Austin’s original independent country station, KOKE-FM, re-launched this summer to rave reviews, bringing some of the genre’s overlooked tunes, forgotten programming and staple DJs — Bob Cole, Eric Raines, Tom Allen — back to the airwaves.
After a successful few months on the air, KOKE is taking its next step into the modern music scene by bringing live Texas music back to Hill’s Café with a free fall series.
KOKE’s Fall Free Music Series kicks off this Thursday, Nov. 1, and will return every Thursday in November (except for Thanksgiving) with a mix of the Lone Star State’s under-the-radar and much-revered acts.
Opening acts will hit the famed stage at 7 p.m. each Thursday, followed by headliners at 8 p.m., all which can be heard on air if you can’t make it down to the South Congress hub. The live broadcast will last as long as the bands keep playing (no corporate stipulations here).
The inaugural broadcast includes a full evening with “London Homesick Blues” crooner Gary P. Nunn (and an opening appearance by Tessy Lou).
There will be beer, home-cooking, and surely some two-steppers under the oaks and the stars at each live broadcast this fall. And if KOKE-FM’s newfound following is any indication, we bet this is a series that won’t be left in the dust after the last Thursday in November.
The Fall Free Music Series schedule includes:
Nov. 1: Tessy Lou and Gary P. Nunn
Nov. 8: Doug Moreland, Monte Warden, Jason Allen, Sunny Leigh Shipley, Members of The Trisha’s
Nov. 15: The Rankin Twins, Ryan Beaver
Nov. 29: Chad Johnson, Dale Watson, James McMurtry
Hill’s Café is located at 4700 South Congress. If you can’t make it to the shows, you can always tune into KOKE-FM at 99.3 or 98.5.