This week, the Austin Music Map visits the bright red, steel sided slab of a building on the east side – home to the local “Loyal Order of the Moose.” The venue has become one home of the city’s small but lively Conjunto revival.
Conjunto is a homegrown musical tradition that’s deeply rooted in Tejano working class culture. It was born at the end of the 19th century when the music of German migrants (think button accordions and polkas) collided with the music of Mexican migrants (think bajo sextos and dance bands.)
Conjunto was big in Texas through the 60s, 70s, even 80s, but then began to fade as Conjunto-friendly radio stations were bought out, the traditional audience got older, and the dance halls that had been Conjunto’s home went out of business.
Enter The Moose! With its low ceilings and wood paneling and taxidermied moose heads, it’s captured the spirit of those old venues and is trying to keep the scene alive.
KUTX’s Texas Music Matters is partnering with the national Localore initiative to create the Austin Music Map: a yearlong effort to go beyond the well-traveled streets of the Austin music scene in search of the hidden places where music is being made. We want your help discovering and documenting these places. To find out how to get involved, visit the Austin Music Map website or call our hotline with stories and tips: (512) 861-8266.
The Austin Music Map is among five nominees in the music category. The other four are: NPR Music, MTV O Music Awards, Pitchfork and VEVO. Honorees are selected based on excellence in content, structure and navigation, visual design, functionality, interactivity and overall experience. The awards program received 11,000 entries this year.
As a nominee, the Austin Music Map also is eligible to win a Webby People’s Voice Award. From now until April 25, Austin Music Map fans can cast their votes.
Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, the Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. The IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Award Winners, is comprised of web industry experts, including media mogul Arianna Huffington, Skype CEO Tony Bates, Mozilla CEO and Chair Mitchell Baker, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, mobile-phone inventor Martin Cooper, and StumbleUpon founder Garrett Camp.
The Austin Music Map is a web-based, interactive, community documentary project that lets users “play” the city. The map goes beyond the usual suspects on the Austin music scene in search of the not-so-well-known places where music is being made. Explore the map at www.austinmusicmap.com.
In late 2012, we put out a call to the city, asking, “What does Austin sound like to YOU?” We received almost 100 sonic submissions, ranging from bats under the Congress Avenue Bridge to tamale making to rowing on Lady Bird Lake. (You can hear all of the sounds here.)
We passed the submissions along to some of Austin’s most adventurous musicians and gave them just two weeks to create original compositions incorporating the sounds.
Those songs debuted at a live performance event in December and we’ve just released a small batch of albums (with cover art by Dana Falconberry) that we’ll be giving away over the coming months.
In the meantime, you can hear the results below:
The Austin Music Map, KUTX, and the City of Austin Music Division present… MapJam 2013, a daylong festival celebrating Austin music. From bluegrass to hip hop and conjunto to rockabilly, we’ve booked some of our favorite local bands at some of our favorite local venues. Come out and experience the Austin Music Map in 3D!
We’ll be documenting the festival throughout the day. You can help us by taking pictures, recording sound, and tagging your media #austinmusicmap to add it to our new interactive website.
**UPDATE :: The final performance with DJ Chorizo Funk & El Tule has been moved to Tillery Park (801 Tillery St.). Same time, different place. 9-11pm.
**Remember! Be responsible. Don’t drink and drive, whether you’re on bike or in your car.
LINEUP AND VENUES:
Wood & Wire is one of the most promising new bands on Austin’s bluegrass and acoustic scene. Mixing in elements of Americana and swing, W & W’s healthy dose of original music and traditional bluegrass tunes keep audiences riveted. The band keeps people on their toes, too, with a cappella ballads, funky acoustic jams, and rippin’ fast instrumentals.
MOTHER FALCON – Orchestral Indie. (1:30 – 2:30 @ Tillery Park)
Mother Falcon is an orchestral indie band born in Austin that has quickly become an award-winning recording act and a top concert draw, performing in rock clubs while still maintaining a presence in the performing arts scene, scoring plays and films.
AKINA ADDERLEY & THE VINTAGE PLAYBOYS – Soul/R&B. (3 – 4 @ The Historic Victory Grill)
Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys are an Austin soul band whose unique sound blends elements of rock, funk, and old-school R&B. Front woman, vocalist, songwriter, and band leader Akina Adderley lights up the stage as “the little woman with the big voice.”
RIDERS AGAINST THE STORM – Hip-Hop. (4:30 – 5:30 @ Hotel Vegas)
This husband-wife hip hop duo operates from a boundless space and time. Their music and work, crafted from the funk, the SOURCE, and the gods of Hip Hop, is ready to take everyone it touches into a more powerful part of themselves.
CONJUNTO LOS PINKYS - Conjunto. (6 – 7 @ The White Horse)
Conjunto Los Pinkys play a traditional, Tex-Mex style dance music known as “conjunto.” The instrumentation features the button accordion, bajo quinto, electric bass, drums and harmony singing. In the early 90s, the group started as a Bay Area street band lead by Bradley Jaye Williams and was re-formed in Austin, Texas in 1993. The group currently features Isidro Samilpa and Chencho Flores; two musicians from Austin’s Chicano music scene whose careers stretch back to the 1950′s cantinas of East 6th Street.
**NOTE: The White Horse is the only venue on the route that will NOT be all-ages. Underage MapJam attendees should head down the street to Cheer Up Charlie’s to catch the Residual Kid show.**
RESIDUAL KID - Rock/Punk. (6 – 7 @ Cheer Up Charlies)
Residual Kid consists of members Max Redman (age 12), Ben Redman (14), and Deven Ivy (14). They’ve quickly made a name for themselves in the few years that they’ve been on the Austin music scene with their unbridled style of rock. It’s heavy, it’s grungy, it’s punk, it’s honest, and it’s a whole lot of fun.
ROSIE FLORES & THE RIVETERS - Rockabilly. (7:30 – 8:30 @ Scoot Inn)
Since the late 70s, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Rosie Flores has been an important figure on the alternative country scene in both Austin, TX, and Los Angeles. She’s a hard-working, independently minded artist who’s well-respected for her gritty, energetic vocals and fiery guitar solos.
DJ CHORIZO FUNK – Afro/Latin/Cumbia. (9 – 10 @ Tillery Park)
Texas born and raised, DJ Chorizo Funk is able to seamlessly mix and connect the dots amongst a wide range of genres such as Afro-Latin, Afrobeat, Funk, Soul, Hip Hop, and more.
EL TULE – Cumbia/Merengue/Salsa. (10 – 11 @ Tillery Park)
For eight years, El Tule has been honing its unique sound combining influences of Cumbia, Merengue, Salsa, Cuban and Reggae, in Austin TX.