Live Music Capitol of the World

Austin music has an international reputation for an eclectic overabundance of musical styles including country, western swing, gypsy, rock, punk, blues, jazz, folk, classical, Tejano, zydeco, bluegrass, roots, pop and world music.

Steve Ray Vaughan memorial statue at Lady Bird Lake
Stevie Ray Vaughan gave traditional blues a new sound and simultaneous rebirth. Today Austinites honor his memory with this statue forever overseeing the beloved city he called home

Austin IS The Live Music Capitol of the World. Not a mere slogan, but documented fact. Nashville, Memphis, LA, Seattle, Chicago, New York, New Orleans, London, Paris and Berlin have fewer music venues per capita than Austin.

Music is everywhere. Live music at the airport, museums, BBQ joints, grocery stores, parks, coffee shops. Not to mention the 200 plus live music venues.

The Austin music scene brings over $600 million a year into the Austin economy. Music is an important part of every Austinites life. Most of us are rabid supporters of the music scene.

Nothing can prepare you for a Friday or Saturday night in Austin. Music follows you everywhere. You can feel the electricity. Sounds seep out of the clubs, coffee shops and hotels. It’s an experience that cannot be duplicated anywhere in the world. That’s not a Texas size boast, but absolute fact.

The Austin music scene must be experienced first hand to be appreciated.

Live music in Austin is everywhere. Club reviews and info for all six Music Districts are included in Austin Clubs & Venues. Make the most of your Austin nightlife, know where to go.

Austin Music Blog

Austin Music Scene

Austin nightlife is legendary. Music is the living, breathing soul of the city. The most honest music in America is performed on over 200 stages seven nights a week in Austin, Texas.

The Broken Spoke offers fiddle-flaying, down home traditional country music and serves a chicken fried steak as big as your head. Internationally famous Antone’s offers the biggest names in blues, but also an eclectic mix of rock, Cajun, rockabilly and world music.

From the old world charm of the One World Theatre, to the venerable and beloved Hole in the Wall. Austin, Texas deserves the title Live Music Capital of the World because it’s undeniable fact.

Austin Angels & Hallowed Ground Remembered

Austin has suffered the loss of many musicians and live music venues. We will not forget the folks who enriched our lives or the clubs they played in. Without either there would be no Austin music. We are eternally thankful they shared their lives with us through their music.

Stevie Ray Vaughan (1990), Townes Van Zandt (1997), Jesse Taylor (2006), Doug Sahm (1999), Keith Ferguson (1997), Don Walser (2006), Clifford Antone (2006), Soap Creek Saloon (1985), Liberty Lunch (1999), The Vulcan Gas Co. (1970), Armadillo World Headquarters (1980), Raul’s (early ’80s), Austin Opera House (1990).

Austin Chronicle

The absolute bible of the Austin music and arts scene. Offers an updated weekly calender of live music performances.

The Chronicle also lists in-store free concerts. New CD releases. Recommended music events. ‘Roadshows’ is a calendar for national touring acts. Live music venues and Austin music club listings.

Come to rely on the Austin Chronicle for spot-on accurate reporting of the Austin music scene. It’s free, look around town, they distribute everywhere.

Austin City Limits

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS broadcasts to 853 PBS stations nationally. It’s the toughest ticket in town. For 31 years Austin City Limits has shared our local musicians with the rest of the country. Joe Ely, Flatlanders, Willie Nelson, Little Joe, Eric Johnson, Dixie Chicks, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, Alejandro Escovedo, Los Lonely Boys and many other fine musicians.