2010 News

As it’s come up quite a bit lately, regarding artist submissions/inquiries – we are not actively looking to add anyone the roster, but thank you for your interest.

The office will be closed December 6-15. Any messages left will not be answered until December 16th at the earliest, so please contact individual artists directly if you need an answer during this timeframe.

Current listen/recommend:
Mumford & Sons/Sigh No More

Ana Egge will be in the studio in October – working on her next record which will be produced by Steve Earle. Ana has a Kickstarter campaign to finance the record. Click here to become a supporter. Michael Fracasso also has a Kickstarter campaign to finance his next record. See the wonderful campaign video Michael made with his kids and become a supporter by clicking here. Both campaigns can accept – and need – supporters above and beyond their goals, so thank you for whatever you can consider!

Matt The Electrician will be touring all of the world the next couple months, literally! Check his web site – especially if you live in Japan, the east coast, the west coast, the southwest, the midwest.

Wonderful musicians will be playing the Friday Kitchen Concerts at the Caritas Community Kitchen the next couple of months. Thank you to Suzanna Choffel & Brian Hudson for volunteering.

Current listen/recommend:

Beaver Nelson will be playing a Saturday residency at Whip In here in South Austin, 7-9pm. September 4, 11 & 25 he will be joined by Nathan Hamilton, and September 18 he will be joined by Michael Fracasso. It’s going to be fun – and we heard there are new rice bowls at Whip in! All of their food goes great with their yummy beer. We hope to see you there!

Moonlight Towers will be playing the Seaholm District Music & Arts Fair on September 18th. Family friendly and free! 12 noon – 10pm.

It’s true! Ray Bonneville is signed up to be the musical guest for at the Caritas’ Community Kitchen. He will be joined by Mike Meadows who will be making his third – if not fourth – performance at the kitchen. Thank you both and see you soon!

Current recommend/listen:
Harry Harris/Harry Harris

This month’s Friday Kitchen Concert volunteer at the Caritas Community Kitchen will feature Lisa Marshall. It’s going to be fun… thank you for volunteering Lisa!

Current listens/recommends:
Colin Hay/Going Somewhere

JULY 2010
Michael Fracasso’s Italian Kitchen is up and running – click there or here to learn more how you too can have Michael come to your home and prepare you a wonderful Italian dinner and then follow it up with an intimate concert – an experience not to be missed!

Mark Alan will be this month’s musical guest for the Friday Kitchen Concert at Caritas. Thank you for volunteering, we are looking forward to it!

Current listen/recommend:
Noelle Hampton/Thinline

JUNE 2010
It’s summer and we are just now doing spring cleaning. A big project is getting our venue data base cleaned up and organized.. anyone have a copy of file maker pro to share? :)

porterdavis have signed up to be the Friday Kitchen Concert volunteers this month. The diners at Caritas are going to LOVE you guys! Thank you for volunteering.

Current listen/recommend:
Jon Brooks/Moth Nor Rust
Songs of Gary Floater

MAY 2010
The University of Texas is still taking public comment and opinions on the future of the Cactus Cafe. Please click on this sentence and write your comments in support of the Texas Union Management Plan and your support for Griff Luneburg. You have until May 7th to comment. Also, you can go to the Save the Cactus page to learn more and to get specific contact information for Dr. Juan Gonzalez and President Powers at the University of Texas.

This month’s Friday Kitchen Concert volunteers will be Noelle Hampton & Andre Moran. We can’t wait!

Current listen/recommend:
Vanessa Lively/Canto y Cantera

APRIL 2010
The future of Austin’s beloved Cactus Cafe is at stake – please make your voices heard to keep the Cactus Cafe open as the best live music in town. Come to this meeting: Wednesday April 21, at 4pm Dr Gonzales (VP of UT Student affairs) will host and OPEN forum at the AVYA Auditorium of the Applies Computational Engineering and Sciences Building (A.C.E.S) @ 24th & Speedway.

J. Wagner is our Friday Kitchen Concert volunteer this month at Caritas. We are excited!

Current listen/recommend:
Bruce Springsteen/Born in the USA

MARCH 2010
It’s time for our annual showcase of the roster & our benefit for our favorite local charity. We would LOVE to see you and all of your neighbors and friends. Here is your official invitation:

March 17, Wednesday, 2:00pm-8:30pm
South By Soup Fest Benefit for Caritas of Austin
ComboPlate Booking Roster Party

Gueros Taco Bar
1412 S Congress Ave, 512.447.7688

The roster party raises money for the Caritas of Austin Food Services programs, specifically the Caritas Community Kitchen and Food Pantry. The event is hosted and promoted by ComboPlate Booking. Free and open to the public, live music will be provided by the artists on the ComboPlate Booking roster. Money will be raised by raffling off CDs from the artists and all band tips will go the Food Services programs. Gift certificates from local restaurants, coffeehouses and businesses will also be raffled with all proceeds also going to Caritas. Austinites who would like to help fight hunger in Austin – and hear some great live music while they are doing it – are encouraged to come to Gueros on March 17th. Can’t make the party? Want to donate more than the price of a raffle ticket? You can donate online right here: www.firstgiving.com/southbysoupfest

Line-up for March 17 @ Gueros:
2:00-2:40 Elizabeth McQueen
2:50-3:30 Eric Hisaw
3:40-4:20 A.J. Roach
4:30-5:10 Moonlight Towers
5:20-6:00 Michael Fracasso
6:10-6:50 Matt The Electrician
7:00-7:40 Nathan Hamilton
7:50-8:30 Beaver Nelson

A HUGE thank you to all of the local businesses who have donated to this year’s raffle. Please support these businesses all year long: Gueros Taco Bar, Ginger Man, Ghost Room, Iguana Grill, www.eleanorharris.com, Flipnotics, Pacha, Whip In, Cissis’s Market, Hoboken Pie, Opal Divine’s, Torchy’s Tacos, Open Ears Concerts, Wyldwood Shows, Musicmakers, Jo’s Coffee on 2nd, Jo’s Coffee on S.Congress.

All of you who love the Cactus Cafe – go sign up for the Save The Cactus Cafe web site to get notices on organized efforts to keep it open and dedicated to the music of singer songwriters. Help us to educate current student leadership about the history of the venue and the uniqueness of the space which is a touchstone for listening rooms across the world.

Laura, Matt, AJ, Ana & Nels will all be attending the 2010 International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis this month, February 17-20. We can’t wait to see old and new friends. Please check the Private Showcase listings to see each of their performances. Also – we are very excited to see our friends Gerry & Phil from London’s Twickenham Folk Club who will be attending Folk Alliance for the first time. Safe travels guys!

Thank you to Libby Kirkpatrick for volunteering for the Friday Kitchen Concert. We can’t wait to see you and to hear your beautiful songs.

March 17th is set for our annual ComboPlate Booking Roster Party at Gueros Taco Bar on South Congress. Put it on your calendar!!

Current listen/recommend:
Monahans/Dim The Aurora

Happy New Year!

Michael Fracasso plays Washington State this month and Matt the Electrician plays the East Coast & West Coast – see their individual web sites for more information.

The Friday Kitchen Concert this month features Carter Beckworth of Baker Hotel. Thank you Carter for volunteering!

Current listen/recommend:
Balmorhea/All Is Wild, All Is Silent

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