Project ATX6 gears up for third year with local fundraising shows

Jai Malano is at C-Boy's Heart & Soul.
Jai Malano will perform at Geraldine’s for the Aug. 20 kickoff of Project ATX6’s third year.

Project ATX6, which helped bring a dozen Austin musicians to a series of international festivals in 2014 and 2015, is gearing up for its third year with an Aug. 20 kickoff show at Geraldine’s in the Hotel Van Zandt.

Three of this year’s six participants will perform: singer-songwriter Elijah Ford, indie-rocker Andy Bianculli (with his band Star Parks), and soul-blues singer Jai Malano. A second fundraising event is set for Sept. 3 at the White Horse.

The other three members of the 2016 Project ATX6 crew are Grace Park, frontwoman of the indie-folk band the Deer; Beth Chrisman, fiddler for country-bluegrass outfit High Plains Jamboree; and Tate Mayeux, half of the alt-country duo Mayeux & Broussard.

The six musicians will travel abroad for three upcoming events. First up is the Sept. 11-19 “Austin Week” celebration in Angers, France, one of Austin’s sister cities. That’s followed by two “Indie Week” festivals, first in Manchester, England, Oct. 11-16, then in Toronto, Canada, Nov. 16-20.

Project ATX6 covers the members’ transportation and lodging, as well as arranging the performances. Pre-trip fundraisers help to cover the costs, along with sponsorship contributions. Past sponsors have included Tito’s Handmade Vodka and the ATX Music Office.

Some of Austin’s top rising talents participated in the project’s first two years, including Carson McHone, Dana Falconberry, Gina Chavez and Jonathan Terrell.

Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and austin360.com. Twitter: @Blackstock360

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