summer music

Indoors and outdoors, big or small, plenty of tunes on the way
Kelly West

Indoors and outdoors, big or small, plenty of tunes on the way

From outdoor festivals to recurring series to touring and local acts playing in the big amphitheaters and the small clubs, music is everywhere in Austin this summer. Here’s our long look at all the action in the Live Music Capital.


22: Wolf Alice, Gateway Drugs at Holy Mountain

22: Arturo Sandoval at One World Theatre

23: Purity Ring at Stubb’s

23. Mae, All Get Out at Mohawk

26: Hiatus Kaiyote at Parish

28: Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers at ACL Live

28-30: Vapors of Morphine at Continental Club. Members of famed Boston “low-rock” band Morphine, whose singer Mark Sandman died in 1999, have regrouped with former New Orleans musician Jeremy Lyons to revive some of the old group’s songs while adding new material that weaves in Delta blues and psychedelic touches.

music picks

7 nights of shows: May 22-28


Jackie Venson at One-2-One Bar. Local superstar Gary Clark Jr. is carrying the torch of Austin’s electric blues legacy, but Jackie Venson is gaining speed, ready for the hand off. The 25-year-old ax-slinger first picked up a six-string less than five years ago, but she plays with exceptional expression and emotional depth. The evening will unfold as a ladies’ night, with Venson joined by fellow blues singer Samantha Lee and the Family Tree and a solo set from Qi Dada from Riders Against the Storm.


Levitation 2015

13th Floor Elevators reunion marks a major Levitation milestone

Reunion marks a major Levitation milestone

“It’s the clear I made inside me

Makes me feel as light as air

I’ve got levitation”

— The 13th Floor Elevators, “I’ve Got Levitation”

It’s impossible to underestimate the significance of the 13th Floor Elevators to Levitation Fest, which this year has rechristened itself with a name taken from an Elevators song.

Formerly Austin Psych Fest, the event is all about the psychedelic music that Elevators frontman Roky Erickson and lyricist Tommy Hall helped bring to the public consciousness in the 1960s.


Pachanga Fest

Pachanga Fest boasts a strong roster of international superstars
Tammy Perez Photo

Festival boasts strong international roster

Pachanga Latino Music Festival honcho Rich Garza describes the lineup for this year’s event as “the biggest bands that you’ve never heard of.”

“Enjambre is like the Kings of Leon of Mexico and Compass is like the Major Lazer of Mexico,” Garza said over lunch at El Alma in South Austin recently. “All these artists have huge followings on social media and do really, really well internationally.

Deborah Sengupta Stith: Austin Music Source

On the eve of Letterman finale, Austin artists recall playing the show
Courtesy of Asleep at the Wheel

On the eve of Letterman finale, Austin artists recall playing the show

No Austin artist has played David Letterman’s shows more times than Willie Nelson.

Predictably, the bona fide, immortalized-in-bronze country music legend has logged 25 appearances on Letterman’s stages, including a few on NBC’s “Late Night” before America’s longest-running late-night TV host moved to CBS and “The Late Show.” But the Austin band with the longest history with Letterman, who will end his 32-year late-night career on Wednesday, might be Ray Benson’s Asleep at the Wheel.

B.B. King: 1925-2015

B.B. King
Larry Busacca

Blues legend B.B. King dead at 89

Blues legend B.B. King died Thursday night following hospice care at his Las Vegas home. He was 89.

The official time of death was 9:40 p.m. PDT, according to a statement King's attorney, Brent Bryson, made to the Associated Press. He died peacefully, his attorney said.

The musician posted thanks on his official website for fans' well-wishes and prayers during his recent time at a hospital and subsequent hospice care.


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