Austin is the capital of the great state of Texas, but it actually is more well known for being something else: home to the famous annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival and as the live music capital of the world. This is a name that is very well earned as Austin is home to an incredible array of different musical acts across every single type of music imaginable. No matter where you go in the city there is great music to be found.
There’s no denying the magic of 6th Street in downtown Austin. This street is famous internationally as it is lined with clubs and bars that are all about the music, and every type of music imaginable. Motown, classic rock, punk rock, blues, jazz, rap, R&B, blends of everything in between if it’s a popular music form, you can find one or more amazing acts around that genre. Part of the fun of visiting 6th Street for the first time is just walking down the block listening to the type of music that is pouring out of the bars and clubs. If you don’t like one, move down the block and you’ll find something else entirely.
Downtown’s No Slouch
While 6th street might be the most famous, and for good reason, that doesn’t change the fact that the rest of Austin’s downtown is also amazing when it comes to providing tons of venues for both local and visiting artists, running the gamut from beginners to up-and-coming to professional, and everywhere in between. 4th and 5th streets in particular are both known for putting up a worthy music scene, and that doesn’t disqualify the rest of the downtown. There is no excuse for not being able to find a decent music act if you are in downtown Austin. None at all.
The Music Is Everywhere
While the downtown will be the main area of focus for music lovers looking to catch a great show, that hardly limits you if you’re visiting. The city isn’t the live music capital of the world just because of three of four streets, no matter how amazing. Many restaurants have live music every so often, while even many franchise chains like Chipotle’s or Quizno’s will have an acoustic act come in on Sundays to help give local artists a gig to get started and music customers will be able to enjoy.