The city of Austin is known for its live music, entertainment and art culture. They have music festivals that keep visitors coming each year for a taste of new and established musical acts. Now, the city of McAllen plans to bring that same atmosphere of live music entertainment with a festival titled, Another Music Festival.

The live concert venues are scheduled for April 18 and 19 at the Entertainment District of downtown McAllen. The two-day event will feature over 60 international and local bands on nine stages along the 17th street restaurants and bars, one of the stages will be an outdoor stage.

AMF is being hosted by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and aims to ring the multicultural and bi-national community in the Valley. Bands will play everything from blues, rock, Jazz and Latin beats.

“The Valley has a lot of great artists and we want both residents and visitors alike to experience what we have to offer. We invite everyone to come out and support the music scene in the RGV,” said Yajaira Flores, marketing chair for AMF.

She said McAllen has seen much growth economically and is now seeing the beginnings of growth in entertainment, the arts and culture.

Visitors to the festival will be able to attend any of the concerts that will be hosted in the different venues. Visitors will be required to wear a wristband that will be given to them when they buy their tickets. There will be a food court representing various restaurants and non-profit organizations, restaurants on 17th street will also open. Alcohol will be sold in a closed-off, designated area.

“Having a centralized food court will bring more awareness to the downtown area and community as well as local businesses,” said Annabell Cortina, Special Events and Media Director for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce.

Cortina said the AMF will also be a Green event in efforts to help keep the city clean and encouraged everyone to recycle and clean after themselves to be eco friendly to the environment.

17th street and its intersecting streets will be closed off for the event. Visitors will be able to use the parking garage located on 15th and Chicago for the price of $5 a night.

Some of the confirmed locations that will be hosting the concerts are the Boiler Room, Flesh, The Patio on Guerra, The Piano Bar, Rhythm & Brews, Cine El Rey, and Skybar.

The full artist line-up will be announced in March.

Tickets for AMF are currently on sale at $15 for a one-day pass, $25 for a two-day pass, and $40 for VIP tickets at EX-Tixx.com or 1-877-993-8499, Wireless Toyz (Valley-wide), Melhart Music Center, Lionels Western Wear, Bull Rider Western Wear, and Polarisol in Reynosa. For more information contact the McAllen Chamber of Commerce at 956-682-2871.

www.mcallenmusic.com or myspace.com/amfestival.