Texas Rock Fest

(Press Release) The seventh annual Heart of Texas Quadruple Bypass (HOTQB) Music Festival, also called the ĎTexas Rock Festí, has a record number of 280 artists/bands performing at this yearís event, which benefits local Austin musician Luann "Lulu" Williams. Returning to downtown Austin on March 15-18, 2006, this yearís HOTQB expands into seven venues, including the outdoor Rockstar Energy Drink stage on Trinity between 6th and 7th Streets.

A portion of the event proceeds is earmarked to assist Lulu Williams, drummer for Austin bluesy rock band Junkyard Mary. The 25 year-old Williams is also the daughter of famed Lubbock guitarist Steve Williams (Marcia Ball, Joe Ely, Jimmy Dale Gilmour). Williams, who has no medical insurance, recently survived open-heart surgery due to a burst aorta caused by high blood pressure. HOTQB sponsor Rockstar Energy Drink is also donating a portion of sales from "The Bypass"; a specialty drink they are concocting for the Heart of Texas Quadruple Bypass Music Festival. Find out more details about Williams at http://www.myspace.com/golulu.

It was March 2000, when ATX/NYC-based music video producer Adam Brewer launched his first music festival - starting humbly with one venue and sixteen bands. Now in its seventh year, the 2006 HOTQB Music Festival boasts over 280 indie acts, scheduled for 334 performances over four days on stages at downtown venues Spill on Sixth, Bar Austin, Fuel, Nunoís Upstairs, Vicci, Treasure Island and the RockStar Energy Drink Stage, all within comfortable walking distance of one another. The complete lineup, including band bios, music, photos, and links to band websites is located at http://www.texasrockfest.com.

Motivated by the desire to support and promote the best yet-to-be discovered talent rising from the burgeoning Texas alternative rock scene, Brewer strategically schedules this event to coincide with the arrival of over 16,000 entertainment professionals expected in Austin during the annual 10-day SXSW international multimedia, film and music conference. The timing of the HOTQB provides participating artists with excellent promotional opportunities.

The HOTQB music festival features a wide variety of musical genres, hosting the best in indie singer songwriters, pop, rock, alternative, punk, funk, metal, and country bands. Sets not to miss include talented new songsters like Austinís Cheryl Bliss and Montreal storyteller Courtney Wing. Or pump your fist in the air on Wednesday night at Spill on Sixth with Austinís reigning metal bands. Featuring Meyvn, voted Best Austin Group of 2005 in The Edge Magazine's Readerís Poll Awards and Powderburn, voted Best Metal Band for the past three yearís by the Austin Chronicle and voted Best Austin Metal Band of 2005 by The Edge, as they throw down for a Dimebag Darrell Tribute.

An all-star Austin pop rock lineup on Thursday night at the Spill consists of Abra Moore, Casey McPherson (Endochine), Joseph King (Canvas), Johnny Goudie, Billy Harvey and Kacy Crowley. Houstonís favorite country son, Sean Reefer and The Resin Valley Boys, along with Opie Hendrix and Austin country rockers Back Porch Mary, will join Brooklynís dark rockabilly punksters The Lonesome Doves on Thursday night at Bar Austin.

There are two chances to catch South Korea's The Mun as they debut their modern version of blues infused rock ala Led Zeppelin and the Doors, appearing on the outdoor stage Thursday afternoon and Friday night at Nuno's Upstairs. The original ghetto rockers Downsiid will funk you up Friday night at the Spill, followed by funk rockers South FM, Mad Mexicans, Dirty Wormz and the toxic funk of Orange County's Slapbak will finish you off. Saturday headliners include rockers like Austinís Vallejo and Alpha Rev, Seattleís Drop Six, as well as Londonís DTX Rockers. Be on the lookout for surprise performances from members of the Black Eyed Peas, No Doubt, P.O.D., Riddlin' Kids, and many more cool things to come.

Pledging to keep costs affordable and fan friendly, cover charges at each venue will range from $5 - $10, depending upon venue, stage, and age. A limited number of $39 wristbands granting access to all events and venues, including the artist only VIP happy hour and after hours parties, are available at Encore Video and Records, 1745 West Anderson Lane, (512) 451-8111.

By offering up four days and four nights of non-stop affordable music entertainment by the best, unsigned indie musicians from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and beyond, the seventh annual Heart of Texas Quadruple Bypass provides one more good excuse for music industry executives to come to Austin.

Find festival and band information at http://www.texasrockfest.com.

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