It’s easy for people to assume that great musical successes have always been hustling in the music industry but in fact there are hundreds of musicians who never knew what their careers would later come to. Iconic musicians like Debbie Harry of Blondie and Sheryl Crow didn’t make it until later in the game when they met international success in their 30’s. Hundreds of people share those stories and have one way or another found themselves in music.
Many times music fans buy tickets to see their favorite headlining artists, overlooking the opening acts, sometimes even going as far as to arrive late so that they don’t have to sit through it. But just because it’s done, doesn’t mean it should be. Often times these types of fans miss out on some great performances because of those bad habits. Here is a list of some really great artists who will be performing at The Mohawk this year that are openers now but will one day soon be the headliner.
Spending a Saturday night downtown or attending Austin City Limits, it’s not difficult to see people are doing their part to Keep Austin Weird. What seems like a booming entertainment industry with loud music, bright lights and heavily flowing alcohol has run into a few “weird” problems over the last few years. Issues of affordability, gentrification and job availability have musicians and music industry professionals struggling to pursue their passions while living in the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World.
With a title like “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin is naturally an enticing destination for new bands and artists looking to get their music careers off the ground. However, not all of these musicians necessarily have the income to make it doing music full-time, especially at the start of their careers. Black Fret, a local music non-profit, looks to solve this issue. Every year, the organization nominates a group of artists to be eligible to receive grants to help support them in the creation and live performance of their music. As a result, the 2016 Black Fret nominees represent what the charity believes to be among the best acts currently active in the Austin music scene. Here are five of our favorites from this year’s pool of nominees.
The very first Sound on Sound Fest is just around the corner, bringing one of the best festival lineups of the year with it. The headliners, including Beach House, Run the Jewels, Phantogram, and Austin’s own Explosions in the Sky are sure to bring in the majority of the fans, but the organizers have made sure to fill the lineup with incredibly talented local artists for those who show up early. Here are five local acts that you can’t miss at Sound on Sound.
In honor of HAAM Benefit Day tomorrow, I’d like to point to one of the foundation’s most notable, and hefty, accomplishments: taking on the housing crisis here in Austin.
Music is a key ingredient to cultural togetherness and social awareness; it’s origins are primitive and we must invest in it’s vivacious simplicity. When infatuated, musical visionaries are rapidly losing their wealth to desensitized businessmen, it is an intellectual crime. Austin’s dedicated mayor, Steve Adler, is ready to entertain Austin’s unorthodox, musically-driven attitude with diplomatic flawlessness to keep Austin jamming.
Irie Bean, a locally run coffee bar on South Lamar is putting together a day long music and arts festival to showcase local artists- some of which are regular performers at their venue.
Austin has been a hub for live music, local or not, for decades. The music and arts scene in Austin continues to grow exponentially, as various generations liberally and fearlessly continue to shape the city year after year.
America’s most recent decade has yielded unusual enthusiasm and migration towards Texas. More specifically, enthusiasm is rapidly concentrating in the live music capital of the world– Austin, Texas.