Austin Party Train: Cover Bands, Texting Aliens and Party with a Purpose

Why hello Thirsty Thursday!

If anyone was at Ego’s last night, you realize that I am struggling to write this even at 5:30pm. There are probably things i missed because i didnt scour all the sites. Hope you had a wonderful week and just as much fun this weekend.  Apparently tributes are all the rage — there’s one for the clash, pink floyd, beatles and ZZ top.  Of course blondie and pat benatar are here for all your 80s needs, Gary clark & Seth walker will satisfy your lonely soul’s longing for blues and if you’re in the mood for plays, as you like it, vagina monologues, music man, love, janis, lion,witch and wardrobe and wicked (which is AMAZING) are all playing. Lastly, there are like 8 benefit activities happening this weekend — for kids and artists and museums and stuff. Spend $50 and get all the free food/drinks you want? Hey, it’s money you probably would’ve spent anyway. At least this time, you can count it as charity!

Here are some time wasters:

As always, let me know if you hear about fabulous events or if you’d like to see something you’re doing featured here.

Yours in drinking IS winning,



Free and Cheap Stuff:


  • Ztejas Brunch: Decent but for my money, go find someplace else
  • Vino Vino: Half price apps at Happy hour. Mussels and fries with aioli… SUPER DELICIOUS
  • The Ginger Man: I really think this is overrated. I like the beer… but for $8?
  • PF Changs: This place is always amazing. Even though its a chain.

To try:

  • Cheer up Charlies: Raw food and vegan delights (?)
  • Nastys: Everything i hear about this place is amazing.
  • Austin Farmers MArkets — Midtown and downtown

Party with a Purpose! Seriously, these are all THIS weekend!!

  • 6th Annual ¡Que Maravilla! Benefit Party: music by Susanna Sharpe Brazilian Quartet, closest to the hole and skeet activities, dinner with fine wines, live/silent auction items (including a trip to the Ellen (DeGeneres) show, private plane trip to New Orleans, Beach Front House vacation for the weekend in Amelia Island, Bed and Breakfast in Gruene!  Casual Summer Attire
  • The Sci-fi Eye Ball Benefit: custom-cooked concoctions, martian martinis from the side bar, stellar beats from DJ Graham Reynolds, and silent and live auctions, including festival badges for AGLIFF, Austin Film Festival and Fantastic Fest
  • Eric Johnson and Alien Love Child Benefit Concert and Party: music, free hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a Hill Country sunset. A pre-show extravaganza includes fire-dancers, stilt walkers, clowns and DJ Manny spinning his turntables on a tricked-out pedicab, along with live and silent auctions
  • 5th Annual Ice Ball Benefit: ice sculptures, live auction, gourmet dinner and an 80’s Band by The Space Rockers. Food: Moonshine Grill, Cru Wine Bar, Kona Grill, Flon, Z-Tejas, Carmelo’s, Maudies, Hey Cupcake, Edible Arrangements, The Good Seed Organic
  • Austin Children’s Theater Bookfair Fundraiser Weekend
  • Legacy Ranch Castle & River Party Benefit: 3 story Mediterranean villa on private acreage, live music, DJ competition, poker tournament, chocolate martini shake off, and Tito’s Vodka, Dulce Vida Tequila. Guests welcome to spend the night. Saturday after a late breakfast head over to the river to play and have a bbq… RSVP and click on the link to get on the guest list.
  • 4th Annual Catalyst 8 BASHThe Black and White Years and a late-night lounge with DJ Billy the Butcher, food from Austin Java and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit Catalyst 8’s ‘Boost Rental Subsidy Program
  • ITALIAN FESTIVAL – LA PIAZZA ITALIANA : Ferrari, Lamborghini, Spider Alfa Romeo’s Car Show, Moto Guzzi, Aprilia & Ducati scooters, Vespa vintage, Art & Crafts, Portraits, Jewelry, Italian Food, Wine & Beer, Gelato, Live Music, Italian Fashion, Face Painting & Hairbraiding, Mediterranean Belly Dance, Renaissance Dancers, Lyric Opera, Balloon Twisters, Bocce & Soccer Games. Benefits Art Museum
  • ZACH’s 1st Annual Kickball Tournament Fundraiser


  •  East Side Austin Church of Yelp Gatheration
  • Thursday, August 20th promises free sangria and succulent somethings from Sullivan’s at Beyond Tradition from 6-9.
  • Austin Art Garage 100% Local Showcase at Lift Cafe
  • Ladies Who Yelp HH!
  • Amy Cook  10:00pmContinental Club Austin $7 cover
  • BLONDIE & PAT BENATAR  8:00pmAustin Music HallAustin  adv.
  • Dream Lovers w/Sarah Sharp6:00pmElephant Room Austin no cover
  • Liz Morphis6:30pmNorth by Northwest BreweryAustin no cover
  • Paul Eason 9:30pmLa Zona Rosa  Austin
  • Scootenanny9:00pmScoot Inn, TheAustin $5 cover %Scootenanny
  • Seth Walker (opens) 8:00pmThreadgill’s World HQ  Austin $25 cover
  • Tameca Jones  9:30pmElephant Room Austin
  • Texa Bluegrass Massacre  n/a Antone’s Night Club Austin
  • Tia Carrera  12:00amRed 7Austin
  • The vagina monologuies, mccallum fine arts
  • One hit wonders of the 80s sing along
  • Cool and lukes at jos coffee, free


  • 14th Annual Austin Fall Home & Garden Show
  • East Side Austin Church of Yelp Gatheration
  • Clothing Optional Yoga Workshop–Relax and Restore with Kerry (female instructor)
  • Launches Cherrypeel with everything from Learning Secrets, vodka sno-cones, an open bar, photo booths, and the typical nonsense that fills my days.
  • Vagina monologues, Mccallum theater
  • Five Course Wine Dinner @ Finn & Porter
  • Prince Klassen at beauty bar
  • Aimee Allen9:00pmLa Zona Rosa  Austin
  • Alan Haynes  10:00pmOne-2-One Bar Austin
  • Bob Schneider & Lonelyland9:00pmAntone’s Night Club Austin
  • Boxing Lesson, The 10:00pmEmo’sAustin $10 cover
  • ‘The Music of Pink Floyd 8:00pmClub De Ville Austin
  • Carolyn Wonderland n/a Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar  Houston
  • Cheap Sunglasses 9:30pmRuta Maya HQ  Austin $5 cover  Texas’ premier ZZ Top tribute band
  • Chevelle7:30pmAustin Music HallAustin
  • Dark Side of Oz  8:00pmClub De Ville Austin 21+ Lucy The Poodle Presents ‘The Music of Pink Floyd’
  • Dertybird  9:00pmAntone’s Night Club Austin
  • Eggmen, The7:30pmNutty Brown Cafe Austin
  • Fastball9:00pmLa Zona Rosa  Austin
  • Jitterbug Vipers 7:00pmLambert’s  Austin no cover
  • Memphis Train Revue, The n/a Momo’s ClubAustin
  • Seth James 9:00pmThreadgill’s World HQ  Austin $10 cover
  • Skyrocket (ex/K-Tel Hit Machine)  n/a Continental Club, Houston Houston
  • Sol Surfers9:30pmRuta Maya HQ  Austin $5 cover  sound of Pink Floyd
  • STAIND  7:30pmAustin Music HallAustin
  • Sunglasses & Mushroomsn/a Headhunter’s ClubAustin   Bean
  • Topaz & Mudphonic6:30pmCentral Market Cafe, N. LamarAustin no cover


  • Delish!Shakes Grand Opening
  • Texas Bamboo Festival:
  • Spill Party 2009 Austin!!!
  • Bat Fest Ride ’09
  • Ice Ball Benefit: Tix = $50-$75 ice sculptures, live auction, gourmet dinner and an 80’s Band by The Space Rockers
  • Bollywood Dance class for All ages
  • Batfest!
  • Bottom of Lake Travis Party features live music, beer and much more. Enjoy boating, picnicking, sunbathing, windsurfing, swimming, and fishing.
  • Saturday, August 22nd will be free wine and very nice hors d’ouevres at the JD Miller artist reception from 6-9 at Rusell Collection. Delish is giving out free burgers, shirts, and specialty shakes.
  • Komen Foundation fundraiser “ladies rock”, Beauty Bar 
  • Aaron Watson n/a Nutty Brown Cafe Austin
  • Austin Samba School 7:00pmCarousel Lounge  Austin
  • Belleville Outfit, Then/a Momo’s ClubAustin
  • Bemba Beat: Jamaica 8:00pmKenny Dorham’s BackyardAustin $5 cover
  • Blaggards 10:00pmFado Irish PubAustin  21+
  • Blues Mafia (opens)10:00pmAntone’s Night Club Austin
  • Brothers and Sisters7:00pmMohawk, TheAustin
  • Bruce Robisonn/a Broken Spoke, TheAustin
  • Carolyn Wonderland  8:00pmAntone’s Night Club Austin $12 cover
  • Eggmen, The7:00pmOasis, The Austin
  • Fireants, Then/a Momo’s ClubAustin
  • Gary Clark jr.  10:00pmAntone’s Night Club Austin
  • Hayes Carll8pm door Cheatham Street Warehouse San Marcos
  • Hector Ward & The Big Time8:30pmBackyard, The – Tim’s Porch  Austin  CD
  • Clash Tribute  9:00pmFlamingo Cantina Austin $5/$7
  • Kat Edmonson Quintet9:30pmElephant Room Austin
  • Mother Truckers, The  12:00amContinental Club Austin $10 cover
  • Ringo Deathstarr 7:00pmMohawk, TheAustin
  • Super Fly Soul Party III 10:30pmLambert’s  Austin $5 cover
  • Toxic Holocaust n/a Emo’sAustin
  • Warren Hood & the Hoodlums  n/a Gruene Hall, Gruene New Braunfelsno cover
  • Wine and Revolution 7:00pmMohawk, TheAustin


  • Sunday, August 23rd at 7 will be food, drinks, fun and more at Hostel International’s Birthday Party. There’s also some free bar-b-que and more at Key Bar. This one will cost you but I think the strictly enforced “British or Burlesque” dress code and complimentary champagne could make it worth it.
  • Akina Adderlyn/a Antone’s Night Club Austin   AMM
  • Christy & the Plowboys11:00amThreadgill’s North Lamar  Austin brunch
  • Cienfuegos 7:00pmRuta Maya HQ  Austin $5 cover  Salsa Lessons
  • Jitterbug Vipers, The  7:30pmHyde Park Bar & Grill, South Austin   4521 Westgate
  • Jon Dee Graham & Sam Baker8:30pmContinental Club Gallery  Austin $17/$20
  • Psych SundayslateAntone’s Night Club Austin
  • Telephone Company  10:30amRuta Maya HQ  Austin no cover  FREE Kids Show

Sales from Austin TidBits:

Spot: Adelante
Save: August 21st – 22nd enjoy 20 – 50% off summer merchandise. Mention Tidbits and receive an additional 15% off! Labor Day Sale, September 4th, 5th and 7th: $10, $20, $30 racks! Everything must go!!

Spot: c.jane
Save: Super Savings! 30 – 75% off great pieces including: Milly,Twenty8Twelve, 7jeans, Jbrand, Rebecca Taylor…Tidbits readers receive 15% off regular priced items. Going on right now!

Spot: Eliza Page
Save: Shop and take 20% off your order of $150 or more. Enter epbit09 at checkout. Offer ends August 24th. Online only. Also see new collections from Maslo Designs + Urban Posh!

Spot: FOXY Fusions
Save: 20% off all fused glass jewelry, card cases, and wine charms through August 31st. Enter promo code tidbit for discount at checkout.

Spot: Sanctuary
Save: Save big on fresh summer styles at Sanctuary. Receive 40 – 50% off clothes, shoes and lingerie. Mention Austin Tidbits and save an additonal 10% on entire purchase. Now through August 27th.

Spot: Rogue Equipment
Save: Everything Running… apparel, footwear, accessories and training. August 21-23 is their big Tax Free Weekend Sale! Save 20% off all apparel & accessories and up to 80% on select footwear!

Spot: y&i Clothing Boutique
Save: Want a preview of our best sale of the season? Stop by the store on Thursday, August 27th, for a sneak peek at their Le Garage Sale merchandise. You heard that right … Le Garage Sale deals two days early in the luxury of their own store. Prices start at $5.


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