Hot Summer Nights, the Red River Cultural District’s new Free Week in July event, is set to kick off Thursday night with a series of free concerts that invite you to explore the walkable wonder of Austin’s premiere live music district.

Participating clubs include the Mohawk, Stubb’s, Empire, Barracuda, Sidewinder, Beerland and Cheer Up Charlie’s. In addition to music, venues throughout the district will have pop up vendors and local food offerings.  Here are a few highlights:

Fans groove to Chakra Khan outdoors at Cheer Up Charlies on Red River Street on Saturday, July 5, 2014. Martin do Nascimento/AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Abram Shook at Stubb’s inside

Emily Bell at Barracuda


Octopus Project, Trouble in the Streets, CJ Edwards & the Funk Fellowship at Empire

White Denim, Deep Time, Go Fever at Cheer Up Charlie’s

El Tule at Stubb’s

The Midnight Stroll, Migrant Kids at the Mohawk

Radioactivity, Bad Sports, Flesh Lights at Barracuda


Golden Dawn Arkestra, Capyac at Stubb’s

Israel Nash, Mobley, Zeale at Empire

Big Bill, the Zoltars, Residual Kid at Barracuda

Matthew Logan Vasquez, Mike & the Moonpies at Mohawk


Christeene, Total Unicorn at Cheer Up Charlie’s

The Golden Boys at Barracuda