6 live music events heat up the end of May


Sure, it’s a lot warmer outside than it should be right now, but the sweltering circumstances make the live music experience even more interesting. See below for a handful of local shows worth braving the heat in the second half of May.

Ghostland Observatory at Empire

Thursday May 19
Celebrate 30 years of the Texas Lottery while dancing your heart out to a set of electro rockers Ghostland Observatory at Empire Control Room & Garage this Thursday, May 19. Adding to the fun here is the fact that the show is FREE with an RSVP.

Presentation of the magazine “Almost reality” in the distribution room – Saturday May 21
See you at the Distribution Hall this Saturday, May 21 for a showcase presented by Almost Real Things magazine. Local rock band Megafauna headline which also includes 10:00 p.m. until close, Hong Kong Wigs, Moni’ye, The Gonzos, and more. Additionally, you can expect an art market and other activities. This is a FREE event, but there is also a $25 VIP ticket.

Strand of Oaks at Antone – Friday, May 27
Kick off your Memorial Day weekend with Strand of Oaks (aka Timothy Showalter) at Antone’s on Friday, May 27. The indie folk rocker will be joined by Pat Finnerty, and tickets to the show are $21 in advance, $25 on the day. In case you missed it in 2021, Showalter released a remarkable album titled In Paradise.

Dreamfest at Dreamland – Saturday May 28
The first Dreamfest is scheduled for Saturday, May 28 at Dreamland in Dripping Springs. The music and arts festival has a lineup with a slew of established locals including Bob Schneider, Carolyn Wonderland, Del Castillo, Sir Woman, Gina Chavez and many more. GA tickets are $50 and a VIP pass is $250. Children five and under enter FREE.

Austin Live Music Revival at Empire & Antone’s – May 28-29
A multi-genre event called the Austin Live Music Revival is set to take place throughout Memorial Day weekend. Drop by Empire Control Room & Garage on Saturday May 28 to see Crizzly, Lil Flip and more, then Sunday May 29 for Abhi the Nomad, Jane Leo and more. Plus, on Sunday, Antone’s will host Jackie Venson, Henry Invisible, and more. A one-day wristband is $50 and a weekend pass is $70.


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