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Fast Forward Austin Brings Innovation To The Austin Music Scene

Weird Weeds (Photo credit: Weird Weeds)

Weird Weeds (Photo credit: Weird Weeds)

The third annual Fast Forward Austin may take your average music festival goer by surprise; eight hours of performances that transcend typical music genres will be performed through one day at the Scottish Rite Theatre.

In composing the line-up of the 2013 Fast Forward Austin, festival directors Ian Dicke, Steven Snowden, and Robert Honstein looked for musical acts that pushed and blurred the boundaries of pop, classical, and experimental music.

“You could call us the ‘Island of Misfit Toys’ for musicians ” says Snowden. “Unfortunately, artists who fall outside of stylistic norms often have a difficult time reaching audiences through traditional channels.”

These non-traditional groups are exactly who will be showcased at Fast Forward Austin. Performances include: a bass clarinet duo, Sqwonk, the UT Percussion Group, an experimental rock band, The Weird Weeds, and The Living Earth Show, a vocal performance group.

Sqwonk (Photo Credit: Sqwonk)

Sqwonk (Photo Credit: Sqwonk)

The festival also strives to debut newly composed music and groundbreaking musical advancements. Dicke says he and his colleagues hope to expand “the public’s perception of what kind of live music Austin has to offer.” They hope to accomplish this by hosting the first-ever performance of Music for 18 Musicians, a seminal American Minimalism piece, in Austin.

Fast Forward Austin will donate a portion of profits to Austin Soundwaves, a free, after-school program that gives under-served youth in East Austin the chance to perform as an orchestral ensemble. Soundwaves student-musicians will perform during the festival under the direction of Hermes Camacho.

To purchase tickets for Fast Forward Austin, visit them online.

WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 2013 4p.m.-12 a.m.

Scottish Rite Theatre
207 W. 18th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Ph. 512-472-5436

TICKETS: $10 for students, $20 for general admission. Available here.

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