Friday, July 10th
In anticipation of Austin’s annual Fun Fun Fun Fest, the festival is teaming up with the Bullock Museum to present Austinites with a free concert series called Music Under The Star which will feature Ben Kweller, The Octopus Project, and The Brownout. While Fun Fun Fun Fest is Austin’s punk rock festival, these bands are more on the lighter side with an acoustic flare that everyone will enjoy. If you were in attendance at the Ed Sheeran concert at the Frank Erwin Center in May, you will know that Kweller who opened for Sheeran is not a musician to miss, and after his set is over you will be hitting up Spotify to listen to more of his tunes.
The concert series takes place on July 10th, the 17th, and the 24th.
While Austin is known for its live music scene that represents a plethora of genres, classical is a style that is not always fairly represented, though the Tosca String Quartet is out to change that. Forming in the mid 90’s, the band became known throughout Austin as a classically trained band with rock and roll roots. Their interesting twist on music has led them to perform on late night television along with appearances on records from some of music’s biggest names including the Dixie Chicks, Arcade Fire, Spoon, and Vampire Weekend. This weekend, they will be performing with popular Austin guitarist Bob Schneider as they perform stripped down versions of some of your favorite tunes from Bob.
If you are looking to indulge in some dream pop this weekend, you can head down to Empire Control Room & Garage to catch local act Star Parks as they take part in the Mellowfest II showcase alongside bands such as Geography, Drew Davis, and Culture. Taking place over two days (Saturday and Sunday) the showcase will be a great introduction to local and national acts.
Tickets: $12 (early bird)
$20 (day of show)
For blues enthusiasts, we have the perfect show for you to hit up this weekend at the Scoot Inn. Louisiana guitarist Tab Benoit will be making an appearance at the famous Austin venue, as he treats his audience to an evening of his rich, bold, and expressive songs. In the video below, Benoit rips through his track “Shelter Me” with incredible ease. A performance that is not to be missed, Benoit will be the highlight of your evening if you decide to attend the show.
Tickets: $18 (general admission) $23 (general admission)
The Casualties at Red 7
For hardcore punk fans in Austin, The Casualties will be blazing through the Live Music Capitol this weekend as they perform alongside The Bad Engrish, Sniper 66, and Punks on Parade as their opening acts. With their brand of snotty punk rock, the Casualties are sure to add a much needed kick to your weekend.
Saturday, July 11th
Local acts Pong and Bamako Airlines will be performing this Saturday at the soon to be closing venue Holy Mountain. With their 80’s sounding tunes and energetic live show, this concert will be a must see for your weekend music listening.
Tickets: $8 (at the door)
Runner of the Woods at The Whitehorse
Nashville band Runner of the Woods will be putting on their album release show for their new record Thirsty Valley at The Whitehorse. Consistently refreshing and a nice variety of genres, Thirsty Valley is a record that will please both country and pop fans for its laidback approach and raw talent, and we are sure that the bands live show will be no different.
Sunday, July 12th
To wind down your weekend, you can catch local dream pop act Soma Divine at the Scoot Inn as they hit the stage with Kindatheart and Spirals for a laid back evening of woozy pop that will get you ready for the week ahead.
Austin 360 Amphitheatre will be heating up this weekend as the Tedeschi Trucks Band will be firing up the stage with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, as both play blues music that is infused with a lot of soul that is guaranteed to stir up every audience member. Bright and colorful, both Jones and Trucks front woman Susan Tedeschi have a stage presence that commands attention while bringing plenty of poise. Don’t miss this one, as you will not be disappointed.
Well into a career as a solo artist, Matchbox Twenty front man Rob Thomas will be gracing the ACL Live stage this Sunday to give his fans a brilliant live performance that you will be talking about when you head back into work on Monday morning.
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