Moontower Comedy at The New Movement Theater

Comedy is tough, and it is even harder whenever you are put on the spot. We try to joke around as much as possible at the office, but there is always that moment whenever the cricket track starts to get louder (and louder). We’ll leave it to the pros at the New Movement Theater, the only improv theater tied to the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest. Because, let’s face it, our jokes just aren’t funny anymore.

Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival (April 23-26) is going to be badass. Headliners like sketch comedy stars Kids in the Hall and numerous comedians (Mike Birbiglia, Hannibal Buress & Demetri Martin to name a few) will turn the Live Music Capital of the World into the Live Comedy Capital.

It only makes since that the New Movement Theater is adding some of the best improv along with the fest, so we wanted to tell you a few shows we’re looking forward to.

  • Water Park + Girls Girls Girls 4/23: Do you like music? Do you like comedy? If you got to this point in the blog, we’re guessing you do. You’re in for a treat with Water Park. They’ve played UCB’s Del Close Marathon, Trill Comedy Festival and Hell Yes Fest, AND have written numerous comedic musicals. Austin’s own Girls Girls Girls adds their own musical puns, so you’ll be sure to tap your feet while you laugh your face off.
  • Opposites + HMS Death 4/24: We are starting to think former UCB students are New Movement Theater’s best friends. HMS Death from LA’s comedy is deadly, where Opposites (from ATX) might murder each other because of their differences. This will be a great show to see, and hopefully its killer comedy won’t wind up on the news.
  • Improv Workshop with Rich Talarico 4/26: Rich Talarico helps out Key and Peele, and he wants to help you out, too. Learn how to be funny, or at least learn how to try to be funny. His improv classes are a cool, rare thing to happen in Austin, so don’t miss out.

We’d list everything going on during Moontower, but we sort of already did that. Hey, we almost forgot, mostly everything going on at New Movement Theater is BYOB! Keep Austin odd, and keep up to date with everything going on during Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival via Do512.

The 16th Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk: May 17

In 2012, they broke the record for the world’s largest fur ball. What crazy shenanigans will your furry friend get into this year? The 16th Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk wants you to bring your pup to the Palmer Events Center on Saturday, May 17 for a doggie day out. The Mighty Texas Dog walk benefits Service Dogs, Inc and this year they’re celebrating 25 years of transforming shelter dogs into assistants for disabled individuals for free.

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Does your all star pup have what it takes? Full service animal actor and talent provider Bobbi Colorado is on the hunt for the who’s who of Austin’s four-legged friends to feature in films, advertisements, commercials and theatrical performances. The event kicks off with a stroll around the Palmer Events Center, overlooking Auditorium Shores, followed by entertainment, games, giveaways and a chance to put your best friend in the spot light. This year, the Mighty Texas Dog Walk will take place indoors due to unpredictable weather circumstances.

Calling all mutts and purebred beauts! Get all paws on deck and register your doge for 40 bucks. Proceeds will help Service Dogs Inc. train dogs to help fellow Austinites with hearing and mobility challenges. Mighty Texas Dog Walk will continue to set records at their Hollywood themed event this year. We can’t promise a doge adventure, but it will be pretty dang close. Buy or win tickets on Do512.com

On Sale Now! The 3rd Annual Red White & Blue Ball

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Heads up! Early bird tickets are now on sale for the 3rd Annual Red White & Blue Ball. Taking place at The Ball Farm, a 62-acre music venue located near Circuit Of The Americas, this independent music and camping festival features live music from some of Austin’s finest, free overnight camping, food trucks, misting stations, art vendors and more. The entire event is also BYOB.

The 3rd annual festival will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Austin’s own Shinyribs will serve as headliners, fronted by the always jovial Kevin Russell of local legends The Gourds. Six additional bands and special guests are soon to be announced. Previous performers include Shakey Graves, Whiskey Shivers, Hard Proof Afrobeat, Crooks, Wheeler Brothers and many more.

Early bird tickets are now on sale for just $20!

These discount tickets are limited, so buy yours TODAY. 

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Find more details about the Red White & Blue Ball on Facebook and Do512.

Spring Fling at the North Loop IBIZ District 4/26

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Buying local isn’t the flavor of the month, it’s a bonafide way of life in Austin. It’s also an idea that you can’t really make a good argument against. In a landscape of increasingly homogenized big business, it makes sense to support local businesses. Who wants to live in a city that looks like every other city? Not us.

At the same time, the experience of buying goods from local businesses should be both fun and positive. This is why the Spring Fling at the North Ibiz District exists. On Saturday, April 26th, the local shops on North Loop are throwing a block party with food, drinks, and (if the typically unpredictable weather permits) a live outdoor mural painting.

As a sweet bonus, the businesses are offering lowered prices. Never been to the North Loop area? It’s one of the cooler little shopping spots in town. The combined shops have a wide array of vintage clothing, books, furniture, CDs and vinyl, musical instruments, cocktails and craft beer, coffee, vegan food, Greek food, hookahs, skateboards, cars, signs, herbs, fine dining, and more.

In their own words:

“The North Loop IBIZ District is one of the last true bastions of locally owned businesses. This IBIZ District reflects the laid back, entrepreneurial spirit of Austin – it’s where you’ll find many of the city’s best hidden independent shops. An afternoon in North Loop can contain searching nooks and crannies of some of the best vintage stores in town, upscale pub food and casual conversations over classic cocktails – all without a pretentious atmosphere.”

If you’re interested in buying locally, and in effect preventing Austin from looking like Anytown, USA, the Spring Fling at the North Loop IBIZ District is the place to be. The block party happens on Saturday, April 26. For more information, check Do512.

Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest – April 23-26

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- What did the fish say when he ran into the wall?

- “Dam.”

That joke probably didn’t make you laugh, which is precisely why we are not performing at the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival. We’ll leave the real comedy to the professionals.

Any comedy nerd worth their salt will tell you that Los Angeles and New York City have the best stand up scenes in the United States; they’re right. Austin’s comedy scene is what you could call budding, but we have a secret weapon: The Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival. It’s the trick up our sleeve. Our ace in the hole. It’s our answer to the East/West coast comedic big leagues. Once a year, for a few precious days, Austin snatches up all the best talent and becomes the best place in the world to see comedy.

This year, Moontower has upped the ante considerably. This is really saying something when you stop for a moment and remember just how awesome last year’s lineup was. Just as Austin’s trajectory is one that faces skyward, Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival gets better each and every year. After all, any festival that boasts Canadian masters of the absurd Kids In The Hall on its roster is clearly doing God’s work. In case you’re unfamiliar their work, watch this.

As they say, laughter is the best medicine. Well, not really. It’s actually a pretty crappy medicine compared to real, actual medicine. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t laugh. As we said previously, this is the absolute best time of the year to go see stand up comedy. From established megastar comedians like Aziz Ansari to a wide and varied group of up and coming local talent, Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival has it all.

See the best of stand up comedy in Austin from April 23 – 26. Buy tickets for the 2014 Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival here.
 

Umphrey’s McGee and Lionize at Stubb’s 4/19

If you have yet to donate in some form or fashion, it’s time to come together and give your support to the SXSW Cares Big Benefit. Numerous venues and organizations around town are helping out by fueling the fund with benefit shows. We have a comprehensive list at Do512, and this show in particular features Umphrey’s McGee with Lionize at Stubb’s on 4/19.

Most bands start to slow down at some point, but Umphrey’s McGee’s discography has stayed solid. In fact, the band is nearing its second decade of playing together. The funky, mathy, jammy rock band has been compared to bands like Phish and Grateful Dead, but they definitely own their unique blend of numerous (awesome) genres. Check out “The Floor” below.

Playing right before is Lionize. Reggae, rock, metal… It doesn’t really matter what you call this band from Maryland, they know how to make a crowd happy. The different sounds that somehow blend together perfectly makes us a little confused at times. Should we start dancing, or should we start moshing? See what we mean with “You’re Trying to Kill Me.”

Remember, this is a great way to help out our community. Check out Umphrey’s McGee & Lionize at Stubb’s 4/19, and don’t forget to see everything else going on for SXSW Cares on 512.

Augustana w/ Twin Forks at Emo’s 4/23

Trends come and go when it comes to music. Bands that want to keep their prestige are expected to evolve over time, and bands that change their sound too much get booed by supporters. We’re always excited to hear new and different material by anyone though, and we’re even more pumped to tell you that Emo’s is getting a little… post-emo (is that even a thing)? Catching on? We’re talking about Augustana & Twin Forks playing at Emo’s on 4/23.

If you recognize the song above, you probably know a little bit about Augustana. The band has definitely changed over time. They’ve always been catchy, but something about the newer material has more of a pop feel and is made for large crowds. They’ve played Leno, Letterman & have been on numerous tours as a headliner or supporting bands like Switchfoot, Snow Patrol & Dashboard Confessional. Which, coincidentally, leads us to the show’s supporting band…

Recognize that guy? Chris Carrabba, the voice and face of Dashboard Confessional, has been touring with his new band Twin  Forks since 2011. Carrabba’s always been known for his strong and wide vocal range, and he just got super folky. Adding a mandolin, simple drums and catchy harmonies throughout folk ballads makes this band completely different from other projects Carrabba has been in, and you can tell the band has a lot of fun doing what they do.

These bands are best friends, and their tour alone is surely going to be something not to miss. Don’t miss Augustana with Twin Forks at Emo’s on Wednesday, April 23. For more info and a chance to win free tickets, check Do512.

Only 18 Days Until Austin Psych Fest 2014!

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“Well let me tell you ’bout the way she looked
The way she’d act and the colour of her hair
Her voice was soft and cool
Her eyes were clear and bright
But she’s not there”

There isn’t a textbook definition for what categorizes psychedelic music. Hundreds, if not thousands of scholars, critics, and stoners have all attempted to specify what exactly it is that makes certain music psychedelic. From the cool, self-assured strut of The Zombies to the reverb-soaked intonations of Panda Bear, the genre has a big enough umbrella for both. One could make the case that psychedelic music is linked together by a shared sense of spirituality. One things for certain, this inherent diversity makes for a killer festival lineup.

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As you can see, the roster cuts a pretty wide swath of musical styles. It’s got the chaos pop of Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, as well as the powerhouse guitar licks of The Black Angels. Of course, there’s much, much more. The beauty of Austin Psych Fest is in its vast musical diversity.

There’s something undeniably primal about a large group of people gathering in a field for a shared musical experience, and Austin Psych Fest gets it right. You couldn’t really ask for a better location to have a festival celebrating psychedelic music than Carson Creek Ranch.

It has the benefit of being close, but not too close to the daily bustle of the city. The fact that it’s just removed enough ensures that concert goers can have a real camping experience. Check out last year’s recap of Austin Psych Fest for a good sense of what the festival feels like.


If that looks like a hell of a lot of fun, it’s because it is. Austin Psych Fest really is a special thing, and we’re lucky to have it. If you’ve never been before, we strongly implore you to go. Find lineup and festival details at austinpsychfest.com, win tickets on Do512, and buy weekend passes, daily passes, camping passes, & more at austinpsychfest.frontgatetickets.com. Get psyched!

Texas Rollergirls Double-Header Bout: Saturday 4/19

The only words sweeter than Texas Rollergirls are double-header bouts. That’s right folks, double-header bouts featuring four teams, over 60 of the most badass women on the planet, live music, beer, and more action than a Michael Bay blockbuster.

Whether you’re a hardcore derby fan or just discovering all things Texas Rollergirls, one thing we can all agree on is that you don’t want to mess with these girls. You will definitely, however, want to head over to the Austin Convention Center on Saturday, April 19 to watch a double feature with the Hotrod Honeys taking on the Hustlers and the Hell Marys going head to head with Honky Tonk Heartbreakers.

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If you don’t know too much about Texas Rollergirls just yet, don’t fret. We’ve got your back. The Texas Rollergirls are the pioneering force behind Flat Track Derby which originated right here in Austin, Texas.  The founders of Texas Rollergirls took the old school rules of derby and revamped them, designed the new track, and helped to shape the new image of the Texas Rollergirl.

One of the main differences between old school roller derby and Texas Rollergirls brand of Rock ‘n’ Rollerderby is the absence of a banked track. The new flat track helps to ensure the safety of the skaters and means the Texas Rollergirls are working that much harder to achieve the same speed and maneuvers. As we said earlier, these girls are not messing around.

This double-header bout will feature all four home teams: Hell Marys, Honky Tonk Heartbreakers, Hotrod Honeys, and Hustlers. Doors open at 5:00pm with the first bout starting at 6:00pm and the second bout starting at 7:45pm. While it might not seem like it upon first glance, Texas Rollergirls bouts are also family friendly with kids 5 and under getting in for free.

If you want to brush up on the basics or are wanting to prepare for your first bout, you can check out this Derby 101 lesson written by Texas Rollergirls here. For ticket information or general bout-day info, check out the Texas Rollergirls website. Get your tickets and get ready to have an awesome time cheering on some of the most hardworking women around on April 19th at the Austin Convention Center. 

Contributed by Joseph Ovalle 

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