There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it. ―Judith McNaugh
Ok, I am getting really excited. The more people I talk to, the more people that read the story are seeing the vision I have for the book and they are EXCITED about it. I am getting tweets and retweets and comments on blog posts from people that I have never met, if that does not keep the hope of grace and inherent goodness of humanity alive…well I don’t know what will.
Today’s theatre is in my backyard. Austin like New Orleans is a really vibrant weird, unique awesome city. It is the hometown of one of my all time favorite bands Roxy Roca. They are climbing the popularity wagon as more and more people discover their awesome dynamite Texas Soul Music. Every single member is amazing. I have both CD’s and literally every song on the album is a winner. That is rare, I have only heard a couple of albums that do that for me…I love shooting this band and I can only hope that they remember me when they do make it big and still let me do their “book”. This group has seen so much in the way of Austin Music History, their stories of that and their own climb to the top cannot be forgotten and just like your dream….needs to be documented and I am the one who wants to do it.
This theatre is a brand new baby compared to some of the theatres on your tour BUT Bass Concert Hall is part of The University of Texas. I shot Jesse Cook at the Cactus Cafe Theatre last year. I love the campus, absolutely stunning AND a really large contributor to the jumping music scene in Austin.
Date: October 23
Theatre: Bass Concert Hall, Austin Texas
Trivia Facts/History about Bass Concert Hall
Information supplied by the Texas Performing Arts Website
Bass Concert Hall
Completed in 1981, this flagship theatre of Texas Performing Arts is the largest in Austin, with seating for 2,900. The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Concert Hall boasts a vast stage, an orchestra pit capable of holding 100 musicians, dressing rooms to accommodate more than 100 performers, computerized lighting, advanced sound and rigging systems, and a mammoth backstage area complete with workshops for carpentry, costumes, painting, metalwork and props. Ranking among the finest performance spaces in the country both in size and accoutrements, it is no wonder that Bass Concert Hall attracts the world’s greatest performers and full-scale productions……like Josh Groban
ROBERT TOCKER GRAND STAIRCASE
The Robert Tocker Grand Staircase connects the main lobby level to upper floors. The stair landing often doubles as a small stage where ensembles perform during receptions hosted in the lobby.
ANN AND DAVID HONEYCUTT TERRACE
One of the most dramatic locations of the Bass Concert Hall is the Ann and David Honeycutt Terrace features views of the LBJ fountain and the UT Tower.
In May 2007, Texas Performing Arts’ flagship venue, Bass Concert Hall began a $14.7 million dollar renovation and facelift. These upgrades and changes have reinvented this Austin treasure as a world-class venue, able to host the most demanding touring productions while offering visitors first-class accommodations.
Renovations to the 2,900-seat theatre included compliance with all current fire and safety codes; state-of-the-art acoustics; a magnificent glass-front façade and larger, light-filled lobby; an expanded five-story lobby and atrium, increased restroom capacity; more bars and concession areas; new flooring, sidewalls and décor; and a sixth-floor outside deck with impressive campus views.
In 2008, instead of building an entirely new facility, UT chose to reuse and adapt the existing structure including environmentally friendly materials and initiatives during the renovation process.
The front windows of Bass are made of fritted glass that deflects some of the incoming heat and reduces the need for extra energy use. This allowed them to increase the size of Texas Performing Arts without increasing the size of the cooling equipment. The new lobby curtain wall also provides enough daylight to reduce the amount of energy needed for artificial lighting by day. New florescent lights were installed to cut down on energy use after dark.
The countertops in the lobby and restrooms are made from recycled glass and the sheet flooring is linoleum, a renewable resource. Dual flush toilets are installed in all the new bathrooms, reducing the water use. The new wood paneling used in the building is from renewable forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.