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The Go-Go's bassist celebrates Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination from Austin
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This year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees are out and one Austinite, in particular, is rejoicing. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday that Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Jay-Z, Tina Turner, The Go-Go's and others would be nominated for the 2021 induction.


Austin native and bassist Kathy Valentine took to Twitter to announce that she had woken up to the "wonderful news."

Several fans and supporters did the very same to congratulate the band's historic achievement.


The all-female band first formed in 1978 and has been dubbed "the most successful all-female rock band of all time" for its achievements. When The Go-Go's released their pivotal debut, "Beauty and The Beat," in 1981, it stayed on the Billboard charts for six consecutive weeks, making history.

The band became the first all-female ensemble who wrote their own music and played their own instruments to reach the top of the charts. Artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first album and depending on their influence and significance in the genre.

The band has been eligible for 14 years and was joined by a host of other female artists like Chaka Khan and Carole King.

However, the bands listed have yet to be inducted into the hall of fame, pending a public vote. There is no set number of artists that will be inducted, though it tends to be between six and eight.

According to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the nominees are selected through an internal voting process by a body of "more than 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry."

The current fan vote shows Tina Turner, Foo Fighters, Carole King, Iron Maiden and The Go-Go's in the lead but the vote will continue until April 30 with the inductees announced in May. You can cast your vote here.

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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
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 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

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

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