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:

Dec 3:  Eliza Gilkyson

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Eliza Gilkyson is a 2-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who has become one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown, Sirius/XM, and Air America Radio, and has toured worldwide as a solo artist and in support of Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Dan Fogelberg.

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. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and recognized with countless Austin Music and Folk Alliance awards. 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.”
Her latest release on Red House Records, The Nocturne Diaries, produced by her son Cisco Ryder, is a journey through the dark night of the soul that ends at the light of dawn with a sense of gratitude and a stubborn little ray of hope.

Eliza is an active member of the Austin music and political community, including the environmental organization Save Our Springs, and she is a co-founder of 5604 Manor, an Austin-based resource center that promotes political activism and community involvement around issues of race, patriarchy and global injustice.

Eliza will perform one song during the 10:45 AM service. The show will start at 12:30 PM. Suggested donation $25, but no one will be turned away, subject to capacity (250). We can accept cash or check at the door. For advance reservations, or to pay by credit card, click on the Donate button at the bottom of this page, type in the amount of your donation, and select ‘Donate with PayPal’ or ‘Donate with a Debit or Credit Card’. If paying by PayPal, after logging in to PayPal, click on ‘Add Special Instructions to Seller’ and enter ‘Open Ears Concerts – New Folk.’ If paying by credit or debit card, click on ‘Add Special Instructions to Seller’ and enter ‘Open Ears Concerts – New Folk’, and then enter your card information.

Jan 21:  Joe Jencks

JoeJencksJoe Jencks is an 18-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor, Jencks is also co-founder of the harmony trio, Brother Sun. From Festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Mariposa, and Old Songs, to venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Jencks has enthralled diverse audiences with his approachable style. Joe is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.

Joe will perform one song during the 10:45 AM service. The show will start at 12:30 PM. Suggested donation $15, but no one will be turned away, subject to capacity (250). We can accept cash or check at the door. For advance reservations, or to pay by credit card, click on the Donate button at the bottom of this page, type in the amount of your donation, and select ‘Donate with PayPal’ or ‘Donate with a Debit or Credit Card’. If paying by PayPal, after logging in to PayPal, click on ‘Add Special Instructions to Seller’ and enter ‘Open Ears Concerts – New Folk.’ If paying by credit or debit card, click on ‘Add Special Instructions to Seller’ and enter ‘Open Ears Concerts – New Folk’, and then enter your card information.

Feb 11  Hamp and Janet

HampAndJanetJanet Drew and Hamp Brockman’s original songs make the world a better place if only by making it a more comfortable place to be. Having been raised by folks who went to the cellar for food instead of the store, Janet’s songs offer a reminder of how unencumbered life can be. Together, Hamp and Janet celebrate love and life with a variety of acoustic american roots music including everything from jazz to Celtic ballads. Janet and Hamp are both formally trained, accomplished musicians, but Hamp’s chops are superior. A jazz studies graduate of the University of North Texas, Hamp will make even the best players turn their heads and notice. Hamp Brockman and Janet Drew possess more than 40 years of combined performing experience. They display a heartwarming synergy that gladdens the heart and offer the delicious sound of two voices that blend like tea and honey.

Hamp and Janet will perform one song during the 10:45 AM service. The show will start at 12:30 PM. Suggested donation $15, but no one will be turned away, subject to capacity (250). We can accept cash or check at the door. For advance reservations, or to pay by credit card, click on the Donate button at the bottom of this page, type in the amount of your donation, and select ‘Donate with PayPal’ or ‘Donate with a Debit or Credit Card’. If paying by PayPal, after logging in to PayPal, click on ‘Add Special Instructions to Seller’ and enter ‘Open Ears Concerts – New Folk.’ If paying by credit or debit card, click on ‘Add Special Instructions to Seller’ and enter ‘Open Ears Concerts – New Folk’, and then enter your card information.

Mar 11:  Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt

elkin-schmidt-bio-picWith her 2011 Red House Records release, Call It My Garden, Carrie Elkin emerged as one of the defining new voices in the world of Texas singer-songwriters, being celebrated by Texas Music Magazine as one of their artists of the year. The voice, the stories, the images, the grace, it’s the complete package. But the power of her live performances is mesmerizing. Maverick Magazine said it best, after a recent festival performance: “I have never seen a performer so in love with the act of singing. That’s the gospel truth. Onstage, Elkin was simply a force of nature.”

Named to the Chicago Tribune’s “50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years,” Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt rapidly ascended from underground cult hero status to being recognized as an artist of generational significance. Danny is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, leading Sing Out Magazine to tag him: “The best new songwriter we’ve heard in the last 15 years.”

Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt are both award-winning Austin artists who have collaborated on each other’s solo recordings, and in 2014 they released For Keeps, the recording debut of their duo material, which has been enjoyed by thousands of fans at their live shows. They will bring a duo show to Open Ears Concerts on Sunday March 11, 2018.

Carrie and Danny will perform one song during the 10:45 AM service. The show will start at 12:30 PM. Suggested donation $15, but no one will be turned away, subject to capacity (250). We can accept cash or check at the door. For advance reservations, or to pay by credit card, click on the Donate button at the bottom of this page, type in the amount of your donation, and select ‘Donate with PayPal’ or ‘Donate with a Debit or Credit Card’. If paying by PayPal, after logging in to PayPal, click on ‘Add Special Instructions to Seller’ and enter ‘Open Ears Concerts – New Folk.’ If paying by credit or debit card, click on ‘Add Special Instructions to Seller’ and enter ‘Open Ears Concerts – New Folk’, and then enter your card information.

Apr 8:  Austin Bella Corda

AustinBellaCorda2017Austin Bella Corda is an elite performing group of students who learned guitar with the Childbloom Guitar Program. Even though all the players are teenagers, many of them started at age 5 and 6. In June 2017, they traveled to Fullerton California to compete in the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Ensemble competition. They competed against conservatory groups from California and Arizona and were awarded first place! Two of the Austin Bella Corda members attend St. Andrew’s, so we are excited to host them for a concert on Sunday April 8, 2018.

Austin Bella Corda will perform one song during the 10:45 AM service. The show will start at 12:30 PM. Suggested donation $15, but no one will be turned away, subject to capacity (250). We can accept cash or check at the door. For advance reservations, or to pay by credit card, click on the Donate button at the bottom of this page, type in the amount of your donation, and select ‘Donate with PayPal’ or ‘Donate with a Debit or Credit Card’. If paying by PayPal, after logging in to PayPal, click on ‘Add Special Instructions to Seller’ and enter ‘Open Ears Concerts – New Folk.’ If paying by credit or debit card, click on ‘Add Special Instructions to Seller’ and enter ‘Open Ears Concerts – New Folk’, and then enter your card information.