Summer Music in the City

DSC02079 I’m not a fan of the hot Texas summers, but I do look forward to Austin’s live music during this time of the year. There’s a wide variety of great, mostly-free concerts practically every day of the week. Here’s some of my favorite music events so far this summer….

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Concerts in the Park are presented at The Long Center most Sunday evenings in the summer months. Small ensembles from the Austin Symphony perform for about an hour, starting at 7:30 PM. My favorite group is Big Band, with their saxes, brass, percussion, string bass, and even a vocalist. Their toe-tapping tunes get lots of couples up and dancing on the terrace.

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The Austin City Limits TV show had several tapings in the past few weeks, with more planned throughout the summer. Ticket winners are chosen through a random online drawing a few days before the taping. In the past month, Bill and I have seen Ed Sheeran and Jeff Tweedy. Both concerts will be edited and then broadcast on the next season of Austin City Limits.

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The Wine Down music series is back again this summer, with two significant changes. First, the concerts have moved to every-other-Monday, a good choice for an evening that doesn’t conflict with the other weekday summer events. Secondly—and most importantly—this series has moved from the hot, outdoor balcony inside to the air-conditioned ACL-Live Moody Theater. This season’s opener was Shinyribs, a new band featuring Kevin Russell (formerly of The Gourds). This group will also be playing at Blues on the Green next month.

Speaking of which, Bill and I haven’t even made it to Blues on the Green nor to Unplugged at the Grove yet. So much great Austin music…so little time!

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