AUSTIN (KXAN) - If you've heard of Austin, you know it is called the "Live Music Capital of the World." That's because there are more live music venues per capita than anywhere else in the nation, according to the Austin Convention and Visitor Bureau.
With more than 200 music venues around the city, fans are guaranteed to be entertained by live music.
Currently the Austin Convention and Visitor Bureau is working on a music video to take outsiders on a tour of Austin music venues, filming in such locations as on Thursday, on the roof of the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel , located at 701 Congress Ave.
Numerous musicians and artist like Dale Watson are contributing their talents to the video and will be play at some of the iconic locations.
The video will be released in August for everyone to see, said Austin Convention and Visitor Bureau officials.
Austin hosts a number of well-known music festivals throughout the year that people come to from around the world.
Popular music festivals include:
SXSW -- Housed at the Austin Convention Center and more than 50 venues around the city. Noted musicians, multimedia artists, and filmmakers from around the world participate in this internationally-recognized event.
Austin City Limits Music Festival -- This festival brings together more than 130 acts from around the world to play a wide range of musical genres.
Austin Urban Music Festival -- This festival is centered on R&B, Jazz and Gospel music. Local and national people perform annually.
Those are a few of the most popular events that take place in Austin but there are more than 20 festivals that are hosted annually in Austin.
City of Austin Music Division
The city of Austin also funds an official Music Division , tasked with "promoting the artistic excellence and cultural diversity of Austin musicians and to creating a sustainable cultural and economic environment for the community that enhances the livability and economic vitality of Austin. We strive to nurture and empower our music business community to ensure success and to build a middle-class music economy," according to its website.
Among other things, the Music Division also works to facilitate communication between neighborhood groups and outdoor music venues, and provide recommendations regarding all outdoor sound permits.
The division is managed by Don Pitts. He's held the job since January 2010, and is a former executive with the Gibson guitar company. He was one of the main forces behind the 2006 Austin GuitarTown artwork and fundraising project, which placed larger-than-life painted and decorated guitars in strategic places around Austin. One of the most noticeable locations for the unique pieces are those that greet visitors at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport -- immersing arrivals in the fact that Austin is indeed the "Live Music Capital of the World."
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