Austin City Limits is an American television music program and a staple of the Public Broadcasting Service. Austin City Limits was initially created with an eye and ear toward original Texas music, featuring artists that created innovative new sounds in everything from western swing and Texas blues to Tejano music, progressive country and rock n' roll. The series went on to feature a wide range of American roots artists, covering a variety of styles and expanding beyond the borders of the Lone Star State. As the programs audience has grown, the music has encompassed regional, national and even international performers, and producer Terry Lickona continues to seek a balance of music genres in every new season. Austin City Limits today focuses on the unique contributions of diverse artists, music and songwriting from around the world.
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Austin City Limits - Music of Austin, Texas - Netflix
Music of Austin, Texas: Austin's official motto is the “Live Music Capital of the World” because on any given night, one can find over one hundred venues showcasing a wide variety of free - live music performances. Austin is also famed for the SXSW and the Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festivals which showcase an eclectic array of live musical talent from across the globe. The greatest concentration of music venues in Austin are located around 6th Street, the Warehouse District, Downtown, Central East Austin, South Congress, the Red River District, the University of Texas, South Lamar, and South Austin. The modern definition of “Austin music” emerged in 1972 when “a new form of country music exploded on the scene that turned its back on Nashville and embraced the counterculture.”. Eddie Wilson had opened the Armadillo World Headquarters music venue in 1970, which drew large crowds to alternating country and rock music shows. But it was 1972 when a minimally successful Willie Nelson left Nashville once and for all and moved to Austin, joining several other talented nonconformists and recent transplants including Michael (Martin) Murphey, Marcia Ball, Steve Earle, Gary P. Nunn, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ray Wiley Hubbard, Waylon Jennings and others. Willie grew his hair long and “figured out how to bring the hippies and the rednecks together.” His audiences at the Armadillo began to cross-pollinate and “what resulted was a scene that no one had ever seen before” On New Year’s Eve, Austin’s local KOKE.FM radio station switched to a new format geared to the mixed crowds first called “country rock,” and later “progressive country.” By November of that year, the first pilot for the iconic Austin City Limits was being filmed with Willie....Billboard Magazine named KOKE “the most innovative radio station in the country;" and Austin had a national reputation thanks largely to the reporting of Rolling Stone stringer Chet Flippo, who seemed to get a dispatch from the Armadillo into every issue." Austin became renowned for nurturing talented musicians who did not fit the mold anywhere else, and were drawn in by the creative vibe, liberal politics, and the low cost-of-living in what was then a laid back Capital city whose largest employers were the University of Texas and State government. Austin's reputation continued to grow and become celebrated for its folk, blues, jazz, bluegrass, tejano, zydeco, new wave, punk, and indie music scenes. The City also supports two orchestras: the Austin Symphony and Austin Civic Orchestras, as well as the Austin Opera and the Austin Baroque Orchestra and La Follia Austin Baroque.
Austin City Limits - Venues - Netflix
The Austin Chronicle, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, Do512, and Phosphene Productions offer information on the most common venues that host local bands. Below is a short list of notable venues:
In addition to the usual restaurant/bar venues listed above, Austin offers live music in unexpected places as well. These unique venues include: City Hall - Every Thursday, City Council honors a local musician at its council meeting. Also, the free concert series “Live from the Plaza” takes place at City Hall every Friday at noon from April to December. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport - Live music is featured 11 times a week at four locations. Grocery Stores - Central Market features live music three times a week, while Whole Foods Market hosts the “Music at the Market” music series every Thursday evening in the spring. Road Races - The Austin Marathon hosts more than 30 bands along the race course and the Capitol 10K features a band at every mile marker. House Concerts - Hosting a variety of genres, Austin locals often open their doors to both local and touring musicians, with audiences ranging from a few friends to up to 200.
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