Austin Concerts & Live Music
The Austin Concerts and Live Music Page is a hub for Austin’s top tier live music venues. There’s a reason this city calls itself, The Live Music Capital of the World, and these pages go a long way demonstrating why.
In addition to the venues detailed below, be sure to check out the Songs About Texas page.
There’s no practical or definitive way to rank these Austin venues, so I’ve opted to just go alphabetical:
It may not be Chicago but Austin is still a great blues town. And the biggest reason for that is Antone’s Nightclub and late Austin icon Clifford Antone. Located at 5th and Lavaca, Antone’s has been an Austin landmark since 1975. Ticketed shows.
Located on the campus of the University of Texas, the Cactus Café may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Austin Concerts. But it's been one of Austin’s great live acoustic venues for more than 30 years. Folk, progressive country, singer-songwriter oriented. Non-smoking but with a full bar, it’s an intimate and relaxed place to hear great music. Tickets sold at the door.
It’s been around since 1957, originally an upscale private club playing big band music. A retro feel with a wide variety of performances and music: Rockabilly, Texas Rock, Country, and Blues. Eclectic crowd – great for people watching. Charges cover.
One of the best Austin venues for alternative, indie, and punk. Good selection of both local talent and touring bands. A small venue but there are two stages and an outdoor beer garden. Shows are open to all ages. Charges cover.
UT's Frank Erwin Center is Austin's premiere venue for big name touring acts and performers such as U2 and Bruce Springsteen. During basketball season, the Erwin Center is also home to both the Longhorns and Lady Longhorns basketball teams.
From the La Zona Rosa website: "Expect to find everything from rock & singer/songwriters, Latin & world music to blues & jazz on most nights of the week." Two stages – one for smaller performances and one for premier shows. Not much in the way of ambiance with its warehouse feel, La Zona Rosa lacks the charm and loyal following of some of Austin’s other top tier live music venues. But with the variety of shows, you’re bound to catch some great Austin concerts here. Shows are open to all ages. Ticketed shows.
A true South Austin treasure and long popular live music venue. Smaller and more intimate than other top tier Austin live music venues, the Saxon Pub is always a treat to catch rock, blues, country, and singer-songwriter acts.
Beloved Austin live music landmark. Plenty of alternative rock, indie, and blues to go around. As popular for its barbecue and line of retail sauces, rubs, marinades, etc. as it is for its live music, Stubb's is always a good choice for catching both local talent as well as national touring acts. The Sunday Gospel Brunch is also a popular tradition. There are two stages – one downstairs for an intimate club feel and one in an outside amphitheater for larger acts. Shows are ticketed and general admission.
For more Austin concerts and live music resources, check the Austin Events and Festivals page.
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