Panoramic Voices announces the third annual Indie Orchestra Night, a collaborative concert experience joining a 100-voice choir, orchestra, and several Austin bands in an unforgettable evening of music and food for an “only in Austin” experience, presented by KUTX.
In 2008, Artistic Director Brent Baldwin started bouncing around the concept of a symphonic and choral collaboration with Shearwater bandleader Jonathan Meiburg. Several years later, Brent and fellow rock/classical crossover artist Nathan Felix developed the first ION Concert in 2015, which featured Shearwater, singer-songwriter Dana Falconberry, hip-hop artist Zeale and indie-rock outfit The Rocketboys. The second ION in 2016 featured Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star, R.E.M.), Quiet Company, the Riverboat Gamblers, Tinnarose, Carson McHone, Danny Malone and Phil Ajjarapu and was highlighted by the Austin American-Statesman as a concert “among March’s top arts picks,” in a city that hosts SXSW that same month.
Panoramic Voices supports the Austin community by providing performance opportunities for nonprofessional singers, paid gigs for professional musicians, and low or no cost concerts for audiences. We are proud that this year's installment of ION will also support the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), with 10% of the ticket sales going to support their work providing access to affordable health care for Austin’s low-income, working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness.
ION will take place at Fair Market (1100 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702) and allow concert goers a chance to sample food trucks and other Austin treats while they take in a one-of-a-kind collaboration with headlining bands Star Park, Moving Panoramas, Nakia, Calliope Musicals, Big Bill, and Dustin Welch. Tickets can be purchased at ion2018.brownpapertickets.com or at the door. General Admission ($20 in advance or $25 at the door) and VIP tables are available.
Big Bill is a punk rock band from Austin, Texas. They are known for their confrontational-yet-energizing live shows. Founded in 2011, they released the A Hard Days Bill EP in 2013, followed by The Second Bill EP in 2015, then refined their sound with the Weird Walk/Mainly Manly 7" and Every City/Food Chain 7" in 2016. Stand By Your Bill, their debut LP, came out everywhere on November 17, 2017, via First Humans Records. "F*** yes! Weird as hell, quirky-ass rock!" --Maximum Rocknroll Magazine
Calliope Musicals had one hell of a SXSW 2017! They won "Band of the Year" at the Austin Music Awards, appeared on the cover of the Austin Chronicle and the Austin American Statesman's Austin 360 and made NPR's All Songs Considered's "Why SXSW Matters: The Best of What We Saw, 2017.”
Building on the thrilling strengths of his fearsomely original 2010 debut, Whisky Priest (which LoneStarMusic magazine deemed “one of the most compelling albums to come out of Texas in the past year”), Austin-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dustin Welch is set to release his second album, Tijuana Bible, on Feb. 12 via his own Super Rooster Records. Like Whisky Priest before it, Tijuana Bible finds the Nashville-born Welch playing the part of a wickedly mysterious carnival barker, bouncing strains of Americana, rock, and folk music off of each other like a hall of funhouse mirrors.
Spacey but not alienating, loud yet still light, painting panoramic sound against a moving melodic backdrop... Moving Panoramas is a dream gaze project from Austin, Texas, led by songwriter, Leslie Sisson. The Houston Press calls Moving Panoramas "The best band in Texas right now." The Austin Chronicle describes them as, "Conjuring a big yet intimate sound reminiscent of Nineties output from Brit indie 4AD."
CeeLo Green dubbed Nakia “the next big star.” Rolling Stone called Nakia “a bear who knows how to sing,” and Texas Music Magazine said, “His live performances are akin to a religious experience.” All high praise, for sure, but what it all boils down to is this: “Nakia is the real deal y’all, he’s got some serious soul…” A consummate performer and band leader, Nakia made a name for himself locally in Austin before being launched into the national spotlight on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ where he made it to the semifinals as a member of CeeLo’s team. Nakia is a two-time Black Fret nominee, a passionate advocate for causes like musician/songwriter rights, mental health, and recovery.
The project of Austin, Texas songwriter Andy Bianculli, Star Parks mixes '60s psychedelia and girl group pop with painstaking arrangements in the lineage of Lee Hazelwood, Jon Brion and Brian Wilson. Described by Bandcamp as, "Erudite chamber pop that hearkens back to the elegant and experimental production of the 1960s, swinging from melancholia to playfulness."