Ever since the City of Austin declared February 9 “Shakey Graves Day” several years back, the Austin artist a.k.a. Alejandro Rose-Garcia has used the day as an opportunity to celebrate with his fans in Austin and around the world. Most years, he’s released a collection of b-sides or live recordings to commemorate the occasion.
This year, frustrated by the current events, he is opting to make his entire catalog, “10 albums worth of songs including demos, b-sides, live recordings, and rarities,” available at a pay-what-you-wish price on www.shakeygraves.bandcamp.com for 72 hours, from February 9-11. He plans to donate 50 percent of the proceeds to charities that support “good causes.”
“Every day it seems we awaken to news that some new hole has been slashed in the foundations of everything we’ve held true concerning science, human rights and general empathy,” Rose-Garcia wrote in an emotional post on his Facebook page Monday. “These things now come in direct conflict with our new president’s disgusting vision of America.”
Rose-Garcia is asking his fans to suggest worthy charities, nonprofits and think tanks that are working to turn the tide. He and his team will select one or more to support.
He will also be hosting his annual Shakey Graves Day party at the Mohawk on February 9. This time round he’s bringing along friends, David Ramirez and Rayland Baxter to “do a set of songs in the round, fart jokes storytelling and kumbaya.” Los Coast opens the show.
Fans have an opportunity to sign up to buy $10 pre-sale tickets on his Website. The reduced price pre-sale tickets will be awarded by lottery. Additional tickets will be available at the door on the day of show.