Time for Three Brings Pop-Up Concert To Lady Bird Lake Trail
By Douglas Leach
Thursday, July 23, 2015
On the sweltering morning of Saturday, July 18, joggers along the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail were injected with a melodic energy boost from harmonious sounds of Time for Three in one of the band’s several pop-up concerts around town. That evening, the energetic, genre defying fiddle band, was officially welcomed back to Austin by a sold-out Bates Recital Hall for the final weekend of the three week Austin Chamber Music Festival.
Time for Three, consisting of violinist Nicolas Kendall, violinist Zachary De Pue and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer, captivated the Austin audience with their unique arrangements of chamber classics, original compositions and ingenious mash-ups of popular hits. The band opened with a lightning-fast original “Ecuador” that ignited the crowd and then flowed right into a spectacular version of Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River.” After the first three songs, the band won over the hearts of the audience by dedicating their show to an adorable, five-year-old, aspiring violinist in the front row. The speedy violinists battled back-and-forth on “Philly Phunk” as Ranaan provided humorous anecdotes between songs to add to the entertainment. The peak of the evening came when the band invited 8 young music students on stage to help perform a tear-wrenching rendition of “Hallelujah.” The band attempted to close the evening with their fan-favorite “Orange Blossom Special,” however, were quickly drawn back to stage for a hilarious encore of their own personal version of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” The 90 minute set was mesmerizing and inspirational. Time for Three share an energetic chemistry of brotherhood that spills over into the audience. Their performance at Bates was an animated show of musical brilliance and showmanship that concluded with a standing ovation.