Open Ears Concerts

Open Ears Concerts Open Ears Concerts is on hiatus as of April 2019. A monthly non-profit concert series at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX, we present both established and emerging artists, mainly in acoustic genres such as folk, bluegrass, world, and jazz.

Our series started in October 2005 with a post-Katrina benefit concert featuring PopStars!Dads Who Rock! Since then, we have expanded from an occasional series to a regular monthly series that presents local favorites, touring acts, and rising stars. We are a non-profit series in a listener-oriented, family-friendly environment.

Operating as usual

11/03/2020

Hi all.
This is the last email you'll receive from the Open Ears Concerts list on ReverbNation. You should have a received a message in August from [email protected]. If you didn't and want to keep up with us, just send an email to [email protected].
We are planning to resume the concert series, but we're just not yet sure when we will be able to resume in-person gatherings. So please stay tuned and as stated above, reach out to us at [email protected] if you have questions.
Thanks for helping keep the music alive.
Matt

03/07/2020

Hi all. Our next Open Ears Concerts planning meeting will be March 30, 2020, 7 PM, at St. Andrew's Presbyterian church. If you'd like to help revive this series, feel free to come by.

02/13/2020

Hi all. We had a good planning meeting on February 3, 2020.
We could still use some more volunteers. Our next meeting will be Monday March 2, 2020, 7 PM at St. Andrew's.
We are tentatively targeting a show for Saturday September 19, 2020, 7 PM at St. Andrew's.
Stay tuned!
Matt

02/03/2020

REMINDER: MEETING TONIGHT

We are looking for anyone and everyone who might be interested in helping with the Open Ears Concerts series, the St. Andrew's art shows, or the Searching for Humanity speaker series.

In particular, we cannot re-start the Open Ears Concerts series without some committed and passionate volunteers.

Please join us on Monday February 3 at 7 PM to discuss planned events and volunteer jobs that we need to fill.

You don't need to commit to any individual event at this time. We are looking for a list of people who can be available some of the time for one or more role(s).

You can join us in person at St. Andrew's in the Welcome Room, or you can join by Google Hangouts:
https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/calendar/b3BlbmVhcnNjb25jZXJ0c0BnbWFpbC5jb20.2iaaidk49ooo9c0rhihrn3ktf0?authuser=0.

For those joining in person, we'll have some light snacks and beverages available.

Please let us know whether you can make it and whether you'll join in person or on the Hangout, so we'll know how many snacks to provide. For more information, you can contact Matt Hiland ([email protected]).

01/21/2020

Calling all artists, patrons, and supporters!

We are looking for anyone and everyone who might be interested in helping with the Open Ears Concerts series, the St. Andrew's art shows, or the Searching for Humanity speaker series.

In particular, we cannot re-start the Open Ears Concerts series without some committed and passionate volunteers.

Please join us on Monday February 3 at 7 PM to discuss planned events and volunteer jobs that we need to fill.

You don't need to commit to any individual event at this time. We are looking for a list of people who can be available some of the time for one or more role(s).

You can join us in person at St. Andrew's in the Welcome Room, or you can join by Google Hangouts:
https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/calendar/b3BlbmVhcnNjb25jZXJ0c0BnbWFpbC5jb20.2iaaidk49ooo9c0rhihrn3ktf0?authuser=0.

For those joining in person, we'll have some light snacks and beverages available.

Please let us know whether you can make it and whether you'll join in person or on the Hangout, so we'll know how many snacks to provide. For more information, you can contact Matt Hiland ([email protected]).

09/25/2019

Hey folks! This is a friendly reminder that we need your input to decide whether and how to revamp Open Ears Concerts. We will convene tomorrow night (9/26/19) at 7 PM at St. Andrew's. Hope we'll see you there.

09/12/2019

On Thursday September 25, 2019, at 7 PM, the Worship Arts Committee will host a brainstorming and planning session on whether and how to continue a concert series at Saint Andrews. Some of the possibilities already identified include:

• Quarterly rather than monthly
• Aligned with art shows – multiple performers as part of an “opening” for each show
• Aligned with fundraising activities for St. Andrew’s partner organizations / benevolences
• Aligned with / benefitting the capital campaign
• We need a core crew of volunteers to help run the events
• We need someone who can really do a good job of promotion
• Should we put together a survey to see if the congregation would be interested and supportive?
• Or do we see this as more dependent on outreach to non-congregants?

We want to hear your opinions, so please join us! If you have questions, or have input but can’t make the meeting, please make comments here or email mhiland at live dot com.

04/13/2019

Hello my musical family. I hope this finds you doing well and that you are getting out and supporting live music and musicians.

Sadly, I must report that Open Ears Concerts is going on hiatus. Dwindling attendance has exhausted our budget and the accompanying stress has exhausted me to the point that the shows are more work than joy.

I am trying to assemble a dedicated team to evaluate whether and how to continue the shows at some point in the future. I do hope we'll be back, but it won't be until Fall 2020 at the earliest.
In the meantime, please check out these amazing opportunities for quality live music in the Austin area:

Arhaven House Concerts
Austin Acoustical Cafe
Baxter House Concerts
Black Sparrow Music Lounge (Taylor)
Brauntex Theater (New Braunfels)
Bugle Boy (LaGrange)
Cactus Cafe
House Concerts at the Arbors
Kerrville Folk Festival
Roots Bistro (Georgetown)
Southwest Regional Folk Alliance

Of course, this list is far from comprehensive. Wherever you like to go, go hear some music. It's good for your soul. Thank you for your support over these 13 years.

Peace and Love to Y'all,
Matt

03/10/2019
Gingerbomb

Can’t ask any more nicely than that!

Come on out tonight in Austin to Open Ears! 630 doors. We can’t wait to see you! 👩🏼‍🦰👨🏼‍🦰👩🏼‍🦰

03/10/2019

Hello all. In case there is any confusion- the Gingerbomb show is tonight at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30. Hope to see you there!

03/04/2019
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Another clarification about the Gingerbomb show - Sunday March 10 - doors open at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 7.

See Gingerbomb at Open Ears Concerts on March 10th

03/03/2019
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Gingerbomb is the latest project of 2011 Kerrville New Folk Winner Megan Burtt. Megan and four other extremely talented redheads (Sara Dee, Zach Berkman, Casey Sidwell, and Ryan Vaughn) have put together "Wildfire" - an album of folk pop originals that draw you in with catchy melodies, smooth harmonies, and impressive instrumentation. But a closer listen reveals excellent songcraft and deep topics such as feminism, mortality, and choosing to create our own legacy. According to Burtt, the title song and lead single from Gingerbomb's forthcoming debut record “represents female empowerment - celebrating someone who walks her own walk and is confident in who she is, and who everyone wishes they could have a little piece of.” The trio version of the band will perform at Open Ears Concerts at 7 PM on Sunday March 10, 2019. Give them a listen at www.gingerbombband.com and then come on out and hear them live. You'll be glad you did.

See Gingerbomb at Open Ears Concerts on March 10th

03/03/2019
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Gingerbomb is the latest project of 2011 Kerrville New Folk Winner Megan Burtt. Megan and four other extremely talented redheads (Sara Dee, Zach Berkman, Casey Sidwell, and Ryan Vaughn) have put together "Wildfire" - an album of folk pop originals that draw you in with catchy melodies, smooth harmonies, and impressive instrumentation. But a closer listen reveals excellent songcraft and deep topics such as feminism, mortality, and choosing to create our own legacy. According to Burtt, the title song and lead single from Gingerbomb's forthcoming debut record “represents female empowerment - celebrating someone who walks her own walk and is confident in who she is, and who everyone wishes they could have a little piece of.” The trio version of the band will perform at Open Ears Concerts at 7 PM on Sunday March 10, 2019. Give them a listen at www.gingerbombband.com and then come on out and hear them live. You'll be glad you did.

See Gingerbomb at Open Ears Concerts on March 10th

03/02/2019
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Gingerbomb is the latest project of 2011 Kerrville New Folk Winner Megan Burtt. Megan and four other extremely talented redheads (Sara Dee, Zach Berkman, Casey Sidwell, and Ryan Vaughn) have put together "Wildfire" - an album of folk pop originals that draw you in with catchy melodies, smooth harmonies, and impressive instrumentation. But a closer listen reveals excellent songcraft and deep topics such as feminism, mortality, and choosing to create our own legacy. According to Burtt, the title song and lead single from Gingerbomb's forthcoming debut record “represents female empowerment - celebrating someone who walks her own walk and is confident in who she is, and who everyone wishes they could have a little piece of.” The trio version of the band will perform at Open Ears Concerts at 7 PM on Sunday March 10, 2019. Give them a listen at www.gingerbombband.com and then come on out and hear them live. You'll be glad you did.

See Gingerbomb at Open Ears Concerts on March 10th

02/09/2019
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Remember to join us tomorrow, Feb 10, at 5 PM for The Therapy Sisters. Your soul and your psyche will thank you!

See The Therapy Sisters at Open Ears Concerts on February 10th

02/07/2019

Hey y'all! We are really excited about this show. Be sure and join us and bring your family and friends. They will love it too!

01/26/2019
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Please join us for an evening of music and laughter with The Therapy Sisters! February 10, 5 PM.

See The Therapy Sisters at Open Ears Concerts on February 10th

Congratulations Jon!  Looking forward to seeing you in April.
01/15/2019

Congratulations Jon! Looking forward to seeing you in April.

Beautiful news: No One Travels Alone just made NPR's Global Village 'Best Albums of 2018' list! Yeah, yeah, yeah, I just used an exclamation mark - but I needed some good news after last night's saddest Sad Monday of all time. The NPR show airs tonight at 7pm and they'll be playing something from the new album for my American brothers and sisters. Thank you Global Village, this means a lot. You are loved.

http://www.kmuw.org/post/best-18-allen-toussaint-folk-golden-age-middle-east-cool-covers

Remember:  Bettman & Halpin and The Flyin' A's at 5 PM on Sunday January 20. Believe me. You want to be there. It will b...
01/12/2019
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Remember: Bettman & Halpin and The Flyin' A's at 5 PM on Sunday January 20. Believe me. You want to be there. It will be hugely incredible.

Coming Up:
2/10 - The Therapy Sisters
3/10 - Gingerbomb (featuring KFF New Folk Winner Megan Burtt)
4/28 - Jon Brooks

See Bettman & Halpin at Open Ears Concerts on January 20th with The Flyin' A's

Wow! Less than two weeks till Bettman & Halpin and The Flyin' A's! Sunday January 20 at 5 PM. Advance reservations avail...
01/08/2019
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Wow! Less than two weeks till Bettman & Halpin and The Flyin' A's! Sunday January 20 at 5 PM. Advance reservations available at staopen.org/inspire/open-ears.

See Bettman & Halpin at Open Ears Concerts on January 20th with The Flyin' A's

Save the Date:  Bettman & Halpin and The Flyin' A's live in concert at Open Ears Concerts. Sunday January 20, 2019. Door...
12/19/2018
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Save the Date: Bettman & Halpin and The Flyin' A's live in concert at Open Ears Concerts. Sunday January 20, 2019. Doors 4:30 PM, show starts at 5 PM.

See Bettman & Halpin at Open Ears Concerts on January 20th with The Flyin' A's

12/18/2018
Bettman & Halpin

Merry Christmas from Bettman & Halpin

Our tune: Christmas Is A Funny Thing. Enjoy!

It's almost here! Eliza Gilkyson in our intimate, great-sounding listening room. Your heart, mind, and soul will thank y...
12/01/2018
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It's almost here! Eliza Gilkyson in our intimate, great-sounding listening room. Your heart, mind, and soul will thank you for coming. Sunday December 2, 2018, doors at 4:30 PM, show at 5:00. On another note, we could use a couple volunteers to help set up, make coffee, and clean up. If you're willing and able to help out, email me at [email protected].

See Eliza Gilkyson at Open Ears Concerts on December 2nd

Many thanks to the Kerrville New Folk Winners for a beautifully inspiring and hope-filled show. Next up is the inimitabl...
11/11/2018
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Many thanks to the Kerrville New Folk Winners for a beautifully inspiring and hope-filled show. Next up is the inimitable Eliza Gilkyson. Make plans now to join us on December 2 at 5 PM!

See Eliza Gilkyson at Open Ears Concerts on December 2nd

11/07/2018
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Open Ears Concerts Presents: The 2018 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Winners. Thursday 11/8. Doors at 6:30, show at 7 PM. https://www.facebook.com/events/282416642609436/

See 2018 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Winners at Open Ears Concerts on November 8th with Ben Bedford, John R Butler, Helene Cronin, Rich Krueger, Mac Leaphart, Sarah Morris

Harpeth Rising at Open Ears Concerts - Sunday October 14, 7 PM. It's not every day you get to experience a whole new gen...
10/11/2018
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Harpeth Rising at Open Ears Concerts - Sunday October 14, 7 PM. It's not every day you get to experience a whole new genre of music, but here's your chance. "Chamberfolk" is what you get when you bring together three classically trained musicians who play cello, violin, and banjo, write great songs, sing beautifully, and share a passion for improving their world. Harpeth Rising will be a show you won't soon forget.

See Harpeth Rising at Open Ears Concerts on October 14th

Last reminder:  Sarah McQuaid tomorrow night at 7 PM. Hope you can join us. You'll be glad you did.
09/29/2018
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Last reminder: Sarah McQuaid tomorrow night at 7 PM. Hope you can join us. You'll be glad you did.

See Sarah McQuaid at Open Ears Concerts on September 30th

It's only a few more days till Sarah McQuaid's show at Open Ears. If you're not familiar with her work, head over to sar...
09/25/2018
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It's only a few more days till Sarah McQuaid's show at Open Ears. If you're not familiar with her work, head over to sarahmcquaid.com. Her guitar, songwriting, and vocal mastery grab your attention from the first beat and don't let go. Join us Sunday evening, September 30, at 7 PM for a brilliant evening of inspiring musical artistry!

See Sarah McQuaid at Open Ears Concerts on September 30th

About Sarah McQuaid:  “Intricate playing, thoughtful songwriting, and consistently outstanding vocal performances…McQuai...
09/12/2018
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About Sarah McQuaid: “Intricate playing, thoughtful songwriting, and consistently outstanding vocal performances…McQuaid is an artist who really needs to be sitting at the top table of roots musicians in this country.” — Artree Folk & Roots, UK

See Sa...

See Sarah McQuaid at Open Ears Concerts on September 30th

08/27/2018

Many thanks to Chris and Colin for an inspirational show. They both write deeply personal songs that have universal application. If you haven't seen them, you owe it to yourself to get out there and make that happen.

08/21/2018
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Make plans now to attend this Sunday, August 26 - Chris Beall and Colin Gilmore. Doors at 4:30 PM, show at 5. You'll be glad you did!

See Colin Gilmore at Open Ears Concerts on August 26th with Chris Beall

Colin Gilmore and Chris Beall on Sunday Aug. 26. Doors at 4:30, show at 5. Don't miss it!
08/10/2018
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Colin Gilmore and Chris Beall on Sunday Aug. 26. Doors at 4:30, show at 5. Don't miss it!

See Colin Gilmore at Open Ears Concerts on August 26th with Chris Beall

04/27/2018
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Austin Bella Corda classical guitar ensemble - Sunday 4/29. Doors at Noon, show at 12:30.

See The Childbloom Young Performing Artist Program at Open Ears Concerts on April 29th

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Here's a shout-out to Matt Hiland for this exceptional series and the fine folks at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church - Austin, Texas for the use of their excellent sanctuary as the venue for Open Ears Concerts. I have had the honor - and pleasure - to mix sound there on several occasions. Let me know, Matt, whenever you want me back again. I would be delighted!