Live Music Venues

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As the "Live Music Capital of the World", Austin has over 200 live music venues around town, some famous and others less so. Between them all, you'll never be at a loss of where to go to hear live music.

Listed below are some of the main live music venues in town. Check each location's website for a schedule of performances.

Frank Erwin Center
The Erwin Center, on the University of Texas campus, is one of the nation's premier live event sites. Since 1977 it has hosted the Davis Cup, ESPN Gameday, the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, the Dalai Lama, and President George W. Bush. Over 25 million people have attended events at the center since it opened.

University of Texas Performing Arts
The Bass Concert Hall, Bates Recital Hall, and the McCullough, Payne, and Brockett Theatres, all on the university campus, support the university's fine arts program with annual performances of music, dance, and plays. Additionally, these venues have hosted world-famous performers including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Victor Borge, Philip Glass, Ella Fitzgerald, and The English National Opera.

Long Center for the Performing Arts
Named after the first woman Austin City Council member, the Long Center is a city landmark located on the south shore of Lady Bird Lake. It includes multiple venues and is the home of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Austin, and the Austin Lyric Opera.

Austin Chamber Music Center
Austin Chamber Music Center holds performances and festivals each year to promote understanding and appreciation of chamber music in the Austin community.

Austin Music Hall
A former downtown warehouse that now hosts public and private musical performances, and other events such as film screenings.

Zilker Park
Zilker Park, Austin's favorite park, is also one of Austin's premier live music venues. The Zilker Hillside Theater, on the hill overlooking Barton Springs Pool, is also a popular concert and live performance stage. Zilker Park is also the setting for some prominent live music events, including Austin City Limits.

Stubbs BBQ
Stubbs is located in a historic downtown building that is now a barbecue restaurant and live music venue. Note that Stubbs is a standing only venue, except for special events that require the audience to be seated.

Emo's has its origins in the downtown punk rock scene of the 1990s and continues the rock n' roll spirit at its new location on the east side of town.

Antone's Nightclub
The first club on Sixth Street, Antone's has been a fixture in Austin for over 30 years and was named Nightclub of the Year by USA Today. It has hosted blues greats such as B.B. King, and helped launch the careers of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Schneider, and many others. Artists who have performed at Antone's include Bono, Eric Clapton, and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.

Continental Club
The Continental Club has been prominent in the Austin music scene since the 1950s. It hosts many top local artists and bands, and focuses mainly on swing, rockabilly, country, and retro roots music, but all different types of acts can and do perform here.

Moody Theater
One of Austin's newest live music venues, Moody Theater can hold over 2,700 fans and hosts performances by well-known musicians from across the country.

Austin360 Amphitheater
The Austin 360 Amphitheater is another new live music venue. Opened in April 2013 at the Circuit of The Americas live music and entertainment complex, the amphitheater is an open air performance venue with room for 14,000 patrons, reserved seating for 6,700, and has an expansive, comfortable lawn for concerts under the evening sky.

Austin Music Map

Be sure to check out the interactive map of Austin's live music venues at Austin Music Map. Austin has over 200 live music venues, which collectively have multiple performances going on every night of the week.

Lists of Upcoming Concerts

You can view a list of major upcoming Austin concerts at ConcertBoom.

For a calendar of concerts and other theater events in Austin visit

View the performance schedules for some of Austin's resident musical ensembles at the links below.

Austin Symphony Orchestra

Austin Civic Orchestra - Austin Civic Wind Ensemble

Austin Jazz Band

Austin Symphonic Band

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