Austin events offer alternative to ACL

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For those that cannot afford a three- or one-day pass to this year’s ACL, this weekend has a few alternatives that will keep you entertained at affordable prices:

DITCH THE FEST FEST 2

Created by local indie rock band Les Rav’s Naomi Cherie and Joseph Salazar, Ditch the Fest Fest originally began last year at Cheer Up Charlie’s with Ikey Owen’s (formerly of Mars Volta) Free Moral Agents headlining the festival. The event featured local acts such as Megafauna, Ringo Deathstarr and The Sour Notes. Now, a year later, the festival is still an all-day event but features many more venues and bands than before. More than 70 local acts will be in attendance, including Noise Revival Orchestra, Mother Falcon and The White White Lights. The growth of the event caught the attention Lauren Bruno, Les Rav member and collaborator.

“It’s more than the music, it’s all about the community,” said Bruno, who is also the director of non-profit organization $2 Shows. Collaborating with Cherie and Salazar. Bruno’s $2 Shows have helped Ditch the Fest Fest become even larger and keep things affordable and entertaining.

“The focus of the organization is to give back to the community,” Bruno said.

Most of the proceeds from $2 Shows benefit local charities and organizations such as Austin Children’s Shelter, Town Lake Animal Shelter and the Children’s Miracle Network.

LEARNING SECRETS

New York’s Metro Area, known for their innovative house and techno sound, will be performing alongside Indian Jewelry, Rickey Jean Francois and Austin’s Learning Secrets. Metro Area will provide booty-shaking grooves throughout the night.

“If you only come to one Learning Secret’s party, this is the one,” said Jeramy Neugent, half of the DJ duo Learning Secrets.

SILENT CITY LIMITS

Described as the “Silent Disco,” Silent City Limits provides attendees with wireless headphones that connect to two different channels. These two channels will feature sets from DJs such as Orion, the All Good Funk Alliance and Kangaroo Sexy. Made famous at events such as Bonnaroo, Camp Bisco and Treasure Island, these “Silent Events” headphones will allow listeners to have a good time and not have to worry about noise complaints or deafening speakers. DJs will be spinning, and there’s no set end time.

gAyCL

Featuring artists such as Boy Friend, Agent Ribbons and Follow That Bird, gAyCL will be happening at Cheer Up Charlie’s, benefitting the Equality Texas organization, and there are talks of a surprise special guest.

These alternatives are not only easy on the wallet, but they all offer a different taste of what Austin has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a night of dancing or want to catch some of Austin’s rising indie rock acts, these events will keep you entertained and give you plenty of bang for your buck.