Soul of a Musician Series Kicks Off 2016 with Amy Cook at the Iron Cactus North On Feb. 14

    Soul of a Musician Series Kicks Off 2016 with Amy Cook at the Iron Cactus North On Feb. 14

    02/14/2016 | Sunday | 6:30 pm

    Iron Cactus North
    10001 Stonelake Blvd.
    Austin,Texas 78759

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    The beloved intimate artist showcase series, The Soul of a Musician Series, launches its fourth year with a Valentine’s Day concert featuring Amy Cook and the announcement of the first half of its Spring lineup. The kickoff concert will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14 at Iron Cactus North, located at 10001 Stonelake Blvd., Austin, Texas 78759. The show is free and open to the public. The series takes place Sunday evenings in the Agave Room of Iron Cactus North, a bar/restaurant setting with a fine stage, excellent sound and beautiful lighting. The first half of the Spring lineup will feature a rich diversity of artists and genres including:

    Feb. 14 – Amy Cook

    Feb. 21 – The Peterson Brothers

    Feb. 28 – *no show due to Oscars night

    March 6 – Carson McHone

    Mar 13 – The Deer

    Mar 20 – Billy Harvey from New York City

    March 27 – *no show due to Easter

    April 3 – Emily Bell

    April 10 – Jackie Venson

    April 17 – Jeff Black from Nashville, TN.

    Four years ago, the Rev. Merrill Wade and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church launched the Soul of a Musician series as an outlet for Austin musicians to play music in a loving, receptive environment in order to explore the various emotional and spiritual dimensions of their sound. What began as a small-scale concert series to provide a safe haven for Austin’s working musicians has ignited a movement to provide a much needed platform for musicians to express their spiritual needs and creativity through music and through open discussion. Though sponsored by a church, the gathering is not a religious event at all. As Kevin Curtin of the Austin Chronicle wrote in a May 22, 2015 review of a Gina Chavez show at the Soul Series, “There were no Bible readings, no hands clasped in prayer, no theological language. It’s through artists and their writing that Wade hopes to extract truth in a way the church can’t.”

    “The Soul Series is a unique listening experience,” said Rev. Merrill Wade. “It is designed entirely with an artist-focused format, where the community comes together to support the spiritual and emotional well-being of the musician and gain insight into their creative process and growth.”

    As the centerpiece of the show, the musician performs two original songs they have handpicked, then Rev. Wade leads a discussion with the artist and those gathered about the spirituality and inspiration behind the songs. “This discussion time opens up dialogue for the artist to reveal the inspiration behind their music, what it means to them, and sometimes even to reckon with any suffering or negativity in their lives,” said Rev Wade. “It provides a deep connection between the artist and those gathered; something they don’t often experience playing a gig at any other venue in town. This is an opportunity for the musician to express their needs and for the audience to provide care and support for their local talent.”