19 Artists on Their Preferred Independent Audio Venues

Eighteen days is just lengthy plenty of to simulate the sensation of an precise town, designed of canvas and nylon and juniper and tin amid the buffalo grass and dwell oaks—though shorter ample to drive you back into the entire world with a new feeling of reason on your hero’s journey, to obtain tunes and return the spring to observe. It requires a 7 days to alter to singing until finally solar up every early morning, and the times are as well scorching to think, so we snooze on the banking institutions of the Medina River, in deep cypress shade, skinny dipping in the spring water involving naps. I was honored to play the mainstage with Massive Thief in 2018, following participating in a life time of reveals in the campground’s outdoor shower, in the meadow in a lightning storm, in a rooster coop atop a 1940’s Worldwide Harvester flatbed, in the team kitchen scalded by the fryer, quietly in the Cureville massage and therapeutic lean-to, and inside at minimum 500 RVs. I’ve shared charges with artists these as Dan of 1000 Tunes, Slender Richey (“the most perilous guitar player in Texas”), Lunchbox, Jalapeno, and Manky. Spider assists with safety when he’s not culling wild hogs with a bowie knife for regional ranchers. Writers these as Brian QTN, Steve Fisher, Steve Gillete, and Darlene Raven have served raise me, with the persistence and undying assist that they exhibit every writer who sits down at their fires. In the words of Carol and Ed Florida, “On the wings of music, newfound close friends grow to be loved ones in advance of prolonged, we acquire seeds to sow alongside the road we travel on, and fly to our harvest house in the spring.”

Kerrville is literally strung alongside one another with barbed wire, and right after staying canceled two a long time in a row due to Covid, they are fully broke and are on the edge of shutting down without end. If you have just about anything to lead, make sure you do what you can to help save the Kerrville Folk Competition and the Quiet Valley Ranch by way of the donation site on their web site. If they make it, we’ll see you there.


Cafe Erzulie (Brooklyn, NY)

By KeiyaA

Cafe Erzulie is a space centered in neighborhood and for that I’m grateful. I have spent many evenings there, regardless of whether it’s to see jazz, shake ass to a fire DJ, or roll up in the wonderful backyard. It is certainly a location that I can appear and experience affirmed.


Hi Tone (Memphis, TN)

By Julien Baker

In advance of I was old ample to get into 18-and-up exhibits, I currently realized about Hi Tone. It was the spot for all the neat hardcore demonstrates I required to see, and it’s a fixture in the scene, a single of a handful of venues that stays constant and has not been repurposed or resold. What I price about Memphis music is its tenacity and resourcefulness, and I consider Hi Tone embodies that in its possess gritty way.

This image is from a demonstrate I performed with the band the Acorns, an artist from Memphis I grew up listening to and loving. Hi Tone hosts the annually Pants Tour that Smith7 places on, and they hosted the Za Fest early on. They make a room for Memphis bands to enjoy music, and that is extremely crucial to me.

Photo by by Brian Vernon

Saturn (Birmingham, AL)

By Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee

I grew up in Birmingham, and when Saturn’s predecessor location, Bottletree, opened in 2006, it completely transformed my existence. For the to start with time in my lifetime, awesome bands and artists were coming to city usually. It sadly shut in 2015, but with that arrived the opening of Saturn. It’s house/atomic age-themed, with a famously very good inexperienced place that any band who has ever performed there remembers fondly. It is also throughout the road from Saw’s Soul Kitchen area, which is likely the ideal BBQ in city. Tour can sense like this sort of a grind, and they make it simple, exciting, and pleasurable. They also did an wonderful career of putting Birmingham on the map as a great desired destination for touring artists. I do not personally have a photograph of me enjoying there, but here’s me at soundcheck there in 2017 with my niece Lola.