Summer is an amazing time to be in the Live Music Capital of the World®. Three of Austin’s most revered offerings – live music, good food and the great outdoors – come together to create a full season of events, both sunny and star-filled. Get ready for these classic summer venues, concert series and local artist shows:
Cool Off at Hot Events
Unplugged at the Grove. Courtesy of Shady Grove.
Unplugged at The Grove 4.7.16 - 8.25.16 (Thursdays) Hosted by KGSR, Unplugged at The Grove has provided music fans with free shows by talented Austin artists for more than 20 years. Enjoy Shady Grove’s special patio menu, drink specials and zero cover charge while you take in talented bands starting at 8 p.m. This season the concert series will feature local favorites such as Charlie Mars, Harvest Thieves, Alejandro Escobedo, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and James McMurtry.
KGSR Blues on the Green 5.25.16 - 8.3.16 (select dates) A classic Austin event, KGSR’s Blues on the Green brings thousands of folks together once a month through August for a series of free summertime concerts in Zilker Park. Celebrating 26 years in 2016, expect families and groups sprawling out on blankets, enjoying some cold beverages, food and great music.
Buzz-Worthy Summer Spots
Texas Radio Live at Guero's. Courtesy of Sun Radio.
Guero's Taco Bar Guero’s has been a South Congress staple for nearly 20 years. Most week nights are filled with live music in the Oak Garden and the experience can only be reinforced by one of Gueros’ famous hand-shaken margaritas. Come on Wednesdays and relax in the outside garden for Sun Radio’s Texas Radio Live. The 6 p.m. shows include artist interviews, live jams and more.
The Blackheart The reinvigorated Rainey Street scene is one of Austin's fastest-growing districts. The hip, rustic charm of the neighborhood adds to the overall feel of The Blackheart, a southern-style whiskey bar. Located in a nineteenth-century Victorian-style home, The Blackheart boasts free live music almost every night of the week and a huge helping of spirited charm.
Stubb's Bar-B-Q This down-home favorite is located in the Red River Entertainment District and boasts both great food and music. In its early days, this classic Austin venue saw the likes of famed Texas musicians Stevie Ray Vaughn and Willie Nelson. The huge outdoor stage/patio offers fresh barbecue and a variety of beers for music-goers. For an experience like no other, weekly Sunday Gospel Brunch serves up a huge southern-style breakfast buffet alongside live local gospel acts.
The White Horse This classic East Side bar is one of Austin's finest honky-tonks. In addition to local live music, they also host fun activities for music-lovers like Texas two-stepping lessons (Saturdays at 7 p.m.), the East Side Flea Market (Saturdays 3-7 p.m.), Cajun zydeco dance lessons (Fridays at 7 p.m.) and more.
Saxon Pub The Saxon Pub’s intimate setup, excellent staff and award-winning sound room make this a perfect place to listen to live music. Since 1990, the Saxon has hosted more than 22,000 musical performances including some standing, recurring shows and Austin performers such as Bob Schneider and Lonelyland on Monday nights, Miss Lavelle White, Bruce Hughes, and Omar & the Howlers.
Listen Like the Locals
Local & Live Stop into the Austin Visitor Center every other Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. for free, intimate solo and acoustic sets. Hear some of the best music Austin has to offer and get up close with local musicians at these open-to-the-public performances.
All ATX British Invasion CD Direct from the Live Music Capital of the World® and Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau's Music Office, "British Invasion" is a 19-song compilation featuring many of Austin's greatest acts covering hit songs from across the pond. "British Invasion" provides a glimpse into local talent that can be found on any given night in the city's more than 250 live music venues. Learn more about these Austin artists online or check out the album on your own when you're in town, available in our Visitor Center at 602 E. Fourth St. and at Waterloo Records.