With a major concert festival and over 200 live music spots, Austin has established itself as one of the premier music cities in the country. JW Marriott Austin is ideally situated to keep you in the heart of the music scene for a one-of-a-kind experience you can only get in Austin. Located just one mile from our property is The Continental Club Austin, one of the city’s oldest and most iconic music halls that features live music every night of the week. This venue enjoys a history as rich and full as the performances themselves, and is a must-see for any traveler looking for a real taste of Austin.
The Continental Club Austin opened its doors in 1955 and has been offering live music for decades. It began back in the day as a supper club and has had several personality changes since its ritzy beginning, going from a burlesque club to a bar for the hardscrabble, hard-working crowd to the live music venue it is today. The building underwent a major renovation in 1987 to return it to its 1950’s glory, complete with its classic neon sign outside and restored original murals on the interior walls. Most evenings, underneath the glowing lights, you can see a collection of vintage hot rods that might make you think you’ve stepped back in time.
Over the years, the musical focus has also changed, but now it’s known as a true Americana site. If you want to hear blues, rockabilly, old school country, or roots rock, you can find it at this local historic landmark. Some of music’s biggest names have performed at The Continental Club Austin throughout the years, including Steve Ray Vaughn and Joe Ely in the 1970’s and Social Distortion and The Replacements in the 1980’s. Other big acts that have appeared here include Robert Plant, James McMurtry, and Southern Culture on the Skids.
As amazing as the downstairs bar and small stage are, the upstairs holds a surprise. The Continental Gallery is like a bar within a bar, with its display space for local artists and live music on a more intimate scale. If you want a rocking good time downstairs or a lounge act upstairs, just pick your level, get a drink, and prepare to enjoy yourself.
The Continental Club Austin has local music acts nightly and also hosts regional and national music makers throughout the year. Some of the shows you can catch this summer include:
Be sure to check the website for local performers and the weekly line-up for the Club and the upstairs Gallery.
When you stay at JW Marriott Austin, you can enjoy all the amenities of a luxury hotel with convenience to Austin’s local scene and live music hotspots. We are down Congress Avenue from The Continental Club Austin, making it a short drive or stroll from your room to live music. Our staff can help you with suggestions for this and other attractions in downtown and throughout the city to make your business or leisure visit memorable.