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Life was so sweet for music junkies in the Live Music Capital of the World—up until the venues closed, the stages went dark, and the world of Austin music closed down.

Miss your places? Miss your people? Miss blowing all your money on music?


Don't fret, fans!

You may not be sitting on the patio at Sahara or chilling in the Continental Gallery on a Wednesday evening, but in the months that Austin has been on lockdown, local musicians, venues and studios have figured out how to bring a world of live music to you online.

So check out our sampling of the myriad ways you can get your live music fix from your own home, any day of the week. This is not comprehensive—start with these and go down the rabbit hole on your own!

From studios to artists to venues to radio stations, we have a solid list that will get you started on your journey back into the live music world that is the very heart of our city.

Also, these are regular shows, not one-offs, and they are all free or very cheap—but if you have the means, you'll find a link to let you tip the musicians or bartenders.

It's going to be a long road back, but as Patrice Pike would say, keep the faith and, as we all would say, long live the music.

Jagtronica Wednedsays, Purple Bee TV

Interstellar grooves and psychedelic explorations improvised by a full band - live in the Purple Bee studios. Wednesdays 8 p.m.

Patrice Pike Band Keep the Faith Livestream

Iconic hard rock favorite unplugs in her home space. Thursdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m.

Afro Jazz Saturdays at the Sahara Lounge

Join this East Austin gem of a bar for regular virtual live shows from the stage, including a regular online residency by African jazz musicians Ibrahim Aminou and Aboubacar Sylla. Saturdays 8 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/SaharaLoungeATX

KUTX Livestreams

This local Austin-centric arm of KUT hosts various performance livestreams nearly every day of the week. Find their schedule here.

Live in the Virtual Gallery with Bonnie Whitmore

August 2020 — Bonnie Whitmore

bonniewhitmore.com

Raucous and talented local singer-songwriter Bonnie Whitmore brings back the Continental Gallery with musical guests every weekend. Fridays 8:30 p.m.

BettySoo's Nobody's Happy (Online and Isolated) Hour

BettySoo's Nobody's Happy Hour - Summer 2020

www.facebook.com

Take the heartfelt lyrics of Townes and mix it with the comedic timing of Janeane Garofalo and the voice of an angel, you might come close to defining this engaging and popular performer. Tuesdays 6:30 p.m.

DJ Mel's Living Room Dance Party

A streaming staple practically since the day the venues shut down, DJ Mel Cavaricci (aka DJ Mel) spins from his living room. Saturdays 6-10p.m.

Dreadneck Wednesdays from the Flamingo Cantina

Dreadneck Wednesdays Live Stream w/ Mau Mau Chaplains

www.facebook.com

The Mau Mau Chaplains bring the irie back at this iconic 6th Street venue each week. Wednesdays 8:30 p.m.

James McMurtry's Wednesday residency

A fixture on the alt-country music scene in Austin and beyond, McMurtry brings his weekly residency at Continental Club home to you (from his place) with opening acts. Wednesdays 8 p.m.

Not at Donn's Depot

The slightly obvious but oh-so-telling title for pianist Chris Gage's Monday livestream, where he tickles the ivories from his home studio, joined occasionally by wife Christine Albert, and recreates his popular and long-running Monday residency at Donn's. Mondays 8 p.m.

Jackie Venson

Austin born-and-bred singer songwriter, brings her guitar and her truth-telling music to her live-streaming page. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 9 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. https://jackievenson.com/livestream/


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