Summer Music in the City: 2015

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Temperatures here are arisin’ as we head into the month of August. But Austinites are lucky to have lots of free music options to keep our minds off the weather during the hot summer months.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest is staging Music under the Star concerts in the shadow of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Last Friday Bill and I watched a performance by the Golden Dawn Arkestra. Even though the temperature was 95° in the shade, the band members still wore heavy makeup and costumes. It was an entertaining show, but sweltering for all of us.

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The Austin Symphony sponsors Concerts in the Park over at the Long Center. My favorite ensemble, Big Band, played last Sunday. Temperatures had cooled down to a mere 90° by concert time, so couples were dancing on the terrace to tunes such as It Don’t Mean a Thing and Georgia.

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The Wine Down continues at the ACL Live Moody Theater on alternating Tuesday evenings. Last week’s act was Sour Bridges, performing self-described “dirty bluegrass.” These concerts always attract a decent-sized crowd, possibly due to the free wine and snacks, and definitely due to the air-conditioned venue.

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Slightly north of the downtown area, H-E-B’s Central Market on North Lamar features music on their outdoor deck most evenings. This is always pleasant spot to have supper or a snack and listen to local groups. Thursday’s entertainment was a contemporary swing trio called The Lucky Strikes.

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