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:

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

Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines photo by Kathleen HillPlease join us as we celebrate our Tenth Anniversary with one of Texas’ most widely respected and celebrated duos. Terri Hendrix is an award-winning Texas songwriter who spins sorrow into joy and wrings wisdom from the blues with a poetic grace and uplifting melodic flair that has endeared her to three generations of loyal fans across the country and around the globe. Recently recognized by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as one of the “20 essential Texas singer-guitarists helping to write America’s story,” she’s a tour de force performer who’s dodged musical pigeonholes her entire career by weaving folk, pop, country, blues and swinging jazz into an eclectic style all her own. That playful mix of styles, buoyed by her energetic stage presence, makes for a highly energetic and spiritually uplifting live show in any setting, from intimate listening rooms and theaters to festival stages. Lloyd Maines is a Grammy Award Winning Texas based producer, session player, musician, and Austin City Limits Hall of Fame member.  He has also been Terri’s musical partner for 17 years, and will be joining Terri for this show. Terri is also founder of Own Your Own Universe, a 501 C3 non-profit community arts center project servicing Hays County and the surrounding area, and she is organizing a series of flood relief concerts to help those who are still recovering from the May floods. Doors and potluck at 6 pm, show at 7 pm. $15 suggested donation.

Thursday November 12:  2015 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Winners

2015 New Folk photo by Neale EcksteinWe are thrilled and honored to again host the winners of the annual Grassy Hill Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Winners. David Berkeley, Wes Collins, Amy Kucharik, Tom Meny, Anna Tivel, and Becky Warren will perform in-the-round in this next to last stop on their fall tour, which culminates with a performance at Fischer Fest on Friday. This is always a well-loved show, and your opportunity to say “I saw them when.” Doors and potluck at 6 pm, show at 7 pm. $20 suggested donation.

Sunday December 6:  Eliza Gilkyson

Eliza Gilkyson photo by Scott NewtonEliza Gilkyson is a two-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including 2014’s Songwriter of the Year. Eliza’s music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.” In 2014, she received a Grammy-nomination for her Red House Records release, The Nocturne Diaries. Produced by her son, Cisco Ryder, it is a restless contemplative work inspired by the converging forces of her highest hopes and darkest fears. On stage, Eliza presents a vibrant mix of laugh-til-you-cry storytelling, political diatribe, love songs ranging from the global to the most intimate, and some of the best support musicians in the world. We will have a potluck lunch immediately following the service, and then the show will start at 12:30 PM. Suggested donation $20.