City celebrates Music Friendly Community designation

Programs helps cities foster the arts as live music returns to Downtown

Round Rock was officially certified as a Texas Music Friendly Community by the Texas Music Office on Wednesday, May 5, at Prete Plaza, 221 E. Main St. 

The City’s Music on Main concert series featuring Dale Watson kicked off after the ceremony, and drew a crowd of more than 1,000 to Downtown Round Rock. 

Chip Adams, Community Relations & Outreach Specialist with the Texas Music Office, presented Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan with the certification. Music on Main is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Music on Main events include:

  • The Derailers on Wednesday, May 12
  • Beat Root Revival on Wednesday, May 19
  • Del Castillo on Wednesday, May 26

All concerts are at Prete Plaza from 6 to 8 p.m.

“As we focus on revitalizing all aspects of the Lone Star State — work, school, entertainment and culture — Texas is committed to working alongside music industry, business, and community leaders in Round Rock to ensure they have the knowledge and tools they need,” Gov. Greg Abbott said. “Music is a big part of the Texas brand and our local economies, and I thank the Texas Music Office for helping communities like Round Rock succeed.”    

Participation in the Texas Music Office’s “Music Friendly Community” program provides Texas communities with a network for fostering music industry development, and sends a clear message to industry professionals that certified communities are serious about attracting and developing music industry growth. 

The City of Round Rock kicked off the certification process March 30 with a workshop. Round Rock’s Music Friendly Community advisory board includes: Courtney Ainsworth, City of Round Rock Downtown Manager; Teresa Allsep, owner, Victoria’s House and Garden; Mike Farr, owner, Nutty Brown, Owner; Roger Heaney, Coordinator Marketing and Events, City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department; Nolan Jager Loyde, Assistant Director of Instrumental Music, Round Rock ISD Fine Arts; Christina Rudofsky, City of Round Rock Arts and Culture Associate; Scott Smith, Director of Entertainment, Kalahari Resorts;  Alex Vallejo, Director of Operations, School of Rock, Round Rock; Rick White, Round Rock jazz musician; and Scot Wilkinson, City of Round Rock Arts and Culture Director. The Advisory Board will meet monthly to discuss the Round Rock music and events scene, help with publicity and promotion and encourage the Round Rock music beat. 

Round Rock joins more than 20 other Texas cities that have earned the coveted “Music Friendly” designation. Cities that have received the official Music Friendly Communities designation from the Texas Music Office include Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Denton, Lindale, Stephenville, Conroe, San Angelo, San Antonio,  Denton,  Lindale,  Stephenville,  Conroe, Nacogdoches, Abilene, McKinney, Waxahachie, Waco, Alpine, Bastrop, New Braunfels, Victoria, Arlington, Denison, Lubbock and Brenham. 

For more information, go to roundrocktexas.gov/musicfriendly

COVID-19 safety recommendations

The virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to others by infected persons who have few or no symptoms. Even if an infected person is only mildly ill, the people they spread it to may become seriously ill or even die, especially if that person is 65 or older with pre-existing health conditions that place them at higher risk. Because of the hidden nature of this threat, everyone should rigorously follow the practices specified in these recommendations. The virus that causes COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities. We should continue to observe practices that protect everyone, including those who are most vulnerable.

Individuals are encouraged to wear a mask. Individuals should, to the extent possible, minimize in-person contact with others not in their household. Minimizing in-person contact includes maintaining 6 feet of separation from individuals. When maintaining 6 feet of separation is not feasible, other methods should be utilized to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as washing or sanitizing hand frequently, and avoiding sharing utensils or other common objects.

Participants are asked to self-screen before attending public events for any signs or symptoms of communicable diseases. Symptoms commonly associated with communicable diseases include:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Cough (new onset or worsening)
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore/scratchy throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Feverish
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-1

Individuals should wash or disinfect hands after any interaction with employees, other individuals, or items at the outdoor event. Hand sanitizing stations will be available at the event. Clean and sanitize any items before and after use.

 

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