Event Spaces Available During ACL Weekends

Posted in Music on May 31st, 2013 by Marianne Etie – 3 Comments

Promoters seeking event space and/or venue owners seeking sponsors to host an event during Austin City Limits Contact me ASAP.

ACL will consist of two weekends full of live music , and Austin is going to be filled with music lovers all the way from October 4th until the 13th. Indoor and outdoor event spaces available and vary in location from East Austin, Barton Springs Road, 78704, and South/Central Austin.

If you are a food trailer or retail vendor, we can easily include you in these events or locate the perfect space for your business.

Let’s get started on all of the necessary permits, do not wait until the last minute!!!

 Contact Marianne Etie at (512) 947-3745 or marianneviolet@gmail.com

Event Space Available During SXSW

Posted in Music on February 28th, 2013 by Marianne Etie – 2 Comments

Permitted event space for rent. East 7th street, 1 mile east of 1-35.
20,000+ ft open event/parking space fenced with 800 feet covered event space and utilities.

For more information on this and other leasing opportunities contact:
Marianne Etie
Austin City Permits
512 947-3745

Scouting Venue Locations for SxSW 2013

Posted in Music, Outdoor Music, SxSW 2012 on December 2nd, 2011 by Gary Etie – 40 Comments

Time remaining prior to the kickoff of SxSW 2013? -  8 weeks!

Get started, if you haven’t already.
And .. do not let the Holiday season delay your preparations.

  • Brands, Labels, Producers, Managers, Sponsors, if you need a venue …
  • Property/Business Owners, if you have a building and/or lot you would like to lease …

give me call / shoot me an email
512 – 850 – 5446

Interactive: March 8-12
Film: March 8-16
Music: March 12-17

Here is an example of a Temporary Venue that I scouted and Permitted during SxSW 2009.
Client: Lacy Maxwell Productions/ Cornerstone Productions/Levi’s – Fader Fort
Venue: Pine Street Station

A Sense of Priorities

Posted in Buildings & People, Live Music, Music, Music Manager, Music Office, Neighborhoods, News Report, Outdoor Music, Outdoor Music Venue Permit, The Code on November 15th, 2011 by admin –

I haven’t posted on this website much lately. Too much to do, and too little time in which to get it done.

That’s why, when you face certain facts, healthwise, it sharpens your sense of priorities, to the point where one instinctively narrows in on the pertinent facts. (More on the health stuff later, too, as “things” are narrowed down)

In my case, the priorities tend to fall along the line of, “after caring for, as best I can, to show my love and concern for my family and friends, is to do the right thing for my community”. That community is Austin, my main base, for 35 years. Specifically, my community is the Austin Music Community.

To that end, in this post, and those that will follow, I don’t want to accuse people of being Nazis, not even as being, necessarily, ”evil” people … I just want to set the record straight with facts, as I know them, with a bit of opinion, and intuitive reasoning, thrown in. So, bear with me while I attempt to “Keep My Lamps Trimmed and Burnin’ “, and my knife blades sharp, in doing the right thing, to the best of my ability.

The subject that I must focus on is The Austin Music Office, and will be my attempt to expose a current and ongoing campaign to discredit the Music Office’s good work. The campaign that I’m referring to is being conducted, in part, and in my opinion, by Stratus Properties, with CEO Beau Armstrong at the lead.

This is the man who helped bring pesticides and fertilizer, from the Source Point at his company’s Barton Creek Country Club, directly to the outflow of Barton Springs Pool. That, after Mr. Armstrong having to take over duties of the former Stratus CEO, Jim Bob Moffett, when Jim Bob was exposed as owning the company, Freeport Macmoran, that possessed the mineral rights to the largest gold mines in the world, and was the worst kind of polluter, perhaps the world’s worst polluter, of traditional indigenous peoples and lands.

Basically, Status has blown it, on a number of fronts, regarding decision on the specifications for their building materials, and it is causing problems that they are trying to hide, in there current campaign against both long-time, Downtown, Outdoor Music Venues, and the Music Office.

The sound issues are only part of the problems that Mr. Armstrong faces;

W Hotel to Close after More Glass Falls: MyFoxATLANTA.com

The  focus of this series, however, will be on the campaign Mr. Armstrong is currently, in my opinion, waging, and directing, at long-time Downtown venues, and the Music Office Staff, which is, by my account, the best thing to happen to Austin Music, in the past 3 decades.

This is one of best, and most accurate reports I’ve seen. Excellent reporting, by KXAN’s staff and Reporter Jarred Wise:

More to follow.

Comment on “Austin Noise Discussion

Posted in City Council, Live Music, Music Commission, Music Office, Sound Permit on November 8th, 2011 by admin – 2 Comments

The following is a repost of my reply to the post  “The Halfway Point Between Developers and Venues”,  by Joshua Leasure P.E., an acoustical consultant living and working in Austin, on his excellent site: “Austin Noise | Discussion on community noise in Austin, Texas”.

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First, I want to applaud your comprehensive and professional approach to the issue
of Noise & Austin. Your most recent post, analyzing the Nutty Brown Cafe sound
issues, is excellent.

You have my complete support in continuing your efforts to educate all parties;
the public, business owners (especially venue managers), and developers as to the
facts, and workings of the current state of affairs, especially in the area of
analyzing the extremely bad and broken Noise & Sound Ordinance, in it’s current

I’ll point out the following, however, as to what, in my personal opinion, is the
real problem, in spite of the Music Commissions great work. I feel that if this
central problem is addressed, it would make your work, my work, and the Music
Commission’s work, much more effective and beneficial to everyone concerned.

At the following links, you can read certain facts, along with my analysis of why
the City Council is moving (albeit, as slow as molasses), in the exact opposite
direction of the Music Commission’s Recommendations to Council (which is the limit
of the Music Commission’s power.

“DANA Letter to the Mayor & Council” – http://goo.gl/y2pD4

“Disingenuous Politickin’” – http://austincitypermits.com/?p=4170

“Mistake on Decibel Reading Location” – http://austincitypermits.com/?p=4510

In the posts, above, it is clear as to why, on Feb 17th of this year, Council
staff basically “screwed the pooch” and set back Austin’s Noise & Sound Ordinance
several years

The letter was from DANA (Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association) who were, at
the time, very much “at the stakeholder’s table” of the backdoor meetings being
called by certain members of the Council. I am of the opinion that DANA was
overzealous, drunk on the attention and support they were getting from Council and
Staff, and simply overstepped the boundary of just what an organization can
insert, of it’s own agenda, directly into the Code.

“Inadvertently … left in place?” – http://austincitypermits.com/?p=4526

That Ordinance included the provision that: ““The decibel limits prescribed under
this section must be measured … from the location of the sound equipment on the
property or site where the permit is issued.”

This meant that the current 70 dB (Restaurant) and 85 dB (Cocktail Lounges &
non-Restaurant venues) decibel level limits would hence forth be measured in front
of the speakers!

I was told that Staff didn’t have an Ordinance ready, and with mere weeks before
SxSW, a Council Member ordered, “We need something now. Put something together,
and get it on the Agenda!”. The Mea Culpa in the form of a Memo by the Council’s
staff lawyer, can be read here:


As a result of my efforts to quickly call attention the mistake, an additional
ordinance was passed (!) 2 weeks later, in order to rid the Code of the
inappropriate “mistake”.

“Location of dB Readings Changed” – http://austincitypermits.com/?p=4494

However, if you’ll notice, several other “suggestions” from the Dana letter have
remained in the Code, as of that one rushed Ordinance.

The Music Commission, as well as the City’s Music Office have been doing an
excellent job of communicating these damaging inclusions, starting as recently as
6 months ago, so far, absolutely NO action has been taken by Council … and that’s
my point.

Respectfully, Gary Etie

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