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:

 Sunday April 23, 2017:  Austin Community Steelband

Photo of students playing steelpan

Austin Community Steelband (ACS) is a non-profit professional steelpan school founded in 2003. ACS teaches students to play and perform on this unique instrument. In doing so, ACS provides developmental opportunities that help disadvantaged students use their intelligence and talent to make positive choices. ACS eliminates economic and social barriers by providing free transportation to access free classes with instruments. As kids learn to play and perform, they develop both mental and social skills. ACS’ professional teaching staff and advisors are from Trinidad, the birthplace of steelpan. They gained their expertise growing up within Trinidad’s large steel orchestras and have become some of the world’s finest musicians. They provide our students with personal interaction and steelpan experience rarely found outside Trinidad.

ACS will perform one song during the 10:45 AM service, and a full show featuring both instructors and students at 1:30 PM. A potluck lunch will be available between Noon and 1 PM. $15 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away, subject to capacity (250).

For advance reservations, click on the Donate link at the bottom of this page, select to pay with PayPal or Credit Card, and in the “Add special instructions to the seller” field, enter “Open Ears Concerts:  Austin Community Steelband.”