For those of you who prefer to stay far away from the action during ACL and SXSW, we understand. The crowds, the parking, the….scene of it all can look far less appealing than curling up with a book or catching up on your Netflix queue after the kids are in bed.
Although these huge festivals are a great way to get introduced to new bands, as many of us become parents, we forget that Austin is the Live Music Capitol of the World the other three hundred fifty-odd days of the year.
With a more concerted effort on my part after the most recent ACL and South By, I’m determined to catch some of the bands I saw (and didn’t see) outside of the festivals.
One musician we did meet up with at ACL in the fall was Justin Jones, who is based out of the DC area but got his start at open mics in Charlottesville, Virginia. Although it’s always hard to fit a musician neatly inside a box, Americana seems to fit. We had the chance to meet Justin in between his sets on the BMI stage and Austin Kiddie Limits in the fall. What struck me was how thoughtful he was, not just about the music scene and touring, but also about the realities of a life on the road with two little girls. He was quick to thank his wife for all the work she does to “hold down the fort” while he is touring and was clearly looking forward to the chance to see his girls again.
Justin was originally set to perform earlier in the spring but broke a rib and had to reschedule (ouch!) His Austin tour date will be one of his last on his I Can Feel It tour, before he heads back to the studio. He’s been writing a tour diary at Made of Chalk, where he talks about the challenges of being a musician today and his daughter’s reaction to his leaving for work.
Trish and I are looking forward to enjoying the yummy food at Lambert’s, hearing Justin’s new songs and catching a show outside of the madness of Austin’s two music festivals. We hope you might be able to join us! You can enter the giveaway below or buy tickets through the link below.
What: Justin Jones and the Greatcoats Live at Lambert’s
When: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Time: 9:30pmWhere: Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, 401 West 2nd Street, Austin
Tickets: $8 General Admission in advance; $10 at the door
GIVEAWAY: If you would like to win two tickets to hear Justin Jones and the Greatcoats at Lambert’s on Saturday, April 13th at Lambert’s, leave a comment or submit the form below by 9:00am CST on Thursday, April 11th, 2013. One winner will be chosen and notified via email with 24 hours to respond. There is no cash value. You must live in the United States. You must be 21 years or older to attend the show. By filling out the form below or leaving a comment, you agree to the above terms.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.livemom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Nicole-Basham-Sara-Marzani-Photography-livemom.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her newly-minted-7-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau’s words, her mission is to “suck out all the marrow of life”, or in her son’s words, to cultivate in him a love of “advenchers”.[/author_info] [/author]