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Memorial Day in Austin


What’s going on this Memorial Day in Austin? Quite a lot, actually. As it turns out, Austin rules at hosting events that pay tribute to the amazing debt of service we owe our soldiers. Some of these events are just fun things to enjoy, and many others are specifically to do with Memorial Day. Here’s some of the of cool stuff you can do while we honor our troops.


The fourth annual Austin Sketch Fest is happening Memorial Day weekend 2013, and will showcase the very best scripted comedy America has to offer. Organized by ColdTowne Theater, the previous festivals were resounding successes, with sell out shows all weekend and talent from across the country including acts like Paul F. Tompkins, Dave Holmes, and Delicious Moment. We intend to make things bigger and better in 2013.

ColdTowne Theater is Austin’s main stage for alternative comedy, with improv, sketch and stand up shows seven days a week, featuring the smartest, brightest, and hardest-working comedians in Central Texas. ColdTowne’s resident comedians are three time winners of the Austin Chronicle’s “Best of Austin” Readers Poll for “Best Comedy Group” and have appeared all over country at festivals, on college campuses and at house parties.


Reveille Peak Ranch is honored to host the first Carry The Load-Austin, a non-profit event that helps people celebrate a meaningful Memorial Day and honor veterans and active duty service members, law enforcement officers, firefighters and their families by participating in 20.13-mile walk.

The May 25 event at Reveille Peak Ranch will have two major components: 20.13-mile walk in which people will “carry the load” in honor of one of our fallen or injured heroes.


Volstead & International Food & Drink Society present a Free Island-Style Pig Roast prepared by Chef Joe Becerra! Full tiki drink menu, two whole pigs and plenty of other locally sourced treats. Entertainment provided courtesy of Captain Jim Bradford & No Kids. Event starts at 7pm, food service at 9pm.


What better way to celebrate freedom than by eating buckets of crawfish? It is time for Gibson’s 4th Annual Memorial Sunday Crawfish Boil and this one is going to be epic. This year they went all out with more food, more drink specials, more adult toys with a bigger slip and slide, a mechanical bull and band, More Cowbell! Austin Beerworks is bringing a firkin and Tito’s Vodka will have a Bloody Mary bar. $15 for all you can eat crawfish or if you prefer Luke’s Inside Out trailer can cook you up something tasty.

MemorialWeekend2013From Saturday, May 25th through Monday, May 27th, all veterans eat free at HomeField Grill. All veterans dining at HomeField Grill during the mentioned dates will eat for free from a special menu.

All that is just the tip of the iceberg– Check out our Memorial Day Weekend events for many more happenins. Bring it on and sleep in Monday!

Anchorman Quote-Along at Alamo Drafthouse- May 16 & 23

Ron Burgundy loves scotch. Brick Tamland loves lamp. Champ Kind loves fun. Brian Fantana thought he was in love with a Brazilian girl once…or a Chinese girl…at any rate, it was this girl, and he made out with her. These are the men of the Channel 4 News Team and they’re here to deliver… the news.

If you’re a man who’s never been to an Anchorman Quote-Along, you’ve missed out on one of the most quote-able, drink-able, enjoyable nights of your life. And if you’re a woman who’s never been to the Anchorman Quote-Along, I encourage you to dress like a man and try your luck at getting in… it is AnchorMAN, not AnchorLADY. And that is a scientific fact.

There will be a lot of fun props for you for this show, with mustaches for all and a jazz flute for you to play along with Ron during his melodically intense seduction of Veronica Corningstone. Prepare yourself for a hilarious and insanely ridiculous ride to Pleasure Town at Thursday May 16 & 23. Buy tickets here and add it to your Do512 calendar by clicking ‘I like it’! You stay classy, Austin.


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Art x Cocktails x Music= ABSOLUT Good Time

ABSOLUT welcomes the next generation of collaboration with ABSOLUT X at Austin Music Hall Thursday, May 2 from 9 p.m. to midnight.

ABSOLUT X will transform Austin Music Hall into an “ABSOLUT” version of a masquerade ball in collaboration with San Antonio contemporary artist Cruz Ortiz, indie rock band WALK THE MOON and world renowned mixologist Chris Bostick. ABSOLUT X is a series of experiential, full-sensory events incorporating three different disciplines – music, art and mixology – to break new artistic ground.

Piece of art by Cruz Ortiz

Piece of art by Cruz Ortiz

Currently on a European Tour, WALK THE MOON will partner with Ortiz and Bostick to create an interactive artistic collaboration and they will perform hits from their second, self-titled album. At the masquerade ball, guests will be part of a transformative night filled with mystery, high energy performances, interactive art experiences and ABSOLUT cocktails by Bostick. Guests will create custom ABSOLUT masks to develop their “ABSOLUT self,” making their dream identity a reality.

From Andy Warhol to Swedish House Mafia, ABSOLUT VODKA has a long history of collaborating and supporting cultural provocateurs. With the launch of ABSOLUT X, the brand is challenging partygoers to transform their present and futures, creating a new reality where there are no rules. ABSOLUT X will continue to ask “What is your X?” in Miami, Seattle, New York City and Philadelphia this summer.

1 part ABSOLUT/ 2 parts cranberry juice/ 2 dashes grapefruit juice/ 1 wedge lime

1 part ABSOLUT/ 2 parts cranberry juice/ 2 dashes grapefruit juice/ 1 wedge lime

Add it to your calendars on Do512 and RSVP now to ensure an ABSOLUTely good time (if you are 21+ of course). Also, make sure to bring a plain, white T-shirt or tote bag to get it screen printed from artist of the night Cruz Ortiz!


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Electric Run Austin at The Travis County Expo Center- 3/30

Electric Run™ Dazzling Night Time 5k Run Walk

So, imagine Electric Daisy Carnival with (hopefully) less drugs and a lot more physical activity. The Electric Run Austin at The Travis County Expo Center culminates a trance-induced combination of electronic music and a 5k run that brings a type of participation art to a colorful fruition. Artists and lighting technicians from the ranks of Coachella and Dreamworks Animations will create an experience fit for a candy-kid dream (see: definition).


Neon, fuzzy boots, flower bikini tops and a bunch of sweaty bodies will run (probably shuffle) around the 3.1 miles of track that will have music at every corner and a water station (thank god). Here is what the track will look like:


There will be a participation cap at 10,000 people and in the electronic music world, there are plenty more than a few thousand dedicated fans to the scene. That said, the event is already 90 percent sold and you should register now either individually for $55 or register as a group of four or more for $50 per person.

But wait! If you use the promo code “DO512″ (case sensitive) you will receive 10 percent off your ticket price, or you can click ‘like’ on the event page for a chance to win a free pair of tickets.

Once you register, you must go to a packet pickup location to receive your bib, participant shirt, glow kit/accessories and yes, I said bib. Drool on.

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Do512 All Star SXSW Picks!

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Chris Alberts Picks
van-zandt-cover-thumb-300x420-14296_posterHAAM would love to promote “A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt” at Threadgills World Headquarters south from 5pm to 7pm on the 13th. The show will coincide with a book signing by author Brian T. Atkinson’s I’ll Be Here in the Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt. There will be a limited number of VIP tickets, and seated tickets sold and standing room at the event will be free. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to HAAM.
Adi Anand Picks
SXSW, that magical, shape-shifting moving mass of people, ideas, entertainment, food and drink, plenty of excellent adventures, is finally here. The mere mention of SX can send folks into delirium and for good reason. Excitement, anxiety, groans, moans, cheers and tears are part and parcel of this epic time in Austin in early to mid March. A week (or two) at SXSW will furnish memories to last three months (or four); just let the slideshow flip through your mind when you close your eyes each night.
SX Band Picks:  Ancient VVisdom,  The Thermals,  Ash,  The Besnard Lakes,  Black Lips,  The Black Angels,  Pissed Jeans
southeastwest3/13 – Pitchfork Day Party @ Mohawk
3/13 – SOUTHxEASTxWEST Spring Bash @ The Liberty
3/11 – No Way Back Party @ Mohawk
3/16 - The Big One @1100 Warehouse
Chuck Loesch Picks
SX Band Picks:
Skeletonwitch,  Orange Goblin,  Goatwhore,  Clutch
Hoek's FlierTop SX event picks:
3/12-3/17 Hoek’s Death Metal Fest @Hoek’s Death Metal Pizza
3/13 – Show No Mercy @Mohawk
3/14 – House of Vans @Mohawk
3/15 – Artery Showcase @TBA
3/17 – Come and Take It @Dirty Dog
3/13 – Death Match @The Scoot Inn
James Elledge  Picks
rooseveltsThe Roosevelts are hitting the spot for me recently!
3/14 – 4th Annual Playing in Traffic @ Whole Foods Market
3/15 – Playing In Traffic Records @ Bungalow
Dietrich Schmidt  Picks
SX Event Picks:
ftiz3/13 – Fitz & The Tantrums/ Saints of Valory @ The Belmont
3/13 – FREE Official SXSW Showcase: Suite 709 w/ Six60 & Heaven’s Basement @ The Avenue
3/14 – Japan Night Preview @ The Grackle
3/15 – Allen Stone @ Empire Auto Garage
Ryan Cano  Picks
myeducation3/13 - My Education @ Do512 Lounge! I love Shiner Sessions at the Do512 Lounge …LOVE THEM.
3/14 -  Equinox Mish Mash Party presented by Fade to Yellow @ SVTSoundMass performs at 5pm!!
3/14 – SoundMass official SXSW showcase at 1am @ The Hideout
3/15 – If you like your psychedelic full blotter and not watered down, this is your showcase. You have My Education, Kinski, Frontier, Kadavar, ST37, and Nik Turner’s Hawkwind performance…this should be epic! @ Rebel’s Honky Tonk
3/16 - @ 18th Floor at Hilton Garden
I really want to see Roscoe Bandana – they’re a great “Alt Country” band from Mississippi that really deliver a great show!
Lucy the Poodle Productions  Picks
flaming-lips-650-430Definitely The Flaming Lips!! Free show at Auditorium Shores? We’ll definitely be getting there early for that one.
We’d love to see Nick Cave + Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Stubb’s.
I am a huge fan of Baths so I will be trying to catch at least one of his shows.
We’d like to see Lianne La Havas if we have the chance. This is a really fun video and catchy song.
SX Band Picks:  PHOX,  SORNE,  Blue Hawaii,  Cloud Nothings,  Les Rav,  MS MR,  Bike Thief,  Social Studies,   Indians,  The Polyphonic Spree,  Sky Ferreira,  Chvrches and  Charli XCX.
Sarah Post  Picks
omgshoes3/13 - Dolce Vita presents OMG Free Shoes
3/14-16 - Spin House
3/16 - Charm School Vintage, Coco Coquette, Salon d’Etoile, Small Room Collective, and Riot Act Media present: THE PARTY THAT FELL TO EARTH
Anthony Erickson  Picks
Crazy SXSW ahead of us here, it has already begun with some Startup Crawl action today. Besides all the mad networking I’ll do, musically, I’m looking forward to hopefully catching some great new national artists like Alt-J and Macklemore then my long-time favorites The Flaming Lips. Hometown heros poised to breakout this SouthBy are Eye in the Sky pals (and performers at The Future of Music Showcase) – Wild Child, SORNE and Emily Bell- three wide ranges of the spectrum but all very unique artists presenting killer new records that will resonate on a national level. SXSW always puts Austin on the map this time of year, but it’s these great artists that keep us there the rest of the time. Happy Southbying folks.
William Trinity  Picks
My Top 5 SXSW Recommendations (all of which coincidentally involve cute females)!
Dessa – MC/singer from the Doomtree collective who is prepping her next solo album. I guarantee it will be the most enlightening thing you do all week.
K.Flay – New discovery for me at last year’s SXSW, and now one of my favorite artists. Check out her latest mixtape West Ghost and see why I wanna have her electro/hip-hop babies.
SISU – Post-punk project from Sandy Vu (drummer for Dum Dum Girls). Should fulfill anyone’s dark synthy needs.
Mirror Travel – If you’re a out-of-towner or just not familiar with Austin bands, here is your chance to see my favorite local group. Trust me, they are so much better than your friend’s shitty band.
Kitty – The Tumblr Rap Queen! She’s silly, but she’s grown on me. I’m really curious if her live performance is as awkward as I imagine it is.
Samantha Phelps  Picks
hesmybrotherSXSW is going to be wild. Mostly I’ll be working with UTOPiAfest to broadcast some of the sickest touring bands through Google+ Hangouts (He’s My Brother She’s My Sister hell yeah!), but when I’m not working on I’m going to be hitting up these parties:
3/13 – Official SXSW Showcase with Jason Eady, American Aquarium, Turnpike Troubadors, The Dirty River Boys, Crooks and Lincoln Durham  @ The White Horse
3/14 – Austin Angers Music FREE Day Party  with a host of cool French and international bands PLUS Austin’s own NOT IN THE FACE & WILD CHILD @ Bungalow
3/15 – Austin Angers Psych Day FREE Day Party  sponsored by Austin Angers Music, Austin Psych Fest  @ Justine’s Brasserie
3/16 - East Cameron Folkcore @ St. David’s Bethell Hall
3/16 –  I’m going to hang out with some of my favorite Austin bands at SX South 1st  — Mockingbird Loyals play at 6pm, Rivertrain at 9pm. Here’s to keeping it local.  @ El Mercado
3/17 - Conjunto Los Pinkys Tex-Mex St. Patty’s Day Party  – FREE Tejano Music, $2 Modelo Especial from 5-8pm followed by Urban Achievers Brass Band at 11pm @ The White Horse
Jenna Noel  Picks
Some super talented local bands that guarantee a great, engaging show.
BalmorheaPlugins 4
Whiskey Shivers
Mother Falcon
Wild Child
The Crooks
Events: Farms, Tasty Food, Local Artists and some rad music thrown in.
3/11 – The Neighborhood @2nd Street District
3/13 – Gorilla vs. Bear and Day Party @Hyde Hotel
3/14 – 4th Annual Playing in Traffic @Whole Foods Market
3/16 – The Hause of Hipstamatic: Austin @TBA
Noel Marie Pitts  Picks
Austin Chronicle’s 7 Local Acts to Watch
3/11 - Austin Chronicle Annual Film Bash
Join The Austin Chronicle at their Annual SXSW Film Bash brought to you by MAGISTO – the easiest way to create and share professional quality personal movies. Grab a drink and nibble on food from favorite local Austin restaurants, the Roaring Fork & Salty Sow. DJ set by Graham Reynolds.
3/13 - Austin Music Awards
Cool apps:
Mini movie app Magisto: also featuring ‘thought’ leaders at SXSW
Spun News App: SPUN is the easiest way to know what’s happening in your city, with insider tips, news, music, food, events, arts, sports, fashion, and more. Apple’s NEW AND NOTEWORTHY & WHAT’S HOT pick.
Desirée Mata  Picks
Divine Fits,  Alt-J,  Cayucas,  Lord Huron,  ,  Cafe Tacvba,  Bonaparte,  Austra,  Haim,  CINE,  Devendra Banhart,  Wild Belle,  Mompox,  Chvrches,  Bleached,  Bear Mountain,  Tako Lako,  Wonfu

New Shapes Day Party at Red Eyed Fly- 3/14


Next Thursday (3/14), Red Eyed Fly will keep in the South by loop with their New Shapes Day Party presented by Neon Gold, Communion, National Anthem, Chess Club, MCT, Bang the Drum and Ultimate Ears. Not only do they have a lineup that comprises some of Buzzfeed’s 30 under 30 of the “Hottest Young Bands” that will be at SXSW like Wildcat! Wildcat! and Sky Ferreira, but there will also be an open bar provided by Western Spirits, as well as Vito Coco cocktails.

Two stages. 11 bands. Free drinks.


Free entry with RSVP on Do512!

So why the hell not?

Indoor Stage:

12:45 Half Moon Run
01:45 Jamie N Commons
02:45 Wildcat! Wildcat!
03:45 MØ
04:45 Swim Deep

Outdoor Stage:

12:15 Wardell
01:15 Kodaline
02:15 Ambassadors
03:15 Michael Kiwanuka
04:15 HAERTS
05:15 Sky Ferreira


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Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Mohawk – 2/20


There’s a lot of irritating things in life. We’re not just referring to your co-worker’s severe mouth breathing problem or punch-in-the face-worthy habit of stealing all your blue paperclips.

We’re talking in broader terms here. We’re talking Wednesday. Wednesday’s are as irritating as the bananas that spoil approximately 10.2 minutes after you bring them into your home from the grocery store. It’s soooo close to Thursday which is NEARLY a justifiable weekend night and far enough from Monday that people are sick of your bitchin about it being a new work week.


Here’s where we’ll help save the day. Tomorrow night, Unknown Mortal Orchestra will be playing at the Mohawk. Doors are at 6:30pm with Foxygen and Wampire who definitely planned to play every show together forever since they both have an affinity for fabricated portmanteaus. We say fabricated only because we don’t know what a wam is…

Now for the show, here’s UMO! The New Zealand by-way-of Portland Ruban Nielson was teetering on the precipice of getting a 9-5 day job like the rest of us poor bastards following the break up of New Zealand band, the Mint Chicks. As a hobby to pass the evening time, he began to make psychedelic demos in his basement using samples. Thus, Unknown Mortal Orchestra was born.


The Orchestra now has two full length albums out including their 2013 release, II that boasts a 7.3 from the potentially damning dudes eating their SpaghettiOs at Pitchfork.

      “Within the first four songs, Nielson reiterates what helped Unknown Mortal Orchestra transcend simple time-stamped pastiche: his handsomely scuffed vocals and inventive melodies, and a rhythmic vocabulary that draws equally and naturally from psych rock, hard funk, and soul. It’s the work of an assured craftsman with a preferred set of sonic parameters, and shows off the band’s development in a lucid, loose fashion. UMO‘s lo-fi sizzle and compression gave it the feel of an artifact, a lost treasure transmitted through decades of overdubbed tapes. II isn’t a big budget affair, and Nielson still handles everything except the drums. The result is a surprisingly minor but welcome upgrade in fidelity that makes II sound more lived-in than pre-damaged, like a worn pair of jeans or an unmade bed.” — Pitchfork 

Salvage your Wednesday and get to Mohawk to check out the lo-fi pysch blues of UMO and grab yourself a beer or four. We still got two more days to get through here kiddies.


Do512′s SXSW ’13 Pro-Tip Guide


The allure to SXSW is the big names who come to town and the little guys who get to play next to them. It is the free Taco Bell and the pricier food trucks that both hit the spot after a day of drinking. It is the crowded parties that make you rub elbows with too many drunk people and the surprise intimate shows that you find by chance.

Whatever the appeal of SXSW is to you, it can seem overwhelming for those trying to plan their week, or for those who decided to “wing it” and soon felt like they were missing out. Lucky for you all, Do512 has been working hard to make this annual much-anticipated event run as smoothly as possible for you and your comrades. Here, we will break down all the important things to keep in mind, give you some recommendations from experienced South by Southwesters and have you coming out a SXSW pro of your own.

  • First, how many bands will there be exactly during March 12-17?

A lot. You can view our comprehensive list of artists that have been officially announced here. However, every SXSW veteran knows that there will always be surprise guests. That’s why we have also kept up with all of the rumors flowing through the SX mill on our twitter account.

Pro Tip: Keep your phone charged! It is always difficult to maintain flawless service when Austin is packed to the brim of the city limits, but social media is the key to unveiling surprise shows. Add us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay in the loop as soon as we catch wind of confirmed SXSW information.

  • How can I keep track of the artists I want to see?

While you are perusing our list of announced SXSW acts, all you have to do is click ‘follow’ and it automatically adds the artist or band to your ‘My SX’ tab. In that section, you will find all of the parties and artists you have decided to like or follow and from there you can click on them for the event details and performances.

Pro Tip: Don’t limit yourselves to only the bands you know. Take some time and check out the artists you haven’t heard of before by clicking on their page and watching their music videos or live performances we have put up for you. Festivals are the easiest way to discover your new favorite band.


Now that it has become apparent to you that SXSW does a phenomenal job of bringing in amazing acts and excavating the local talent to bring to a larger stage, you are ready to make the next step. If you are coming from out-of-town you are probably thinking:

  • “Where am I going to stay?” and “How will I afford this?” 

If you have friends in Austin, call dibs on the couch now. Trust us, Austinites expect a house full of people during SX and piling around someone’s living room is part of the experience. But, if your friend’s couches will already be stuffed with warm bodies and you need accommodations, we have compiled a list of places to stay during this physically taxing week that makes a comfortable bed feel like heaven at the end of the night.

Now, as far as affordability, there is no other festival in Austin that seems to be on the same caliber as SXSW when it comes to the amount of crazy talent putting on free performances and providing free food and beverages. But, if you want to go big this year, there is still time to enter in many contests that are giving away badges, VIP packages and other goodies. THAT MEANS FREE FOLKS.

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  • Okay, so how do I RSVP to the free shows and events?

Number 1 rule: create an email address JUST for SX or use one that you’ll remember you signed up for everything under the sun with. Done? Step 2.

Easy. We have dug up all of the announced events and free stuff coming this SXSW and put them on our site for you to simply click ‘RSVP‘ and put yourself on the list. Voila.

Pro Tip: Make sure after you RSVP that you share it on Facebook or Twitter so that your friends can do the same. You don’t want to miss out on a show because your buddies forgot to get on the list.


My organization, company, brand, band etc… would really like to host an unofficial party during SXSW, how do I find a good venue and their information?

Yes, we are here to help the people behind the parties too. We have put together a Pinterest board full of great venues around the city and provided their location and capacity. Once you click on a venue you are interested in, it will direct you back to our main site that provides contact information for booking.

  • How can I get involved and be a part of the SXSW action?

Volunteer! SX is still looking for walk in volunteers as long as you’re a local. Register online before heading to their office.

TaskRabbit, an online and mobile marketplace that gets people in the same area to help each other out has created a portal for SXSW’s interactive portion. Users will go to the site and see a list of temporary tasks to sign up for such as street teams, product delivery and event staffs.

  • How else can I prepare for South by Southwest?

Listen to our SXSW ’13 Spotify Playlist.

Subscribe. Listen. Learn the words. Revisit some old favorites and experience the unfamiliar. Use this playlist as the ultimate pre-workout before the music marathon ahead.

  • Stay on top of the SXSW band rumors.

We are bonafide rumor mongers. They are swirling like madness. Follow Do512 on Twitter to keep up. From the Postal Service reunion that has everyone in a tizzy to the new Strokes album drop, we’re watching the bands as they make their moves and we’ll let you know as soon as we do!

To further your excitement, we have compiled a staff list of our most anticipated acts for this year’s SXSW:

Rachel Daily: The Zombies, Delorean, Telekinesis, Thee Oh Sees, Mount Moriah, Amanda Shires, Wild Belle, and The Whigs

Jamie Jett: Bonobo, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Prince Rama, Beach Fossils, Alt-J and Allah-Las

Lawrence Boone: Al Lover, Mikal Cronin, Thee Oh Sees, Allah-LasBlack Lips, The Growlers, John McCauley and Friends, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister

Matt Mandrella: Alt-J, Flaming Lips and Japandroids

Amanda Shaftel: Alt-J, Monophonics, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Gringo Star, Poolside and Lissie

Jimmy Stewart: Alt-J, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cold War Kids, Portugal. The Man, Brushy One String, Aloe Blacc, Delicate Steve, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Field Report, Nathanial Rateliff, Kids These Days and Houndmouth

Courtney Goforth: Flaming Lips, Daniel Johnston, Toro y Moi, Best Coast, Grimes, Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips and The Postal Service


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Do512′s Mardi Gras Events

In America, Mardi Gras seems to be more synonymous with getting Bourbon-faced on Shit Street than celebrating for Lenten season. But, that’s what we love about this country– the perpetual yearning for reasons to dress up, party hard and eat cake.

Feb. 12 is Fat Tuesday and you don’t have to be in New Orleans to celebrate French Quarter style. Plenty of places around Austin will shovel out their fair share of NOLA food, stout drinks and of course, beads. The celebrations start as early as Feb. 08 so pull out your favorite purple, green and gold ensembles and prepare your bellies.



A Mardi Gras Party at Homefield Grill kicks off the Carnival Season with all of the essentials: beads, masks, parades, King Cake and NOLA booze favorites such as Hand Grenades, Hurricanes and Sazeracs. Speaking from personal experience here, if the grenades are true to their NOLA roots, one should suffice.

Then, at 7 p.m., Cajun and Creole foodie Todd Michael St. Pierre will present his new New Orleans cookbook, “Taste of Treme,” at Bookpeople just in time for the celebrations. Buy his cookbook in the store and get it signed before you set off to cook up some cajun-inspired favorites.



Antone’s presents World Carnaval, a show that will bring Austin musicians together to present an array of musical and dance styles that are represented around the world during Mardi Gras. Acts include: Suns of Orpheus, Austin Samba School, Morena Soul, Seu Jacinto and McCallum High School Knights Steel Drum band.


In lieu of the connotation of their name, Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden is going into Mardi Gras festivities with a bang for their Second Chance Sunday: Mardi Gras Edition. They are actually roasting an alligator, swamp rat and wild boar in the name of the crazy cajuns. The delicacies will be served at noon and feed salivating (maybe a little reluctant) mouths until it runs out. While you munch on gator, (which literally tastes like chicken), cajun music group Gumbo Ce Soir and the Dead Music Capital band will perform in full make-up and costume, making the revelry that much more authentic.


J. BLACK’S Feel Good Kitchen and Lounge will host Mardi Gras 2013 beginning at 4 p.m. with Bacardi Hurricanes and traditional Nawlins gumbo. At 9 p.m. they will hold a mask competition with first, second and third place prizes.

If you feel more inclined to keep the blood pumping while partaking in Mardi Gras merriment, join Rogue Running and Brooks Running for their Fat Tuesday Pub Run. They will set off at 5:30 p.m. after pre-drink warm ups with Hops & Grain Pale Dog and Alternation to get you warm and fuzzy before an estimated four miles of pub crawling.

Central Market Cooking School will host a Fat Tuesday Feast demonstration featuring Cindy Haenel, CM Cooking School instructor, who will show participants how to make classic cajun favorites such as Mini Muffulettas, Smoked Duck and Shrimp Jambalaya, Creole Grits and Andouille Sausage, Fried Catfish Po-boys and Beignets a la Mode.


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Flamingo Cantina will kick off their Fat Tuesday Carnaval Celebration at 7 p.m. with a dance party, plethora of beads and performances by Os Alqumistas, Austin Samba School and Morena Soul.

If you want to leave the gaudy hoopla out of it and just see some good, live music for Fat Tuesday, Gruene Hall will celebrate with Americana and bluegrass bands Slim Bawb and Cornbread. Brauntex Theatre will have a jazzy good time with Alex Meixner, The Thirsty Nickel has Mike V on the set for Fat Tuesday and The Sahara Lounge will entertain with Mardigras, Danny B. Harvey and Black Cadillac.

However you decide to celebrate, Mardi Gras annually gives us a reason to don ridiculous phallic-shaped necklaces, wear feather masks and get Cajun-boy wasted. It is also a great reassurance as to why you are part of the ones giving up alcohol for lent as you head into Ash Wednesday with a killer Hand Grenade hangover. Evil things. Regardless, don’t be upset if you cannot make it to The Big Easy for the biggest excuse ever to gorge yourselves with delicious Cajun food and King Cake, listen to jazz and blues music or get completely shmammered because Austin has you covered. In the meantime, go grab some King Cake from Easy Tiger for $15 starting now through Mardi Gras.


Click for the full Do512 list of Mardi Gras events.


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A Shiner Session in the Do512 Lounge with The Eastern Sea


Tis’ the season for good people, food, tunes and booze. At Do512, we like to think of these as essentials, and we do not like to be modest. As people trickled in to partake in the last Do512 lounge session of 2012, the heaping trough of Shiner was revealed, the bar opened up to serve Deep Eddy vodka drinks and the hot sliders from Black Sheep Lodge had been catered and ready to serve.

Employees of Do512 and friends mingled around the office and out front, getting warm with beer and friendly conversations. The boys of The Eastern Sea slid around the office as well, drinking their share of Shiner and waiting to put on a show for the crowd.

As soon as the doors opened to signal the start of the show, guests poured into the lounge studio and grouped around high-top tables donning buckets of Shiner. The Austin band began with a few tracks off of their latest album, Plague, and transitioned into a small intermission of original Christmas tunes such as “This is Christmas.” Vocalist Matthew Hines’ storytelling parallels with that of Sam Beam’s of Iron and Wine and pairs the lyrics with soft, yet spirited, melodic harmonies that create a calming atmosphere to forlorn tales. The trumpet spruced up indulgent tracks and set the tone for a relaxing show that beautifully complimented a few Shiners.

Be sure to check out The Eastern Sea as they continue to tour all over the country and listen to previous Do512 Lounge Sessions highlighting some pretty great talent.

- via Courtney Goforth