The Invincible Czars CD Release Show: 1812 Overture, Sunday at Austin Scottish Rite Theater
All right. I’m well aware that over the course of a handful of Austin Music Minutes, I’ve done some giddy raving about The Invincible Czars, but I cannot resist this brilliant assortment of talent. It’s not every day that you have a band that can turn classics upside down, then reanimate them with new life and whimsy.
Austinites know the local sextet for their annual musical escapades that put a unique spin on some old favorites. Every December, you can find crowds relishing the Czars’ delightful version of The Nutcracker, and you can find me and a number of Iron Maiden fans having a major geek-out over the Czars’ interpretation of Maiden’s entire Number of the Beast album for Halloween. The Czars have also composed some phenomenal original scores for several silent films that sound absolutely mind-blowing.
Around this time each summer, The Czars pull out all the fireworks for their modernized take on the 1812 Overture. They went a step further by pulling together an album featuring their arrangements of the Tchaikovksy classic, as well as others by Ravel and Sousa, and an original work by former Czars’ drummer Louis Landry.
To celebrate the release of their new 1812 Overture CD, The Invincible Czars will perform the piece in its entirety at a most spectacular release show. It’s The Invincible Czars’ Olde Fashioned Independence Day Indoor Picnic, starting at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. Everyone’s invited to bring their own picnic lunches, there’ll be an extraordinary exhibit of rare objects to wonder over from the fine folks of the Museum of Ephemerata, and starting out the day will be the comedic stylings of Schave & Reilly.
It’s a great start to the Fourth of July week for the whole fam. Highly recommended. Enjoy.