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HAAM (Health Alliance For Austin Musicians) does really great things for local musicians. This year marks the 10 year anniversary! On Benefit Day, businesses around the city come together and donate a percentage of their sales to HAAM to support the healthcare needs of musicians.

Bands and artists perform throughout the city at participating locations, and it’s a great opportunity to support the people who make Austin the “live music capital of the world. “

For a full schedule visit: http://benefitday.myhaam.org

When: Today, September 1st

Time: 6 am – 2 am

Location:
See Schedule

http://benefitday.myhaam.org

Photo Credit: HAAM Benefit Day

Motown Mondays are the most fun you can have on a Monday night in Austin. The night starts with FREE swing dance lessons from Go Dance Studio followed by The Matchmaker Band and The Nightowls.

You may be familiar with my love affair with The Nightowls from their residency at Icenhauer’s Super Soul Sunday but many don’t know they also do Motown Monday with The Matchmaker Band.

The Matchmaker Band has the same vibe as The Nightowls; fun, funky and if you’re not there you’re missing out! As someone who has been to Motown Monday, I can tell you there’s no topping it. Once you start dancing you won’t stop until the night is over. You get lost in the tunes and before you know it the night is over.  There’s nothing else in town offered like this, so add it to your ‘to-do list’ today. For those wondering about drinks, The Highball also offers a mix of rotating cocktail specials.

 

This is one of your last chances to catch The Nightowls before they depart on their first national tour in early September! If you’re going to be traveling this fall, check out their schedule.

Admission: Free

When: Every Monday

8:00 pm – Free Swing Dance Lesson
9:00 pm – The Matchmaker Band
11:15 pm – The Nightowls

Location:
The Highball
1120 South  Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704

http://thehighball.com

 

In this hot weather what better to do than eat hot sauce? This has become the world’s largest hot sauce festival, what can we say, Austin knows its salsa!

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Come hungry! The hot sauce contest has three levels of competition, individuals (homemade), restaurants, and commercial bottlers. They will also have plenty of food vendors including Amy’s Ice Cream, Curra’s Grill, Veracruz All Natural and more serving up their specialty dishes.

As all good festivals have in Austin they will have live music throughout the day.

Not only is this event one of kind it benefits the Capital Area Food Bank. Last year they raised over 43,000 meals for families in the Austin area.

Admission: free with donation of three healthy, nonperishable food items or cash donation to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.

For more things to do around Austin, here are our Weekend Top Picks!

When: today, August 23rd

Time: 11 – 5 pm

Location:
Fiesta Gardens
2101
 Jesse E. Segovia Street
Austin, Texas 78702

http://www.austinchronicle.com/hot-sauce/

Today is one of the biggest events of the year for Austin bat watchers as it is the Bat Fest.  Living in Austin, hearing about the bats is something that you are probably familiar with but how often do you take the time to go do it? Take today’s event as an excuse to go down there and appreciate it!

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The Congress Bridge will be turned in to a complete bat festival. They will have 3 stages with live music, more than 75 arts & craft vendors, tons of food and drink stands, children’s activities, a bat costume contest and more!

Those bats are funny as you never know exactly what time they are going to decide to fly, it can be anywhere from 7:00-8:30ish. They have been flying early this year (7:30ish). Once they start emerging from under the bridge it can last up to 30 minutes.

For more things to do around Austin, here are our Weekend Top Picks!

Admission: $15.00 (Cash Only) Children 8 and under free with adult

When: today, August 22nd

Time: 4:00 p.m. – midnight

Location:
Ann Richards Congress Street Bridge
Austin, Texas

http://www.roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest/

George Strait fans cancel your plans, this is where you need to be tonight! Pearl-snaps will be starched, Wranglers will be creased, and ladies’ hairdos will be as big as Texas as The ABGB honors “George Strait in the 80’s” with a night of songs, dancin’, and beer drinkin’.

Hosted by Jacob Jaeger, and joined by a star-studded cast of some of Austin’s finest musicians, they’ll take turns wearing the King of Country’s crown! This is a night not to be missed!

When: today, August 20th

Time: 9 pm

Location:
The ABGB
1305 W Oltof Street
Austin, Texas 78704

https://www.facebook.com/events/402370663288152/

Typically outdoor music festivals have not been planned for August in the Central Texas due to the extreme heat. The organizers of Float Fest had the brilliant idea to combine two of the area’s favorite activities, tubing and live music during Texas’ hottest month. Returning for the second year, on August 28-30 at Cool River Ranch on the San Marcos River, Float Fest is the only music festival of its kind. The best part? The lineup is stacked with great local and regional talent. The combination looks like a winner. Fans can cool off in the frigid San Marcos river before seeing some of the best bands in the area perform.

The most notable item in the lineup is Ghostland Observatory. The electro-pop duo has not played live much lately while vocalist Aaron Behrens has pursued his solo project. In fact, this is the only Central Texas show the group has on their schedule. Expect a high-quality visual component to their performance. Ghostland often employ lasers and famously appeared on the Austin City Limits Festival stage with the UT Marching Band.

If you take into account record-setting Austin Music Award winners, Quiet Company along with The Bright Light Social Hour, The Eastern Sea, Walker Lukens, O Conqueror and Otis the Destroyer are all on the schedule plus Phantogram, Local Natives, Robert DeLong and other national festival circuit bands, the $99 weekend pass looks like a great value.

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Both Quiet Company and TBLSH have great new albums out. The two groups’ live show also translates well to a festival stage. In other words, get ready for a party. QC’s Transgressor is one of my favorite local albums to drop in 2015. Taylor Muse and the rest of the band have recorded their best album yet. If Seven Hells is not a radio hit, I don’t know what is. You can listen to the whole album on their website.

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The long wait for a follow-up of their impressive debut from TBLSH was over when Space is the Place last March. While the material is a bit of a departure from their eponymous debut, it is an equally compelling listen. The new record places more focus on psych-rock while retaining an element of the blues-rock sound that is the group’s hallmark. The entire album is available to stream on the band’s website.

The lineup also has a Houston connection with hip-hop notables Bun B, Paul Wall and Devin the Dude invited. All are known for delivering great but atypical sets for their genre. Seeing Devin at one of the first Fun Fun Fun Fests at Waterloo Park is a fond memory. I am looking forward to witnessing the man on stage again.

Float Fest fans have the option of purchasing packages that include floating the river or concert only tickets to attend the concerts which begin at 2pm daily. Campers should be aware there will be no electrical hookups or running water but the event allows BBQ pits and bringing your own food and drink (including alcohol). Float Fest will even have a general store open to purchase basic items. Visit the festival FAQ page for more detailed information.

This article was brought to you by guest blogger, local music guru Greg Ackerman. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google + to keep up with the latest music information around town.

This weekly free music series under the canopy of trees at Shady Grove has become a staple of Austin summers, and it’s the perfect way to spend an evening.

As always, these shows are free, they have $3.50 Ziegenbock drafts, good food, and great music!

2015  Remaining Schedule:

Aug 13 The Suffers
Aug 20 Suzanna Choffel
August 27 Kaleo
Sept 3 Gina Chavez
Sept 10 Walker Lukens
Sept 17 Doyle Bramhall II
Sept 24 Jimmy LaFave

For more information follow the Unplugged at the Grove Facebook page!

Admission: Free

When: Tonight (and Thursdays through Sept. 24th)

Time: 8pm

Location:
Shady Grove
1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.kgsr.com/unplugged/ 

Blues on the Green is Austin’s longest running FREE music series. Blues on the Green veterans know the drill, but for first time attendees here is the rundown: You can bring in two factory sealed water bottles, blankets, chairs and your dog (must be on a leash at all times). The number one piece of advice I would say, is ride your bike /carpool, uber, lyft, take the bus or walk if you can. Parking and traffic around Zilker tonight can cause quite the headache.

Tonight is the LAST Blues on the Green of the Season. It really is a rite of passage for living in this great city.

Blues on the Green lovers  — Text “Blues” to 29217 to join the Blues on the Green alert club and get access to exclusive information and contests.

2015 Line-Up:
August 12 – Riders Against The Storm, Shakey Graves

Admission: Free

Music Starts: 8pm

Location:
Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.kgsr.com/promotions/blues-on-the-green/

Blues on the Green is Austin’s longest running FREE music series. Blues on the Green veterans know the drill, but for first time attendees here is the rundown: You can bring in two factory sealed water bottles, blankets, chairs and your dog (must be on a leash at all times). The number one piece of advice I would say, is ride your bike /carpool, uber, lyft, take the bus or walk if you can. Parking and traffic around Zilker tonight can cause quite the headache.

If you’re new to Austin, definitely plan to go at least once this summer. It really is a rite of passage for living in this great city.

Blues on the Green lovers  — Text “Blues” to 29217 to join the Blues on the Green alert club and get access to exclusive information and contests.

2015 Line-Up:
August 5 – Kaleo, Jamestown Revival
August 12 – Riders Against The Storm, Shakey Graves

Admission: Free

Music Starts: 8pm

Location:
Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.kgsr.com/promotions/blues-on-the-green/

Trailer food, live music, and a movie make the perfect trifecta.

Do512 is back at again with the third season of Sound & Cinema at The Long Center. On select Wednesdays this summer they’ll be hosting some of our favorite movies paired with live music before the feature presentation at sunset.

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You can enjoy dinner from Food Truck favorites including Frank, The Peached Tortilla, Yeti Frozen Custard, Garbo’s Maine Lobster, Whole Foods, Uncle Louie G’s, and Boomerang’s.

Unfortunately, dogs are not invited to the party.

2015 Sound & Cinema Schedule:

Admission: Free

Food Trailers Open: 6 pm

Sunset Concerts Begin: 7 pm

The Movie Begins: 8 pm

Location:
The Long Center Terrace
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

http://thelongcenter.org/event/sound-cinema/

Photo Credit: The Long Center