“Traffic Jam” now rescheduled for May 24

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Photo by Jay Janner/American-Statesman.

It was the weather not traffic that caused the cancellation recently of “Traffic Jam” when it was originally scheduled during the Fusebox Festival.

Not to worry. Traffic is omnipresent in Austin.

And “Traffic Jam” has now been rescheduled for May 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Blue Starlite Drive-In.

A spirited homage to the Austin’s traffic woes, composer Steve Parker’s “Traffic Jam” is a free one-hour concert — performed in a parking lot — that features an 80-vehicle ensemble of trucks, cars, scooters, bicycles, pedicabs, golf carts and more.

Specifically there’s a fleet of choreographed pedicabs equipped with a backseat trombone choir, three amplified bicycles fitted with contact mics, a golf cart fused with a amplified piano harp and a quadrophonic piece for car stereos.

 

Photo by Jay Janner/American-Statesman.

Photo by Jay Janner/American-Statesman.

Parker — who started the super-popular gallery-roving “Soundspace” musical happenings at the Blanton Museum — is pretty deft when it comes staging hybrid concerts and using surprising objects as musical instruments.

Last year Parker’s “Recycled Sounds” project placed playable instruments made of recycled materials throughout the Austin City Hall parking garage.

For “Traffic Jam” Parker’s inviting up to 80 audience members of any skill or vehicle horn type to join in the noise-making. Click here to see how to register (and rehearse).

“Traffic Jam,” 6.30 p.m. May 24
Blue Startlite Drive-In, 1901 E. 51st St.
Free, but reservations required


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