Austin’s summer soundtrack: sweet free music series

Austin band Wild Child performs at a super secret show with Shakey Graves at Holy Mountain Sept. 21 as part of the venue's last week in operation. 092115 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Wild Child plays KGSR’s Blues on the Green on June 22.  Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Our full Summer Music Guide comes out June 3, but temperatures are already rising, so we’re rolling out preview sections early. Austin is rich with free music series through the summer are here are a few fun ones to try.

Blues on the Green: KGSR’s wildly popular concerts draw thousands to Zilker Park for free music on a handful of summer Wednesdays. On June 22, check out uke-slinging indie pop darlings Wild Child, whose sudden rise has been one of Austin music’s great success stories of the last few years. The band’s Zilker performance will be their last local appearance before leaving on a cross-country tour that includes appearances at Lollapalooza and the Newport Folk Festival. Local R&B rocker Max Frost opens. Subsequent BOTG shows are July 13 with Hayes Carll and Carson McHone, and Aug. 3 with Sweet Spirit and the Suffers. Free. 8 p.m. 2100 Barton Springs Road. — D.S.S.


Unplugged at the Grove: KGSR’s other long-running series regularly packs Shady Grove on Thursdays through September. Upcoming highlights include Harvest Thieves on June 9, Alejandro Escovedo on June 16, Ray Wylie Hubbard on June 23 and James McMurtry on June 30.— P.B.

The Wine Down: The last Wednesday of each month through September finds up-and-coming local acts sponsored by KUTX at 3Ten, the new venue below ACL Live, with free wine samples from Ruffino plus bites from local eateries. Catch Amanda Cevallos on June 29, El Tule on July 27 and Blue Healer on Aug. 31, with a Sept. 28 act to be announced. — P.B.

Hillside Concert Series at Pan Am Park. The City of Austin programs Tejano groups and other artists who reflect the cultural history of the neighborhood surrounding this East Austin park for free evening concerts every Tuesday in July. — D.S.S.

Saturday Night Concert Series: Sun Radio presents these free shows on the small open-air amphitheater a couple of blocks from its studios at the Hill Country Galleria. Upcoming shows include Midnight River Choir on June 4 and Dawn & Hawkes on June 11. — P.B.

Live from Beau’s Backyard: Another Sun Radio series features live sets once a month on Fridays at the Oasis overlooking Lake Travis. Coming up are Guy Forsyth on June 24 and Jonathan Tyler on July 29. — P.B.

Sunset Concert Series: KLBJ-FM also sets up shop at the Oasis on many Friday nights. The lineup is still to come, but a May 27 kickoff show included Ben Ballinger, Eric Tessmer and Residual Kid. — P.B.

Children’s Day Art Park at Symphony Square: On Wednesday mornings in June and July, the Austin Symphony hosts a popular kids concert series featuring a variety of Austin musicians. In addition to bands, activities are aimed at Austin’s youngest music fans, including an “instrument petting zoo.” Series opens on June 8 with Sara Hickman and Family Time Rocks. $.50 cover. — D.S.S.

Music Under the Star: Names won’t be announced until early June, but the Bullock Museum typically books high-quality local acts for free early evening shows on its Lone Star Plaza. Check for details. — P.B.

Sound & Cinema: The Long Center teams with Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse to present well curated pairings of Austin bands with classic, family-friendly movies. The lineup has not been released yet, but the free shows kick off June 29 and continue on alternating Wednesdays through Aug. 17. — D.S.S.

Courtyard Concert Series: A relatively new presentation at the Domain includes a main concert at Lone Star Court plus after-shows at the Water Trough Bar. June 3 features the Cody Bryan Band plus the Marshall Hood Band later.

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