I thought I’d take a moment to explain what all of this is about in sexy blog form. Last summer, we had a thought.. Hey instead of doing a bunch of little shows around Austin during the summer… let’s do one big show with some of our favorite bands at one of our favorite venues. So.. we got Finite Fidelity, That Girl Dre and The Canvas People to join us and we booked August 20, 2016 at the world famous Stubbs!
We sat around and thought… how can we make this more than just another show… how can we make this an event. We definitely needed a name. Well.. it was way too damn hot out as it always is here in Texas in the summer. So the name seemed super appropriate and everybody was on board. How can we take it further? Well let’s get our good friend and biggest support who happens to be a stand up comedian, Matt Jones, to host the whole thing to give the night an even better flow.
Okay.. what else? Let’s make it a community event by raising some money for a local non-profit we believe in. The Sims Foundation was an obvious choice for us upon finding out what they are about. Sims is a place where Austin music professionals and their families can go to obtain a wide range of mental health services. We believe that often mental health issues are often terribly overlooked and are especially present with our musical brothers and sisters. We all realized it’s an issue that we wanted to do what we could to help alleviate. Check out http://simsfoundation.org for more information on Sims. They are amazing. We ended up making a mural that, for a donation, any members of the audience could contribute a little drawing to. Also, Sarah White was taking polaroids for people for a donation too. Of course, anybody could donate at the merch tables as well if they wanted to. We ended up raising a fair amount of money for Sims and we had ourselves the best turnout for a ticketed Fair City Fire event yet!
That brings us to today. Well today is exactly 16 days away (who’s counting?) from the 2nd installment of The Too Damn Hot Affair. There will be some similarities and some changes. One major difference is… THIS IS GOING TO BE AT THE LEGENDARY ANTONE’S! The original Antone’s opened its doors in 1975 and despite multiple location changes, it has maintained its legendary status as a haven for Austin Blues Music for all of this time. In fact, fairly recently, I got to witness Eric Tessmer release his latest EP to a sold out Antone’s crowd. This is a venue that needs to be seen and appreciated… especially if you haven’t been there. This is your time to fix that catastrophic situation.
It will go down August 18th this year. We will have Finite Fidelity, That Girl Dre and this time… Dr Joe will close out the show. I could go on and on about why I love each of those local, incredibly talented acts. I’ll be brief.
Finite Fidelity plays the kind of rock and roll that makes me want to break things in the best of ways. We’ve established a very good relationship with those guys throughout the past couple years playing shows at Stubbs, 4th Tap and Rattle Inn. We had to keep a good thing going and not to mention they freaking killed it last year.
That Girl Dre, well they are a must. Dre’s dynamic and all-powerful vocals lead the way coupled with her phenomenal chops on the keys. I’m not just saying that because she’s one of my best friends in Austin. I was a huge fan first!! Their tight rhythm section brings out this very rock and roll vibe… between Tracy pounding out rhythm’s like a beast and Jet’s bass wizardry. We’re also all excited to see and hear what her new guitar player brings to the team.
Fair City Fire.. oh man… oh wait… that’s us… next!
Dr Joe we came across through an awesome video he put out during SXSW 2017 from a showcase at Google Fiber downtown. His energy and incredible passion for his music were infectious from the first time we saw him. Then, we got him on board for a charity event we did at 4th Tap a few months back. What a cool guy. I’m not as familiar with his band as I’d like to be, but I can definitely say with confidence that they are immensely talented. We had the chance to get know Joe and bass player, Pat, on our “Say It Loud” Podcast. I also went to go see Dr Joe at Cheer Up Charlies. All I have to say is watch out if he comes out into the crowd with a keytar and gives you crazy eyes. That’s a story for another time.
The point is… we all care so much about this event and we want you to as well. There’s a great cause benefitting from your support, great music all night and a chance to hang out at one of the most legendary venues in Texas. The Too Damn Hot Affair 2017 is going to be something special. Go... to… there...