One of the hallmarks of our state’s capital is it’s title of “Live Music Capital of the World.” This title was officially given to Austin in 1991 when it was discovered that the city had more live music venues per capita than anywhere else in the nation. Talk about an environment that encourages creativity, fun and self-expression!
Every year Austin is the host to numerous live music conferences, including the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW) held in mid-March. In the early years of the conference, Texas musicians were having some difficulty getting their music out into the wider-known music scene since they were tucked away in Midwestern America. SXSW helped to bridge the gap by bringing people and talents from all over the nation and eventually the world, to the conference. Within its second year, the conference had already established some international interest as many bands in Austin and around the US became widely popular in Europe. In true typical Texas-charm fashion, the feelings of interest were mutual concerning American interest in the European bands which led to a lucrative and dynamic music conference.
While some may still be under the impression that Texas is little more than a desert with a rodeo, Austin’s live music reputation is happy to remind outsiders of the irresistible, innovative Texas spirit that celebrates cowboys and musicians alike.
Want more info about the SXSW conference this year? Head on over to their website!