The Best Places to Hear Live Music in Austin, Texas

Live music is the heart of Austin. The city has launched the careers of legendary musicians like Stevie Ray Vaughn and Willie Nelson. Austin has always been a destination for struggling artists looking to hone their skills performing at local venues to receptive audiences. In the 70s, the television show “Austin City Limits” debuted, putting the city’s prolific music scene on the map. Music lovers will be in heaven at small to large venues that feature everything from Cojunto to punk rock.

9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Del Valle, TX 78617, USA
Though technically within Austin city limits, it takes a solid half hour to drive out to the Austin 360 Ampitheater. The trip, however, is worth it — out in the middle of nowhere, Texas, you have vast skies, wide-open plains, and an outdoor venue that regularly hosts some of the best musical and comedy acts touring the United States. Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers have recently made their way to the Austin 360 Ampitheater, and acts like Flight of the Conchords, Maroon 5, and Wiz Khalifa are upcoming in the next couple of months. Check out the website for all scheduled events. A little tip — go for the lawn tickets (much cheaper), get there early, and bring a blanket to spread over the grass as you sip on an overpriced beer before the show. You won’t be right up against the stage, but they’re the best seats in the house.
4515 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745, USA
“Everyone from the late blues musician Stevie Ray Vaughan to the Butthole Surfers has played at the Continental Club. Musicians who do big gigs in Austin like to play small shows here afterward,” says Liz Lambert.
801 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
In the 1970′s, Stubb’s restaurant became the heart of an explosive music scene. Stubbs was ground zero for musicians like Joe Ely and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Now, it is home for some amazing live music. This no frills venue isn’t trying to hard, it just knows it can deliver. GOSPEL BRUNCH: Live Gospel music and a world-renowned buffet, featuring such items as: southern-style grits, migas, fried catfish, and our famous BBQ brisket. Enjoy the perfect Bloody Mary created by YOU at our world famous “make your own” Bloody Mary bar.
912 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
The Mohawk is home for a diverse creative culture. This beloved Bar and Live Music Venue, located on the corner of 10th and Red River in Austin, TX. Handmade in downtown Austin Texas, The Mohawk was built in 2006 as a one of a kind Bar & Venue. Its mission is to host friends, musicians, and staff that represent all music tastes and all walks of life. All are welcome at the Mohawk Austin. Fall Happy Hours Monday – Friday, 5-8 PM. Weekly drink specials. Mohawk Crafted Cocktails.
310 W Willie Nelson Blvd, Austin, TX 78701, USA
In the heart of downtown Austin’ Second Street District, Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater (ACL Live) is an award-winning concert series that takes place in a state-of-the-art, 2,750-person capacity live music venue. The Moody serves as the new home for the taping of the acclaimed KLRU-TV produced PBS series, Austin City Limits, the longest running music series in American television history. One of the secrets of the series’ success is diversity: You may hear Willie Nelson but you may hear Belle & Sebastian. Come and get it.
1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Browse folk art at Yard Dog gallery. Along with its focus on work from the Deep South, the gallery also exhibits pieces by musicians, such as local singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston. During SXSW, check out performances in the intimate backyard. My Morning Jacket and Neko Case have played there in the past.
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