Thursday, January 12, 2012

Benefit for Esme Barrera

On January 1, 2012, the music community tragically lost 29-year old Esmeralda (Esme) Barrera, a beloved fixture of the Austin music scene, when she was murdered at her home in Austin. Esme was very active in the local music scene. She was a Mentor/Counselor at Girl's Rock Camp, a part of the Waterloo Records staff, as well as an assistant teacher at an elementary school. There has been a tremendous outpouring of support from the music community in Austin that knew her well.

The Scoot Inn is hosting a benefit tonight. Admission will be sliding scale $5-$10, with 100% of the proceeds from the door going to Esme's family. Doors open at 7PM.

12:45- Follow That Bird
12am- The Dead Space
11:15- Kingdom Of Suicide Lovers
10:30- Foreign Mothers
9:45- Ichi Ni San Shi
9pm- Neighbor
8:15- Randall Holt
7:30- Eric Static

Here's the Facebook link

The Scoot Inn
1308 East 4th Street

You can also make a Paypal donation to help Esme's family here:

In memoriam to friend and fellow volunteer at Girls Rock Camp Austin, Lauren Langner Larson of Austin trio Ume has written, recorded and released a new song, "Gleam." The track, available at Bandcamp, can be downloaded for a donation in which the band is asking people to name their price and donate whatever they can.

"I had the honor of working with Esme for four years at Girls Rock Camp Austin," says Larson. "We rarely encounter people so inspiring - whose compassion and joy are contagious. Esme was the unique gift of a person who could ease a new girl's fear at Rock Camp with a hug - who a Waterloo customer remembers for her smile - who a local band remembers for rocking out in the front row. She was the epitome of awesome."

The day after Larson heard the news about Barrera she decided to record a song she had been holding inside for a long time and to dedicate it to Barrera. The twinkling acoustic track "Gleam" was recorded at Resonate Studios with Louie Lino of Nada Surf who leant his production skills and supplied keyboards. "During recording I learned that Esme once lived above the studio and was a dear friend of Louie and his family," offers Larson. "The year she lived with us, Esme became part of my family," says Lino. "She has been a friend, my daughter's teacher and my musical touchstone ever since I've known her. We can't replace her. But she will always inspire us."

Also, from Elliott Frazier of Ringo Deathstarr:
We in Austin TX have lost someone very integral and important our local Music Community. Esme Barrera was murdered early morning New Years Day. She was one of the first fans of Ringo Deathstarr and a very dear friend to our entire musical community, Mentor/Counselor at Girl's Rock Camp, and an assistant teacher at an elementary school. We are all raising funds for her Family to cover expenses, so we are donating a Cover of Bad Brains' "Sailn' On" to those who donate $1 or more to and send a copy of the confirmation email to and you will proptly be e-mailed the high quality MP3 of our version of Bad Brains "Sailin' On."
Ringo Deathstarr - "Sailin' On"