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Blues on the Green Back On, Thanks to City Council and H-E-B

By Carys Anderson, February 16, 2024, 1:10pm, Earache!

Blues on the Green will officially head back to Zilker Park this summer, organizers Austin City Limits Radio announced Friday. The beloved free concert series, which was canceled in January due to rising costs, is back on thanks to city co-sponsorship and increased financial support from H-E-B.

“ACL Radio’s Blues on the Green – presented by H-E-B is back on thanks to Austin City Council’s approval of Resolution 23 and H-E-B’s increased financial support to keep this iconic tradition and important cultural event open to the public in Zilker Park as planned,” the statement reads.

Austin City Council passed Resolution 23 on Feb. 15, moving to implement city co-sponsorship of Blues on the Green and other free live music events. Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison proposed the resolution, which directs the city to help offset the logistical costs associated with concerts, like retaining permits for sound, security, and parks and recreation access. It also notes that “access to private and philanthropic contributions is essential to supplement public support and ensure the long-term sustainability and growth of community events like ‘Blues on the Green.’”

After Council approved an amendment from Council Member José “Chito” Vela to allow the free events to sell alcohol, the resolution passed 10-1, with Council Member Mackenzie Kelly recusing herself from the vote.

“We continue to talk to partners, sponsors, and others as we plan to bring this event to life this year,” ACL Radio said. “We’ll be back with more info soon. In the meantime, thank you to everyone for your continued support.”

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