Pachanga Down in Corpus Christi!

Posted by Traci Marie Mondragon | Festivals

Hometown Pachanga for a Great Cause

You already know we love our ATX. It seems there is always something fun going on, many times for free or cheap, in our favorite Texas city. But as many others who call Austin home, I’m a transplant. I was born and raised on the coast, in the Sparkling City by the Sea… Corpus Christi, TX. The traditions in Corpus are deep and many are rooted in both Mexican-American culture and the coastal customs of sea-faring explorers who arrived in the area in the early 1500’s.

View of Harbor Bridge in Corpus

In 1938, the first Buccaneer Days festival was held, and continues to be the most exciting time of year in the Coastal Bend area. Since the beginning of Buc Days, the festival and commission have been committed to raising funds for local educational programs. The events surrounding Buc Days feature multi-faceted family entertainment, and this year, they’ve raised the bar on the most popular Buc Days event – the Illuminated Night Parade.

Ray High school drill team at Buc Days Parade

The first-ever Parade Pachanga will feature a VIP indoor parade viewing route with a party atmosphere, OPEN BAR, COMPLIMENTARY FOOD,  and some great kid-friendly activities! Sponsored by Shiner Beer, Tito’s Vodka, KRIS-TV, and Flint Hills Resources, this VIP event will raise funds for the Buccaneer Commission’s educational programs and scholarships, while creating a fun, unique way to celebrate Corpus Christi’s most famous festival!

Live music by El Dusty!

If you’re on a budget, a great (free) way to enjoy the night parade down in Corpus, is to stake out your spot along the streets of the parade route early. More information on this year’s route can be found here. But, if you’re able to afford to support a great cause, consider purchasing tickets to the Parade Pachanga! Baller ATX staff will be there supporting our hometown, and will bring you some of the action on our socials.

 

El Dusty will be providing the music for the Pachanga throughout the night. If you want to get a preview of his style, check out Cumbia Anthem by El Dusty below! Come hang with ballerATX Crew in Corpus and don’t forget to purchase tickets here!

Also did we mention Corpus is a short 30 minute drive from Port A and 15 minutes from Padre Island with endless beaches! Make a whole weekend fiesta out of it!

 

Eeyores Birthday Party

by Dominic Mondragon

Eeyores 56th annual celebration will be held from 11:00 a.m. to dusk on April 27th, 2019 at Pease Park (1100 Kingsbury St, Austin, TX 78705) in Austin, TX.

Eeyore’s Birthday Party is a day-long festival taking place annually in Austin, Texas since 1963. It typically occurs on the last Saturday of April in Austin’s Pease District Park. It includes live music, food and drink vending, which benefit local non-profit organizations, attendees in colorful costumes, and very large drum circles. The event is frequented by children and families, with specific events presented for them by the event organizers. The festival is named in honor of Eeyore, a character in A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories. (from wiki).

This is probably one of the first free events I went to when I first moved to Austin and still one of my favorites. Drum circles, Adam and Steve, The silver guy, the maypole, a real Eeyore, people dancing everywhere, and these days, a great way to support nonprofits by purchasing beer and food from them on site. Bring cash, sunscreen, instruments, love, dogs, blankets, friends, etc. Yes these days this has become a family friendly event with kids running everywhere, but make sure you understand this is Austin, and people will be weird and fun!

 

Eeyore’s Parking: The best way to get to the fest is to use public transportation. Since it is located in West Campus off of Lamar, the park is not parking friendly. Cap Metro Route 5 stops at Lamar & MLK right next to the event.  Also Route # 18 stops at Enfield/West Lynn (6 blocks walk). It runs until 11:00pm. You can also always bike it, or ride share.

If you drive: There is always free parking which includes a free shuttle on 16th street and Colorado at the State parking garage “E” and “J”. ,Shuttles run every 10 minutes, but it may take a little longer to get there later in the afternoon using the shuttle. Click here for a map to the FREE Shuttle Bus Pickup location.

Eeyores Birthday Party is a fundraiser to benefit non-profit groups in Austin. Some of these groups will be selling hot and cold food (including vegetarian), beer, soft drinks, juices, spring water, and Texas beer. Look for commemorative Eeyore’s Birthday Party T-shirts.

  • Wear a costume. There will be costume contests and other games with prizes for children of all ages.
  • Artists will be doing face painting, henna, and temporary tattoos.
  • Musicians playing non-amplified instruments are invited to play.
  • There will be Maypoles for the young and young at heart.
  • Children’s Area from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
  • LIVE MUSIC from 11am to 6 p.m.
  • Eeyore’s 2019 Birthday celebration will feature live performances by the following bands:11-12pm Fun Bunch / World Gone Mad
    12-12:45pm Bat Forest
    1-1:45pm Isistren
    2-2:45pm Nokken and the Grim
    3-3:45pm Tex Offenders
    4-4:45pm Warren Moon Band
    5-5:45pm Black and White Yea
  • ALWAYS FREE ADMISSION
Remember:

NO bottles, cans, or coolers will be allowed in the park.
Please keep all dogs on leashes.
An ID will be required to purchase alcoholic beverages.
No Tents

 

Volunteer:

 If you would like to volunteer, there is this Volunteer information link from eeyores.org. Volunteers work in shifts and are offered free beverages and food when they are not working. It is a great way to meet new people and network, and they have many returning volunteers come back each year.

 

 

The third and final day. I must admit that I am very sad to see this epic party come to a close. Day 3 at the WIRED Café included celebrity guests Holland Taylor (Mr. Mercedes), David Harbour and Matthew Modine (Stranger Things), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), Graham McTavish (Preacher), Ricky Whittle (American Gods) and more! DJ Artistic helped bring the house down by starting an amazing dance party worthy of any good con. I’ve been to countless parties for SXSW with some of the biggest brands sponsoring them and Wired is king among them. Thank you for having us out a our first comic and showing us Texans a great time.

What a day we had at the Wired Cafe, costume dance-off and cake, what more could you ask for? Day 2 at the WIRED Café included a special celebration where Jamie Chung (The
Gifted) and Nicholas Thompson (WIRED Editor-in-Chief) cut the 10th Anniversary cake
to the tunes of happy birthday while guests cheered with a champagne toast.

Other celebrity guests in attendance included, Jimmi Simpson (Westworld), Caleb
McLaughlin and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Tim Roth (Twin Peaks), James Van Der
Beek (What Would Diplo Do?) and more!

He still knew nothing

Lady Deadpool Dance Champ

Jamie Chung (The Gifted) and Nicholas Thompson (WIRED Editor-in-Chief)

Delicious Ice cream

11 has turned into a 20

Best hatpin at the Con

People just cant get enough

 

*photo credit by Terry Flemings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We started our day off right with some delicious bites and cold drinks at the annual Wired Cafe. The opening day of WIRED Café included celebrity guests, Justin Theroux (Lego Ninjago), Dave Franco (Lego Ninjago), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings),the Teen Wolf (Tyler Posey) and Timeless (Abigail Spencer) casts and more! We’ve been to a lot of events and parties through out the years but Wired Cafe has really out done themselves. We cant wait to see what or most importantly, who day two will bring.

 

 

*photo credit to Terry Flemings.

by Traci Mondragon

The Baller ATX crew was thrilled to be invited back to Louisville this weekend for the 15th Annual Forecastle Festival!  We enjoyed incredible hospitality and amazing music, art, and food last at last year’s fest (not to mention quite the storm!) so we are beyond excited to be heading back. The fest takes place this weekend, July 14-16 in Louisville, KY, and Baller ATX will be bringing you photos and experiences from Forecastle.

Beginning as a small neighborhood event in 2002, focusing on music, art, and conservationism – Forecastle has grown into one of the largest music festivals in the country, and draws tens of thousands attendees from all over the world. This year’s headliners include LCD Soundsystem, Weezer, ODESZA, and Sturgill Simpson.  Along with Phantogram, newcomer K.Flay, Charles Bradley, the energetic Capital Cities, and so much more… Forecastle’s eclectic mix will surely have something for everyone.

Austin’s own Spoon will also be lending their talent to the amazing list of artists rocking Waterfront Park this weekend.

Featuring local eats, a Bourbon Lodge, and the Hunter S. Thompson-inspired Gonzo Bar, Forecastle’s unique style makes it a can’t-miss for festival lovers. We can’t wait to bring you coverage from the weekend, so stay tuned to Baller ATX for more!

Acl Fest 2017 Lineup

by Dominic Mondragon

While i’ll admit, ACL Fest is nowhere close to free, it is one of my favorite fest. I am one of the rare few who went to the First ACL fest back in 2002, and I have actually been to every day of every ACL Fest since then (Except that one year it rained out on that Sunday).. ACL Fest has come along way since the dust fests, the dillodirt barefoot poopmud fest that came out of the dust fest, and I remember one Sunday that it hit 107 when the fest was still in September.

Regardless of what you think of ACL fest, it is one the best bang for your buck fest if you are open to different genres of music. The average ticket to a show at ACL’s Moody theater seems to go for around $70 these days. so with the fest at $255 a weekend this year, you basically make your money back after after 4 top tier bands.

Traci at ACL Fest 2002.

Check out the line up BELOW and get your tickets at 10AM (May 4th) on the ACL Fest site.

JAY Z (added late)

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
CHANCE THE RAPPER
THE KILLERS
GORILLAZ
MARTIN GARRIX
THE XX
ICE CUBE
RYAN ADAMS
SOLANGE
THE HEAD AND THE HEART
RUN THE JEWELS
FOSTER THE PEOPLE
SPOON
VANCE JOY
ZHU
GLASS ANIMALS
TOVE LO
MILKY CHANCE
PORTUGAL THE MAN
BONOBO
CUT COPY
CRYSTAL CASTLES
ASAP FERG
FIRST AID KIT
RUFUS Du SOL
RUSS
D.R.A.M.
SKEPTA
LOUIS THE CHILD
SUPERDUPERKYLE
ROYAL BLOOD
ALISON WONDERLAND
THE REVIVALISTS
CODY JINKS
THE BLACK ANGELS
ANGEL OLSEN
O.A.R.
GETTER
DANNY BROWN
JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL
BADBADNOTGOOD
MUTEMATH
YULFPECK
THE GROWLERS
CAR SEAT HEADREST
BROODS
JOSEPH
HAMILTON LEITHAUSER
DREAMCAR
GRACE VANDERWAAL
BROTHERS OSBORNE
BENJAMIN BOOKER
RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE
BIG WILD
MUNA
WHITNEY
THUNDERCAT
JACOB BANKS
ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS
THE LEMON TWIGS
DAY WAVE
BIBI BOURELLY
MISSIO
TASH SOLTANA
MIDDLE KIDS
MONDO COZMO
OUGHT
SKIP MARLEY
VALERIE JUNE
COIN
SIGRID
AJR
ASGEIR
LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL
SAM DEW
DEAP VALLY
(SANDY) ALEX G
DREAMERS
THE BAND 0F HEATHENS
ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
DALE AND RAY
LA FEMME
KAREN ELSON
AND MANY MORE

Pecan Street Festival

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Pecan Street Festival

by Dominic Mondragon

The first time I “legally” drank on the street (not in a bar) on sixth street, was at Pecan Street Festival. The festival’s name comes from the previous name of the world-renowned and twice renamed “Dirty Sixth.” Fun Austin fact… all the numbered streets used to be named after trees downtown, and all the cross streets are named after Texas rivers, in geographical order, from north to south (with the exception of Congress Ave.).

The fest is held twice a year, Spring and Fall, and this Spring it is going to be held the weekend of May 6th (11AM – 10PM) and May 7th (11AM – 8PM).

Now in its 40th year, this is an all ages event and free to the public. Besides the 300+ arts and crafts booths, vendors also sell food and alcohol, which you can legally drink on the street while you walk around, within the fest limits.

One of the biggest attractions is the free music. There are usually 3 stages, and the music starts at noon each day. The headliners are not as big as they have been in previous years, but there are a ton of great local bands showcasing their talent for those who care to stop by. You can see the full music line up here!

One of my favorite things about this fest, is that a lot of bars open up early. You can grab a drink, take a seat by an open window of your least favorite Austin bar, and people watch. The event is dog friendly, and you will see tons of them.

Parking can be a bitch, but it is downtown on a weekend, and we all know this already. I suggest getting there early to get a good space, or even better use public transportation and ride share so you can drink a little more and maybe make a day of it.

For more information, please visit the official website. 

 

The cutest little music festival ever…

by Traci Mondragon
Photos by Dominic Mondragon

 

As a first-time Old Settler’s festival attendee, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I figured it would be laid-back, fun, and friendly, but upon arriving, I quickly realized that it would become one of all-time favorite festival experiences.

Nestled in the hill country between Dripping Springs and Wimberley, Driftwood, TX is probably most well-known for a little BBQ joint called The Salt Lick. The smoked meat scent permeates the air for at least a 2 mile radius. But each April, the air is filled with more than just the aroma of brisket and sausage… the sweet sounds of folk, bluegrass, and country rock. You just immediately feel at home at Old Settler’s.

Me by the creek!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We started the day with a little stroll down to the creek, and ended up being drawn over to catch the last of the California Honeydrops set on the Hill Country Stage. Their upbeat horns and vocals brought a little California sunshine to the (rather large) crowd on this grey and cloudy Texas day.

We then meandered through the trees on the trail to the Bluebonnet Stage to catch Wood & Wind (an apparent festival favorite) for their set. As we walked, we passed several artisan vendors selling everything from incense to leather goods, as well as a few delicious smelling food and beer vendors. I made a mental note to stop for a funnel cake later.

California Honeydrops (by Dominic Mondragon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wood & Wind (by Dominic Mondragon)

We made our way back to the Hill Country Stage just in time for Elephant Revival, and ended up staying for The Lone Bellow and the legendary Del McCoury Band.

L-R: Elephant Revival, The Lone Bellow, Del McCoury Band (all by Dominic Mondragon)

As the evening grew colder, nothing could warm up the crowd like the smooth and sultry voice of Sarah Jarosz. Her music fills your heart and soul with joy and sadness all at once.

Sarah Jarosz (by Dominic Mondragon)

We ended the night with one of our favorite bands on earth… The Old 97’s! Their high energy and upbeat country-rock sounds were definitely the best way to end an amazing Old Settler’s Music Festival experience. Lead singer Rhett Miller never fails to entertain a crowd and start a party.

Old 97’s (by Dominic Mondragon)

This little hill country music and camping festival is one of the best we’ve been to, and we will definitely be back. From the family-friendly, chill atmosphere to the amazing food and incredible music… Old Settler’s was an incredible experience.

Blues on the Green 2017

Austin’s largest FREE concert series is back for its 27th season at Zilker Park for 4 shows:

May 24th, June 14th, July 12th, & Aug 2nd

The first show has been announced for May 24 and features Jamestown Revival with Walker Lukens!

All shows start at 8pm, but we suggest getting there no later than 6pm so you can park, get a good seat, and enjoy the view before the show starts at 8pm!

Bring your dog, sunscreen, a blanket, plenty of water, friends, money for food and drinks, and low back chairs.

 

Save the dates. Instead of announcing the line up all at once like they do every year, this year they will be announcing each show one at a time.

For more information including where to park, check out the official website.