When it comes to music, you might be inclined to think New Orleans (jazz), Memphis (rock ‘n’ roll), Chicago (blues) or Nashville (country), but Austin is actually the music capital of the US. The city boasts over 250 music venues, more than any other American city. You can choose from countless live performances and a fantastic music festival every month, such as SXSW. Austin lives and breathes music.
BB King and Velvet Underground played at the Vulcan Gas Company, and Frank Zappa and ZZ Top performed in the Armadillo World Headquarters. Billboard chose KOKE.FM the most progressive radio station in the country, and the equally legendary television programme Austin City Limits is broadcast here. You’ll also find statues of Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan. As ‘The Live Music Capital of the World’, Austin has so much to offer musicians and music lovers that the city adopted this as its official slogan.
“Austin’s reputation as a music city began in the beer gardens of the German community”