Musicians follow their heart to the 109

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On a sunny afternoon, sounds of acoustic guitars mixed with the breeze in front of Sol de Luna on University Drive.

The Jax Bros, a duo consisting of Mark Jax and Pierre Jax, played music for tips along the sidewalk for patrons and passersby.

Pierre Jax said playing near the college seemed like a good fit for them because college students are more into indie music.

Mark Jax, who gave up his teaching position to become a full time musician, said he writes original songs for the Jax Bros and commutes from Hurst to bring his music to the 109.

“Really, we are just trying to get our foot in the door,” he said.

Having live music benefits everyone, said TCU alumnus and Sol de Luna owner Frank Sigala. It gives the musicians a place to perform, helps business and offers customers something extra.

“They feel like they have a good product, and they want to promote it,” he said. “I thought it would be good for the both of us.”

The brothers are among many musicians who perform at venues in the 109. Places such as Pot Belly’s, the Cellar, the Aardvark and others offer live entertainment.

Janice McCall, assistant station manager at KTCU, said there is a good mix of music in and nearby the 109.

“It’s not so much they [local musicians] are in competition with one another,” she said, “It’s more of camaraderie.”

Whiskey Pistol, a band that contains several TCU students, was onstage Saturday night at the Aardvark nightclub on Berry Street for a paid performance. The band cranked out classic rock as the crowd filled the dance floor.

Aardvark manager Josh Montgomery said having live performances at the venue helps musicians get exposure and is good for business.

“Each band brings a different crowd,” he said.

Whiskey Pistol vocalist Taylor Kennedy, a senior strategic communication major at TCU, said he enjoys the time spent onstage with friends.

“You get to do what you want to want to do, and that’s the best feeling in the world,” he said. “It’s very freeing.”

The following link shows businesses in the 76109 that are listed with the Texas Music Office.
https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=z56A2glgxHh0.kK6jpsMeQ7lQ

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