The casual visitor might be surprised to hear live music being played at the airport, but for Austin folks, live music anywhere is just another day in paradise. The city is the live music capital of the world. It attracts the most famous and biggest acts as well as those who are talented but have not yet been discovered. One could easily catch a live performance every day of the year in Austin.
The music is just one reason new homes in Austin are always in demand. The city is one of the fastest growing in the nation and the music grows as well. There are more than 200 live venues in the city, and it seems there are more every day. That doesn’t count parks, grocery store parking lots or any place where you can set up a stool for a guitar player, where there are often musicians playing.
Austin City Limits and South by Southwest are two music festivals that are famous around the world, and attract top name acts and fans from everywhere. But the festivals are growing as fast as the music venues. There are more than 20 music festivals spread throughout the year. There’s no limit to the style of music you may find.
The festival season starts in February with Carnaval Brasileiro, which features Brazilian Samba music. The Texas Rock Fest is in March and features unsigned talent. Also in the spring there is an urban music festival featuring R&B, jazz and gospel. Before summer arrives there is the Old Settlers Music Festival, featuring jazz, blues and bluegrass, and then there is the Reggae Festival. In early summer there are two Latino music festivals. Later in the year is the Fun Fun Fun Fest, which features top touring indie rock, hip hop and punk bands.