I’m excited to announce the Music for the City Album II Release Party this Friday at the Parish. The line-up includes some of the best and upcoming artists in Austin such as: Cowboy & Indian, Black Books, & Miranda Dodson.
Proceeds go to support the great work of Mobile Loaves & Fishes in clothing, feeding, and housing the homeless! Buy your tickets in advance, get an extra for a friend, and come to support a great cause and enjoy great music this Friday!
Friday, October 7th @ The Parish
$8.00 / $13.00 day of show (All Ages – 3$ Minor Surcharge)
Pre-Order Tickets Here
In the spirit of great music, a great city, great times, and philanthropy, starting this weekend, Music for the City is offering a line-up of great musicians in partnership with Freebirds, right in the middle of ACL Fest action on SoCo. From their website:
Join us at the Freebirds South Congress location, for a night of fresh food, and great music – not to mention great weather!
Guests who donate $5 or more to MUSIC FOR THE CITY will receive a FREE REV (free drink & chips & salsa/queso/guac or brownie). When you donate you will also be automatically entered into a raffle to win a FREEBIRDS catered party for 10!
There will be great giveaways (think cozies, t-shirts and cool swag!) This is a great opportunity to come support MUSIC FOR THE CITY, local Austin charities, and the music that makes Austin great!
Music for the City is movement of artists and Austinites bringing together music and charity to aid the poor, sick and helpless. This organization is unique for a variety of reasons. Over the next week, I will offer several reasons why you should know and support Music for the City.
The Power of the Idea
Music for the City is a powerful, progressive idea. The concept addresses great inequalities that exist in every city, starting with our very own Austin. The idea is to bring together communities in this common mission. Music for the City isn’t simply a host for “benefit concerts”, but rather a movement that involves artists and ordinary citizens in directly benefitting those in need.
Increased Social Capital
In the Art of Giving initiative, artists spend time with underprivileged kids in order to love them and teach them their art, how to create. Artists learn more about how to relate to their city. It’s a two-way street. It puts people together who would not normally spend time together. This intersection of artists and those in need helps reconcile the social alienation that exists between the creative and working classes. It increases the social capital of our city, which over time will contribute the safety and economic welfare of the city.
Music for the City also contributes to the social needs of the city by raising money for reputable, designated non-profits such as Austin Safeplace and Austin Children’s Shelter. The non-profits get a year of support from MFC and then a new non-profit is selected. This enables non-profits to do what they do best, in a variety of areas, and to do it locally. This too is part of the genius of Music for the City—local, urban renewal. Our hope is that MFC will be reproduced in cities across America in order to foster intelligent and effective local urban renewal.
Making Good Culture
Music for the City hosts and publishes great music from a great city. In addition to hosting benefit concerts, MFC publishes compilation albums that sample local artists. Music for the City Volume 1 is not a collection of bands who could never make it. Rather, it represents some of the best and upcoming bands from “live music capitol of the world”. The Release Party of MFC Vol 1 includes: Alpha Rev, S0ldier Thread, Band of Heathens, Miranda Dodson and Jason Poe. VH1 has named headlining band Alpha Rev one the Top 20 bands You Oughta Know. MFC supports and promotes local artists in their endeavors to make good culture.