There are plenty of things to do in Austin throughout the year, but deciding on what live music to see is a whole different conundrum. In the Live Music Capital of the World, there are literally dozens of gigs happening each night, including plenty of touring artists plus more must-see local acts than the average concertgoer knows what to do with (we’ve got a ton of talent here, ya’ll). To help you out, we’ll be taking the liberty of putting together monthly lists of the top 10 concerts you’ve got to see. In chronological order, here are our June picks. June 4: Paul Simon at Frank Erwin Center, 8pmHarping off the title and context of his 1966 single with Simon and Garfunkel, Paul Simon brings his ‘Homeward Bound—the Farewell Tour’ to Frank Erwin Center for a bittersweet goodbye to Central Texas fans. The storied singer-songwriter promises a set list spanning his thirteen solo albums and five classic records in his original duo—surely a worthy investment (tickets here) if you haven’t yet crossed this legend off your live music bucket list.June 5: Royal Blood at Stubb’s, 8pmOnly two albums and five years into their career, English duo Royal Blood are still new blood among heavy rock outfits, yet they’ve already scored opening spots for genre giants like Queens of the Stone Age and Foo Fighters. Even more impressive, they achieve their riveting raucousness using only multi-effects-laden bass grooves and a drum kit. Witness the prowess of their sonic swagger for yourself when th
It seemed like only a matter of time before Austin's favorite ramen shop, Ramen Tatsu-Ya, made its way to the east side—and that time has come. This morning, the restaurant announced that it will be opening a location on East 6th Street in the former Qui space sometime this summer. Like its other two Austin locations (plus one in Houston), the new Ramen Tatsu-Ya will feature cult favorites like the Tonkotsu Original and the Mi-So-Hot, plus its original lineup of snacks, sides and desserts. But there are a few differences, namely in the beverage program. Along with beer, wine and sake, the East Austin location will feature a full cocktail menu designed by beverage director Michael Phillips (who is also the beverage director at Kemuri Tatsu-ya, and who just picked up two awards at our 2018 Time Out Austin Bar Awards—one for best restaurant bar program, and one for most instagrammable cocktail). The location will also have late night hours on Friday and Saturday, providing another food option for hungry bar-hoppers. Photograph: A Parallel Architecture, Rendering by McCray & Co. and Ross Loftin Ramen Tatsu-Ya's east side spot is keeping the same structure designed by A Parallel Architecture, but will feature murals from Tokyo street graffiti artist ESOW, as well as artwork by Xavier Walker, Ross Loftin and Mila Sketch. They're already looking for new staff; anyone interested can apply here. “We’re super stoked to be opening a ramen shop on the east side,” says chef/owner
Still coming down from that burger coma, eh? We feel you. If your goal today is working off everything you ate over Memorial Day Weekend, head to Republic Square Park for their Tuesday free fitness class, Rō Fitness. Rowing machines will be set up throughout the park starting at 6:30pm, and an instructor will be there to lead through a workout. The Paramount's Summer Classics Series is back in action, and you can make it a double feature today: Catch the Marx Brothers’ Monkey Business before The Bank Dick, which stars W.C. Fields as a n’er-do-well who winds up working at the bank. Your ticket is good for both films, and the air-conditioned theater is a welcome respite from the heat. Play tourist for an evening with a Full Moon Bat Tour from Congress Kayaks, a relaxing float down the river that's brilliantly lit by tonight's Flower Moon. It's only their second one of the year, and costs $35 for a two-seater kayak (bring a friend!). The tour starts at 7pm. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Happy Memorial Day, and a heartfelt thank you to all those who have served and fought for our country. If you haven't already made plans for the day, there are a couple events going on around Austin—just remember to hydrate. It's going to be a scorcher. Irene's is turning two today, and they're celebrating with a big ol’ birthday party starting at 10am. Enjoy a Bloody Mary bar, $2 Austin Eastciders and specialty cocktails (that come with a raffle ticket!), plus free bubbles and a giant strawberry cake to close out the party. Head to ABGB for their second annual Hell Yes Project Olympics and Memorial Day Party. This isn’t your standard Olympics—Poop the Potato, Water Balloon Toss, Speed Hole and Simon Says are among the competitions. Root for the eight Austin non-profits who are competing (all for a $1,000 prize!) and help decide who should win another special event: live band karaoke. The event kicks off at 3pm. Still looking for a BBQ to crash? Spend the day at Texas Keeper Cider, where Puli-Ra will be offering burgers, green curry brioche, spicy pickles, vegan sandwiches, Texas sheet cake and more. Sip on Grafter rosé and enjoy the cider house's sprawling lawn; the BBQ starts at noon. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
If the air in Austin smelled like barbecue a little more than usual this past weekend, we have Hot Luck to thank. The food and music festival from Aaron Franklin (Franklin BBQ), James Moody (Mohawk) and Mike Thelin (Feast Portland) returned for a second year with four days of grilling feasts and concerts, and while we could go on and on about each event—the kick-off barbecue at Franklin featuring some of BBQ's best players, catching Blackillac unleash crazy energy during Saturday's show at Barracuda—the success of these three main food events are a clear sign that Hot Luck is emerging as one of the best food festivals in the country. All photos by Layla Mays Friday evening's Night Court was a tribute to the ’80s mall food court, and while a Cinnabon homage never surfaced, there were plenty of retro touches. Épicerie not only rocked ’80s attired behind their stall, but their brisket rangoon was a fantastic upgrade from the crab rangoons you used to scarf down at Panda Express. Celebrity chefs from across the country filled the Fair Market space—Andy Ricker from Pok Pok, Ivan Orkin from Ivan Ramen, Justin Yu from Theodore Rex, Adam Sappington from The Country Cat—along with local all-stars like Chad Dolezal (The Hightower), Laura Sawicki (Launderette) and Jason Stude (Boiler Nine Bar + Grill). As the night went on, a clear favorite emerged: the burger from John Tesar (Knife, Dallas), which was a tribute to the late food writer Josh Ozersky.
It's the weekend—and a three-day one at that! You've worked hard to get to this point, so you deserve to play hard, too. We've curated our favorite events happening around Austin for the next few days, from pop-ups to festivals to grand openings—all you have to do is round up your crew. Have a great weekend, y'all! Fri 25 Hot LuckNow back for a second year, Hot Luck Festival has become one of the best events of the summer, a food and music festival from the most creative minds behind both arenas: Aaron Franklin (Franklin BBQ), James Moody (Mohawk) and Mike Thelin (Feast Portland). Over the weekend, the city will be filled with indulgent food events and music performances across the city. Get a reimagined glimpse into the American food court with Night Court, where world-class chefs invent their own mall bites. Attend Al Fuego, a flame-fueled celebration of open-air cooking. Head to a vintage car shop for an epic Sunday brunch. And see some insane musical talent—DJ Questlove, Blackillac, Okkervil River, Peanut Butter Wolf and more—at different venues around Austin. Through Sunday at various times Run, Lola, Run 20th AnniversaryThis thrilling movie by German director Tom Tykwer is turning 20, and to celebrate, AFS Cinema is showing it in 35mm and starting the party early with an electronic music set courtesy of DJ Troller. Get there at 8:30pm if you wanna dance along. Friday at 10pm Sat 26 Spokesman First Anniversary PartyHappy birthday, Spokesman! The South Austin
When they first met at the University of Texas, playwright Nicole Oglesby and director Marian Kansas had no idea that they would one day co-found a theater company. Now, several years later, the two are preparing to embark on their second production as the Heartland Theatre Collective (the first production, Dust, was at the tail end of 2016). We spoke to the talented duo in order to learn more about how they brought the collaborative spirit of college theater out into the real world—and about their commitment to showcasing powerful Texas women. How did your collaboration at UT Austin lead to establishing the Heartland Theatre Collective? Oglesby: We met our senior year of college in a class on entrepreneurship and the performing arts. The class focused on defining who we were as artists and navigating the professional theater world. Realizing we had similar interests, we decided we wanted to make work together after college. When Marian asked me if I had a play she could direct, I put the script for Dust in her hands. She read it immediately and told me she wanted to make it happen onstage. Now, two years later, we have more experience and refinement, but we still have the same excitement and passion for the work we had as students. Can you speak a little bit about your collaborative process, both as a writer/director team and as co-founders of Heartland?Oglesby: The co-founder/producer component of our jobs work well because Marian and I are both extremely hardworking and
Hot Luck—the food and music festival now in its second year—is officially underway, and while you may have chosen to skip some of its bigger events this year, there's still a chance to take part in its most niche fête: the Kebabathon. In conjunction with the American Lamb Board (yup, that's a thing), the festival is throwing a four-day kebab scavenger hunt of sorts, starting today and continuing throughout the weekend. Here's the deal: Four local restaurants have interpreted the concept of a kebab in different ways, and is offering their take on the dish during regular lunch hours every day until Sunday. At Frank, you'll find a Merguez sausage in pita with harissa labneh and red pepper sauce; at Scholz Garten, a lamb frikadelle with duckefett (that's a traditional German sauce, FYI). Kebabalicious is offering lamb with charbroiled zucchini, caramelized red onions, a variety of veggies and shredded smoked gouda, all wrapped up in a za'atar spiced pita. And Clay Pit has crafted a Seekh Kebab with minced lamb, ginger and spices, grilled on skewers. Visit any of the participating restaurants and you'll be able to pick up a "kebab passport," which you'll get stamped after each purchase. Of course, if you're looking to do more than just gorge on lamb this weekend, Hot Luck still has tickets to its other main food events: Night Court on Friday, Al Fuego on Saturday and Coupe de Grille on Sunday. Looking for other things to do this Memorial Day Weekend? We've got you covered righ
The Paramount Theatre's Summer Classic Series is back, and they're kicking it off with a truly iconic film: Casablanca. Watch Bogart and Bergman as two lovers torn apart by war in this 35mm screening that follows an opening night party—for Film Fan members only—celebrating the start of this beloved annual event. Now back for a second year, Hot Luck Festival has become one of the best events of the summer, a food and music festival from the most creative minds behind both arenas: Aaron Franklin (Franklin BBQ), James Moody (Mohawk) and Mike Thelin (Feast Portland). For four days, the city will be filled with indulgent food events and music performances; while the food portion doesn't officially start until tomorrow (unless you were lucky enough to score a ticket to Franklin's opening party), there are a couple shows happening tonight: Hot Snakes at Mohawk, Girlpool at Baraccuda and Con Brio at Antone's. Tickets are still left—get ’em here. Southold Farm + Cellar—one of the state’s newest wineries—is popping up at Better Half to share some of its wine made exclusively with Texas grapes. Owner and winemaker Regan Meador will be there to discuss how nature decides what wines the winery will make, and Better Half has a corn dog special on the menu. Come for the food and drink, stay for the classic country spinning on the record player. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Some people who feel the need to get out of town on Memorial Day Weekend, taking long-awaited vacations on a beach somewhere with all of the margaritas. But if you're hanging around Austin for the three-day weekend, there's plenty to be done here, too. In addition to all the events going on over the next few days, we've come up with a handful of ideas for getting the most out of your staycation: Get a hotel pool passA handful of hotels around Austin allow non-guests to buy a day pass to their swanky pools, including the South Congress Hotel, the Westin, the Four Seasons and, most recently, Lone Star Court, which starts granting access to their pool this Friday. Go to a Hot Luck showHot Luck Festival takes place this weekend, and while some of the major food events are sold out (or come with a hefty price tag), there are still plenty of single show tickets available starting at $15. Catch Galactic and Twin Peaks on Friday, Okkervil River and Blackillac on Saturday, and DJ Questlove and Peanut Butter Wolf on Sunday, among others. Check out a new restaurantWhile this week has seen a slew of disappointing closures—RIP Bonhomie, Alcomar and Athenian Grill—there are some brand new openings to put on your radar. Rosewood, which delayed its opening after some initial hiccups, is set to open on May 25. Stop by for seafood entrées like shrimp jambalaya and blue crab, or whey braised lamb and pollo asado. Home Slice's new North Loop location is also in soft-opening, and a welcome a