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Story Baton

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



Join Story Bar for its newest series, Story Baton: an all-arts, artist-curated, story-centric experience held quarterly at the Native Hostel.

How it works:  Story Bar invites an artist to present a 15 minute original piece. That artist then invites the subsequent performer, passing the proverbial “story baton”, with the only caveat being that their invitee performs in a different art medium than their own. The baton is passed twice more, with the same provisions, resulting in an artist-programmed variety show and an evening of artistic enchantments, wonder, and awe.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, with proceeds going to support the creative souls that grace the stage. The Native has a full bar and kitchen for your enjoyment. Come early, stay late, leave enlightened.

Artist 1: Justin Williams

Artist 2: Suzanne Wyss

Artist 3: Elizabeth McClellan

Artist 4: H1BA

Scroll down for bios!

Thanks to the Native, to our community partner, an experiential hostel here in Austin, Texas.


Native is for the seekers. The curious ones, filled with youthful wanderlust. Explorers who know that possessions are fleeting, but experiences last a lifetime. Native is a kinetic collision of music, arts, warm beds, sleepless nights, food, and spirits. Our kindred are this generation of artists, creatives, thinkers and folks who simply embody good times; those who thrive on connection, unbridled fun and meaningful experiences.












Justin Bernard Williams

Williams is a saxophonist and electronic composer and collaborative music producer. Before legal age, he performed improvisational psychedelic music in bars and clubs in his college town of Norman, Oklahoma. Developing modal sensibilities and a conversational style was crucial in helping Williams break away from academic music. By his mid 20s, he made his way to Austin where he began working with Jackson Bennet on what would, years later, become the synth-pop act, Neosho. Williams produces an ongoing collaborative series of EPs called HandshakesATX. Each EP is the result of seeking an artist with whom Williams has little prior musical rapport. This leads to a courteous and complementary workflow that helps each musician learn a new shared musical vocabulary without all the drama of band relationships (insert laugh track). Williams’s solo work features”the process” as his key collaborator – drawing restraints on the methods employed for each piece.


Suzanne Wyss

Suzanne Wyss grows organic forms with industrial materials. Through large-scale sculpture and installation, she creates fantasy growths, environments and encounters that overwhelm and create space, offering an escape from reality.  Wyss grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, traveling to the University of MN Duluth for her BFA in 2009 and then on to Indiana University Bloomington for her MFA in Sculpture in 2013. Her installation, sculpture and performance work has been shown throughout the Midwest and as far away as Osaka, Japan. She is currently working on growing her art and her art-life in sunny ATX.sunny ATX.

Elizabeth McClellan
Elizabeth McClellan is a multimedia artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Austin, TX. Her videos, paintings, and theater works draw from news, science, and geographic history to create immersive worlds exploring sites of cultural change.  Collaboration with physical environments and other artists is often both the form and subject of her art.

McClellan received her MFA of Texas at Austin in 2016 and has shown films and artwork nationally and internationally. Recent projects include an original performance at the 2017 Marfa Film Festival and a video installation currently showing at Club Pro Gallery in Los Angeles. She designed sets for No Sit/ No Lie and Hobo Salon with director Roni Chelben for the 2017 Cohen New Works Festival, and for the play Collections by Laura Khalil with Generic Ensemble Co. at the Dougherty Arts Center. She works as a miniatures artist with New-Orleans based film collective Court 13 (Beasts of the Southern Wild, 2012) and is very excited for their second film to come out some time in the not-too-distant future.


H1BA is electric. Her currents run through the underwater fiber optics cables, to your speakers and bounce off of outer space satellite signals. She is amorphous, circulating and ruminating like the beat of a drum. H1BA is from a fluid culture where we shimmer, glitter and sparkle.

Keep posted with her upcoming performances and music on Instagram @h1ba_official.


February 18
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Native
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Austin, TX 78702 United States
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