It is with a
heavy heart and sigh to write that another favorite Austin
music venue of mine is closing its doors this weekend.
Skinny's Ballroom was opened in Spring 2011 by owners, Brad
and Maggie Marcum. They're caring people who are passionate
about the local music scene. They booked the bands they
loved, took chances on new bands just starting out, and also
hosted an online radio station. Unfortunately the crowds
didn't follow and bills have got to be paid. This Saturday,
July 28th, they're going out with a bang via an event billed
as The Final Countdown. Several local bands are giving Skinny's the sendoff it deserves, including one of my
Wiretree (who had their Make Up
album release party at Skinny's last summer).
A new summer
favorite of mine comes from
Stella Ella Ola, a quartet out
of Toronto, Canada. All four members (Nixon and Jake Boyd
from Hollerado, Anne Douris, and Vince Rice) sing and
describe their music as "surf/garage/pop/country jams."
Summerette is a catchy, handclap filled, headbobbing ode
to summer and girls, and you can check out the video for it