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SxSW concerts at Austin’s Airport

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(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.

SFO Airport concert: Big Brother & the Holding Company

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Far out, man!

As part of the SFO Winter Music Festival, San Francisco International Airport will be offering a free concert by the iconic ‘60s rock band Big Brother & The Holding Company, which played with Janis Joplin from 1965 to 1968.

The free one-hour concert will be held at noon, on Wednesday, December 10, pre-security, in the main hall of the International Terminal – right next to the SFO Museum’s “When Art Rocked” exhibit, which features San Francisco music posters from 1966-1971; including posters from Big Brother and The Holding Company.

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Big Brother and the Holding Company November 23–25, 1967 Artist: Joe Gomez Avalon Ballroom San Francisco. Courtesy SFO Museum

Not planning on being at SFO on Wednesday? Bummer.

But you can check out the rock poster exhibit here, see a list of other concerts in the SFO series here and and download free music by some of the performers here.

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.

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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.

 

Spin the wheel, win prizes at PIT Airport

Thursday, April 17, is Customer Appreciation Day at Pittsburgh International Airport and that means prizes, free cookies, live music and discounts deals in the stores.

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German band Mädel Jäger will provide the live music and from 11 am to 3 pm, airport visitors will have a chance to spin a wheel for one of the prizes donated by shops and restaurants throughout the airport.

To add an extra dollop of appreciation, the airport will be asking for donations (of any amount) for each spin of the prize wheel, with the funds going to the Serve-A-Soldier Program, which gives active service personnel a $10 AIRMALL gift card for a meal at the airport before flying out.

More details here.

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.