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MapJam celebrates Austin's diverse music scene, Feb. 21

                                  Nine bands to play unique venues across East Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — Jan. 20, 2015 — The third annual MapJam, a daylong music festival that brings the Austin Music Map to life, will showcase some of the hidden musical spaces in one of the most vibrant cities in the world.

This year, nine bands — from Pan American and marimba, to singer-songwriters and rock, to Afridelic, electro groove and neo-soul — will perform in four locations across East Austin from 1 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Feb. 21. MapJam, sponsored by KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, is free and open to the public. This is an all-ages event.

"MapJam embodies what we strive to deliver every day on the air — music that's made here and played here and that reflects the diverse and evolving Austin music experience," said Matt Reilly, KUTX program director. "We're excited about connecting with many of our listeners in person throughout this daylong, moveable music festival."

MapJam is an extension of the Austin Music Map, a web-based, interactive, community documentary project that lets users "play" the city. The map goes beyond the usual suspects on the Austin music scene in search of the not-so-well-known places where music is being made. Explore the map at

Attendees are encouraged to contribute to the Austin Music Map by tagging their Instagram, photos and videos and SoundCloud audio with #austinmusicmap.

In keeping with the spirit of experiencing East Austin, attendees are encouraged to bicycle or walk between the stops. Parking will be extremely limited.

About the Austin Music Map
Created in April 2012, KUTX's Austin Music Map is a multimedia documentary project that explores Austin's diverse musical communities. From conjunto at the Moose Lodge to gospel at Deliverance Temple to a renegade marching band floating on Barton Creek, the Austin Music Map documents and celebrates Austin’s musical cultures, exploring what it means to be the Live Music Capital of the World. The Austin Music Map invites the community to participate in this documentation, gathering audio, sound and videos from the public, and asking Austinites to lead us to musical corners of the city we never would have known about before. Visit the Austin Music Map YouTube channel and the Austin Music Map Flickr site.

About KUTX 98.9, the Austin Music Experience
In January 2013, KUT launched KUTX 98.9, an all-music station focused on the Austin Music Experience. KUTX 98.9 features fresh, cutting-edge music, alongside iconic songs and established artists who continue to inspire. Programming includes more than 300 live, one-of-a-kind performances in Studio 1A each year; the Austin Music Minute, the KUTX Song of the Day, the Austin Music Experience showcasing live music; and the Austin Music Map featuring some of the unlikely places where music is being made.


Contacts: Erin Geisler (512) 475-8071; or Peter Babb (512) 471-9275