Rock ‘N Roll Honor Roll

  

Sunday afternoon we opened the Paramount for a free show featuring the winning bands from the Texas Music Project 10 Under 20 talent contest.  The contest identifies the hottest, young music talent in Texas with contests currently in Dallas and Austin – with plans to expand.  The Texas Music Project asked my Programming Director, Lietza Brass, to judge the Austin competition.  Both Leitza and I were so impressed with the level of talent that we decided to invite the top three bands (High On Hotdogs, IMBiBE, Joker) to play the Paramount.  They put on a fantastic show for the 400-ish in the audience.   Let’s hope they all make it back to our stage one day in a “paying gig”…

The Texas Music Project raises funds for music education programs in public schools – an area which is sorely lacking when it comes to funding.

 This morning I joined Jaston Williams at the KUT studios for an interview with John Aielli.  Jaston was supposed to talk about Tuna Does Vegas while I talked about the rest of our season, but Jaston knows pretty much everyone and was able to join me in conversations about Shirley Maclaine, Olympia Dukakis and Dame Edna – three “women” we both adore on our season this year.  You can hear the interview on Aielli Unleashed at the KUT website.

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