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;
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:
Live music’s ever increasing proximity to residential areas is inevitable. More live music, as it turns out, is the music community’s “market reaction”, the Yin to the Yang, of our collective shift toward the “sharing” of most recorded music.
The changes that shift has wrought have dramatically altered what today’s musicians must do, to make a living. People with an overblown sense of entitlement aren’t going to necessarily appreciate what that means to their living conditions, however, so venues, like Nutty Brown Cafe, outside of Austin, and many more, face opposition.
“Debate over noise from Nutty Brown Cafe reaches state level”:
The good news … Austin Music Commission meetings are now available on demand. An archive of all 2011 meetings will be available soon.
The bad news … an ongoing, highly coordinated effort by DANA and DAA to continue to attempt to introduce amendments to the Noise & Sound Ordinance that would be highly detrimental to Live Music in Austin, Texas.
The best news … We have some very smart citizens serving on the Austin Music Commission. In the following 2 videos, those individuals point out the folly of the amendments being proposed by the two downtown organizations, and tell them to, basically, go back to the drawing board.
Item D2 – “Briefing by Bill Brice of Downtown Austin Alliance, Josh Allen of Pecan Street Owner’s Association and Jamie Lagarde of Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association about issues related to sound downtown.”
Would somebody, please, just get this guy elected. Please?
Endorsement: “The Teapot Party was started to help people like Kris Bailey get elected. We endorse him in his run for Austin City Council. Good Luck Kris. - Willie Nelson
Kris Bailey: “Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World. We need to keep it that way! As a council member, I will support our local music venues, we need an environment in which they can easily do business. We don’t need more restrictions for the industry that we are famous for. Sometimes the City Council doing less would actually accomplish more.
More specifically, this means I don’t think we should be passing out tickets to bar owners, and the permit process to have a show should be simplified. If somebody applies for a permit for a show, they should not have to fight the city for it, they should just get it.”
Sound Ordinances and Permits: “Austin is the “Live Music Capital of the World,” we need to be friendly and understanding towards the people that make it this way! Our bar owners and music venue owners are constantly running into a brick wall with the city over being allowed to operate. Some bar managers have been cited multiple times in a single night over trivial issues. The music community needs an advocate on the City Council and Kris Bailey will do just that.”
Clarification: “To the people talking about voting for Toby Ryan for Austin City Council I want to make it clear, you can vote for us both, I’m not running against Toby, we are running for different seats!”