began our series in May of 2009 . We have hosted shows with Butch Hancock, Shake Russell, Betty Soo, Bob Cheevers, Vance
Gilbert, Chuck Pyle, among others.
Each month we transform a fabulous acoustically designed
room within the Austin Parks and Recreation Department's Lamar Senior Activity Center into our listening room. Whoa!!!
Stop, Did I say Senior Center? Yes, but please note this is not a residential senior
adult facility. It is simply a recreational center that that targets its programs and services to folks
over the age of 50. However, once a month when the center becomes the Austin Acoustical Café,
it is open to ages 8 and older, provided the children have the ability to sit quietly and still through each set.
Acoustical Café presents each show in a true listening room environment. This means you will
experience a small intimate show where you don’t have to worry about outside noise such as waiters and kitchen staff
or those folks at the next table murmuring or talking too loud. During the sets, the rule of decorum
is that the fans sit quietly while listening to the stories and words of the performer’s songs. I
know most of us are used to experiencing our live music in a concert or bar setting where you can really let loose so this
may sound a bit dull too you. However, if you have ever enjoyed a show in the Bass Concert
Hall where the same rules of decorum apply, I know you will enjoy this venue. The Austin Acoustical Café is truly
a place in Austin where one can connect with the music in no other way.
now understand, this is not a bar and in fact it is important to note that there are no drinks available other than coffee
and tea. No outside beverages are permitted to be brought in other than water bottles. One
other great thing that AAC offers is homemade desserts. The series is backed by a non-profit Senior Activity
Center Advisory Board who is affiliated with the center. The board’s members prepare the desserts
and sell them as a fundraiser to help offset expenses with this show and other services at the facility. In that respect,
this is more than just a monthly music show. It is a venue that benefits the aging population within the City of Austin.