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Expedia Viewfinder partnered up with the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau to showcase the summer series that are music to concert-lovers ears.

Rumor has it Austin, Texas, has more music venues per capita than anywhere else in the nation. With concerts bringing down the house each night, it's no wonder Austin has garnered the nickname Live Music Capital of the World®.

At Expedia Viewfinder, we knew this Texas town would be rocking with the sound of amps and bass drums this summer, so we paired up with the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau to hear all about the city's hottest concerts. With violin-picking symphonies and wailing guitarists, the Austin music scene is making a buzz. This summer, join fellow culture vultures, slip into your favorite band tee, and bust a move at these shows in Austin:

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Blues on the Green Get into the groove of things at Blues on the Green. This year, Austin's largest free concert series is featuring Texan crooners such as Shakey Graves, Max Frost, Bob Schneider, and Jamestown Revival at Zilker Park. A number of local restaurants and food vendors are also joining the affair, serving BBQ, pizza, burritos, and more. Cozy up on a blanket or bring along a lawn chair for live music on July 22, August 5 and August 12.

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Unplugged at the Grove Clear your schedule every Thursday night all summer long and catch the Unplugged at the Grove concert series. These weekly concerts are showcasing an eclectic selection of musicians, many of which hail from the Lone Star State. Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Suffers, Gina Chavez, and the Shinyribs are just a few of the top acts rolling through. The Thursday night performances at Shady Grove started on April 9 and will run once a week until September 17.

Spectators enjoy Symphony Concerts in the Park as the sun goes down
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Symphony Concerts in the Park This summer, Austin Symphony Orchestra is serenading audiences every Sunday night at the Hartman Concert Park at the Long Center. The Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park will showcase string, woodwind, brass, and big band ensembles with classical, pop, jazz, and film score performances, all summer until August 23. Pack a picnic and stretch out on the lawn for symphony sounds at 7:30 p.m.

Keep Austin Weird Fest and 5K
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Keep Austin Weird Fest and 5K Live up to the city's spirit at the Keep Austin Weird Fest and 5K. Get a little kooky, don your most bizarre getup, and rock out to the bands at the Long Center on June 27. Holiday Mountain, Band of Heathens, Roxy Roca, Tameca Jones, and Guy Forsyth will jam on stage from 1:30-10 p.m. To keep the weirdness rolling, the Slowest 5K on the Planet, will kick off at 7 p.m. at Riverside Drive, with ten fun stops along the way.

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Austin City Limits Enter the drawing to attend a taping of Austin City Limits or purchase a ticket for one of the scheduled ACL Live concerts at the Moody Theater. The venue hosts Austin City Limits, which is the longest running music series on TV in America, but it also features roughly 100 ticketed concerts each year. This summer, major acts are taking Austin by storm, such as The Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson, and Jill Scott. Check for specific times, but many of the concerts begin at 8 p.m.

Turn up the sound on your next rendezvous in Austin this summer. The city is bursting at the seams with rustic blues, harmonizing Texans, brass ensembles, and more.

Written by Chloe Mulliner.