Bluegrass, rockabilly, conjunto, punk-rock, hip-hop, indie, cumbia, Oh MY! On Saturday Feb. 23, Austin Music Map, the City of Austin Music Division and KUT will be presenting a day long celebration of the rich culture and diverse talents that spread over this city like a wild fire. Nine bands, eight venues and one day. The festivities will take place in several scattered east-side dives including: The historic Victory Grill, Hotel Vegas and Scoot Inn amongst some that will be hosting the day-long musical event.
The festival will kick off at noon and will last into the night. Featuring artists will play hour long sets at chosen locations for a day of free, fun and enough local music to make you an expert on the local scene by days end. Kicking off the day at Hops and Grains at noon will be the up-in-coming, toe-tapping, Bluegrass, Americana boys, Wood and Wire. Next up, at Tillery Park,-the orchestral-indie, musical-scoring super group, Mother Falcon at 1:30 p.m. Head down to the historic Victory Grill for a little R&B mixed with a little funk with Akina Adderley and The Vintage Playboys at 3 p.m. And at 4:30 p.m. the husband and wife hip-hop duo Riders Against the Storm will play at Hotel Vegas.
Now, for a little conjunto-styled, Tex-Mex dance music, gallop down to Austin’s little honky-tonk, the White Horse for Conjunto Los Pinkys at 6 p.m. Under 18, local musical prodigies, Residual Kids will hit the stage at Cheer Up Charlies at 6 p.m. Next up, will be local, alternative, country goddess, Rosie Flores with her band, The Riveters. Closing out the festival will be a mixture of salsa, cumbia and lots of dirty dancing. Don’t forget to brush up on the those hot salsa moves. Starting at 9 p.m. back at Tillery Park with Dj Chorizo Funk spinning some Afro-Latin, Afrobeat, Funk, Soul, Hip Hop, and more. Lastly, finish it out with a hot and sweaty salsa fusion from El Tule.
What better way then to spend your Saturday walking through the east side streets in Austin listening to the sounds of the city while checking out some sweet venues too. All for Free. I can’t think of anything better.
Saturday, Feb. 23 from Noon til 11 p.m. Tag all your media to #austinmusicmap. See you there.