Ditch the Fest Fest 2 and Stop, Drop, Rock & Roll Shows To Benefit Bastrop Wildfire Victims
It’s as if we blinked, and then the Austin City Limits Music Festival was upon us. Zilker Park is buzzing with activity, and over the course of the three-day fest, more than 200,000 people will pass through the gates to see their favorite touring – and a few local (hello Fresh Millions!) – music artists.
Or, perhaps you didn’t make plans to attend the fest, and that’s perfectly all right, too. However, that’s no excuse to miss out on some fantastic music, thanks to a couple of very cool festival alternatives going on this weekend.
First, we have Ditch the Fest Fest 2, starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, featuring more than 75 bands and DJs at a handful of venues: Red 7, at 611 E. 7th St. and Beauty Bar, 617 E. 7th St.; Cheer Up Charlie’s, 1104 E. 6th St. at Waller; the Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th at Navasota; and Club DeVille, 900 Red River. A portion of the proceeds goes to victims of the Bastrop wildfires. There are a lot of excellent bands to see, several of whom have been featured on the Austin Music Minute but too numerous to mention here, so please check the Ditch the Fest Fest website for the list of bands, set times and locations.
On a similar note, we have Stop, Drop, Rock & Roll, a benefit showcase organized by the newly-formed non-profit Disastronauts Foundation to raise donations in support of musicians affected by the wildfires. The show starts at 8 p.m. Sunday night at both Red 7 and the Beauty Bar on E. 7th St. Three stages, and fifteen bands united for a worthy cause, including Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Will Johnson (Centromatic), One Hundred Flowers, The Couch and many more. Plus, there’ll be a silent auction at Red 7 with items donated by a number of local artists and businesses to help support the cause. Save some energy for Sunday night.
Enjoy the weekend, and all great live music wherever you go!