AUSTIN (KXAN) - It's awards season -- SAG, Grammys, Oscars are the big ones. Pollstar Concert Industry Awards have established a solid history, as well, having been around for 23 years.
The annual awards ceremony were held on Friday in Los Angeles at Club Nokia -- and Austin was recognized for one of its jewels, as ACL Live at the Moody Theater was named Best New Major Concert Venue.
"This award means a lot to us because it's voted on by our peers," said Colleen Fischer, ACL Live director of booking. "It's a very high recognition indeed."
The 2,700-seat facility, located on the second floor of the W Hotel in Downtown Austin, opened last year, with Austin's favorite son, Willie Nelson, kicking off the first show on Feb. 13, 2011.
The venue is only the second home for the popular PBS television show, produced by KLRU-TV, "Austin City Limits." The syndicated show had for 35 years been housed and taped in a studio at The University of Texas Communications Building until the Moody Theater was constructed. With its three levels and increased number of seats, many more fans are able to be part of the classic television series.
With the 2010 hiring of a separate programming staff for ACL Live at the Moody Theater, the venue has added in a positive way to the rich history of music in Austin, with artists who boast outside of Texas about the state-of-the-art facility.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.