The Austin Music People released its latest study this week, showing the economic impact of the Austin music industry over the last four years. In general, more capital came into the city, but it came in the form of large productions: adding a second weekend to ACL fest, the opening of the Austin 360 Amphitheater, etc. meaning most of the rise came from outside acts playing large venues. In fact, the impact coming from local artists and smaller venues declined by over 15% over the last four years.Read the full study here.
Spotify has created a lot of buzz this week around these parts.The streaming service announced that once SXSW is over large parts of their Spotify House venue will be donated and relocated to Kealing Middle School on Austin’s East Side. Kealing offers a magnet program for the city’s students who thrive in a more academically rigorous environment. The donations will be used to remodel a classroom at Kealing into a recording and production studio for the school’s fine arts department. Spotify also announced the lineup for their SXSW House, and it. Is. Lengthy. Among those slated to perform are Vince Staples, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Kacey Musgraves, and Lucius. Hannibal Buress will be doing stand-up sets throughout the week. You can marvel over the entire line-up here.
Speaking of amazing SXSW line-ups, KUTX is excited to announce the lineup for this year’s first KUTX Live at the Four Seasons. The event will feature Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, David Wax Museum, and Basia Bulat, as well as local favorites like A Giant Dog, Sweet Spirit, and White Denim. KUTX Live at the Four Seasons will take place the mornings of March 16th-19th. No badge or wristband is required, and the $10 it costs to get in the door each morning goes to the Seton Shivers Cancer Center. AND you get a breakfast taco, granola bar, and unlimited coffee.