Open Ears Concerts

OpenEarsLogoLive music performances that explore the intersection of Art, Spirituality, and Activism, since 2005.

  • We present diverse genres and styles of music in an alcohol free, family friendly, listening room environment.
  • Open Ears Concerts has presented over 60 shows and over 150 artists, including recipients of Grammy, Country Music Association, Americana Music Association, Juno (Canada), Meteor (Ireland), and ARIA (Australia) music awards, as well as a finalist on NBC’s The Voice and an Austin Film Festival Audience Award winner. Previous performers are listed on our Alumni page.
  • Upcoming dates:

Feb 11  Hamp and Janet

HampAndJanetJanet Drew and Hamp Brockman’s original songs make the world a better place if only by making it a more comfortable place to be. Having been raised by folks who went to the cellar for food instead of the store, Janet’s songs offer a reminder of how unencumbered life can be. Together, Hamp and Janet celebrate love and life with a variety of acoustic american roots music including everything from jazz to Celtic ballads. Janet and Hamp are both formally trained, accomplished musicians, but Hamp’s chops are superior. A jazz studies graduate of the University of North Texas, Hamp will make even the best players turn their heads and notice. Hamp Brockman and Janet Drew possess more than 40 years of combined performing experience. They display a heartwarming synergy that gladdens the heart and offer the delicious sound of two voices that blend like tea and honey.

Hamp and Janet will perform one song during the 10:45 AM service. The show will start at 12:30 PM. Suggested donation $15, but no one will be turned away, subject to capacity (250). We can accept cash or check at the door. For advance reservations, or to pay by credit card, click on the Donate button at the bottom of this page, type in the amount of your donation, and select ‘Donate with PayPal’ or ‘Donate with a Debit or Credit Card’. If paying by PayPal, after logging in to PayPal, click on ‘Add Special Instructions to Seller’ and enter ‘Open Ears Concerts – Hamp and Janet.’ If paying by credit or debit card, click on ‘Add Special Instructions to Seller’ and enter ‘Open Ears Concerts – Hamp and Janet’, and then enter your card information.

Mar 11:  Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt

elkin-schmidt-bio-picWith her 2011 Red House Records release, Call It My Garden, Carrie Elkin emerged as one of the defining new voices in the world of Texas singer-songwriters, being celebrated by Texas Music Magazine as one of their artists of the year. The voice, the stories, the images, the grace, it’s the complete package. But the power of her live performances is mesmerizing. Maverick Magazine said it best, after a recent festival performance: “I have never seen a performer so in love with the act of singing. That’s the gospel truth. Onstage, Elkin was simply a force of nature.”

Named to the Chicago Tribune’s “50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years,” Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt rapidly ascended from underground cult hero status to being recognized as an artist of generational significance. Danny is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, leading Sing Out Magazine to tag him: “The best new songwriter we’ve heard in the last 15 years.”

Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt are both award-winning Austin artists who have collaborated on each other’s solo recordings, and in 2014 they released For Keeps, the recording debut of their duo material, which has been enjoyed by thousands of fans at their live shows. They will bring a duo show to Open Ears Concerts on Sunday March 11, 2018.

Carrie and Danny will perform one song during the 10:45 AM service. The show will start at 12:30 PM. Suggested donation $15, but no one will be turned away, subject to capacity (250). We can accept cash or check at the door. For advance reservations, or to pay by credit card, click on the Donate button at the bottom of this page, type in the amount of your donation, and select ‘Donate with PayPal’ or ‘Donate with a Debit or Credit Card’. If paying by PayPal, after logging in to PayPal, click on ‘Add Special Instructions to Seller’ and enter ‘Open Ears Concerts – Carrie and Danny.’ If paying by credit or debit card, click on ‘Add Special Instructions to Seller’ and enter ‘Open Ears Concerts – Carrie and Danny’, and then enter your card information.

Apr 20:  Benefit for Austin Sanctuary Network with Carrie Newcomer 

AustinSanctuaryNetworkLogoCNewcomer_TBNYPromo_HiRes_0Carrie Newcomer is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and educator. She has been described as a “soaring songstress” by Billboard and a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe. The Austin American-Statesman described her as having “a voice as rich as Godiva chocolate,” and Rolling Stone once said that she “asks all the right questions.” Most simply put, the Dallas Morning News said “she’s the kind of artist whose music makes you stop, think, and then say ‘that is so true.’” Huffington Post Religion Community listed her song “Holy as the Day is Spent” as one of the best spiritual songs of 2012. She was listed as one of the “50 most influential folk musicians of the past 50 years” by Chicago’s WFMT and Boston’s WBEZ listed her as one of the most influential folk artists of the last 25 years. Newcomer, a contemplative Quaker, cuts across secular and spiritual boundaries. Her work focuses on the use of creative art-form as a spiritual/mindfulness practice, and as a catalyst in social/environmental justice, interfaith dialogue, and progressive spirituality.

Austin Sanctuary Network is a multi-faith coalition of congregations in and around Austin that have been invited to join the larger immigrant rights struggle. Together with those at risk of deportation and their families and allies, we are seeking justice and dignity by opening our doors to provide sanctuary as a tool to achieve those goals.

Doors open at 7 PM and the show starts at 8 PM. Tickets are $20 per person. We can accept cash or check at the door. For advance reservations, or to pay by credit card, click on the Donate button at the bottom of this page, type in the amount of your donation, and select ‘Donate with PayPal’ or ‘Donate with a Debit or Credit Card’. If paying by PayPal, after logging in to PayPal, click on ‘Add Special Instructions to Seller’ and enter ‘Austin Sanctuary Network/Carrie Newcomer.’ If paying by credit or debit card, click on ‘Add Special Instructions to Seller’ and enter ‘Austin Sanctuary Network/Carrie Newcomer’, and then enter your card information.

Apr 29:  Austin Bella Corda

ABC 1718Austin Bella Corda is an elite performing group of students who learned guitar with the Childbloom Guitar Program. Even though all the players are teenagers, many of them started at age 5 and 6. In June 2017, they traveled to Fullerton California to compete in the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Ensemble competition. They competed against conservatory groups from California and Arizona and were awarded first place! Two of the Austin Bella Corda members attend St. Andrew’s, so we are excited to host them for a concert on Sunday April 29, 2018.

Austin Bella Corda will perform one song during the 10:45 AM service. The show will start at 12:30 PM. Suggested donation $15, but no one will be turned away, subject to capacity (250). We can accept cash or check at the door. For advance reservations, or to pay by credit card, click on the Donate button at the bottom of this page, type in the amount of your donation, and select ‘Donate with PayPal’ or ‘Donate with a Debit or Credit Card’. If paying by PayPal, after logging in to PayPal, click on ‘Add Special Instructions to Seller’ and enter ‘Open Ears Concerts – Austin Bella Corda.’ If paying by credit or debit card, click on ‘Add Special Instructions to Seller’ and enter ‘Open Ears Concerts – Austin Bella Corda’, and then enter your card information.