Unplugged Uncorked

DSCN2071a.jpgWhile MTV tries to resuscitate its Unplugged show with a freshy-fresh version 2.0, local music stalwarts KGSR keep on truckin’ with the 12th season of their own tried-and-true acoustic series. The 2005 installment of Unplugged at the Grove opened in fine style Thursday night, featuring Ray Wylie Hubbard‘s rugged Texas lyricism under a perfect April evening. Those yearning for South Austin spirituality took solace in Ray Wylie’s voice carrying across the 78704 night, while others looking for a buzz or a Betty were equally accommodated by the bustling bar crowd. Chalk it up to a good sound system or a mellow acoustic vibe, but this is definitely one event where you can be attuned to listening or socializing without anybody’s panties getting in a bind.

The Unplugged shows have become a Spring fixture along Barton Springs Road, with local musicians and temperate weather regularly drawing capacity crowds into the Grove’s spacious patio. The music kicks off around 8pm, but plan to get there before 7pm if you want a table and food service. Parking can be a challenge, although the Shady Grove staff have lot management down to a science, and there’s usually parking over on Toomey if you don’t mind the short walk.

There are 11 more Thursday nights to catch the likes of Jimmy LaFave, Toni Price, and The Greencards, which also means 11 more chances to wolf down a Hippie Chick, some Shady Things, and the ever-so-tantalizingly-lethal Green Chile Cheese Fries. That Chia Bear still kinda freaks me out, though.

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