On Saturday, October 3, 2015, the 2nd Annual Hush Hush Music Bash took place at the Domain. Typically, I’m able to get out into the crowd to talk to the attendees, watch bits and pieces of the show and marvel at the energy of hundreds of children. But this year, I was busy handing out swag to the kids and tucked a bit away from the stage — but with a great view of the crowd.
In the midst of all of the chaos, I stole glances at the over one thousand attendees, especially during those moments when I heard collective screams of joy and laughter coming from the kids in the audience. With a heavy heart walking into this weekend after another mass shooting, I took a few moments during Hush Hush to reflect on what I saw from my vantage point: joy, passion and laughter. While I know we have some tough conversations in the road ahead to make changes that will hopefully make our children’s world safer, I took a few blissful moments to let go of it all to enjoy these beautiful kids and adults who were experiencing pure joy.
I am so grateful to have spent my Saturday afternoon and evening in a crowd of laughing children, with amazingly talented performers, and businesses who share a passion of mine in bringing this all together for the public. It’s those little things, sometimes in these big packages, that still lend some magic to the world, and I hope that those who attended the 2nd Annual Hush Hush Music bash walked away feeling some of that magic and gratitude for a day that made our kids in Austin smile, laugh and simply enjoy being a child.
Bill Childs of SparetheRock hit it out of the park with the lineup again this year! Many thanks to the oh-so-talented Elizabeth McQueen, who performed with Lindsay Greene, Mario the Magician, Tim Kubart, Jumpsuit Alex and Mother Falcon. Each put on a spectacular performance that had the kids entranced.
The Domain is such a great space for these events, and they are always such wonderful hosts. With the recent completion of Amy Donovan Plaza, the play structures and family-friendly dining options, it’s tough to find a better location to host thousands of Austinites for a family-friendly concert.
Without our sponsors, these free events that make music accessible to all would simply not be possible. Many thanks to The Austin Diagnostic Clinic for sponsoring the music!
We had so many great booths with fun activities for the kiddos. Thanks to Zaarly, Baked by Amy’s, Gourmet by the Numbers, Music Forever, Music Together, Palacios ATA Academy, Mother’s Milk Bank of Austin, Chaparral Ice and Texas Stars Hockey for coming out.
Lastly, for spreading the word about the event, kudos to our media sponsors: 365 Things to Do in Austincom, Do512Family, Austin Moms Blog, SparetheRock, Spoil the Child, Austin Family Magazine, Thinga and KUTX.