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Miles Bloxson and Elizabeth McQueen

April 5, 2022

The Return of SXSW

We’re taking a look at the first in-person SXSW in 3 years. You’ll hear from rapper and event curator J Soulja, bartender and co-founder of the Amplified Sound Coalition Jeanette Gregor, artist manager Andi Narvaez, Cheer-Up Charlie’s owners Maggie Lea and Tamara Hoover, musician and composer Graham Reynolds, freelance writer Brianna Caleri, artist, instrumentalist, bandleader and soundman Thomas Cook, and musician Jackie Venson.

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March 29, 2022

Bonus! A City Department just raised their rate for musicians to $200 per hour.

The City of Austin’s Economic Development Department just raised their rate of pay for musicians to $200 per hour per musician. Hear why that happened, and how they hope this change will inspire other departments.

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March 7, 2022

What Mayor Adler has to say about the Live Music Fund

Hear what Austin Mayor Steve Adler has to say about the history of the Live Music Fund, why he raised concerns about the Live Music Fund Event Program, and what he thinks should guide the conversation moving forward.

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About

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

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

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.”

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