Free Week in Austin, Texas is the best excuse to beat the cold and lethargy that sometimes sets in in the cold month of January. For an entire week, venues located in the historic music district of downtown open their doors to the hustle and bustle of attendees eager to find their next favorite local act, see familiar faces and perk their ears to new sounds that the city has to offer. With a multitude of live acts all within a few blocks of each other for the unbeatable price of free, what’s not to love about the start of the year in Austin’s music scene? We’ve highlighted a couple of our favorite bands playing each night at venues like Empire Control Room, Cheer Up Charlies, Mohawk, Elysium, Barracuda and venture further east for free tunes at Hotel Vegas. Keep some cash handy in your wallet to graciously tip your bartenders and check out all the band merch! Got must-see live acts that you think others should know about? Leave us a comment and tell us about ’em!

 

 

Monday, January 1st
Duncan Fellows, Delmer Dennis, Chakra Khan, Poly Action, Elaine Greer – Hotel Vegas
Marmalakes, Get a Life, Semihelix, and Football, Etc. – Barracuda

Tuesday, January 2nd
Annabelle Chairlegs, Modern Medicine, Glaze, Vampyre, The Millbrook Estates, The Hermits – Mohawk
Fort Never, Netherfriends, Hours Quiet, BlastFamous USA, Good Field

Wednesday, January 3rd
SMiiLE, Thor & Friends, Kraken Quartet, Mylets, All Eyes, Shmu, Chakra Khan, DJ Chiquita Bombita – Mohawk
Knife in the Water, RF Shannon, Star Parks, Julia Lucille – Cheer Up Charlies
Stretch Panic, Barbarian, Break Time, MeanGirls – Beerland

Thursday, January 4th
Tyson Swindell, Skullcaster, Private Service, Zusammenbruch, Deep Cross, Crawl, Xander Harris – Barracuda
Whiskey Shivers, Sailor Poon, Booher, Poly Action – Empire Control Room

Friday, January 5th
Holy Wave, Leather Girls, Hidden Ritual, The Diamond Center, Teevee – Cheer Up Charlies
Ringo Deathstarr, The Reputations, Toma, Mean Jolene, Whit – Hotel Vegas
Oh My Love, Hollow Trees, Tearful Moon – Elysium

Saturday, January 6th
Annabelle Chairlegs, Deep Time, Caroline Says, Why Bonnie, Robby – Hotel Vegas
Michael Parallax, My Golden Calf, andy, Starfruit (Dallas), The Hannas (Boston), Cat Jaguar – Cheer Up Charlies

Sunday, January 7th
Star Parks, Go Fever, Abram Shook, Good Field, Big Breakfast – Mohawk
The Zoltars, Borzoi, Vertical Vice, Pleasure Venom, Uncle Jesus – Hotel Vegas