Every year right after New Year’s Eve, independent music venues in Austin participate in the annual event known as “Free Week.” Founded by Transmission Events chief Graham Williams while he was working at Emo’s in 2002, Williams figured out free local music shows were the answer for the club to fill an attendance void during one of the slowest weeks of the year that was completely absent of major touring acts that brought drew large crowds. Fast forward to 2013 and Free Week not only lives, but it has grown into a festival of its own. With even more clubs participating, this year’s Free Week lasted 12 days and expanded east and west of Red River.
Austin 360 released this video yesterday about this year’s Free Week. In the video, reporter Emma Janzen interviewed The Parish’s general manager Travis Newman and our own Editor in Chief, Ian Morales. Both give their take on the subject and talk about what what they hope for Free Week’s future. If you’re new to Austin, thinking about moving here or visiting anytime soon, listen and learn. No wristbands or VIP passes needed.