Haven’t nailed down your plans yet for this New Year’s Eve? Here’s a handy guide to some great New Year’s Eve shows presented by KUTX, so you can support your hometown music scene while you ring in 2020.
Wherever you go, whatever you do, keep it tuned to KUTX (or tell your rideshare driver it’s the best station in town.) Rick McNulty will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party on the air, starting at 7 P.M.
Plan on drinking? Plan your transportation accordingly with some alternatives to driving via Get There ATX. (Even if you do drive but your plans to abstain change, or your DD bails on you, they’ve got options to help you get home safely.)
The next day, drink lots of fluids and spend New Year’s Day with some of our favorite musicians and notable Austinites – like Caroline Rose, Abhi the Nomad, Shy Beast, writer Austin Kleon, chef Rick Lopez, and many more. We’ll air guest DJ sets from them all day on our annual My KUTX Marathon.
From all of us at KUTX, have a safe and happy New Year!
Kickstart your holiday season with KUT, KUTX, and The Downtown Austin Alliance with our annual Holiday Sing-Along, Stroll, and Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 7th!
Kick off your holiday season with KUT and KUTX at our annual Sing-Along and Tree Lighting, followed by the Downtown Austin Alliance’s Holiday Stroll.
The carols begin at 6 p.m. when crowds gather on the south steps of the Capitol to sing songs of the season, led by KUTX 98.9 music hosts John Aielli and Elizabeth McQueen. Rusty on the lyrics to “The Twelve Days of Christmas”? We’ve got you covered with complimentary commemorative songbooks.
At 7 p.m., we’ll countdown to the lighting of the downtown holiday tree at 11th St. and Congress Ave. After the tree lighting, stroll Congress Avenue between 9th and 11th streets for shopping, and free live music and entertainment for all ages.
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019
5 p.m. Holiday stroll begins
6 p.m. Holiday Sing-Along with John Aielli and Elizabeth McQueen
7 p.m. Holiday stroll continues until 10 p.m.
The Downtown Austin Alliance’s Holiday Stroll has something for everyone including photos with Santa, a petting zoo, live ice sculpture, holiday arts and crafts, local food trucks, artisan vendors and more. Plus, enjoy a full night of live music performances. Visit the Downtown Austin Alliance for announcements and additional details on the 25th Anniversary of Holiday Stroll.
Be sure to stop by the Central Texas Food Bank tent to donate, pick up T-shirts and holiday cards, and learn more about getting involved in the fight against hunger.
KUT and KUTX thank the following sponsors for helping make the Sing-Along possible: The Fairmont Hotel, Fara Coffee, Collectic Home, Whole Earth Provision Company, Maudie’s Tex-Mex, Helen Ragsdale, DDS, Diamonds Direct and Central Texas Food Bank.
KUTX and the Four Seasons Hotel Austin are proud to join the many Austin organizations, businesses, and individuals that support HAAM Day – an annual, city-wide day of fundraising for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM). This year, we’re pitching in with a happy-hour concert featuring Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis.
Many Austin musicians are self-employed and have no access to health insurance or basic health care. HAAM provides access to affordable health care for Austin’s low-income working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness. However, the number of Austin musicians needing HAAM’s services has increased alongside Austin’s rising cost of living. To meet this increased demand, HAAM is more in need of support than ever.
That’s where you come in! Mark your calendar for HAAM Day, and join us on the lawn of Ciclo at The Four Seasons for a happy hour concert with Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis. Sir Woman – the project of Kelsey Wilson of Wild Child – will open.
KUTX Live at The Four Seasons: HAAM Day
Concert and Live Broadcast
Tuesday, September 24 from 5-7 P.M.
on the lawn of Ciclo at The Four Seasons Hotel Austin
Admission is free, but HAAM will be onsite and a donation to them is encouraged (it’s HAAM Day, after all!)
4:30 P.M. – Doors open
5:15 P.M. – performance by Sir Woman (Kelsey Wilson of Wild Child)
6:00 P.M. – performance by Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis
Limited complimentary self-parking in the Four Seasons garage will be available.
KUTX, The Breaks, and LÜM present The 2nd Annual Summer Jam Showcase, which will be held on Friday, 8/30 at Barracuda. The showcase will premiere rising RnB and hip-hop artists, bringing them to the forefront of the Austin music scene. Summer Jam will be hosted by Austin’s #1 hip-hop radio show, The Breaks. Hosts, Confucius and Fresh, not only want to highlight the hottest artists in the city, but also to bring various pieces of our community together, uniting in appreciation of Austin’s vibrant music community.
Austin Revitalization Authority
Treaty Oak Distilling
Rambler Sparkling Water
25% of ticket sales will benefit local non-profit, Kids in a New Groove, which is an Austin-based non-profit that provides over 150 Central Texas youth in foster care with free, weekly music lessons and mentorship – http://kidsinanewgroove.org/. Additionally, 2 Mangrove trees will be planted in Madagascar through The Eden Reforestation Project –https://edenprojects.org/.
Think you can’t sing beyond your shower? Always sitting out karaoke nights? KUTX & Rock It Choir‘s Choir at the Cactus is a new monthly event designed to prove you wrong!
Spend an afternoon at the Cactus finding your voice (and some bonus confidence) with a rock sing-along and fun group voice lesson from Rock It Choir’s Julie Blake (who trained with Seth Riggs, vocal coach to Stevie Wonder, the late Prince, Madonna, and more.) Each month, you’ll learn a song in 3-part harmony, from an artist pulled right from KUTX’s playlist. Even cooler – your ticket will help raise some extra funds for an Austin music non-profit.
No rehearsals! No auditions! No singing experience necessary! Just a sense of adventure and a little courage. (And if you’re over 21, the Cactus’ bar will be open to assist with the courage part.)
(Check out footage of August’s event here.)
Choir at the Cactus: Where the audience is the choir!
Tickets are $10, and can be purchased in advance here the 1st each month.
50% of each ticket sold benefits a different Austin music non-profit each month.
|Sat., Nov 16; 3-5 p.m.||Radiohead / “Creep”||Swan Songs|
December date postponed. 2020 dates TBD
Choir at the Cactus FAQ:
What if I don’t know the song well? Will lyrics be available?
Yes! Song lyrics will be displayed on a screen, and we’ll run through the melody at least once before learning harmonies. You can familiarize yourself with the song ahead of time if you’d like, but bear in mind that the arrangement may be a little different from what you’re familiar with.
Is Choir at the Cactus a family-friendly event?
Choir at the Cactus is an all-ages event. However, it’s probably more appropriate for people 12 and up, due to the attention required during vocal instruction, as well as the line-of-sight (though we try our best to make sure everyone can see the lyrics.)
Where can I park?
Metered parking is available around campus, and we recommend using the City of Austin’s Park ATX App. If you don’t want to worry about meters, paid parking is also available in the San Antonio Garage, located at 2420 San Antonio Street. Parking in the garage for the duration of Choir at the Cactus will run you $9 (remember that carpooling makes it feel cheaper!) To reach the Cactus from the garage, head east to Guadalupe, cross to the other side, then head south on Guadalupe to 22nd St. The Cactus is at 22nd and Guadalupe on the first floor of the Texan Union building on campus.
We also recommend taking a taxi or using a rideshare service like Lyft or Uber, particularly if you plan to drink at this event (because, let’s face it – some of us need a few drinks before we can sing in public.)
Why does only half of my ticket benefit that month’s chosen non-profit?
Here at KUTX, it’s important to us that artists are paid for their time and work. Choir at the Cactus involves not only day-of work, but time spent arranging the songs we’ll sing. 50% of ticket sales go to the working artists from Rock It Choir that produce this event, and the remaining 50% go to that month’s selected Austin music non-profit. (Our hope is that by hosting this event monthly, it will grow into something that can benefit our non-profit partners in an even bigger way.)
Will tickets be available at the door?
If any tickets are left by the event date, they’ll be available for purchase at the door. However, we recommend purchasing them ahead of time. The Cactus is a relatively intimate room with a capacity of 140.
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