Returning for its second year, the Drop-In concert series at the Long Center offers a dozen new, refreshing outdoor shows for Austinites, completely free.
The Drop In Seriesdriven by Subaru and managed by the Long Center in partnership with Austin City Limits Radiowill feature up-and-coming artists on the Hartman Concert Lawn stage every Thursday, May 26 through August 11. The Long Center and ACL Radio will be sharing information about the following week’s event every Friday on social media, and some of the dates are in conjunction with Austin’s Black Fret, a live music champion that brings together patrons and distributes funds to local musicians.
The lineup, announced alphabetically via release, includes David Garza, David Ramirez, Geto Gala, James Robinson, Jeska and the Vanity Project, Luna Luna, Money Chicha, Natalie Price, Nuevo, The Octopus Project, The Past Lives, Ruthie Foster, San Gabriel, Sharon Silva, Sweet Spirit and Think No Think. These shows will share space with brand activations, food vendors and a full bar. Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Estes Audiology and Michelob Ultra join as supporting partners.
“We launched this series last year to provide our community with a safe space to listen to music in the heart of downtown, as well as to provide a platform for local artists during an uncertain time for the live music scene. of Austin,” Long Center President and CEO Cory Baker said. “Access to free live music is what makes our city so special, and we’re excited to expand this series into its second year. Throughout the summer, Austin residents and visitors can expect to see some of their favorite sets and maybe even discover their new favorite band.
Two of the bands slated to play The Drop-In series, Past Lives and Luna Luna, will also both appear at the 2022 Austin City Limits festival. Although the name Past Lives is ambiguous, it could be a reference to the Austin group formerly known as Quentin and the Past Lives, which deactivated its Instagram page and did not update its Facebook or website. Only Quentin Arispe appears on Spotify. Quentin And The Past Lives played Nané leader Daniel Sahad’s memorial show on May 6. The latter, Luna Luna, hails from Dallas and plays adventurous yet unassuming pop with an 80s bent.
Last year, the series represented the return of live music and was announced around the same time as extensive city music grants and another Long Center concert series, this time virtual and in partnership with AT&T. Baker then spoke about the creative industries and their impact on Austin’s economic success, but this year’s message simply returned to musical matters. Eat, drink, be merry and listen. Keep supporting the arts and following organizations that do too.
The Drop-In Series is part of a long list of annual free music programs that help the live music capital of the world live up to its name.
Although the shows are free and, as the name suggests, visits are permitted, attendees are encouraged to RSVP as tickets are limited. Long Center members can RSVP first on Friday, followed by the general public on Monday. Learn more or start reserving seats (May 20 for members, May 23 for the general public) here.