One of Austin's great music traditions, Blues on the Green, KGSR's hugely popular and free Austin summer music series, has been going strong since 1991.
The outdoor concert series runs every other Wednesday (see 2012 Blues on the Green schedule below) and features some of the very best Blues talent in Austin and the surrounding region.
Past performers have included Jimmie Vaughan, Doyle Bramhall, Ruthie Foster, Papa Mali, Asleep at the Wheel, Raul Malo, Bob Schneider, W.C. Clark, Marcia Ball, Gary Clark Jr., Guy Forsyth, Carolyn Wonderland, Sonny Landreth, Old 97s, Los Lonely Boys, and Nakia.
Zilker Park is now home to the series, although the concerts have had different homes over the years. I believe the series first began over in the Arboretum area, and the 2009 season was held at Waterloo Park while the grounds at Zilker were getting prepped for the 2009 ACL Festival.
So who's playing KGSR's Blues on the Green in Zilker Park in 2012?
Here's the current 2012 live music lineup (and bookmark this page and check back as the headliners for the remaining dates are announced):
May 30, 2012 - Charlie Mars with Max Gomez
June 13, 2012 - Rhett Miller with Wheeler Brothers
June 27, 2012 - Ben Kweller with Amy Cook
July 25, 2012 - Marcia Ball with Nakia
August 1, 2012 - BoDeans with Sahara Smith (Rescheduled from 7/11/2012)
August 8, 2012 - Quiet Company with The Eastern Sea and Wild Child (ACL Festival Preview Show)
Reminder - Concerts are every other Wednesday and shows begin at 7:30 pm
Nakia and the Blues Grifters @ Blues on the Green 2010 . . .
Amy Cook @ Blues on the Green 2010 . . .
Sonny Landreth at KGSR's Blues on the Green 2008 . . .
Audio Recording - Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys - July 7, 2010Recording courtesy of Larry Pillman - Note: There are 18 tracks below, although the audio player below only shows one at a time - the next track will play automatically:
Map - Zilker Metropolitan Park
2201 Barton Springs RD
Austin, Texas 78746
It would've been nice if I'd started doing this 20 years ago, but better late than never.
Here are schedules from past Blues on the Greens seasons (which at this point includes only 2010-2011).
June 9, 2010 - Texas Tornados
June 23, 2010 - Carolyn Wonderland
July 7, 2010 - Alejandro Escovedo
July 21, 2010 - BoDeans
August 4, 2010 - Charlie Mars (with Amy Cook)
August 18, 2010 - Raul Malo
June 8, 2011 - Bob Schneider
June 22, 2011 - The Bright Light Social Hour w/ Suzanna Choffel
July 6, 2011 - Marcia Ball w/ Nakia
July 20, 2011 - Guy Forsyth and Dale Watson
August 3, 2011 - Old 97s
August 17, 2011 - Los Lonely Boys