January 12, 2021
Hear from mental healthcare providers and people in the Austin Music Ecosystem about mental health during the pandemic. You'll hear from: Kalu James from Kalu and the Electric Joint Vanessa Burden of Los Alcos Austen Bailey former Talent Buyer for Mohawk Patty Bouressa from The SIMS Foundation Brandee Smith MS, LPC, LCDC Austin Mental Health Care Resources: The Sims Foundation Mental Health Resources Other Information: National Independent Venue Association Save Our Stages Music By: Kalu and The Electric Joint Los AlcosListen
December 22, 2020
In the latest episode of Pause/Play Homer Hill tells the story of the Urban Music Fest and how it's been hit hard by the pandemic. You'll also learn the history of the festival, and hear the challenges Homer has faced in his thirty plus years as a Black Business owner in Austin, Texas. Urban Music Fest Mr. Catfish The City of Austin's Virtual New Year's Eve Check out Andrew Weber's reporting on Venue Funding in AustinListen
December 8, 2020
Hear from people across the spectrum of the Austin music scene talk about their live music experiences during the pandemic. In the first segment you'll hear Pedro Carvalho and Lawrence Boone from the venue The Far Out Lounge talk about how they've managed to stay open and have consistent live music. Then KUT reporter Andrew Weber takes you to a show that's also a Dumpster Fire. Matt Ott from the Austin non-profit Black Fret brings you perspectives from an indoor show at ACL live. And Miles Bloxson talks to three fans about their risk tolerances and relationships with live music…Listen
In each episode of “Pause/Play,” you’ll hear the stories of artists, venues, festivals, music non-profits and more.
Hosts Miles Bloxson and Elizabeth McQueen have been collecting first-person stories from across the spectrum of the live music scene about what the shutdown has been like, how people are adapting, their survival strategies, what help they’ve received and what they think is possible on the other side of the pandemic.
Listen to “Pause/Play” to learn about the experiences of the people make Austin the Live Music Capital of the World. Each one of them helps drive the billion dollar-plus live music scene that helped put Austin on the map and has made it one of the most desirable places in the country to live and work.
Miles Bloxson is a producer and host for KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9. Bloxson co-hosts Pause/Play, a podcast from KUT and KUTX Studios about live music, a global pandemic and what comes next.
The Austin native and UT Austin graduate has a passion for technology, music and pop culture. She has interviewed such stars as Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Kristin Chenoweth, Morgan Freeman, Cee-Lo Green, Forest Whitaker and Robert Townsend.
She is the host and creator of the podcast and lifestyle brand Miles to Mogul.
Elizabeth McQueen is an audio producer and podcast host at KUTX 98.9, Austin’s NPR music station. McQueen is also the featured host of the podcast, “This Song,” and the producer of “The Breaks,” a hip-hop podcast. Prior to her career in radio and podcasting, Elizabeth was a professional musician who started and played for the band, “Elizabeth McQueen and the Firebrands,” and later joined the legendary Western Swing band, “Asleep at the Wheel.”