Hot Summer Nights Bands List Drop

100 acts join Red River Cultural District free week in July

Israel Nash at last year's Austin City Limits Music Festival (photo by John Anderson)

Just as collective midsummer doldrums begin to settle in, local clubs have planned some activities for local music fanatics. On the horizon looms summer free week – well, more like a long weekend. July 13-16, a total of 10 Red River venues will nix cover charges for a live series dubbed Hot Summer Nights.

Today, organizers announced more than 100 acts filling out the four-night run, including Stubbs’ Thursday kickoff show featuring the Canvas People, Summer Salt, Abram Shook, and Slomo Drags, and two Friday must-sees, White Denim at Cheer Up Charlies and Israel Nash at Empire Control Room. The lineup also boasts the Octopus Project, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Residual Kid, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Capyac, and Radioactivity.

Downtown businesses including Hoboken Pie, Shawarma Point, Pelon’s, and Exploded Records are getting in on the action with special deals, while vendors, vintage and artisan alike, will be setting up shop. And maybe you’ll buy the usual drink or three in the venues. Still, if all you want to do is jam to some free music, free week is your ticket. This initial summer offering takes up the template of Austin’s annual Free Week every January, but the Red River Cultural District calls this showcase the first of many.

So sample some bands because, well, it’s all free. Consider it a rejoinder to winter’s free week for another grand total of $0. Check out homegrown acts you’ve never heard of, since they’re the ATX buzz acts of tomorrow.

Or not.

Either way, the stakes are nil, because it’s all gratis.

Find out more about participating Hot Summer Nights clubs.

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