Apparently the national music scene has taken note of the fact that quite a few New Orleans musical refugees have relocated to Austin, at least during the New Orleans rebuilding effort.
I've blogged on this before, but I really hope that Austin takes full advantage of the opportunities presented by having world class musical acts like Cyril Neville and Tribe 13, Ivan Neville and Dumpsta Funk, the Hot Eight Brass Band, the Iguanas, the Caesar Brothers Funk Box, the Radiators, and Big Chief Kevin Goodman of the Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indian tribe in our town. The displaced New Orleans acts add a layer of diversity and a new flavor to the Austin music scene which, hopefully, our city will find both inspiring and invigorating.
I'm just not sure whether Austin's music audience can live up to the standards set by New Orleans, though. Austin's music audience tends to ebb and flow with the arrival and departure of big, festival events such as ACL Fest and South by Southwest. We're a smaller city than New Orleans, and we don't have a constant influx of tourists that can help to boost the attendance at nightly music events.
Nonetheless, Austinites love music, and I hope they seize upon this opportunity to support our neighbors.
By the way- for all you music lovers, Crack will be making some sounds that sound something like music on Friday at 9:00 at Ruta Maya on South Congress. Come one, come all, for the most ridiculous show on earth.