Things to Do in Fort Wayne and Beyond

Austin & the Avenue paves the way with album


Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published February 3, 2021

Singer-songwriter Austin Marsh has released a new track titled “Leave the Light On” with his band Austin & the Avenue

The new number will be featured on the album Bohemians coming out March 5. The 10-track effort was recorded and produced in Marsh’s home studio and is being released under the umbrella of his production company, Redline Records. 

The Auburn native plays all acoustic guitars, bass, and vocals on the new album, in addition to Colin Boyd on drums, Jonah Leatherman on guitar, and Tommy Saul on keys. 

“I wrote it for any reason a songwriter would commit a pen to paper,” Marsh said. “There was a story coming from some other place and that it was a labor of love, and that goes for the rest of the album as well.” 

The new single is currently available on all streaming platforms. 

“My hope is that people connect with the new single and the album and hear the songs through any lens that they may want to hear them through, and love the stories that are in those songs,” Marsh said. 

As for live shows, Marsh will be at Ted’s Beerhall on March 5 and April 2 and Edwin Coe Spirits in Churubusco on April 17. 

Mardi Gras in igloos

Three Rivers Distilling Company will host a Mardi Gras Igloo Party on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 16. Come out for fun and games in one of their outdoor igloos which will be complete with boas, beads, and a house-made “king cake” cheesecake. Finding the baby in a king cake symbolizes luck and prosperity and also means you’ll win an awesome prize from the distillery. 

Also, there will be three Mardi Gras-themed cocktail features. Each igloo seats up to eight people. Tickets can be purchased via www.3rdistilling.com/register.

Book Signing and pizza

Small Town Bar & Grill in Decatur has a unique evening lined up for Saturday, Feb. 6, that features books, pizza, and music. 

Beginning at 6 p.m., area author V.A. Milholland will be on hand for a signing of his new book, The Glory of Sin. For you fantasy fiction readers, the book is the tale of an unlikely hero as he attempts to rise to the challenge and save Earth from an evil force plotting to destroy it. 

Following the signing, the cover act Snakes N’ Barrels will hit the stage and top off the night with a plethora of party tunes. Plus, with every book purchase you can enjoy a pizza buffet. Sounds like a good time!

Frozen Firkin Festival

Sam Harness and Blue Pluto will be the entertainment for the Frozen Firkin Festival 2 at 2Toms Brewing Co. on Saturday, Feb. 27, from noon-10p.m. Brave the chill and head to their outdoor heated tents which will feature guest breweries, tasty BBQ, hot drinks by GK Baked Goods, and live music. 

Some of the guest breweries taking part in Firkin Festival are HopLore Brewing, Upland Brewing Company, and Harry Stuff Brewing. You do not need a ticket to enter, but a ticket will give you access to the guest breweries and a keeper glass. Tickets are $30 for presale and $40 at the door.

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