It’s Friday! The day we welcome the weekend, and check in to see what some of our Do512 All-Stars are up to. These are some of our favorite local media, bloggers, event experts, and professional going out-ers, and every time we check up on them we find something interesting and informative. That’s what these weekly All-Star spotlights are all about. So let’s get to it:
All-Star Mofoz Visuals is a streetwear/lifestyle brand founded in 2002 that promotes contemporary fashion, art, music and design. They do what they love, and let us in on it at mofozvisualz.com. We particularly enjoy and appreciate their coverage of Texas hip-hop. Some of their most recent coverage includes a big Gary Clark Jr. show in San Antonio, and the Red Bull EmSee battles at Warehouse Live in Houston:
Here’s some pics of the Gary Clark Jr show at Sam’s in San Antonio, TX. The show was sold out, and people were waiting for hours before the show to get in. It’s pretty cool to see that Gary is now truly being recognied for the talent he is. This San Antonio show was somewhat of a homecoming to Texas, as Gary and band had been touring for months selling out shows from NY, to Chicago, to all over Canada. More recently, Gary has been invited to 3 Brazil show dates in the next few weeks to open for guitar god, Eric Clapton. Kudos.
Houston just held the regional leg of the Red Bull EmSee battles at Warehouse Live. This event pits 8 freestyle MC’s in rap battles to compete for the chance to battle in Atlanta at the finals where Eminem will be one of the judges. What makes this different from other battles is that there are a group of different items flashed on a screen before and during the battle that the rappers are required to include into their rhymes. Strictly for pros.
The judges of the battle who also performed during the show included Houston legends, ESG,Bun B (UGK 4 LIFE), Trae the Truth, and super producer, Alchemist.
Suffice to say, Phranchyze took the regional crown…again. This didn’t come as much of a surprise, however, there was a point in the judging of the final round against HoodStarChantz where it looked like he may of been robbed (PlayDough) but luckily Bun B gave the crowd and judges a bonus round where Chantz melted and ended up beating himself.
Phranchyze will be in Atlanta in November for the finals.
Great night in the H- big ups to Scuba at Red Bull and Matt Sonzala, and Warehouse Live for putting this great night together. Enjoy the pics- DJ Mik One, Geezy, and Jess were dodging the camera, but we see you.
Here’s some cool graffiti we came across near the venue. The technique to paint that green character is just plain awesome.
Here’s a picture of Matt Sonzala hosting Damage Control on 90.1 KPFT. The radio show has been a beacon of real hip hop and Houston culture for years now. Matt is also pretty known in hip hop circles for his popular Houston SoReal turned Austin Surreal blog, as well as many of the great events he has a part in coordinating and promoting.
All-Star G_Ack (Greg Ackerman) blogs about Austin music at gregackerman.blogspot and is an Austin Concerts Examiner for examiner.com. He’s always keeping an eye on the local music scene, and provided previews of two cool local shows that you can check out tonight:
This Friday, Discover Hope, an Austin-based non-profit that promotes entrepreneurship for impoverished women through microcredit, education and training in developing nations is holding their 4th Annual Band Together for Hope concert at Ruta Maya. The Little Elmore Reed Blues Band (LERBB), The Moonlighters and rumored special guests will perform.
You may have heard about LERBB’s epic performances at TC’s Lounge Monday evenings in East Austin. Recently TC’s was sold and the band moved their residency to the White Swan Club (also in East Austin). Steeped in the Chicago Blues tradition, Clifford Antone loved, LERBB has quietly gained a loyal following locally. The show Friday is a chance for Austin music fans to see what the hubub is about.
The Moonlighters featuring members of The Mother Truckers, Shurman/John Popper solo project, Deadman, and Stonehoney will perform as well. Snacks will be provided by Freebird’s World Burrito. Event organizer, Mark Gonzales hinted there may be some special guests at the event as well. Gonzales donates his birthday (Sept 24th) each year to help Discover Hope put on the event, meaning there will likely be a few surprises.
Do you like power pop with great lyrics, rousing choruses and intensity? We do too, which is why you should head to the remodeled ND at 501 Studios to see Quiet Company, Saints of Valory and Whitman at for QC’s album release party tonight. Aside from visiting the new ND, the lineup features three up and coming Austin bands. Quiet Company has exploded in popularity this year and last after their EP, “Songs for Staying In” got heavy radio play on Austin radio last year culminating in a landmark deal with Grooveshark a few months ago.
The new record, “We Are All Where We Belong” has an obvious hit with the second track, “You, Me and the Boatman” which is already being touted as their next single by Grooveshark and now Examiner. If you clicked the link above and heard the new track we think you will agree this track will be favored by music fans. It has all the features of a classic, Quiet Company song, great lyrics, Taylor Muse’s amazing voice and rousing power pop from the band.
All-Star Vivogig hosts weekly podcasts where host Daniel Senyard interviews bands with and has the fans submit questions. You’ll find all kinds of music and get to know new bands at vivogig.com. They recently published a video podcast with Nikki Lane:
Podcast #32 – Nikki Lane
Just a few weeks ago indie, country chameleon Nikki Lane stopped by Austin boozer, The Mean-Eyed Cat, to perform a private show for local music/branding/scent (really) company, DMX and a few vivogiggers.
Following the performance, I was joined by DMX’s Deidre Gott to interview Nikki for the vivogig podcast. The audio podcast interview is now available in iTunes and the video version was shot and produced by our friends at BandLENS.
All-Star Do512 Family is a resource for family-friendly activities and businesses in Austin. Our family-minded team leader provides a constantly updated list of events that your kids will enjoy. From music to movies, theater, restaurants, parks, to everything else you can think of. The mission is to help parents in Austin find fun and interesting thing to do with their kids. Here is the latest update from the Do512 Family blog:
Little Lounge Lizards is a dance club party, where cool kids ages 10 and under along with their groovy “grown-ups”,can boogie down to dance hits from the 70′s on up. Spun by Austin’s popular live DJ Syko at a hip night club, Qua 213 W. 4th Street, from 1-4pm. The hippest new playdate in Austin for kids and their grown-ups.
Midtown Groom & Board and Austin Subaru are throwing Austin’s first ultimate dog show. The Midtown Mutt-minster, a ‘best in show’ competition, will highlight Austin’s true mixed breeds! Benefitting our beloved local organization, Austin Pets Alive, and hosted by Jason & Deb from 101x, the event will be held at the Scoot Inn on Saturday October 1st from 2:00 to 4:00pm.
Sunday morning free kids show at Ruta Maya 10:30 a.m. From story songs to movement songs, Staci’s music has something for everyone! Get there early to grab a seat. Show is free with a purchase in the cafe.
Ages 13 & Up Have fun creating these delightful seasonal treats! Pick up baking and decorating tips,and learn tricks of the trade. Menu includes: Apple Cider Cupcakes with Cinnamon Icing decorated with Acorns & Leaves; Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Burnt Buttercream decorated with Owl Faces; and Chocolate Orange Cupcakes decorated with Autumn Trees. $60 Class time Sunday 11 AM – 2 PM