The Paramount Theatre

Patty Griffin + Blade Relighting Ceremony

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 8:00PM
Paramount Theatre

<strong>Patty Griffin + Blade Relighting Ceremony</strong>
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C3 presents
Support: John Moreland
+ Paramount Centennial Celebration Blade Relighting Ceremony

6pm - 8pm Street party with complimentary drinks, music by New Breed Brass Band and designated area for viewing the blade relighting
6pm - 8pm Private parties at nearby venues with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music and prime view of the ceremony
7:15pm - 7:45pm Paramount blade relighting ceremony with special guest speakers
8pm Patty Griffin concert at Paramount Theatre

Party attendees and major donors receive priority access to premium seating for the Patty Griffin Concert.
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Paramount Centennial Celebration Information:
In addition to Patty Griffin's CD release show, the Paramount will be celebrating with six different private parties with prime views of the Paramount blade lighting ceremony, including a street party on Congress Avenue. This is set to be a momentous night, and you won't want to miss any part of it! Bring your friends and family to the celebration, and help us continue making history at the Paramount as we enter a second century of providing the best live shows, classic film, comedy, and family programs. By preserving this 100-year-old building, the theatre has become an important part of Austin’s cultural history, and can boast educating over 22,000 children through the arts each year. See below for details and reserve your spot to this historic event and concert.

The Original Paramount Blade was removed in the early 1960’s and has not been seen since. The new, historically accurate blade and its 1,386 bulbs will LIGHT UP the Avenue for the first time in over 50 years. It has been constructed to be an exact replica of the original blade, but is energy efficient and will be powered by a single 110 volt plug.

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Party Admission: $375
Party Admission + Patty Griffin Ticket: $425

oin us at the Private Penthouse Residence of Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin and enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, music by The Lost Counts, and a bird’s eye view from the balcony for the blade lighting.

Co-Hosted by Luci Baines Johnson & Ian Turpin and Nicole & Brent Covert. Online tickets sales are now closed. Please contact Paige Deegan at to inquire about tickets.

Party Admission: $250
Party Admission + Patty Griffin Ticket: $300

Join us at the Private Residence of Pam and Bill Fielding and enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, music by Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay, and a balcony view of the blade lighting.

Hosted by Pam & Bill Fielding. Online tickets sales are now closed. Please contact Paige Deegan at to inquire about tickets.

Party Admission: $150
Party Admission + Patty Griffin Ticket: $200

Join us at the Contemporary Austin Rooftop Lounge and enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, music by The Texas Mavericks, and a rooftop view of the blade lighting.

Co-Hosted by Janet & Wilson Allen and Amanda & Brad Nelsen. Online tickets sales are now closed. Please contact Paige Deegan at to inquire about tickets.

Party Admission: $150
Party Admission + Patty Griffin Ticket: $195

Join us for the Townsend Private Party and enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, music by Hilary York, and 2nd floor and street views of the blade lighting. Online tickets sales are now closed. Please contact Paige Deegan at to inquire about tickets.

Street Party: FREE

The Street Party RSVP list is now closed. But, please come down and find a spot on Congress Ave. to be a part of this historical event!

Take your spot on Congress Avenue in our enclosed, designated area and witness history with friends, family and the greater Austin community. Ticket includes complimentary drinks, music by the New Breed Brass Band and great views for the lighting ceremony. Patty Griffin concert tickets and parking must be purchased separately.

Patty Griffin CD Release Information:
The first quiet piano notes of the title track of Patty Griffin’s new album, Servant Of Love evoke a sense of mystery. “I want to live by your ocean/Moved by the waves/No one can see.” Go further into this haunting, jazz-steeped meditation, and that sense turns into a spell. With lulling piano, fathoms-deep bowed bass and improvisational trumpet floating above like a swooping gull, Griffin conjures the call of the depths in literal and metaphorical terms (“words from the deep, calling to me…”) and invites us on her odyssey to answer that call.

Very much in the traditions of American transcendental writer Ralph Waldo Emerson, and mystical poets like Rumi and Rainer Maria Rilke, Patty Griffin grounds her themes of love and mystery in the experience and rhythms of the everyday, the stuff of life. Servant Of Love takes on big ideas, but does so in the vernacular of folk tales, blues cants and jazz gestures. Griffin’s characteristic expressive vocals—equal measures passion and poignancy—and her potent songwriting blur the lines between the personal, the spiritual and the political. These songs move and persuade while they dive deep.

In case we think a pilgrimage into mystery is some esoteric undertaking, Griffin pulls us by the collar down into the greasy juke joint of songs like “Gunpowder,” where the most craven desires of the human animal hold sway. “Robbing cradles and the graves/Just realistic, not depraved.../…Draining rivers till they’re dry/I just like to, I don’t know why.” Explore the human heart, Griffin seems to say, and you will find darkness.

Not limited in scope to mere romance, these songs reveal how love underpins all our human movements—our passions, our desires, our mistakes, our neuroses, our greed and our good alike. Griffin embeds her exploration of love in the real, as in “Good And Gone,” an elemental folk song with blues in its DNA. It is Griffin’s powerful reaction to the shooting by police of John Crawford, an innocent man shopping in a Walmart. “I’m gonna make sure he’s good and gone/Gonna make sure he’s good and dead…/…Gonna make sure he knows his place/Wipe that smile off his face.” Never a writer to oversimplify, Griffin implicates more than just a man; she implicates the society which creates such a man. “Rich man has his money/What can a poor man claim?.../…Pawns of another rich man’s game.”

Even in songs which seem to speak from the personal, the connection to broader concerns abides. When, in the intimate “You Never Asked Me,” she cries out, “It was an exercise in catastrophe/It was a dance of destruction/…A flight of fragile wings,” she’s not just talking about a single relationship, but about love’s effects in the world. “Polar ice caps below and above/Conquered and claimed and ruined for love.”

Over nine albums, Patty Griffin has proven herself a writer of uncommon perception, with a genius for character-driven story-telling. On this, her tenth, she brings that genius to bear on her over-arching themes. The same trans-migrated soul seems to inhabit the characters in these songs, all different, yet all walking the same beat, speaking from the same source: the storyteller herself, of course, but also, the album suggests, a greater source. A source we reject at our peril. That melting polar ice cap in “You Never Asked Me”? That’s no metaphor. That’s the real world consequence of our spiritual deficit.

As Servant Of Love travels through different musical terrains—folk and blues, rock and jazz, ancient sounds and modern—a spare, organic quality persists. Patterns and reccurence weave through the album in small ways and large: the drone of open tunings, modal riffs and bluesy moves, images of nature. That lonely trumpet. They create a sense of sonic return that buoys Griffin’s larger message: Love persists. In the dark, in the mud, in disaster, in the sun, there love is. An elemental force.

While any song on Servant Of Love stands alone, each a vivid gem mined from a rich vein, together they create an emotional arc of unusual depth. Patty Griffin might take us into the dark, but she doesn’t leave us there. Instead, she brings the mystery into the light, and by the last song, “Shine A Different Way,” a joyous, tuneful paean to surrender and rebirth, we feel we really have traveled her road with her. Now we end by the sea where we started,, with “…the moon and the glistening waves,” a little more ready, perhaps, as Rilke said, to “live the questions.”

Patty Griffin is a Grammy-Award winning artist who has achieved great acclaim for her songwriting as well as her powerful voice. Her first two albums, Living With Ghosts and Flaming Red are considered seminal albums in the singer-songwriter genre, while Children Running Though won Best Album and led to her being named Best Artist at the 2007 Americana Music Awards. She won the Grammy for Downtown Church, her 2010 gospel album. Her songs have been covered by a myriad of artists including Emmylou Harris, The Dixie Chicks, Joan Baez and Bette Midler. She was born in Old Town, Maine and resides in Austin, Texas.