People often ask me what it’s like to cover music for the daily paper in Austin. One thing that’s very different from when I first started doing it here three decades ago is that we are, of course, not just a newspaper now but a multimedia platform.

I still love to write, but sometimes the best way to convey just what it’s like to cover music here is through video excerpts from the shows I attend. That’s why I started the “One Night in Austin” series on our music blog back in 2016: To catch a half-dozen (or more) shows in a single evening, and show a little bit of the music from each stop.

For a year, I did these once a month; since then, I’ve done them occasionally, whenever the mood strikes or a night seems right for such a journey. Enough of them have accumulated now that if you string them all together in a YouTube playlist, you'll see more than an hour of the musicians and venues that justify Austin’s reputation as the Live Music Capital, day-in and day-out. Press play, and just let it roll:


Even with about 100 acts at dozens of venues, this is still just a window into what's out there. It’s an ongoing series, and we hope to continue capturing more. Here’s a rundown of the venues — a few now shuttered — in the current playlist.

PLACES: Texas Capitol, Holiday Stroll at 9th & Congress, Yard Dog, Paramount Theatre, Continental Club, Longhorn City Limits at LBJ Library Lawn, Saxon Pub, ABGB, Lamberts, Waterloo Records, C-Boy's Heart & Soul, Threadgill's South, Cactus Cafe, Antone's, Hogg Auditorium, White Horse, Mohawk, Beerland, Broken Spoke, Shady Grove, Radio Coffee & Beer, Sidewinder, Barracuda, Empire Control Room, Swan Dive, Cheer Up Charlie's, Guero's Oak Garden, Continental Gallery, Donn's Depot, Stay Gold, Threadgill's North, Four Seasons Lobby Bar, Blackheart, Geraldine's, Evangeline Cafe, Strange Brew, Parish, Elephant Room, All Saints Episcopal Church, Patsy's Cowgirl Cafe, One-2-One Bar, Highball, King Bee Lounge, Hyatt Regency Lobby Bar, Driskill Bar, Townsend, Central Market Westgate, South Austin Brewery, Moontower Saloon, Indian Roller, Sam's Town Point, Armadillo Christmas Bazaar at Palmer Events Center, Blanton Museum of Art, 3Ten, ACL Live, Wittliff Collections (San Marcos).