Free Week in Austin happens during the first two weeks of January. It started at Emo’s during the early part of the decade as way to bring patrons to the club during a typically low attendance period that lacked major touring acts. Fast forward to 2014, Free Week spans two weeks and has expanded to venues all over the city, including Red River. With more free shows featuring local bands than ever, the only thing to compare it to is South By Southwest, but without the wrist bands, touring bands and tourists.
What has also expanded during Free Week in recent years are the genres of music Austinites can hear for no cost. This year our Latino sister site, Austin Vida, brought the Latin flavor to Free Week patrons at Empire Control Room & Garage for the first time. The showcase served as La Vida Buena’s EP release party for ¡Checkpoint Alpha! and included supporting performances from Como Las Movies and La Frenetika. DJ Orión from Peligrosa spun his own set for a bit between a couple of the performers. It was a night not soon forgotten by those in attendance.
The Austin Vida Free Week showcase at Empire Control Room & Garage took place on Jan. 10, 2014. Live photos by Mari Hernandez.