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:
Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves’ seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. “Slaid’s a craftsman,” says Terri Hendrix, who sings harmony on “Texas Love Song.” “He goes about his songs like a woodworker.” Accordingly, Cleaves’ earthy narratives stand oak strong. “Men go off to war for a hundred reasons/But they all come home with the same demons,” he sings on the album’s title track. “Some you can keep at bay for a while/Some will pin you to the floor/You’ve been home for a couple of years now, buddy/But you’re still fighting the war.” Few writers frame bruised souls as clearly. Fewer still deliver a punch with such striking immediacy.
Doors open and potluck dinner starts at 6 PM. The show starts at 7 PM. $20 suggested donation. Advance tickets are recommended and you can get those here:
July 18: Susan Herndon CD Release Show
with special guest D.C. Bloom