Interested in a good time, with music and art, food and hand massages, and all for a good cause, and for just a couple of bucks? Then stop by the next monthly $2 Show, and get your fill. Indie Sounds got the history and the scoop on the next one from Austin show founders Lauren Bruno and Clayton Lillard.
Indie Sounds: So, what exactly are $2 Shows?
Lauren Bruno: $2 Shows originated in Los Angeles, when founder Spencer Ludwig starting hosting shows in his backyard. A very grassroots idea, Spencer wanted to throw your not-so-typical teenage party that wasn’t based on drinking or drugs, but community art shows that promoted collaboration and self-promotion, all for an affordable price and meaningful cause.
The House of Songs project has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to create a film called "All I Know" The Castle Sessions documenting a recent 12-musician co-songwriting session at a 16th century castle in Denmark.
Today is HAAM Benefit Day in Austin, when local businesses and musicians unite to raise funds for HAAM and its mission to provide free primary health care, basic dental care and mental health counselling to local musicians.
Some 190 local businesses are participating - some through sponsorship and others by donating 5% of their revenues today. More than 120 musicians will be performing around the city.
See here for a list of participating businesses and here for a PDF schedule of performances.
Donations of $10 to HAAM can also be made by TEXTing "AUSTIN" to 85944.
Creator Matt Basile (of Cyd Glore, Rich Girls and now Mother Feather fame) says it draws on the spirit of the fondly-remembered "Late Night at Rockwood Music Hall" series, but suggests The Old Fashioned Ladies Club - which kicks off tonight at the Rockwood Stage 2 - is more of a "platform that reaches beyond the local music scene playing popular songs."
That said, the cast of regular characters will include many who made Late Night so memorable, and who held up its quality for so long.
The marketing blurb describes the new show as:
Three parts Music. One part Sketch Comedy. One part Vaudeville. One Special Guest. Dash Political Satire.
Combine comedy and vaudeville in Old Fashioned glass and muddle. Add music and political satire over ice and stir. Garnish with special guest. Serve with a smile.
The show - at midnight on Wednesdays - is expected to run weekly, though probably on a 'four weeks on, two weeks off' schedule.
Get there a couple of hours early tonight for a rare full-band Marwood performance.
Oh, and those nice people at Harris Radio are sponsoring it.