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Coming back after a pandemic hiatus, Red River Cultural District's free music festival, Hot Summer Nights, is back and showcasing plenty of local talent for 2021 starting tonight.


And hot it will be—the festival runs from Thursday, Aug. 26, through Sunday, Aug. 29, with temperatures reaching 90º all four days. The festival will feature more than 100 local bands at 11 venues that are all within a six-block radius of RRCD completely free of charge for all ages.

Venues like Stubb's Bar-B-Q, Empire Control Room & Garage, Waterloo Park, Mohawk Austin and Elysium will host up-and-coming homegrown talent like Chief Cleopatra, who performs Friday at The Green Jay; The Teeta, performing Friday at Stubb's; Calliope Musicals, performing Thursday at Mohawk and many more artists.

Or check out Mama Duke at Stubb's on Friday, Daphne Tunes at Cheer Up Charlies on Friday, Amplified Heat will play at Valhalla on Saturday and Star Parks will play at Mohawk on Sunday.

Some of the artists also contributed to the Hot Summer Nights Mixtape, which will donate 100% of the proceeds to RRCD's emergency relief fund, called Banding Together ATX. The fund was started at the beginning of the pandemic and has given more than $225,000 to more than 3,000 music and service venues.

If you have yet to get vaccinated, Empire Control Room is holding a vaccine clinic in partnership with Austin Public Health from 8-11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Keep a mask handy, as venues require masks while indoors.

More information on the festival is available on RRCD's website.

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