KUTX brought their website, austinmusicmap.com, to life with their second annual MapJam Festival on Saturday, Feb. 15. Eight unique artists — ranging from R&B to indie rock to Afrobeat genres — performed at five different venues throughout East Austin over the course of the day, giving audience members a taste of what the Austin music scene has to offer. Austin Music Map intends to provide an interactive approach to live music in the city, and it allows users to document their favorite local artists and venues. Audience members were encouraged to take their own detours, create their own routes around the city and discover new Austin gems along the way.
Photos by Tess Cagle, Devonshire Lokke, Bryan Rolli
The festival epitomized two of Austin’s greatest qualities: a nearly endless supply of live music, and 75-degree weather in February.
After Hops & Grain, MapJam journeyed to Tillery Park, a biodynamic venue that even sported cacti gardens.
Tillery Park also had a tent where festival-goers were encouraged to ditch their technology at the entrance and enjoy some tea and conversation inside.
After a scorching set from Latasha Lee & the BlackTies, the audience began its trek to Delta Millworks, the next venue on the map.
Indie rock band Growl then treated the audience to a performance at Delta Millworks.
The next venue, Pan Am Bark, boasted a stage completely covered in murals. The first band to perform was Hard Proof, and its Afrobeat jams kept the audience on its feet for the entirety of the set.
Money Chicha, Austin’s first Chicha band, kept the party going at Pan Am Park with their sounds from the 60s and 70s.
After Money Chicha, the crowd ventured to the final venue, the Historic Scoot Inn.
The Urban Achievers Brass Band were the first to perform at the Scoot Inn, combining contemporary New Orleans brass music with 90s hits.
Hip-hop group Magna Carda performed next, delivering their unique blend of classic R&B and Motown with a modern hip-hop twist.
Bodyrock ATX featuring DJ Chorizo Funk brought MapJam to a rousing close with a mixture of reggae, funk, soul, Latin and more.