This isn’t a place you stumble into in jeans and a T-shirt; the Continental is an event, so wear your nice shoes, but make sure you can dance in them -- if the energy is right, the dance floor will become a swirl of bodies.Hold on to your drink (and then go upstairs to the Gallery).A heads-up: The bar sells beer and wine but is BYOL.
Behind the bar sits a small, colorful carousel; a pink elephant stands on stage, an eternal performer; the booth-side jukeboxes are time machines; and a circus mural watches over patrons.
You’ll overhear some great stories from the living, and maybe even encounter a few ghosts.
In ’91 the city council made it official, and declared itself the Live Music Capital of the World -- fueling locals’ favorite maybe-even-true claim, that no city in America has more live music venues per capita.
night of the week in this town you’ll find a band playing its first-ever gig or veteran act playing its thousandth.
Over the course of its 50-year history, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and George Strait have graced the stage.
You’ll find regulars and curious out-of-towners here, all drawn together in the name of two-stepping and people-watching.
Enter: One bazillion clubs and twice that many local bands. Back in the ‘70s and into the ‘80s, clubs like the Armadillo World Headquarters, Antone’s, Raul’s, and Soap Creek Saloon became gathering places for a new, weird scene that embraced country, rock, blues, punk, soul, and roots.
The patron saints -- Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, and the Big Boys -- fed a growing club scene and a profusion of bands and, eventually, the live music show helped usher in a nationally recognized music scene.
n typical Texan understatement, Austin likes everyone to know it’s the Live Music Capital of the World.
With a claim like that, a city has to have the goods to back it up.
The Red River club has been an anchor of the Austin punk scene for more than 15 years, and become an essential stage for local and touring bands.