Support local artists and performances in the Rollins Studio Theatre by becoming a member of the third annual Long Center Concert Club!
Not since SXSW has Austin more fully lived up to its title as the Live Music Capitol of the World. We are about to launch the 2013-2014 Long Center Concert Club Season, featuring nationally and internationally-renowned Austin talents in our intimate Rollins Studio Theatre.
Not only is this a great opportunity to see local live music, but it’s also a way to support the Austin arts scene in general. Half of each membership goes to support the Long Center’s Redd Carpet Fund. Through this project, the Long Center underwrites specific production expenses for small and emerging locally-based arts organizations. Since it was established in 2007, the Redd Carpet Fund has awarded more than $300,000 in rental subsidiaries to 54 Austin organizations.
New to the Concert Club’s third season, a special cabaret-style seating will make every performance all the more personal and unique. Season members will also enjoy a complimentary buffet in the AT&T education room prior to each concert – because music is always better with great food! Finally, each member will receive a complimentary ticket to a Resident Company performance of their choice in the Rollins: Austin Shakespeare, Pollyanna Theatre Company or Tapestry Dance Company. Membership is $500 dollars and limited to only 76 people, so don’t miss out on our five wonderful acts! Contact Susan Griffin in the Long Center’s 3M Box Office at (512) 457-5161 or by email to sign up.
Austin wouldn’t be the ‘Live Music Capitol of the World’ if we didn’t love all genres and tunes, and our lineup is as diverse as can be. Read on to learn more about our artists and how they represent Austin’s musical talent!
Graham Reynolds with Redd Volkaert: The “Marfa Triptych” Preview – Wednesday, October 23
Austinites are lucky to call award-winning composer and bandleader Graham Reynolds among their own. Long Center Concert Club members will experience an exclusive preview of Reynolds’ latest work, The Marfa Triptych: Three Portraits of Texas, commissioned by Ballroom Marfa, a dynamic cultural and visual arts organization in West Texas. With its first installment premiering in November, The Marfa Triptych is a “multimedia, genre-hopping trilogy of performances [inspired by] Reynolds’ interest in the intermingled populations of the Texas-Mexico border regions, from ejido to ranch to the visual arts community,” according to the Ballroom Marfa website. Reynolds himself will lead an 11-piece country-jazz ensemble, featuring heavy hitters like Austin favorite Redd Volkaert.
Earlier this year, Reynolds’ compositional artistry was heard on the critically-acclaimed romantic drama, Before Midnight, directed by Richard Linklater and featured in the Sundance Film Festival. Reynolds makes frequent contributions to Austin’s performing arts scene, including collaborations with Ballet Austin, Austin Symphony Orchestra and theater companies the Rude Mechs and Salvage Vanguard Theater. Other credits include music heard on HBO, Showtime, BBC and NPR; in the Cannes Films Festival and at the Kennedy Center; as well as five symphonies, two concertos, and numerous chamber pieces.
Guy Forsyth & Carolyn Wonderland – Thursday, December 5
Returning to Rollins Studio Theatre are Guy Forsyth and Carolyn Wonderland, two of Austin’s favorite musicians in the local blues-rock scene. Together with a colorful Austin cast, they create a unique, soulful kick to beloved holiday carols.
Singer, guitarist and harmonica player Forysth arrived in Austin during January 1990. Forysth started his entertainment career as a comic stuntman passing tip jars at renaissance fairs. In Austin, Forysth started playing for tips at local bars, and before he knew it, had built himself a band that has now toured across the U.S. and Europe.
As a teenager, Houston native Wonderland sang, whistled and performed a multitude of instruments – trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin and lap steel – throughout the local bar scene. After her Houston blues band split in the late ‘90s, Wonderland set her sights on Austin, where she’s been a key player ever since.
Grupo Fantasma – Thursday, January 9
Grupo Fantasma is a Latin Funk band hailing from right here in Austin, Texas. They have been praised as one of the most important independent acts in the Latin genre and have continually defied expectations in creating one of the most unique musical voices to come out of the United States in the last decade. In 2011 they won a Grammy (their second such nomination) for their self-produced release El Existential on Nat Geo Music, which the Wall Street Journal called “Latin music both new and traditional…vibrant fusions that transcend easy classification.”
The band’s incendiary live show, declared by NPR as “seamless whenever and wherever they’re on stage,” has brought the band to major festivals and venues internationally. They were the first band to incite a dance party in Dell Hall and the first band to bring 3000 Austinites to the Long Center City Terrace. Please join us for another first as we bring you an evening with Grupo Fantasma in an intimate setting – like you’ve never seen them before.
Dale Watson’s Ameripolitan Revue – Wednesday, May 7
Dale Watson is a country singer, guitarist, songwriter, and self-published author based in Austin, Texas. He champions “Ameripolitan” as a new genre of original music with roots in Honky Tonk, Hillbilly, Rockabilly, Western Sawg and Outlaw music. He positions himself as a tattooed, stubbornly independent outsider who is recording authentic country music with a new twist.
“There’s nothing here that’s retro,” says Watson on his website, about his record Carryin’ On. “I was really hoping to make a record with today’s technology, but with the musicians who played on the music I grew up on. I’m pretty happy with the way we’ve merged today with yesterday on this album. It will remind people of the old records, but it sounds like something new.”
For the Long Center Concert Club, Watson will perform new music and old favorites. Joining him will be the winners of the upcoming First Annual Ameripolitan Awards. You won’t want to miss this.
Finally, a Spring Music Special is still to-be-announced, but it’s already obvious this 2013-2014 program is one you definitely want to be a part of.
Graham Reynolds will launch the Concert Club season on Wednesday, October 23 in the Rollins Studio Theatre with his unique country-jazz twist. Become a member today! Contact Susan Griffin in the Long Center’s 3M Box Office at (512) 457-5161 or by email to sign up.