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Tuesday Watercooler (#ArtOutside)


I just returned from Art Outside 2013. While my upcoming coverage will focus on the most interesting artworks I viewed at the festival, I wanted to share some great musicians I discovered (or encountered again) over the next few watercoolers.

Late Saturday night, as the temperature dropped into the 40s in the Texas hill country, I had the pleasure of standing by a warm fire in my warmest clothes as I heard the Paper Moon Shiners for the first time. Hailing from Austin, Texas, they combine the classical jazz vocals of Elena Antinelli with the guitar, vocals, and songwriting of Frank Meyer. Their repertoire combines original work along with classics like this selection, “Minnie the Moocher.” In this video they are joined by the Stanley Smith and Oliver Steck on clarinet and trumpet.

Frank Meyer and Elena Antinelli on the Folk It Up Stage at Art Outside 2013.

This band combines musical skill with a real sense of humor that had us laughing as well as moving to the tunes. You can hear more from the Paper Moon Shiners on their homepage. You might also enjoy browsing my Instagram for more photos of the event.

Heard any good music lately? What’s on your mind? The Watercooler is an open conversation.

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Kit OConnell

Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and