33 episodes

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.

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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.

    What Do We Do Now?

    What Do We Do Now?

    We look at this latest COVID surge in Austin and ask the question — What Do We Do Now? In this episode you’ll hear from Desmar Walkes, M.D — Medical Director/Health Authority for the City of Austin. Pat Buchta — Executive Director or Austin Texas Musicians Aubrey Hays — Musician Mike Hidalgo — Musician Autumn […]

    • 54 min
    What’s Changed for Musicians?

    What’s Changed for Musicians?

    We talk to musicians about what's changed for them at this stage of the pandemic. You'll learn what they're doing differently creatively and business wise and how they're feeling overall about the constantly changing Austin music landscape.

    • 42 min
    What’s Changed for Music Venues?

    What’s Changed for Music Venues?

    We talked to three club owners about what’s changed for music venues since things have opened back up, plus we  explore the saga behind the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. In this episode you’ll hear from: Angela Tharp from the Flamingo Cantina Will Bridges from Antone’s Independent music business manager  Peter Schwarz James Moody from Mohawk

    • 52 min
    For the Fans

    For the Fans

    In this episode its all about the fans! You’ll hear about how they coped when there were no live shows and how they feel now that things are opening back up. In this episode, you’ll hear from: Hady Mawajdeh. : Hady produced a great podcast called “Gun Play.” You can listen here. Joanna Castillo Jonathan […]

    • 44 min
    Is the Pandemic Over for Austin Music?

    Is the Pandemic Over for Austin Music?

    We ask the question, “Is the Pandemic Over For Austin Music?” You’ll hear from public health experts, a musician, a fan, a venue owner and a venue manager about what whether or not the CDC’s change in mask guidance for vaccinated individuals coupled with the big reopening in Austin music venues that took place on […]

    • 40 min
    To Play, or Not to Play?

    To Play, or Not to Play?

    In the latest episode of Pause/Play we tackle the question “To Play, or Play or not Play?” We asked 15 Austin Musicians the same questions — Have you performed during the pandemic?  Are you ready to perform now?  What would it take to make you feel comfortable performing the way we used to pre-pandemic? Their […]

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

iamweldon ,

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!

The JMQ ,

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.

reihs07 ,

Great reporting

Very well done, really enjoyed listening! Looking forward to the next episode, hope it inspires contributors from other cities!!!

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