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FREE Concerts in Austin this Summer 2016


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It would not be summer in Austin without lounging on a blanket and taking in some live music. Austinites are always longing for that experience and during these long, hot summer days one can find plenty of chances to get their fill. We have combined all the free, live music events around Austin this summer so read below to pick and choose which ones you want to attend. Click here to read about the best, year-round music events to see.

Check out our complete guide to learn more about free Austin concerts or read below to get concert dates.

Austin Free Live Music Summer 2016

KGSR Blues on the Green

Located on the east end of Zilker Park, Blues on the Green is an outdoor concert series put on by KGSR every summer. Don’t forget to bring your own blankets and lawn chairs to fully enjoy the music!

Mike Flanigin’s The Drifter with Billy Gibbons, Jimmie Vaughan, Charlie Sexton and Peterson Brothers May 25
Wild Child with Max Frost June 22
Hayes Carll with Carson McHone July 13
Sweet Spirit with The Suffers August 3

Unplugged at the Grove

This year marks the 23rd Anniversary of KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove. There’s no cover charge, $4 ZiegenBock Drafts, and the best music, food, and fun!

Charlie Mars May 19
Jai Malano May 26
Harvest Thieves June 9
Alejandro Escovedo June 16
Ray Wylie Hubbard June 23
James McMurtry June 30
Shane Smith & The Saints July 7
The Reverend Horton Heat & Dale Watson July 14
Griffin House July 21
Uncle Lucius July 28
The Damn Quails August 4
Bob Schneider August 11
The Rocketboys August 18
Jackie Venson August 25
TBA September 1
Jonathan Tyler September 8

Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park”

Every Sunday evening (except July 4th weekend) at 7:30pm, you can listen to free ensemble concerts in the Hartman Concert Park. From jazz, light classical to pop selections and film scores, they play it all.

Strings June 5
Woodwinds June 12
Big Band June 19
Brass June 26
Woodwinds July 10
Strings July 17
Brass July 24
Big Band July 31
Strings August 7
Brass August 14
Woodwinds August 21
Big Band August 28

Concert Series at The Galleria

The music begins at 7:00pm and performs in the Hill Country Galleria’s outdoor amphitheater. Bring your family, friends, and a blanket to lounge on the grassy lawn during the show.

High Plains Jamboree May 28
Midnight River Choir June 4
Dawn & Hawkes June 11
July 4th Celebration July 4

Music on the Square Summer Concerts

All summer long, the Courthouse Square in Georgetown provides live music concerts every Friday night. Pick up dinner at one of the downtown restaurants near by, then find a perfect spot to watch the performance.

Georgetown Pipes and Drums June 3
Mr. Thrill June 10
Blue Vibe June 17
Wound Loose June 24
Square Tones July 1
Bluegrass Showmen July 8
Wilson String Band July 15
Bob Case July 22
Jimi Lee July 29
Mike Hamilton August 5
Detentions August 12
Adan Davila August 19
Roland Waits August 26

Live Entertainment at Steiner Ranch Steakhouse

Indulge in a delicious dinner and drink at Steiner Ranch Steakhouse while listening to their summer schedule of live music.

The Orq May 27
London Calling May 28
Kopy Kats June 3
London Calling June 4
Texas Unlimited Band June 10
Sophisticates June 11
Newsboyz June 17
Third Language June 18
Pictures June 24
Groove Knight June 25

Live Music at The Oasis

The Oasis has two live music venues on site, the Starlight Terrace and Overlook. Every weekend they host local Austin bands of all types of genres. To see concert dates after July, click here.

Trick Shot May 26
KLBJ Night & Jumpstart May 27
Austin Party Band & Suede May 28
Orquesta Trabuko & The Brew May 29
Lix Box June 2
KLBJ Night & Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes June 3
Shakedown & The Eggmen June 4
The Brew June 5
Funky Brass Factory June 9
Rocket Brothers June 10
Caboose & Trick Shot June 11
The Brew June 12
Jumpstart June 16
Top Choice & KLBJ Night June 17
Stooch & Suede June 18
The Brew June 19
King George June 23
Dysfunkshun Junkshun June 24
Funky Brass Factory & Rocket Brothers June 25
The Brew June 26
High Road June 30
Plush & Memphis Train July 1
Austin Party Band July 2
Orquesta Trabuko & The Brew July 3
Hot Sauce ATX & KLBJ Night July 8
Natural Causes & Dysfunkshun Junkshun July 9
The Brew July 10
Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes July 15
KLBJ Night & Dysfunkshun Junkshun July 15
Rocket Brothers & Suede July 16
The Brew July 17
The Eggmen July 23
The Brew July 24
Sun Radio Presents: TBA & LC Rocks July 29
The Plush July 30
The Brew July 31

Free Music at Gruene Hall

During the summer, Gruene Hall host free music concerts that range all over the musical spectrum, from country to R&B to cajun/folk. To see concert dates after June, click here.

The Tejas Brothers May 26
Flat Top Jones May 28
Mitch Webb & The Swindles May 30
South Austin Moonlighters May 30
Bo Porter May 31
The Georges June 1
Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun June 2
Julieann Banks June 4
Bob Livingston June 5
Whitney Rose Band June 5
Grouchy Like Riley June 6
Casper Rawls Band June 8
High Plains Jamboree June 9
Bret Graham June 12
Hot Club of Cowtown June 12
Grouchy Like Riley June 13
The Georges June 15
Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun June 16
Tom Gillam June 18
Lone Star Swing June 19
Billy Bacon & The Forbidden Pigs CD Release June 19
Grouchy Like Riley June 20
Bo Porter June 22
Aaron Einhouse June 23
Flat Top Jones June 25
Slim Bawb June 26
John Evans Band June 26
Grouchy Like Riley June 27
The Georges June 29
Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun June 30

Sound & Cinema

Do512 and Alamo Drafthouse presents Sound & Cinema, an alternating Wednesday night concert in summer that has live bands paired with classic Hollywood movies.

TBA June 29
TBA July 6
TBA July 20
TBA August 10
TBA August 17

The Wine Down

The Wine Down is a music series that is anchored towards driving people downtown to the 2nd Street District to experience lively nights of shopping, eating, and strolling the 2nd Street corridor.

Migrant Kids and Daniel Eyes & The Vibes May 25
Amanda Cevallos June 29
El Tule July 27
Blue Healer August 31
TBA September 28

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