Entertainment & Events

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

New Rodeo Austin chief calls Expo Center expansion ‘a no-brainer’

With a deep banking and private investment background as well as an extensive business network throughout Texas, new Rodeo Austin CEO Rob Golding could be an important dealmaker in the long-brewing effort to conduct a grand revamp of the Travis…

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Council expected to take up agent of change and entertainment licenses in March

Regulations for live music venues throughout Austin appear to be changing both very quickly and remarkably slowly. At Monday’s meeting of the city’s Music Commission, the dominant topic was the long-proposed “agent of change” principle that is intended to reduce…

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Monday, January 9, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Hopes for music industry growth fuel first omnibus resolution

For all the focus Mayor Steve Adler and others in city government have put on the health of Austin’s music economy in recent years, it’s easy to lose sight of what it means to be a “working musician” in Austin…

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

With $90 million up for grabs, Visitor Impact Task Force faces hefty charge

The city’s new Visitor Impact Task Force hopes to accomplish several goals in the next four months, all of them having to do with how the city can best grapple with the growing number of tourists coming to Austin each…

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Thursday, December 15, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Liquor tax cut a top priority for music venue lobbying group

Music venues in Austin are lining up to try to get their state liquor tax rates reduced in a bid that’s being presented as a needed step to preserve clubs and bars that heavily promote live music. The effort is…

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Thursday, November 17, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Armed with cash, group looks to encourage arts spaces among developers

The Austin Creative Alliance will step up its efforts to encourage developers to carve out arts spaces in Austin thanks to a gift that is expected to fuel a five-year push at City Hall and throughout the city. The group…

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Monday, October 17, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Creative summit spurs talk of arts bond

With growth and development touching every corner of Austin, and rents and property values increasing as a result, boosters in the local arts community want business and political leaders to think big about how to preserve creative spaces for years…

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Friday, October 7, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Curfew relief in sight for Red River music venues

A handful of music venues along Red River Street between Sixth and 10th streets could soon have a later sound curfew for outdoor music. On Monday, the Music Commission unanimously passed an item that venue owners and other music boosters…

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Friday, September 23, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

City lands $10 million “minibond” agreement to save endangered music venues

The city of Austin will team up with private investors to save some of the city’s most iconic — and increasingly economically distressed — music venues through a new program announced prior to Thursday’s City Council meeting. Mayor Steve Adler announced…

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