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A 'Traffic Jam' You Might Enjoy

Steve Parker truly enjoys staging large-scale and unusual musical pieces. Among other projects, he's organized performances for 100 marching tubas, he's staged an outdoor performance for a dozen trombonists arranged around the perimeter of a lake, and he's created multiple sound installations as part of the Blanton Museum's SoundSpace series.

His latest undertaking, Traffic Jam, may be his largest yet. It's an outdoor, interactive concert featuring a chorus of car horns, choreographed pedicabs, sound installations played over car stereos, and more. It all happens this Sunday at the Blue Starlite Drive-In, a huge parking lot in the Mueller area. While Parker is under no delusion that a concert about traffic will solve any of Austin's traffic woes, he does hope that we can "repurpose this percieved negative into a positive, temporarily."

Up to 80 audience members are invited to participate in the piece, playing their car horns to a pre-prepared score. To find out more about participating and/or enjoying the show, check out the Traffic Jam page at FuseBoxFestival.com Traffic Jam takes place Sunday, May 24 at the Blue Starlite.

Mike is the production director at KUT, where he’s been working since his days as an English major at the University of Texas. He produces Arts Eclectic, Get Involved, and the Sonic ID project, and also produces videos and cartoons for KUT.org. When pressed to do so, he’ll write short paragraphs about himself in the third person, but usually prefers not to.
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