The city of Austin, TX is home to over 1,900 musicians with styles spanning anywhere from folk to jazz to hip-hop. With this many musicians there is live music on nearly every street corner and over 200 live music venues. Therefore, it’s a no brainer that Austin is considered the live music capital of the world. But how do you navigate the music scene of a place that is so saturated with quality artists? Plus where do you go when there are a countless number of bars, restaurants, festivals and historical spots to catch a show?
Unfortunately it is impossible to answer this question with one simple list. But lucky for the music seeker out there, we’ve taken the time to outline our four favorite spots including events and when to check them out. Whatever your musical taste may be, we’re sure that you will not be disappointed in any of the following places. And once you’ve heard enough in a particular spot, just walk another block. Click here for Austin’s full guide and map to its musical venues around the city.
Stubb’s

  • Opened in 1968 by Christopher B. Stubblefield, Stubb’s Bar-B-Q quickly found itself in the midst of an incredible music scene. Early acts include Stevie Ray Vaughn, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash. You can catch a great show and a bite to eat anytime you want nowadays.

Austin City Limits Music Festival

  • Going on September 16-18 of this year, the Austin City Limits Music Festival is a three day event full of some of the world’s most famous acts. Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Kanye West etc. This is a one of a kind music festival that truly encompasses what the live music capital of the world is all about.

Emo’s

  •  If you’re looking for a small venue to jam out at, then Emo’s is your place. On any given night this venue is home to one of Austin’s best local bands. And considering there are over 1,900 of them you’re sure to be entertained. Emo’s is full of character and quality live music!

SXSW

  • Arguably the largest music festival in the entire world. Need we say more? Austin Rocks!