Live Music for Dummies – We Need a Manual

“Dummy,” in my opinion, and my mom’s, is an all-out curse word.   Utterly unspeakable.   Could even be punishable by swats (in the 70’s) or grounding (in the 90’s).  Nobody, but nobody, deserves to be called a dummy, especially a sibling.  And never, ever, ever in your long-legged life should you call yourself one.

But if I were going to refer to myself that way, I might have done it recently when I bought tickets to a great concert on the wrong night.

Among the many appeals of Austin is the music.  No other city can call itself the Live Music Capital of the World.  It’s just that finding the live music isn’t as easy as you’d think.  Ask any Austin newbie where they’ve enjoyed live music so far and you’ll get the same answer.  “Well, we went to the Elephant Room, but we’re trying to figure out where else to go.”

Everyone who has been in Austin a while knows how to do it, but the rest of us feel like we need a manual, kind of like the ones you can buy with that curse word in the title.  They’ve been written for instruction in everything from calculus to crafting, but no live music manual.  Maybe I’ll write one – but I’ll have to call mine: Austin’s Live Music for Non-Smarties.

Chapter One: 

Purchase Tickets

I was so very proud of myself recently when I discovered that Lyle Lovett was coming to Austin.  I snatched up the last 4 tickets, which weren’t even very expensive, texted our friends, the Merritts, and we made our plans to meet at the theater.  On Thursday night.

There was just one little problem….our tickets were for Sunday night.  The ticket takers at the door were super nice and said it happens all the time.  See what I mean?  It’s just not that easy.

Oh, well, at least this time, we knew who we were trying to see!

So, what did we do? We laughed all the way to Sullivan’s for dessert!

    Sullivan’s Delicious Banana Bread Pudding

Austin’s Live Music for Non-Smarties, Chapter Two: 

If You Miss the Musician, Go for Dessert






Sunday night rolled around and back we went to the Moody Theater, where we heard Lyle Lovett and his Large Band.  He was everything we had been told he would be.

lyle lovett and praise

He sang gospel with a Houston-based group called Total Praise, had a large band made up of amazing musicians with illustrious careers of their own, connected with the audience, told great stories and played for over 2 hours.  He was witty, warm and so easy to listen to.  I sat next to a couple from Massachusetts who were in town for a conference and wanted to see Lyle again, after seeing him the first time, before anyone knew who he was, when he opened for Bonnie Raitt.  They recalled being a little unhappy that Bonnie Raitt would have a nobody for an opener – until they heard him and became instant fans.

What a fun night!  Next time, we might check our tickets a little better, but, really, it all worked out.  We got dessert and heard Lyle Lovett.

Austin’s Live Music for Non-Smarties, Chapter Three:

Keep Calm and Concert On

Encouraging intentional adventure and lots of live music, wherever you can find it,


PS – Your turn – where are your favorite live music hangouts in Austin?  Do you have a tip to share?












Hi, there! My name is Brenda McDearmon. I created this blog for the sole purpose of encouraging a life filled with everyday intentional adventure, whether that's trying a new restaurant, enjoying a day trip in the Texas Hill Country, or being adventurously inspired in a spiritual way. Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure and sign up to receive my weekly newsletter. It's one of my favorite ways to connect with my readers! Your devoted encourager, Brenda

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    September 8, 2016 at 3:48 pm

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    • brenda
      Brenda McDearmon
      September 9, 2016 at 3:32 am

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