• December 20, 2014

Bass Concert Hall a great, refreshing experience

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Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014 4:30 am

With my entire life spent in Texas, 21 years in the Austin area, seven in Killeen and another four in Denton, north of Dallas, I have ventured through a lot of the state.

I have slept in the depths of Palo Duro Canyon, hiked the Devil’s Den in Big Bend National Park, canoed Lady Bird Lake, listened to an orchestra in Abilene, toured the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, watched the Round Rock Express win a game and much more.

But I find myself happening upon new places all the time. Texas is pretty big after all. March 30 was my first time to visit Bass Concert Hall in Austin.

When my wife, Tracy, purchased tickets to go watch comedian Chelsea Handler at Bass, I promptly got it confused with the Zachary Scott Theater. It was an amateur mistake, but up until that point, Scott was the only musical/play venue I had been to in Austin, if you don’t count the Zilker Park stage.

Planted in a portion of the University of Texas campus, the experience of Bass Concert Hall was quite nice — from everything to the walk to the theater to the seating and, of course, the show. Though I must say Handler is about 12 times more dirty in person than she is on her TV show.

Bass Concert Hall showcases a multitude of art and is hosting a variety of shows this year, including Rob Thomas, Aziz Ansari and “War Horse.”

The theater is large enough to give you seating and price options, but not so big you feel overwhelmed and wonder why you came to see an ant rant on stage.

Since it is on UT campus, you also can take your time doing a little exploring and take in the campus architecture and scenery. This trip was our first time to see the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, home of Longhorn football, up close and personal.

Another great plus for us is that, since it’s in Austin, it made for the prefect no-stress half-day trip from the Killeen area. We drove down, grabbed dinner, toured the campus and still made it to the venue with plenty of time to enjoy drinks before finding our seats for the show.

We would have made it home before 10, too, if Interstate 35 wasn’t down to one lane in Georgetown.

If you go

For a list of upcoming Bass Concert Hall performances, go to http://texasperformingarts.org/events.

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