Austin Bergstrom Int’l Airport

New terminal at Austin-Bergstrom Int’l Airport

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport celebrated the opening of its new $3 million, 30,000-square-foot South Terminal last week with a party on the terminal’s patio, live music, a ribbon cutting ceremony and a water cannon salute for the first flight: Allegiant’s Air’s Austin – Albuquerque nonstop.

 

The 3-gate South Terminal is in a building that dates back to the original Bergstrom Air Force Base that once occupied the area and is totally separate from the airport’s main Barbara Jordan Terminal.

The look of new facility invokes “the nostalgia of mid-century travel, with stylish retro 70s architecture and décor,” according to the airport, and features colors and textures native to Texas Hill Country and white canopies (outside) onto which changing colors will be projected.

Passengers will go outside to board their planes on ‘old-fashioned’ stairs. Indoor amenities include charging stations, water bottle refill stations, grab-n-go sandwiches and drinks, with an outdoor patio area with seating, a pet relief area, and a food truck. There’s also a stage for live music and plans for a food-truck style indoor eatery as well.

Allegiant Airlines is now operating its 10 non-stop Austin flights out of the new terminal and Sun Country Airlines and ViaAir will move operations over to the new terminal later this year.

(All photos courtesy: Sandy L. Stevens, Austin Aviation Dept.)

Kid Band Week at AUS Airport

AUS KIDS WEEKS 2016

Annie, from Annie & Kate, performing on piano for Kid Band Week, 2015.

Each week, the Augstin Bergstrom International Airport  presents 21 live music performances in 5 venues throughout the airport. But next week there’s something even more special:

Kid Band Week!

This is the 10th annual Kid Band week. It runs July 18 – 22, 2016 (Monday – Friday) and features performers ranging in age from 14 to 18.

These aren’t thrown-together kiddie bands; these are top notch performers (it’s Austin, after all) who just happen to be young.

Here’s the line up:

All performances run from  3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Asleep at the Wheel Stage, located near Gate 10.

Monday, July 18 – Grace London (Singer, songwriter, guitar player, foot stomper. Age 16): .
Tuesday, July 19 – Annie & Kate (Classic tunes, ages 17):
Wednesday, July 20 – Joe Camp All Stars (Jazz combo group, ages 16 – 18);
Thursday, July 21 – Tiarra Girls (All-sister girl band, ages 14 – 17):
Friday, July 22 – Dillon Havins Band (Americana, Alternative Rock band, ages 16 – 18).

If you’re heading to Austin, be sure to check these bands out. Next time through, you may have to pay a lot more than nothing to see them.

SxSW concerts at Austin’s Airport

AUS SXSW
(Photo of Austin’s Charlie Belle band courtesy Austin-Bergstrom Int’l Airport)

The famed South by Southwest (SxSW) music festival is underway in Austin and for those flying into town the fun starts right at the airport.

In addition to the 21 regularly scheduled live shows already on tap at Austin Bergstrom International Airport this week, there are a several sanctioned SxSW showcases featuring Austin performers.

The official added shows are designed to welcome SxSW attendees to town and send them off in style – and all take place post-security.

So don’t rush to baggage claim when you land.

Here’s the schedule:

Monday., March 14

Suzanna Choffel (Indie Soul/Jazzy Pop) – 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Charlie Belle (Alternapop) – 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Tues., March 15

Jai Malano (Modern Blues Vocalist) – 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Faye & The Fayettes (Smart Soul-Pop) – 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Mon., March 21

Jackie Venson (Indie Blues Guitarist & Singer) – 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Carson McHone (Alt-Country/Americana Songwriter) – 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Toy exhibit at Austin Airport

AUSTIN Simpsons

A great selection of 20th century dolls and toys, including cast metal figures, wind-ups, electric trains and action figures from the (yet to open) Austin Toy Museum are on display in the east and west food courts at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Austin Toys poster

There’s a Kewpie doll from 1925, a Lionel streamlined steam locomotive with tender from the 1940s and a set of dolls from the “The Simpsons” circa 1991.

Batman and Robin are here and so are G.I. Joe, Spock and Barbie.

Austin toy Spock

“20th Century Toys” is on display through August 4, 2015 in post-security pylon showcases on the concourse between Gates 7-11.

Austin Toy Batman

Austin Toy Barbie

Austin toy car

(All photos courtesy of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)

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.