Dart Music International

Dart Music International Embassy

An embassy is usually associated with a building where diplomatic officers work and represent the interests of their people. Our monthly goal for 2010 was to turn The Parish into the official embassy for all the people of Dart Music International - our artists, friends, and members of the Austin community - by presenting music from our international bands, local musical "Ambassadors", and to feature a local nonprofit organization engaged in community activities similar/complimentary to our own.

This was an opportunity to learn more about our organization and upcoming programs, hear music from our bands, catch great live performances from our touring international artists and/or outstanding local artist Ambassadors, and to meet some of our Allied music-related organizations.

Admission was only $5 ($8 for under 21) and FREE with your Backstage Pass VIP card.

The Icon Awards in January set the stage for the monthly Embassy series. Our first Embassy night was headlined by STEREO IS A LIE, an Austin band whose leader is Newcastle, England transplant GlynnWedgewood. They were supported by world traveler Nick Hirsch.

Mid-February was an excellent time to introduce people here to some of the bands coming in March for the SXSW festival and to raise awareness about the tragic earthquake in Chile. The sound and lighting at The Parish is always great, but the couple hundred attendees at the Embassy events also got a special treat with Rob Elliott, sound engineer for The Cure and Gomez, running the sound for the evening.

Our featured Ally this month was Grounded In Music, an Austin original that has been inspiring children to turn to music since Summer 2007.

Read more on the February Embassy page.

The second Embassy night was held on March 23, the Tuesday after SXSW. We were fortunate to have Chilean bands Intimate Stranger, the Ganjas, and Casino perform along with Polish rockers L.Stadt. Everyone in Austin was exhausted from SXSW, but we were able to raise money and awareness for Caritas' Chilean earthquake relief and to kickoff a short tour by L.Stadt and a longer regional tour by the Chilean bands.

Although we had great public reception and decent attendance at the Embassy nights, other unfortunate economic circumstances forced us to cut our series off after the second night. Keep an eye out for a revised DMI Embassy in 2011.

Read more on the March Embassy page.