The Austin Music Video Festival awards show Saturday night definitely helped keep Austin weird for the third year in a row. As I first walked in to the Austin School of Film, one musician waddled by me in scuba diving flippers, drinking beer through a snorkel and laughing with another woman in bunny pajamas. This event was sponsored with catered drinks from Tito’s Vodka, Dulce Vida’s organic Tequila, Uncle Billy‘s beer, Oskar Blues brewery, and Tubi 60’s vegan citrus Israeli liquor. The free catered alcohol gave the venue a loose vibe and people were letting their freak flag fly. For example, as Calliope Musicals performed in silver space suits while green aliens were dipping and dabbing in a background of cartoons and an orgy of psychedelic colors. Other performances included women twerking with George Bush masks on and rock bands jamming out in yoga pants. To say the least, this was one of the most confusing and unique events I had ever seen.
The Austin Music Video Festival, now nearing its third annual start date, combined the music, art, food, and technology that everyone loves Austin for into a five day event. Starting Tuesday, September 12th and ending Saturday, September 16th this festival gives everyone the chance to support local musicians, directors, and actors. The AMVFest will be hosting screenings of 100 music videos, panels, live performances, mixers, and after parties all week that culminate into an awards show Saturday night. This year the festival will feature special screenings from legendary director Spike Jonze, Flaming Lips, CHRISTEENE, and Holodeck Records, Walker Lukens, and more. General admissions tickets are $15 a day or $65 for all five days of screenings, concerts, parties, and awards ceremonies. AMVFest also offers VIP passes that give you access to complimentary drinks, hotel pool access, expedited lines, and priority seating. Most importantly, a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Americares in support of Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts. Both types of tickets are available here.
Today I spoke with David Kapsner, a singer and guitarist for The Mammoths, a local Austin band with a sound lies at the intersection of country, metal, and rock. The band has just cancelled their San Antonio show due to the devastation and dangers of Hurricane Harvey but after playing at Stubb’s on Friday they plan to hit the road for their second tour this year. Their tour spans from Georgia and Mississippi all the way up to New York City and back just like their earlier tour this year in February 2017 except now they are able to enjoy the experience with better venues and larger audiences.