This past week I return to Austin—one of my past hometown—for six days of music, community and concerts. I kicked off my trip with back-to-back shows at Flipnotics Coffeespace and Romeo’s Grill on Wednesday, Sept 14. The Flipnotics show started off slow, but then two guys with a mandolin and banjo jumped up with me and playedthree songs! The good times started. The Romeo’s show was simply wonderful, great crowd, great sound system, and a great artist sharing the bill—B. Sterling Archer. My old neighbors came over as well as the friends and family of some DC friends of mine. Thanks again to everyone who came out to this show. Watch a video from Romeo’s on YouTube!
On Thursday, I played for a group of international students as part of a weekly Bridges gathering. Since I am heading over to Europe in October for an arts centered trip with my church, this show was a huge blessing to me and a great chance to see the way music can breakdown cultural barriers and create bridges.
On Friday and Saturday, I was able to go to the Austin City Limits festival, which was incredible! Coldplay headlined Friday night, and the show was simply inspirational. Chris Martin’s dynamic stage presence took my respect for the band to a whole new level. And made me want to start a melodic rock group. Any takers? A few of the other highlights were seeing my friend’s band Chancellor Worhal perform on the BMI stage as well as purchasing my first Fedora. 😉
Sunday was totally packed with music ministry at the church I used to attend when I lived in Austin, First Evangelical Free Church of Austin. I’m so thankful to that community for supporting my music and letting me share my songs with them in the service and at a concert after the service. I closed the day with a house concert, and drummer and great guitarist started jamming with me.
On Monday, I went over to Regents School of Austin and lead their chapel services witha 30 minute presentation of my songs and how they reflect different aspects of the Lord’s Prayer. Man – middle schoolers are so cool. They got up and started clapping along with my song. That was a first.
The trip ended on a bit of a crazy note when the house I was staying at had some flooding happen, and I ran to the equipment rental place to get a water vac—240 gallons later the host said it was all dry.
This was truly an amazing trip, and I look forward to creating similar weeks in cities across the US. I love blurring the lines between being a bar and church musician. And I’ll keep sharing my music with anyone who will listen, praying that it rips a bit of the darkness off this world.