Project ATX6, which since 2014 has brought six Austin musicians to a handful of international music festivals as collective representatives of the city’s music community, has announced this year’s participants: Mobley, Corey Baum, Acey Monaro, Taylor Wilkins, Lindsey Verrill and Sisi Berry.
There’s also a big new addition to the Project ATX6 itinerary this year. In addition to festivals in France (“Austin Week” in sister city Angers) and Germany (Hamburg’s Reeperbahn) in September and Canada (M for Montreal) in November, the group will make its first trip to Japan for the Yumeiro Music Festival in Oita in October.
“There is no greater advertisement for Austin’s creative spirit than the ATX6,” Austin mayor Steve Adler said as part of the announcement. “Live music is Austin’s greatest renewable resource, and ATX6 is helping make it our most popular export.”
Bookending the festival trips will be two local events. On Aug. 19, the artists will perform a kickoff showcase at the new YETI Flagship store on South Congress. And in December, they’ll reconvene for a finale concert at the Stateside at the Paramount.
The six participants cover a broad range of stylistic territory and experience. Self-described “post-genre pop” auteur Mobley, a winner at last year’s Austin Music Video Festival, is working on his debut album and is playing the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October. Monaro, a native Australian, is the singer for the indie-pop band Go Fever, which released a self-titled album last year. Baum fronts the eclectic country-roots band Croy & the Boys, whose 2016 debut album earned them Austin360 Artist of the Month honors last fall.
Wilkins is the guitarist and frontman for indie-rock band Otis the Destroyer, which has released a couple of EPs and has its first full-length release coming this fall. Verrill is a cellist who has played with inaugural ProjectATX6 member Dana Falconberry, Ethan Azarian and others as well as leading her own band, Little Mazam. Berry is the singer for Torino Black, an internationally tinged indie band formed while Berry was living in Spain in 2013.
Project ATX6 founder and director Chris Brecht said the lineup is “designed to showcase the diversity and talent of Austin’s music community before international audiences.” Brecht also shoots video of the acts during the festival appearances and is working on a film or television program based on the footage he’s shot so far.