Editor's Note: Austin Music Map is a documentary project that explores Austin's diverse music communities. Each week in December, CultureMap will showcase a new video from the project to celebrate the recent launch of this collaborative, community-focused initiative.
Over the past few years you may have heard the New Orleans-style “circus-punk-brass-band” sounds of Minor Mishap Marching Band filtering through different locales across the cityscape.
“Minor Mishap is really interested in public space, and using public space to create a community,” says Datri Bean.
Dressed in yellow and black, sometimes with outlandish accessories, the 25-piece brass band takes music “off the map,” creating site-specific art in a tradition true to Austin’s unique creative scene.
“Minor Mishap is really interested in public space, and using public space to create a community,” says the band’s founder, Austin musician Datri Bean. So while you may catch the band playing more traditional venues on occasion, there’s a good chance that they may catch you with a surprise performance in the unlikeliest of settings.
In this piece from Austin Music Map, instead of taking to the stage, Minor Mishap takes to the waterways of Austin for a performance on Lady Bird Lake.
The 25-piece band settles into canoes, bringing an element of surprise to otherwise normal activities for Austinites.
“There will be runners and people just out here who are trying to get exercise… hopefully they’ll be thrilled by it,” Bean says. “What better thing to experience than the water, the full moon and some live music?”