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:
John Batdorf’s musical career began in the 1970s, working with the legendary Ahmet Ertegun as half of the duo Batdorf & Rodney, and touring with the likes of America, Bread, Fleetwood Mac, and Hall & Oates. He has written songs for and performed on records for many others, written and performed jingles, and even scored television shows and movies. He performed at Open Ears two years ago, with James Lee Stanley, as part of their “All Wood and Stones” tour. John’s latest project, with musical partner Michael McLean, is Soundtrax2Recovery, a collection of songs aimed at helping those struggling with addiction, and the 501(c)(3) organization formed to get this music to those who need it. They are passionate about this project because each of their families has seen the devastation that comes from addiction. From their web site: We’ve worked our entire professional careers in a business where all too often substance abuse, drugs and alcohol, and any other form of addiction has destroyed lives. We’re not trained therapists, we don’t have degrees in social work, but we know what we’ve seen and we want to do what we can. Writing songs aimed at penetrating hearts is something we can do. And getting these songs recorded and made available for those who need them most has been more important to us than simply searching for yet another way to climb up the music charts. Somewhere at this very moment there’s an addict trying to hold on a few more hours until his next AA meeting, or her next appointment with a sponsor, and it feels like an eternity. We might be able to offer a little help, even when we can’t physically be there for them. You might be thinking, “come on, it’s only a song.” But it’s more than that. If someone somewhere can hear a song tell them the truth the only way their heart will hear it, maybe then they’ll know, deep down, they’re not alone.
In addition to hearing some great music and supporting a great cause, representatives from Austin Recovery will be in attendance with information about their services.
Doors and potluck at 6 pm, show at 7 pm. $15 suggested donation, but none turned away.