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Free Week Announces January 2024 Lineup, and More Music News

By Carys Anderson, December 7, 2023, 12:00am, Earache!

Free Week announced the first wave of performers for the 2024 edition of the festival including The Tiarras, Large Brush Collection, Magic Rockers of Texas, Daydream Twins, Redbud, Never, and many more. Slated for Jan. 5-6, the long-running event celebrates the plethora of venues nestled within the Red River Cultural District – including the 13th Floor, Barbarella, Cheer Up Charlies, Chess Club, Creek & Cave, Elysium, Empire Control Room & Garage, Flamingo Cantina, Mohawk, Stubb’s, Swan Dive, Valhalla, and Vaquero Taquero – with free admission to shows, all while paying the talent for their performances. More musicians will be announced. See the current lineup at redriverculturaldistrict.org/free-week.

Power Trip reunited for a surprise performance at Mohawk last weekend, their first live appearance since the passing of singer Riley Gale in 2020. After headliners Fugitive – the new project of Power Trip guitarist Blake Ibanez and Scourge singer Seth Gilmore – played their set, Power Trip guitarist Nick Stewart, bassist Chris Whetzel, and drummer Chrish Ulsh joined the artists to play “Soul Sacrifice,” “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe),” “Hornet’s Nest,” “Manifest Decimation,” and “Crucifixation.” Gilmore handled Gale’s vocals. After the performance, the Riley Gale Foundation issued two statements regarding the reunion, revealing the late singer’s family was not consulted prior to the event.


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Sonic Guild awarded $200,000 in grants across 20 local artists over the weekend, including Anastasia Hera & the Heroes, Big Bill, Chief Cleopatra, Die Spitz, Good Looks, Rattlesnake Milk, and We Don’t Ride Llamas. Seventeen of the recipients performed at the 10th annual Sonic Guild Ball, held at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, where guild members vote to determine fund allocation. With branches in Austin, Seattle, Colorado, and the Ozarks, the nonprofit applies the community-supported ethos of ballet, symphony, and opera to independent live music.

HAAM open enrollment season closes on Friday, Dec. 15. The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians helps low-income artists and music teachers enroll in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace, while those eligible for the Premium Assistance Program receive financial aid for their chosen plans. Users must renew their memberships every year to maintain access to HAAM programs. Request an application at myhaam.org/join-haam.

Jazz Kween hosts its monthly social and open mic night at Monks Jazz on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Music and comedy performers, who sign up on the spot, are provided five minutes to try out new material in a live taping with a piano, drum kit, microphones, and full production provided. Audience tickets go for $20, and performers get in free.

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