The FeedBak helps people navigate the Austin scene through insightful conversations with those who make it.

As fast as Austin is growing, we have an opportunity to help the local community, transplants, and visitors navigate the scene and show them what Austin is about. Between the live music, the festivals, the venues, and the wide variety of entertainment options, Austin has a lot to offer.

However, the allure of the Austin scene also lies in its derived experiences, stories, perspectives, and observations. By sharing such insight, we help a growing community learn more about our local scene. The FeedBak is here to help you make sense of it all by providing you with insight and recommendations.

Hi. My name is Bak Zoumanigui (pronounced “back zoo-mah-nee-guee”).
Here’s my Bakstory.

Born in Senegal, West Africa and raised near Paris, France, my family moved to Austin, Texas when I was 16. It was not an easy transition. School was tough and I struggled to fit and make friends. I spoke differently, dressed differently, and was stuck spending most of my time studying so I would not get behind my studies. Even though I had my family, I wanted to belong and experience the great things Austin had to offer.

I had a passion for dancing. Where do you go to dance when you are 18? Bars and dance clubs, of course. So I started going out and the people I’d meet there became my friends. They were DJs, bartenders, performers, musicians, bar managers, and other party goers.

Over the years, I became fascinated with the Austin nightlife. I used to stay late and help the DJ pack while we chat about music. I used to sit at an empty bar to listen to a bartender’s story. There is more to nightlife than just events; nightlife is also about an experience and we all have different experiences.

The Austin scene saved my life because I was finally able to connect with people.