looking forward to

89792_lgAs I mentioned early last week, I am looking forward to music and soccer later n the month of May. The first of the shows I am excited to see is Little Hurricane. Though I have seen them before (and blogged about them too), this is the first tour that they are headlining. They recently released their second album Gold Fever. This Saturday, May 24 at The Parish, my favorite indoor venue in Austin. There are tickets still available.

In between that show and the next set of shows falls another soccer event. It is in Dallas in association with the Boys & Girls Club and educates players on Hispanic Scholarship opportunities. It will also be treat to be working alongside Marcelo Balboa again. Though a short clinic, this is a great opportunity for the players to interact with each other and Marcelo while learning some skills and playing the game. Some of those attending the clinic will be selected as ball boys or girls for the Mexico National team game the following day.

After working the soccer event in Dallas on Friday, May 30, I will drive down to Houston for Free Press Summer Fest, May 31 – June 1. This two day festival grows bigger and better every year. My Fancy Pants Pass gives me rapid entry, access to air-conditioned tents, access to shorter bar lines and some private viewing areas. I bought them at the blind-pre-sale for less than what even the general admission passes are going for now.

 

 

Though I am most excited about Chvrches, I am also thrilled to see Jack White, The Kills, Vampire Weekend, Edward Sharpe…, Big Gigantic, Tune-yards, Washed Out, Lord Huron, Wildcat! Wildcat!, First Aid Kit, Poolside – and that is just to name a few. I am sure you understand the level of my excitement. Tickets are still available and if you search around may find someone selling them for less than the current face-value.

 

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miscellaneous monday: my weekend

Truly believe that people say they “had the best weekend ever!!” way too much, so I will be on the level and say I had a very good weekend. I write about it here because it is rare to have such a consistently fun-filled weekend, in which something remarkable happens each day. To avoid redundancy (TAR), I am only highlighting new-to-me events from each day of my weekend.

The band Little Hurricane is not new to me or you since I have blogged about them before, but experiencing them in an intimate setting with as few as fifteen others is new. We were there, an afternoon soundcheck party, because CC and Tone were making up a previously cancelled appearance. Something this unique – made up for it indeed. TAR: I cannot say how amazing the actual concert was or how excited I am for their new album coming early 2014. 🙂

Friday’s (other) new-to-me moment was dinner at the restaurant Perla’s. They have a good selection of oysters and an assortment of quality fish dishes. Though I enjoyed the food and the company, I will not elaborate because I prefer their little brother restaurant Clark’s or their competitor Parkside.

On Saturday, we ventured down to San Marcos to Don’s Fish Camp. The San Marcos River has fewer restrictions, more places to post-up and relax, and fewer places where one might lose their cooler. Don’s has a good system of busing you up the river so you finish at the camp, at your car. I’d recommend going early and taking your time while on the water. Definitely grab some of the BBQ brisket tacos from food tuck at the end of your float.

On Sunday, I met a different group of friends at Top Golf. Though I had driven past the one in Houston many times, I had not had the opportunity to play there. My expectations were most certainly surpassed. Austin’s edition of this multilevel driving range is three stories, we had a bay on the top tier.  The system electronically tagged each ball scoring each hit within a variety of games. We played a regular game, a distance game and a finesse game. Each game provided a different challenge and allowed for us to hone a particular golf skill. All that said, this is NOT just a driving range but a social experience. There are servers that bring drinks to your bay and comfortable seating while you watch, critique, distract or ignore your friends’ swings. Golf-minded or just looking for a place to hang with an element of entertaining participation – Top Golf is the place to do it. I am already going back tonight.

“little hurricane” ‘s a comin’

One of the things I love most about Austin is the live music scene. As I have mentioned before, this scene is at its pinnacle for a week each year in March, during SXSW. It is an ideal time to find new music; I mention it now because a band I stumbled upon in 2012 is going on tour.

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That week and continually since then, Little Hurricane has reminded what rock n’ roll can be. The energy these two put into each show make them a “must see act”. On twitter they use the moniker “dirty blues”, I’ve said “bluesy rock” myself. Give them a listen to decide for yourself.