Tucson is situated in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert and beautifully flanked by mountain ranges. The quaint city boasts attractive 19th-century Spanish and Western architecture that helps elevate the character of the friendly locals.
Famed Austin nightclub owner Clifford Antone’s record shop opened in 1987. CDs, vinyl and cassette tapes take you back to a different era in this well-stocked homage to all things music.
The Texas State Capitol building looms large over Austin. Finished in 1888, the building houses the Office of the Governor as well as the chambers of the Texas Legislature.
6th Street is one of the most popular parts of the Austin’s entertainment district. Bars, music, great food and a lot of noise come standard. “Keep Austin Weird” is a local slogan, so go prepared!
People can talk about music for hours, dissect its varied interpretations for days, listen to it for a lifetime. In its myriad forms, it’s a passion that unites.
Even as the internet makes our favorite artists and bands more accessible, music can still best be explored on a deeper level through travel. There’s simply no online playlist that can compare to experiencing it live.
And that’s what drove Andrew and his daughter Miranda to Austin, Texas. Both are trumpet players and avid listeners of jazz, and this shared love of music has strengthened their bond.
With Miranda nearing the end of high school and about to leave their hometown of Tucson, Arizona, to go to college, they set out to discover and experience Austin’s world-renowned music scene together.
Watch the video and see how Andrew and Miranda use travel to explore their shared passion for music.
The Sights and Sounds of Austin
With over 250 live music venues, Austin might have more per capita than anywhere else, earning it the title of “Live Music Capital of the World.” Whether you prefer the rhythm and soul of the blues, the twang of country, the pulse of rock ‘n’ roll, or the groove of jazz, there’s something for every musical taste.
If you love jazz like Andrew and Miranda, don’t miss the Elephant Room, open since 1991. This famous venue has live music seven nights a week — often for free.
For more places to catch live music or to thumb through a stack of vinyl, check out the Mohawk, The Continental Club, The Broken Spoke, Antone’s Record Shop or the Moody Theater for a taping of Austin City Limits.
Miranda and Andrew had their adventure, when’s yours? Decide what you’re passionate about, what you want to explore, and let that guide your travels. If Austin sounds like your style, look to the Austin city website and start planning your trip today.