July 4th: A Day of Independence for the U.S., A Day of Options in Austin
So, I know your July 4th may already be planned out to the ‘T,’ but for those of you that don’t have time to waste ordering American flag napkins and sparklers with 60% dud probability off the internet, here are a few ideas for the Independence celebration that require little planning and should yield great enjoyment.
1) Explosions in the Sky, The Octopus Project & The Wooden Birds will be hosted by Stubb’s Bar-B-Q on the much anticipated Saturday night. First off, what’s more American than barbeque? And everyone knows what kind of barbeque Stubb’s puts on the table. Also, in case you haven’t heard heard of them, Explosions in the Sky has been hitting it big- and not just in Austin. The talented quartet skillfully performs instrumental songs that are soothing yet upbeat. With over 2 million Myspace profile views, Explosions in the Sky is obviously doing something right. Joining them will be the psychedelic, experimental band, The Octopus Project, as well as fellow indie band, The Wooden Birds. Make haste getting these tickets, though; the cat’s already out of the bag.
2) Jack Ingram, Eli Young Band, Zack Walther plan to light up the stage (haha get it- like July 4th? like fireworks?) at the Whitewater Ampitheater on the Horseshoe. Tickets start at $20 but click “I Like It” and you could win one of the two pairs of free tickets! Nevertheless, ticket prices will increase at the door, so be sure to avoid procrastinating- if this is your July 4th EOC. (Event of Choice)
3) Outside at Emo’s on- you guessed it- July 4th will be the 2009 Vans Warped Tour Party featuring Henry Rollins with special guests Gallows, Mock Tigers, and Born to Lose. While Henry Rollins‘ stand-up routine should not run short of hilarious, British punk band, the Gallows will get the blood flowing through your red, white, and blue veins. And let’s not forge the two Austin bands, the Mock Tigers and Born to Lose, are also scheduled to perform.
4) If you’re feeling a little country music on our nation’s independence celebration then check out Freedom Fest feat. Kellie Pickler and Jerry Jeff Walker at Dell Diamond. The event will help support the Children of Fallen Soldiers Organization (COFS) which finances the college education for children of fallen soldiers. So, come check out the blonde beauty, Kellie Pickler as well as Austin country star, Jerry Jeff Walker and also receive a bit of self gratification for assisting a charitable organization. Tickets are on sale through the Round Rock Express box office. For more information about the event and obtaining tickets, click here.
5) Jon Snodgrass, The Sideshow Tragedy, Joey Cape (Lagwagon), Cory Branan, and the Van Buren Boys at The Mohawk, dude! These musicians’ hometowns range from Austin to Memphis to San Fransisco, so we’re doubting diversity will be lacking at this event. Jon Snodgrass’ rhythmic acoustic guitar and steady voice should help facilitate your relaxed yet party-full July 4th evening. Who knows, Snodgrass and Cape could collaborate…again. Or Snodgrass and Branan…again. Okay, you get it.
6) Yes, there are more choices. Aren’t you glad you live in Austin? The Flametrick Subs, Shotgun Rebels will be playing at Beerland this very same night- the 4th. Shoot us a thumb’s up approval of the event and you can win free tickets! With a few years of experience under their belt (since 1989), The Flametrick Subs should be the opposite of bashful onstage. The Shotgun Rebels, out of San Angelo, TX, have “a love for playing Rock-n-Roll. Nothing more, nothing less.” –http://www.myspace.com/shotgunrebels
7) In a deep announcer voice: And coming in at #7, playing at Red 7 on the fourth day of the 7th month: Goodnight Goddess, Set Aflame, Tensionspeak, Bonnie Blue and Sideshow Tragedy! Corny, I know, but aren’t 7’s supposed to be lucky? Anyway, the show will be in farewell style for Goodnight Goddess, the Coheed & Cambria-esque alternative rock band. So if you pick the lucky number seven event for your patriotic outing on the town, be sure to keep that in mind and rock out extra hard. Your neck will forgive you in a couple days.
But wait! People Under the Stairs is scheduled to perform at 10pm. Watch out, these rappers from LA are starting to make a name for themselves. In fact, they played a night show at Bonnaroo this year.
8 ) The Scoot Inn & Bier Garten will play host to The Flash Boys & Guests next Saturday night. “It’s no secret that Rock-N-Roll has become too safe. Just listen to the garbage they’re trying to sell you on the radio. Rock-N-Roll is meant to be dirty,dangerous and from the heart. The shit they call “Punk Rock” nowadays is a joke and can be bought in any mall in America and beyond. If you’re sick of this shit too, then you need to go to a Flash Boys show.” http://www.myspace.com/theflashboys1972. That’s a pretty bold description. It sounds like they are bold. July 4th is pretty bold, I guess.
9) Ring The Alarm will be performing at The Parish on July 4th with Jah Mighty, DJ Baby G & Jr. Vibes. The Parish boasts perhaps the best indoor sound in all of Austin and dancehall reggae band, Ring the Alarm, should not have any problem filling the venue with bumpin’ tunes.
10) Ashley Raines, The Itchy Hearts, Jarrod Dickenson, Seth Walker plan to rock out at Momo’s on the 4th. For only 10 bucks a pop you can catch these four performances. They plan to play in that order starting at 7pm, so plan accordingly. Catch one or catch all! Maybe you could pick one of the other aforementioned options for before/after. Thank goodness for Momo’s great location on 6th Street!
11) And just when you think you have too many options to pick from, we decide to hit you with another great one: Carolyn Wonderland and Fastball at Antone’s. Fastball appears to be making a strong comeback with the new album, “Little White Lies,” while Carolyn Wonderland definitely “has the goods,” according to her own website. Okay, fine, we’ll sneak you a peak:
12) What: Red, White & Reggae Bash with the Mau Mau Chaplains. Where: Flamingo Cantina. When: Really? Who: the Mau Mau Chaplains, a reggae band from Austin with a country inclination and influence. How: “dancin’ shoes required!” –http://www.myspace.com/themaumauchaplains
13) While this July 4th event does not necessarily involve live music, it does involve the thing you do on July 4th: FIREWORKS! Barton Creek Resort & Spa invites you to the anticipated fireworks display beginning at 9:30 pm. Also, you can have your picnic on the back lawn while waiting for the show to start. Don’t forget the sweet tea and potato salad, though.
14) And as you probably could have guessed, there’s more fireworks. The H-E-B Austin Symphony will perform under Peter Bay in front of 100,000+ people at Zilker Park. The Austin symphony promises to play the popular 1812 Overture while fireworks go off over Lady Bird Lake, all bolstered by 75- millimeter Howitzer cannons (courtesy of Texas National Guard Salute Battery). Now what else screams AMERICA! like that?
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