Music Scene

Willie Nelson


Austin is nicknamed the “Live Music Capital of the World” and has more than 120 live music venues offering a vast range of musical styles.  Austin has no shortage of options, including rhythm and blues, Southern jazz, rock, pop, country and western, and Tejano just to name a few. In addition to the numerous music festivals that occur throughout the year, there are shows daily all across the city. For a complete listing of shows, see the Austin Chronicle’s music listings or check out the ACL Live page.

Austin is also known for its music festivals, some lasting days, giving Austinites access to multiple bands in one convenient setting.  Some of the most popular include South by Southwest (SXSW), the Urban Music Festival, Austin Reggae Fest, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin City Limits Music Festival, and a free local summer favorite, Blues on the Green.