By Ashley Morris
“Keep Austin Weird” is the local trademark of this city. Austin locals take pride in being different, and its music scene is no exception. But what makes Austin’s music atmosphere different from all the others? In the press release announcing the 2019 Austin Music Awards, co-founder of SXSW, The Austin Chronicle Louis Black said:
"What has always truly and uniquely defined the Austin music scene is the work those in it put in. More than critics, industry honchos, scene makers, or even music fans, so many musicians work so hard in this extraordinary community to impress the audience they regard as the most important — other musicians,” acknowledging the special drive and creative energy that makes Austin’s music scene incredible.
But as much as Austin’s music is vibrant, and eclectic, it is familial. Black’s insight into what makes the Austin music scene what it is speaks true: Austin musicians play for other musicians. In an industry that is so cutthroat, Austin must be like a breath of fresh air. Musicians playing for musicians, supporting each other.
Austin remembers that music is not only a medium of personal expression, but social as well. There is a distinctly communal atmosphere to the austin music scene, a sense of family, of people dedicated to producing their very best, for the best. That is part of the reason why Austin Musicians are worth celebrating. They take the communal aspect of music to the next level, and make music not only for fans, but for each other.
The Austin Music Awards started in 1983 by the Austin Chronicle as a DIY showcase and has over the years evolved into an ultimate event showing off the diverse and talented music scene in Austin, Texas spanning genres including rock, country, blues, Latin, folk, punk, pop, and world music genres.
You won’t want to miss the bands on the roster for the 2019 Austin Music Awards including singer-songwriter Jakob Dylan, Bob Dylan’s son most known for his years as frontman for rock band The Wallflowers, Austin-based psychedelic soul outfit Black Pumas, Tomar Williams from soul group Tomar & the FC’s, Austin’s youthful soul, funk, blues, and jazz outfit The Peterson Brothers, India-born, Austin-based rapper Abhi the Nomad on the cusp of releasing his debut album, Marbled; and the renowned DJ Mel, recognized as “Obama’s DJ” after performing at the 57th Presidential Inauguration. The AMAs will announce a special guest performance day of.
Tickets for the event taking place on February 27. 2019 lives at The Moody Theater are available now at acl-live.com and austinmusicawards.org.