Summer of sippin'
The Briscoe Museum cues older country hits for a sculpture garden dance party
There's an unwritten rule that there's always something going on at the Briscoe Western Art Museum, and this August is no exception. This is good news for people trying to impress someone — a date or a cool new friend, perhaps. With art and music in the backdrop at "Sips and Sounds of the West," it'll be a piece of cake.
"Sips and Sounds," on August 4, has a little something for everyone: live music from The Texases, a locally based classic country tunes cover band; food and award-winning margaritas from La Gloria's food truck; the beautiful surroundings of the Briscoe; and more.
The annual event celebrates what's unique about Texas — or a few places nearby — through country music and Western aesthetics. These are two common themes for the museum, which just turned 10 years old and welcomed a new president and CEO.
Past events have called attention to Hispanic influence on the region, and this event in particular pairs these intentions with music from a specific few eras of country music when it was still largely distinct from pop: 1966 to 1996.
It'll all go down outdoors at the Jack Guenther Pavilion. It features the McNutt Sculpture Garden, a display of historic art pieces that'll make you feel like you've visited the museum without even stepping foot indoors — although guests can head inside to bask in some air conditioning.
Doors open at 6:30 pm, with the Texases providing live music for dancing and sipping La Gloria margs from 7-8:30 pm. The truck stays open for a while after the music stops, until 9 pm when the event closes.
Tickets ($20 for non-members) for the 18+ event are available via briscoemuseum.org, along with additional information about the museum's musical programming. This is a popular one-night only event at the Briscoe, so buying tickets ahead of the event is encouraged. However, there will be an attendant selling tickets at the door if any remain.
Members will save five dollars and enjoy discounted rates for other events at the museum. It also includes free, unlimited access to the museum for a whole year, in addition to other perks. Sign up for the various membership tiers here.