Open Ears Concerts

OpenEarsLogoCelebrating 10 years of live music performances that explore the intersection of Art, Spirituality, and Activism!

Yes, it’s true. 2015 will be the tenth year of Open Ears Concerts at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. In honor of this occasion, here are some Open Ears fun facts:

  • Our first concert was held on October 9, 2005 and the proceeds benefitted people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
  • 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.
  • Unless otherwise stated below, doors open and potluck starts at 6 pm. Shows start at 7 pm. There is a $15 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away. All ages are welcome. Children under 12 are free.
  • Open Ears Concerts is self-sustaining via ticket sales and an annual fundraising event. No operational funds from St. Andrew’s are used toward the concerts, but the concerts have contributed to sound system improvements for the church.
  • Several St. Andrew’s members and regular visitors first became aware of St. Andrew’s by attending a concert.
  • Open Ears performers have included 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.
  • This year’s series promises to be the best yet, with several inspiring artists already booked, a renewed focus on the Activism portion of our mission, and potential expansion into visual arts events.
  • You may want to save these dates:

July 18:  Susan Herndon CD Release Show

with special guest D.C. Bloom

SusanHerndonPhotoByVickiFarmerBorn in St. Louis, raised in Tulsa, beginning her musical career in the south of France, and playing around 200 shows per year for over a decade, Susan Herndon has nurtured and grown a true troubadour’s ethos – sharing her passion for song and stirring spirits throughout North America and Europe. “Music really is our universal language,” says Herndon. “And I do believe that good songs – in any language – can truly touch souls.  I know they have saved my life on numerous occasions.”

With an engaging smile and graceful charm, she touches upon themes both universal and deeply personal, from longing and loneliness, to home, family, faded memories and hopeful dreams.  And she connects with her listeners in a voice that conveys equal parts savory innocence and knowing savoir-faire.

Her latest release “Vagabonde” crosses genres and languages as easily as jet planes cross oceans, with styles ranging from country to jazz and lyrics sung both in English and French. This will be her official Austin CD release show, so you’ll be able to be one of the first to own this treasure.

D.C. Bloom, an Austin-based singer-songwriter and journalist whose style has been described as quirky, witty, erudite, intelligent, and whack, opens the show.

This show will also help support the St. Andrew’s youth group’s social action trip. They will volunteer at the Humanitarian Respite Center at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas, helping provide service and compassion to the thousands of women and children refugees from growing violence in Central America.

Doors open and potluck starts at 6:00 PM, show starts at 7:00 PM. $15 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away.

August 22:  Tenth Annual St. Andrew’s Variety Show

September 5 or 12:  TBD

October 9:  Tenth Anniversary Concert – Terri Hendrix w/Lloyd Maines

November 12:  Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Winners (tentative)