Fusebox Festival at Seaholm Power Plant


Austin is known across the country as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” and with darn good reason. Every year thousands of awesome bands and musicians perform around the city and not to mention that Austin is home to two of the most well-known music festivals in the country.

Yes, as Austinites we love our unofficial moniker. Live music is something we are known for, but Austin is more than just the “Live Music Capital of the World.” It’s a city that appreciates and celebrates all types of artistic expression. Whether you’re a musician, an artist, a writer, an actor, or even a dancer…you can find an artistic home in Austin and festivals that celebrate that art.

This is where Fusebox Festival comes into play. From Wednesday, April 1 to Sunday, May 1 the Austin art world is going to get shaken up. You do not want to miss this truly original art experience.

Fusebox is an annual contemporary art and performance festival that takes place every April. Fusebox’s mission is to celebrate artistic innovation across a variety of mediums as well as “act as a catalyst for new ideas, new artistic models, and approaches to help us engage with the issues and questions that define contemporary life.”

Fusebox says it best about their vision: “Fusebox is an idea engine. A space where artists and audiences can take risks, ask questions and explore ideas together, break rules, and blur boundaries. It is a platform for visionary works, unabashed play, and new ways of engaging with our world.” Fusebox is all about artistic exploration and everybody should check out this adventure.

Fusebox starts off with a BANG with their FREE Kick-Off Event featuring Mother Falcon marking the launch of their Free Range Music series. For this series, Fusebox has identified Austin sites with interesting acoustical properties and have commissioned composers to write music specifically for the acoustics of these sites. And Mother Falcon is the first to do so, composing music specifically for Seaholm Power Plant!

Mother Falcon is a band that can be described as a small symphony, whose fusion of classical and modern sounds is an acoustical match made in heaven for Seaholm’s huge concrete, acoustically dynamic walls. Best of all, the group will be joined by 100 string players to contribute to the dynamism of the music in this unconventional environment. Mother Falcon has already been hailed as “Best Local Show” and “Best New Local Act” by the Austin’s Chronicle 2009 Reader’s Poll. Basically, Mother Falcon is one of Austin’s brightest rising stars and you don’t want to miss out on what is surely to be an exciting musical adventure.

Better yet, even after the concert is over, the night continues with an opening night party with video installations, drinks, food, and SURPRISES. Now really, who DOESN’T love surprises?!

Be sure to check out this extraordinary kick-off to Fusebox Festival on 4/20 at 7:30 p.m. at Seaholm Power Plant.

And the festival obviously does not stop there! Fusebox is jam-packed with a ridiculously extraordinary line up including Jerome Bel, Reggie Watts, Young Jean Lee, Faye Driscoll, Andrew Dinwiddie, Rude Mechanicals, Every House Has a Door, tEEth, Morgan Thorson, Karen Sherman, and Rubber Repertory, among many others.

You don’t want to miss out on this truly original contemporary art experience. This is not your grandparents’ art. This festival is not a stuffy museum with 18th century oil paintings; this is an event that celebrates art that is alive, that is contemporary, that is thought-provoking, and that is just plain awe-inspiring.

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