Tuesday, February 16, 2010

This Weekend in Austin Entertainment

So... there are three really cool and different shows coming up this weekend. Thursday is a Reggae Night at Ruta Maya. Saturday is the 33rd Annual Carnaval Brasilaro at Palmer Events Center. Sunday is a Benefit show for the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Below is some information about all three shows copied from from Austin's

Fayuca is a killer three piece reggae rock band from Arizona! They have an original style with hints of punk blended in with their latin reggae rock sound. Come show them a warm Austin welcome!

Don Chani is one of Austin's favorite reggae bands. Drawing from an era that many consider to be reggae’s golden age, the late 60s through the late 70s, and the latin influences of two of its members, Don Chani has carved out a unique sound unmatched by any of its contemporary counterparts.

McPullish is a solo artist who specializes in Live Dub, improvising on the mixing board to create unique and original sounds. He builds his songs from scratch, playing real instruments in the studio and mixing live and direct. He will be opening the night up with his original set.


Ital Palace will be serving up reasonably priced authentic Caribbean plates all night.


Click "I Like It!" for a chance to win free tickets! 2 pairs will be given away each week thru January 20th, and then 1 pair a week for each week after that!

Visit Carnaval Brasileiro's Website for full details!

Austin’s annual CARNAVAL BRASILEIRO, possibly the citys longest-lived and legitimately “Austin Weird” event, is gearing up for its 33rd year as Austin’s biggest, best and perhaps most misunderstood party. Carnaval, which has grown into the largest indoor Brazilian Mardi Gras celebration anywhere on the globe, explodes at 9:00 p.m., February 20, 2010 at Austin’s Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

The irresistible pulse of samba drums, an endless parade of exotic costumes, and the uninhibited euphoria of over 6,000 attendees have established this Brazilian style festival as one of the most eagerly anticipated blowouts on the areas social calendar. Now, only Carnaval and Eeyore’s Birthday are the last survivors of Austin’s Golden Age of wild parties and total weirdness.

Fueling the festivities, two high energy bands will pump out fiery Brazilian carnaval music. New Yorks Grupo Saveiro is making their seventh Austin appearance. Saveiro has performed at countless carnavals up and down the East Coast and is regularly voted the Best Brazilian Band in the USA by the Brazilian Press Association.. Veterans of Rio’s famous carnaval parades, these ten Brazilian-born musicians have played individually with everyone from Baden Powell and Marvin Gaye to Sun Ra and David Byrne, but in Austin, they present a heady mix of traditional rhythms: samba, frevo, marchinha, bloco-afro and much more via their battery of pounding, sensual drums.

Austin’s own traditional Rio-style Samba School, the Acadêmicos da Opera, a locally-based group of 35 drummers and 15 dancers, all in elaborate opera-themed costumes, will be making their sixth Carnaval presentation. Their up-close and personal performances—in the middle of the dance floor—electrify enthusiastic Carnaval throngs with an authentic taste of the real deal from Rio.

Carnaval Brasileiro began in the early 1970s to offer UT’s Brazilian students a nostalgic dose of their homeland’s legendary festivities, and is now a local institution attracting partygoers from all over the United States. After blowing the roof off one downtown club, the party immediately outgrew the infamous Armadillo World Headquarters, as well as the long-gone City Coliseum before nestling into its present venue.

Flamboyant, almost too-scanty costumes, throbbing Brazilian samba, and the uninhibited, spirited atmosphere have earned Carnaval its reputation as the premier such festivity in the USA. The party has inspired fansites on the Internet, as well as helping cultivate a love of things Brazilian in Central Texas, ranging from music and food to Brazilian martial arts.

A portion of the proceeds from Carnaval will benefit the Austin Sunshine Camps, a non-profit organization which provides not only free summer camps for Austin at-risk kids, but year-round mentoring and leadership programs.


Envision No Vision:

Concert and Silent Auction Benefiting the TX School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Envision No Vision, a non-profit concert and silent auction is being held on Sunday Feb 21, 2010, at The Republic Live, 301 W 5th St raising money for The Texas School For The Blind and Visually Impaired. Money raised will benefit a student activity fund, for extracurricular activities, educational tools, special equipment, music instruments/lessons, field trips, summer and winter camps, and even physical training equipment. The Student Activities Fund provides for fun, life-changing experiences that will build confidence and help students overcome adversity.

The concert portion of Envision No Vision is being MC’d by comedian Steve Trevino and will feature six bands. The lineup includes Ouachita, Graham Wilkinson & the Underground Township, Tin Can Phone, Rook, The Bus Stop Stallions and The Flametrick Subs. All have graciously donated their time to the benefit.

A Silent Auction will be held with donations from local businesses and artists. Items include dinner for two at Home Slice Pizza, a gift card to Uchi, a pair of 3-day passes for Old Settlers Music Fest, 15hrs of recording studio time, and even a pair of music wristbands for SXSW 2010. With the auction list growing daily there will be more items at the show.

The auction closes at 10:00pm with winners being announced that night. The concert will run from 6:00pm-12:00am. Omni International Beverages will be working with the venue on some great drink specials. To attend Envision No Vision there is a $15 dollar donation at the door or you may RSVP at to save $5.

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