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Kid Band Week at Austin Bergstrom Int’l Airport

In Austin – the Live Music Capital of the World – you can’t spit without hitting a Grammy winner.

And you can hear great music just about everywhere you go. Including at the airport.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport offers 23 live music events each week, but next week that number spikes to 28 thanks to the addition of five special performances taking placing during the 8th Annual Kid Band Week.

AUSTIN KID WEEK

Credit: Sandy L. Stevens, Austin-Bergstrom Peterson Brothers Band performing during 2013’s Kid Band Week at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

 

From MondayFriday, July 21-25, Austin-area musicians, all ranging in age from 12 to 17, will be performing from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at Asleep at the Wheel Stage, located across from Gate 10.

Here’s the line-up:

Monday, July 21 – Annie & Kate (Classic Tunes; ages 14)
Tuesday, July 22 – Grace London (Singer Songwriter; age 15)
Wednesday, July 23 – Charlie Belle (Pop ‘til you drop; ages 13-16)
Thursday, July 24 – Peterson Brothers (Deep Blues; ages 15-17)
Friday, July 25 – Tiarra Girls (all sister girl band; ages 12-16)

This aren’t “kiddie” bands – they’re real bands made up of great musicians who just happen to be kids.

 

Party for Air New Zealand’s new 787-9

Air New Zealand and Boeing had a party Tuesday night at the Future of Flight in Everett, WA in advance of the official physical delivery of the first 787-9 Dreamliner, painted with a striking black livery, scheduled on Wednesday morning July 9.

Here are a few snaps from Tuesday evening’s event, which was attended by special guests and perhaps 1000 of the Boeing employees who worked on the airplane.

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After speeches and gift-giving, curtains opened to reveal black T-shirt clad Boeing employees and – behind the smoke – the new airplane.

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Here’s a closer look at the tail end of the new plane:

ANZ TAIL

And, for country music fans, here’s a photo of the evening’s surprise entertainment: The Band Perry.

BAND PERRY

More photos tomorrow – when I get to go inside the plane.

Sub Pop music store opens at Sea-Tac Airport

SubPOP Mega Mart ad courtesy EMP

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s “Experience the City of Music” program includes live performances, overhead music and announcements by Northwest artists, videos, a web radio player and music–themed art exhibits.

Now there’s even more music: the first retail store for Sub Pop Records – the Seattle record label founded in 1988 that helped promote Nirvana and grunge music – has opened at Sea-Tac Airport.

The shop is located in the Central Terminal and features vinyl albums, CDs, sweatshirts, t-shirts, books, hats, art and more.

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Pianos at airports

Piano at Heathrow Term 4

I spotted this piano – and this young boy – in Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport last week and got a kick out of the fact that his outfit matched the piano and that he wasn’t too shy to sit and play.

Pianos seem to be getting more popular at airports. Most seem to be attached to bars and few are as inviting as this one that says “Play Me.”

Spotted a piano in an airport? (Played it?) Let’s make a list….

More live music at Seattle Int’l Airport

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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, already the site of an ambitious local music program, is getting even more tuneful.

Starting Thursday, March 27, the airport is doubling the number of live music performances in the terminal offered as part of the airport’s Experience the City of Music program.

Now there will be three performances daily – seven days a week – between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. at various post-security locations throughout the terminal.

The Port of Seattle and The Merchants at Sea-Tac will cover the costs of the program under a new three year contract.

“Anything that makes the airport experience more enjoyable for our guests is worth the investment,” said Stacy House, Senior Director of Operations for HMSHost, Sea-Tac Airport. “Not to mention, the music is fantastic and livens the atmosphere of our restaurants and shops. It’s an all-around win!”

We agree.

Sea-Tac’s music program goes far beyond the live music. The emphasis on Northwest artists includes overhead music, safety and public information announcements by artists, curated videos on terminal and baggage claim monitors and a multi-channel web radio player available. There’s an exhibit about Jimi Hendrix on Concourse A and, in April, Sub Pop is scheduled to open a shop at Sea-Tac offering Northwest music as well.

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