Project ATX6, which has sent six Austin musicians to international music events annually since 2014, has chosen Alesia Lani, Leslie Sisson, Evan Charles, Kathryn Legendre, Jonathan Horstmann and Pocket Sounds to represent the city at festivals in Canada and Europe this fall.
Project ATX6 founder Chris Brecht announced the selections at Waterloo Records on Sunday evening.
Lani, a soul and hip-hop singer who has released two albums in recent years, is part of this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup. Sisson is the leader of prominent indie band Moving Panoramas. Charles fronts the indie-Americana group Altamesa. Legendre is a country singer-songwriter who performs regularly at East Austin honky-tonk the White Horse. Horstmann describes the music he makes under the name V3Co as "Afrofuturist analog synthwave." Pocket Sounds is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Mike St. Clair, who has worked with Okkervil River, White Denim and others.
Their travels this fall begin Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 at Toronto's Indie Week Festival. Another trip will come next spring when they take part in the Great Escape Festival in Brighton, England. Two Project ATX6 alumni will make appearances at events abroad this month: Cory Reinisch at Reeperbahn Music Festival in Hamburg, Germany, on Sept. 20, Emilie Clepper at the Pop Montreal Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Sept. 24-25.
The group receives funding from several local sponsors and from donations at local events. Area dates this fall include shows in Dripping Springs on Nov. 3 and Driftwood on Nov. 9, with a Museum of Human Achievement show just after the new year on Jan. 30. An annual finale concert, previously held in December, will happen in the summer of 2020 for this class, on a to-be-announced date at Stateside at the Paramount.
[This has been updated to clarify the Project ATX6 attendees at some festivals.]
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