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Earlier: The happy hour concert series returns for another year. Every other Tuesday this summer, guests can escape from the heat in the air-conditioned concert floor and enjoy sippables provided by Mark West Wines along with bites from 2nd Street District eateries. All the while, local acts will perform on the ACL Live stage.
The 2015 Wine Down Schedule:
June 16: The Deer & Chipper Jones with bites by Trace
June 30: Peterson Brothers Band with bites by Cantina Laredo
July 14: Walker Lukens Music with bites by III Forks Austin
July 28:Sour Bridges with bites by Numero28 Ristorante/Pizzeria/Vineria
August 1: Cilantro Boombox with bites by Living Room at W Hotel
August 25: Austin Music Foundation presents Quiet Company & special guest Bee Caves with bites by The Bonneville
South Shore District partnered with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to bring a 90s-themed film series to the South Shore lawn. For four consecutive Fridays, catch a classic early 90s flick alongside some of the city’s favorite food trucks (Garbo’s, Burro Cheese Kitchen, Chilantro) which will vary per week.
Each screening will start at sunset, around 8 p.m.
June 12 – Dazed and Confused (1993)
June 19 – Clueless (1995)
June 26 – Hard Target (1993)
July 3 – Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
As part of Fun Fun Fun Fest’s tenth anniversary celebrations, the genre fest staff has teamed up with the Bullock State of Texas History Museum to produce this year’s Music Under the Star free summer music series. The family friendly shows will take place over three nights in July from 6 to 9 p.m. on the museum’s Lone Star Plaza.
The lineup for this year’s series reflects the eclectic aesthetic of the festival. The events kick off on July 10 with Latin funk ensemble Brownout and rising pop superstars Sweet Spirit who come back to town off a successful tour with Spoon next week. The following week singer-songwriter Ben Kweller is paired with excellent folk rockers East Cameron Folkcore and the final show will find costumed experimental jazz ensemble Golden Dawn Arkestra joining forces with art rockers Octopus Project.
Fun Fun Fun Fest takes place from Nov. 6-8 at Auditorium Shores in downtown Austin.
July 10: Brownout | Sweet Spirit
July 17: Ben Kweller | East Cameron Folkcore
July 24: Octopus Project | Golden Dawn Arkestra
Central Market North Lamar and 101X teamed up for the 10th season to bring family films every other week to the Central Market park. Films are curated through a public vote, and this year’s selections have now been finalized. 21 and over viewers can enjoy $2.50 Blue Moon drafts.
Films screen every other Wednesday around 8:30 p.m.
June 17: Empire Records
July 1: The Sandlot
July 15: Nat’l Lampoons Christmas Vacation
July 29: Hook
August 12: The Princess Bride
Every Wednesday this summer, relax under the stars in the Historic Scoot Inn’s backyard to catch a musically themed film and enjoy drink specials as well as delicious tacos, barbecue and signature burger swords from Hot Mess, the Scoot Inn’s newest food truck.
The films begin at 8 p.m.
June 10: ‘Showgirls’
June 17: ‘Cocktail’
June 24: ‘Road House’
July and August films will be announced closer to showtime.
Each Sunday, a different ensemble from the Austin Symphony Orchestra will be featured on the grounds of the Long Center. The Hartman Family Foundation has gifted these concerts to the public for the 13th season, presenting music from jazz to pop selections to film scores. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and perhaps a picnic for the 7:30 p.m. show.
Note: there will be no concert on July 5 due to Independence Day celebrations.
May 31 – Strings (Program)
June 7 – Brass (Program) June 14 – Woodwinds
June 21 – Big Band (Program) June 28 – Strings
July 12 – Brass
July 19 – Woodwinds
July 26 – Big Band
August 2 – Strings
August 9 – Woodwinds
August 16 – Brass
August 23 – Big Band
For 22 years, Shady Grove has hosted the live music series that runs through six months of the year. Highlighting some of Austin’s favorite local acts, Unplugged at the Grove happens every Thursday from April through September. Never a cover charge, always $3.50 ZiegenBock Drafts and $6 cans of Infinite Monkey Theorem Wine on the iconic, pecan tree shaded patio. The music beings at 8 p.m.
April 9: Jamestown Revival
April 16: Amy Cook
April 23: Dirty River Boys
April 30: Nightowls
May 7: Carolyn Wonderland
May 14: Alpha Rev
May 21: Alejandro Escovedo
May 28: Charlie Mars
June 4: Dale Watson
June 11: Oh Hellos
June 18: Quiet Company
June 25: Rocketboys
July 2: Shinyribs
July 9: Jonathan Tyler
July 16: James McMurtry
July 23: Ray Wylie Hubbard
July 30: Tinnarose
Aug. 6: Uncle Lucius
Aug. 13: The Suffers
Aug. 20: Suzanna Choffel
Aug. 27: Kaleo
Sept. 3: Gina Chavez
Sept. 10: Walker Lukens
Sept. 17: Special Guest
Sept. 24: Jimmy LaFave
Almost everyone in town has heard of Blues on the Green. Now in its 25th year, the Austin summer tradition has become the city’s largest free concert series. People of all ages (and their dogs) are treated to live, local music on the Zilker Park lawn on certain Wednesdays throughout the summer. Music begins around 8 p.m.
June 3: The Antones All-Star Revue with Jimmy Vaughan, special guests June 24: Riders Against the Storm, Shakey Graves July 22: Walker Lukens, Bob Schneider Aug. 5: Max Frost, Jamestown Revival