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Austinites know how to find and drop into a live show downtown. (Even reading this may seem silly, but it’s not so easy in other parts of the country.) Yet even here, many have never ventured into a jazz club — what if they’re not, well, jazzy enough

Nevertheless, the city continues to live up to its self-proclaimed title as Live Music Capital of the World, as a new nonprofit invites audiences in for a better understanding of some more heady genres. A lineup of renowned classical and jazz performers will sound off during the first concert season of ATX Chamber Music and Jazz this fall.

The organization announced that the inaugural season will premiere on October 6 and 7, with performances by Grammy Award-winning ensemble Time for Three (TF3). The group will set the tone for the blended season to come, starting with its mix of Americana, modern pop, and classical music.

Throughout the 2023-2024 season, audiences can expect a unique concert experience that ATX Music hopes will elevate audience engagement through pre-concert discussions, artist meet-and-greets, and lively happy hours.

The annual series will feature events at a variety of venues, from large concerts at the Paramount Theater to more intimate, exclusive ones at the Parker Jazz Club and the Pershing Club — both of which many casual listeners may never have ventured into before. (Chamber music is, as a genre, created for small spaces.) Other free events will take place in community venues like libraries and schools.

“There has never been anything like ATX Music in Austin before,” said ATX Music Co-Founder, CEO, and Co-Artistic Director Geoffrey Herd in a release. “At our intimate events, audiences will have unparalleled access to the greatest artists of our time, while also enjoying luxury culinary and social experiences. At our large-format events, our goal is to share our incredible artists with as many people as possible."

Herd cofounded ATX Music this year, alongside friend and philanthropist Peter Naimoli. With their artistic and business backgrounds, they aim to make classical and jazz music an immersive experience accessible for all. And Austin’s eclectic background was the perfect setting for it.

“Austin is a great home base for our organization,” said ATX Music Co-Artistic Director, Anna Petrova. “The city has a robust and passionate audience of music lovers and listeners, and its innovative vibe and youthful energy make an ideal landscape to develop a unique series such as ours.”

ATX Music will host a highly accomplished team of musicians as part of its resident chamber music society, Ensemble ATX. The inaugural roster will include national talents like Geoffrey Herd (violin), Clive Greensmith (cello), Anna Petrova (piano), Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt (viola), and Molly Carr (viola).

The premiere concert featuring TF3 will be held Friday, October 6, at 7:30 pm at Paramount Theatre. On Saturday, October 7, at 7:30 pm, audiences can reconvene at the Pershing Club to meet the Grammy-Award winners, enjoy an art show featuring local creatives, hear music by more local jazz musicians, and taste Austin-inspired food and specialty cocktails.

Audiences may especially look forward to one event on December 2, when Ensemble ATX will join legendary French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs Mansion.

For more information, tickets, and future events visit atxmusic.com.

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6 things to know in Austin food right now: Posh social club that's open to all now serves brunch

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New service

We were among the droves of Austinites who experienced love at first sight when Estelle's, the Warehouse District cocktail bar and social club, released its first photos. This stylish lounge looks equally fitting for an aimless cocktail night and an excuse to wear your brunch best, and now it's doing both. The new brunch service starts on Saturdays and Sundays at noon (that's the 4th Street equivalent of 8 am), and includes luxe dishes like spinach and tomato quiche or biscuits and pork belly gravy. Other everyday elevations include "everything" naan with avocado and radish or seasonal fruits with wildflower honey ($14). Even though Estelle's is a "social club," everyone is invited. Book on OpenTable.

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Hey Austin servers and bartenders — hope you're off on Mondays. Wax Myrtle's is hosting a weekly summer industry night from now until August 28, inviting hospitality workers to hang in the pool from 3-11 pm. Admission is free and does not require an RSVP. Enjoy fresh guacamole, queso, and sandwiches at a discount, along with discounted shots and $5 draft beers. And since this is a social event, there will be games, things to float on, and an "activated satellite bar."

Upscale New American restaurantLenoir has been on a roll with its Third Thursday dinner series, raising funds for local nonprofits. But these dinners aren't the only ones it's hosting to give back. A "beefsteak banquet," modeled after a Northeastern tradition, is benefitting the Austin Parks Foundation on July 2. Apron-wearing guests will enjoy unlimited grilled beef with seasonal sides, house-made bread, and desserts in Lenoir's wine garden. There even be a prize for the guest with the best apron, if they choose to bring their own instead of wearing one of Lenoir's. Book on Resy.

There's only a few tickets left to sit inside for Launderette's fifth annual Lobster & Friends seafood boil on July 3. The converted laundromat is keeping up the community hub vibes with a family-style buffet including a whole lot of classics: lobster, shrimp, crab, clams, mussels, and sausage, plus sides and desserts. If you miss the dining room tickets, there's plenty of room on the patio, and the restaurant is even offering to-go options. Book a time ($75) or a takeout order on Resy.

It's all Olamaie, all the time in Austin right now. More news coming about that next. Up first is a collaboration between two of its offshoots: steakhouseMaie Day and chicken-and-biscuits shopLittle Ola's Biscuits. The steakhouse is hosting Chef Jules Stoddart of the biscuit realm for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres before the South Congress Hotel's monthly First Thursday party with local businesses, live DJ sets, and more. Guests will receive early entry to the party and access to a private bar all night. Tickets to the cocktail event ($45) benefit Every Body Texas, a nonprofit for bettering sexual and reproductive care. Reserve on Tock.

Chef Amanda Turner is a driving force in the Austin food scene, no matter what category she's part of. In this case, it's "women in the culinary world," as celebrated by the bi-annual feminist industry mag Cherry Bombe. The magazine is spotlighting restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, as well as Austin, with a dinner series benefitting local charities. The July 13 dinner at Turner's Olamaie will only use ingredients by women-owned brands and benefit Jeremiah Program Austin, which serves single mothers facing poverty. Reserve ($135) on OpenTable.

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CEO of nonprofit that heads Amplify Austin steps down for more family time

She lives here, she gives here

If Austinites love anything, it's local businesses, and one nonprofit does more than any other on getting customers and their favorite businesses together to give back. I Live Here I Give Here (ILHIGH), the organization that heads Amplify Austin and supports fundraising efforts for Austin nonprofits, has announced that its CEO, Courtney Manuel, will be stepping down from her position effective June 30, 2023.

Manuel has been the CEO for five years and has been instrumental in driving the expansion of the nonprofit's other programs, like Giving Tuesday and the Big Give She is staying involved in some capacity, but stepping down to spend more time with her family.

The nonprofit amplifies giving in Central Texas by connecting individual donors and volunteers with local causes they support. The community-wide programs make giving possible for everyone, often by driving donations through purchases at favorite local businesses.

During her tenure, Manuel led I Live Here I Give Here in raising $118.9 million cumulatively since 2007. The strategic partnerships she built in corporate giving led to more transparency in the process with the creation of Growing Good — a corporate giving tracker — and a partnership with the City of Austin's Corporate Engagement Council. She also set a diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging strategy and grew BIPoC representation within the organization.

Manuel shared a sense of achievement in the non-profit’s accomplishments during her tenure in a press release, saying, "I am incredibly proud … especially [of] surpassing $118 million raised for the Central Texas nonprofit community."

She also expressed gratitude for the opportunity to lead I Live Here I Give Here through a pandemic. “I love this organization and foresee a bright future ahead for it and the next leader lucky enough to serve at the helm.”

The ILHIGH board has initiated a thorough search process to identify a new leader who will continue to advance the nonprofit's mission. Manuel will serve as a consultant to assist with this transitional period. The board of directors, staff, and volunteers expressed their deepest gratitude to Courtney Manuel for her remarkable service.

"We are in a stronger place today due to Courtney’s time as CEO, and we are grateful for her fearless leadership over the last five years," said board chair Jackie Sekiguchi. “Courtney’s commitment to a smooth transition will ensure the continued success of this organization and the communities who rely on our programs.”

This departure shouldn’t change much about the organization itself. The board of directors, staff, and volunteers of I Live Here I Give Here remain committed to advancing the organization's mission and building on the foundation that Manuel has established over the past five years.

More information about I Live Here I Give Here is available at ilivehereigivehere.org.

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6 things to know in Austin food right now: Renowned ramen spot launches omakase spin-off

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Sazan Ramen, one of Austin's newer and most coveted ramen spots, is expanding its footprint (noodle print?) with a new venture, also serving ramen. The main distinction is that Daiboku offers an "omakase experience" — basically, a guest can ask the chef or server to decide what dish they'll receive. It sounds like not knowing what you want is the perfect way to approach this 10-seat ramen counter, although it does have some casual options. This is also one of the most accessible omakase menus in the city, offering five courses for only $39. Daiboku is located at 609 West 29th St. Book at daibokuramen.com.

Other news and notes

As evidenced by several annual events around Austin and beyond, there are few better fundraising opportunities than selling some really great wines. In fact, the Texas Wine Auction beat its goal for the year at its second annual event at the end of April, raising $245,134. These funds will go to Texas A&M Agrilife extension and wellness programs that provide support for the Texas wine industry at large while supporting hospitality workers in the area. Chef Austin Simmons of TRIS won the inaugural chef competition with an oak-smoked "Big Rib" with kimchi stylings.

The Austin Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier is one of the most active culinary supporters in the area, and has just announced new scholarships for 20 women chefs, beverage directors, students, and more. Some of the winners of more than $50,000 total represent Austin institutions including Birdie's, Antonelli’s Cheese, the Steeping Room, and Pinthouse Pizza. Awarded grants include the opportunity to take a four-day bread-making class in France, a trip to Sri Lanka to meet tea growers, and more worldly endeavors. A full list of 2023 recipients is available at ldeiaustin.org.

Lenoir has been around for more than a decade now, giving it plenty of time to get to know the community. A new Third Thursday dinner series aims to support some of those local nonprofits, sending 5 percent of the selected night's sales to each beneficiary. Upcoming recipients include the Trail Conservancy, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), Latinitas, and more. The next dinner is May 18, followed by another on June 15. See the scheduled dinners and book at lenoirrestaurant.com.

Peoples Rx, the historic pharmacy on North Lamar Boulevard, is showing this May 21 that it really is about the people, with a free community barbecue. The cookout will feature lots of local products like organic chicken by Greener Pastures, gluten-free bakes by Dream Bakery, Siete chips, and Peoples' own kale salad and gluten-free treats. Kosmic Kombucha or Cielo water will be keeping visitors hydrated, while some Peoples specialists add gut health supplements. Stop by between noon and 3 pm, until supplies run out.

Pitmaster Aaron Franklin's famous Hot Luck festival takes place next weekend, May 25-28. Tickets, in a variety of tiers and locations, are still available, and some of the events are free. The combination food and music festival features dishes by Austin's top chefs by day, followed by nighttime shows by its top musical talent, for a massive cookout that spans several venues. There's way too much slated to list here — for a lineup and ticketing options, visit hotluckfest.com.

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Jackie Venson joins Tameca Jones and Mélat for Amplify concert, plus more Austin music picks for late May

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It’s already been a busy month for the local music scene in Austin, and things aren’t going to slow down in the back half of it. Here’s a slew of shows you should consider attending.

Buffalo Nichols at Antone’s – Wednesday, May 17
If you’re at all into blues music, then make sure you swing by Antone’s this Wednesday, May 17, to see the oft-buzzed about Buffalo Nichols. The lineup for the evening also features county act Sarah Shook & the Disarmers. Tickets for the show are $20.

Amplify LIVE at Scoot Inn – Thursday, May 18
The inaugural Amplify LIVE concert, which will benefit I Live Here I Give Here, is happening at Historic Scoot Inn this Thursday, May 18. Guitar aficionado Jackie Venson, soul singer Tameca Jones, and R&B songstress Mélat round out the bill. Tickets for this stacked night of music are $30.

Being Dead at Hole In The Wall – Friday, May 19
Indie art pop band Being Dead just dropped a new song, “Daydream,” and they’ll celebrate its arrival at Hole In The Wall this Friday, May 19. The self-described “Really Cool Single Release Show” will also feature The Stacks & Gus Baldwin and The Sketch. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the show.

Flora & Fawna at Cheer Up Charlie’s – Friday, May 19
“Costume Party” is the title of the new Flora & Fawna track that’s due out this Friday, May 19, and it’s also the theme for the release show the pop act is throwing at Cheer Up Charlie’s that night. So, get dressed up, and be sure to get there early to see EMSKIII, Moonlight Depot, and DJ Orya. Tickets are $10.

Caelin at Stubb’s – Saturday, May 20
Singer-songwriter Caelin will put out her new EP, Save Me From Me, this Friday, and then she’ll ring in the achievement with a performance at Stubb’s Indoors the following night, Saturday, May 20. Tickets for the show are $10.

Good Looks at 3TEN ACL Live – Saturday, May 27
Good Looks have been on a roll since the release of their debut album, Bummer Year, and they’ll look to carry that momentum into 3TEN ACL Live on Saturday, May 27. Lefty Parker will open for the indie folk rock band. Tickets are $15.

School’s Out Summer Series at Hotel Vegas – Sunday, May 28
Hotel Vegas will kick off its School’s Out Summer Series on Sunday, May 28. Annabelle Chairlegs and Deezie Brown will perform, Sailor Poon will be on hand to DJ, and there will be a hot dog eating contest. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 the day of the show.

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Austin's Moody Center offers $25 tickets to Beck, Phoenix, Logic, and more, plus nonprofit-supporting tours

Backstage at Moody Center

Austin is a big city now, with a big entertainment venue to match. Moody Center is one year old as of April 20, 2023, and already one of the most successful venues of its size in the world. But many Austinites still haven't had a chance to check out the new arena that replaced the Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center after its four-decade run.

Besides buying an expensive ticket — no shade to Moody Center, but arena shows always cost a little more — local music lovers have two new chances to stop by and see what the fuss is about. The venue is celebrating its growth with new venue tours benefiting local nonprofits, and a limited run of $25 all-in concert tickets to select high-profile shows, as part of Live Nation Concert Week.

For just over the price of a Saturday cover at some small venues downtown, fans can see Beck and Phoenix, Logic with Juicy J, Illenium with All Time Low, Hippo Campus with Gus Dapperton, and more. Although the Austin Gamblers Professional Bull Riding team is not booked through Live Nation, it is also part of Moody Center's deals. A few shows have already sold out of the $25 tier, but still have reasonable prices left, including Duran Duran and Sam Smith. (These also may be worth checking for on resale pages as people who jumped on them start realizing they can't make it.)

There does not seem to be one page that lists all the active participating events, so concertgoers' best bet is to scroll through and check shows that pique their interest, just in case. You'll have to sit relatively far back, but for $25, just getting in the door is a win. The promotion goes on until May 16, or until tickets run out, and is active at other venues including popular Austin venues Emo's and Germania Insurance Amphitheater. An FAQ can be found at livenation.com.

For a more leisurely look at the arena with behind-the-scenes access, the series of venue tours will be offered on various dates in June, July, and August. These tickets are also $25, and proceeds benefit Red River Rising (RRR), Moody Center's "community platform initiative" for local outreach.

With help from the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), the Community First! Village, and Red River Cultural District as partners, RRR hopes to generate opportunity for local musicians and reduce homelessness in the area. The platform works by distributing the funds it raises to these organizations, for the nonprofits to use as they see fit.

Venue tours will trace the process of building and opening the venue "from a paper napkin blueprint drawn by Matthew McConaughey in 2018 to the award-winning $375-million-dollar development," according to a release. For 75 minutes, visitors will learn about how the venue runs, while getting a look at the spaces usually reserved for artists and VIPs, like dressing rooms and the Moët & Chandon Imperial Lounge. They will also have a chance to put a message on the marquee on a first-come-first-served basis.

More information about venue tours, including booking links, is available via Ticketmaster.

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10 restaurant and bar openings — including a pop-up — top Austin's tastiest food news

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Openings and closings

ICYMI: Buckle in for tons of openings this week. During our busy week we covered the opening date for Radio/East, which is the highly anticipated expansion of Radio Coffee & Beer; the arrival of Tarbox & Brown, a San Marcos restaurant with lots of cultural influences, led by a chef with South African and Chinese roots; and the debut of Bacalar, a Mexican restaurant that marks the return of a former Top Chef winner to the Austin food scene. We also heard about a secretive new speakeasy, Trona, from an entrepreneur with a very cool track record. But there's more we haven't told you about yet.

First-year Texas Longhorn player Deandre Moore just got a check for his "name, image, and likeness," and used that money to open the Jive Turkeyfood truck (1637 E. Riverside Dr.). And even cooler — he hired his mom. Taleea Moore is cooking up lots of turkey dishes, inspired by the family's athletic at-home eating that has long subbed out poultry for beef. There are only three regular menu items so far: a turkey burger (of course), a Thanksgiving-inspired cornbread comfort bowl, and a deep-fried turkey taco. The rest are seasonal treats.

Austin could always use more cool cocktail spots — they book up fast on the weekend — so people are excited to welcome Daydreamer, a "cocktail and champagne bar." (That's not to be confused with Daydreamer Coffee, which opened last year.) There's lots to dream about, but most appealing is that this venture comes from the minds of a whole bunch of industry vets from very cool spots all around Austin. Follow your dreams to 1708 E. 6th St.

Longtime Austin establishmentJuliet Italian Kitchen, also known for dreamy vibes thanks to pretty interior design and a great location in the Zilker area, is expanding into Georgetown. The stylish vibes will continue at 701 S. Main St., in Georgetown's Old Masonic Lodge Building, which was built in 1900. This will be the restaurant's third location, and will include an upstairs bar and dining area, plus a patio, seating 188 guests in total.

The team behind Drinks Lounge just launched Drinks Backyard, bringing even more casual vibes to South Austin — where they'll really be appreciated. Located at a former liquor store (6328 S. Hwy. 183), this bar takes advantage of the two acres around it with a stage, covered lounge seating, and a 14-foot TV for sports and movies. The bar and patio are open now, but the backyard is still getting ready. Eventually, it will welcome guests under 21 and pets. Smokin' Brew-B-Q is the first food truck onsite, with more coming soon.

We focused on other things last week, but two casual chains shared news we don't want to gloss over. Graze Craze, a charcuterie shop, has opened its first location in the Austin area, in Lakeway (2127 Lohman’s Crossing Rd., Ste. 304). The company takes its meat-cheese-and-other-snacks curating very seriously, and these gargantuan charcuteries are sure to impress large parties.

Similarly, Seattle-based Eastern European pie-maker Piroshky Piroshky is making its Texas debut — but in this case, they're not sticking around. Catch the pop-up in Austin on October 6 to see why this bakery is popular enough to pull off a national tour. The team is posting locations as they go on Instagram.

Radio Coffee brings the brews to new East Austin shop and music venue in October

going live in the fall

When it comes to expanding the influence of coffee connoisseurs in Austin, there's room for everyone on the East Side.

One East Austin coffee shop just changed hands for a fancy rebrand, and another recently expanded out of the area into Buda. Cosmic Coffee, a South Austin staple, blew everyone out of the water with a gorgeous, sprawling industrial complex on East 4th Street, and now another neighboring coffee and beer combo is following suit.

Radio/East, a second location spun off from the original music-loving Radio Coffee & Beer, will open its doors at 3504 Montopolis Dr. in East Austin on Wednesday, October 18.

The new family- and dog-friendly space sprawls across two acres, which is divvied up among a 1,200-square-foot indoor coffee shop, indoor and outdoor live music stages, and a food truck park. Guests will be able to order their favorite drinks from the indoor counter, or they can choose to order from either of the two outdoor windows that open to the grand shaded backyard. And we can't forget one of the more rare features: plenty of parking for customers.

Radio's founding father-son duo Jack and Greg Wilson brought on two new partners — Trey Hudson and Nine Mile Records owner Rick Pierik — in the hopes of developing and maintaining this new spot as a community-focused space, much like the beloved original.

“With the new space, we’ve been able to create a through line to the existing concept of Radio,” said Hudson in a release. “With Radio/East we tried to listen to what the Montopolis community needed and we hope that we can be as central to this neighborhood as we have been to the area around Menchaca.”

Pierik will be the driving force behind Radio/East's musical events. Local musicians and touring bands will all get their chance to take the stage with four nights of performances planned indoors and outdoors beginning on Thursdays.

With Austin's wide-ranging music taste, Pierik will seek to reflect the city's musical diversity with every show.

"Jack Wilson and I are looking to bring together diverse programing from every corner of the music industry, booking up-and-coming national and international acts alongside all of the amazing Austin talent we've known and admired for years," said Pierik. "We're especially committed to helping local artists develop their fanbases through quality concert experiences and eclectic bills."

A list of events following Radio/East's grand opening is as follows:

  • October 19 – Sunrosa with Guma and Feeling Small
  • October 20 – Redbud with Mockjaw, Tearjerk, and Creekbed Carter Hogan
  • October 21 – Peachfuzz 10th Anniversary Party featuring The Texas Gentleman, Brown Burlesque, Lady Dan, and a to-be-announced special guest
  • October 28 – First Annual Radio/East Chili Cook Off and the Austin Flea, featuring Mother Neff, The Push & Shove, and Sour Bridges
  • October 31 – A Rocky Horror Halloween featuring A Giant Dog with Trouble in the Streets
  • November 11 – A Free Lunch Benefit featuring Caroline Rose and BRUCE
  • November 17 – Money Chicha with The Tiarras

Tickets for the upcoming shows can be purchased online beginning Friday, September 29.

In addition to keeping Radio/East music-focused, visitors can expect to see some classic beverages on the menu, with a few new twists to keep customers coming back. The new location will have two tap towers with eight craft beer taps, four rotating specialty draft cocktails, and plenty of wine to go around.

Radio/EastGet a local favorite beer on draft, or try a new specialty draft cocktail.Photo by Renee Dominguez

Bar Manager Jacob Biggie has been hard at work to develop new creative cocktails for the new location, including Phantom Mood (Still Austin Gin, hibiscus, lime, and cucumber with soda) and Sensitive Artist (Senza Maeso hybrid spirit, Aperol, St. Germain, lime juice). Guests can also try the new seasonal non-alcoholic highball, dubbed the Chai-ball.

The lineup of food vendors at the new East Austin digs include Veracruz All Natural with its binge-worthy tacos; organic pizza slices from Side Eye Slice (a sister concept to Side Eye Pie); and Radio's own food truck – Shortwave Diner – offering classic American diner fare and comfort food such as smash burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, chicken and waffles, and more.

Following the grand opening at 7 am on October 18, Radio/East's operating hours will be 7 am to 1 am Monday through Saturday, and 7 am to 10 pm on Sundays.

Austin is No. 12 in the U.S. with the highest number of 'unretirees'

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Many Austin seniors are still punching the clock well past retirement age. According to "Cities with the Most Working Seniors," a new employment study by business website ChamberofCommerce.org, more than a quarter of Austin seniors aged 65 and up are still employed, making it the No. 12 city in the U.S. with the most working seniors.

More than 25,400 Austin seniors aged 65 and up are employed out of a total 93,861, or 27.1 percent of the city's senior population.

The No. 1 city in the U.S. with hard-working oldsters is Alexandria, Virginia, located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, where 36.8 percent of its seniors still employed. Coming in second was Tallahassee, Florida, with 30.9 percent. In third place was Dallas, with 30.3 percent of the senior population clocking in for work around the city.

To determine their ranking, the site examined the percentage of seniors aged 65 and over who were actively employed within the last 12 months, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Their analysis included data from 170 of the nation’s most populous cities.

The report says the median household income of a senior citizen in Austin is $58,546, and hints at the rising cost of living coupled with personal extenuating circumstances leading to a new trend of "unretiring" seniors within the local workforce.

"Deciding when to retire is one of the most important financial and personal decisions that workers can make," the report's author said. "Before making the leap, make sure you have factored in your savings, social security benefits, spending habits, economic volatility, and how your social life will change after retirement."

Also in Central Texas, San Antonio ranked No. 82 overall with 22.1 percent of the senior population currently in the workforce. Although that seems like a smaller number of people, it's actually much larger than Austin, with 41,918 seniors toiling away out of a total 189,544.

San Antonio's relatively high percentage of working seniors might come as a surprise, considering the city was named one of the best cities for retirees earlier in 2023.

The top 10 U.S. cities with the most working seniors are:

  • No. 1 – Alexandria, Virginia
  • No. 2 – Tallahassee, Florida
  • No. 3 – Dallas, Texas
  • No. 4 – Irvine, California
  • No. 5 – Washington, D.C.
  • No. 6 – Plano, Texas
  • No. 7 – Anchorage, Alaska
  • No. 8 – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • No. 9 – Overland Park, Kansas
  • No. 10 – Madison, Wisconsin

ChamberofCommerce.org is a digital site for small business owners and entrepreneurs. The full report and its methodology can be found on chamberofcommerce.org.