Central Presbyterian Church
200 E. Eighth, Austin, 78701, 512/472-2445
Though known as Central Presbyterian Church since 1983, the congregation signed on to this property in 1871, and its formation goes back another 32 years before that. That makes the building – in addition to being a house of worship – one of the oldest music venues in town. Booked since 2003 by Kathi Thomas, weekly half-hour lunch break shows have happened every Thursday since 1980, while touring acts like recent performer Rickie Lee Jones take advantage of the space’s near-perfect acoustics when they can. The 450-capacity sanctuary has also been a SXSW venue since 2006. CPC has only two rules for musicians: Don’t drink, and don’t break the stained glass windows.