Category: Music

Austin’s Best Music Venues To Visit With Friends

Austin Pubs

From crowded dive bars to upscale music halls, these venues consistently offer Austin music at its most fun. Austin’s downtown music scene is thriving, but a number of the great Austin bar places are a little further out in east and south Austin.

1. ACL Live in the Moody Theater

This 2,750-seat place is home to the long-running Austin City Limits series on PBS. For tapings of this TV series, free tickets are available by lottery.

National-level acts hold concerts here year-round that is not on the TV show. With comfortable seating, superb sightlines, 14 restrooms, and 12 bars, the Moody Theater is worth the often-pricey tickets.… Read the rest

10 Places to Catch Live Country Music in Austin, TX

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With over 250 live music locations, Austin has made its mark as the world’s live music capital. Around town, musicians play music almost everywhere; from the airport to clubs, bars, concert halls, and festivals among others.

In Austin, visitors can catch live performances of pop country music as well as classic country music sub-categories such as honky-tonk, western swing, rockabilly, and outlaw.

Here are 10 places for residents and visitors to enjoy an evening out with some live country music.… Read the rest

A Journey To The Texas Dance Halls

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Texas is renowned for its great music culture that involves romance and exquisite interactions with different forms of art.

During the early 19th and early 20th century, Texas had around 1000 to 1500 different dance halls although only some 400 remain today. Nonetheless, Texas still has the highest number of historical dance halls than any other state in the US and more of them are beginning to re-open their doors after a long period of dormancy.

Texas is known as a city where love and fun go hand in hand. The music and art culture are quite flourishing, and residents will now be able to relive the experiences their ancestors had inside the walls of these dancing halls.… Read the rest

Hiring A Texas Music Band For Holiday Party

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Christmas is almost here, and that means parties, whether for family and friends or corporate purposes. Of course, a holiday party is an occasion for catching up with all those people we miss throughout the rest of the year, listening to Texas band music, eating traditional foods, and possibly drinking too much.

If your parties are anything like those that my family or the company I worked for used to have, it is also an occasion for letting your hair down and having some fun.

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Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016

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There is no denying that the city of Austin, Texas has made a name for itself when it comes to the entertainment industry and particularly the Austin music scene. After all, it is the location for the Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival which is an annual festival that attracts crowds of up to 450,000 people every year.

Bottomline, the festival has gained a reputation as one of the main music festivals to look out for every year. This year (2016), the Austin City Limits festival is slated for September 30th through October 2nd and October 7th through October 9th at Zilker Park. The festival will run from 11 am to 10 pm on each of these weekends.

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The Evolution Of Texas Music

Texas MusicTexas is famous mostly because of its oil reserves and its love for football. Another thing that Texas is renowned for is its music. In fact, Austin, which is the capital of Texas, is considered the Live Music Capital of the world.

Indeed, Texas music spans a broad spectrum of genres that includes country music, honky-tonk & outlaw country music, blues, jazz and conjunto music. Texas music also has a rich history and has evolved numerous times over the years mainly due to the state’s ethnic and cultural diversity. Here is a brief history of two popular genres in Texas music.… Read the rest

Best Live Music Venues in Austin

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Live music makes for a great evening or night out. The energy and excitement that real instruments and performers provide can’t be matched by the sounds of a recording.

If you are in Austin, Texas and are looking for a good night out, then you’re at the right place. In no particular order, we’re going to look at the best Austin live music venues.… Read the rest

Upcoming Music Festival in Huntsville, TX

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It’s Bigger than Texas!

Spring is in the air in Texas and the line-up for this year’s Huntsville Music Festival looks hotter than ever before!

This free event takes place in Rather Park on April the 21st and the 28th from 5 pm to 10 pm. Reviews from last year’s festival were overwhelmingly positive and the event organizers are going all out to make 2016’s event even bigger and better.

The Huntsville Music Festival is an annual event hosted by the City of Huntsville Main Street Program. It features up and coming local artists from Walker County and surrounding areas. This year’s acts include Huntsville’s John Slaughter, Houston musician Kenna Danielle, Austin’s Sam Riggs, and many more talented acoustic artists.… Read the rest

South by Southwest (SXSW) Music and Film Festival Not To Be Missed!

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South by Southwest festival has become one of the most iconic festivals in America as fans of all different tastes and backgrounds descend on the venues of Austin, Texas to enjoy a week of diverse live events in intimate settings. As it has grown in popularity, SXSW has expanded its program and the 2016 line up for sees a mixture of music, film and interactive events across March. The music element takes place between March 15th and 20th and this year, blues fans can travel down to see two incredible blues bands.… Read the rest

The 10 Best New Texas Bands of 2015 (plus one from Tennessee)

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Living in a town with more music venues per capita than any other United States city has an advantage, in that there is always somewhere to go where an awesome new band is playing in Austin, my home.

As a twenty-something single male Austin-ite, I spend a lot of my free time looking into new bands. I especially like new groups that are just coming up or have been around but only started being noticed.

Here are my favorite new Texas bands for 2015 – plus one from TN:… Read the rest

Austin: Keeping Us Weird Since 1839

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Today’s Texas Music owes much to the weirdness that is Austin, Texas.

Austin may not have a lot of in common with the rest of its Texan neighbors, but it surely does with the global music and the international art scene.

So catch a couple of affordable seats on Southwest and head on down to Austin to discover why most of the cars, trucks and t-shirts of the city proudly proclaim, “Keep Austin Weird.”… Read the rest

The Best Texas Music of 2014

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Bonnie Whitmore

Album: There I Go Again (2013)

Whitmore’s sophomore release, “There I Go Again”, is a little bit country and a lot of Americana – with pop hooks.

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Dirty River Boys

Album: Science of Flight (2012)

The quartet plays harmonicas, guitars, mandolins, an upright bass to create gritty roots-style music that they call, “outlaw folk.”

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Fat Tony

Album: Smart Ass Black Boy (2013)

Fat Tony is a Nigerian-American rapper, Anthony Obi. Fat Tony is an intense, Adderall-fueled performer who has won three consecutive Best Underground Hip-Hop awards from the local press. His latest features Kool A.D. and Despot.

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Fox and the Bird

Album: Darkest Hours (2014)

This folk-pop team produces rich harmonies that include banjos, accordions, fiddles, and ukuleles. It reminds us of folk songs played on front porches and in living rooms long ago.

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Hacienda

Album: Shakedown (2012)

Texas indie rockers that have … Read the rest