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Top Spots for Live Music in Texas

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The Texas music scene is as varied as the Texas landscape—and so are the venues. From hole-in-the-walls to world-class concert halls, the state offers a wide array of places to take in musical artistry of every conceivable kind. As the birthplace of so many iconic musicians, it’s no wonder the state is also home to as many interesting, storied, and emblematic venues where you can celebrate sound—from country to classical and punk to pop.
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310 W Willie Nelson Blvd #1B, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater (ACL Live) is a state of the art live music facility that’s not only famous for its premier sound design, but also for its long history. The 2,700 capacity venue is divided into three levels, all of...
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8894 FM1102, New Braunfels, TX 78132, USA
For a no-frills thrill, head halfway between Austin and San Antonio to Riley’s Tavern in Hunter. The old bar doubles as a great place to see back-to-basics live music set against an ample floor that’s prime for two-stepping. Before its...
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14492 Old Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023, USA
John T Floore's Country Store is self-described as “Texcentric.” In old town Helotes, the 60-year-old venue’s ceiling is lined with cowboy boots and hats—and plenty of heart and soul. Merle Haggard, George Jones, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, and...
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Ever dreamt of seeing where one of the most iconic musicians in the world spends his time? Now you can, by going to the yearly Heartbreaker Banquet at the Luck ranch in Texas. Luck is not only the Nelson family’s private ranch (as in Willie...
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2706 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007, USA
Fitzgerald's has been around since 1977, and has hosted some of the biggest names in music—like James Brown, Tina Turner, and the Ramones—in addition to giving a start to many local bands. The first floor of the two-story building has a full bar,...
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525 Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76102, USA
The Bass Performance Hall is built in the vein of a classic European opera house, and serves as the heart of performing arts in Fort Worth—and at the top of any list of Texas’s cultural venues. Located in the revitalized downtown, the structure is...
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3524 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206, USA
Granada opened as a movie theater in the 1940s, and later became a concert hall—my favorite live music venue, in fact. Check out their lineup, as big names, as well as local acts, are always on stage here—fun times to be had!
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2005 Lake Robbins Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380, USA
Located in the Houston suburb of The Woodlands, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is one of the finest destinations in the state to take in an outdoor concert or performance. Thanks to several expansions, the Pavilion accommodates nearly 20,000...
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2706, 108 E Commerce Ave, Gladewater, TX 75647, USA
To scratch your itch to travel back in time, look no further than the Gladewater Opry—then settle in for some good old-fashioned entertainment. Each week, the husband-and-wife team that runs the Opry produces a two-hour country music stage show,...
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1 AT&T Way, Arlington, TX 76011, USA
As locals say, “It’s Jerry’s world—we just live in it.” For proof of the power of the legendary Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, look no further than this planet-size stadium, which has served as the home of the...
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2301 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
Opened in 1989, this pioneer of the Dallas Arts District was envisioned by renowned architect I.M. Pei to be a temple to both design and sound. A striking exterior of overlapping geometric forms leads to interiors that play upon the changing...