Another summer in Austin means another year of amazing local talent on display for free at Hot Summer Nights in the Red River Cultural District. This year’s Hot Summer Nights will take place Thursday, July 25 to Sunday, July 28, 2019. More than 20 free concerts will hit some of Austin’s top venues: Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, Cheer Up Charlies, Barracuda, Elysium, Swan Dive and more. Check out some of the music we’re excited to see at this free event in Austin this July.
Catch the captivating vocals of singer Sarah Dossey, of Dossey, and be instantly transported back to the 1980s. As the banjo-playing member of Austin-based folk/bluegrass trio Indian & The Jones, Sarah infuses her folk roots with an electro-pop sound to create electrifying one-woman show. This set is guaranteed to bring down the house at Swan Dive on Thursday, July 25.
Cheer Up Charlies
Catch the electrifying set from local Indie-rock band Marmalakes at Cheer Up Charlies on July 25. This long-time friend duo signed with local Austin Town Hall Records in 2018 after a five year hiatus. The band is back with their new album “Please Don’t Stop” filled with high energy songs that you won’t want to miss live.
Austin is no stranger to goth-rock and post-punk music. Fresh off a signing with Holodeck Records, Single Lash headlines Elysium on July 25, with support from Weird Wolves and others. This is a night full of goth-rock and folk-infused bands, so don’t miss out. Every band on this bill is a great representation of the music Elysium puts on year-round and there’s no better way to show it than a bill full of local artists.
Get ready to stomp along and dance for Sour Bridges. This “Browngrass” band, has the classic sound you love of bluegrass with a little added grit. A rockin’ country quartet with Texas and Oklahoma influences, Sour Bridges knows how to party and include their crowd as well. So, don’t be afraid when they ask you to clap along. Come early for the openers Harvest Thieves and Mayeux & Broussard, who also have a similar country flare.
Known for layered, groovy funk jams, Henry + The Invisibles puts on some of the most fun shows around town. If you’re looking to dance the night away, this is the set to do that at. This one-man show has made a name for himself throughout Texas and beyond. Make sure to bring some comfy dancing shoes as the energy will have you stomping. Henry + The Invisibles will be headlining Friday, July 26 at Stubb's.
Add the soulful pop artist Mobley to your watch list. Headlining Mohawks’ Friday set, Mobley is known as the one-man band with energy of 10. This native Austinite doesn’t just bring you great music but also a full-force production with every performance.
If you’re in a rockin’ mood, Otis the Destroyer has you. If you want to head bang, this band has you. Otis the Destroyer is constantly putting on incredible shows and quickly rose through the ranks to become one of Austin’s favorite garage-rock bands. Catch them Friday, July 26 at Barracuda.
For a more intimate and relaxed show stop by Mohawk on Saturday, July 27 to see groove-rock band Mamafesta. Formed in Austin, the five-person outfit has been spreading soul all over the Austin area since 2011. Although they usually play a few covers during their set, each original by Mamafesta is packed with storytelling lyrics. Every song has a warm, hopeful and relatable message to surely lift your spirits.
Empire Control Room & Garage
Peelander-Z is no stranger to the Austin music scene. Formed in 1998, this Japanese Punk band is a unique concert experience with costumes showing their color personas, one-word lyrics and high energy riffs. Catch them closing out Empire Control Room’s set on Saturday, July 27. This is also an all-ages show, so bring the kids to experience one of the best performance bands in Austin.
Empire Control Room & Garage
Headlining at Empire Control Room on Sunday, July 28 are The Bishops. This young brother and sister duo have been taking the Austin hip-hop scene by storm since 2017, with performances at Austin City Limits Music Festival and other top venues around the city. Together, Troy and Cara Bishop create a unique sound by combining soul, jazz and hip hop along with a host of other electric beats.
Contributed by Andrew Vela and Alyssa Johnson, Visit Austin Music & Marketing Interns