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My First Free Week

Contributed by Courtney Goforth:

Another Free Week is in the books and all of Austin’s local talent and generous travelers have packed up after nine days of fueling the city with free live music. Although it is possible to see live music every night in Austin, Free Week congests popular venues that usually charge covers with some real talent willing to give you a free sample.
Free Week is like a big, free coat that keeps everyone warm and makes it easier to step out in the cold weather in the name of music.

The week, (which actually runs a little over seven days), started out at Holy Mountain. Politics was wrapping up their set donning their lovely sweater vests, as we impatiently sipped on our beers and waited for Holy Wave’s evil to land on stage next. Perhaps the alcohol can be blamed for the overwhelming desire to grab a burger “really quick” from The Jackelope down the street, or maybe getting food seemed to be the easiest refuge from the slowly moving time. Needless to say, we didn’t end up catching Holy Wave.

holy free week

On Tuesday, Knifight was on the bill at Mohawk and that seemed to be enough convincing to round up some troops to face the rain and go downtown. We stood elbow to elbow as the crowd became enthralled with the Austin talent and continued to stick around for Tacks, the Boy Disaster. The mood decelerated when headliner My Empty Phantom took the stage to put the crowd in a sleepy, yet mesmerizing, trance with nature-inspired minimalist looping. It sounds almost crazy to say ‘minimal’ when artist Jesse Martin Beaman is the mastermind and executor behind it all, but he mans those multiple instruments flawlessly.

Wednesday gave us our first hint that perhaps Free Week was catching on, or more people enjoy The Growlers in this city than we gave them credit for. Red 7‘s line was ridiculously hopeless, so we moseyed our way back to the comfort of Holy Mountain. Well, comfort was the intention, but we found ourselves smack dab in the middle of the heaviness of Woodgrain and Shitty Carwash. Not necessarily our cup of tea, but the many people with their fists in the air and mouths opened seemed to be enjoying it.

Despite the sometimes inevitable laziness, which we would love to blame on cold weather and subsequent colds, Free Week is a great motivation to get out and experience the crazy amount of talented folks and see them perform at some of Austin’s best venues.

“In The Room” at Hotel Vegas

Join us for the two-day “In The Room” series presented by the Hotel Vegas Bar that you don’t want to miss.

This weekend, Hotel Vegas has a lineup that will blow your hair back, literally. ROLL is getting a double shot of ROCK on Friday, May 11 with My Empty Phantom kicking off the evening – doors open at 9pm.

Then, get a dose crunchy tunes with What Made Milwaukee Famous dishing out not one, but two sets of musical goodness! WMMF will be playing classic tracks from older albums in their first set, then, will be gracing us with new sounds from their latest album “You Can’t Fall Off The Floor.” So, you won’t want to miss it!

What Made Milwaukee Famous

DJ Mahealani will be jammin’ out the rest of the evening with her heart-pounding bass and groovy beats. Your hips and feet won’t be able to resist movin’ and groovin’ – I know might won’t!

Come back again Saturday, May 12 and get ready for a wild ride with the Austin trio, Ume, whose lead singer guitarist has the looks of a dainty damsel, but will rock your face off if you’re not too careful. If you don’t believe me, just look at her photo:


Need more proof? Check this video:

Needless to say, they rock.

The Shake will be continuing the jam fest with a special DJ set… just for you.

So come out Friday for sets by My Empty Phantom, What Makes Milwaukee Famous, and DJ Mahealani

and again on Saturday for sets by Ume and The Shake.

Get your tickets early because they are very limited! Also, if you click “I Like It” you will be entered for the chance to win a free pair of tickets!