Since there is always so much live music to sort through come the weekend in Austin, we’ve chosen ten (plus one in the future event) of the best live acts that are either from Austin or coming through town. Each band featured has something distinct and special to offer their live audiences. Tell us what your favorites are in the comments!
Thursday, April 13
Colorado band The String Cheese Incident will be coming to Stubbs for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night performances to play songs from their new album Believe, set for release on Friday. Writing music with elements of funk, pop, psychedelic, and bluegrass, The String Cheese Incident is known for writing diverse tracks and their live show will be no different. With no opening act, the VIP package is sold out, however individual tickets to all three dates are still available.
April 13th-15th | 7pm | Stubbs | 801 Red River
Local indie act Bee Caves will be performing their second show of their month-long April residency at The Mohawk alongside fellow Austin acts Star Parks and Remsy. With a dark and haunting sound, Bee Caves have written some of the most likeable music around, so be sure to make this show a part of your weekend listening.
April 13th | 9pm | Mohawk | 912 Red River
Every summer popular Austin restaurant Shady Grove puts on a Thursday night Unplugged music series comprised of many of your favorite Austin bands and national acts as well. Sure to be crowded, go early to make sure you guarantee yourself a seat in the restaurant’s crowded patio. Featuring a different band each week, this Thursday the restaurant will be hosting Mississippi native Charlie Mars. With a fantastic voice and great songwriting abilities, the sweet sounds of Mars is the perfect way to unwind.
April 13th | 8pm | Shady Grove | 1624 Barton Springs Road
Known as one of Austin (and Texas’) hottest guitarists, Jackie Venson is one performer you do not want to miss. Known for her incredible shredding and gritty and emotional vocals, Venson provides a great punch to begin your weekend at Geraldine’s.
April 13th | 9:30 pm | Geraldine’s | 605 Davis Street
This weekend will see an appearance by local country act Love and Chaos who perform traditional country music with a modern spin at The Saxon Pub. With razor sharp harmonies and fantastic musicianship, Love & Chaos will soon become one of your favorite acts, no matter what your preference is for country music.
April 13th | 6:30 pm | The Saxon Pub | 1320 South Lamar Blvd.
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Friday, April 14th
Releasing their new album Lovely Little Lonely just a few weeks ago, Arizona touring band The Maine will be coming to Austin to perform at Emo’s, and will share the stage with friends Beach Weather and The Mowgli’s. With hits such as “Bad Behavior” and “Inside of You,” The Maine know how to get the party started with fans wishing that their set would never end at the end of the night. Check out the music video for “Bad Behavior” below to get a taste of their energetic style.
April 14th | 6:30 pm | Emo’s | 2015 E. Riverside Drive
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Saturday, April 15th
Riders Against The Storm has become one of Austin’s most well-known and well-loved acts. Knowing for bridging hip hop, funk, and other genres together flawlessly, Riders Against the Storm is a band that every Austinite should know about.
April 15th | 7:55 pm | Scholz Garten | 1607 San Jacinto Blvd
Armed with their explosive and snappy punk sound, Scottish alternative rock band Paws will be performing at The Mohawk this weekend with Tres Oui and Rose Selavy. If you are looking for an energetic way to start your week off with a bang, then Paws are a great band to see. Opening for Paws is electronic band Tres Oui, a local act that is just right group to get everyone watching into the right atmosphere. Rose Selavy, who is also local, calls her music “chorus coated and white washed indie pop from Austin,” which is the exact feeling you get when listening to her songs.
April 15th | 9:00 pm | The Mohawk | 1912 Red River Street
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Sunday, April 16th
After releasing her debut album Pith in 2012, local musician Ruby Fray has become known throughout Austin for her quirky songs and style, engaging her audience from the moment she starts performing. Throwing in psychedelic elements with a bit of dream pop, Fray knows how to write music that people will care about, creating longtime fans at every performance.
April 16th | 9:00 pm | Cheer Up Charlie’s | 900 Red River Street
Known as one of the guitarists for the legendary San Francisco band The Grateful Dead, Bob Weir will be coming back to Austin with one of his many side projects, Bob Weir and The Campfire Band. Taking on a similar jam band style as The Grateful Dead, Weir still sounds fantastic and will draw crowds no matter what band he is performing with.
April 16th | 7:30 | ACL Live | 310 Willie Nelson Blvd.
Into the Future (AKA, Get your tickets now!):
Celebrating the 15th anniversary of their debut record No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls, Canadian pop punk band Simple Plan will be putting on a highly energetic show playing the record in its entirety along with plenty of fan favorites. With the opening acts including Set It Off and Set It Off, the nostalgia of your younger years is guaranteed to set in quickly.
August 26th | 6:30 pm | Emo’s | 2015 E. Riverside Drive
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