Spend your summer under the stars

Published 7:01 am Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Austin Area Commission for the Arts invites you to spend your summer watching world class entertainment under the Historic Paramount Theatre stars.

We are partnering with Riverside Concerts out of Rochester to bring their World Music series to Austin for select Wednesdays throughout the summer. The series begins on June 15 with the Quebec-based Yves Lambert Trio. This Canadian group features Yves Lambert, Tommy Gauthier, and Olivier Rondeau.

Krar Collective performs for the second event on July 20. Dubbed as being “The Ethiopian White Stripes,” Krar Collective serve up a colourful feast of mind-blowing Ethiopian grooves.

Led by Temesgen Zeleke, a former student of Ethiojazz legend Mulatu Astatke, the band performs a rootsy yet contemporary take on traditional music from Ethiopia based on other-worldly modes and driven by hypnotic rhythms.

The World Music series concludes on Aug. 17with Calan — five talented, young musicians that are giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music.

Each of these events are about an hour long and free to attend.

In addition to these fantastic events, we are proud to announce that Acoustic Ninja and Austin-native Trace Bundy will be returning to the Paramount stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 the day of, and all students are $5 and can be purchased at the Austin ArtWorks Center or online at austinareaarts.org. Trace’s music must be seen live. Described as “poetry in motion,” Trace uses harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience.

Upcoming events

•Thursday-Friday: Ellis Middle School Play at the Austin ArtWorks Center

•June 14: Intro to Polymer Clay Class with Layl McDill, 2 p.m. at the Austin ArtWorks Center.

•June 15: Yves Lambert Trio, 7 p.m. Historic Paramount Theatre

•Saturday: Bob Ross Landscape Painting, 1 p.m., Austin ArtWorks Center.

•Register for classes online or at the Austin ArtWorks Center