect from a band who have spent a couple of hundred nights each year on stage for more than half a decade more than match the strength of the songs by taking a more detailed approach than on some of the breakneck recordings of their past. From the sparkling baroque pop of "The Dream's In The Ditch" (penned by guitarist Ian O'Neil) to the full-blown Memphis showstopper, "Trash," Negativity sees the Tick bridging boozy punk, AM gold, bar band blues, country soul, and whatever else catches their fancy into their own profoundly American rock 'n' roll. Additional sonic color comes courtesy of magnificently arranged brass accompaniment by Austin, Texas's GRAMMY-winning Latin fusion collective, Grupo Fantasma.
While Deer Tick have been rightfully hailed for their raucous rave-ups and substance-fueled fervor, Negativity places considerable focus on the band's nuanced and tender side, with notable highlights including the wrenching breakup ballad, "Hey Doll," and the stunning "In Our Time." Written from his father's perspective, the song is a timeless country tearjerker featuring McCauley's good friend, singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton singing duet vocals in the "role" of his mom.
"I guess I'll catch you on the other side," McCauley sings in the album's final moment, a promise that, despite the pain and fatalism and yes, negativity, he's here for the long haul. Heartbreaking, fist-pumping, and ultimately life-affirming, Negativity stands as an indisputable high water mark for Deer Tick a defining collection from a rock 'n' roll band driven by an undying faith in the power of redemption and transcendence.
Ray Wylie Hubbard
As a music lover of impeccable taste, odds are that you're already looking forward to spending the better part of the next hour and several more after that getting rather obsessively familiar with this latest serving of song and groove from Ray Wylie Hubbard. Having no doubt played his last album, 2010's A. Enlightenment, B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is No C), to digital bits and committed to memory such earlier chestnuts as Snake Farm, Growl, Eternal and Lowdown, Crusades of the Restless Knights, and maybe even everything else going all the way back to that 1975 Cowboy Twinkies LP that Hubbard himself would rather you forget you probably can't wait to tuck into The Grifter's Hymnal and leisurely savor it from end to end.
This, of course, is how things should be. But a couple of variables could throw the above plan off the rails a bit. Suppose, for instance, that the damn Mayans were right, and what's left of 2012 is all the time we have left, period. Or, maybe despite that aforementioned impeccable music taste, you've somehow managed to make it this far into the 21st century without ever hearing of this Hubbard fellow. Grim scenarios, yes, but fear not; because whether you're short on time due to an impending apocalypse or simply need a tidy introduction to bring you up to speed, the opening track on The Grifter's Hymnal, "Coricidin Bottle," tells you everything you need to know in just under two minutes. What it tells you about The Grifter's Hymnal is that the record rocks. And what it tells you about Ray Wylie Hubbard is, he's the kind scrapper poet with the devil-may-care wherewithal to write both "lay down a groove like a monkey gettin' off" and "shakes the mortal coil round my amaranthine soul" into the same song and the lethal charm and chops to pull it off.
The Dirty River Boys
Outlaw Folk-Americana from the Western tip of Texas, The Dirty River Boys are paving their own road as they travel it. They are a testament to the idea that "if you can dream it, you can do it," moving with determination ever closer to the light. Above all is their belief in their music. It motivates them and provides exultation for each member, as well as for the audiences who have become fans by the force field the band creates in live performance.
Hatched in the twilight months of ought nine, these five young men came from all corners of the US looking to do one thing: knock the dust off roots music.
A freewheelin', trashgrassin', folk tornado, the Whiskey Shivers take traditional instrumentation, soak it in gasoline and send it into outer space. Breakneck speeds, killer grooves and impeccable musicianship: it's enough to make Bill Monroe himself do a double-take as he spins in his grave.
With upright bass, fiddle, washboard, banjo, guitar, and reasonably priced merchandise, Whiskey Shivers adds a fine layer of grit on top of the hard-driving rhythms of traditional bluegrass. They've been called everything from "trashgrass" to "hardcore roots" to "crazy-assed redneck music" whatever the words, the meaning is the same: Whiskey Shivers brings the house down.
Jazz-grass band MilkDrive features award-winning instrumentalists Brian Beken on fiddle and lead vocals, Noah Jeffries on guitar and harmony vocals, Dennis Ludiker on mandolin and harmony vocals, and Matt Mefford on double bass. But awards reveal nothing about the Austin string band's exhilarating sound. Fueled by equal parts tradition and innovation, MilkDrive delivers a distinctive acoustic experience that crosses genres, geographies, and generations.
Possessed by Paul James
Konrad Wert aka Possessed by Paul James musical style can only be described as insanely invigorating. Audiences have witnessed him exercise his skill, which has been known to enchant and captivate, throwing all present individuals into fevered states of ecstatic jubilation. This guy is a master of the fiddle, guitar and banjo; he sings about life issues ranging from love and sexuality to demons, God, salvation and desperation, all performed with the same invigorating passion as he stomps his foot during each song for amplified percussive effect. When Wert is on stage, you will feel singled out among a room of enthused bystanders, as if he is speaking to you alone for the distinct purpose of mesmerizing your mind.
360 Nueces (Block Party) (View)
Austin, TX 78701
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|