First Wave of Free Week

Top music venues release stellar first wave of Austin Free Week shows

Top music venues release stellar first wave of Austin Free Week shows

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The first round of shows have been announced for Austin Free Week. Photo by Daniel Cavazos

As the new year approaches, the city's top venues are releasing the first wave of lineup announcements for Austin Free Week. The 10-day celebration of all things local will feature hundreds of live performances from January 1 through 10, 2016.

The goal of Free Week, started in 2003, is to get you out of your post-holiday slump and out on the town to explore the live music scene. Top venues like Mohawk, Cheer Up Charlies, Stubb's, and more will host multiple free shows with stacked lineups to ring in the new year.

Thursday marked a huge drop of artist names from Transmission Events, who coordinates concerts at Sidewinder, Mohawk, and comedy club The New Movement. Local bands on the bill so far include Golden Dawn Arkestra, American Sharks, Magna Carda, Otis the Destroyer, Knifight, Shivery Shakes, Calliope Musicals, Megafauna, Think No Think, and Sounds Del Mar. Other must-see acts include national touring bands Surfer Blood and Leftover Crack, as well as Austin's Bidi Bidi Banda, Total Unicorn, and Thieves.

In addition to live music, The New Movement has entered the fray with a lineup of comedy troupes and shows. The Megaphone Show, Opposites, Bad Example, Block Party Beta, The Quarter Show, and Little Miss Comedy are a few of the spectacles announced so far.

Keep your eyes peeled for more can't-miss concerts as Austin Free Week approaches.