As nice as it’s to get on the market and assist native music, the price can add up — particularly if you happen to’re including new bands to your must-see listing. From January 5-7, 2023, Red River Cultural District (RRCD) is taking up the monetary duty so extra Austinites can exit and expertise extra new music, with out burdening their wallets.
In addition to the return of Free Week (previously extra of an precise week, however who’s counting), close by eating places and bars will likely be operating promotions. That means reductions and freebies from Central District Brewing, Hoboken Pie, Marinara Miracles, Pelon’s Tex-Mex, Shawarma Point, Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, Vaquero Taquero, and Wanderlust Wine.
This laissez-faire competition welcomes walk-ups, and the structure of venues makes it straightforward to pop into every venue when it’s time for a change of surroundings. The farthest stroll from finish to finish — if high-energy guests wish to flip it right into a crawl — is lower than half a mile. One venue, thirteenth Floor, is making its Free Week debut.
Participating venues from south to north are:
- Flamingo Cantina
- Mala Vida
- Vaquero Taquero
- Swan Dive
- Chess Club
- Empire Control Room & Garage
- The thirteenth Floor
- Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
- Cheer Up Charlies
Although it’s a comparatively brief competition, this weekend will put greater than 100 native artists onstage. A lineup is coming quickly, however as of December 12, no announcement has been made.
This mini-festival began almost twenty years in the past, in 2003, on the unique Emo’s on Red River Street. The staff used the reveals to drum up enterprise, and different venues began becoming a member of in. This is considered one of many decentralized festivals that strikes by way of Austin yearly together with South by Southwest, Levitation, and Oblivion Access.
RRCD will get the funds to host Free Week from company companions and particular person donors. Although it’s free for followers, performers are nonetheless compensated for his or her work. More info and donation hyperlinks can be found at redriverculturaldistrict.org.