The Forty Acres Fest, hosted by University of Texas Campus Events + Entertainment Texas Traditions and Headliners Committees, gave many students an escape from Round Up and a way to beat the heat on March 28. The festival was held in Main Mall and was an all day event. Organizations from around campus provided cheap food, activities and fun until 7 p.m. and then alternative rock bands Smallpools and Ra Ra Riot closed out the evening with killer performances.
MapJam is an annual music festival put on by KUTX 98.9, Austin’s NPR music affiliate station. The free, all-ages, walk-and-bike friendly festival puts the spotlight on some of East Austin’s outdoor music venues like Pan Am Park and the Historic Scoot Inn. The venues hosted homegrown musical talent including SIP SIP and The Golden Dawn Arkestra. 2015 marked the festivals' third years of existence. The crowds were noticeably bigger than previous years– with dancing and crowd interaction providing a fun atmosphere.
Throughout 2014 and 2015, the country was in uproar over recent killings of black citizens by police officers. Activists all over the U.S. responded with protests – both violent and peaceful. Luckily for Austin, all protests held in the city were incredibly peaceful.
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Locals gathered at the Empire Control Room for Ditch the Fest Fest on the weekends of Oct. 4 and Oct. 11. Creative collective Raw Paw organized the event, bringing together musicians from around Austin to put on a two weekend show of non-stop loud music. The venue contained a plethora of glitter and confetti on the ground, colorful mesh material streaming from the ceiling and killer visuals projected onto all of the walls. Free popsicles were provided by Juiceland, and there was also live T-shirt printing. Raw Paw provided their signature free face painting and “swag bags” filled with free stickers and other memorabilia. As another Austin City Limits came to a close, Raw Paw and other Austinites celebrated a strong year for local, hard working musicians.
About a month ago, I had the opportunity to photograph Jermaine Rogers, a “gigposter” artist, at his art gallery showing at the Art on 5th in Austin, Texas. Rogers’ most famous work includes poster’s for the Free Press Summer Fest and notable musicians such as Queens of the Stone Age and Radiohead. I loved how these photos turned out so much, I just had to post them somewhere. Enjoy!
As part of a two-day trip to Texas, President Barack Obama delivered a speech at the Paramount Theatre on July 10. The speech served as an in-person response to a letter written by UT junior, Kinsey Button, in which Button expressed her her disappointment in her government and its lack of support for her family.
West by West Campus (WXWC), a homemade festival created five years ago by West Campus residents, was held for its final year on Feb. 21-22. WXWC was created to provide underage Austinites an alternative to SXSW, and is a free, all-ages event.