Sam Baker will return to The Front Porch on March 19th for an incredibly special edition of Unplugged on The Front Porch. One of Austin’s truest talents, Sam will join our third Thursday concert series during the peak of SXSW– a special oasis of an event, away from the traffic and crowds downtown. We promise both plenty of FREE parking and our same intimate listening experience for all of you who venture over to All Saints’ Episcopal Church to witness the sound and soul of Sam Baker, up close and personal.
In 2013, Sam Baker received huge nods from Rolling Stone– they awarded him both the #5 country album of the year for “Say Grace” and the #68 song of the year for “Ditch.” Before that, he had already received flurries of praise from music communities around the United States and the globe, reaching the #1 slot on the Euro Americana charts more than once, and electrifying Austin’s local music scene. One of our state’s most beloved artists, Sam Baker’s innate personal vulnerability and authentic musical genius make for the perfect Unplugged feature. We’re thrilled that he’s coming back to play for us again.
Check out this interview with NPR’s Terry Gross on her show, “Fresh Air,” to further understand what makes Sam Baker so special.
Providing regular opportunities for Austin folks to engage with exceptional musicians in an acoustically exquisite venue– the sanctuary at All Saints’– Unplugged on The Front Porch invites all devoted listeners to gather in one spot on a monthly basis to venerate our city’s best musical storytellers. In just two short hours, our listening experience reaches into the hearts and minds of these musicians as we explore with them not only their art but also their life experiences and opinions in our intimate gathering characterized by both music and conversation.
Each edition of Unplugged on The Front Porch features an hour an a half of music divided into two sets, a fifteen minute interview with the artist, and a fifteen minute intermission. Every concert is taped, and we ask for a donation of $10-$20 at the door that goes directly toward paying our crew and our artists the living wages they deserve. Unplugged on The Front Porch is generated and sustained by two local nonprofits– The Live Music Capital Foundation and The Front Porch– who decided to look for ways to make listening in our community more intentional.