The Breeze: Austin, Texas
Killing the Breeze on location in Austin, talking with members of local bands Moonlight Social and Benny versus the Beast about Texas culture and the scene in Austin.
Austin, Texas: Part 1
Austin is the state capital of Texas with a population of about 800,000 making it the 14th largest city in the United States. With about 100,000 college and university students, Austin is the “youngest” big city in the nation. It is also the fastest growing big city in the U.S. with Texas being the fastest growing state in the country.
Everything is bigger in Texas, and Austin is no different. Austin is home to the biggest urban bat colony in North America, and the biggest state capital building in the U.S. (in terms of square footage) with only the U.S. capital in D.C. being bigger. The UT football stadium is the largest in texas and the sixth largest in the United States.
Austin has the only Formula One racetrack in the United States, and is the live music capitol of the world with over 100 live music venues in the town.
Keep Austin Weird
Austin is kind of weird place, and Austinites like it that way. Keep Austin Weird is the slogan adopted by the Austin Independent Business Alliance to promote small businesses in Austin. It intended to promote local businesses and inspire by comments made by Red Wassenich in 2000 while giving a pledge to an Austin radio station. He later began printing bumper stickers, and now operates the website keepaustinweird.com and published Keep Austin Weird: A Guide to the Odd Side of Town.
Despite a challenge from Wassenich, the slogan was later trademarked by Outhouse Designs and used to market T-shirts, hats, and mugs. Other cities adopted similar slogans later.
Austin was great and as the first city we have remotely broadcast from, I don’t think we could’ve picked a beter place.