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MoPac Traffic Jams – Austin Wired

On a recent Sunday afternoon in Round Rock, TX, five musicians played together on stage at Cork and Barrel Pub to do their own version of Austin Weird, which they refer to as Austin Wired. Those five musicians are MoPac Traffic Jams, an Americana Folkgrass band based in Austin, TX. They refer to themselves as Austin Wired because they play cover tunes in the Americana and Folkgrass genre, but apply their own unique spin to them.

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Zipgig Artist Spotlight – Deja Vibes

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