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December 22, 2020

The Urban Music Fest & Homer Hill

By: Elizabeth McQueen

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

Urban Music Festival 2020

Check out Andrew Weber’s reporting on Venue Funding in Austin


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March 23, 2021

The Reopening

On March 10th the Texas governor re-opened the state. Now businesses can operate at 100% capacity. He also lifted the statewide mask mandate. We talked to musicians, venue owners & staff about how they plan to navigate the reopening. In this episode you'll hear from: Cody Cowan: Executive Director of the Red River Cultural District Stephen Sternschein: the managing partner of Heard Presents which operates Empire Control Room, James Moody: founder of the Austin music venue Mohawk , Kate Holley:  illustrator and also manager and bartender at Cheer-Up Charlies, Clayton England: musician and also bartender at the Far out Lounge…

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March 9, 2021

One Year Later

We talked to people from across the spectrum of the Austin music ecosystem around the 1-year anniversary of the cancellation of SXSW. In this episode, you'll hear how they've coped, pivoted, evolved, gained new perspectives and dealt with trauma during the last 12 months. You'll hear from singer, songwriter and guitar player Jackie Venson, songwriter, producer and activist Mobley, Stephanie Bergara who fronts the band Bidi Bidi Banda, Maggie Lea co-owner of Cheer-Up Charlies, musician and founder of Austin Texas Musicians Nakia, singer, songwriter and podcaster Walker Lukens,  live-event coordinator, screenwriter and co-founder of The Amplified Sound Coalition, Jeannette Gregor,…

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February 9, 2021

Music and Activism with Jonathan “Chaka” Mahone

Jonathan "Chaka" Mahone from the Austin hip-hop duo Riders Against the Storm talks about how his experience as a Black musician in the Austin music community led him to create the DAWA Fund and the Black Live Music Fund. He also explains why his music is the reason he is able to continue to serve the community he loves. Links: DAWA Black Live Music Fund To Support the Black Live Music Fund Black Live Music Fund - "Thankful" Live Stream Event February 19th Riders Against the Storm Chaka's Speech --- It's time for a Black Live Music Fund 

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