Despite cynicism and mass speculation from the Central Texas festival circuit, Sound on Sound Fest was a sonic success. Austin music lovers found themselves in a state of despondence upon the cancellation of the less-mainstream music and arts festival, FunFunFunFest. The dismay was promptly halted when SOS dropped a thriller of an innagural lineup to fill the void of FFFFest, including artists like Phantogram, Run the Jewels, Courtney Barnett and Explosions in the Sky.
As a city whose economy thrives immensely from live music events, Austin is discussing several new laws to enhance the musical experience and protect the industry. Several proposals such as cutting liquor taxes, extending the Red River District curfew and moving big events to parks in East Austin are expected to augment the industry and preserve Austin’s title as the Live Music Capital of the World.
Levitation Fest, Austin’s premiere psychedelic music festival, might be going through some changes in 2017. Local booking company C3 Presents, known for promoting Austin City Limits, is reportedly in talks to co-produce Levitation this coming year, but how much of an effect it will have on the festival remains to be seen.
Both legends in the music industry, Andre “Dr. Dre” Young and Jimmy Iovine have donated a sizable $70 million to USC– a donation that will undoubtedly fund music innovation within the university.
Although there is a spectacular community surrounding local music and art in Austin, prominent leaders in the collective are typically young and financially frustrated. Despite the progressive ideals that these trailblazers possess, their schemes can not be implemented until they have the city of Austin finically backing their proposals. Simply put, Austin will have to retire it’s title as “Live Music Capital of the World” if we don’t cultivate this place as a home for artists.
The much-anticipated Sound on Sound Fest is fast approaching with festivities starting Nov. 4. To kick off the festival weekend, the Sound On Sound Fest “Late Knights” kick-off parties, or just Knights, will be held at Mohawk, The Sidewinder, Barracuda, Beerland and Empire on Thursday, Nov. 3. Anyone who already has an official Sound On Sound Wristband gets free access to any of the Knights shows and holders of the VIP ‘Treat Thyself’ pass get priority access at each venue.
Music-lovers everywhere will agree that an ideal Friday night includes an array of rhythmic guitar synths and drum beats pulsing good vibes through your body–am I right? If so, Austinites, make your way to the Lucky Lounge this Friday, Oct. 21st at 6 p.m. for a must-see musical experience–it’s going to be local music at its finest.
Being the “Live Music Capital of the World” is a big responsibility, one that Austin does not take lightly. In the recent years, noise complaints throughout the city have spiked, which has caused outdoor and downtown venues to face repercussions that are effecting business. At the same time, downtown residents and visitors are experiencing discomfort with the late night bustle that comes from living near one of these venues. Now, the city of Austin is trying to find harmony between live music with sound mitigation, if there is harmony at all.