Each year, travelers flock to Austin for the Austin City Limits and South by Southwest Music Festivals, but you can see great bands anytime of year in Austin. Of course, Antone’s, the iconic Blue’s venue where Stevie Ray Vaughan got his start, is a famous spot. But, we have a few more we think you should check out too.
The Continental Club, now a historic landmark, has been booking great bands on South Congress way before South Congress became the popular hangout it is today. The club itself has a retro feel with its original murals from the 1950s. You will see bands playing rockabilly, old blues, funk, country, and plain old rock ‘n roll. Check the Calendar for a listing of all live shows.
The Continental Gallery (or The Gallery) is located upstairs from its sister property, the Continental Club, and provides a more intimate setting to see live music. The venue offers a less expensive way to enjoy music as the cover charges are minimal or none at all.
But don’t assume the music is subpar because great musicians perform here all the time. With the smaller setting, you will see smaller band set ups like solo musicians, jazz trios, or a fantastic organ player. Here’s the Gallery’s Calendar for the latest live shows to check out while you’re in town.
C-Boy’s Heart & Soul
If you’re interested in the best blues and funk, then look no further than C-Boys just up the street from the Continental Club. Steve Wertheimer, owner of the Continental Club, created C-Boys to pay homage to his mentor L.C. “C-Boy” Parks who helped him get his start in the music business. Since Steve Wertheimer is an integral part of Austin’s music scene, it makes perfect sense that C-Boy’s books the best funk bands in all of South Austin.
Hole in the Wall
Located across the street from the UT Campus, The Hole in the Wall has been a legendary music venue since the 70s. This is not a fancy place. It’s a bit rougher than the other venues mentioned, definitely louder, but a good place for punk rock shows.
In the Red River District, you have plenty of options for live music. But, Stubb’s is a great choice. In Fall and Spring, there’s no better place to be than sitting outside at Stubb’s listening to music and drinking a cold beer.
And, in case you’re wondering, the Stubbs barbeque might not be the best in town, but the BBQ sauce is delicious. Buy some to take home with you. You can find it in the local grocery stores.
For something different, drive outside of town to the Carousel Lounge. It’s an old haunt with a slightly creepy circus theme, but popular with locals. As you can imagine, the Halloween shows are exceptional.
Music is in the heart and soul of Austin, and these 6 spots give you a sampling of the best places to see live music in this great city.
Are you ready to give the Austin music scene a try? Contact your FROSCH Travel Consultant to learn about great hotel options and other exciting sites and activities in the ‘Live Music Capital of the World!’”