Kat Edmonson: Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas’s Kat Edmonson has been dubbed a jazz phenomenon by the who’s who of the music industry and music critics alike. As a young ingenue in the world of music, Kat’s unique voice has earned her comparisons from Bjork to Billie Holiday and back again. There is no doubt, her unique blending of unforgettable, smoky and sexy jazz standards and her distinctive ultra-modern indie pop sensibility makes Kat more than just a jazz singer - she is an artist to be followed. In 2009, Kat’s infectious single “Lucky” was introduced internationally on Steven Spielberg’s hit Showtime program, “The United States of Tara.” Kat’s debut album Take to the Sky was released to stellar reviews. Filled with “reinterpreted jazz standards and re-envisioned pop hits” like The Cure's "Just Like Heaven,” each song stars Edmonson's coquettish, yet sophisticated voice, and features guest appearances from renowned jazz musicians, such as Grammy-winning bassist Eric Revis.
Go to iTunes to download Take to the Sky and Kat's new album Way Down Low, and visit KatEdmonson for much more! Be sure to listen to Kat on ConciergeQ Conversations with Chantal Westerman!
The Concierge Questionnaire: Kat Edmonson, Singer
What is your favorite word to describe Austin? Happening.
What word best reflects the people of Austin? Vivacious.
What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in Austin?
Lady Bird Lake (once known as Town Lake) in the heart of downtown.
Lady Bird Lake is a 468 acre recreational boating, fishing, hiking and biking area.
Lady Bird Lake: just north of Riverside Drive
Hours: dawn to dusk
What is your favorite outdoor activity in Austin?
Watching the bats on the Congress Bridge.
Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, over Lady Bird Lake, is home to the “world’s largest urban bat population - 1.5 million!” Bat Season is mid-March to early November.
The Austin American-Statesman has a grassy knoll that serves as a public bat viewing area. In addition, there are also bat boat cruise tours, and even SegCity Austin Segway Bat Tours!
The Austin American-Statesman:
305 South Congress Avenue
Please visit Austin360.com for directions and more!
What is your favorite indoor activity in Austin?
Seeing old films at the legendary Paramount Theatre on Congress during the Paramount Summer Classic Film Series.
Each summer, the Paramount Summer Classic Film Series “features more than 80 classic films as they were meant to be seen!”
The Paramount Theatre: 713 Congress Avenue
Please visit Paramount Summer Classic Film Series for summer film schedule and much more!
What is your favorite sound or noise in Austin?
I love to ride around in my car, with the windows down, in the evenings and hear live music coming from the different venues.
What is your favorite smell or taste in Austin?
I love the taste of Amy's Shiner Bock Ice Cream.
In 1984, Amy wrote a “hot check” and opened her first ice cream shop in Austin. Today, Amy’s Ice Cream has over 300 flavors and more than 10 locations in Austin, as well as shops in Houston and San Antonio, Texas!”
Since 1913, Texas' Shiner Beers, have been producing Shiner Bock, a dark beer, as their flagship brew.
What drink best reflects Austin?
Tequila on the rocks. My favorite bars for proper old fashion cocktails are The Good Knight and East Side Showroom (both on East 6th). Don't know about tequila at the Showroom, but by far best spots in town! Great food at both too.
The Good Knight: 1300 East 6th Street
Hours: Daily, 5pm-2am
East Side Showroom: 1100 East 6th Street
Hours: Daily, 5pm-2am
What song or type of music best reflects Austin?
If Heaven were Austin, what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates? Keep Heaven Weird.
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