Live Music Capital
For years, KVET has provided country-lovin' Austinites with an annual series of free summer concerts from the best — and burgeoning — Texas music acts.
Originally broadcast live from deep in South Austin, in 2011 the series underwent a minor revamping, relocating from its original home at Hill's Cafe to the bigger, albeit a little off the beaten path, Nutty Brown Cafe and Ampitheatre.
This year, the series dropped its summer-only identity, adopting a two-part schedule that works in perfect harmony. The focus now is less on sweaty summer free-for-alls and more on high-quality, free music shows that can be enjoyed when the sun is at least curtained behind the clouds.
After a brief hiatus, part two of the KVET Free Texas Music Series picks up again this week with an impressive lineup that highlights the grittier, grungier side of Texas' homegrown music scene.
Here's the fall lineup:
Aug. 29: Aaron Watson
Sept. 5: Whiskey Myers
Sept. 12: Charlie Robison
Sept. 19: Bart Crow Band
Sept. 26: Cody Canada and The Departed
Oct. 3: Jason Boland and The Stragglers
Oct. 10: Brandon Rhyder
Oct. 17: Stoney Larue
Oct. 24: Cody Johnson Band
The KVET Free Texas Music Series kicks off each Wednesday with the Nutty Brown gates opening at 5:30 p.m. and the opening act hitting the stage at 6:30 p.m. Each week's headliner goes on at 8 p.m. and plays well after the live broadcast ends. Of course, like any good honky-tonk night, the beers will be flowing and the dancers will be out on the floor.
While the event is free for standing room (and dancing), if you prefer a seat, you can reserve a VIP table for four for only $20.
And if you can't make it out to Nutty Brown, you can always tune into the live show from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on 98.1 FM, but you should try — a little mid-week two-stepping never hurt anyone.