What happens to the live music capital of the world, when there’s no live music? Hosts Elizabeth McQueen and Miles Bloxson explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted live music in Austin, Texas and beyond. In each episode listeners will hear from people across the spectrum of the live music ecosystem about their personal experiences, survival strategies, adaptations and what they think is possible on the other side of this pandemic. Produced by KUT & KUTX Studios.
Music and Activism with Jonathan “Chaka” Mahone
Jonathan “Chaka” Mahone from the Austin hip-hop duo Riders Against the Storm talks about how his experience as a Black musician in the Austin music community led him to create the DAWA Fund and the Black Live Music Fund. He also explains why his music is the reason he is able to continue to serve […]
Why Margin Walker Closed
Graham Williams, the founder of Margin Walker, discusses his journey in the Austin music scene and explains why nine months into the pandemic he decided to close Texas’s largest independent concert promoter for good. Music in this episode by Sailor Poon
Mental Health During the Pandemic
Hear from mental healthcare providers and people in the Austin Music Ecosystem about mental health during the pandemic. You’ll hear from Kalu James from Kalu and the Electric Joint , Vanessa Burden of Los Alcos, Austen Bailey former Talent Buyer for Mohawk, Patty Bouressa from The SIMS Foundation, Brandee Smith MS, LPC, LCDC, Austin Mental […]
The Urban Music Fest & Homer Hill
In the latest episode of Pause/Play Homer Hill tells the story of the Urban Music Fest and how it’s been hit hard by the pandemic. You’ll also learn the history of the festival, and hear the challenges Homer has faced in his thirty plus years as a Black Business owner in Austin, Texas. Urban Music […]
The Return of Live Music Part 2
Hear from people across the spectrum of the Austin music scene talk about their live music experiences during the pandemic. In the first segment you’ll hear Pedro Carvalho and Lawrence Boone from the venue The Far Out Lounge talk about how they’ve managed to stay open and have consistent live music. Then KUT reporter Andrew […]
The Return of Live Music Part 1
Live Music has returned to Austin, even as COVID cases continue to surge in Texas. Hear about three live music experiences from the perspective of a fan, three musicians and a promoter. Listen to this episode of Pause/Play In this episode you’ll hear from: host Elizabeth McQueen stepping into the role of a fan Greg […]
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Perfect for this moment
One of the things that makes this pandemic so crazy is we are living through history while it is being made. These times will be studied, reviewed and remembered well past the shelf life of all that hand sanitizer we purchased.
And that is exactly what makes Pause/Play so incredible. I am learning more about what we are all experiencing all the while they are documenting it for the future, and it is done through the microcosm of music in the Live Music Capitol of the World.
I have learned, laughed, cried and been in awe of all the stories and people they have highlighted. And enough can not be said about the two incredible hosts, Elizabeth McQueen is always such a beautiful light but Miles Bloxson is new to my ears and she is equally as fantastic.
Do yourself a favor and start listening now!
Great new show
This podcast hits right at the gut of what’s happening to musicians and venues during COVID-19. It’s current, tough and hopeful all in one.
Very well done, really enjoyed listening! Looking forward to the next episode, hope it inspires contributors from other cities!!!