Riverside Drive, in front of the Long Center
"..."At the risk of sounding dramatic, this is a landmark week in Austin music," declared Live Music Task Force Chair Paul Oveisi, who also owns Momo's on Sixth Street. "We have an opportunity to step up as a community and build a foundation of a live music infrastructure that could catapult Austin to be a cutting-edge music city."..."
"...Dear Editor, Scott Trainer should be removed immediately from the Live Music Task Force due to his inability to separate his self-serving agenda from the community goals as outlined in the Task Force Resolution [“Off the Record,” Music, June 19]. His personal views are hindering his ability to create resolution on such an important note/voice/sound that affects all Austinites...."
"...Even more accountable is the actual music community, which has never coherently organized itself to petition its interests to City Council. This week, however, the Live Music Task Force (see "Can the Bands Play On?" July 18) presents its final recommendations to City Council...."
"...If you can swallow that premise, then tell the city EXACTLY how it can help you and the local music industry. The Live Music Task Force has posted a survey to provide a direct voice for musicians, producers, agents, managers, club owners and others..."
"...In response to the diatribe, four Live Music Task Force members immediately resigned from SAM's board of advisers – Bobby Garza, Paul Oveisi, Rose Reyes, and Don Pitts. In a letter to Dillinger, they wrote, "Your allegations in the email have threatened to damage the relationships that we've been able to foster within city government." Over the past 18 months, the task force has conducted careful alliance-building – among musicians, club owners, other local music-industry sectors, neighborhoods, city staff and management, the mayor, and council – in support of its recommendations to council, notably: "Establish a central Music Department within the City of Austin government structure ....."
"...It would implement the department by the start of the 2010 fiscal year, Oct. 1; structure it to "maximize its ability to further the recommendations of the Live Music Task Force"; and make the entity's head an "accountable official" for implementing music-related code matters, such as permitting for music venues..."
"...Often that is a tedious rather than glamorous task, and the number of people willingly giving of their own time, energy, and money is amazing. I was particularly scolded for not mentioning the city's Live Music Task Force, and in that, I'm guilty as charged..."
"...David Sullivan of the Live Music Task Force reported on their information gathering, urging input before an upcoming report to the City Council. Dillinger stressed that such feedback was needed for an upcoming Musician’s Wages Survey put together by the Task Force..."
"...Hats off to the diligent folks at Save Austin Music. The local grassroots organization, led by veteran songsmith Troy Dillinger and working parallel to the City Council-appointed Live Music Task Force, recently gained non-profit status though sponsorship from the Austin Community Foundation..."
"...The Visitor Impact Task Force, a squadron of music, arts, hotel, special events, public works, restaurant, and parks representatives, spent the first five months of 2017 hashing out recommendations for City Council on how best to use HOT tax revenue. Their report stimulated two plans now circulating around City Hall..."
"...It's many things. And what Mellon has done is enable us to do things – especially the residencies and the commissioning and the classical music task force – that we wouldn't have been able to fund ourselves..."
"...Songs like "Jalapeño Con Big Red" and "Mezcal Road" leaped off the stage with such spirit that no one there could help but be overwhelmed. Before long, there was a huge cloud of dust kicked up from dancers on the gravel, making it seem like Carrasco had his own smoke machine blowing full force..."
"...Planned by Endeavor Real Estate Group, the Domain is the first project to request public-sector participation along the lines of the recommendations of the Mayor's Task Force on the Economy. Those guidelines, released in early April, are now being developed into an actual incentive policy; the task force suggests that the city eschew front-loading incentives that take a bite out of current revenue and instead withhold financial assistance until a project produces actual benefits..."
"...Last week council passed an ordinance expediting rezoning for several restaurants hosting live music, after it looked like a laughably low 70-decibel limit (actually dating from the Eighties but seldom enforced) would pull the plug on them. But at the Thursday meeting, it was apparent the ordinance still left some restaurants outside the Central Business District unplugged, specifically the current music scene cause célèbre, Freddie's Place, which – in a move that smacked of headline-grabbing overreaction – had pre-emptively canceled all its remaining gigs for the rest of the year, after a neighborhood complaint drew police monitoring...."
"...You just know that parameters are being redefined and things are gonna be different from here on out -- for better or for worse. Both sides of this evolutionary force were whispered and screamed into the collective psyche at Liberty Lunch on this Saturday night..."
"...I know because I kept looking up in total disbelief. The torrent that screamed through Central Texas the night before had wreaked enough havoc on the stage setup at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock to force Friday night's festivities to La Zona Rosa..."
"...After years of conflict between the Mitchell-era ARA and surrounding neighbors and other Eastside stakeholders -- who were initially and pointedly excluded from its board and decisions -- the agency currently operates with a board of 29 members representing a diverse array of neighborhood, community, and business interests. The Community Redevelopment Plan -- an urban renewal plan with the force of law, with which property owners on 11th and 12th are required to (eventually) comply -- was adopted in 1999 and prescribes in some detail a future vision of 11th Street as a commercial and entertainment district and 12th as a mixed-use urban corridor...."
"...Among those taking these concerns seriously is Mayor Will Wynn, who issued a proclamation in January making 2008 "The Year of Austin Music." When speaking around town, the mayor carries the group's audience-building message: Get off the couch, and go out to see at least one Austin band each month in 2008. (His mayoral self is a Band of Heathens fan, setting a good civic example with his frequent clubbing.) Together with Council Members Mike Martinez and Sheryl Cole, Wynn also launched in January a separate city initiative, the Live Music Task Force..."
"...Entertainment Districts, that is. The city of Austin’s live music task force is meeting again this Wednesday to discuss said districts – so maybe Red River can get its own due..."
"...As subcommittee members of the Live Music Task Force point out, every Austinite can help musicians simply by going out to hear their gigs. Pay a cover charge gladly: 80% to 100% goes directly to the band..."