You can always easily find yourself in the middle of a sweet BBQ on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Austin, TX, but if you look tad harder you might find one that also features local DJs providing top-quality house/techno music. If your idea of a Saturday well spent consists of listening to local Austin DJs, dancing and eating BBQ then this might be your lucky break. Get down with some beats and get dirty with some BBQ at this year’s Summer Jam at Lake Austin this coming Saturday.
So what sets this apart from a lot of other electronic music events in Austin you ask? Well for one it takes place during the day. Secondly the event is outdoors where you can bask in the sun as well as take a dip in water only a few feet away. And last but not least, instead of being hosted in a closed setting, say like a club or basement for example, it’s out in the open which makes for a complete change of scenery as to what most people expect when they think of DJs and dancing.
“Everyone loves to be outdoors in Austin during the Spring and Summer time, and that’s what makes this event so fun and special,” said one of the event organizers and Steady Rhythm Recordings label owner John Reyes. “Everyone is in a great mood and the music makes it even better!”
This Saturday will mark the 7th year the event has been in effect. The idea stemmed from a collective effort put together in 2009 by John Reyes (aka Audio Mekanic/Steady Rhythm Recordings), Jon (E)ric (UFunktion), and Rex Bruton (aka Steel Grooves, Capital Techno record label owner) but have since acquired the help of longtime friends Bryan Castellanos (DJ Data) and JDubz. All residents of Austin and all of which will be laying down one-hour sets of their own respective style. For those of you that want a little taste of what their sounds are like you can check out the Facebook Event Page for links to some of their sets.
At this point you probably want some pointers, the biggest tip for new attendees: DO NOT BRING GLASS BOTTLES! They aren’t allowed in the park. Did I forget to mention this was BYOB? Reyes said that if you’re bringing along beverages, you should bring cans only. Aside from that bring along some swimwear and a pair of happy feet and you’re all set!
The event itself is free but it’ll cost you $10 per car to get in. So try cramming as many friends into your hooptie as you can and get down there. Also, get there early! The park will fill up quickly and they will not let you in once they’ve reached capacity.
“The music starts at 1pm and you should be in the park by 3pm otherwise you will be waiting at the gate for someone else to leave so they can let you in,” said Reyes. “One in, one out.”
For more detailed information you can visit the Facebook Event Page.
What: Summer Jam 2015
When: 1-9pm, Saturday, May 2, 2015
Where: Emma Long Park, 1600 City Park Road 78730 Austin, TX
Who: You, dancing.