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Vinyl bar by Breakaway Records, Mohawk owners to open on Music Lane

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There’s a ‘new,’ retro way to listen to music coming to Music Lane.

Co-owners of Breakaway Records vinyl shop—Josh LaRue and Gabe Vaughn—Mohawk owner James Moody, and Bunkhouse Group have teamed up to create their take on a Japanese kissa: a high-quality sound, vinyl music listening and appreciation bar.

The vinyl bar, which has yet to be named, will be in the basement of Hotel Magdalena, 1101 Music Ln., and the group hopes to host a soft opening sometime late this year.

A lifetime lover of music, LaRue told Austonia he visited many jazz kissas in Japan in the 2000s, enjoying the emphasis on the music, attentive listening atmosphere and curated cocktails. LaRue said he thinks Austinites will fully appreciate the experience.

“I think the level of music fandom is just different here—people just in general seem to know and care a lot about music in this town,” LaRue said. “Live music is obviously a huge part of Austin. We're just trying to shine a little bit of light on the other side of music, the recordings that people have made and the record collections that people have.”

Bunkhouse will handle the design element while LaRue and Vaughn focus on creating a curated vinyl collection, which will serve as a “living museum” that will evolve over time, through a Texas lens.

LaRue said it will include Texas-based musicians like Willie Nelson and Erykah Badu but also national and international artists with a Lone Star-inspired flair. Expect early jazz, traditional country music and blues in a Hi-Fi setting.

Music programming is still in the works but LaRue said a big element will include playing full or entire sides of LP vinyls as well as having guest personalities curate a night’s music. Of course, there will be a curated drink menu and likely bites from the restaurant upstairs.

“The general idea is to honor the record collection that we're building for this place and listen to those records as a whole… more like how the person who made this record wanted you to hear,” LaRue said. “We're trying to focus on something you can listen to from start to finish, enjoy the whole thing you know, and be taken on a ride by the artists.”


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
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🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

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11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway