Hot Summer Nights

Thursday-Sunday, July 26-29, 2018
Red River Cultural District

Music venues and other businesses in the Red River Cultural District join forces for Hot Summer Nights, a free music series celebrating Austin's most vibrant music strip.


Thursday, July 25

Hot Summer Nights w/ Marmalakes, Glaze, Star Parks, Astragal, Knife in the Water, Kay Odyssey (9:00)

Cheer Up Charlies 900 Red River

Hot Summer Nights w/ Single Lash, the Nimbus, Weird Wolves, the I Rock Thy Experience, DJ Roi Hernandez (10:00)

Elysium 705 Red River

Hot Summer Nights w/ Megafauna, Billy King & the Bad Bad Bad, Urban Heat Island Effect, Belcurve, Cheap Wave [control room]; Major Major Major, Coattails, Caleb De Casper [garage] (8:30); Megafauna, Majorx3, Billy King (8:00)

Empire Control Room & Garage 606 E. Seventh

Hot Summer Nights w/ Sour Bridges, Harvest Thieves, Mayeux & Broussard [inside] (9:00)

Mohawk 912 Red River

Hot Summer Nights w/ the Dry Season (album release), the Human Circuit, the Clouds Are Ghosts, Trace of Lime, Point.Music, Lucky Badger, More Beautiful (9:00)

Scratchouse 617 E. Seventh

Holy Wave Photo by David Brendan Hall

Hot Summer Nights w/ Holy Wave, Wrongbird, Cosmico, Soda Lilies [inside] (8:00)

Stubb's 801 Red River

Hot Summer Nights w/ Dossey, Saint Loretto, Dream Data, Feeves (9:30)

Swan Dive 615 Red River

Friday, July 26

Hot Summer Nights w/ Otis the Destroyer, Big Bill, Christelle Bofale, Lizzie Buckley, Nevil, Black Basements, Whit, Semihelix (8:00)

Barracuda 611 E. Seventh

Neon Rainbows: '90s Country Night & the Gay Ole Opry (9:00)

Cheer Up Charlies 900 Red River

Hot Summer Nights w/ Pinkish Black, Knifight, Grivo, Hex Black, DJ Roi Hernandez (9:30)

Elysium 705 Red River

Hot Summer Nights w/ Think No Think, the Oysters, Glass Grapes, A. Sinclair [control room]; Vockah Redu, Chris Conde, Kady Rain, p1nkstar [garage] (9:00)

Empire Control Room & Garage 606 E. Seventh

Hot Summer Nights w/ Mobley, TC Superstar, Torino Black [outside]; Palm Daze, Midcentury, Emme [inside] (9:00)

Mohawk 912 Red River

Hot Summer Nights w/ Obsolete Machines, Young Tongue, Lunar Gold, Not Really, Gnomads (9:00)

Scratchouse 617 E. Seventh

Hot Summer Nights w/ Henry + the Invisibles, Steady Legend, Big Wy's Brass Band, Shaws of Awe [inside] (8:00)

Stubb's 801 Red River

Hot Summer Nights w/ Indoor Creature, Mamahawk, Nané, Chillbill, Subtle Motion (9:00)

Swan Dive 615 Red River

Saturday, July 27

Hot Summer Nights w/ Sailor Poon, Flesh Lights, Being Dead, Blood, TV's Daniel, Tyler Jordan (8:00)

Barracuda 611 E. Seventh

Hot Summer Nights w/ Spirit Ghost, Sasha & the Valentines, Lolita Lynne, the Hermits (9:00)

Cheer Up Charlies 900 Red River

Hot Summer Nights w/ Peelander-Z, Duderonomy, Musuki Aruvavo Lee, Johnk Wray [control room]; the Well, Duel, Mountain of Smoke, Destroyer of Light [garage] (9:00)

Empire Control Room & Garage 606 E. Seventh

Hot Summer Nights w/ Magna Carda, Torre Blake [inside]; Sir Woman, Mamafesta, Bourgeois Mystics, & more [outside] (9:00)

Mohawk 912 Red River

Hot Summer Nights w/ Frooot, NONC3NTS, Double Dope, Kilgo, Mr & Mrs b2b Digital Monsters, Jed, Orlaigh Sinead, Vinny, & more (9:00)

Scratchouse 617 E. Seventh

Hot Summer Nights w/ … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Moving Panoramas, Caroline Says, Curtis Roush, If Climbing [outside] (7:00); Hot Summer Nights w/ Shivery Shakes [inside] (11:55)

Stubb's 801 Red River

Hot Summer Nights w/ Nolan Potter's Nightmare Band, the Millbrook Estates, King Country, Cosmic Chaos, Trace of Lime (8:30)

Swan Dive 615 Red River

Sunday, July 28

Hot Summer Nights w/ Thor & Friends, Dry Guy, Rocket 808, Dirt Pile (7:00)

Barracuda 611 E. Seventh

Hot Summer Nights w/ Lou Rebecca, Zayland, Compact Disco Crew, Shed Your Worries, Have a Nu Wave (4:00); Hot Summer Nights With SHED (4:00)

Cheer Up Charlies 900 Red River

Hot Summer Nights w/ DJ Pumpkin Space, I Am Minimus (10:00)

Elysium 705 Red River

Hot Summer Nights w/ the Bishops, Ben Buck, Teddy the Legacy, Reek, Tactics, TJ Tha Kid [control room] (9:00)

Empire Control Room & Garage 606 E. Seventh



611 E. Seventh,

Rising from the ashes of the ill-fated but beloved Red 7 in late 2015, Barracuda keeps the Red River vibe alive. Former Spider House booker and current Hotel Vegas magnate Jason McNeely and a local consortium of partners continue their interior remodel, but the refurbished indoor and outdoor stages give the original dive a face lift. Capacity remains around 600 outside and a third of that inside. An even more eclectic booking policy than Red 7’s means punk, metal, indie rock, country, hip-hop, and everything in between.


711 Red River, 512/479-7625,

Beerland’s cheap beer and loud music have been a recipe for success since 2001 when the Red River cave opened. The roughly 200-capacity club has since become favored ground for punks and garage rockers, breaking bands like OBN IIIs while also tapping national acts like Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees. The bar’s streetside smoking patio has hosted some of the craziest unofficial SXSW performances in Austin history.

Cheer Up Charlies

900 Red River,

The fun, gay uncle of the Red River bar and live music scene, Cheer Ups is one of the most cheerful, inviting, and beloved venues on the block. Featuring random rainbow art, unicorns, and funkiness all around, the vegan bar serves a creative blend of cocktails (kale lime gingerita), as well as local beers, organic teas, and kombucha on tap. Outside, the limestone-dressed stage remains home to a variety of eclectic events, from crafts nights to karaoke, Peaches to John Legend.


705 Red River, 512/478-8385,

Bela Lugosi may be dead, but his memory lives on here. Opened in 2001, the 500-capacity Red River institution remains the shadowy mecca for local goths 18-and-up, and upholds the city’s legacy as a former industrial rock capital. It’s also developed its own peerless reputation for neo-folk, neo-goth, and techno. Scene heavyweights like Combichrist have been known to divert tours through Texas just to stop by. During SXSW, it’s the established home of the beloved Japan Nite celebration of music from the shadow of Mount Fuji.

Shelley Hiam

Empire Control Room & Garage

606 E. Seventh, 512/651-4690,

Known first as Empire Garage thanks to the bloodline of its outdoor stage – an outdated auto body garage – Empire Control Room has risen in its short lifespan to serve as a dominating force in both hip-hop and electronic music, with ticketed roadshows and walk-up locals alike running indoor and outside, sometimes simultaneously. A bar featuring DJs splices between the two. The venue has been instrumental in swinging the Red River Cultural District eastward.


912 Red River, 512/666-0877,

This beloved multi-level Red River anchor, regularly voted Best Live Music Venue in the Austin Music Poll, hosts the crème of indie nation – old, new, small, massive. Its spacious outdoor stage is surrounded by balconies with excellent sight lines and great sound wherever one stands; there's also multiple convenient bars and a cozier inside performance space. Mohawk also hosts outsize SXSW appearances, including the Stooges, Specials, and X.

photo by Sandy Carson


801 Red River, 512/480-8341,

Milestone 20th anniversary hitting in 2016, Stubb’s filled the void left by the 1999 closing of Liberty Lunch, itself the local replacement for the Armadillo World Headquarters. Taking its name and recipes from legendary Lubbock cook Christopher “Stubb” Stubblefield, who established the first Stubb’s in his hometown in 1968, the dual-level venue and celebrated barbecue joint boasts indoor and outdoor stages, with the latter holding upward of 2,000 souls. Booked by C3 Presents co-founder Charles Attal and unsung ACL Fest talent doyenne Amy Corbin, both stages host names big (Bob Dylan) and bigger (Metallica).

Swan Dive

615 Red River,

As much a dive bar (hence the name) as a concert venue, Swan Dive attracts quality local talent for its roomy inside and outside stages. Not just bands, either: dance parties, burlesque, and its own self-proclaimed “hipster karaoke.” Outside of ample Free Week action, release shows from Austin indie’s finest, and ample homegrown bills throughout the month, the Dive also features a drink menu heavy on vintage cocktails and actual booths to sit and sip them in. At a 250 load, any occasion is an intimate one.
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