Austin indie icon Ben Kweller to perform at Music Under the Star Friday

East Cameron Folkcore will open July 17 free concert

JULY 13, 2015 (AUSTIN, TX) — The Bullock Texas State History Museum's tribute to Fun Fun Fun Fest's 10th anniversary continues Friday, July 17 with a Music Under the Star free concert featuring East Cameron Folkcore opening for Ben Kweller. Concerts are held on the Lone Star Plaza of the Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave., with music beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to bring camp chairs or blankets.  

Headlining the July 17 concert is multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Ben Kweller, who was born in San Francisco and raised in Greenville, Texas. In 1993, he and two others formed the band Radish and released two albums, "Hello" in 1994 and "Dizzy" in 1995. The band signed on with Mercury Records and developed a cult following in the UK before Kweller embarked on a solo career.

Kweller then self-released four EPs and subsequently signed with ATO Records, releasing the five-track EP “Phone Home” in 2001, and the full-length “Sha Sha” a year later. After tours with Ben Folds and Death Cab for Cutie, Kweller released a third studio album in 2006. In 2009, his fourth full-length album “Changing Horses” was issued, and Kweller most recently released “Go Fly a Kite” on his own label, The Noise Company, in 2014.

Opening for Kweller will be Austin's own East Cameron Folkcore, whose folk-punk orchestral sounds have been described by "Rolling Stone" as "…a celebratory madness." The band's latest album, "Kingdom of Fear," was released in April by Nine Mile Records.

On July 24, the Music Under the Star series finale will feature The Octopus Project with their hypnotic combination of digital and electronic sounds and noises and signature analog equipment. Opening for The Octopus Project is one of Austin's most exciting new acts, Golden Dawn Arkestra, offering a hallucinatory funk show not to be missed.

Music Under the Star is part of the Bullock Museum's "100 Days of Stories," a full summer lineup of exhibitions, films and events that encourage visitors to celebrate the many stories of Texas and to tell their own. For more information and concert updates, visit TheStoryofTexas.com.

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The Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin includes three floors of exhibitions, an IMAX® theater, a special-effects theater, café and museum store. The Museum collaborates with more than 700 museums, libraries, archives and individuals to display original historical artifacts and produce exhibitions that illuminate and celebrate Texas history and culture. Named for the state's 38th Lieutenant Governor, Bob Bullock, the iconic building is at 1800 N. Congress Avenue. For more, visit TheStoryofTexas.com or call (512) 936-8746.