Special Free Pre-Opening Event to Feature Local Acts

Julian Acosta, Benjamin Cina and KP & the Boom Boom


The Hotel Van Zandt will provide a glimpse into its exciting live music program with a  pre-opening “Road to Rainey” showcase on Friday, August 28 at The Blackheart (86 Rainey Street). The Road to Rainey Showcase at The Blackheart will feature three artists in residence: Julian Acosta, Benjamin Cina and KP & the Boom Boom. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the music starts at 8:30 p.m.


“Music plays a vital role in Hotel Van Zandt’s story and these artists are a great representation of what guests will hear any given weekend at Geraldine’s and the hotel, ” says Lauren Bucherie.


Committed to booking local, regional and national talent, Hotel Van Zandt and Geraldine’s will feature a robust calendar of live music 365 days a year. From Americana to soulful blues, folk-pop to singer-songwriters, guests and artists alike will experience a dynamic range of performances on stage at Geraldine’s.


The woman behind the scenes of the hotel’s music program is Lauren Bucherie, Hotel Van Zandt’s Director of Music and Social Programming. A veteran of the music and entertainment industry, Bucherie is responsible for booking all live entertainment and curating the musical vibe of Hotel Van Zandt and Geraldine’s.

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ABOUT GERALDINE’S              

Opening fall 2015, Geraldine’s is located on the fourth floor of Hotel Van Zandt, the latest concept from the Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. In homage to its Rainey Street location, the restaurant is named after the street’s famous former resident, Geraldine the guinea fowl. In addition to its contemporary Austin menu and cocktail program, Geraldine’s will feature daily live music and breathtaking views of Lady Bird Lake. The menu, curated by Chef Frank Mnuk, offers seasonally-driven dishes inspired by the flavors of the city.  Designed as a shared dining experience, Geraldine’s encourages customers to socialize, taste and share bites from a variety of small plates and select few large format dishes.  For more information as it becomes available, visit


Kimpton has over 70 unique restaurants, bars and lounges across the country helmed by renowned chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local. Common cornerstones of each restaurant and bar include heartfelt care; chef-crafted, seasonal menus that celebrate local farms and purveyors; and striking interiors with vibrant style and design. Wines are chosen with a nod toward artisanal and sustainable selections by Master Sommelier Emily Wines and signature cocktails are created by expert local bartenders. Kimpton restaurants also demonstrate a dedication to preserving the environment through the use of local and sustainable ingredients, including adhering to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch guidelines; the use of compostable “to go” packaging; and recycling and composting practices. With concepts ranging from rustic Italian cuisine in the Pacific Northwest to oceanic fare on the Florida coast and alluring rooftop lounges and bars tucked away in the nation’s capital, each Kimpton restaurant is as distinct and expressive as its location. For more information, visit


Opening in fall 2015, Hotel Van Zandt is a true Texas charmer that’s a refined riff on Austin’s world-famous music scene and will offer-up signature happenings and exclusive hideouts geared especially for cultural tastemakers and world explorers. Hotel VanZandt offers 319 rooms and 41 suites and 12,000 square feet of contemporary event and meeting space that can accommodate up to 500 people. Hotel Van Zandt’s designer, Mark Zeff, intends to capture the essence of local culture and fuse it with Texas’ great history of elegance and gentry using high-quality materials, while evoking the edginess of Austin with pristine and sophisticated tones throughout.


Austin is all about warm people, good times and live music and Hotel Van Zandt’s close proximity to Rainey Street and downtown makes for a cool and comfortable gateway to the best experiences in the city. As a Kimpton hotel, there will be plenty of innovative experiences catered to guests that set this hotel apart such as Geraldine’s, the fourth floor restaurant and bar where guests can enjoy authentic tastes of Austin and live entertainment on the hotel’s very own terrace and sound stage. For more information visit or call 1-800-KIMPTON (546-7866).


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