Austin is host to one of the largest music festivals in the world called SXSW (another reason Austin is the live music capitol of the world).
Every year during spring break, the city is alive with world-wide film and music culture. Every bar, restaurant, and even sidewalks will offer a nightly showcase of 5 to 6 bands per venue (one per hour starting at 8pm). Entry fee is around $800 for a badge and $150 for a wristband. I used to pay for a wristband, yet after unsuccessfully getting in the door at some full shows, now I just enjoy the day parties (which, in my opinion, is the real gem of the SXSW experience because all of the bands that are playing at night, are most likely playing somewhere during the day or a late night party for free....you just have to get your name on the right list!)
My favorite private SXSW party that is a must attend EVERY year is the Texas Music magazine Reader Appreciation Party. This party is free to all Texas Music subscribers. Starts at noon on Friday and ends around 11pm, with a new band playing every hour and free beer.
Click here for more info on unofficial SXSW Free Shows.
Now back to more info on a magazine that is very near and dear to my heart, Texas Music. A magazine that my late husband, Jon Crosby Schultz, helped publisher and owner Stewart Ramser start more than 10 years ago. Click here to read more about the start of this magazine and subscribe today so that you can come and join the party next year. Every year the party is in honor of Jonny. Thank you, Stewart, for allowing me to post this part of the magazine, organizing such an amazing party every year, and Happy Decade Celebration for Texas Music.