ATX Music Series: The Wild Now

If The Wild Now haven’t come across your Austin radar yet then you’ve been missing out! Coho Events is thrilled to have the trending indie-alt act The Wild Now shine bright at our ATX Music Series Kickoff Finale at Lucky Lounge this coming Saturday. The act, fronted by singer/songwriter Taylor and songwriter Drew Walker, combines soulful melody lines with cleanly crafted and catchy instrumentals, grabbing listeners and guiding them through a positively powerful atmosphere.

Taylor and I caught up with a wonderful conversation earlier this week. She mentioned that TWN sounds a bit like Glass Animals meets Alabama Shakes and I couldn’t agree more. The band’s latest release, April’s “Tides,” has received a phenomenal reception from fans and press in Austin and across the US. The combination of sweetness, snappiness, and soul of the 6 track offering has helped The Wild Now earn close to 60,000 monthly listeners via Spotify, hinting at bigger leaps in growth in the coming months and 2017.

Taylor, the band’s lead vocalist and lyricist, also mentioned an interesting personal connection to the venue we’ll all be jamming in; Lucky Lounge. She mentioned performing one her very first shows publically several years ago at the Lucky Lounge and loving her experience. I’m sure the grand energy and fond memories brought about by the familiar scenery will add just an extra bit of magic to The Wild Now’s performance.

Don’t miss your chance to see The Wild Now mesmerize the audience at our ATX Music Series Kickoff Finale this coming Saturday at Lucky Lounge! The Coho Events team is confident that TWN is well on it’s way to stardom, and we wouldn’t be surprised to hear the band’s music on an upcoming iPhone commercial. Stream the band’s latest release, “Tides,” via Spotify below, and keep an eye out for new music and a brand new music video from the band. Cheers!

ATX Music Series: The Eastern Sea

Who’s ready for the ATX Music Series Kickoff Finale party? We know we are! In anticipation of a rocking evening at Lucky Lounge, I had the pleasure of chatting with Matt Hines, the captain of Austin veteran folk and roll act The Eastern Sea. Matt is a hard working fellow who turned his bedroom project into a band worth remembering, and we’re eager for TES to shine bright on the Lucky Lounge stage.

Matt had been releasing music as The Eastern Sea for 11 years now, so he’s seen a lot of bands come and go through the 512 music crowd. The Eastern Sea has earned a steady following within their home market, connecting with fans through earnest songwriting and a collaborating with other bands in the scene (despite the feeling that his band was more of a lone wolf act.) As Matt ran through his range of influences and interests (say, religion as a societal and sociological entity, for example) it was apparent that the tunes produced by The Eastern Sea dive much deeper than the average folk/rock/pop hits of today.

The band has now self-released 3 full length albums, and has its eyes set on creating a larger splash in an increased number of national markets. It’s difficult for a band to handle all of their business needs while writing and performing material, so we hope that the band can pick up the right support team ASAP. Matt and the gang have something special, as the songs in their catalog may certainly resonate with a diverse range of people and tastes.

Coho Events is honored to host The Eastern Sea this Saturday at Lucky Lounge for the ATX Music Series Kickoff Finale party! Make sure to reserve your tickets now as the event is sure to fill up fast! As well, be sure to check out The Eastern Sea’s latest album, “The Witness.” Stream it via Spotify below!

The Crisis In Music In Austin: Crisis Or Opportunity?

How can we protect the unique soul of Austin and its musical history, identity, and culture, without prohibiting growth, innovation and the inclusion of new ideas & people into Austin’s ecosystem? This seems to be one of the most pressing questions of the hour. Thankfully, Austin has citizens like Stephen Kinney and Philip Marshall, passionate enough to pioneer the next wave of reform for the good of Austin’s coveted musical environment.

I was lucky enough to spend over an hour’s time chatting with the two masterminds of the upcoming industry event, “The Crisis of Music in Austin.” Philip, a veteran musician in the Austin scene, and Steve, founder of The Front Porch, a local non-profit focused on building community through music and dialogue, were the driving force behind curating what’s to be an invigorating and informative event.

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On September the 15th, the All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Austin will be filled to the brim with industry leaders and community members from across the ATX, all working towards bettering Austin’s Music ecosystem. NPR’s John Burnett will moderate an engaging panel including Mayor Steve Adler, Jennifer Houlihan (Austin Music People), Harold McMillan (Kenny Dorham’s Backyard), Dr. John Mills (Butler School of Music, UT Austin), Nicole Bogatz (Austin Federation of Musicians), Eve Monsees (Antone’s Records), Will Bridges (Deep Eddy Cabaret/Arlyn Studios).

The event will also include a keynote presentation by acclaimed music author and music historian Ted Gioia, as well as a live performance from the Philip Marshall Trio. Simultaneously, KUT’s Views and Brews will also be recording and podcasting the entire event. This event is SXSW level serious, and the parties involved hope to use the credibility of this influential group to fuel the conversation and stimulate action towards fixing the current issues in Austin’s music industry.

“The Crisis In Music In Austin” is shaping up to be one of the most credible and impactful music industry events of the year, and it’s effects will be felt in Austin’s music industry for months to come. As a community, we need to re-insert value into music and the arts in Austin.

We need to develop the opportunities afforded to creatives, professionals and amateurs alike, and protect them from being manipulated or leveraged maliciously by other industry sectors. This event is turning a crisis into an opportunity, to start building momentum and to begin working towards molding our vision of Austin’s music industry of tomorrow.

Stephen and Philip know that this event will be the first of many, as a follow-up event for the Spring is already in the works. More gatherings will be planned, more people connected, more solutions identified. Coho events is proud to partner with The Front Porch, Mayor Adler, and all of the incredible parties included to curate this special evening of analysis and action. Make sure to reserve your tickets now, as there is limited seating available. Can’t wait to see you there!

ATX Music Series: Hunter Sharpe

Hunter Sharpe is one of the brightest young musicians Austin has to offer. After sharing some coffee and conversation with the 20 year old rocker and his manager Jake Turner, it’s easy to see why Hunter is loved by his fans. He’s a genuine artist with the clearest intentions; bring the jams, have fun, get famous in the process (ain’t nothing wrong with that!)

Hunter and his band offer an electrifying live show that ignites the crowd wherever he performs. Hunter’s been playing ever since he could pick up a guitar, and was gigging throughout his high school years, so he’s well versed in capturing a room at this point. As well, he’s got generations of familial musicality and energy to support his venture and fuel his fire. Hunter shared a few stories of listening to The Beatles with his Grandfather and the memories instantly brought smiles around our table.

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Hunter has got his sights set on some of the meccas of music, already making several trips to perform in New York City and Los Angeles. His manager, Jake, and Loophole Management can certainly take credit for some of his accelerated success story. Jake is a hard-working and knowledgeable, to say the least. At one point our conversation side-tracked into a deep analysis of the (lacking) music industry infrastructure Austin offers, and explored all of the effects that the musical environment has on Austin’s home-grown talent. We lost Hunter along the way, but it was clear that Hunter is lucky to have Jake on his team supporting the business side of his musical adventure.

Hunter expressed excitement for the upcoming ATX Music Series Kick Off Party, ramped up by the talented artists he’ll be supporting on stage (Netherfriends & Patrick Simms.) Jake saw Coho Events’ ATX Music Series as an opportunity to create a new regular and reputable music event in Austin, one that does right by the performing artists and adds to the unique culture of the Austin live music scene. Coho Events is honored to begin building the ATX Music Series out with the help of Hunter and his music, and the team can’t wait to see how far we can take the concept.

Make sure to grab your tickets HERE and join us this Saturday at Grizzly Hall for our ATX Music Series Kick Off Party! You won’t want to miss this.