Want to know where to hear music in Austin this summer? We have you covered with a master list of more than 150 shows from June to September. Whether you’re looking for big amphitheater and arena concerts, or buzzworthy touring shows at downtown theaters and nightclubs, or free local music series at outdoor venues, you’ll find it in our summer music guide.
23: Future at Austin360 Amphitheater. Future is one of the biggest rap stars on the planet and a beast of a live performer, but that’s just the beginning. This bill goes deep with emotional trap rapper Young Thug, chart burning R&B/rap crooner Tory Lanez, breakout star A$AP Ferg and Zoey Dollaz. $34.50-$102.50. 7 p.m. — D.S.S.
23: John Fullbright, David Ramirez, Kevin & Dustin Welch at Hogg Auditorium
23: Rebirth Brass Band at Empire
23: Rippingtons at One World Theatre
24: Deftones, Rise Against at Austin360 Amphitheater
24: Melissa Etheridge at Stubb’s
24: Cumbia Roots Fest with host Kiko Villamizar at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard. Over the past decade or so, cumbia has grown into the dominant form of Pan Latin American dance music in the world. This festival explores cumbia’s origin in Colombian folk music, structured around the work of gaiteros, Colombian flute players who gain acclaim in their homeland by competing at festivals across at the country. Featured artists include award-winning Colombian outfit Trapiche de Colombo, NYC-based group Bulla en el Barrio and several Austin-based groups including Villamizar’s own ensemble and La Frenetika. $10. 4 p.m. — D.S.S.
24: Summer of Love 50th anniversary with Greezy Wheels, Extreme Heat, Uranium Savages at Threadgill’s South
24: Ernie Sky & the K-Tels reunion at Antone’s
24: Graves, Josh Pan at Empire
25: Poi Dog Pondering with Abra Moore at 3Ten. Any time the eclectic Chicago-via-Austin-via-Hawaii band led by Frank Orrall returns to the city where they galvanized in the late 1980s, it’s cause for celebration. And collaboration: Still in Austin is the marvelous singer Abra Moore, and she’ll join her old pals for the occasion. Night Glitter opens. $25-$30. 8 p.m. — P.B.
25: Murder by Death, Tiger Army at Mohawk
28: Chon, Tera Melos, Covet, Little Tybee at Emo’s
28-29: Rodney Crowell at Saxon Pub. When Rodney Crowell stopped by Waterloo Records on April 7 to squeeze an afternoon in-store between back-to-back nights of appearances at major tributes to Merle Haggard (in Nashville) and Guy Clark (in Austin), it seemed likely to be a quick-stop afterthought. Instead, Crowell played almost all of his spectacular and deeply personal new album “Close Ties” solo acoustic, laying out his heart on the store’s small stage and leaving the crowd in awe of the raw emotion they’d just witnessed. If these Saxon shows are anything like that, the ticket price will be well worth it. $35-$45. 8:30 p.m. — P.B.
29: Nakia & His Southern Cousins reunion at Antone’s
30: Gloria Trevi vs. Alejandra Guzman at Erwin Center
30: C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band at Antone’s
30: Summer Jam with Stoney LaRue, Wade Bowen, Granger Smith and more at Nutty Brown Amphitheater
30: Ozuna at El Coliseo
1: Ian Moore & the Lossy Coils at Antone’s
1: Bob Schneider at Nutty Brown Amphitheater
2: Bush at Stubb’s
2: Village People at Empire
3: Strfkr, Reptaliens at Emo’s
3: Band of Heathens, Jonathan Terrell at Threadgill’s South
4: Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic at Circuit of the Americas. Austin’s pride and joy brings his historic Independence Day bash back to the edge-of-town racetrack’s amphitheater and plaza stages. Willie and his Family band should go on shortly before midnight, after performances by a cavalcade of compadres: Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson, Steve Earle, Margo Price, Asleep at the Wheel, Turnpike Troubadours, Hayes Carll, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Johnny Bush, Billy Joe Shaver, David Allan Coe, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs. Robots, Raelyn Nelson Band and Folk Uke. $39.50-$89.50. 11 a.m. gates; music begins at noon. — P.B.
4: Grateful Ball with Travelin’ McCourys, Jeff Austin Band at Empire
6: Diana Ross at ACL Live
7: Born of Osiris at Come and Take It Live
8: James Cotton & Muddy Waters tribute with Big Bill Morganfield, Bob Margolin, Paul Oscher and more at Antone’s
8: Phantogram at Stubb’s
8: Blac Youngsta at Empire
9: Miss Lavelle White 88th birthday with Lazy Lester, Bobby Patterson & more at Antone’s
9: Uranium Savages 7-09 Show at ABGB
11: Joshua Radin & Rachael Yamagata at Parish
11-12: Dreams Come True reunion with Marcia Ball, Angela Strehli & Lou Ann Barton at Antone’s. As part of the blues club’s three-week run celebrating 42 years since the club’s opening, this triple-threat combo is repeating last year’s anniversary appearance. It’s an entirely welcome encore, as the three women’s 1990 collaborative album remains one of the definitive documents of the Antone’s aesthetic. Ball soon will begin her reign as 2018 Texas State Musician, and some still cite Barton as the best singer Austin ever produced, but it’s the return of Strehli from the Bay Area that makes the occasion special. $22-$25. 7 p.m. — P.B.
12: Tears for Fears, Carina Round at ACL Live
12: R5 at Parish
13: Rich Homie Quan at Emo’s
13-16: Hot Summer Nights in Red River Cultural District. Designed to beat the summer doldrums when touring shows tend to go on hiatus, this new music festival is built around a simple concept: all free, all local and all Red River. The centerpiece event is a Saturday evening dance party from electro-funk champs Capyac at Stubb’s outside, but clubs throughout the district, including Empire, Barracuda, Beerland and the Mohawk, will host free shows. Artists on the preliminary lineup include Israel Nash, Zeale, Mobley, Abram Shook and Kiko Villamizar. Free. See facebook.com/redrivercd for more details. — D.S.S.
14: Five for Fighting at One World Theatre
14: Azizi Gibson at Empire
14-16: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit at ACL Live. Americana sensation Isbell sold out two nights in this room last year, so it’s no surprise he had to add a third show this time around. Fans will be eager to hear material from his new album “The Nashville Sound,” the follow-up to 2015’s impressive “Something More Than Free” which topped the rock, country and folk charts simultaneously upon its release. Indie band the Mountain Goats open the first night; Isbell’s wife and 400 Unit bandmate, Amanda Shires, opens the next two. $39.50-$49.50. 8 p.m. — P.B.
15: Antone’s 42nd Anniversary with Jimmie Vaughan & Tilt-A-Whirl Band at Antone’s
16: Slaid Cleaves CD release at Stateside at the Paramount
20: Logic, Joey Bada$$ at the Austin360 Amphitheater: Rapper Logic has been slowly becoming one of the hottest new voices in hip-hop. Last year, he handily sold out a Stubb’s show and this go round he’s jumped up to the big stage. His latest album, “Everybody,” which dropped in early May, is a dense collection that centers on his struggle to reconcile the various facets of his multiracial identity in the midst of the social and political turmoil of America in 2017. Also on this bill is Pro-Era rapper Joey Bada$$, who created waves with the starkly political “All Amerikkkan Bada$$” earlier this year. — D.S.S.
20: Rocket Summer at Antone’s
20: Michael Grimm at One World Theatre
21: Dirty Heads, Soja at Statesman Skyline Theater
21: DJ Shadow at Emo’s. An early innovator in sample-based composition, Shadow set the template for modern artists who mine dusty vinyl to mash up sounds and create elaborate concept albums. He also was one of the first artists to experiment with sophisticated visual samples, embellishing his stage shows with accompanying video production. But don’t get it twisted, the OG is still in the game. His politically charged Run the Jewels collaboration, “Nobody Speak,” was one of the hardest hitting singles of 2016. $28.50-$30. 8 p.m. doors. — D.S.S.
21: Dave Koz & Larry Graham at One World Theatre
21: Charley Crockett at Continental Club
21-22: Matthew Sweet, Tommy Keene at 3Ten. What seems sure to be the power-pop double-bill of the summer features headliner Sweet, whose early-’90s album “Girlfriend” remains a classic of the genre, plus a terrific opener in Keene, who’s made more than a dozen records for major and indie labels since the 1980s. $29.50-$35. 8:30 p.m. — P.B.
22: Iron & Wine, John Shelley at Paramount Theatre
22: Killer Queen at ACL Live
22: Illenium at Emo’s
22: Cave Singers at Sidewinder
22-23: Float Fest in San Marcos. Modern music, river activities and outdoor camping converge at this annual weekend bash along the San Marcos River just east of San Marcos. This year’s impressive headlining roster includes Zedd, Weezer, Cage the Elephant, MGMT and Passion Pit; also on the bill are Mac Miller, Girl Talk, Snakehips, Neon Indian, Moon Taxi, Wild Child, Sweet Spirit, Mike Jones, Lil Flip, Ume, Walker Lukens, Los Coast, Heartbyrne, Kind of Nothing, A-Town GetDown, Blunt Force and Resonant Frequency. $65-$170. Music starts at 2 p.m. each day. — P.B.
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23: Jeannette Harris, Pamela Hart at One World Theatre
25: Angel Olson “Austin City Limits” taping at ACL Live
26: Playboi Carti at Emo’s
27: Mura Masa at Empire
28: TLC, Blackstreet, Mark McGrath, Rob Base, C+C Music Factory at HEB Center
28: Firefall at One World Theatre
29: Idina Menzel at Bass Concert Hall
29: Meek Mill, Yo Gotti at HEB Center
29: Randy Rogers Band, Flatland Calvary at Nutty Brown Amphitheater
29: The Alarm at 3Ten. Only frontman Mike Peters is left from the original lineup of the anthemic British new-wave/punk band that kicked up a storm in the 1980s. But his vocals were always a big part of the group’s appeal, and he now has local ties: A decade ago, he and Austinite James Chippendale, both leukemia survivors, started the Love Hope Strength Foundation to raise money and awareness for those with leukemia and cancer. $26.50-$30. 8:30 p.m. — P.B.
30: Michelle Branch at Emo’s
30: Ohio Players at Empire
31: REO Speedwagon, Styx, Don Felder at HEB Center
1: Mary Black at One World Theatre
3: Zac Brown Band “Austin City Limits” taping at ACL Live
4: Tobin Sprout, Elf Power at Barracuda
5: Incubus, Jimmy Eat World, Judah & the Lion at Austin360 Amphitheater
5: Doom Side of the Moon with the Sword, Brownout and more at Emo’s
5: Waxahatchee at Mohawk
6: 2 Chainz at Emo’s
9: Bryson Tiller at Statesman Skyline Theater. The Louisville, Ky., R&B singer became a sudden sensation in 2015 with the release of his debut album “Trapsoul.” He surprise-released the follow up album “True to Self” in late spring, then announced dates for a summer tour with H.E.R. and Metro Boomin’. $39.50 - $49.50. 7 p.m. — D.S.S.
10: Livingston Taylor at One World Theatre
11: Blue Oyster Cult at Empire
11: Pieces of a Dream at One World Theatre
11: Monte Montgomery Birthday Bash at Antone’s
11: Blondie, Garbage at ACL Live. More than 40 years after Debbie Harry’s new wave, pop-punk outfit dropped their self-titled debut, Blondie is still going strong. Their latest album, “Pollinator,” includes collaborations with current pop sensations Sia and Charli XCX, alt-R&B artist Dev Hynes of Blood Orange, and the Smiths’ Johnny Marr. The tour, aptly named “Rage and Rapture,” pairs Blondie with another female-fronted powerhouse, Garbage, who handily sold out Stubb’s when they were in town for their “20 Years Queer” tour in 2015. $89-$135. 7 p.m. — D.S.S.
12: Jidenna at Antone’s (sold out)
12: Edwin McCain at One World Theatre
15: Kap-G at Come and Take It
16: Dead Cross at Emo’s
16-17: Fleet Foxes at ACL Live (sold out)
18: Australian Pink Floyd Show at ACL Live
18: Betty Who at Vulcan Gas Company
18-19: RAS Day at Empire, Kenny Dorham’s Backyard. In 2013, the City of Austin declared August 29 Riders Against the Storm Day, and every year since, the husband/wife hip-hop crew has celebrated with a throwdown at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard. This year the event expands to two days, adding a concert at Empire Garage the night before the main event, and a family-friendly, multi-cultural wellness festival in East Austin, very intentionally designed to bring love, light and healing to artists, activists and the community at large. Featured artists include PJ Morton from New Orleans and Raul Midón from NYC at the Friday night Empire show and funkadelic bass specialist Nik West at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard. — D.S.S.
18-19: Blasters, Flat Duo Jets at Continental Club
19: J. Cole at Erwin Center
19: Austin Originals Benefit with Asleep at the Wheel
20: Foreigner, Cheap Trick, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin at Austin360 Amphitheater
20: Pure Prairie League at One World Theatre
22: The Fixx at 3Ten
23: Piano Guys at Long Center. One of those only-in-the-digital-age success stories, this Utah instrumental quartet started posting videos to YouTube in 2010 and eventually topped a billion views, helped by the release of a half-dozen records that have topped the classical and new age charts. Though they do some original material, it’s their piano-and-cello renditions of songs taken from Coldplay to Bach to Disney’s “Frozen” soundtrack and beyond that has driven their internet stardom. $49-$79. 8 p.m. — P.B.
23: Shabazz Palaces, Porter Ray at Mohawk
25: Michael Franti & Spearhead, Satsang at Stubb’s
25: Cody Johnson, Muscadine Bloodline at ACL Live
26: Simple Plan, Set It Off at Emo’s
26-27: Lyle Lovett & His Large Band at ACL Live. When the Texas songwriter and his edge-of-forever American-roots ensemble did two nights at this venue last summer, Lovett’s tone leaned less on the wry witticisms for which he’s renowned and more toward a reflective appreciation for a long life in music with his bandmates. He’s not had a new album since 2012’s “Release Me,” so don’t expect big changes in the set list; but there’s still no contemporary touring act that combines musicianship and material with quite the same degree of class and grace. $49-$99 (first night sold out). 8 p.m. — P.B.
29: City & Colour, Marlon Williams at Stubb’s
30: Sylvan Esso, Flock of Dimes at Stubb’s (general admission sold out)
30: Inter Arma at Mohawk
31: Buddy Guy, Quinn Sullivan at ACL Live
31: GBH, Casualties at Mohawk
1: South Austin Jug Band reunion at Threadgill’s South
2: Donald Fagen & the Nightflyers at ACL Live
2: HillBenders present “The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry” at One World Theatre. Though they hail from Springfield, Mo., this energetic alt-grass outfit has a vital Austin connection: It was the late SXSW co-founder Louis Meyers who persuaded them to record a bluegrass version of the Who’s classic rock-opera album. What might sound like a goofy lark reveals itself to be much more than that when the band reels off classic after classic in sequence, as they did to a delighted audience at Old Settler’s Music Festival in 2016. $20-$60. 7 p.m. — P.B.
3: Zmed Brothers at One World Theatre
3: La India Yuridia at El Coliseo
4: Thee Oh Sees at Hotel Vegas
7: Eric Church, Elle King, Texas Gentlemen at Austin360 Amphitheater
8: Green Day, Catfish & the Bottlemen at Austin360 Amphitheater
8: Ghostland Observatory at Stubb’s
8: Melvins at Mohawk
8: Spyro Gyra at One World Theatre
9: Sturgill Simpson, Fantastic Negrito at Austin360 Amphitheater. Building on the remarkable artistic breakthrough of his 2014 record “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music,” Sturgill Simpson got an Album of the Year Grammy nomination for last year’s “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.” He didn’t win, but that and a breakout “Saturday Night Live” performance cemented his status as a leader among a new wave of artists who are saving country music from bro-pop pablum. The addition of acclaimed modern bluesman Fantastic Negrito to the bill is an inspired touch. $29.50-$59.50. 8 p.m. — P.B.
9: David Cook at One World Theatre
10: Janet Jackson at Erwin Center. Much has happened since the 50-year-old pop sensation canceled her 2016 “Unbreakable” tour to focus on starting a family. She gave birth to a son, Eissa, then split with her husband. In May, she announced plans to restart the tour, renamed “State of the World,” a title she says is not about politics but rather “people, the world, relationships and love.” She promises a set list that includes a mix of fan favorites from “Unbreakable,” socially conscious music she’s released through the years and plenty of hits. $35.95-$135.95. 8 p.m. — D.S.S.
10: Dailey & Vincent at One World Theatre
13: Paulina Rubio at El Coliseo
13: Hanson at Emo’s. When Hanson played South by Southwest earlier this year, they revisited the softball complex where an impromptu performance helped jump-start their path to youth stardom. Now in their 30s, the three brothers remain a pop band well worth hearing: Their new single “I Was Born” stands up well to the older favorites they’ll gather on an upcoming greatest-hits album. $35-$40. 7 p.m. doors. — P.B.
14: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dumpstaphunk at ACL Live
14: Whiskey Myers at Emo’s
15: Shakey Graves, Parker Millsap at ACL Live
15: Ben Ottewell at Sidewinder
16: Jonny Lang at ACL Live
16: Kevin Morby at Mohawk
17: Zac Brown Band, Darrell Scott at Austin360 Amphitheater. There may well have been no bigger country act over the last decade than the Zac Brown Band, whose new Dave Cobb-produced album “Welcome Home” follows four straight platinum records. Their jam-band/Southern-rock/country-folk crossover sound may have followed the massive success of Dave Matthews, but the three-time Grammy-winning Georgians soon left their own mark. This show follows their Aug. 3 taping of “Austin City Limits” at ACL Live. A smart choice as opener for the Amphitheater show is Darrell Scott, a fine singer-songwriter who’s penned smashes for the Dixie Chicks and Brad Paisley as well as playing in Robert Plant’s Band of Joy. $39.75-$82.75. 8 p.m. — P.B.
17: Record Company at Emo’s
19: Two Door Cinema Club, Circa Waves at ACL Live
19: Swervedriver at 3Ten
19: Bleachers, Tove Styrke at Emo’s
20: Depeche Mode at Austin360 Amphitheater
20: Steve Winwood at ACL Live
21: Cafe Tacvba at ACL Live
21: Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Granger Smith at Austin360 Amphitheater
21: Banks at Emo’s
21: Jon Bellion at Stubb’s
22: Tajmo: Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band at ACL Live
22: Flatlanders, Dan Penn at Paramount Theatre.Last year’s rare appearance at the Paramount’s sister venue Stateside by Southern songwriting legend Penn, on his 75th birthday, was one of 2016’s best live shows. Now here’s a bar-raising encore: He’ll open for Austin country-folk greats the Flatlanders, featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock. $25-$55. 8 p.m. — P.B.
23: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Hard Working Americans at ACL Live (sold out)
23: Roger McGuinn at Paramount Theatre
23: Descendents at Stubb’s
24: Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull at Erwin Center
24: Boz Scaggs at ACL Live
24: Draco Rosa at Paramount Theatre
24: Venom Inc at Come and Take It Live
25: Raekwon at Antone’s
26: MisterWives, Smallpools, Vinyl Theatre at Emo’s
26: Zola Jesus at North Door
27: Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade at Erwin Center. The sprawling art-rock outfit from Montreal has a new album, “Everything Now,” the long-anticipated follow-up to 2013’s “Reflektor,” due out July 28. The band is known for supplementing their stage shows with strong visual elements. On the “Reflektor” tour, giant bobble head figures representing then-president Obama and then-governor Rick Perry roamed the stage, making it highly likely that we’ll see some sort of reference to the current administration. Last time, the band asked attendees to wear costumes or formal wear and fans complied, giving the show a celebratory feeling of misfit prom. No word yet on the dress code this go round. $26-$75. 7:30 p.m. — D.S.S.
27: RAC at Mohawk
27: Lany at Emo’s
29 and Oct. 2: Father John Misty, Weyes Blood at Bass Concert Hall
29: Matchbox Twenty, Matt Nathanson at HEB Center
29: Dwight Yoakam at Nutty Brown Amphitheater
29: Kaleo, Wilder at ACL Live
29: Big Thief at Mohawk
30: Lauryn Hill, Nas at Austin360 Amphitheater. Here’s a solid bet for fans of lyrically fierce ’90s hip-hop. Over the past decade Hill’s performances have been notoriously inconsistent and frequently tardy. The last time we caught her, in the final moments of the final Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2015, she was brilliant, transcendent. Her set had a hard curfew of 10 p.m. and she actually started a couple minutes early. The last time she played Austin, when her “Diaspora Calling” tour hit ACL Live last fall, she was reportedly good, but quite late to hit the stage. Fans who caught recent performances from Hill in Atlanta and in Pittsburgh fared worse. Nas, who headlined Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2014, is, and has always been, “half-man, half amazing.” Chronixx opens. $31.50-$131.50. 7 p.m. — D.S.S.
30: War on Drugs at Stubb’s
30: Pvris, Lights, Party Nails at Emo’s
30: A.J. Croce at Stateside at the Paramount
30: Max Frost at Belmont
30: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard at Mohawk
FREE SEASONAL SERIES
Summer in Austin means plenty of opportunities to hear music for free outdoors. Here are a few favorite standbys:
Blues on the Green at Zilker Park. Two shows of this wildly popular KGSR series are now in the books, but two more remain, on July 12 and Aug. 2. Check kgsr.com for announcements about the performers.
Unplugged at the Grove at Shady Grove. KGSR’s other long-running summer staple is this patio series at the resaurant on Barton Spring Road. Shows are every Thursday at 8 p.m. through Sept. 14, with highlights including Darden Smith (June 29), Jackie Venson (July 13) and Rhett Miller (Aug. 17). See theshadygrove.com/unplugged for the full list.
Sound & Cinema at Long Center Lawn. Movies and music match up on the spacious grounds in front of the Long Center. Highlights include Quaker City Night Hawks before “Raising Arizona” on June 28, and A Giant Dog before “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” on July 26. Full details at thelongcenter.org.
Music Under the Star at Bullock Museum. Local standouts play the first three Fridays in July on the patio in front of the state history museum. Catch James McMurtry and Akina Adderley on July 7, Mother Falcon and Molly Burch on July 14, and Tameca Jones and Los Coast on July 21. Details at thestoryoftexas.com.
Texas Radio Live at Guero’s. This one’s actually year-round , but Sun Radio has quite a few quality shows coming up from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Mexican restaurant’s shady Oak Garden. Hear John Inmon and Randy Weeks (July 5), Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few and Two Hoots & a Holler (July 19), and Jo Carol Pierce and Lili Blessing (Aug. 2). More at sunradio.com/trl.