AUSTIN (KXAN) - Wednesday night more than four thousand people packed in theAustin Music Hall for the unofficial kick-off of the SXSW musicfestival -- the Austin Music Awards. Among the local list offavorites performing, was a new band called the“Fireants” who are not even old enough to get into thebars yet. They took the stage alongside Bob Scheider.
The five-members have a bluegrass-rock vibe, and were out onSpring Break. Three of the members attend Westlake High School. Theband has opened for Schneider before, but backstage before the showthey were trying to remain calm.
“I'm trying not to think about it so that it's not nerveracking,” said guitarist Zeke Jarmon. He is the oldest of thegroup at 18. The only female of the group had her cowboy boots onand was ready to rock.
“It's incredible to be playing with someone that I used tosit there and listen to in my car,” said bass guitaristRebecca Pledger.
Country music legend Dale Watson who was inducted into theAustin Music Hall of Fame Wednesday night spoke highly of theteens' talent.
“It's not surprising to me to see young kids on stageputting out great music,” said Watson. “This town isused to it.”
Watson said he was reminded of the Los Lonely Boys getting theirstart at a young age in Austin. The Fireants have been together ayear and a half. They can hardly believe the attention they havebeen getting, and hope their performance at the Austin Music Awardswill help launch their budding music career.
Keyboard played Steven Campbell said, “Everyone who is inthe music business is going to be here which will be exciting."
Winter is invading Texas with a vengeance as snow, sleet and ice were unleashed on much of northern and western sections of the state.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.
Caldwell County residents gathered Thursday evening to organize their fight against a proposed landfill that they say poses a hazard that they don't need.
The pastor of the Austin church attended by the teacher who was killed Thursday in Benghazi remembered him as a spiritual friend dedicated to improving the lives of others.
As the Austin area prepares itself for an impending winter storm on Friday, Dec. 6, many schools have already announced delays.