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Lit Crawl Austin, Litquake and Texas Book Festival Bring Comical Music Mayhem to East Sixth; April 24

POSTED BY prbythebook ON March 31, 2014

by Lit Crawl Austin, @LitCrawlATX 

litcrawlatxLit Crawl Austin adds a major dose of humor to its programming this year, with a benefit performance of the West Coast comedy show, “Way Behind the Music.” Presented in partnership with San Francisco’s Litquake literary festival and the Texas Book Festival, this will be the show’s Texas debut.

The show features a notable lineup of comics, musicians and writers who take center stage to readfrom the hilariously odd music memoirs of “less sung” authors, like Justin Bieber, Flavor Flav, Dick Clark, Sammy Hagar, Liberace, George Jones, Tori Amos, Vince Neil and Backstreet Boy moms Denise McLean and Jane Carter, among others.

Proceeds benefit Lit Crawl Austin’s annual literary pub crawl through the East Sixth corridor. (On tap this year Saturday, October 26; time 7:30pm)

Who:   Guest readers include…

  • Carolyn Wonderland: Multiple award-winning blues vocalist, songwriter and musician, has performed with Imperial Monkeys, Sis DeVille, and the Austin Volunteer Orchestra.
  • Annie La Ganga: comic performer, star of the stage show “Surprise Annie,” and author of Stoners and Self-Appointed Saints.
  • Owen Edgerton: Author, performer, and screenwriter. Has been voted Austin’s favorite author in 2007, 2008 and 2010 by the readers of the Austin Chronicle.

When:   Thursday, April 24, 2014; 7 PM

Where:  The North Door, 502 Brushy St., Austin, TX

Tickets: $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Available online, at brownpapertickets.com.

About Way Behind the Music
Way Behind the Music launched in 2010 as a live comedy benefit for the Litquake literary festival. Now an annual treat on the Bay Area literary scene, the show has enjoyed sold-out audiences in Manhattan and San Francisco for three years running.

Producer: Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware, who has sacrificed both taste and time in order to personally read over 100 of the worst and weirdest music autobiographies ever published. Hear Jack Boulware interviewed, here.

Host: Anthony Bedard, of the bands Hank IV and Icky Boyfriends, and longtime booker for San Francisco’s Hemlock Tavern music club, whose Folder Rock project of bizarre band pitch letters is coming to a bookstore near you. Watch Anthony Bedard host, here.

Past participants

Authors: Sylvie Simmons, Joel Selvin, Michelle Tea, Joshua Mohr
Comedians/Personalities: Julie Klausner, Tom Scharpling, Gaylord Fields, Beth Lisick, Parker Gibbs, Bucky Sinister
Bands/Musicians: Penelope Houston (Avengers), John Doe (X), Handsome Dick Manitoba (The Dictators), Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), Jon Ginoli (Pansy Division), Frank Portman (Mr. T Experience), Jesse Michaels (Operation Ivy), Thao Nguyen (Thao and the Get Down Stay Down), Jill Olson (Red Meat), and Eric Shea (Hot Lunch, Sweet Chariot)

Press mentions
“An evening of ridiculous, hilarious, yet completely biographical tales of glamorous rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle as the artists see it” – The Bold Italic

“The perfect set-up for an evening of music obsessed over-sharing”
 – San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Above and beyond the imaginable limits of humor”
 – The Bay Bridged

 About Lit Crawl Austin
The Austin Crawl is a collaboration between the Texas Book Festival and the Litquake Foundation. Inspired by the San Francisco literary festival Litquake’s long-running Lit Crawl (and produced with Litquake’s participation), the Lit Crawl features some of America’s most groundbreaking and beloved writers onstage and in conversation. Come join us this October 25 for readings and screenings and literary mayhem in places you’d never anticipate!

For Lit Crawl Austin updates, please follow our social media:
litcrawl.org/austin | facebook.com/litcrawlatx @LitCrawlATX 

A project of the Litquake Foundation (litquake.org | facebook.com/litquake | @litquake), Lit Crawl has a presence in Austin, Iowa City, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Miami, and Seattle. The organization’s first international outpost, Lit Crawl London, launched in 2013.

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