When the song says “The stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas,” it may as well be talking about the talent behind the longstanding lone star staple, Rodeo Austin, which kicks up its boots and sticks around for a few weeks every spring. This year, contemporary superstars like Alabama Shakes, Kip Moore, Eli Young Band and Josh Turner will share the country stage with the likes of legends Merle Haggard, The Charlie Daniels Band and even Three Dog Night. Of course, there’s the actual rodeo itself, too, with competitive events, horse shows and agricultural exhibitions galore. And what would a good state fair & rodeo be without a cold beer and some funnel cake? Enjoy some of the finest down-home entertainment the Lone Star State has to offer at the Travis County Expo Center.
The Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo (aka “Rodeo Austin”)
Friday March 8, 2013 through Saturday, March 23, 2013; hours vary by day
Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane
Admission is $5-8 per person
Live music venues may be a dime a dozen here in the “live music capital of the world,” but a select few stand head and shoulders above the rest as bastions of local history. Antone’s is one such place, and after inhabiting several different locations over the years, it’s rumored to be on the move again soon from its current location on West 5th. So if you’re in the mood to sing the blues… or at least groove along to them
… before the famed club moves to a new address, check out the Austin Blues Society’s Monday night series of free live shows through February.
Antone’s, 213 West Fifth Street
Free Monday night shows through Feb 25 at 8 pm
If you’re a fan of live music, first of all, you’ve come to the right town. Secondly, you’re in for a treat next week: each year, some of the city’s top live music venues, from outdoor amphitheaters to beloved dive bars, open their doors for free live shows the first week of January as part of a celebration called “Free Week.” Almost exclusively showcasing bands that call Austin their home, the event gets you into places like Beerland, Red 7, The Mohawk, Beauty Ballroom, Stubb’s, The Scoot Inn, Holy Mountain, Frank, Swan Dive, Antone’s, Flamingo Cantina, Emo’s, Lamberts, The Parish, and more. The best part: it actually lasts for two weeks straight, despite the name. See the event’s official website for exact dates, times and show details.
January 1-13, 2o13; multiple bars around town
get the full scoop here
If ACL is the cool young uncle of music festivals — a fan of classic rock who’s open to new bands too — then Fun Fun Fun Fest
is the cooler-than-cool cousin who’s halfway through college and just knows
things the rest of us don’t. Now in its 6th year, Fun Fun Fun Fest takes over Auditorium Shores this weekend with a mile-long lineup including Santigold, El Ten Eleven, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, and a group so classic it’s cool again, even though it’s missing a key member. Right here in Austin, Run DMC will rock the house like it’s 1982 all over again.
Tickets $55 per day or $110 for the whole fest
Auditorium Shores, 950 W Riverside Dr
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 2-4
It’s an interesting time in Austin’s musical history; the Austin City Limits Music Festival, or “ACL” for short, has become somewhat synonymous with the city itself, along with the annual circus that is South by Southwest, and it’s celebrating its last year as a one-weekend festival. Beginning in 2013, the event will span two weekends; that’s just how big it’s grown since its humble beginnings in the 1990s. The last traditional hurrah will be headlined next weekend by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, The Black Keys, Jack White, Iggy Pop and more, and although the event is sold out, last-minute bailouts are usually available through Craigslist, either through full tickets or single-day passes. So if you want to be a part of music history, now’s your chance; snap up a ticket and rock on.
Check Craigslist for tickets
October 12-14 at Zilker Park