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Band vs. DJ

This is totally a preference. Bands will be more expensive but can create a much livelier dance floor. They also typically have DJ capabilities and can still play specific songs you request if it doesn’t fall into their book of songs they know, otherwise there  can be a fee for a new song to be learned. DJs are typically cheaper (unless you go with a big name), and you will have more control as to what they play.

Another nice touch during the ceremony is a string quartet, violinist and/or soloist! There are a ton of great bands and DJs in the Austin area. Most you can see live around town to really make sure it’s the perfect fit for the big night. 

Favorite Bands:

The Nightowls! Born and bred right here in ATX, The Nightowls have long been a staple of the local music scene. In fact, you’ve probably seen them before either at their famous annual NYE Bash or their legendary (over six years running!) Sunday Funday show at Icenhauer’s on Rainey Street. From soul to funk, pop to rock, disco to ’80s, they play just about everything and seamlessly weave everyone’s favorite songs into a non-stop, all-out, dance-packed party!  

With more than eight years industry expertise and plenty of custom band options to offer (dynamic light show, continuous play, specialty bands), you’re able to handcraft the band’s performance to fit your unique event. The Nightowls are our obvious choice for any wedding or event and are simply your one-stop-shop for the greatest party ever.  And don’t worry, if you’re planning a destination event, The Nightowls travel regularly all over the U.S.  

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They are also the featured music on our Wedding Guide Podcast!

Love & Happiness – $6K for 4 hours, 8pc band.

PDA – $6.5K for 4 hours, 9pc band. You can see PDA live every Wednesday at the Highball on South Lamar at 9 p.m.

Matchmaker – $8K range 4 hours, 10pc band. You can see Matchmaker live every Monday at the Highball on South Lamar at 9 p.m.

Hot Sauce ATX – $9K for 4 hours, 10pc band.

Blind Date – $9K – $10K range.

DJs in Town:


DJ King Ding – For all the emo kids out there, this is the DJ that performs at Jimmy Eat Wednesdays at Barbarella!

DJ Gatsby – Frequently spins at The W and Container bar, and has opened for artists such as Questlove, Earth Wind & Fire, Gary Clark Jr., and T-Pain.

DJ Cassandra – Current residencies at Wanderlust Yoga Austin, Fairmont Austin Hotel, #BossBabes ATX, Fabletics, and South Congress Hotel.

Greenbelt DJ Productions – Also provides photobooth, uplighting and videography services.

String Quartets:

Terra Vista Strings – Depending how on how big you want to go, this can range from a solo violinist at $230/60 minutes, all the way to a duo, trio, or quartet with the highest being $675/60 minutes. 

Grace Plays Violin – Solo violinist, she knows a lot of modern songs and is also adorable! $250/60 minutes.

Pro Tip: Check out the band’s song list before booking. If you’re specific about the types of songs you want this is a good idea. You don’t want to book them and realize later they don’t know any songs you prefer. It also costs a lot of money to add on songs they don’t know ($250+ per song).

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    Red River Cultural District Brings You

    Dirtbaglife + Heard Presents:

    7:00 pm – Doors
    8:00 pm – TJ Tha Kid
    8:30 pm – Tactics
    9:00 pm – Reek
    9:30 pm – Teddy The Legacy
    10:00 pm – Ben Buck
    10:30 pm – The Bishops


      Shopping during the holidays can be stressful. We’re making it stress free.

      Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for that special someone or you want to treat your self (do it!) we’ll be hosting a number of local vendors who have a little something something for everyone! Plus you’ll be supporting local businesses. It’s a win-win.

      Live Music
      Seasonal Drink Menu
      Photo Booth
      Food Truck Gobble Gobble

      21 & up.

        Join us at Icenhauer’s for a lovely fall evening full of sipping & shopping from a few of our favorite local brands:

        Jennifer Lovena Textiles
        Hey Girl Earrings
        87 ATX
        Fox & Brie
        Maysa Bogheiri Art

        Live Music
        Gobble Gobble

        21 & up

          Sit, Relax, Listen, Enjoy!

          Strings in the Park is a first ever, family-friendly, Austin-unique, Fall weather concert promoting Austin’s original music and community green spaces. 

          This event is 100% no cost. Parking is free, too.  All are welcome.

          Our venue features tons of picnic tables, cafe tables and seating, fresh-made pastries and coffees, huge wine and beer selection, tailor made salads and sandwiches, the large lawn, a large shaded deck, clean bathrooms, a popular playground, a walking trail, a lively creek, shady trees, and more.

          This concert features Austin innovator Will Taylor,  string quartet and backing musicians, with Austin music legend Guy Forsyth (winner, Best Male Vocals, Austin Music Awards, 2018) in an afternoon of rejuvenating serendipities. 

          Bring picnic blanket and fixings or just drop-in! 

          Much-loved Austin musicians will be playing for FREE each Sunday in March at Whole Foods in the Domain.

          PD Kids Social

          The 2016 March Kid’s Music Series includes:

          March 6     Mr. Will

          March 13   Staci Gray

          March 20   Hey Lolly Band

          March 27   Mr. Johnny

          The live music will take place on Sundays from 2-4 pm in the Public Domain – an outside area that has a great space for families with kids of all ages. In case the little ones (or mom and dad) get hungry, there is a great sandwich and burger menu with kid’s choices including fries, hot dogs, grilled cheese and more.

          What: Kid’s Music Series

          When: Sundays in March

          Time: 2-4 p.m.

          Where: Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Drive, Austin

          Cost: Free

          The KVET Free Texas Music Series decided to change things up this year and instead of having shows run all summer they took a break during the heat of summer and started back up in the fall. I like this concept as fall evenings make for more pleasant concert weather!

          I am a huge fan of all the upcoming bands, tonight happens to be one of my favorites. Cody Canada used to play in the band Cross Canadian Ragweed who I also love. They will surely be a great show.

          Nutty Brown is a great venue for the concert as there is plenty of parking and the amphitheater is huge! Come hungry because they also have great food.


          Today: Cody Canada & The Departed
          October 3: Jason Boland & The Stragglers
          October 10: Brandon Rhyder
          October 17: Stoney Larue
          October 24: Cody Johnson Band

          When: Wednesday’s – October 24th

          Cost: free

          Gates: 5:30 p.m.
          Opening Band: 6:30 p.m.
          Headliner: 8:00 p.m.

          Nutty Brown Café
          12225 Highway 290 West
          Austin, Texas 78737