Austin, Texas, also known as the live music capital of the world, is home to many bars and venues that have millions of tourists flocking to the city each year. With over 250 venues and bars, Austin promises to cater to your music tastes no matter the season or day. But before we jump into Austin’s most famous venues, let’s showcase some of the extortionary talent that boasts Austin as their hometown.
- Willie Nelson. You can not talk about Austin’s music scene and not talk about how prominent Willie Nelson is to the community. In 1993, this legend was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Chances are you have heard at least one song from this Texas native, such as ‘On the road again’ and ‘Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys’. If you are lucky, you might even catch Mr. Nelson performing at one of Austin’s famous venues. Willie Nelson and his band, Family, are still touring the world to this day.
- Gary Clark Jr. is best known for how he fuses blues, rock, soul, and R&B together to create music that resonates across different genres and audiences. In 2020, Mr. Clark released his Grammy winning album, This Land, which was inspired after a dispute with a neighbor over his horse ranch. Gary Clark Jr’s music can be heard in a variety of media outlets, such as Max Payne 3 and Think Like A Man.
There are many other famous bands, and musicians that got their start performing live at bars. Austin is known for its many indie bands and musicians that just want to perform and create thought invoking music. The Austin Duo, The Heard Theorem, and Ryan Silver are three rock indie bands that have gotten their start in Austin. Not only do they still perform at Austin’s venues, but you can also catch them live outside of Texas, showcasing just how a band from Austin gets down. If you have not heard of any of these bands, do not fret. We will detail some famous venues that you can visit the next time you find yourself in the live music capital.
- Austin City Limits (ACL) is the world’s longest running music series, boasting over a 100 shows a year. It is safe to say that when you are looking for the live music scene, attending a show at ACL is a must—just make sure that you buy your ticket in advance, so you cut down on the time you spend standing in line. Thousands and thousands of people flock to this award-winning venue each year.
- The White Horse is one bar that is open every day, providing its visitors with the opportunity to two step to the tunes of live blue grass and country music. Not only is this place family friendly with a taco truck outside, but they offer dog friendly seating in their patio area.
Whatever your taste may be, you can be sure that all of your needs will be met in Austin, Texas.