Live Music Capital
The Music Plays On — From intimate settings to cavernous concert halls, the "Live Music
Capital of the World" is home to nearly 200 live music clubs. The mix includes the blues at
Antone’s, traditional country at Broken Spoke, rock on Sixth Street and cool jazz in the
Warehouse District. Among the musicians who call Austin “home” are Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff
Walker, the Dixie Chicks, Spoon and Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel.
SXSW — One of the most vital music events in America is South by Southwest Music, Film and
Interactive Conference and Festival, known locally as “South by.” The 10-day event takes center
stage throughout Austin each March (Mar. 9-18, 2007). Big-name acts and unknown bands
travel across the globe to take part in the action. More than 27,000 registrants take part in
seminars, screenings, workshops and all-day entertainment.
No Limits On Opening Act — The most sought after ticket in town is Austin City Limits
longest running program first broadcast from the KLRU studios on the University of Texas
campus in 1976. It continues to showcase great American musical talents. Free tickets to the
tapings are hard to come by; however, free studio tours are conducted on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Jesse H. Jones Communications Building B, Dean Keeton Blvd. & Guadalupe Street, Austin.
ACL Beyond the Studio — Austin City Limits was the inspiration behind Austin City Limits Music
Festival, a three-day outdoor gig (Sept. 15-17, 2006) spread over 16 acres in Zilker Park. More
than 140 musical acts from every genre take center stage.
Real World Austin: SoCo
South Side of Town — Austin’s renowned mellow eccentricity is abundant along South
Congress Avenue, a.k.a. SoCo
This colorful portion of the city’s main street south of Town Lake is
lined with funky shops, trendy dining spots, unique accommodations, art galleries and live music
venues. A monthly celebration erupts along the street with First Thursdays. On the first Thursday
of each month, merchants of the historic, pedestrian-friendly avenue keep their doors open until
10 p.m. and play host to an array of events and activities.
South of the Congress Avenue Bridge; www.firstthursday.info