The Best Shows of 2019 Review with Photos


This year was an amazing year in music across all genres in Austin and cities nearby.  For icon and pop lovers- JLO, Cher, Backstreet Boys, and Billy Joel were epic productions with big fan sing-alongs and the artists looked and sounded great. We covered every genre from country (Tim McGraw, Lyle Lovett, Brett Young, Kacey Musgraves) to hip hop (Wu Tang Clan, Lil Uzi Vert, TI) to Emo (Blink 182).

final-9843For indie lovers, Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Kaleo, Flaming Lips, The B52’s, Kurt Vile, The Cure, Nick Cave, Vampire Weekend, Hozier, Smashing Pumpkins/Noel Gallagher, and The Raconteurs jammed big time.

final-9039For true rockers, The Rolling Stones, Sting, Jeff Beck, The Who, Eric Clapton, Dead and Co., Paul McCartney, Todd Rundgren, Zakk Wylde, Warren Haynes’ Gov’t Mule, and Lenny Kravitz were huge highlights as these legends don’t often tour and rarely do you see so many rock icons tour in the same year.

We covered huge festivals this year including ACL Fest (Lizzo, Billie Eilish, GNR, , Crossroads Guitar Fest, KAABOO (Avett Brothers, Lionel Richie, TI), SXSW, Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion and Outlaw festival, Levitation Fest, iheart Country Music Festival, Superbowl’s Big Night (Foo Fighters), Koke Fest, and Old Settler’s Fest.

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Heard It In A Past Life

The most unique and interesting shows by far included: Jake Shimabukuro, Nick Cave, and Claypool Lennon Delirium. The best show for a local Austin artist goes far-and-away to Black Pumas who sold out 3 nights in a row at iconic venue Mohawk.

Here is our list for the top concerts of the year: (if you want to see more photos just click on the link to the photo gallery for each show)


This film and music legend gave one of the best shows- seemingly brought her Vegas act to Texas-and not only does she look and sound amazing but the production and the constant costume changes (every few songs) and the nostalgia for Mama Mia and Sonny and Cher make our best of list.

Cher gallery

final-5658Lizzo’s ACL Fest

Although she didn’t headline, Lizzo was by far the highlight and had to take up an additional stage to broadcast to the massive crowd. There was no getting up close to hear hit “Juice”.

ACL gallery

Photo Oct 17, 21 43 28Tenacious D

A funny and unique blend of hard rock and comedy, Jack Black put on a super fun show at ACL Live in Austin. A bit raunchy for kids, but entertaining.

Tenacious D

Wu Tang Clan - ACL Live-18Wu Tang Clan

These hip-hop legends were a hot ticket in Austin and their show was an epic throwback to these rap trailblazers.

Wu Tang gallery

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The Raconteurs

Jack and the boys put on a ridiculously cool and memorable show for their KLRU taping for Austin City Limits-just nights before playing the festival at Zilker park. This is a must-see show if you’ve never seen these guys.

Raconteurs gallery

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Lopez’ It’s My Party tour was a true production. The party celebrated her 50th bday and included epic costume changes, moving stages, and pyro. No other show had more.

JLo gallery

final-8836Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Music fest

The highly anticipated Eric Clapton music festival returned to Texas after many years. This show is special as it’s only held every 6 years and includes the best guitar legends like Jeff Beck, Peter Frampton, Clapton, and more.

Clapton’s Fest gallery


Ella Mai

Mai was one of the most buzzed shows of 2019. She is young and soulful and we’ll be seeing a lot more of Ella.

Ella Mai gallery


Mike D (Beastie Boys)

Rachael Ray Party at SXSW

Ray’s party is always the bucket list item in Austin each year during SXSW at iconic Stubb’s Amphitheater. This year included JS Ondara, Lukas Nelson, Salt and Pepa, Mike D, Bleachers…

Feedback gallery


This music legend still tours frequently but it was a very unique show at Houston’s rodeo early in the year. His guitar skills blow us away every time.

Santana gallery

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny hasn’t toured hear in awhile so it was a great treat to catch him for a huge stadium show.

Lenny Kravitz gallery


One of the coolest shows in her hometown- we included this release party in our best of because she is one of the best things of 2019. Solange gallery

11-blackpumasBlack Pumas

Local band makes big- nominated for Grammy’s- this show is a must see for any music lover.

Black Pumas gallery

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Foo Fighters

These rockers haven’t been touring much lately so we were floored to get to cover this awesome show in Atlanta for part of Superbowl 2019. Foo put on a ridiculous show that will not be forgotten.

Foo gallery


Nick Cave

One of the coolest and most intimate shows we have ever seen. Cave shared deeply personal stories and emotions to help others.

Nick Cave

final-0065Paul McCartney

What can we see. There’s no way Paul is not making this list. His show was nonstop music from this legend and the mere presence of this Beatle was memorable.

Paul M gallery


Chris Shiflett

Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion

From legend Mavis Staples to Foo guitarist Chris Shiflett, this party goes down near Austin at Willie’s family ranch during SXSW and is a very small gathering that takes place in saloons and churches.

Willie’s gallery


John Mayer

We covered his last tour too and Mayer never disappoints. He’s not just pop, he’s a great guitarist (and Clapton brought him to his guitar fest to prove it).

Mayer gallery

Austin 101 Cage Austin360-3Cage/Beck/Spoon

Not only was this lineup cool, but each could have headlined individual sold out tours. Non-stop action from Cage’s frontman make it a total surprise- you never know what he’s going to do next.

Beck gallery

dac_02Dead and Co.

John Mayer hits our list twice due to his great work partnering with Bob Weir and the gang. Although yes we agree, nothing can replace Jerry.

Dead and Co gallery

final-8873 copyClaypool Lennon Delirium

One of the most unique and cool collabs around today combines hard rock/metal Les Claypool from Primus paired with Sean Lennon. Feels like you’re on shrooms even if you’re not.

Claypool Lennon gallery

final-8297Twenty One Pilots

From cars on fire to a fan-suspended drum kit, this show was a spectacle and an amazing visual production all night long.

21 P gallery

final-9044-2Rolling Stones 

The Stones are back and make our top spot on the list. Hands down the best and coolest high-energy show of the year. After a brief rest to recover from a heart procedure, Mick and the boys put on a performance that made you scratch your head that these guys are in their 70’s.

Stones gallery

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