Original Live Music. Community. Magic.

Tips Concerts are private house concerts hosted
by producer Mark Addison and artist, Wendy Colonna

Upcoming Shows

Dave Madden and Friends at TIPS CONCERTS

Dave Madden & Friends at Tips Concerts

October 14 at 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue

Gal Holiday & The Honky Tonk Revue

October 15 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Our Story

On a hilltop in the center of eight acres in Southeast Austin, producer and songwriter Mark Addison has been living, gardening, raising happy country dogs and recording many of Austin’s finest artists for 17 years. In the fall of 2015, Mark’s workspace, The Aerie Recording Studio, got a new musical sibling.

That October, after two years of being “home-free” and touring year-round, tired of the fast pace of the road and urban living, his friend and sometime musical collaborator Wendy Colonna called Mark and asked if she could move a sweet 1964 Avion camper to his property. The two were planning to write and record a new album; since her 2013 release, Nectar (also produced by Addison), Wendy and Mark had worked closely on a number of projects. Mark agreed and the Avion was moved to the Aerie property the following morning and Wendy began to make plans to fancy it up, giving it a roof and a deck.

On the evening the camper was delivered, Mark and Wendy sat on his porch, watching the sun set. He asked her, “What will you name it? How did you buy it?”

She replied, “I’m not sure; been thinking on it. I paid for her mostly with tips I’ve been saving for the last decade.” He said, “You’ve got your name right there, call her ‘Tips.’” So mote it be.

Months later, with about a gazillion hours of love, labor, and support from friends, Tips was more than just a retreat for Colonna’s troubadour lifestyle, suited for strumming and songwriting on the porch. It was a magical, perfectly created, outdoor home concert space with surprisingly beautiful acoustics.

Both Addison and Colonna have been close to the Austin music community, working with musician-empowering nonprofits like HAAM and Black Fret. It seemed only natural to use this beautiful space for creative collaborations. The property is close to Austin, but far enough out that it feels like a rural retreat. It’s a great setting for artists who are recording and performing, and for fans who wish to relax, get creative, play, step outside the traditional, and experience the magic of music in nature.

Tips Concerts are privately held. In order to receive invitations to and RSVP for concerts, patrons must join the mailing list.

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Tips Concerts were created by musicians, for musicians and music-lovers who enjoy intimate, outdoor concerts. Tips Concerts are BYOB, suggested-donation and invitation-based RSVP for a limited number of guests.

Important Information about Tips Concerts

By subscribing to the Tips Concerts Mailing List, you are agreeing to the guidelines below. Please read and heed. We want this venue to be a great experience for musicians and patrons for years to come.

When you attend a Tips Concert, you are entering our property at your own risk. By entering our property, you agree to assume all risks associated with your activities. This is a “by musicians, for musicians” house concert series. Private Property. Our Homes. Please be respectful

We have eight acres of beautiful, brush-filled Texas country land. We cannot protect you from the rural landscape and its inhabitants. Like all brushy places around these parts, there are snakes, scorpions and more living on the property. Please read the list below to be aware of the other potential hazards.

We will do everything in our power to create safe and fun experience for everyone. There is mowed parking available and the area around Tips will be clear and easy to access.

Potential Hazards

  • Join the mailing list to receive invitations to Tips Concerts.
  • You must RSVP to attend.
  • We have a limited capacity.
  • If your plans change and you can’t come, please let us know so we can open your spot to another person. Musicians are counting on YOU.

  • Suggested Donation  (varies from show to show)
  • Cash for merchandise from musicians.
  • Your favorite beverages (drink responsibly as the roads out here are dark and winding)
  • Your favorite pot-luck item (if you’re feeling so inspired)
  • Camping/lawn chairs or a blanket.
  • Flash light
  • Bug spray can be handy in the summer evenings and sun screen during the days.

  • Respect musicians, hosts and other attendees.
  • This is a community listening experience.
  • If you want to have a conversation, please move it to another part of the yard.
  • Clean up after yourselves.
  • There will be trash and recycling facilities.
  • Please help us keep Tips tidy.
  • No dogs please.
  • We have our own sweet dogs on the property.
  • Please do not feed our dogs.
  • Families with children are welcome and kids may attend for free. (Please do not leave your child unattended, and be responsible and respectful to other patrons).