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Bands in Bloom: Grackles

June 14 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Open to the public, free to attend

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Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy’s Summer music series returns with a new name and completely free of charge! Bands in Bloom kicks off this June with 3 Friday evening dates welcoming Austin families to enjoy FREE live music in the Mabel Davis Rose Garden. The series kicks off with Grackles on June 14th at 6:00 pm and guests can cool off with sips provided by Rambler and Desert Door Sotol.*

*must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol

About the Event

Bands in Bloom is family-friendly and free with advance registration. There is no fee to attend Bands in Bloom, but completion of the registration form secures your spot for attendance at the event. Spots are limited, so we kindly ask that you only reserve tickets for yourself and confirmed guests. Members must also register to secure a spot. Guests who arrive without registration may unfortunately be turned away due to capacity limits.

Guests are invited to pack a picnic and chairs or settle down on a blanket to enjoy this outdoor evening event.

All ages are welcome & we are dog-friendly, plus there is free parking onsite.

PARKING: Please proceed to 2220 Barton Springs Rd. for parking. In the event that our parking lot fills up, the gate staff will direct you to overflow parking options. Arrive early for guaranteed parking.

About the Band

In October of ‘22, in Arlyn Studio, Austin, Texas a recording session became a band. Drummer Jimmy Paxson was finishing a leg of his world tour with The Chicks at the Austin City Limits Festival. Jimmy was in contact with Jason Mozersky, his Grammy award-winning guitar player and bandmate from Ben Harper. Jason discussed with Kyle Crusham, producer for Paul Simon and Edie Brickell getting together to do some recording, and lastly, songwriter and indie rock musician Noah Lit (Oliver Future, Noah and the MegaFauna) was added to the mix. With the band in place, they looked to Noah, now a restaurateur in Austin, and way, way out of the music business, to write some tunes. “The band was ready to rock, and they looked at me and said, ok Noah, go write some songs” explains Noah. Never one to back away from a challenge, Noah dug deep into his musical former self, woodshedded, and pulled 13 songs out of the ether, that became GRACKLES.

The music leans heavily into Noah and Jason’s many years in Austin. Dark blues rhumba with country ballads. Singer-songwriter aesthetics meet blazing guitar solos and danceable 12-bar tunes. Hammond B3 drives the vintage guitars, and Beatles-esque 12-string Rickenbackers, while string sections sweep above in Roy Orbison arrangements. Noah leans into a deeper, lower register croon and growl. Part Leonard Coen, part snarling dog, the lyrics flow like shoal creek over limestone. Guest vocals by Kat Edmonson and Lauren Harris, add ethereal chords, and full-throated whimsy.

The live band is an 8-piece country, rock, blues explosion. Their sold-out first show at the iconic Antone’s, downtown Austin brought echoes of old Austin into a new updated package. Like a classic car with a Tesla Engine, Grackles is all that was classic Austin, with thoroughly modern vibes.

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2220 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78746
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