Free Week in Austin is an annual event in which a handful of the city’s independent live music venues waive cover charges and host an array of Austin’s best local artists. The idea is get Austinites a chance to see more Austin artists and provide the artists a chance to perform in front of large crowds. Free Week takes place this year from January 1 through January 8. Think of Free Week as a small music festival for the local scene.
This year Austin Vida is presenting multiple Latino showcases at venues all over Austin, including our annual Indie Latino showcase on January 5 at Frank. Our goal is to not only to provide Latino bands and musicians a legitimate Free Week presence, but also thank our many Austin Vida readers for their continued support. This year our Indie Latino showcase features two of Austin’s best and two serious up-and-comers from The Rio Grand Valley and San Antonio.
Opening the show will be Brownsville, Texas based indie band Friday Avenue. After placing well in some regional battle of band competitions and winning fan favorite awards, Friday Avenue decided to seriously pursue music and tour outside of the Rio Grande Valley area. The band have recorded an EP and most recently a full length album, Shallow Pockets. Download some free mp3s from Friday Avenue here.
Following Friday Avenue are Austin based indie-electro band Vinyl Dharma. After wowing audiences in their native South Texas and nationally on MTV2, the group calls Austin home and performs regularly at our showcases. Currently Vinyl Dharma are performing in support of their second EP, Our Big Escape. Learn more about the band in our Austin Vida video interview here.
Pop Pistol is atmospheric indie trio from San Antonio and arguably the hottest indie band to come out of the Alamo City since Girl In A Coma. The Texas Is Funny Records recording artist have been making headway into Austin this fall, including a an opening spot with Monte Negro at Stubb’s and a performance with Making Movies at an Austin Vida showcase. Listen to Pop Pistol on bandcamp here.
Headlining the night’s showcase will be Austin based indie band Politics. Vocalist/guitarist Patrick Gonzalez formed an earlier inception of Politics, but under a different name, when he was 15 years old with his brother Steven and Bobby Arrieta in El Paso, Texas. The group re-located to Austin to attend St Edward’s University. Mike Rodriguez later joined the band and in September Politics released their debut EP, Cities, as a free online download through Ultra 8201’s LABEL*. Read more about Politics here.
Listen to Cities from Politics below and download for free on bandcamp.
Frank is located at 407 Colorado Street. Doors open at 9:00pm. Free Admission. All ages are welcome. Visit the official Facebook event page here and on Do512 here. This show is sponsored in part by the City of Austin, Pachanga Latino Music Fest and media sponsors SATX Music, Red River Noise and Ultra 8201.