Austin music

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From the Austin Monitor: The Austin Creative Alliance will step up its efforts to encourage developers to carve out arts spaces in Austin thanks to a gift that is expected to fuel a five-year push at City Hall and throughout the city. The group announced the $100,000 gift from a local financial planner and theater supporter at the ACA Honors event on Wednesday night. The money will be used to fund staffing, grant writing and research on an effort that could cost as much as $500,000 and result...

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The hit Netflix series “ Stranger Things ” is a supernatural thriller set in the 1980s peppered with nostalgic pop culture references and scored with a synth-heavy soundtrack by the Austin band Survive .

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The Austin synthesizer band Survive composed the music for the hit Netflix thriller " Stranger Things, " and now they’re riding a wave of success. We spoke to them for a story on Austin’s synthesizer music scene. Here’s part of that interview.

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More than a year to the date music venue Red 7 shuttered its doors, Mayor Steve Adler announced a plan to financially buttress the city’s live music spots in the form of a $10 million “minibond.” “This is going to give us the support we need to try to crowdsource, in our community, a $10 million fund to help preserve some of our music venues,” said Adler before the start of an Austin City Council meeting Thursday. “We will not be the ' Live Music Capital of the World ' much longer if we...

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler wants to strengthen the city’s music scene. Earlier this year he introduced a series of proposals designed to do just that. Now, the city is letting the music industry weigh in on what changes they’d like to see at a series of genre-specific public meetings.

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The Austin City Council voted Thursday to investigate a long list of ideas drafted by Mayor Steve Adler to support Austin’s ailing music industry — one study says Austin saw a loss in 1,200 local jobs over four years , while another says a fifth of musicians live below the poverty line . Adler's list of proposals , which could also benefit the creative economy as a whole, passed with near-unanimous approval at the council's meeting last night.

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced Friday morning a series of proposals he believes will strengthen the city’s music industry and help musicians keep making their art.

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While the music tourism industry is enjoying a boom in Austin’s city limits, the economic impact of the local music industry — the live music supported by locals during the stretches of the year that aren’t festivals — is on the decline, according to a study just released by Austin Music People .

It looks like Kalu James is living the life as a musician. He's standing under a neon sign, ready to play guitar at Austin's famous Continental Club . And when he's not here, he's hustling to pay his bills. "Being a full-time musician means you have three other side jobs, you know?" he says. James moved to Austin about eight years ago and got health insurance for the first time this year. He pays $22 a month, after the $200 subsidy he gets through the Affordable Care Act. Even that is a lot,...

Hole in the Wall Could Close, or Not

Sep 11, 2015
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Hole in the Wall , a 41-year-old bar and music venue on The Drag that’s provided a stage for local performers for decades, may be the next venue in Austin to shut its doors forever, according to the Hole in the Wall’s manager Will Tanner.

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On any given night here in Austin you can find dozens of live music shows to attend. But, according to the Austin Music Census, you're most likely to be watching a male performer on stage. Male performers outnumbered their female counterparts in the survey four to one – though women are doing a more equitable share of work behind the scenes . Still, man or woman, musicians and the venues themselves are having a hard time grappling with Austin’s ever-rising cost of living.

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Austin music leaders are suggesting changes the city could make to protect and enliven its live music industry. On Wednesday, they presented their recommendations at Holy Mountain, a downtown venue closing its doors later this year – partly because of rising rent. The recommendations are aimed at five issues advocates say are plaguing Austin’s music scene, including affordability of commercial space, stagnant event revenues, venue preservation, permitting and code enforcement complications and a gap in community engagement.

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Another Austin club announced it’s closing up shop. Representatives of the Cielo Property Group, the company that owns Austin Music Hall, confirmed to the Austin Business Journal that they’ll knock it down to build a 28-story office tower, with construction starting early next year. It’s been a rough couple of years for the venue, which was revamped in 2009, and, according to its less-than-favorable Yelp score , it might not be as sorely missed as other clubs that have announced closures over...

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Last week downtown Austin music venue Holy Mountain announced it will close its doors this fall because of rising rent prices. Advocates say more music venues will begin to fall as Austin rents increase — the club's neighbor Red 7 is also staring down a rent hike. So some Austinites and out of town music-boosters are floating a solution. A 500-plus signature petition on change.org is proposing a simple solution to the Austin City Council: rent control.

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Last night marked the end of an era in music with the passing of B.B. King. The quintessential bluesman and last of the blues’ “Three Kings” died at the age of 89 last night. From his earliest days. King was perennially on the road. Some of his earliest shows were in East Austin at the Victory Grill, back when the city was still segregated, and he continued to be a fixture in the Austin music scene throughout his prolific career. Take a look back at Austin’s history with the King below.

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From Texas Standard . Austin Police returned a pretty special Gibson guitar this week. It was one of only three produced. Willie Nelson owns one, Dan Rather owns one, and now, Walt Wilkins has his back. Wilkins is a singer-songwriter based in the Texas Hill Country.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrD3Qz7u-DI Country music fans were introduced to a new face at last month's Americana Music Awards in Nashville, when 62-year-old Doug Seegers opened the show with a song from his debut album, Going Down to the River . Seegers is originally from Long Island, N.Y., but says he wanted to be a country singer from Day One. He wrote his first song at 16, and, after finishing high school, joined a country band and moved to Austin, Texas, performing under the stage...

Over the weekend, television’s longest running music program– Austin City Limits, celebrated the first induction ceremony for the new Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. ACL returned to its original home at PBS’s KLRU Studio 6A Saturday evening to honor those who have left their mark on the show. The event featured more than a few famous faces. Asked to dress Austin chic, the invitation-only crowd was, well, classically Austin. Plenty of boots, cowboy hats and jeans. Many of the women turned out in heels and dresses. But arguably the best-dressed man in attendance was Lyle Lovett – in his signature suit and tie. Lovett was there to honor Willie Nelson who was ACL’s first-ever inductee into the Hall of Fame.

The Vulcan Gas Company

Austin’s Vulcan Gas Company was only open for a few years in the 1960s . But in that brief time the music venue showcased legendary acts like the Velvet Underground, Janis Joplin and Moby Grape.
It’s been revered as one of the early homes of psychedelic rock and helped pave the way for legendary Austin music establishment- the Armadillo World Headquarters. Tonight, as the South By Southwest Music festival gets underway, the Vulcan Gas Company name has been revived – in a new location.
Here’s a look back at its past and what the owners of its new incarnation hope to offer.

Nathan Bernier, KUT News

It takes a lot of manpower to put on a festival, especially as one as big as South by Southwest . "One thing that I don't think a lot of people realize is that there's like 200 people that have full time jobs at South by Southwest," says SXSW cofounder and managing director Roland Swenson. "During the event there are hundreds of more temporary workers that we hire." When it comes to volunteers, Swenson knows there's a lot – even if he's not quite sure of the number. "You know I think there's going to be over 3,000," he says. "I don't have a precise count, but that's for 15 days of South by Southwest."

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