I have a confession to make… I’m afraid of Segways. It’s not a fear of crashing; it’s actually a fear of being seen on one. Earlier this year, I swallowed my pride and decided to give it a shot, and I can honestly say that I’ve never felt like such a tourist in my entire life.
This is a problem that I think many Austinites face when they have friends visiting from out of town. They want to show off this great city in a way that is true to all of the reasons we choose to live here. Rocket Electrics might have figured out a solution with their ‘Live Music Capital of the World Tour.’
First off, if you’ve never been on an electric bike (I hadn’t), you need to try it. Regardless of your biking abilities, these things are great; I’d describe them as a cross between a moped and a beach-cruiser. You can pedal when you want to, and give it some juice when you don’t.
What really makes this tour great is that it’s based around MUSIC. You’re tour is actually guided by a working Austin musician, and they show you the venues, the monuments, and even divulge behind-the-scene stories from their own lives.
Our tour was guided by Johnny Austin, with some help from his wife, Suzy. They make up two-thirds of The Staylyns, and they were amazing hosts. They took us on a musical tour of the city that included stops along the Town Lake Trail and ACL live, and they shared personal stories of their encounters with Stevie Ray Vaughan in front of his statue near Auditorium Shores.
When we returned to Rocket Electric’s home base, just East of I-35 on Riverside Drive, we cracked a beer and were treated to an intimate musical set by The Staylyns. This is my kind of tour, and it wasn’t special treatment, every music tour ends on the shores of Town Lake with a private performance by your guide.
Last, but definitely not least, 10% of the proceeds from every ‘Live Music Capital of the World Tour’ sold goes to HAAM to help provide local artists with affordable health care. I love this because it highlights another great program that makes Austin unique.
I highly recommend this tour. Even if you’ve lived in Austin you’re whole life, I guarantee you’ll learn something new, and have a great time doing it.
To help promote this awesome new way to see the city, they’re giving away two floor-level tickets for The All ATX- HAAM Benefit show at ACL Live on September 24th. See our Facebook page for details on how you can win.
They also have this video that does a great job of showing you what to expect as well!
Phone: 512-442-BIKE (2453)
Hours: Daily 11-7
1608 East Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78741