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Chad Swiatecki is a 20-year journalist who relocated to Austin from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets.
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The public will have access to the newly reopened Waterloo Park and Moody Amphitheater on Aug. 14 for an all-day CommUNITY Day event featuring free family-oriented programming and performances in the 11-acre downtown park. The event will feature music and performing arts, math and science education activities, environmental programming and booths and activations from a variety of community organizations. A “Taste Of Austin” concert showcase at the amphitheater in the evening will feature a variety of local live music performers. The park has been closed to the public for a decade to allow for the creation of the Waller Creek Tunnel project, with $88 million in park improvements tied to the flood control effort that eventually cost more than $160 million. Less than a week after the public opening, Grammy-winning Austin blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. will headline the first ticketed show at the 5,000-capacity amphitheater. That show is being organized by Austin-based concert promoter C3 Presents, which as a partner with the Waterloo Greenway nonprofit will provide 100 free tickets via a community lottery to all of its events at the facility.
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