Austin Insider Guide - 2016/2017
The Live Music Capital Of The World®
Court Yard Hounds at Continental Club All of Austin is a stage and we like it that way. There are 250+ music venues in our fair city and the music scene is constantly evolving to fit the expanding needs of our local and touring artists. Whether you’re here for a short stop or an extended stay, fitting one of these quintessential musical experiences into your visit is an absolute must-do. Drop by C-Boy’s Heart & Soul, the Continental Club or Continental Gallery down on South Congress any night of the week for Americana, blues-rock, soul and everything in between. Head to basement bar The Elephant Room for traditional and modern jazz. The National at ACL Live at the Moody Theater Acoustic jams and java are percolating at Strange Brew, Jo’s Coffee and Radio Coffee & Beer. Both Broken Spoke and Little Longhorn Saloon feature alt-country and honky-tonk acts built to break in your new boots. Yo Gotti at the Mohawk Red River Cultural District is on the other side of the spectrum – indie acts, bigger beards, awesome tattoos. You’ll find all of the above at the Mohawk, Cheer Up Charlies, and Empire Control Room & Garage. South of Downtown, One-2-One Bar and Saxon Pub could have a one-man acoustic act or a 12-piece brass band. You can spend your whole trip on Sixth Street and still not hear all that it has to offer. Hop from Friends to the Parish to Maggie Mae’s. Find reggae and Latin at Flamingo Cantina or down-and-deep riffs on Blind Pig’s rooftop. Central Market concerts Take a trip east of I-35 to Rhino Room, White Horse and Hotel Vegas for a musical smorgasbord. Rainey Street should also be on your radar. This entertainment-heavy neighborhood is the ideal hoparound locale. Wander in and out of houses transformed into lovely bars, like The Blackheart and Clive Bar, and relish giant patios, cocktail in-hand and ears perked for terrific live tunes. Larger-than-life performances can be found at Stubb’s, ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Bass Concert Hall and the Frank Erwin Center. And because this is the live music capital, grocery stores like Central Market and Whole Foods also boast pretty hefty concert calendars. Hot Rize at Old Settler’s Music Fest If you’re craving a festival, wellknown acts come through for Austin City Limits Music Festival and Sound on Sound. South by Southwest® Conference & Festivals is a 10-day celebration of all things Internet, comedy, film and music. Additional Austin-centric festival experiences include Old Settler’s Music Fest, Honk!TX, Urban Music Festival, Lone Star Music Festival, and Art City Austin. Every night in Austin is a chooseyour- own-adventure musical journey. Make sure to pack some comfy shoes, sense of adventure and your dancing pants.
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