Red River Cultural District is vital to Austin’s title as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” This month, Red River will put on a show like no other: Free Week 2018. From January 1 – 8, venues throughout the city will host free live music shows to celebrate the artists, venues and thriving creative culture in Austin. Do512 has a complete list of showcases, but here are some recommendations.
On Monday, Jan. 1, Stubb’s will present an all-age show with Mayeux and Broussard with Jane Ellen Bryant and Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light, with doors at 8 p.m.
On Tuesday, Jan. 2, Covert Curiosity will present WHITE DOG, Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol, Think No Think and Billy King & The Bad Bad Bad at The Volstead. The show begins at 9 p.m. and it’s 21 and over.
On Wednesday, Jan. 3, The Loyalty Firm and Pull String Events will host a two-stage show at Barracuda. The indoor stage will see The Human Circuit, Built By Snow, Residual Kid, my education and The Ghost Wolves; outdoors will be Chill Russell, Cartright, Honey and Salt and The Well. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and music begins at 8 p.m. 18 and over.
On Thursday, Jan. 4, Heard Presents Holy Knives (formerly known as Levees), Otis the Destroyer, Megafauna, Hard Riffs and Rival Waves at Empire Control Room. Doors at 8:30 p.m. 18 and over. Also, Jackie Venson with Mobley and Mélat will perform at Stubb’s on the same day, with doors at 8 p.m.
On Friday, Jan. 5, Mohawk Outdoors will showcase Los Coast, Emily Wolfe, Otis the Destroyer and Palo Duro. Doors open at 8 p.m. and music begins at 9 p.m. This in an all-ages show.
On Saturday, Jan. 6, Moving Panoramas, Löwin, Go Fever and Vonne will perform at Valhalla at 8:30 p.m. The show is 21 and over.
On Sunday, Jan. 7, Hotel Vegas hosts The Zoltars, Borzoi, Vertical Vice, Pleasure Venom and Uncle Jesus at 9 p.m.
Free week 2018 is the only opportunity for the entire year to catch Austin’s best bands, all for free! More info and the complete lineup, plus all the venues at http://freeweek.do512.com/.