As the lights draped around the patio area of South Austin’s Shady Grove begin to twinkle in the darkening twilight air, a musician — often one of Texas’ most popular acts, such as Bob Schneider or Gary Clark Jr. — will belt out sweet tunes to an excited crowd who have come to enjoy a mainstay event in the local live music scene.
Unplugged at the Grove, a free music series every Thursday at the restaurant from April to September, has been as much a fixture there as Rusty Zagst. When he started working at Shady Grove two decades ago (September will officially mark 20 years), he was just a busboy. Now, he’s a managing partner whose job, he said, doesn’t feel like a job at all.
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