• Austin Sunset by Randall Chancellor

Discovering the Austin Music Scene

Written by Ysmay.

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Musician Lee Barber says it's the creative energy that keeps him in Austin, and with more than 2,300 recording artists and more than 8,000 musicians in Austin, the intense creative energy isn't surprising.

Keeping with its title of the "Live Music Capital of The World" on almost any given night you can find great live music by world class musicians for little to no money. From blues to Tejano to rock to jazz to indie, you're going to be able to find music that suits your tastes.

Musician and author Ruby Dee Philippa does like to go out and see live music in Austin on a semi-regular basis. "My favorite places to both hear and play in are The Continental Club, The Driskill Hotel, and The Saxon Pub: each is a classic Austin space, showcasing music at its best!"

Born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, musician Eric Hisaw adopted Austin as his home almost two decades ago, and he's never thought of turning back. "Austin is a great place to work from.  There are top notch players and writers to learn from, and clubs and studios to work in."

Eric doesn't go out to see live music as often as Ruby Dee, but says, "I will step out to see Alejandro Escovedo, Rick Broussard's Two Hoots and a Holler, Eve and The Exiles, and the LeRoi Brothers when I can. There's a lot of cool stuff going on I know nothing about, unfortunately, but I'm trying to get out some more and see what's happening."

Austin boasts almost 200 live music venues, five of which are in the airport. In Austin you can count on finding music in unexpected places including:

  • Grocery stores
  • Lady Bird Lake
  • Alongside the marathons
  • City Hall
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