36 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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    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

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.

    Bonus! Music Scenes as Economic Clusters

    Bonus! Music Scenes as Economic Clusters

    Here’s another way to think about music scenes — they’re legitimate economic clusters! Don’t know what we mean by that? Well, you can listen to this bonus episode and learn a little economic theory courtesy of Michael Seman, assistant professor in the LEAP Institute for the Arts’ arts management program at Colorado State University.  

    • 10 min
    Why Taméca Jones, Austin’s Queen of Soul, is leaving for LA

    Why Taméca Jones, Austin’s Queen of Soul, is leaving for LA

    Austin singer and songwriter Taméca Jones is leaving Austin for LA at the end of the year.  In the latest episode, you’ll hear the reasons why the Austin Music scene isn’t working for her.  Plus you’ll learn more about our music ecosystem. You’ll also hear from and Peter Schwarz  about the reality of music businesses […]

    • 31 min
    We’re Not New York, LA or Nashville. So What Kind of Music City is Austin? Part 1: Dayglow

    We’re Not New York, LA or Nashville. So What Kind of Music City is Austin? Part 1: Dayglow

    We’ve said the words Austin music ecosystem so many times on this podcast. But what do we actually mean when we say that? And how is our ecosystem different from other music cities like LA or Nashville or New York?



    In this episode we'll try to start to answer those questions. First you'll hear from Austin artist Sloan Struble aka Dayglow, who moved to Austin in part because of the music scene and has no plans to leave.  You'll also hear from three experts Michael Seman, Nikki Rowling and Peter Schwarz, who will shed some light on what Austin's music ecosystem is actually like.

    • 29 min
    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 Cymone -- Musician, Matt the Electrician -- Musician, Erin Walter from Parker Woodland, Kate Howard -- Musician, Jason McNeely -- Managing Partner of Hotel Vegas, Jung Kwak PhD, MSW -- Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing specializing in end of life issues and Medical Ethics.

    • 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

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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