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Airstream trailer hosts performances by up-and-coming bands

Gary Dinges, Static

Staff Writer
Austin 360

In a city where food trailers are on just about every corner, there's one Airstream that's serving something a little different: tunes from up-and-coming musicians.

Mix 94.7 morning host JB Hager and business partner Paul Boukadakis have teamed to launch On-AirStreaming.com , a website featuring high-quality videos of performances by artists from Austin — and around the globe. Interviews, too.

"We're living in a YouTube world where we've started to settle for mediocrity," Hager explains. "We want the highest quality at all times because these bands deserve it."

Boukadakis, who came to Austin recently from Los Angeles, where he worked behind the scenes on a number of music videos, says: "Music video budgets are getting smaller. It's crazy to me that people are losing focus of how important music videos are."

Around 60 groups — 27 during South by Southwest this year — have stepped inside the trailer since it debuted last fall, exiting with embeddable videos they can share with fans worldwide via sites such as Facebook and MySpace. Past visitors have been booked at Lollapalooza, and Spin magazine has pegged several as hot new acts to watch.

"We're capturing great, emerging artists," Hager says. "The artists we're shooting are going to be the ones everyone's talking about a year from now."

Typically, visitors to the site will find videos from one — maybe two — new groups each week. Boukadakis and Hager say their team could crank out more, but their mission is quality, not quantity.

"We just share what we like," Hager says. "We always have our ear to the ground. We're digging through new music all the time."

"The feedback has been incredible," Boukadakis adds. "We get a ton of fan mail from everybody — high-schoolers to people in their sixties."

Future plans call for taking the trailer on the road, across the nation — and beyond.

"We want to be at festivals, go to every state, travel around the world," Boukadakis says. "We want to be everywhere."

On the Web

What: On-Air Streaming

Where: on-airstreaming.com

Win some, lose some

Toby Ryan is back on the air at 101X following an unsuccessful run for Austin City Council.

Program director Lynn Barstow reports Ryan popped up on the station shortly after polls closed May 14, and returned to his regular 2 to 6 p.m. shift May 16.

The DJ worked behind the scenes during his campaign to unseat Place 4 incumbent Laura Morrison, with night jock Trevin Smith handling Ryan's afternoon drive shift and a variety of guest hosts — including ... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead's Jason Reece — working from 6 to 10 p.m. in Smith's usual spot.

Ryan, a 15-year 101X veteran, focused his campaign on preserving the city's live music scene, singling out "ever-stricter sound ordinances, restrictive zoning that makes it nearly impossible to open new live music venues, (and) parking proposals."

Morrison was re-elected with 73 percent of the vote, Eric Rangel was second with 19 percent, and Ryan placed third with 8 percent. A total of 30,264 votes were cast in the race, according to figures from the Travis County Clerk's Office.

Jammin' with KNBT

New Braunfels-based 92.1 FM KNBT has released the lineup for its annual Americana Music Jam.

Now in its 15th year, the event is today at Gruene Hall, benefiting the Comal Cops for Kids Foundation.

Tickets are $50 and are available at gruenehall.com or by calling 830-629-5077.

The lineup:

12:20 p.m.: Tina Wilkins

12:25 p.m.: The Trishas

1:10 p.m.: Ted Russell Kamp

1:35 p.m.: Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros

2:20 p.m.: Matt King

3 p.m.: Emory Quinn

3:45 p.m.: Bleu Edmondson

4:25 p.m.: Tom Gillam Band

5:10 p.m.: Zack Walther

5:50 p.m.: Monty Byrom with Tom Gillam Band

6:45 p.m.: Sean McConnell

7:30 p.m.: Jason Boland and the Stragglers

8:15 p.m.: Wade Bowen

9 p.m.: Randy Rogers Band

9:50 p.m.: Stoney LaRue

10:35 p.m.: Cody Canada and the Departed

gdinges@statesman.com; 912-5987