Twelve essential weekly hangs
From the Fabulous Thunderbirds burning down the Rome Inn on Monday nights in the Seventies to 2015 Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame inductee Margaret Wright holding court Thursdays & Fridays at the Skylark Lounge, Austin's sonic empire is built on residencies. Related by bedrock roots, the Continental Club (Toni Price, Dale Watson, Jon Dee Graham & James McMurtry), Saxon Pub (Bob Schneider, Johnny Nicholas), and Broken Spoke (come back Jesse Dayton) alone could keep the lights on. Save for a couple ringers here, these new local traditions – all but one of them gratis – began in the past five years. Catch 'em before they become lore.