Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 4, 2014
"As the city grows, we want the musical culture of Austin to grow out north," David Cotton says of the reason he and his brothers have opened up The Roost, a major new live music venue in Wells Branch.
Check Tuesday’s print edition of the Austin American-Statesman or the subscriber area of our website for more about The Roost as well as two new hot spots south of the river, C-Boy’s Heart & Soul and ABGB.
Since opening with a Joe Ely show on New Year’s Eve, the Roost has been booking top-shelf local talent, including Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison (shown performing at the club on Jan. 17 in the video above), Bob Schneider, Carolyn Wonderland and Hayes Carll. They’re also cultivating a happy-hour crowd with weekly shows by the likes of W.C. Clark and the Peterson Brothers, and on Wednesday, Feb. 5, the club presents its first touring act, Northeast singer-songwriter Willy Mason.
C-Boy’s, named after owner Steve Wertheimer’s late mentor and friend C-Boy Parks, won’t feature live music as often as Wertheimer’s renowned Continental Club a half-mile up the road on South Congress. But it’s a good spot for weekend music and occasional bigger happenings (such as an MLK Day show by jazz great Bill Frisell).
ABGB – short for Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. – which opened late last summer as a brewpub and restaurant, is starting to step up its live music offerings. With a large stage, a big main room and a spacious beer garden, the venue has considerable potential; they’ve kept things fairly low-key with local acts so far, but expect this to be a highly coveted hot spot for day parties during SXSW.