One of our favorite new venues to arise in Austin in the last few years is a place called Skinny’s Ballroom. The owners of Skinny’s Ballroom truly love great music and care about the local scene. They hired a courteous bar staff and really great sound engineers who actually care about how everything sounds. They started an online radio station that aired music related to whatever show was happening that night, and also aired the shows themselves. They took risks with booking bands that they loved, but that might not have a large draw.
It is extremely unfortunate that caring about the music scene and putting love into what you’re doing apparently isn’t enough to keep a new music venue afloat in this town. Skinny’s is having to officially close its doors at the end of the month. They are not ones to sit around and fade out quietly, however. They are going out with a bang. Skinny’s is having a massive party, a “wake” if you will, and have invited us to play at it. There are lots of great bands on the bill and we are so happy to be a part of it.
Also, July 28th is my (Dan’s) 30th Birthday. So come out and help us mourn the loss of Skinny’s and mourn the loss of the my 20s. I have a good feeling about my 30s, and I also know that the fine folks at Skinny’s Ballroom will be supporting the local scene in other ways. That kind of love doesn’t just die out. Anyway, it’ll be a good time. You should come.
In other news, we’re working on the mixes to our new album and are very excited and happy to report that everything is sounding really great. We can’t wait to release it. Here’s a picture I took of an awesome lightning storm in Marfa from the back porch of the greyfeather (our lodging while we were working on the new album).