A big thank you to the City of San Marcos for awarding the OYOU an arts grant! We also want to thank our sponsors for making this 2019/2020 season possible!
The Snowbird Concert Series is an annual all ages concert series hosted by the OYOU. It takes place the first Thursday of every month from October - March at Saint Mark's Episcopal church in San Marcos, Texas.
Our concerts feature top-notch entertainment from both local and touring artists. In addition to playing, each performer participates in a Q&A with the audience. It's a great way to get to know the performer a little better, and inspire those in the audience to explore their own creativity.
Complimentary munchies and beverages courtesy of Live Oak Living Community, Palmer's Restaurant, and Thundercloud Subs are offered when the doors open at 6:00PM.
This free donation ran concert series attracts folks from all over! It's community, fantastic entertainment, and small town charm make this a winning destination to add to your event calendar. We encourage folks that plan on attending; to eat, play, and stay in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.
6:00 Doors open & complimentary munchies and beverages provided
7:50 Q & A
8:00 Artist plays one last song and then it's a wrap!
Saint Mark's Episcopal Church
3039 Ranch Rd 12, San Marcos, TX 78666
Evie has always been surrounded by music – credit to her upbringing as daughter of an international folk dance teacher, and an old-time folk music devotee, she grew up thinking that playing music, dancing, singing with others was what people do. Though entrenched in the traditional cultural arts of Appalachia, her home was in Northern New Jersey, New York City, Baltimore – in cities, not mountains. But the tradition bearers came through these towns, and stayed in her house. They played in her living room, and weekends were spent running free at music festivals and house parties.
The neo-trad kinetic-folk of the Evie Ladin Band is a mingling of the deep Appalachian sound of clawhammer banjo, guitar, bass and percussive dance, with contemporary storytelling and original, conversational interplay among the band members. Some of their adventurousness comes from early hip hop in the high school cafeteria, some from Evie’s early attraction to, and study of, the African roots in Appalachian music and dance. She created an African Studies In Dance major at Brown University, then studied dance in Eastern Nigeria on a Fulbright Fellowship. While myriad world and contemporary music influences permeate the band’s choices, they never reach too far, remaining seamless and true to the stories they tell.
Precisely because Evie was raised to know that music, dance and singing are what humans do together, she is an avid educator and community facilitator, at all ages and levels, in diverse communities. An electric and entertaining live performer, balancing performing with hands on teaching has proven extremely satisfying. Music is meant to move. Music is to do. In listening, live or on record, Evie keeps bringing you back to these basics, while savoring the real stuff of life. Jump the Fire!
Trained as a jazz drummer, Keith Terry brings tonal percussion to stand-up bass, is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, the founder of the International Body Music Festival, and a collaborator with a host of inventive performers from Bobby McFerrin, Tex Williams and Robin Williams, to Turtle Island Quartet, Charles “Honi” Coles and Bill Irwin. Mr. Terry in action is like visiting an anatomical carnival, where hands, feet, fingers, engage in a musical ballet. – Wall Street Journal
Four voices coalesce, rooted in rhythm. Raised on the North American traditions of blues, folk, and soul and inspired by their world travels, the four women of Ley Line transcend genres and languages. Ley Line creates a global soundscape; blending influences from Brazil, Latin America and West Africa. Dynamic harmonies run like a current through textures of stand up bass, guitar, ukulele and world percussion. With strong ties to world folklore traditions, Ley Line’s multilingual compositions evoke the beauty of the human experience through our connection to nature and each other.
Ley Line is the musical merging of two duos. Austinites Kate Robberson and Emilie Basez met twin sisters Madeleine and Lydia Froncek at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2013. Since reuniting in Austin in 2016, Ley Line has been weaving together their individual journeys into a collective vision to unite audiences around the world. Their eclectic music explores balance and harmony between the unique perspectives of the four songwriters and instrumentalists.
The band’s debut album “Field Notes” released in 2016 is a compilation of original songs and world folk songs from Brazil. In the summer of 2017, the women of Ley Line returned to Brazil to further explore the roots of their musical inspiration. Over the course of three months, they traveled over 3,000 miles playing shows and capturing video footage and inspiration for their upcoming album. The visual album to be released in the spring of 2020 will incorporate original music and imagery inspired by the natural beauty, folklore and rich musical traditions of Brazil.
Spring of 2019 marked the beginning of a tremendous year for Ley Line. The band was invited back to Old Settler’s Music Festival and as a main stage act at the Kerrville Folk Festival. Meanwhile in Austin, they supported great acts like Austin’s own Superfónicos at Antone’s Night Club and Billy Strings at The Mohawk. In June, Ley Line performed alongside Bonnie Paine of Elephant Revival on the main stage at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and later added to the Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup.
November 5th 2020 Jack Williams
December 3rd 2020
January 7th 2021
February 4th 2021
March 4th 2021
Al Barlow & Mike Trigg
Stringtown Texas Band
Tracy Weinberg Band
Georgia Parker & Big Cedar Fever
Adam and Chris Carroll