Austin Music Mama 2014 Year in Review

Austin Music Mama 2014 Review

Growing up in Austin, live music was a part of my life. From shows at Liberty Lunch to Joe Rockhead (one of Bob Schneider’s early bands) at Steamboat to Little Sister (one of Patrice Pike’s early bands) at the Black Cat, I didn’t realize how lucky I was to have so much music, right in my backyard. I moved away for college and returned back when I was married. Soon afterwards, I had my son. When he was a little baby, I substituted “my” music for Laurie Berkner and other kid musicians.

It wasn’t until my kid was in elementary school that I started to explore the Austin live music scene again. Here at LiveMom, we began to cover Austin City Limits Music Festival. We brought our kids to day shows at SXSW. We started a monthly list of shows coming to town. I set a goal of going to one show a month through our 2014 Austin Bucket Lists. Here were the shows I made it to in 2014 (please pardon the not-so-professional phone pictures):

February 20th: Kodaline at Emo’s


March 12th: LiveMom co-sponsored Family Music Meltdown at The Thinkery with Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Elizabeth McQueen, Haley Bonar, Lloyd H. Miller & The Austin Phonebook, The Que Pastas and Tom Freund

SXSW ThinkeryMarch 12th: Austin Music Awards at the Convention Center, with Lucinda Williams (longtime music hero of mine), among others

Austin Music Awards

March 12th: The Heart of Austin SXSW Showcase at the Hangar Lounge

Heart of Austin

March 13th: Playing in Traffic Showcase at Whole Foods with Amy Cook

Amy Cook

March 13th: Charli XCX at Waterloo Day Party


March 14th: KGSR Broadcasts at the W (we were in line for most of the show, but Charlie Mars played for us in line and gave us a CD — we made it in for ZZ Ward)

KGSR BroadcastsMarch 14th: Big Picture Media SXSW Showcase with Quiet Company

Quiet Company SXSW

March 14th: FLAUNT Magazine Launch Party at Qui with the most crazy hologram I’ve ever witnessed

Flaunt hologram

March 15th: Quantum Music Showcase at Whole Foods with Boy & Bear


March 15th: Twangfest at Broken Spoke with Sturgill Simpson and others

broken spoke

You can also read our SXSW wrap-up here.

March 30th: Elizabeth McQueen at Spicewood Tavern as part of the Soul of a Musican Series (read our profile of the music series here)


April 25th: Bastille at Emo’s

AdvertisementJune 2nd: Neon Trees at Stubb’s

Neon Trees

June 19th: Unplugged at the Grove with James McMurtry

James McMurtry

August 6th: Blues on the Green with Saints of Valory

Blues on the Green

August 11th: The WINE DOWN at ACL Live with Dawn & Hawkes

Dawn & hawkes

August 16th: Letting Up Despite Great Faults at Holy Mountain

Letting Up

August 20th: LiveMom co-sponsored Back to School Music Bash at The Thinkery with Lee Alexander, Elizabeth McQueen, The Que Pastas, Rosie Flores and Joe McDermott

End of Summer

October 4th: LiveMom co-sponsored Hush Hush Music Bash at the Domain, which was covered by Time Warner Cable

hush hush music

October 10th-12th: Austin City Limits Music Festival (too many artists to name, but you can read the wrap-up here)

acl 2014

October 17th: Cracker Box Gospel Band at Central Market


October 17th: Charli XCX Emo’s

charli emos

November 19th: KGSR Music Lounge with Lone Bellow

lone bellow

December 9th: KGSR Music Lounge with Tennis

tennis kgsr

Whew…that was a lot! For the rest of our music coverage this year, you can peruse our Austin Music Mama posts. Here’s to lots more music in 2015!

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 8-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]


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A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-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".

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