Austin Concerts 2018 - Complete Guide

Are you looking to go to a concert in Austin but not sure which one?

Maybe you know what month you're coming to Austin and want to find a fun concert to see when you visit

Or, you know the genre (eg. rap), but aren't sure what rap concerts are coming to Austin this year

Whatever the case may be, we've compiled a list of the best concerts in Austin for 2018. We've broken it down by month, genre, and season, so you have all the information at your fingertips in order to choose the best concert for you.


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On this page, we show you some of the most popular concerts for each month, genre and season. If you want a complete list of all the concerts coming to Austin in 2018, you can head on over to our Austin Events page and filter your search to see all artists and shows that are happening in the live music capital of the world.

How we arrived at our concert and artist choices?

Our list for the best concerts in each genre and month is based primarily on customer reviews and that we've gathered internally and from other online sites. Our goal is to give you a comprehensive list and the best options as rated by the people. Hopefully you agree and like the list, but if not let us know what you think should make the cut and we'll be happy to take a look!

Without further ado, let's see what the best concerts in Austin TX are in 2018, starting with the month of May.

May 2018 Concerts in Austin

DateArtistLocation 
5/2Jack WhiteAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
5/4Superchunk3Ten Austin City Limits LiveCheck Price
5/5iHeartRadio Country FestivalFrank Erwin Events CenterCheck Price
5/5Lyle LovettACL Live at The Moody TheaterCheck Price
5/11Primus and MastodonAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
5/12Euphoria Music FestivalCarson Creek RanchCheck Price
5/16Kenny ChesneyAztec TheatreCheck Price
5/18Kendrick LamarAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
5/21Dave Matthews BandAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
5/27Steely Dan and The Doobie BrothersAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price

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Overview of Some of the Best Concerts in May

If you’re a real party animal with enough energy to party on a daily basis, we can guarantee you that Austin has got you covered in the month of May. There will be practically an infinite amount of music performances on a daily basis. Nonetheless, here are the best concerts to look forward to.

 

May 5th 2018: JMBLYA – Circuit of The Americas

A 3-day, 3-city nomadic festival arrives in Austin during the sunny month of May. Some of the most sought-after talents in today’s world of hip-hop music will be in the building. J. Cole will headline the show, but expect moving performances from other big artists such as Migos, Kevin Gates, the beautiful Cardi B and many more.

May 9th 2018: Of Montreal – Mohawk

The famous American Indie-rock band, Of Montreal, from Athens, Georgia brings in its quirky flair at the Mohawk with its music and live shows. Even though it will be on a Wednesday, you’ll still be rocking your head to the band’s hit song; “Everyday Feels Like Sunday”.

May 11th to May 13th 2018: Euphoria Music Festival – Carson Creek Ranch

This annual 4-day music and camping festival brings a combination of electronic music, indie, hip-hop and jam band artists to Austin for the 7th time. A host of artists including Wiz Khalifa, Post Malone, Alesso, Knife Party, Young Thug, BadBadNotGood, Bob Moses, Lost Kings, Zeds Dead and many more will rock the crowd.

 

May 17th 2018: Khalid – HEB Center at Cedar Park

After hitting it big in 2017 with his hit single debut Location’ the 20-year-old El Paso native will be hitting his home state’s capital in a tour titled the Roxy Tour. This is an opportunity to catch him live performing his recent hit single "Young, Dumb & Broke".

May 18th 2018: TDE Tour – Austin360 Amphitheater

World-famous hip-hop artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock Schoolboy Q, SZA, Lance Skiiiwalker and Sir embarks on a summer tour and are set to bring the Austin360 Amphitheater down with their energetic performances.

May 22nd 2018: Dave Matthews Band – Austin360 Amphitheater

After taking a sabbatical in 2017, Dave Matthews Band makes a comeback with a new studio album, which will be released a few days before the band hits Austin! This will be the band’s 9th studio album and the first one since 2012, so expect lively performances when the band finally hits town.

May 27th 2018: Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers – Austin360 Amphitheater

Steely Dan duo of Walter Becker and Donald Fegan hits Austin to showcase their ability to blend a plethora of musical elements such as jazz, traditional pop, R&B, cryptic and ironic lyrics, as well as sophisticated studio production. They’ll also co-headline with The Doobie Brothers in what is ironically known as “the summer of living dangerously”.


Summer Concerts in Austin 2018

Take your summer to another level with one of Austin's premiere concerts. With major artists coming to town, it's going to be hard to choose just one.


The excellent summer weather is more and more showing its head, making it a perfect time to head out and enjoy some amazing live musical performances. But because you’re in Austin, Texas – the live music capital of the world – you may be spoilt for choice as to which one to attend. There are a wealth of local, national and international acts on many of Austin’s landmark venues such as Austin Music Hall, Stubb’s BarBQ, Emo’s East, Frank Erwin Center, The Moody Theater and countless more.

summer concerts in Austin Texas

It doesn’t matter the kind of music you love; every genre including rap, rock, country and many more will be sufficiently represented throughout the summer months! The problem is; there are a lot of concerts that it becomes a little difficult to choose the best. However, there’s no need to worry. That’s why we are here; to help you choose the best concerts through the months of June, July, and August. So, without further ado, let’s roll up the sleeves and get going.

June 2018 Concerts in Austin

June is the start of the summer, and there's no shortage of quality concerts to check out. From George Strait to Post Malone and 21 Savage, there are great shows from a bunch of high profile artists. Here's a rundown of some of the best concerts to check out in the month of June.

DateArtistLocation 
6/3George StraitFrank Erwin Events CenterCheck Price
6/4Paul SimonFrank Erwin Events CenterCheck Price
6/7Shania TwainFrank Erwin CenterCheck Price
6/9Ray Lamontagne with Neko CaseAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
6/15The Glitch MobEmo's EastCheck Price
6/16Post MaloneAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
6/20SlayerAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
6/22Kesha and MacklemoreAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
6/29Chris BrownAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
6/30Weezer and PixiesAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price

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get your party on in June with a music festival

Overview of Some of the Best Concerts in June

June 3rd 2018: George Strait – Frank Erwin Center

Known as the “King of Country,” Texas Legend George Strait will be back on the big stage at the Frank Erwin Center as part of his Strait Texas Tour. This will also be the 40th anniversary celebration of the legendary venue. He’ll perform some of his greatest songs from a number of his albums such as “Pure Country” and “Strait Out of the Box”. The cowboy rode away for two years, but now he’s back and back at the best place: Austin.

June 13th to June 15th 2018: Gary Clark Jr. – ACL Live at The Moody Theater

Dubbed rock n’ roll’s “chosen one”, Gary Clark Jr. returns to his hometown for a 3-night performance. The 34-year-old is best known for blending elements of soul music, rock, hip-hop and blues. This electric guitarist will electrify you with his captivating performances.

June 16th 2018: Shakey Graves – Stubb’s BBQ

His latest song “Can’t Wake Up” is set to hit the airwaves on May 4th and is expected to be another one in a long list of hits. The Austin native will headline a show with his unique performance style as a one-man band. Being his hometown, expect a jam-packed venue with lots of fun.

June 16th 2018: Post Malone and 21 Savage – Austin360 Amphitheater

Post Malone, a rapper who has been reluctant to admit that he’s a rapper will be stopping in Austin as part of his 3-month North American Tour. The rapper has established stage dominance thanks to his rebellious spirit. His performances are always unpredictable, so don’t be surprised if he whips out a guitar and performs one of your favorite rock songs. He’ll be in company of another rapper 21 Savage and with their here-to-stay attitude, you should expect exhilarating performances.

June 20th 2018: Slayer - Austin360 Amphitheater

Attending a metal concert is one of the most captivating experiences any music lover would ever experience. With their energy, expect the Californian thrash metal band Slayer to perform for more than five hours. You’ll notice people getting rowdy and noisy, but that’s part of the fun. Just avoid any mosh pit (a common culture in rock metal concerts) if you don’t want to be part of it.

June 22nd 2018: Kesha and Macklemore – Austin360 Amphitheater

Kesha and Macklemore are among the biggest names in pop in recent memory. The duo teams up to give pop fans some lighthearted nostalgia concert. Dubbed the “Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore”, their performances in Austin will take fans down the “Good Old Day” memory lane. This tour is in support of Kesha’s latest album “Rainbow” and Macklemore’s latest album “Gemini”. Grab your ticket before it’s jam-packed.

June 29th 2018: Chris Brown – Austin360 Amphitheater

The Virginia native will sing some of his hit songs when he comes down to Austin this summer. The multi-platinum, Grammy winner is on a tour dubbed “Heartbreak on a Full Moon” tour and will be joined by some of the hottest acts in music today such as Rich the Kid, 6LACK and H.E.R.

June 30th 2018: Weezer and Pixies – Austin360 Amphitheater

Weezer is back in town! You can expect the punk rock band to belt out decades of hit singles such as “Hash Pipe,” “Buddy Holly,” “Say It Ain’t So,” “Island In The Sun,” “Happy Hour” and “Beverly Hills”. As always, nothing will ever come close to the rush of adrenaline that runs through your body the moment the lights go dim and Weezer hits the stage. You’ll definitely feel like it is summer when they hit out one of their greatest single; “Feels Like Summer.” Oh! They’ll be in company of another famous rock band; Pixies.



July Concerts 2018 in Austin

Kicking off the month of July with the legend himself Willie Nelson on the 4th, July offers a monster of a lineup from start to finish. Whether you want to be taken back to the 90's with Janet Jackson, or listen to the sweet sound of Sam Smith, there are plenty of good artists to choose from. With that being said, let's see what some of the best concerts in July are.

DateArtistLocation 
7/4Willie NelsonAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
7/10Boy GeorgeACL Live at The Moody TheaterCheck Price
7/11Janet JacksonAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
7/16Smashing PumpkinsFrank Erwin Events CenterCheck Price
7/21Sam SmithFrank Erwin Events CenterCheck Price
7/21Counting CrowsAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
7/23Animal CollectiveParamount TheatreCheck Price
7/28Hall and OatesFrank Erwin Events CenterCheck Price
7/28PentatonixAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
7/31Beach HouseACL Live at The Moody TheaterCheck Price

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Overview of Some of the Best Concerts in July

July 4th 2018: Willie Nelson & Family Picnic – Austin360 Amphitheater

The legendary Willie Nelson is one of the pioneers who started the musical trend in Austin and it’s growing stronger and stronger. This is perhaps the reason why the 4th of July Picnic was specifically set aside for him. Having begun way back in 1973, the Nelsons picnic acts have become so synonymous with the Independence Day in Texas that it feels empty without him. This year’s concert will be headlined by Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, The Head and The Heart and many more.

July 10th 2018: Boy George and Culture Club – ACL Live at The Moody Theater

For those who were already here in the 1980s, this is a serene moment to reminisce and let it feel like it is the 80s. Boy George was one of the biggest pop stars in the 1980s and his reunion with his funky bunch from the Culture Club will bring lots of Nostalgia. Believe it or not, these were among the best things to come out of the 80s and you’ll be seeing them live in Austin! Get ready for a great night full of nostalgic moments!

July 11th 2018: Janet Jackson – Austin360 Amphitheater

Legendary pop-star, Janet Jackson will begin the second leg of her “State of the World” tour in Austin and expect to be mesmerized by her moving performances. Even at 51, Jackson can still dominate the dance floor and so there are no worries of her getting tired.

July 16th 2018: Smashing Pumpkins – Frank Erwin Center

The Smashing Pumpkins reunion isn’t selling well as expected, but that doesn’t mean that their concert in Austin won’t be jam-packed. Austin has a norm of going contrary to other cities and this might be the case. Nonetheless, the Chicago-born, Grammy award-winning band will bring their “Shiny and Oh So Bright” tour to Austin, and it’s a concert worth attending.

July 21st 2018: Sam Smith – Frank Erwin Center

Sam Smith is a happy soul. His voice may soar when he sings his hit song “Lay Me Down,” but that can’t make you doubt the potency of his voice and his ability to write heart-touching lyrics. The London-born singer is already underway with “The Thrill of It All” tour and will be already in the mood when he finally lands in Austin. You wouldn’t want to miss his profound ballads and you’ll probably be torn between wanting to sing along him and looking at the emotional attachment of those around you.

July 23rd 2018: Animal Collective – Paramount Theatre

One of the best parts of going to an indie band concert is that they’re always astonishingly cheap. Animal Collective, the experimental-pop and freak-folk band will be in Austin at the iconic Paramount Theatre and you shouldn’t expect anything short of an thrilling performance. They are so resourceful to the point that they can deliver the best with less and will make the audience stand up and cheer.

July 28th 2018: Hall and Oates – Frank Erwin Center

It’s the first time legendary soul pair Hall and Oates will hit the road together with fellow award-winning hit makers Train. There’s going to be lots of fun accompanied with great music. The groups will play their individual sets before collaborating at the end of the night.

July 28th 2018: Pentatonix – Austin360 Amphitheater

The world famous acapella group Pentatonix has sold close to 10 million albums in the world. With a YouTube channel with more than 14.5 million subscribers and 3.1 billion video views, the 3-time Grammy Award-winning group has what it take to get pulses racing in Austin. Mark your calendar.

July 31st 2018: Beach House – ACL Live at The Moody Theater

Baltimore-based pop band, Beach House will be belting out their mellow tunes at the Moody Theater. The band’s music is full of self-analysis, but that’s not a problem if you want to appreciate some good music. If you're looking to witness some mosh pit, this may not be the right concert for you.



August Concerts 2018 in Austin

Summer is almost coming to an end, kids are heading back to school and it’s probably the best time to get out and enjoy the best that Austin has to offer! If you’re so much into rock, this coming August will be very perfect for you. With bands such as Imagine Dragon, Five Finger Death Punch, Marilyn Manson and Umphreys McGee coming to town, there will be a plethora of rock talent to make your August perfect. It’s not just about rock; there will also be a few hip-hop concerts, as well as other entertainments acts including comedy, and blues. So whether you’re into rock, hip-hop, jazz, country, reggae or blues, the month of August offers a little something for everyone.

DateArtistLocation 
8/1Five Finger Death PunchAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
8/2Imagine DragonsAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
8/3Coheed and CambriaAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
8/4311 w/ The OffspringAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
8/9G-EazyAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
8/14Ninja Sex Party3Ten Austin City Limits LiveCheck Price
8/17Rob ZombieAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
8/24KansasNutty Brown CafeCheck Price
8/25Zoso - Zeppelin Tribute Band3Ten Austin City Limits LiveCheck Price
8/31Umphreys McGeeACL Live at The Moody TheaterCheck Price

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Overview of Some of the Best Concerts in August

August 1st 2018: Five Finger Death Punch w/ Breaking Benjamin – Austin360 Amphitheater

Two of the world’s biggest rock bands will be opening the month of August in a majestic way that you wouldn’t want to miss. This is a great opportunity to watch Death Punch’s greatest hit album A Decade of Destruction and confirm whether you still love or hate Breaking Benjamin after their sixth studio album, the critically acclaimed, Ember.

August 2nd 2018: Imagine Dragons – Austin360 Amphitheater

All roads lead to Austin 360 Amphitheater on 2nd as the Imagine Dragons will be showcasing why they’ve sold 12 million albums, 35 million singles and why they were nominated 11 times for the Billboard Music Awards in April.

August 3rd 2018: Coheed and Cambria and Taking Back Sunday – Austin360 Amphitheater

It’s always house on fire when to great bands share the same stage on a single night. That’s exactly what it’s going to be when two bands from New York travel down to Austin to prove that New York has more than just the best hip-hop artists in the world.

August 4th 2018: 311 w/ The Offspring – Austin360 Amphitheater

Every night is a great night in Austin and you can’t just be in your bed on a Saturday night in Austin, especially with 311 and The Offspring in town. Having been in the music industry for a combined 64 years, you’re damn sure you can’t go wrong with these two bands on the same stage.

August 9th 2018: G-Eazy – Austin360 Amphitheater

To this point, you must have thought that August is all about rock. Well, that’s far from true. One of the greatest acts in today’s hip-hop world, G-Eazy will be showcasing why he’s considered one of the greatest hip-hop minds despite having been in the music scene for little over 4 years.

August 14th 2018: Ninja Sex Party – 3Ten Austin City Limits Live

It’s not just about Austin 360 Amphitheater or music alone. Go to a different scene and laugh your sorrows out with humorous rock-oriented songs, sex topics, seduction tips and many other acts from the musical comedy duo, Ninja Sex Party.

August 17th 2018: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson – Austin360 Amphitheater

The multi-talented Rob Zombie, who is a musician, filmmaker and screenwriter, will be performing together with another multi-talented artist, Marilyn Manson (author, painter, actor, composer, singer, and journalist). You should expect a lot of creativity in the house when the two are on the stage at the same time.

August 24th 2018: Kansas – Nutty Brown Cafe

Walk down the memory lane and get your old groove back when Kansas, one of the most popular bands in the 1970s and 1980s, hit town. Their greatest hit, “Carry On Wayward Son” will have you reminiscing about the good old days.

August 25th 2018: Zoso - Led Zeppelin Tribute Band – 3Ten Austin City Limits Live

Legendary English guitarist and producer, Jimmy Page (also known as Zoso) will pay tribute to the rock band that he helped form in 1968, Led Zeppelin. As a talented guitarist, musician and producer, this is an opportunity to truly understand why Page was the main driving force behind Led Zeppelin’s enormous success as the second-best selling band of all time.

August 31st 2018: Umphreys McGee – ACL Live at The Moody Theater

They may be known as a rock band, but they bring to the table various musical styles. This is an opportunity to enjoy some rock, metal, jazz, funk, blues, electronic, reggae, folk and bluegrass.

This coming August is set to be among the best months of the year as far as live concerts in Austin is concerned. It’s a month full of rock acts, but you can’t miss to enjoy some hip-hop and other musical styles, as well as comedy acts during this great month.

 



September Concerts 2018 in Austin

Forget about the bad things that ever happened in the past in the month of September, this coming September is going to be different. There are a lot of amazing concerts in Austin that it would be difficult to choose the best ones. There will be R&B acts including the talented Texan native Leon Bridges, but that’s not all; you’ll be in for a perfect treat in terms of rock concerts, indie pop and country music. For instance, Dierks Bentley will be in town to showcase why he’s a living country legend and MC5 will be proving that being around for over fifty years hasn’t been a fluke. In short, September will be a very great month for basically any type of music enthusiast. Just mark your calendar and get to enjoy these music acts, as well as a couple of football matches.

DateArtistLocation 
9/1Leon BridgesACL Live at The Moody TheaterCheck Price
9/6Alice in Chains3Ten Austin City Limits LiveCheck Price
9/8The Mountain GoatsACL Live at The Moody TheaterCheck Price
9/11Rise AgainstStubbs BBQCheck Price
9/14LuciusParamount TheatreCheck Price
9/20Dierks BentleyAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
9/22Bullet For My ValentineEmo's EastCheck Price
9/22The Jesus Lizard3Ten Austin City Limits LiveCheck Price
9/23Fall Out BoyFrank Erwin Events CenterCheck Price
9/28MC5MohawkCheck Price

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Austin360 Amphitheater show

Overview of Some of the Best Concerts in September

September 1st 2018: Leon Bridges – ACL Live at The Moody Theater

Best known for his song “Coming Home,” Leon Bridges will be literally coming home as he’s a talented Texan native who is widely known for singing straight from the heart. His second album, Good Thing was recently released, and so attending this concert will afford you the chance to enjoy some R&B and urban soul, as well as witness a star for the future.

September 6th 2018: Alice in Chains – 3Ten Austin City Limits Live

This rock band has been around for over three decades and will be showcasing why they’ve been relevant for such a long time. Their sixth studio album has been long overdue, but they still have enough in their sleeves to make you have a wonderful night.

September 8th 2018: The Mountain Goats – ACL Live at The Moody Theater

The Californian band is widely known for its polished approach to music. Having recently released their 16th studio album named Goths, this is an opportunity to listen to it live and decide whether singles such as “Paid in Cocaine” and “We Do It Different on the West Coast” are up there with the best.

September 11th 2018: Rise Against – Stubbs BBQ

There’s no better day to spend 9/11 than attending a concert by the melodic hardcore band, known for their advocacy and progressivism. In addition to promoting animal rights, Rise Against supports organizations such as Amnesty International and It Gets Better Project.

September 14th 2018: Lucius – Paramount Theatre

Enjoy some indie pop from Lucius, a band that only has two albums, Good Grief (2016) and Wildewoman (2013) to its name. Both albums received critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Village Voice, NPR and Paste Magazine. Their track “Million Dollar Secret” will inspire you to become even more secretive with your love life.

September 20th 2018: Dierks Bentley – Austin360 Amphitheater

As one of the most talented country and folk musicians, Dierks Bentley will show why 25 of his singles have been ranked among the best in Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. 15 of these singles have been ranked number one with four more reaching the top five. In essence, here is an opportunity to witness a living country/folk legend performing live.

September 22nd 2018: Bullet For My Valentine – Emo's East

Having been around for the last two decades, the Welsh heavy metal band will rock your world with their hit singles such as “Don’t Need You” and “Over It,” which is basically the lead single on their soon-to-be-released sixth studio album Gravity.

September 22nd 2018: The Jesus Lizard – 3Ten Austin City Limits Live

Even though the rock band didn’t receive much commercial success (perhaps because of its weird name), their talent is well-evident, and that’s why fans have been calling for their reunion. This is a rare chance to enjoy a scathing mixture of piercing guitar, propulsive bass guitar, machine-like drum and psychotic vocals.

September 23rd 2018: Fall Out Boy w/ Machine Gun Kelly – Frank Erwin Events Center

Imagine how rare it is to enjoy the best of rock and hip-hop on one stage. Fall Out Boy will send you jumping up and down with their hit singles such as “Dance, Dance” and “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” while Machine Gun Kelly will captivate you with his storytelling rap-rock singles such as “Till I Die.”

September 28th 2018: MC5 – Mohawk

Formed way back in 1964, Michigan-based band MC5 was among the pioneers of the punk movement in America and is widely known for mixing elements of garage rock, blues rock, hard rock and psychedelic rock. The band has been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times in 2002, 2016 and 2018 perhaps because they’re loud, energetic and take rock and roll back to its basics.

September will be a great month in Austin as you’ll open the month with great R&B and urban soul from one of the great talents from Texas and end the month with some loud and energetic performances from the critically acclaimed, MC5.

 



October Concerts 2018 in Austin

Many Texans will tell you that they love the month of October! Well, that’s because the crisp days of October bring with them a full swing fall, which means that the weather has cooled down a bit, and it’s now time to enjoy rock, pop, blues, jazz, comedy, football and many more on multiple stages in Austin. Imagine a month that has in store Austin City Limits Festival and the US Grand Prix for you! It will be a month of great events that should never be missed. But if you aren’t into such big events and require something small and laid-back, there will be a host of not-so-big but great concerts including Jimmy Webb and Courtney Barnett. In short, this is the perfect time to enjoy some great music and other acts such the US Grand Prix in combination with southern hospitality and some family-friendly good time.

DateArtistLocation 
10/4Steve Martin w/ Martin ShortBass Concert HallCheck Price
10/5ACL Music FestivalZilker ParkCheck Price
10/15Hed PECome and Take It LiveCheck Price
10/23The Play That Goes WrongBass Concert HallCheck Price
10/24Tower of PowerOne World TheatreCheck Price
10/24A Perfect CircleAustin360 AmphitheaterCheck Price
10/25Jimmy WebbOne World TheatreCheck Price
10/27Courtney BarnettStubbs BBQCheck Price

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Overview of Some of the Best Concerts in October

October 4th 2018: Steve Martin and Martin Short – Bass Concert Hall

Musical-comedy duo, Steve Martin and Martin Short bring forth crackerjack instrumental performances, deadpan one-liners about bluegrass, among many other acts. The two amigos will make you laugh your tears out with their abundance of jokes, music and as little politics as possible.

October 5th-14th 2018: Austin City Limits Festival – Zilker Park

As one of the greatest acts in the Austin musical calendar year, you wouldn’t want to miss any part of the Austin City Limits Festival. Running for two weekends, this year’s lineup includes the legendary Paul McCartney, Janelle Monae, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Travis Scott, Arctic Monkeys, The National and many many more. You wouldn’t want to miss any of these acts.

October 15th 2018: Hed PE – Come and Take It Live

This Californian-based punk rock band, Hed PE will mesmerize you with their varied genre-crossing style that predominantly fuses gangsta rap, punk rock and reggae. The may get political with their 9/11 Truth movement, but that will be a small blip in an otherwise great show.

October 24th 2018: Tower of Power – One World Theatre

Having landed a couple of songs on the Billboard Hot 100, the American R&B band will have you enjoying your ladies’ night with some hit singles such as “Don’t Change Horses,” “So Very Hard to Go” and “You’re Still a Young Man.”

October 24th 2018: A Perfect Circle – Austin360 Amphitheater

If you aren’t so much into R&B, you can head down to Austin 360 Amphitheater where rock super-group, A Perfect Circle will be showcasing why they’re among the world’s most popular bands. Better still, they’ve recently released their fourth studio album, Eat the Elephant, which has some great singles such as “TalkTalk” and “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.”

October 25th 2018: Jimmy Webb – One World Theatre

71-year-old Jimmy Webb is the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for lyrics, music and orchestration. The songwriter hall of famer has written numerous platinum-selling songs such as “Wichita Lineman,” “All I Know,” and many more. Here is a rare chance to catch a live performance from a living legend.

October 26th 2018: The Play That Goes Wrong – Bass Concert Hall

Get your Broadway groove back and enjoy some drama in “Broadway’s funniest and longest-running play,” at least according to the New York Post. This is definitely a classic murder mystery where things quickly go from bad to unreservedly disastrous.

October 27th 2018: Courtney Barnett – Stubbs BBQ

Widely recognized for her entertaining, rambling lyrics and deadpan singing style, Courtney Barnett will be performing hit singles from her soon-to-be-released album Tell Me How You Really Feel, as well as her other hit singles such as “Need a Little Time,” “Nameless, Faceless” and “Sunday Roast.” The Australian artist is talented and will make your October even better with her pop musings.

 

The month of October offers a more comfortable weather as it sheds the intense heat of previous months. Do not let this opportunity pass you by; get out there and enjoy the best that Austin has to offer.

 



November Concerts 2018 in Austin

It is important to fully enjoy the last month before winter sets in in Texas, and there’s no better way of doing this other than taking advantage of Austin’s music scene. Whether you are a rock, R&B, jazz or blues fan, you’ll not miss some great concert just down the corner. The Record Company will be at the legendary Scoot Inn, Kevin Hart will be in town and the mighty Texas Longhorn will prove that they are among the best football college teams to watch this year and in the future. Again, this month will be perfect if you want to enjoy many foreign acts. German artist Ottmar Liebert, Englishman Peter White and Canadian rock band The Guess Who will be bringing their unique styles to Austin.

DateArtistLocation 
11/1The Record CompanyScoot InnCheck Price
11/2Kevin HartFrank Erwin Events CenterCheck Price
11/9Jonathan ButlerOne World TheatreCheck Price
11/10My Favorite MurderBass Concert HallCheck Price
11/11Average White BandOne World TheatreCheck Price
11/16Ottmar LiebertOne World TheatreCheck Price
11/24Peter WhiteOne World TheatreCheck Price
11/27Love Never DiesBass Concert HallCheck Price
11/30The Guess WhoOne World TheatreCheck Price

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Overview of Some of the Best Concerts in November

November 1st 2018: The Record Company – Scoot Inn

Power trio rock band, The Record Company will be performing hits such as “Give It Back to You” and “Life to Fix” at the legendary Scoot Inn. The amazingly talented trio will wildly set you jumping up and down with their diversity that incorporates distorted bass, slide guitar and a unique drum kit.

November 2nd 2018: Kevin Hart – Frank Erwin Events Center

Comedian and actor, Kevin Hart will be in town to purposely make your evening better through his varied jokes. Hart is so creative that you actually don’t know what to expect from him. You just have to be there to witness it all.

November 9th 2018: Jonathan Butler – One World Theatre

Get inspired by great jazz and blues music from South African artist, Jonathan Butler. The 56-year-old will inspire you with his story and hit songs such as the Grammy-nominated “Lies” and “I’ll be Home.” His passion when singing will make you fall in love with his works.

November 10th 2018: My Favorite Murder – Bass Concert Hall

Get to meet comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark live as they showcase why their weekly true crime murder comedy podcast, My Favorite Murder is becoming more popular. The duo can also do stand-up, sing and play guitar, so you’ll be in safe hands, at least for the night.

November 11th 2018: Average White Band – One World Theatre

Straight out of Scotland, this funk and R&B band has been performing for the last 46 years and is showing no signs of stopping any time soon. They may be best known for their hit instrumental single, “Pick Up the Pieces” but they have numerous sweet songs that will keep you up all night long.

November 16th 2018: Ottmar Liebert – One World Theatre

German artist, Ottmar Liebert, who is a 5-time Grammy Award nominee, will prove that he deservedly received 38 Gold and Platinum certifications in the U.S. alone. He’s best known for his debut album Nouveau Flamenco that fuses pop music with flamenco elements. Hits such as “Barcelona Nights,” “Surrender 2 Love” and “After the Rain” will make you feel romantic.

November 24th 2018: Peter White – One World Theatre

Englishman Peter White will be in the house to sooth your soul with smooth jazz while melodiously playing the accordion and the piano. We’re talking about an artist who has been named the best guitarist at the National Smooth Jazz Awards for four consecutive years (2000-2003).

November 27th 2018: Love Never Dies – Bass Concert Hall

Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Love Never Dies is a hit romantic musical that has been around for more than three decades. Get to listen to it and prove whether it’s lively and lavish or simply an embarrassment to the general opera world.

November 30th 2018: The Guess Who – One World Theatre

The Canadian rock band has been around for over five decades and will be playing garage rock, pop rock and psychedelic rock when they hit town. This is a band that puts Canadian music on the map and continues to do what it does best: entertain the audience.

As November comes to an end, you’ll be pretty sure that it has been a marvelous time in Austin and have the energy to enter winter without fears of not having enjoyed fall.

 



December Concerts 2018 in Austin

Usually, December brings the first frosts to the great city of Austin, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy live performances that are lurking in almost every corner. Given that it’s winter, this will be a perfect time to enjoy some opera in the name of Love Never Dies that will held at the Bass Concert Hall four times on the trot, as well as another three nights of the good jazz and blues music from Austin’s finest Gary Clark Jr. The weather might be mild, but these concerts will keep you warm and happy all day, all night long.

DateArtistLocation 
12/1Love Never DiesBass Concert HallCheck Price
12/3Gary Clark Jr.ACL Live at The Moody TheaterCheck Price
12/15Brian WilsonACL Live at The Moody TheaterCheck Price

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Overview of Some of the Best Concerts in December

December 1st 2018: Love Never Dies – Bass Concert Hall

The opera musical continues in December. Even though it may divide opinions given that it’s not overwhelmingly compelling, you’ll still enjoy its lavish orchestrations, spot-on performances, depiction of obsessive love and the fact that it has some of the most outstanding costumes ever.

December 3rd 2018: Gary Clark Jr – ACL Live at The Moody Theater

Born and bred under the bright lights of Austin, Gary Clark Jr. is a talented jazz and blues artist who has shared the stage on numerous occasions with some of the biggest names in the music industry including, B. B. King, Eric Clapton, Jimmie Vaughan and the Rolling Stones. His ability to fuse blues, soul music, rock and hip-hop endear him to a wider range of music fans. You’ll definitely not want to miss the chance to see, Austin’s own performing where it all began. The best thing is, Gary will be at the same venue for three nights on the trot beginning December 3rd up to December 5th.

December 15th 2018: Brian Wilson – ACL Live at The Moody Theater

Known as the co-founder of the legendary Beach Boys, Brian Wilson will be back on the big stage. The rock and roll hall of famer is a pioneer in artistic freedom as he set a precedent that enabled bands and artists to record and act as their own producers. He’s been named among the top 100 greatest singers of all time, songwriters of all time and greatest producers ever. Wilson has all it takes to make you stay on your feet during the entire night.

 

As winter takes course in December, there will be fewer acts running up to December 15th with the legendary Brian Wilson bringing down the curtains to the lively Austin music scene as Christmas approaches. So before retreating indoors to spend more intimate time with friends and family during the Christmas holidays, grab what’s on offer in the Austin music scene. Well, that’s because you’ll miss it for the next two or so weeks!

 

Best Rap Concerts in Austin 2018

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If you're a fan of rap concerts then you're in luck when it comes to concerts in Austin for 2018. With icons like Kendrick Lamar, G-Eazy, and Post Malone coming to town, there's no shortage of good rap concerts to dive into this year. Here's our list of the best rap concerts in Austin for 2018.

Summer Rap Concerts in Austin

May 2nd 2018: Blaze Ya Dead Homie – Performing at Come and Take It Live

The Michigan-born rapper will showcase his hardcore rapping panache and his eccentric style. To those who love West Coast hip hop, you might want to see what Blaze Ya Dead Homie is up to.

May 5th 2018: JMBLYA – Circuit of The Americas

A 3-day, 3-city nomadic festival arrives in Austin during the sunny month of May. Some of the most sought-after talents in today’s world of hip-hop music will be in the building. J. Cole will headline the show, but expect moving performances from other big artists such as Migos, Kevin Gates, the beautiful Cardi B and many more.

May 10th 2018: Bilal – The Parish

The Pennsylvanian rapper will be at the Parish together with upcoming artists Alesia Lani and Sam Houston. This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy another side of rap music that you probably didn’t know.

May 18th 2018: Kendrick Lamar with SZA and Schoolboy Q – Austin 360 Amphitheater

Perhaps the biggest rap concert of the month, Compton-born rapper Kendrick Lamar will lead his TDE stable mates to Austin as part of the tour. Expect moving performances from some of the leading hip hop artists such as Lamar and Schoolboy Q.

May 19th 2018: Zaytoven – The Parish

The German-born American rapper and producer, who has worked extensively with world-famous rappers such as Migos, Future and Gucci Mane, will be at the Parish. His reputation has a critically acclaimed producer makes him a serious rap act. His hit song “Papers” featuring Usher should get you on your feet at the over-18 event.

June 16th 2018: Post Malone with 21 savage – Austin360 Amphitheater

Post Malone and 21 Savage are some of the biggest names in the hip hop world today. The duo dominated the rap scene in 2017 and collaborated in the hit song “Rockstar.” The rappers are still riding on the wave of their debut albums and this concert should be a big hit.

June 22nd 2018: Kesha and Macklemore – Austin360 Amphitheater

Macklemore is a man of many hats. He can sing, rap and act and so you can attend this concert if you want to see him rap. Together with popstar Kesha, expect the combination to be stimulating.

July 27th 2018: Logic – Austin360 Amphitheater

Logic is a smart, conscious and technically skilled rapper. You’ll rarely hear offensive words from him and has a persona that many rappers lack. The Maryland-born rapper will set the house on fire when he lands in Austin. Don’t expect him to crack under pressure in a big crowd.

August 9th 2018: G-Eazy – Austin360 Amphitheater

Oakland-born G-Eazy will be at the height of his “Endless Summer Tour” and will definitely have fans standing in line waiting for the doors of the Austin360 Amphitheater to open so that they can secure their spot. His performances are always energetic, fresh and up there with the very best that you’ll attend. Other performers will include; Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Uzi Vert and YBN Nahmir.


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Best Rock Concerts in Austin 2018

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Austin folks are known to love their live music and are ready and willing to spend some good dollars just to land a ticket to some of the hottest rock gigs. If you're a rock enthusiast, you're in luck, because Austin has some solid rock concerts throughout 2018. That said, here are the best rock concerts worth attending over the next few months.

May 2nd 2018: Jack White – Austin360 Amphitheater

Jack White is broadly credited as one of the key artists who revived garage rock. Having previously been the lead guitarist of duo The White Stripe, the 42-year-old Detroit-born has 12 Grammy Awards to his name and is ranked one of the “greatest guitarists of all time.” Mark your calendar and get to enjoy his musical abilities.

May 9th 2018: Of Montreal – Mohawk

The famous American Indie-rock band, Of Montreal, from Athens, Georgia brings in its quirky flair at the Mohawk with its music and live shows. Even though it will be on a Wednesday, you’ll still be rocking your head to the band’s hit song; “Everyday Feels Lie Sunday”.

May 17th 2018: Rainbow Kitten Surprise – Stubbs BBQ

The indie rock band from Boone, North Carolina will showcase their ability in a tour named after their latest album; “The Friend, Love, Freefall.” They may be new entrants in the rock scene having been formed in 2013, but they have the ability to rock your night away. The concert was initially planned to be held at Scoot Inn, but has been moved to Stubbs BBQ due overwhelming demand.

May 26th 2018: Red Sun Rising with Rival Waves – The Parish

Known for their hard rock, Ohio-based Rising Sun Rising will be rocking patrons together with Austin-based rock band, Rival Waves. Both bands are widely known for combining fierce post-punk artistry and propulsive guitar-fueled sonics. The fact that both bands have stadium-ready anthems will make their concert more enjoyable to the audience.

May 27th 2018: Steely Dan with The Doobie Brothers – Austin360 Amphitheater

Dubbed “the summer of living dangerously,” legendary rock band Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers will be rocking the audience with their multi-Grammy winning hits. Steely Dan was inducted in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Their combination with The Doobie Brother, a band known for its harmony-laden, mind-blowing, guitar-driven rock, is indescribable.

July 5th 2018: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Scoot Inn

For more than three decades, Boston-based punk band, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have been entertaining crowds around the world with a blend of ska, punk rock and hard rock. They’ve toured extensively and are back at the historic Scoot Inn where they’ll share the stage with Los Kung Fu Monkeys and Buster Shuffle.

July 7th 2018: Thirty Seconds to Mars – Austin360 Amphitheater

California-based rock band, Thirty Second to Mars has remains a cult favorite since it released its first album in 2002. The band has received countless awards and accolades and holds the record for the longest running tour. This time though, the band will perform together with rock bands such as Walk the Moon, Welshly Arms and K.Flay.

August 2nd 2018: Imagine Dragons – Austin360 Amphitheater

Las Vegas-based rock band, Imagine Dragons will be performing at the Austin360 Amphitheater as part of their “Evolve Tour.” This tour is aimed at promoting the band’s third studio album of the same name. Some of the hit songs that you should be prepared to hear include “Believer” and “Thunder,” as well as special guest performance by Grace VanderWaal, the 14-year-old singer known for her signature ukulele vocals.

August 4th 2018: 311 & The Offspring – Austin360 Amphitheater

Two of the world’s most famous rock bands, 311 and The Offspring will perform at the Austin360 Amphitheater as part of their “Never-Ending Summer Tour.” This is set to be a fun-filled concert. Gym Class Heroes will make special appearance, and so you should expect it to be a truly feel-good concert.


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Best Country Concerts in Austin 2018

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Country fans might be the most devoted fans out there when it comes to music. Willing to travel great lengths for their favorite artists, very rarely will you see a country concert that's not sold out.

Whether you are into modern Nashville, classic country, cow-punk, alternative country or outlaw country, one thing is for sure: Austin has your back as far as country music is concerned. With the summer coming up, here are the best country concerts to look forward to.

May 12th 2018: Shinyribs – Scoot Inn

Known for its swamp-funk tunes, Shinyribs is Austin-based country music band that brings flamboyance to its unique style. The band members are widely popular for their free spirit, love of fun and a celebrate-life-to-the-fullest attitude. They’ll be live on stage at Scoot Inn and expect them to dance like no one is watching. Other acts of the night will include the Saints from Brisbane Australia and Jaime Wyatt.

May 16th 2018: Kenny Chesney – Austin360 Amphitheater

With over 20 studio albums, country music fans will be spoilt for choice when Tennessee native, Kenny Chesney hits town. This is a world-famous artist who six academy awards in the country music genre to his name and has been voted entertainer of the year four times in a row (2005 to 2008), thanks to his energetic performances. As one of the most famous touring country music artists, expect the Austin360 Amphitheater to be sold out. His “Flip-Flop Summer” Tour in 2007 was the highest-grossing country music tour of the year, but the current “Trip Around the Sun” Tour may just beat that record.

June 15th 2018: Whiskey Shivers – Scoot Inn

Whiskey Shivers is one of the most diverse country music groups in the world right now. The NPR has described their music as “frenetic bluegrass” with a “punk spirit” while the Washington Post has referred to them as “Apocalyptic Americana.” In essence, this is a group that brings together masterfully talented country musicians who stand out not just for their music, but also for their comedy-filled concerts. Based in Austin, these musicians hail from small rural towns, which basically give their music some country credibility. They have organically developed huge following and you can expect the legendary Scoot Inn to be full to the brim.

June 30th 2018: David Ramirez – The Parish

Country music may have a lot of noticeable inadequacies when it comes to tackling right-wing views, but the same cannot be said of David Ramirez and his tunes. The Austin native, who has a dual American and Mexican heritage, is widely known for speaking out and addressing issues that affect the U.S. Ramirez has spoken out against President Donald Trump on many occasions and may do the same when he’ll be live recording his latest album at the Parish. If you’re interested in making an appearance on the album, here is your chance. Everyone at the concert will walk away with a free audio of the album from the performance.

July 4th 2018: Willie Nelson Family Picnic – Austin360 Amphitheater

Since 1973, the fourth of July has been set aside for the legendary, Willie Nelson and this tradition is set to continue in the foreseeable future. Nelson together with his family band will be performing in conjunction with other concert headliners such as Sturgill Simpson, The Head and the Heart, Ryan Bingham, Margo Price and many more. This will be a fun-filled county music concert that you’d not want to miss even if you are not so much into country music.

July 19th 2018: Tyler Childers – Scoot Inn

Kentucky-born Tyler Childers has been growing from strength to strength since releasing his debut album titled “Purgatory” in 2017. The country music singer is becoming a fans favorite and will gain even more fans when he performs at Scoot Inn in July. He has a pretty solid fan base in his home state of Kentucky and it won’t be long before he built a huge fan base all over the world. His hit single “Whitehouse Road” narrates a story that many country music fans can relate to: that of a hard life, drugs and love.

September 20th 2018: Dierks Bentley – Austin360 Amphitheater

For the last 13 years, Phoenix-born Dierks Bentley has touched the hearts of many country music fans all over the world with his more than 25 hit singles. The talented crooner admits that he always challenges himself with each of his albums and is hell-bent on making better music. At the Austin360 Amphitheater, Bentley will perform in conjunction with other lead acts including, Brother Osborne and LANCO.


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History of Austin's Music Scene

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Austin, Texas, is one of the most prosperous music scenes not just in the U.S., but in the whole world. It’s so immense that it attracts established performers, as well as upcoming performers in equal measures. A plethora of artists such as Gary Clark Jr., Willie Nelson, Spoon and many more have become world-famous by performing under the bright lights of Austin and this isn’t going to stop any time soon, especially with the summer coming fast on its heels. So, if you're ready to see the best of the best Austin has to offer, read on, or choose from one of the categories to your left or your right.

The Live Music Capital of the World: This is a widely-known and merited official nickname of Austin. This moniker might be bold and self-styled, but Austin has everything to back it up. Imagine a city where you’ll always find live music performance at its main airport and close to a thousand clubs and twice that many local bands! No doubt, Austin has a rich music history; history that every local is very proud of. That’s why Austinites like to let everyone know and rightly so that no other city not just in the U.S., but in the world has more live music per capita. This locals’ favorite claim, may seem a little far-fetched, but it’s the truth.


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Austin’s music history lives on its numerous stages. For more than a century, the vibrant live music and Austin concerts are well documented. The city’s early musical tradition began when early German, Mexican and Swedish settlers brought their musical heritage with them.

By 1880s, German music halls began lining along Pecan Street, which is presently known as 6th Street. This trend continued for several decades before jazz venues began cropping up in 1920s. This was then followed by country and classic big bands that came about in the 1930s and 1940s. Not to be left behind, an all-Hispanic band led by legendary trumpeter, Nash Hernandez graced the Austin music scene in the late 1940s and with it came Tejano music. The 1960s and 1970s saw the introduction of rock and roll while other music genres such as country, jazz, blues, Tejano and folk continued to grow in popularity.

With such a wide mix of music genres in one city and patrons backing them up, it only became appropriate to introduce a show that would showcase to the world such a wide variety of music styles in one place. This led to the birth of Austin City Limits (ACL) live music TV show in 1974 and it’s still going strong today. The 1970s and 1980s was also a time when clubs such as Armadillo World Headquarters, Soap Creek Salon, Raul’s, Antoine’s, among many others became gathering places for patrons who embraced virtually every music genre ranging from rock, punk, blues, soul, Tejano, new wave, zydeco, indie to roots.

Today's Music Scene

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Even though many clubs that served patrons during Austin’s past music golden eras have shuttered, the lively music spirit still endures and strongly so. The streets, particularly 6th Street, are still dotted with numerous music venues offering not just affordable, but probably the greatest live music in the country. These music venues and bars still define Austin’s music scene, but don’t be surprised to come across musicians play everywhere from grocery stores, central markets and even in city council meetings!

The most famous music area is the Red River District in downtown Austin. With clubs situated just about four blocks from each other, it’s quite possible to walk down the street on any given night of the week and find close to 20 clubs offering their packed patrons a wide variety of artists, music genres and traditions.

Great Places for Live Music

When legendary singer and proud son of Texas, Willie Nelson once sang; “There’s nothing quite like Texas on a Saturday night” in his critically acclaimed song, Texas on a Saturday Night, he was most definitely referring to Austin, the capital city of Texas. Nelson must have been in a typical Texan understatement mood when he talked about Saturday night only. Well, that’s because on any given night of the week in this wonderful city, you’ll find hundreds of venues playing a wide-ranging variety of extremely affordable or free live music.

With such a seemingly unending appetite for live music and varying genres of music, it’s only proper that Austin has countless venues offering something for everyone. These venues are so many that it’s impossible to name them all, but whatever your taste of music, you’ll find in Austin, bars that showcase everything from edgy newcomers playing in their first-ever gigs, jazz crooners, rappers, country singers to veteran big-name acts playing in their thousandth show. Some of the best places to consider include, but are not limited to; Mohawk, Emo’s East, ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, Saxon Pub, Parish, The White Horse, Skylark Lounge and Beerland.

Music Festivals

Austinites love their music that having no music festivals would be some kind of a tragedy. That’s why you’ll find numerous festival acts and concerts throughout the year. The city is home to the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) film and music festival, as well as an interactive media conference. It’s been active for 31 years and is in fact, currently ongoing and often draws thousands of attendees. Another popular music festival in Austin is the Old Settler’s Music Festival held each spring. Others include; Austin City Limits Music festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Chaos in Tejas, Carnaval Brasileiro, Urban Music festival, Austin Reggae Festival and many more.

To this end, there can be no qualms that Austin rules the world’s live music scene and truly deserves its self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital of the World” title. It is home to an endless number of wonderful places showcasing limitless amounts of concerts. From historical sites to new and upcoming clubs, there’s always to a place to chill, relax and enjoy a wide variety of music genres from various artists. So if you love music and yet to write your own chapter of Austin music history, you should probably start making plans because the music experiences in Austin are quintessential, authentic, and unique, and probably the best you’ll ever experience in your lifetime.