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Oak Trio (Denton) Live at Scoot Inn

  • Historic Scoot Inn 1308 East 4th Street Austin, TX, 78702 United States (map)

Oak Trio is on tour this summer in support of their album "Liminality" Don't miss Monks' first event put on at The Historic Scoot Inn! Oak Trio is comprised of:
Ben Alden McDonald (piano) 
Aaron Holthus (bass) 
John Sturino (drums) 


21 and up | $10 Suggested Donation
Open Seating
2 Sets of Music: 9pm & 10:30pm

This is the first Monks show at an established venue & bar, and there will be a $10 suggested donation, with all proceeds going to the band. Please enjoy the Craft Texas Beers, Craft Cocktails, and Rosé on Tap available at the bar!


The Oak Trio has recently released its album "Liminality" :( 

The piano trio delivers an album that zig-zags through several genres of music. Influences range from the traditional jazz trio of Ahmad Jamal to the modern threesome, The Bad Plus, and from classical composers, namely Chopin, to contemporary rock artists such as Radiohead. What does not waver, however, is the emphasis on melody that is evident throughout the album. As pianist McDonald notes, “What connects so much of the music that we love are simple, singable melodies. Whether they are found in hymns that we grew up singing, classical music, or rock, they all had a solid melody as a foundation.”

The Latin origin of the term liminality means threshold, and the anthropological community adopted it to refer to disorienting transitional periods of identity in a person’s life. These are the times of evaluating the elements of an identity thus far, as well as the ones that will carry over to a new phase of life. Holthus explains, “It was important to us that the album had a cohesive theme and for it to be much more than a compilation of our compositions. The album as a whole reflects a transition period in our personal lives, our musicality, and even a transitional political climate. The music itself has liminal spaces within it.”

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Monks began as a pop-up jazz listening room in September 2016 at Topology. Featuring a 5'7" 1946 Knabe Grand Piano, house instruments, custom made furniture, top shelf bar menu, and strict whisper-policy, the series in the warehouse was reminiscent of the art shows and DIY spaces of old Austin and NYC.

There are plenty of venues to have a conversation across a table, but Monks is not that place! As such, we enforce a strict whisper-policy during performances out of respect to our audience and the performers.

With a $10 suggested donation for this special event, please join us and come support this pocket of underground jazz in Austin
We're sorry to announce that after a year-long collaboration and 22 great shows, Fast Folks Cyclery is closing. It was a wonderful space with great acoustics that allowed us to host many great musicians! Many thanks to Natalie at Fast Folks for providing Monks an incredible venue, and thanks to all the stellar musicians and patrons that made our time there so special!
Monks is now exploring new venues, event programming, and collaboration with various event brands in town to produce larger, more ambitious concerts. Stay tuned!

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Later Event: September 19
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