The Sahara Lounge
1413 Webberville Rd.
This laid-back music dive in the rural stretches of East Austin – a neighborhood once known as the “Hog Pen” – opened in 2011 when beloved BYO-liquor roadhouse T.C.’s Lounge retired from action. The place didn’t change much in transition, adopting a vaguely African theme and fencing in a back patio. A big, unpaved parking lot and tiny corner stage remain, and if enough people start dancing, it feels like the old building may buckle. Sahara Lounge, capacity 150, shakes with rock, funk, Afro-jazz, hip-hop, country, Brazilian, and garage rock seven nights a week.
The Sahara Swingtet
Wed., Aug. 31, 7pm
Jake Bomgaars, King, Hunter Sharpe, Mithc Chandler Trio
Thu., Sept. 1, 7:45pm
Kick Action Collective, Interrobang, Afrofreque, EB & the Gang, Star Mind Ceremony
Fri., Sept. 2, 7pm
Panocha Noche, Rob & the Nasty Beat
Sat., Sept. 3, 7:30pm
Zoumountchi, Afro Jazz, Kupira, Sevana, & Mafaro marimba ensembles
Sun., Sept. 4, 8pm
The Gentle Grifters, Simple Measures, Rent Party, the Parish Festival
One of ATX's loveliest, Beth Schindler is celebrating her birth with an all-star cast of kick-ass queers: Krudas Cubensi, Mosaico Experiencia, Chulita Vinyl Club, Ang García, and MAMIS. Expect the unexpected. Funds go to Allgo. Fri., Sept. 2, 9pm. $5 suggested donation.
- 2014: Readers Best Lounge (Sahara Lounge)
- 2013: Readers Best Lounge (Sahara Lounge)
- 2012: Readers Best Lounge (Sahara Lounge)
- 2011: Critics Best Rebirth of a Legend