KGSR’s Unplugged at The Grove is one of Austin’s longest running free concert series. Every Thursday night from April through September guests enjoy live music under the large pecan tree at Shady Grove. Although this season is winding down you still have a few more chances to enjoy the food, live music and atmosphere.
To take advantage of this Austin tradition you simply show up and grab a spot. There are chairs set up around the stage, but those can fill up quickly. So if that’s the case you can always pop a squat on the lawn. Depending on the date and who is playing, some nights are more crowded than others. Music starts at 8pm, so if you want a good seat plan to arrive early.
You can also eat while watching the show, which is an added perk of the restaurant venue. Servers will bring food and drinks for you to enjoy without you ever having to leave your seats.
The burgers are great, and the cold drinks, including $3.50 Ziegenbock drafts, are hard to beat. But there’s no purchase necessary to enjoy the show. It’s completely free and open to all.
The final shows left to this season’s lineup:
Sept 4, Ray Wylie Hubbard
Sept 11, The Warren Hood Band
Sept 18, Jonathan Tyler
If you’re considering venturing down there tonight but are on the fence, I say err on the side of fun and do it. If you haven’t seen Ray Wylie Hubbard live you’re in for a treat. He’s a fabulous storyteller and there’s a darn good chance he’ll sing his crowd pleaser, “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother.” It’s the perfect excuse to relax on the patio and celebrate the end of summer.
Oh and if you just so happen to drive a Subaru, do your friends a favor and be the designated driver. Shady Grove provides VIP parking for the first ten Subarus, courtesy of Austin Subaru. You won’t have to deal with parking and will look like a rock star.
Ray Wylie Hubbard interacts with the crowd before last year’s show at Unplugged.