Austin Bergstrom Int’l Airport

SxSW concerts at Austin’s Airport

(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.


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.


Kid Band Week coming to Austin-Bergstrom Int’l Airport


The Peterson Brothers Band performed during 2010 Kid Band Week at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Courtesy: Sandy L. Stevens

Like the city, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport(AUS) is filled with music: the Music in the Air program presents 23 live performances each week.

Once each year the airport hosts Kid Band Week, with bands made up of performers ranging in age from 12 to 16 and playing music ranging from blues and pop to classic tunes. All performances are located past the security checkpoints and are available to ticketed passengers only. So if you’re heading that way, be sure to check out the shows.

Here’s the line-up for the 2013 Kid Band Week at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport:

Grace London (Singer Songwriter)
Monday, July 22 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Age 13, from Austin, TX

Annie and Kate (Classic Tunes)
Tuesday, July 23 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Age 13, from Round Rock, TX

Peterson Brothers Band
(Big Time Blues)
Wednesday, July 24 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Ages 14, 16, from Bastrop, TX

Tiarra Girls (All Sister Girl Band)
Thursday, July 25 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Ages 11, 13, and 15, from Austin, TX

Charlie Belle (Pop til you Drop)
Friday, July 26 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Ages 12, 13, and 15, from Austin, TX

Get sauced at Austin-Bergstrom Int’l Airport

If you’re heading to or through Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Friday (January 7, 2011) make your way to the stage across from Gate 10 by 3 pm.

Texas music icon Ray Benson (of Asleep at the Wheel) will be there playing a few tunes with Redd Volkaert, one of Merle Haggard’s guitarists.

Benson will also be introducing Ray Benson’s Asleep at the Bar-B-Q Sauce (two versions: Roadhouse and Spicy) and handing out samples of the sauces on beef brisket sandwiches.

AustinBergstrom Ray Benson

(Photo by Sandy L. Stevens, City of Austin Aviation Dept.)

As a nice added touch: throughout the month of January, whenever a bottle of the sauce is sold at the airport, $1 will be donated to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM).

Want to buy a few bottles to take home?  Once you’re past the security checkpoint at Austin Bergstrom airport, you’ll find the sauce for sale at Ray Benson’s Roadhouse. Outside the airport, the sauce is for sale throughout Texas at H-E-B grocery stores and online at