Yes yes, y’all. On Thursday, June 22nd, the first of the Bud Light Austin Summer Live concert series festivities began here in The Austin American-Statesman parking lot with good people, cold beer, food trucks and all sorts of interesting entertainment.

As a surprise to no one, the Armadillo Racing was a hit. First of all, many of us marveled at how cute and lively the armadillos were. Second, good natured not-at-all-fierce racing was fun for most everyone, and an easy way for us attendees to break the ice and get to know each other better. I was there to watch Kaitlin Piraro guide her armadillo in for a win. Afterwards she talked with me during a Facebook Live and basically explained her technique was… well… there was no technique other than gentle encouragement and a bit of luck. Well played Kaitlin! 

Guests were allowed to take selfies with the armadillo cuties. Scout #SummerLiveSeries to catch the images and armadillo adoration action.

Doors to the warehouse opened at 7pm but before then, I Ioved meeting new people and running into Statesman journalists Addie Broyles and Omar Gallaga who told me about their latest and greatest adventures, including the fact that they’ve recently decided to refresh their successful Statesman Shots podcast. It’s evolved into the I Love You So Much podcast, officially launching June 30th (follow @loveaustin360 on Twitter) and, yes of course, they have already obtained the blessing and legal clearance to use that name from the one and only Liz Lambert. Fun fact: You can download a preview episode of the new I Love You So Much podcast on iTunes. Have a listen and then chat them up by tagging your posts with #loveaustin360.

The warehouse itself wat a sight to see. You could stop by the Austin Music Foundation’s table to learn more about the awesome work they do. It makes me love Dawes even more to know they selected the AMF as their charitable partner to receive a portion of the proceeds from the event. Also, the AMF team had rad fans that came in handy as everyone piled into the warehouse. Hot summer nights are a thing y’all.

The Texas Gentlemen were amazing. I geeked out when I saw them walking among the crowd when Dawes was first on stage. Talented musicians… they’re just like us y’all! Well, almost. These guys seriously rocked on stage but were seriously cool and friendly off stage. I’d say even cooler than us.

Finally, Dawes did NOT disappoint. They were epic. And they played “We’re All Gonna Die” as I hoped. Only once… but it was as big and rad as ever.

All in this was a great event and it’s only the beginning as Bud Light Austin is presenting another one in July and August. These events are free but require pre-registration. You must be a minimum of 21 years of age to attend. To be sure you have first dibs when free tickets open up for the July and August editions, go to SummerLiveSeries.com.

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About Serena Hicks

Serena produces and hosts the livestreaming music series, Austin360 Studio Sessions presented by Bud Light and TicketCity. She is a pop-culture junkie who lives to connect, learn, and laugh. Find her on Instagram at @bonbonSerena.