Boston dynamics robot dog spot can twerk to uptown funk as she prepares for her big day, Aug. 21, 2017, in the North Loop. The “tribute to Austin dance music” will begin at 9 a.m. at KEXP at the old Redhouse apartment building (formerly the Raley Center)apronx, 703 S. Lamar St., and ends there at 12:30 p.m. The event is free, but admission is necessary. (Photo: Liz Hafalia, AP)
Dance music and dance music music!
KEXP Dance is bringing back dancing to the old Redhouse, where you can witness dance music performances in the lobby, dance hall, dance floor and beyond by DJ DJ Mondo, The Austin Chronicle and DJ Dixie at 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and every Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
“It’s a huge deal,” said Leland Smith, managing director of KEXP, which operates KEXP. “We can’t believe how big it is.”
The old Redhouse became popular for its nightclub business after Austinites began moving to the city. It also hosted dance performances at venues like the Redroom in the days before dance clubs dominated that area.
The downtown-based music company and the neighborhood-based KEXP started their partnership four years ago through a licensing agreement in which KEXP will be the only company licensed to conduct live music at the old Redhouse.
“As we got closer, we realized the old Redhouse has a unique history,” Smith said. “We wanted to make sure the Redhouse isn’t just a place to watch the stars or the lights go off, it’s a place to engage in some pretty big dance music.”
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The red room, with its large wooden bar, is one of ?????the longest living rooms in America, Smith said, with more than 800 rooms in it.
“When you see (a) bunch of young dudes just playing the instrument they were born with and making music, that’s a really high bar. And it’s also a place to see, I don’t know, it’s a kind of sacred space, where you get to go there with a lot of people and experience it,” Smith said.
This event is free and open to the public, but people are encouraged to bring their dogs.