S is for super show: Shinyribs set for Swan Songs Serenade

Shinyribs will play this year’s Swan Songs Serenade on Oct. 17. Scott Newton/KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits

One of Austin’s biggest bands teams up with one of the city’s most distinctive charity organizations this fall, when Shinyribs plays the annual Swan Songs Serenade on Oct. 17 at Riverbend Centre for the Arts.

The event is a fundraiser for Swan Songs, an Austin nonprofit that arranges musical performances for those who are in end-of-life situations. The Serenade, the charity’s major annual fundraiser, includes a seated dinner plus live and silent auctions. Tickets, $150, go on sale Sept. 1 via the Swan Songs website.

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Shinyribs, the eight-piece swamp-pop-soul revue featuring former Gourds co-leader Kevin Russell, has become one of Austin’s top-drawing local bands in recent years. The group taped an episode of “Austin City Limits” last fall and also has a show at the Paramount Theater coming up on Sept. 21.

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More about Swan Songs’ mission, from the press release announcing this year’s Serenade show:

“Swan Songs brings comfort, joy, and a respite from illness through music to families during an emotional and difficult time by organizing personalized concerts for individuals who are terminally ill or nearing the end of life. The organization’s core program is the fulfillment of musical last wishes. Recipients may request a certain style of music or a specific musician to perform for them and their loved ones in a very intimate concert setting. The concerts are 30-40 minutes in length, are typically unplugged and provide an opportunity for a gathering with a focus on the music instead of the illness. There is no charge to the patient or family for this service. Swan Songs recognizes that the talent and expertise of the participating musicians are an invaluable part of their success and, therefore, musicians are offered an honorarium for their time. In this way, Swan Songs fulfills its secondary mission – to support the health of the Austin area music community.”

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