Popular Music Venues in Austin
Come visit the many live music venues in Austin, Texas, where every night is show night. Here is a sampling of Austin nightlife.
A favorite of the Austin music scene is The Continental Club. Opened in 1957, the current Austin venue is a throwback to that era in atmosphere, but is not limited to its music. Everything from rock, country, jazz, swing and blues music is performed, mostly by local artists. If you do stop in however, don’t be surprised to see a big name in the crowd or better yet, on stage jamming with the band. Some popular Austin music is performed by Junior Brown accompanied by his wife Tanya Rae, and Adam Johnson and the Pay Me’s.
Stubs Bar-B-Q began as a small restaurant in 1968 but quickly became a popular live music venue. Stars such as Stevie Ray Vaughn and Willie Nelson have performed here. With an intimate indoor stage, and an outdoor venue able to accommodate 3000 music fans, Stubbs Austin is home to Gospel Brunches every Sunday and a variety of live music acts, such as Achachay, every night of the week.
One of the best country music venues is The Broken Spoke. Opened in 1964, famous performers such as Tex Ritter, Kris Kristofferson and George Strait have graced its stage. Now a prime venue for locals such as Alvin Crow, The Derailers and Dale Watson, as well as newcomers like Cowjazz and James Hand, The Broken Spoke offers live Austin music at its best.
B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub features traditional Irish music, but this Austin club does not limit itself to this genre. A popular Austin event here is Open Mic Mondays featuring new local artists. The Suzanne Smith Band, playing country and R&B, performs every Tuesday night. Live bands perform here 365 days a year and there is never a cover charge.