Open Ears Concerts

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Celebrating 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:

January 24, 2015:  Beth Wood and Tom Faulkner

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Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for sixteen years. Beth’s music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy communication of joy. Tom Faulkner blends “…slices of rock, blues, Cajun and Tejano with his soulful voice… Faulkner crafts an opus as individualistic as the territory that inspired it…” (The Dallas Morning News). Beth and Tom first performed together on the Troubadour, TX television show and have performed many co-bill shows to great audience accolades. This show will help raise awareness for equine assisted psychotherapy and physical therapy. Staff from Spirit Reins will be in attendance to present information about their organization and services.

February 28:  John Batdorf’s Soundtrax2Recovery

March 22:  Ellis (tentative)

April 10:  David Roth

May 17:  Pentecost Arts Fair (tentative)

June 20:  Slaid Cleaves

July 18:  TBD

August 8:  Tenth Annual St. Andrew’s Variety Show

September 5 or 12:  TBD

October 9:  Tenth Anniversary Concert

November 11:  Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Winners (tentative)

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