AUSTIN (KXAN) - You may start to see more musician loading and unloading zones at bars and music venues across downtown Austin.
The city of Austin created the zones to accommodate bands that need to unload their equipment for a show.
Matt Tatum and Rodney Overturff of the band Sound Stone have played this cat and mouse game before.
On Thursday the duo were lucky, finding a legit spot to park. But there have been days...
"I have been ticketed before," Tatum said. "I was playing at the Blind Pig, we were loading up and I received a ticket from APD."
Did he try to talk his way out of it?
"No, I didn't see him ticket it," he said.
Bands have enough to contend with, handling their gear, honing their act, pleasing the crowd. This makes life a little easier.
"I think they're a great idea but the time limit should be increased in loading zones," Tatum said.
The nightclubs must apply to the city's music division for the loading zone permits, which are good for a five minute load time.
The Mohawk was one of the first to sign up.
"It's more difficult when they have to find spaces, park blocks away, hustle and bustle all their equipment around," said Cody Ross Cowan, Mohawk's general manager. "It hurts them."
But with parking so tight downtown, how will this affect you finding a parking spot? The city says not to worry.
"It's not parking spaces, you can't park there, it's a zone," said Stephanie Bergara with the ATX Music Office. "(It's) a space where they can get in there in five minutes and get out."
The zones will be reserved from 4 p.m. -2 a.m., and the ATX Music Office is spreading the word for downtown venues to add the parking luxury for bands.
An economic study last year show music-related economic activity grossed more than $1.6 billion. It also generated more than $38 million in tax revenue.
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