Visiting Austin, TX in Oct - where to see cool bands?

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  1. Stax1

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    Hey guys/gals, we'll be visiting Austin for a few days in October. Whilst I've seen a lot of the US, I've yet to visit Austin so I'm excited to see the live music capital of the world!

    Can anyone recommend some good places to catch cool music? I like blues, and singer/songwriter type stuff. I gravitate towards bands with strong vocalists and dig anything that has lots of instruments and isn't too 'jazz' if you catch my drift.. Love gospel choirs, but they're not common in bars.. At least not here in Australia.

    Anyway, any tips will be much appreciated!

    Any tips on worthy guitar stores will also be appreciated - just not by my manager (the Mrs)..
     
  2. richiek65

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    Trying to get to Austin myself.. Such a long way from down here at? I'll be watching this thread with great interest!
     
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    Same, I will be there in November... watching.
     
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    Continental Club, Carousel, White Horse, Broken Spoke are a couple of MANY. Have fun!
     
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    For guitar shops
    Austin Vintage Guitars- amazing selection of Vintage gear
    South Austin music - great selection of used gear
    Austin Guitar House- new and used boutique

    Austin Vintage and Austin Guitar House are 5 min apart
    If you have to pick just one Austin Vintage for sure
    Just look for the 30ft tall telecaster
     
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  6. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

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    For Blues:

    Antone’s—now owned/fronted by Gary Clark, Jr.

    C-Boy’s Blues

    Continental Club

    Also, check out the Antone’s Record Shop, owned by Eve Monsees and Mike Buck.
     
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    Redd plays the Continental quite often. Caught him there a year or so ago.
     
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    ABGB is a good “younger” venue.
    The Saxon Pub and Cactus Cafe have great singer/songwriters.
    Little Longhorn (formerly Ginnie’s) and the Broken Spoke have country bands.
    The White Horse is cool, too.
     
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    Do they still do chicken **** bingo on sundays at little longhorn?
    Used to go to that when I first moved here.
     
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    Check out Stubb's BBQ Gospel Brunch on Sunday mornings. I assume they're still doing it. Tends to be a bit contemporary in terms of praise music, but definitely with some old southern soul to it. Excellent musicians. Stubb's BBQ is actually not the best BBQ in Austin (not even close). But the brunch atmosphere is fun as hell (heh heh).

    If we can get Marmite and Vegemite in the US, I'm sure you can get Stubbs sauce down under :D
     
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    Austin Vintage—ask for Nick and tell him Brian from Chicago sent you! Great guy! And tour the Collings factory/shop if you have time!
     
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    Times have changed a bit. But you can still walk down and around 6th Street and get all the blues and singer/songwriter stuff you can stomach. Not that I don't like it (quite the contrary). It just gets....tiresome after a while.

    Gotta eat, too. Fortunately, Austin has a crazy food scene. Lots of newer upstarts all the time. But gotta do the classic standbys.

    Chuy's (the original on Barton Springs)
    Homeslice Pizza (on So.Co.)'
    Curra's Grill (on Oltorff)
    Torchy's (original on South 1st).

    And countless others. That doesn't even include breakfast tacos or bbq.
     
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    My band plays a lot on 6th st...we do Blues and Rock n Roll in the styles of SRV,ZZ Top,Freddie King,Jimi Hendrix,George Thorogood,AC/DC,Chuck Berry ect.If that's your cup of tea then you can catch us a lot at various 6th st bars.
     
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    I'm about as far as I can get from Austin.

    (Everyone says)

    Ya gotta go to The Continental Club.

    Things you may or may not know about The Continental Club:

    It's a mirror image of (now defunct although still legendary) CBGB. Bar was on the right when you walked in the door at CBGB. Bar is on the left at The Continental.

    Malcontents ripped the doors off the stalls and the seats off the crappers the first couple days CBGB was open. Hilly initially had 'em replaced. They were vandalized almost instantly. Doorless stalls and seatless crappers became a CBGB trademark.

    The crappers are to the left of the stage at The Continental. They have doors and seats making Austin measurably classier than New York.

    The Continental has been there since 1955. IMO that makes it the post apocalyptic cockroach of venues.

    CBGB had burned out beer signs on its ceiling. Closest you get at The Continental is the well lit Mercury sign stage upper left. Follow the bread crumbs to Mercury Charlie's on the outskirts of town if you want to see some bad- ass hot rods and customs.

    There was a cigarette machine to the right of the door when I was there. You can walk out the back door and smoke by the dumpster if that's your thing.

    Dance floor at The Continental is worn linoleum tile over concrete.


    Ya gotta hear Heybale's set Sunday evening. You'll see more talent for less dough than any other show on Planet Dirt. Heybale is Redd Volkaert, formerly Merl Haggard's guitar player, Earl Ball, Johnny Cash's piano player, Kevin Smith, Willy's bass player, Dallas Wayne on the other guitar and Tom Lewis on drums.

    Last time I was there Earl limped in with his chrome cane on one arm and a tattoo-ed pinup girl on his other arm. Way I remember it she had a teased blonde hairdo on one side with the other side shaved. That's 'cuz she has a (tattoo) sleeve that starts at her fingers and ends behind her ear.

    Lady can two- step. She danced with every cowboy in the place. They say,

    "White guys can't dance."

    They mean me.


    Mr. Ball walks with a cane because he's saving his good leg for kicking ass.

     
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    Licha's Cantina on e.6th st., try the walk in meat cooler, coolest bands in texas in there. most of them tried to beat the check...

    bring your mittens, try the flank steak
     
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    Speaking of crappers...

    Aw, crap. I checked Sam's calendar. I'm not seein' swing dance night.

    Last time we were there we cut a swath from Arlington to San Antonio with Austin in the middle. Ended up at Sam's Burger Joint on a Monday night for swing dance night.

    Blew my little mind. It was like bein' in the middle of American Bandstand.

    I still can't dance.

    Drive like you're from Texas, you can do Austin to San Antonio in an hour. Takes people from Pennsylvania an hour and a half.


    Gotta see Two Tons at The Broken Spoke on October 11th.


    For hotels, The Alden by Best Western really lives up to its name.
     
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    Just chase down Austin's Best @brookdalebill :)
    He'll keep your ears smiling!!
     
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    Oh, man. Went to Arturo's for breakfast. Got there just before they stopped serving breakfast. I was still on East Coast time and anyway, I'm nominally a musician. Musicians aren't supposed to be up and about before the crack of noon.

    :D

    Had the Huevos Rancheros.

    Sweat poured off my body. Tears filled my eyes. I thought to myself,

    "Man. If this is what they eat for breakfast I think I'll skip dinner."

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Had a burger at a food truck. It was near an apartment block over by the river. Lost the rest of it to that last whack in the head. I remember a fustercluck of bees trying to establish a hive in their garbage can...

    There's a cluster of food trucks called The Picnic. It looks about right from what I remember.
     
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    and the Continental Club in Houston was built as a mirror image to the one in Austin.
    While it is not a dead ringer, when you walk through the front door and take it in you can tell that is what they tried to do in Houston.
     
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    Its been awhile., a few were right next to each other on Pecan street.
     
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