Benefit For Esme Show Tonight at the Scoot Inn
The first time I met Esme Barrera, it was through Girls Rock Camp Austin. I was asked by former executive director Emily Marks to host the camp’s music showcase, which featured the girls performing songs they had written and arranged with their respective bands. It was my first time hosting, and I was introduced to many of the wonderful coaches who worked with the girls. Esme was one of those mentors.
Ever since that initial meeting, Esme always made it a point to express to me how grateful she was that I hosted these showcases because I made the girls feel like rock stars. I simply answered, “That’s because they are. They work so hard, and I’m honored to present their bands.” Still, it was Esme who made me feel like the rock star. She appreciated all the support. And I appreciated her warmth and sincerity.
Like so many of her friends, loved ones and colleagues, I was deeply saddened by the sudden, tragic loss of such a beautiful and giving person. But the outpouring of love and support for her family from so many people who loved her is a powerful reminder that her spirit will not be silenced.
There are two benefits coming up, in support of Esme’s family. The one I announced on today’s Austin Music Minute is the Benefit For Esme happening tonight at the Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th at Navasota St. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the music starts at 7:30. The show bill is one that Esme herself would’ve put together – edgy, energetic and perfect to dance to into the night. All local bands: Follow That Bird, Love Collector, The Dead Space, Kingdom of Suicide Lovers, Foreign Mothers, Ichi Ni San Shi, Neighbor, and a solo set by Eric Static (Followed By Static). Proceeds from the door will be donated to Esme’s family.
Be sure to mark your calendars for another benefit, A Night For Esme, scheduled for January 28th at Beerland, 711 Red River, with The Crack Pipes, The Golden Boys, Royal Butchers and special guest Ted Leo.