Introducing the Premiere of The Good Music Club
Ladies and gentlemen, I’m very proud to be a part of a new and exciting side project that involves lots of fantastic, amazing musical talent. It’s easy to take that for granted when you live in the esteemed Live Music Capital of The World. This will hopefully serve as a reminder of just how fortunate we are.
The Good Music Club is originally an idea by my friend and colleague, Richard Whymark of API Productions, and myself, resident KUT announcer/producer and music maven Laurie Gallardo. (Please note: This is a separate project, and not a part of KUT Austin. I just happen to be the host.)
The GMC is really a combination of things: A spectacular live music event, and an online video series highlighting Austin-based bands and solo music artists making an impact on the local music scene. It’s still a remarkable and amazing thing to find that many of these talented musicians still go under the radar. Our ultimate goal is to share this burgeoning talent coming out of our city with the rest of the country and the world. The Good Music Club is also, quite literally, a club offering benefits to quality musicians and people working in the music industry. Bands and individuals are invited upon consideration of their contribution to good music.
I have the honor and privilege of selecting the bands we feature – which is no easy task, and I might add we already have a huge list waiting in the cue. We tape the performances at The ND at 501 Studios, located at E. 5th and Brushy. The tapings are open to the public, although space is very limited and we ask that our audience remain for the entire duration of the taping.
We include four bands in the line-up, and we ask each band to perform five tracks. Three of those tracks are selected for posting online. Those will be featured on The Good Music Club website, and we’ve arranged to have the clips presented here on KUT’s website, as well as the Austin Chronicle, in each of their respective music sections. We’ll be featuring different artists each week; new releases will follow after tapings. One of the other tracks out of the five is exclusively reserved for a special DVD that bands can sell as part of their merchandise.
Tapings are done on a monthly basis. To find out more, you can visit us on our Facebook page. Our next taping is scheduled for February 26 at The ND. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Special thanks to KUT, the Austin Chronicle, Joni Ryan of Neuro Drinks, Mike Henry at The ND at 501 Studios, and API Productions, and to our first featured non-profit, Open Door Preschool. Our videos will feature a shout-out to various local non-profit organizations, which you’ll see on the end credits.