LIVE LIKE THE LOCALS LIVE Maggie Lea and Tamara Hoover, Co-Owners of Cheer Up Charlies The Red River Cultural District has long been one of the top spots to find live music in Austin. “Red River is important to Austin’s music scene because you can walk from door to door and find something amazing and discoverable. The venues are the right size and the right cluster to provide for venuehopping,” notes local live music expert and fan Maggie Lea. Maggie and Tamara Hoover co-own Cheer Up Charlies, a cocktail bar and live music venue which relocated to Red River in 2014. On a street already packed with excellent live venues (like the Mohawk and Stubb’s), they brought a fresh vibe. Their goal was, and is, to create “an everybody space—a playful, comfortable yet outspoken space for live music, local gatherings, LGBTQ events, literary and storytelling events, and weekend dance parties.” Like the rest of Austin, the area isn’t immune to development. But that doesn’t keep local venues from rocking every night, whether your tastes run from punk to country, rock, goth, funk, EDM or just a good old-fashioned get down. If you’re visiting the area, kick off your stay with a local beer at Cheer Up Charlies, and spend a night reveling in the wide diversity of music and people. 5 Local Bands to See Live ○ Shakey Graves ○ Sweet Spirit ○ Growl ○ Love Ink ○ Moving Panoramas
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