Live music making a comeback on 6th Street
Live music is making a comeback on 6th Street. Bar owners say they're booking more shows than they used to and they're not the only ones focused on bringing back the music.
Bob Woody, an Austin business owner involved with more than 20 bars on 6th Street, told CBS Austin about the trend. He thinks the surge of live music has to do with Austin's focus on tourism. Hotels are popping up on what seems like every corner downtown and the visitors inside often have the same to-dos on their itinerary -- slow smoked Texas barbeque and live music.
"I think live music is still very much a draw," says Omar Lozano at Visit Austin.
Lozano markets Austin's music industry to tourists and 6th Street is a top spot visitors go looking for a show.
"6th Street is definitely what you'd call an entry-level tourist destination," says Lozano.
Friday night, musician Tate Mayeux, of the band Mayeux & Broussard, is playing a rare show at the Parish on 6th.
"There is something very special and very unique about getting to play here," Mayeux says.
While many music venues have moved away for affordability reasons, 6th Street is still where it all started.
"Some of the best sounding rooms in this town are here. On 6th Street," he says.
Nowadays you'll find more cover bands than songwriters in 6th Street bars, but if you ask Mayeux -- any live music is better than no music and bar owners booking more talent is good news for all talent. Mayeux doesn't see Austin's music-focused reputation going anywhere soon.
"There's still an energy that's down here that's historic and it's awesome and I'm glad to be a part of it," he says.
The City of Austin and the visitor's center, Visit Austin, are uniting to bring back more live music during the day. Starting Saturday, five downtown venues will offer free live music from 1 to 5 p.m. each Saturday in June for the Daybird Local Music Series.