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There’s nothing like live music

November 3, 2009



10-foot-tall guitars sit on a baggage-claim carousel in the Austin, TX airport. The decorated guitars are a fundraiser for several Austin charities. (Photo by Sara Humm)

I was fortunate enough to visit Austin, Texas last week and I’m not disappointed in its claim to be ‘live music capital of the world.’  And it’s been that way for a while, since 1991.


While walking on 6th street (similar to Lawrence, Kansas–but with more bars) all you could hear was live music coming from various bars that were hoping to pull you in.  The town was plastered with posters and signs that said ‘band unloading zone,’ which I thought was awesome, too.

After looking why this is Austin’s claim to fame, I found that they have a ‘Live Music Task Force’ that works with the Austin music scene and the community.  They meet to address issues, developments and challenges that are happening within the music community.  Not only do they have this organization, but there are many annual concert series and live music going on every day.

Love for local music seems to be a common thing for the residents of Austin–the bars were packed and the people seemed to be into it.  The city also has a program called ‘Music on Hold,’ which plays local bands when a person is put on hold during a phone call. (How awesome is that?!!)  Bands even play at the City Council meetings.

As if all of this isn’t enough, the city of Austin has released a study measuring the impact of their music scene.  In short, it states that live music is great for the Austin community because it defines the town’s culture.  Not only that, but that it’s great income for the city.

“City government recognizes the role of music in Austin in a variety of ways, including providing music by local artists at the airport, funding a cable access channel devoted entirely to local music, and administering a loan program specifically for the music industry,” the study states.

While Austin, Texas is quite the drive or plane ride away, downtown Lawrence Kansas also thrives on local music–Jackpot Music Hall is one of the places where bands are playing each night.  A list of venues can be found on Lawrence’s city website. Not only is live music a great thing in Lawrence, but KU’s student station, KJHJ, is an awesome student run station as well.

I believe supporting your local music scene is important to keeping bands around and doing what they love (and what we love–too).  It’s really refreshing to step outside the local scene of the Kansas City/Lawrence area and find another town who really supports those local bands.  And in an age where CD sales are declining and illegal music downloading is becoming more prominent–why not show you care about your community (& the economy) ?

Shows coming your way:
Tomorrow – Paramore @ Uptown Theater (Kansas City)
November 6th – Joshua Radin at the Granada (Lawrence)
November 14th – Cage The Elephant at the Beaumont Club (Kansas City)
November 20th – The Republic Tigers (KC local band) at the Granada (Lawrence)
November 14th & 20th-The Dead Girls (Lawrence band) at the Granada (Lawrence)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sara Humm permalink
    November 4, 2009 4:38 pm

    YAY for local music!!! I want bands to come play at our city commission meetings….. that would be just a sweet as turning the power off for a day!!!

  2. November 27, 2009 4:32 am

    Thank you for a great blog. 🙂

  3. February 19, 2010 6:05 am

    Wow this is great! Live music would just fit perfectly in my Austin dating destination list for my girlfriend. Thanks for the post! Keep it up!

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