School’s out for the summer and it’s time to educate young Austinites on why we call their city the Live Music Capital of the World. Here are five family-friendly events where you can introduce your kids to live music.
Music Under the Star. The Bob Bullock opens up the Lone Star Plaza in front of the museum for a run of three free Friday concerts in July, headlined by James McMurtry, Mother Falcon and Tameca Jones. The concerts kick off at 6 p.m. each night and food trucks, beer and soda are available on site. Worth noting: the main event takes place on plaza in front of the museum, but there’s a stretch of grass away from the action where little ones can play and you can still hear the tunes. Also, parking is free. More info.
Blues on the Green. The long-running free summer series sponsored by radio station KGSR is the granddaddy of Austin’s beer-in-the-park events. The bad news is the 8 p.m. concert kickoff is a bit late for the littlest of littles, but the good news is a sunset start time means a much more bearable experience for everyone old enough to stay awake. Round up a group of friends, spread a blanket in the grass and make it an outing. The next installment, a June 14th performance by Austin’s own Grupo Fantasma offers an opportunity to introduce your family to one of the finest Latin music ensembles in the world. More info.
Daybird music series. What do we want? Free music! When do we want it? During the day! Where do we want it? Inside! So much summer music happens outside. On the one hand, it’s great to get the kids out and run them around. On the other hand, Texas summer heat can wilt the spirit of even the most die-hard music lovers. Thankfully many of the concerts in this new free music series hosted by the City of Austin take place in the air-conditioned comfort of downtown music venues like 3Ten and Antone’s. Concerts take place from 1 to 5 p.m. each Saturday in June. More info.
Sound and Cinema . Prefer your music with a side of movie? This series at the Long Center has you covered. Each installment pairs a family-friendly flick with a local band. This year’s events kick off on June 21 with “The Princess Bride” paired with Cake cover band Icing. Later in the summer The Quaker City Night Hawks play before a screening of “Raising Arizona” and garage rock champs, A Giant Dog set up “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” Concerts kick off at 7:30 p.m. with the movies starting at sunset (around 8:45). Food trucks and a full bar are available on site. More info.
Unplugged at the Grove. Big concerts too loud for the little ones? This series presents acoustic music on the pecan-shaded patio of the Shady Grove every Thursday night at 8 p.m. all summer long. There is no cover charge, but yes, this is a restaurant and if you plan to occupy a table for any length of time, plan to order some food and drinks. More info.