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Hot Summer Nights, coming soon

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Attentive listeners to the Austin Monitor‘s weekly radio show on KOOP FM (which is everyone reading this, riiiiiiiight?) got the drop early last week on a big summer blowout planned by the music venues in Austin’s Red River Cultural District. Details at the time were still being sussed out, but Stubb’s Bar-B-Que general manager Ryan Garrett said on the show that the districtwide festival was planned as the latest event to strengthen the recently politically active group of businesses that are also in the crosshairs of development pressure from every direction. Well, the cat is mostly out of the bag now thanks to an official announcement of the name – Hot Summer Nights – and the dates, July 13-16. The five days of free concerts at (deep breath) Barracuda, Beerland, Cheer Up Charlies, Elysium, Empire Control Room & Garage, Mohawk, Side Bar, Sidewinder, Stubb’s, Swan Dive and Waller Ballroom make the event sort of a summer counterpart to January’s Free Week, where clubs throughout the same district line up stacked bills with no cover to draw business during the post-holiday doldrums. Another factor that led to the festival’s creation is the just-underway pilot program to give later sound curfews to the outdoor venues in the area, which is intended to generate more alcohol sales revenue on busy weekend hours.

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