Welcome To Texas: A Georgia Native Takes on the Vast Musical Landscape of The Lonestar State

Growing up around the Atlanta music scene exposes one to a wide variety of musical acts. When I moved to Texas, I imagined rodeos and endless country music - visions of Longhorns and colorful wildflowers as you drive along endless highways were firmly in my mind. While I found all of these things to be true, there was so much more to discover!

The music scene here spans across more than five major cities and festival season exists almost year-round. Home to ZZ Top, Janis Joplin, and Stevie Ray Vaughan; Texas music ranges across every genre.

Copyright 2017 ZZ Top

Copyright 2017 ZZ Top

Janis Joplin at the San Jose Pop Festival, California. Circa 1969. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

Janis Joplin at the San Jose Pop Festival, California. Circa 1969. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

Photo Credit: Howard Rosenberg

Photo Credit: Howard Rosenberg

Kingdom (Austin nightclub) and Stereo Live (Houston and Dallas) consistently offer a robust schedule of EDM shows so you don’t have to wait for a festival to see your favorite acts. After experiencing the energy of Spag Heddy at Euphoria Fest back in April.

Neon Desert Music Festival

Neon Desert Music Festival

In El Paso, Neon Desert Music Festival brought a giant dance party to this dusty border town. Alesso and Foster The People were headliners this weekend and over 50 acts were on the two-day lineup. In San Antonio, River City Rockfest featured a one-day lineup that was certain to satisfy all your moshpit fantasies. In case you’re looking to escape from the brutal summer heat, check out Float Fest in July. This camping festival offers tubing to pass the morning and once you finish your trip down the river, you can dry off and enjoy the music. 

Austin365

Austin365

Fans of the symphony can enjoy free, outdoor concerts at two major venues all summer long. Made possible by the Houston Symphony and generous corporate donors in the Oil & Gas Industry, this concert series offers everything from Tchaikovsky & Beethoven to The Music of Led Zeppelin.  

No matter what you're looking for this summer, there is no shortage of shows and festivals to keep you entertained. Stay tuned as I continue to explore my new home and delve into the vibrant Texas music scene.

Zara Parker

Born to pirates, Zara lived as a gypsy and told fortunes in a traveling circus. After years of working in hospitality and majoring in changing her college major, she moved from Georgia to Texas. When she's not busy taking over the world, Zara enjoys gardening, rock climbing, and music festivals.