Best Bets: An evening with Scott Jasmin and the Gracenotes

Scott Jasmin and the Gracenotes will be bringing Austin an evening of “Small-town Songs” on Friday, March 13, on the second floor of the Austin ArtWorks Center.

Describing their music as an “original Americana blend of folk, pop, and jazz,” Jasmin said the band only recently began performing under the name Scott Jasmin and the Gracenotes.

“I wanted a name for the band; prior to that I was just using the name Scott Jasmin and I wanted to put emphasis on the band and not make it about me,” he said. “The band is such a strong element. I am the writer for the band and lead singer, and I could perform solo, but it’s nothing like when I’m performing with the band. I like the name because in musical terms, gracenotes give the song life and movement.”

Performing with Jasmin are band members Scott Anderson on bass guitar and Pete Wangen on drums. Also performing on electric/steel pedal guitar is special guest Bridger Fruth, who is not an official member, though he performs with the Gracenotes when he can, Jasmin said.

The band will perform original pieces from “Small-town Songs,” a record that Jasmin said he hopes to record in a studio soon. Several singles have already been recorded.

“The songs are inspired by life in Austin or in a Midwestern town,” Jasmin said. “For example, there’s one song about Skinner’s Hill and another about The Tendermaid.”

Opening the show will be solo acts from bluegrass/folk musician Thomas Estrem and pop/folk artist Amanda Jay.

“It’s going to be a fun show with original music in a live setting,” Jasmin said. “It’s a great venue; the room itself has a great vibe with art on the walls. Austin has such a great groundswell of people attending live events, and when they come together in a room like that, there is a lot of energy and people have a great time.”

The show is sponsored by Blue Moon Resorts, Superior Cannabis, Keith Leif and Ashley Furniture.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at the door only.

For more information, go to www.austinareaarts.org or call 507-434-0934.

Friday

• Austin Bruins vs. Minot Minotauros, 7:05 p.m. at Riverside Arena. Go, Bruins! Tickets available at Hy-Vee, Holiday Inn, Games People Play, Jim’s Marketplace and Riverside Arena. For more information, go to www.austinbruins.com.

Saturday

• Kids’ Studio – Piñatas, 10:30 a.m. at the Austin Artworks Center. With Gabriella and Alondra. Cost $5 per child; geared towards kids ages 5-10. To sign up or for more information, go to www.austinareaarts.org or call 507-434-0934.

• Second Saturday Kids’ Craft – Handprint Cutout Art, 10:30 a.m. at the Austin Public Library. Kids can put their imagination to work and create a one-of-a-kind project. Each child under 5 years old must be accompanied by an adult for the entire craft. For more information, call 507-433-2391.

• Family Art Studio, 1 p.m. at the Austin ArtWorks Center. Drop in as a family and get creative with materials provided. Free; all ages encouraged to attend and create together. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. For more information, go to www.austinareaarts.org or call 507-434-0934.

• Author Visit – Eric Shoars, 1 p.m. at Sweet Reads. Meet Eric Shoars, successful self-help books author who has now published his first fiction book. For more information, call 507-396-8660.

• Family Maple Syruping, 1 p.m. at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center. How much work goes into making one bottle of fresh maple syrup? Join nature center staff for this family friendly program to find out. Venture out into the sugar bush to collect sap from maple trees and learn the tips and tricks to maple syruping, then take a peek inside the Sugar Shack to see our evaporator at work. $15 per family.

• Austin Rotary Club Trivia Fundraiser, 6 p.m. at the Hormel Historic Home. Come out for a night of fun, trivia and fundraising for local area children’s food backpack programs. All are welcome. Event opens with a social hour with appetizers and a cash bar, along with Silent Auction. Form a team of eight people, $25 per person ($200 per table). For tickets or more information, go to www.hormelhistorichome.org/calendartickets.html or call 507-433-4243.

• Austin Bruins vs. Minot Minotauros, 7:05 p.m. at Riverside Arena. Go, Bruins! Tickets available at Hy-Vee, Holiday Inn, Games People Play, Jim’s Marketplace and Riverside Arena. For more information, go to /www.austinbruins.com.

Sunday

• Riders Pancake Breakfast, 9 a.m. to noon at American Legion post 91. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake feast at the Legion – pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and juice! Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for kids down to 6, free for kids under 6. All proceeds benefit Legion Riders programs. For more information, call 507-437-1151.