Contributed by John Morthland
Take in the posters and photos that provide a mini-history of Austin music that grace the walls of Threadgill's restaurant.
Any true fan should stop and pay homage to an Austin music legend by taking a picture next to the bronze Stevie Ray Vaughan statue at Auditorium Shores.
There are rooms and artists that provide quintessential Austin music experiences. Check out honky tonker Dale Watson or twangy guitarist Redd Volkaert at the Continental Club, where retro and roots music rules. Blues more your style? Don't miss veterans Jimmie Vaughan or Marcia Ball, or up-and-comers Gary C. Clark and Carolyn Wonderland at legendary Antone's. The country two-steppers at the Broken Spoke put on such a great show it hardly matters who's playing, but you can't go wrong with favorites like Alvin Crow or Jesse Dayton. For acoustic singer-songwriters, tune in to Eliza Gilkyson or Jimmie Dale Gilmore at the Cactus Club. For jazz, the Elephant Room is your best bet - where you'll find Elias Haslanger blowing sax or Kat Edmondson scat-singing. There are whole districts of clubs around downtown--some (Red River, where contemporary rockers play original material) presenting stylistically similar music in each room; others (Warehouse District), more eclectic.
And when it's time to give the ears a rest, you can still immerse yourself in Austin's music scene. Visit Waterloo Records, one of the last comprehensive, independent record stores left in the nation. Check out the commemorative discs honoring those in the Austin Music Memorial in the Long Center for the Performing Arts City Terrace overlooking Lady Bird Lake. Drop into the historic Victory Grill, a stop on the rhythm and blues Chitlin Circuit of the postwar years. Get your picture taken next to the bronze Stevie Ray Vaughan statue at Auditorium Shores. Or take in the posters and photos that provide a mini-history of Austin music that graces the walls of Threadgill's restaurant. In Austin, it's a history that's added to nearly every day.