Parents, we realize it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind of playdates, school, diapers, bedtime hissy-fits. And it’s easy to feel out of touch. But we beg you to Get A Sitter, to go out with your significant other and your friends. See some bands or check out a new restaurant or bar. There is SO MUCH going on in this city! Embrace it. In honor of our family over at Do512, here are some events to check out without the kids.
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Friday, September 4:
— Freddie For A Day, featuring Magnifico @ The ABGB, 9 p.m.
The international annual event, Freddie For A Day, comes to Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. with Queen cover band, Magnifico. Along with rest of the world, they’ll be celebrating Freddie Mercury’s birthday and supporting The Mercury Phoenix Trust – an organization that helps fight AIDS worldwide. Suggested donation is $10, but a $15 donation gets you a Freddie t-shirt. There will also be a Freddie Costume Contest for prizes!
— Beyonce VS Rihanna: The Rematch @ Cheer Up Charlies, 10 p.m.
Music from 2 divas, 1 dance floor, you decide. Get out and have a great time at this dance party with jams from GirlFriend. This event is totally free.
— Beatlemania Now @ ZACH Theatre, 8 p.m.
Catch the National tour of “Beatlemania Now” — an amazing concert experience that recaptures the excitement, mood and the frantic intensity of Bealtemania. Enjoy music live-on-stage against a backdrop of stunning images which evoke memories of some of the most turbulent decades of modern times… the 60’s and 70’s! Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online here.
Saturday, September 5:
— 7th Annual UTOPiAfest @ Four Sisters Ranch in Utopia, TX
UTOPiAfest will take place over Labor Day Weekend with musical performances and breathtaking West Texas Hill Country sunsets. Presented in a natural amphitheater (between Garner State Park and Lost Maples), UTOPiAfest offers a true alternative and full on escape from the large multiple-stage festivals that often favor quantity over a quality audience experience. Click here for lineup info. Passes are $199 for the weekend and can be purchased online here.
— Tameca Jones with Eric Tessmer @ The Parish, 8 p.m.
Coined the “Tina Turner of jazz” due to her long legs, fierce hair, and aggressive vocal stylings, Tameca Jones is a rare creature – an Austin, TX musician actually born and raised in the musical city. Since embarking on her mission to put her unique and soulful spin on covers in 2008, she has taken the local scene by storm with her potpourri of jazz, blues, rock, and soul. She opened for Gary Clark Jr., BB King, Smokey Robinson, Oleta Adams and many more. Tickets are $13 which you can purchase online here.
— Bad Example Sketch Comedy @ The New Movement Theatre, 9 p.m.
The New Movement’s own sketch troupe, Bad Example, will be debuting an all-new hour of comedy every Saturday night. No repeat sketches, no cutting corners, just a full hour of brand-new sketch comedy. Tickets are $7 online and $10 at the door. It’s also a BYOB venue!
— DJ Mel @ Volstead Lounge at Hotel Vegas, 10 p.m.
Dance the night away! DJ Mel is one of Texas’ most high-profiled DJs. Based in Austin, Mel regularly tours throughout the US and abroad. He was inducted into The Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2014. No cover.
Sunday, September 6:
— Bob Schneider’s Labor of Love Concert @ Nutty Brown Cafe, Doors at 6 p.m.
Bob packs houses, he croons, he makes everybody swoon. Enjoy a special show from this Austin favorite. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased here.
— Chicken Shit Bingo @ Ginnys Little Longhorn Saloon, 4 p.m.
For many years on Sundays, Austin locals have scurried up Burnet Road for a “keep it weird” version of Bingo that involves chickens, chicken feed, and what happens after chickens eat. For $2 you can play a round of bingo and hope to be the lucky winner as you also enjoy some live music in a honky tonk atmosphere.
Have fun out there!