August 10, 2021
We look at this latest COVID surge in Austin and ask the question -- What Do We Do Now? In this episode you'll hear from Desmar Walkes, M.D -- Medical Director/Health Authority for the City of Austin. Pat Buchta -- Executive Director or Austin Texas Musicians Aubrey Hays -- Musician Mike Hidalgo -- Musician Autumn Cymone -- Musician Matt the Electrician -- Musician Erin Walter from Parker Woodland Kate Howard -- Musician Jason McNeely -- Managing Partner of Hotel Vegas Jung Kwak PhD, MSW -- Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing specializing in end…Listen
July 27, 2021
We talk to musicians about what's changed for them at this stage of the pandemic. You'll learn what they're doing differently creatively and with their businesses and how they're feeling overall about the constantly changing Austin music landscape. In this episode you'll hear from Jay Wile Sara Houser Jon Fichter from Sweet Spirit and Hong King Wigs Caleb de Casper Rene Chavez Stephanie Bergara from Bidi Bidi Banda Tee Double [caption id="attachment_257644" align="alignright" width="532"] Hip-hop artist Tee-Double is pictured in his home studio on July 15, 2021, in Austin. Michael Minasi/KUTX[/caption] [caption id="attachment_257643" align="alignnone" width="318"] Caleb De Casper is pictured…Listen
July 13, 2021
We talked to three club owners about what's changed for music venues since things have opened back up, plus we explore the saga behind the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. In this episode you'll hear from: Angela Tharp from the Flamingo Cantina Will Bridges from Antone's Independent music business manager Peter Schwarz James Moody from Mohawk [caption id="attachment_257577" align="alignnone" width="1024"] AUSTIN, TX. May 27, 2021. Mohawk reopens with a sold out performance of Heartless Bastards with The Tender Things. Michael Minasi/KUTX[/caption]Listen
June 15, 2021
In this episode its all about the fans! You'll hear about how they coped when there were no live shows and how they feel now that things are opening back up. In this episode, you'll hear from: Hady Mawajdeh. : Hady produced a great podcast called "Gun Play." You can listen here. Joanna Castillo Jonathan Weldon Jen Leduc Lulu Bryant [caption id="attachment_257438" align="aligncenter" width="596"] AUSTIN, TX. May 27, 2021. Joanna Castillo poses for a portrait with three 15-inch high piles of music shirts that celebrate a variety of artists, venues, concerts and festivals. Castillo bought between 40-50 shirts in just…Listen
June 1, 2021
We ask the question, "Is the Pandemic Over For Austin Music?" You'll hear from public health experts, a musician, a fan, a venue owner and a venue manager about what whether or not the CDC's change in mask guidance for vaccinated individuals coupled with the big reopening in Austin music venues that took place on Memorial Day weekend signals the end of the pandemic for Austin's music scene. In this episode you'll hear from: Jason R. Pickett, MD, FACEP, FAEMS: Deputy Medical Director for Austin Matt Lara: Public Information Officer - City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency…Listen
May 18, 2021
In the latest episode of Pause/Play we tackle the question "To Play, or Play or not Play?" We asked 15 Austin Musicians the same questions -- Have you performed during the pandemic? Are you ready to perform now? What would it take to make you feel comfortable performing the way we used to pre-pandemic? Their answers provide insight into what it's been like to be a musician during COVID and what kind of decisions artists are faced with now that more people are getting vaccinated and COVID restrictions are loosening. [caption id="attachment_257291" align="aligncenter" width="546"] AUSTIN, TX. May 7, 2021. Pause/Play.…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.”