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 October 23, 2016:  Marilyn Rucker CD Release Party

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OFFICIAL TREE GOATS OF MOROCCO CD RELEASE PARTY AND POTLUCK will be Sunday, October 30th at 1:00 p.m. Marilyn will perform special music during the 10:45 service, and potluck starts immediately following the service (usually about Noon).  Bring your version of jello salad or just feel free to partake of the fine offerings from the crowd who attend the Open Ears Concerts in this neighborhood church.  Door prizes may include argan oil face masks and salad dressing, as well as the long-awaited and feared c.d.’s: Tree Goats of Morocco!  Come hear a star studded cast present these tunes in full voice and funny hats!

$15 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away.

Thursday November 10, 2016:  Kerrville New Folk Winners

2016_new_folkWe are honored to once again host the winners of the Grassy Hill Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition as one stop on their mini-tour of Texas leading up to the Fischer Festival. Doors open and potluck starts at 6 PM, and the show starts at 7 PM. $20 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away.

2016 New Folk Winners (left to right) – Rachel Laven, Ben De La Cour, Addie Brownlee, Joe Shields, Emily Scott Robinson, Justin Farren. Photo by mary jane farmer

 

Sunday December 4, 2016:  Eliza Gilkyson

eliza_gilkyson__97_landscapeEliza 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.

Eliza will perform one song during the 10:45 AM service. We will have a potluck lunch starting around Noon and the full show will start at 1 PM. $20 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away.

Sunday January 22, 2017: Matt the Electrician

matt_the_electricianDespite the name, Matt the Electrician is no longer an electrician, focusing instead on a music career that has spanned the course of two decades, a dozen records, and literally thousands of shows. It’s folk music for a modern age, rooted in lyrics that focus on the realities and challenges of the 21st century as opposed to, say, the old-school thrill of hopping trains.

“I don’t generally write mining disaster songs,” he explains. “I tend to write about things that have happened to me and my family. Songs about the small things in life, which, to me, are really the big things.”

With his newest project, Matt gets by with a little help from his friends. Throughout 2015 and 2016, he’s focusing on a string of 7-inch vinyl singles. Every new release will focus on collaborations with different artists who’ve crossed Matt’s path over the years, including the bluegrass band Wood & Wire (who appear on the very first installment of the vinyl series), experimental solo musician Little Brave, and others. Rather than record an entire album’s worth of material, then carefully plot the album’s release for months, Matt the Election will release the 7-inch records as they’re finished, with each new release following its predecessor by three or four months. The goal? To get new music to his fans as quickly and creatively as possible.

Matt will perform one song during the 10:45 AM service. We will have a potluck lunch starting around Noon and the full show will start at 1 PM. $15 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away.