Each year since 2014, Project ATX6 has given a half-dozen local musicians the chance to be ambassadors of Austin music at a handful of international events. This weekend, the organization revealed its 2018 participants: Cory Reinisch, Carrie Fussell, Nnedi Nebula, Georgia Parker, Michael Booher and Jacob Jaeger.
The announcement came at a Saturday afternoon event at Hole in the Wall with attendees including Project ATX6 founder/director Chris Brecht and Austin mayor Steve Adler, who’s been a vocal proponent of Project ATX6’s efforts.
Reinisch has been a constant presence in Austin clubs for several years with his band Harvest Thieves, the first act to be featured in our Austin360 Artist of the Month series in January 2016. Fussell, singer for theatrical pop band Calliope Musicals, also has made music she’s described as “quiet freak folk” on her own under the name Gold Door Knobs. Nebula, a first-generation Nigerian American, fronts the fast-rising electro-groove trio Trouble in the Streets and formerly sang with Mama K & the Shades.
Parker, a Hill Country native of Boerne, has played upright bass with various roots-music acts but also writes and sings her own original Texas swing tunes. Booher and Jaeger both front bands that bear their surnames; the first Booher album, “Funny Tears,” came out last year.
This year’s itinerary for the new ATX6ers includes the Halifax Pop Explosion in Nova Scotia in mid-October; the Quest Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam, in late November; and Folk Alliance International in Montreal in mid-February 2019. The Halifax fest has been a previous Project ATX6 stop; the other two this year are new. Past destinations have included European events in France and Germany.
A kickoff showcase is tentatively set for mid-late September at the YETI Flagship. Also on the schedule is a Nov. 3 “Passport to the World” event at Empire Control Room. Brecht, who travels with the group, also films the event for documentary specials he’s posted to YouTube for the past several years.