If you live in or around the city of Austin, you’re probably well aware of the fact that it has been named the Live Music Capital of the World. Austin has also been rated the number one drunkest city in the US by Forbes.com as of 2008. Coincidence? We think not. Clearly, the people of Austin love to have a good time.
Austin Live Music: 6th Street and Beyond
While 6th Street was once the place to be for up-and-coming artists in the city, the music scene in Austin has spread far and wide. Now, you can see a well-known or emerging act on a live stage in areas like the University of Texas, the Warehouse District, Red River, South Austin, East Austin, and much more.
Austin’s live music scene gained popularity when the PBS live music TV show Austin City Limits aired in 1974. Since that time, well over 500 artists have been featured on the public broadcast show in genres like rock, bluegrass, country, and folk.
And let’s not forget about the festivals… A festival of the same name is renowned in Austin, the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October. Come spring, locals and visitors flock to see headlining artists at South by Southwest, an annual music and film conference and festival.
Austin music festivals are not limited to but may include the Urban Music Festival, the Texas Wine and Food Festival, Eeyore’s Birthday Party, First Night Austin, and the Old Pecan Street Festival. In both annual music festivals and on live stages, Austin has welcomed major musicians like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, and The Wallflowers – just to name a few.
How to Enjoy the Best Music in the City
If you don’t know where to begin and are ready to check out authentic music in Austin, you can start by booking a luxury car or limo to take you to your destination. Whether you’re attending a festival or visiting a local stage, parking is a nightmare, to say the least. Booking transportation will ensure that you get to your concert on time and are picked up promptly at the end of the night.
Austin music fans keep their ears to the drumbeat of the city by attending local open mic nights to check out new artists and visiting favorite venues like Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, Emo’s, and Momo’s. If you’re sick of the same cookie-cutter concerts in your neck of the woods, an authentic live show in Austin won’t steer you wrong.