Emcee Kevin Curtin emerges, balloons in tow, from the Austin Music Awards Winner Wagon (Picture by David Brendan Corridor)
At 11am on a Monday, on the nook of Guadalupe and Dean Keeton, it is quiet. UT lessons stay predominantly digital, so quite a bit fewer college students mill about. There’s nonetheless sufficient, nonetheless, to cease and gawk when a white van emblazoned “Austin Music Awards Winner Wagon” pulls up honking.
A bow-tied Kevin Curtin then hops out with a wi-fi mic to ship the award for Finest Radio Character to Laurie Gallardo.
“I used to be like, ‘These individuals are [coming] to kill me!'” laughed the deejay afterward in regards to the windshield tassels and spare tire strapped on prime of Curtin’s former Houston PD van.
Though she’s gained the title 5 years straight, the KUTX afternoon host did not count on the guerilla drop-off. Pleasant, unassuming Chronicle shutterbug David Brendan Corridor acted as decoy, asking nominees to satisfy for pictures – and setting the stage for zany recreation present host Curtin with the balloons and awards. Outdoors their studio, Black Pumas singer Eric Burton greeted, “Hey man, you appear like Willy Wonka proper now.”
In latest months, the frontman reached the world from inside metropolis limits by digital appearances throughout the presidential inauguration and late-night TV. He understood the purpose of jockeying awards round city like an off-brand sweepstakes. In a yr with out journey or excursions, it appears essential to have a good time what we’ve right here, solely in Austin.
“We would not exist with out the folks of Austin,” Burton added. “As a matter of reality, this would not have occurred if it weren’t for Austin. Like, Kevin Curtin pulls up in a van. Who does that?”
Reasonably than trophies, winners acquired a $500 big verify courtesy of Capital Metro, in a retro nod Rooster Ranch Information proprietor Mike Dickinson understood.
“That is like Publishers Clearing Home,” he stated in his entrance yard. “I’ll body this.”
Impressed, partly, by Mobley‘s ingenious curbside tour final yr, displays of the 2020-2021 Austin Music Awards scattered all through studios and entrance porches round city reasonably than final yr’s present locale at ACL Stay. Goody luggage went out Monday by Wednesday, whereas movies additionally went up day by day. Discover the entire clips on the Chronicle Facebook and Instagram (@austinchronicle) accounts.
Highlights embrace Shinyribs receiving Finest 2020-Themed Music in a bathrobe for “Keep Dwelling.” John Kunz wrangled your complete Waterloo Information employees there that day exterior for his or her photograph, after which everybody loved free beer out again of the Winner Wagon. Filmed with native producers Arts+Labor, the clips are severely humorous and lovingly made.
Austin Music Awards host Kevin Curtin presents the award and big verify for Finest 2020-Themed Music to Shinyribs’ Kevin Russell. (Picture by David Brendan Corridor)
What Austin Music Ballot Voters Missed Most in 2020
Other than tagging together with the Winner Wagon on Monday, my job for the Austin Music Ballot‘s fortieth anniversary grew to become sifting by the write-in responses. Slimmed down because of final yr’s moratorium on reside efficiency, the Ballot inserts a free-form query customized to 2020: “What did you miss essentially the most this yr?” The responses proved fairly unanimous.
Chronicle readers miss reside music, and Shinyribs knew simply the way to put it.
“The reside, unfiltered, pure stuff mainlined straight to the soul. Ain’t nothing prefer it in the entire extensive world. Or in the entire closed world.” – Kevin Russell
“I used to take it without any consideration; all of this may be right here perpetually. I miss driving to a present, parking my automotive, and figuring out once I walked into the venue, I’d see my associates.” – Jo Rae Di Menno
“It was all the time enjoyable to plan for a special day with a reside present because the icing on the cake. My spouse and I have been in a position to see Massive Freedia a number of instances at Mohawk for our anniversary.” – Will Hoermann
“I actually miss all of the fantastic home concert events within the space. I like the intimacy and heat informal feeling that appears to deliver out one of the best within the musicians and crowd.” – Trish Roach
“The random acts, the established acts, from ACL to Saxon Pub to Cactus Cafe. Simply all the things that enriched my life. I need it again!” – Dorothy Marchand
Saxon Pub regulars revealed themselves as a voting bloc. Peggy Little misses seeing David Grissom on Tuesdays, then strolling to Maudie’s for cheese enchiladas, whereas Alan Muskin misses Denny Freeman on Fridays. Longtime Texas Dance Corridor Preservation Director Deb Fleming wrote: “From their common residencies to the particular exhibits, the Saxon’s consistency is just too usually taken without any consideration by many.”
Homebound listeners argued passionately for his or her favorites exterior Finest On-line Sequence and Livestreaming Artist classes. Monte Warden Really feel Good Hour, Monks Jazz & Austin Jazz Society‘s #ProjectSafetyNet, Purple Bee TV, Mau Mau Chaplains‘ Dreadneck Wednesdays, and Madam Radar‘s Saturday Extravaganza – know you are appreciated. Livestreams additionally impressed musings.
“I REALLY love the livestreams. It was so nice to look at your complete HAAM Day showcase with out having to hurry throughout city … [That’s] once I found Jackie Venson.” – Robbie Nelson
“The exhibits I did see have been milder than normal, with viewers members seated or the sound turned down as a result of the exhibits have been outdoor. Possibly as a lot as anything, I missed dancing at exhibits. On-line video exhibits have been enjoyable, however solely a fraction as a lot as in-person.” – Dave Sullivan
Gene Taylor died Feb. 20 at age 68. In line with the Austin American-Statesman, a housemate discovered the boogie-woogie pianist lifeless in his mattress after 5 days with out warmth through the latest winter storm. As a teen in Los Angeles, Taylor carried out with blues legends together with Massive Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker, and Canned Warmth. Within the Nineties, he moved to Austin to hitch the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Dave Alvin, who employed Taylor into the Blasters, introduced the information: “At 17, he had a full beard, may simply purchase booze, smoked cigars and, most significantly, was already a boogie/blues piano grasp.”
ACL Music Fest shared 2021 dates on their web site final week, with out additional updates. “We won’t wait to see you Oct. 1-3 and 8-10, 2021, again in Zilker Park,” the message learn. Tickets aren’t but out there for the competition’s twentieth anniversary. Dates align with an announcement shared final July, when C3 Presents canceled its 2020 occasion: “We encourage followers who’ve already bought tickets to carry on to them to lock in entry to subsequent yr’s competition at 2019 costs. Refunds will probably be made out there for followers who bought immediately by the competition and can’t attend subsequent yr’s dates.”
Bob Tom Reed, guitarist of foundational native psych band Shiva’s Headband, and companion Allison Smith misplaced their Rolling Oaks residence and all the things in it to a fireplace on Feb. 20. Buddies launched a GoFundMe (“Bob Tom and Allison – Rebuilding after the hearth”) with a aim of $150,000 to assist. An everyday at a Kerrville Folks Pageant and Wimberley Market Day, Reed produces the Rolling Oaks Music Pageant. Son John Robert Reed posted plans to construct a brand new tiny residence: “My dad’s home burned to the bottom yesterday. He escaped together with his life however misplaced all the things else – actually all the things he is ever owned. The home was uninsured, which implies he is beginning over from scratch.”