Composer, community organizer and musician Graham Reynolds has curated a series of performances to christen the Texas Big Top at Bass Concert Hall. Reynolds is calling the series Texas Mixtape and the performances will happen in a new covered outdoor event space on the plaza outside the performance hall on the University of Texas campus. These shows will be the first in-person performances Texas Performing Arts has hosted since March.
For the series, Reynolds combined artists who inspire him in unusual groupings.
“In the spirit of this new Texas Big Top venue, experimenting and discovering its role in this pandemic era of the Austin music scene, I’ve asked the players to stretch themselves, playing with musicians they’re either just getting to know or perhaps have never played with before,” Reynolds said in a press release about the event. “Mixtapes are my roots. They’re the way I love to listen, bouncing from one style to another, creating meaning through new contexts. Growing up, they were a way to share a part of yourself with others.”
The concerts kick off on Nov. 20 with a show featuring drummer Brannen Temple’s ElecTriO with Bobby Sparks and James Robinson. The series continues with a Dec. 4 show featuring Gina Chavez and special guests and a Dec. 11 show that combines the talents of Josh Baca, Orión García, Andrew Hayward, and Beto Martinez.
The shows will have limited capacity and feature socially-distanced two-seat pods. Tickets to each concert are $20 per pod seating and mask use will be required for all staff and attendees. More information and tickets are available at texasperformingarts.org.