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8 1/2 Souvenirs

  • C-Boy's Heart & Soul Bar
  • 2008 S Congress Ave
  • Austin, TX
  • September 27, 2016
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Price: Free

8 1/2 Souvenirs – the original Austin Swing & Gypsy Jazz band! Ready or not, here they come – at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul!
Formed in earnest in 1994 by French-born guitarist and singer Olivier Giraud, then buttressed by Glover Gil’s piano and accordion skills, 8½ Souvenirs came to local acclaim with happy hours at venerable South Congress speakeasy the Continental Club. A musical confluence of European cafe society and rockabilly, slacker, and jazz fans – the quintet saw the venue’s record label release its debut Happy Feet in 1995. Heavily influenced by both jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt (“Souvenirs�) and Nino Rota, composer of Federico Fellini’s film 8½, the group featured a succession of female vocalists (Kathy Kiser, Julianna Sheffield, and Chrysta Bell) singing in English, French, and Italian, Giraud sharing lead mic duties. Presaging the 1990s swing and lounge craze, 8½ Souvenirs released Souvonica in 1997 and landed RCA/BMG to put out their third disc, Twisted Desire, in 1999. The group evaporated around the new millennium, but 8½ Souvenirs will always enjoy a firm place in Austin music history. ~David Lynch

8 1/2 Souvenirs
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  • C-Boy's Heart & Soul Bar
  • Free