Top Austin musicians to rock STAFDA Opening Block Party

Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) will host a high-energy Opening Block Party, both inside and outside Austin City Limits (ACL) to kick off its 41st Annual Convention & Trade Show in Austin November 12.

Part of 2nd Street outside ACL will be closed for STAFDA attendees to take advantage of street dining from food trucks ranging from tacos, BBQ, to a local favorite: hot and crunchy cones filled with chicken, shrimp, or avocado. The W Hotel, adjacent to ACL and the Block Party, will fire up its patio grills to serve-up flank steak, brisket and tenderloin.

The Minor Mishap Marching Band, a renegade, circus-punk brass band known for its bumble-bee costumes and ability to climb on anything they can find, will be entertaining party go-ers. Minor Mishap has been described as “if all the hooligans that got kicked out of marching band for their boisterousness and punk rock covers came together and formed a band.”

Austin’s top rock band, The Bob Schneider Band, will perform inside ACL’s Moody Theater. Schneider has won numerous Austin Music Awards including Band of the Year, Musician of the Year, Song and Album of the Year, Vocalist of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year consecutively from 1991-2010. He’s also been an opening act for the Dave Matthews Band.

While Schneider rock the main stage, another local favorite, Tameca Jones, will provide her own energy in ACL’s first floor studio, 3Ten. Dubbed the “Queen of Austin Soul,” she’ll give vibrant interpretations from a diverse list of artists: Tina Turner, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, and more. In 2015, Tameca kicked off the Austin City Limits Festival with her “big, sweet, soulful voice” and she’ll deliver the same sound for STAFDA. ac

STAFDA’s 41st Annual Convention & Trade Show in Austin is for members only.

For more information on the STAFDA Convention & Trade Show or membership, please contact Catherine Usher,, 262/784-4774 or 800/352-2981.