Faster Than Sound: The First-Ever Lucktoberfest Lands

Sasami at Levitation 2021 (Photo by John Anderson)

Ten years back, Ellee Fletcher Durniak and Matt Bizer organized their 1st-ever display at Luck, Texas. The reserving duo’s activation of Willie Nelson‘s Spicewood ranch, the Wild West-themed film established for Crimson Headed Stranger, has developed considering the fact that then. The workforce rings in a decade with a new 10-day pageant referred to as Lucktoberfest, Oct. 28-Nov. 6 (so, soon after ACL Fest and overlapping with Levitation).

“Matt grew up in New Braunfels, and heading to all the Oktoberfest things was a definitely large section of his Texas upbringing,” points out Durniak, granddaughter of the late “Sister Bobbie” Nelson. “With the beer hall and carnival halfway throughout the 10 times, we’re seriously tapping into those tumble fest,
celebratory traditions.

“Each day is likely to be a bit unique, and we even now have a good deal to announce, performancewise.”

Each and every working day caters to a specific theme, like a cowboy-motif Outlaw Masquerade Ball, German-affected “Luck-Oktoberfest,” a Día de los Muertos Working experience, the Black Opry Revue, an AAPI chef-celebrating Luck Evening Current market, and an LGBTQIA+ manner demonstrate. Tanya Tucker, Sierra Ferrell, and Nikki Lane helm an all-gals Saturday evening, though the relaxation of the week hosts Orville Peck, Los Lobos, Sasami, Excellent Negrito, Paul Cauthen, Bob Schneider, Alex Meixner, and Shinyribs. On Halloween, kids underneath 18 get in free to Matthew Logan Vasquez‘s “Luck-o-Lantern” for trick-or-dealing with.

“We are making an attempt to symbolize distinctive corners of Texas persons may well not normally affiliate [with the state] hunting from the outside in,” adds Durniak. “Our tagline is ‘Show Us Your Texas,’ so we’re bringing distinct group curators to support celebrate all those cultures. We are demonstrating every sort of Texas we can.”

Durniak estimates some evenings may well be even larger sized than Luck Reunion, the team’s once-a-year celebration throughout South by Southwest. Throughout nights, she expects a Lucktoberfest audience from 1,000 to 3,400. When tickets for the March Reunion are generally difficult to appear by, Lucktoberfest tickets are out there now at Weeklong passes start off at a quite reasonably priced $100, with day-to-day tickets starting at $35, in addition to $25 parking and $40 shuttle choices.

“Lucktoberfest is an possibility for a lot more persons to appear experience the place, and make it a very little much more accessible and less stress filled finding tickets,” she suggests. “We are genuinely enthusiastic that individuals who might not be in a position to get tickets for the Reunion can appear and have an brilliant time at the ranch devoid of cursing their laptop.”

With Nelson himself not on the poster, we had to request if Durniak’s grand-uncle could possibly execute at Lucktoberfest.

“We haven’t planned on everything, but you actually by no means know,” she laughs. “We’re using up our landlord’s assets for 10 days, so we are going to see.”

Remembering Stewart Smart, Former Editor at the Chronicle and Contempo Lifestyle

Leland “Stewart” Intelligent, former Austin Chronicle contributor, died July 12 in Boston, Massachusetts, adhering to a fight with Parkinson’s. He was 66. Editor of Austin’s ambitious punk-era art and songs fanzine Contempo Society, Clever was an influential presence in the Central Texas new music scene. Born in Lubbock, Texas, the punk mental lived in Austin from 1975 to 1981, in which he started off out writing for quintessential Do it yourself outlet Sluggo! Smart returned to Austin from 1986 to 2001, all through which he served as the Chronicle classical new music editor for 5 yrs.

Stewart Sensible (Picture by Donna Bratton)

In a usual deeply knowledgeable January 1993 Austin Symphony Orchestra recommendation, Smart wrote: “[Hungarian composer] Bartók‘s Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra could seem really hard to grasp at to start with, but it genuinely is fairly stunning. Repeated listenings could be essential to fully soak up the richness and wonderful complexity of the piece. It does require a bit of effort and hard work.”

He was interviewed for the Chronicle‘s 2000 oral record of his close friend Sterling Morrison of the Velvet Underground (revisit “Velvet Underdog,” Songs, March 17, 2000), as very well as the book Enable it Blurt: The Everyday living & Situations of Lester Bangs, America’s Best Rock Critic. The Contempo Tradition home, in close proximity to UT, legendarily hosted a down-on-his-luck Bangs through his time in Austin. In other cultural connections, Wise’s early interview with Patti Smith later on appeared in the 2009 subculture-celebrating exhibit “Matt Stokes: These Are the Days” at the Arthouse at the Jones Centre. He when ran into Smith, who he cited as modifying his lifestyle with the album Horses, at the grave of Serge Gainsbourg in Paris.

A lover of travel and foods, Clever also lived in London and New York Town. He wrote a recipe web site named Goosefat: Beacon Hill Cookery at He built several close friends when doing the job locally at Spaghetti Warehouse, Dobie Screens, Waterloo Information, and Martin Brothers, as well as Dean & DeLuca and Whole Food items places across the country. According to his obituary, a memorial will be held in the drop. Pals can go away tributes at Hamel-Lydon Chapel & Cremation Providers of Massachusetts (

Founding Purple River Cultural District Director Cody Cowan Moves to NIVA

Cody Cowan, government director of the Purple River Cultural District (RRCD) due to the fact 2015, has acknowledged a new situation with the National Impartial Location Association (NIVA). A veteran of Emo’s and longtime Mohawk standard manager, Cowan will remain in Austin in his new position as NIVA’s main running officer. In 2020, various Austin venues and promoters joined NIVA to help passage of federal COVID-19 reduction funding. In accordance to a NIVA press release, Cowan “will oversee the working day-to-working day operations … to continue on NIVA’s function as the unbiased stay field and community champions.”

Considering the fact that its founding in 2015, the nonprofit RRCD has represented more than 40 smaller corporations in the Downtown district, together with several audio venues. A frequent speaker at metropolis conferences, Cowan will remain on by the finish of the district’s Incredibly hot Summer Evenings pageant – packing around 100 absolutely free-admission gigs August 4-6. The RRCD now launches a lookup for a new government director. Nicole Klepadlo, previously of the city’s Financial Enhancement Office, will lead during the transition.

Maya Hawke’s Moss

Marlons in Austin

Stranger Matters breakout Maya Hawke, becoming a member of a great deal of the young cast’s curiosity in indie new music occupations, introduced new solitary “Thérèse” earlier this month with Mother + Pop New music. Component of the Gen Z tide of nepotism baby admiration, the Netflix star is the daughter of Uma Thurman and Austin indigenous Ethan Hawke. In the ethereal track, she sings: “She goals of Marlon in Austin/ Their bodies tangled in a net.” My friend Marlon Hedrick, musically of Turtle Pond/Tåsi, approached Marlon Sexton at a local home occasion dubbed “The Dale” previous Friday to inquire if the lyric was about him. The latter Marlon, singer of Shooks and son of Charlie Sexton, a little begrudgingly confirmed this reference. The Maya-Marlon relationship tracks, as Sexton’s famed musician father labored with Ethan Hawke on the film Blaze (and shortly after released the limited-lived report label SexHawkeBlack with Chronicle co-founder Louis Black).

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