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 February 26, 2017: Caroline Cotter, Emily Scott Robinson, and The Peace Flag Project

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With a clear, sweet voice, Emily Scott Robinson will leave you breathless with songs that are both heart-wrenching and dark, playful and surprising. She writes with raw lyrical power and authenticity, enchanting audiences with an intimate performance every time. Emily visited Open Ears Concerts in 2016 as one of the Grassy Hill/Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition winners. We are proud to have her back, and she is bringing a friend – Caroline Cotter. Having lived, worked, and traveled all over the world, including Thailand, Barcelona, Peru, and Portugal, Caroline’s music bears the marks of a storyteller with a unique set of tales to tell. With a captivating soprano voice and award-winning songwriting, Caroline’s songs take you from an intimate Parisian salon to the mountains of Colorado and into the depths of the human heart.

Caroline has previously worked with The Peace Flag Project, a pro-peace 501(c)3 that helps everyone to be a peacemaker. Einstein wrote “Imagination is a preview of life’s coming attractions.” What we can imagine, we can create.  The Peace Flag Project’s work is focused on imagining, understanding, creating, and being peace. Peace Flags were inspired by the Prayer Flags of Tibet. According to ancient tradition, the prayers printed on the flags are carried on the wind. The traditional flags are blue (for sky), white (for air or clouds), red (for fire), green (for earth) and yellow (for water). During church services and the show, we will encourage people to visualize what peace means to them and decorate a flag accordingly. Then, we will hang them in a place where people will see them and be inspired by them every day. The flags will provide a visual reminder that we live in one world and all share similar hopes and dreams, and will help us to focus on how we would like to work for peace.

Emily and Caroline will perform one song during the 10:45 AM church service. Peace Flag Project will start during church and continue through the potluck lunch, which starts at 12:00 Noon. The show starts at 12:30 PM. $15 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away.

Saturday March 11, 2017:  Joe Crookston

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From Ithaca, NY, Joe Crookston is a songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, eco-village member and believer in all things possible.  Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in-Residence and signed to Tamulevich Artist Management. He’s not afraid to walk outside trends and create his own version of magic.  His recording Able Baker Charlie & Dog was awarded Album of the Year by Folk Alliance International.   He will surprise you and he’ll awaken the cynics.   His songs are being made into films and are being printed in songbooks.  Joe’s live performances are multi-media celebrations of art and possibility with looped fiddle, video, slide guitar and SONGS. He’s a bard in the modern world plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist.  His story songs are universal, his slide playing infectious, and on stage he’s funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.

Come to a show. Travel mystical, historical, and humorous roads, and twist through lush sonic landscapes along the way.  Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, Taoist parables and drunk roosters. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired. The Long Note in Irish culture is that place of resonance and transcendence where the music, the voices, the instruments, and the community ALL come together and unite. There IS a “Long Note” and Joe is courting it fiercely.

Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to the show.

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

Advance reservations recommended.

Sunday April 23, 2017:  Austin Community Steelband