Free Date Nights in Austin (January 7-10, 2016)

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

FREE WEEK: SkyAcre, Medulla, and Boss Battle

Worship the music gods in the Chapel with SkyAcre, Medulla, and Boss Battle. This is an all ages FREE show.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with Skyacre at 7 p.m., Medulla 8 p.m., and Boss Battle 9 p.m. (Spider House Ballroom, 2908 Fruth Street, Austin)

FREE WEEK: Wildcat Apollo with Ghost Bunny and Casual Strangers  

Fun indie-rock lineup at The Sidewinder (old Red Eyed Fly location) with Wildcat Apollo, Ghost Bunny, and Casual Strangers. The show is FREE for 21+ ($5 for minors) and doors open at 7 p.m. (The Sidewinder, 715 Red River Street, Austin)

FREE WEEK: Glitter Tribe 10 Band Lineup Sponsored by Drizly

Come out and enjoy My Jerusalem, Boyfrndz, Löwin, Amigo The Devil, Empire Machines, Runners High, Tusk, Her, The Cerulean Trade, The Hours Quiet, and BeforeWar. This 21+ show starts at 7 p.m. and there will be a complimentary Happy Hour provided by Smirnoff & Captain Morgan. (Empire Control Room & Garage, 606 East 7th Street, Austin)

FREE WEEK: Ovrld and KVRX present Jinx and the Hammer, The Gents

Enjoy an alt-folk jam session with Jinx and the Hammer 8pm, Tyler Jordan and The Negative Space 8:45 p.m., The Gents 9:30 p.m., Carry Illinois 10:30 p.m., and John Wesley Coleman III 11:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and this FREE show is 21+. (Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 East 4th Street, Austin)

FREE WEEK: Super Soul Party V with The Nightowls, The Bellfuries, and DJ Chorizo Funk

Awesome soul and funk lineup with Austin’s own “Get Up!” and dance powerhouse- The Nightowls, The Bellfuries, and DJ Chorizo Funk. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. (The Belmont, 305 West 6th Street, Austin)

FREE WEEK: American Sharks featuring Carl Sagans Skate Shoes, Vampyre

Get rowdy with the hard-core/punk lineup at The Mohawk with American Sharks, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, and Vampyre. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show is FREE for 21+ ($5 minors). (The Mohawk, 912 Red River Street, Austin)

FREE WEEK: Indie Pop at The Spider House Ballroom

Stop by the Ballroom for a night of dreamy indie-pop with Les RAV 1 a.m., The Please Please Me 12 a.m., Zettajoule 11 p.m., Slomo Drags 10 p.m., MCG 9 p.m., and Marcus Brown 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and this is a FREE show for 18+. (Spider House Ballroom, 2908 Fruth Street, Austin)

FREE WEEK: The Calm Blue Sea with Bee Caves, Bright Like The Sun, SHMU

Experimental post-rock for all you enlightened people with The Calm Blue Sea, Bee Caves, Bright Like The Sun, and SHMU. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., FREE show for 21+ ($5 minors). (The Mohawk, 912 Red River Street, Austin)

FREE WEEK: Lineup Presented by Karbach Brewing & Deep Eddy Vodka

Garage band takeover at Stubb’s with Hidden Ritual 9 p.m., Broken Gold 10 p.m., OBN III’s 11 p.m., and Purple at midnight. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and this is a FREE show. The venue is subject to capacity- RSVP here. (Stubb’s, 801 Red River Street, Austin)

FREE WEEK: Holiday Mountain with Technicolor Hearts

Join Austin’s dubby-dance, poptastic, bombastic, electronic party trio Holiday Mountain along with Technicolor Hearts at Lambert’s. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. (come early- will fill fast!). FREE show for 21+. (Lambert’s, 401 West 2nd Street, Austin)

Triplane Comedy Show

Austin comedy corpses Kath Barbadoro, Joe Hafkey, and Mac Blake are starting up a new FREE show, Triplane! The lineup for their 8 p.m. show includes Andrew Murphy, Lisa Delarios (Comedy Central), Andrew Rosas (Master Pancake Theater), Rob Gagnon (Sandbox). (Companion, 908 E 5th St, Austin)

Throwback Thursdays with Jack Burton Trio

Come throw back a drink while JB3 plays your favorite throwback tunes and original music for booty shakin! Starts at 8 p.m. No cover, drink specials, and killer grooves! (Icenhauer’s, 83 Rainey Street, Austin)

The Free Fringe at The Hideout

The Austin improv scene is bursting with creativity. A never-ending parade of improv experiments. There are hundreds of performers, and every single one of them is prone to saying things like “Wouldn’t it be crazy if…?” or “I just had the most insane idea.” This is where those dreams go, not to die, but to live gloriously on the stage for one night only at the FREE Fringe. Show at 10 p.m. Get tickets here. (The Hideout, 617 Congress Ave, Austin)

Friday, January 8, 2016

FREE WEEK: Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit) with Sweet Spirit, Abram Shook, Tinnarose, and More

Doors open at 7 p.m. for this 9-band alt-rock lineup featuring Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit), Sweet Spirit, Abram Shook, Tinnarose, Sounds Del Mar, A. Sinclair, and more. The show is FREE for 21+ and $5 minors. (The Mohawk, 912 Red River Street, Austin)

FREE WEEK: Knifight with Gobi, Otis The Destroyer, Hours Quiet

Synth-pop and electro lineup with Knifight, Gobi, Otis The Destroyer, Hours Quiet, Technicolor Hearts, Orthy, Stiletto Feels, The Human Circuit, and Francine Thirteen. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show is FREE for 21+ and $5 for minors. (The Sidewinder, 715 Red River Street, Austin)

FREE WEEK: Quiet Company, Calliope Musicals, The Deer, and More

Austin’s own popular rock band Quiet Company will headline this showcase with Calliope Musicals, The Deer, Young Tongue, Darkbird, and many more! For a complete lineup with show times, visit here. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show is FREE 18+. (Empire Control Room & Garage, 606 East 7th Street, Austin)

FREE WEEK: Shivery Shakes, The Sour Notes, Mean Joline

Enjoy some surf pop and indie rock at Lambert’s with Shivery Shakes, The Sour Notes, and Mean Joline. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. for this FREE 21+ show. (Lambert’s, 401 West 2nd Street, Austin)

Comedy RoundUP at Cenote

Weekly comedy open mic every Friday from 8-10 p.m. Sign-up is FREE and starts at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Montgomery Wayne and Tiffany Stepp. (Cenote, 1010 East Cesar Chavez, Austin)

FREE Comedy: In the Treehouse with Chris Castles

One of the longest running FREE comedy shows in Austin, this week’s featured comics include Daniel Rugg Webb, Melody Shifflet, Luke McClory, Wes Corwin, and Michael Priest. Doors open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8 p.m. (Austin Java, 1608 Barton Springs Road, Austin)

Saturday, January 9, 2016

FREE WEEK: FREE FOR Y’ALL with Shinyribs, The Midnight Stroll, Obsolete Machines, and More

Free For Y’all will take over the incredible, 1500-capacity Fair Market and transform it into an immersive, interactive, otherworldly, and super-fun festival scene! Bands include Shinyribs, The Midnight Stroll, Obsolete Machines, Calliope Musicals, Chipper Jones, and more! The all-day fun starts at noon and lasts until 2 a.m. Get your FREE tickets here. (Fair Market, 11 East 5th Street, Austin)

FREE WEEK: 101X HOMEGROWN & HE^RD ENTERTAINMENT present Marmalakes, Riders Against the Storm, Ruby Jane, The Sour Notes, and More

High-energy lineup at Empire with MARMALAKES, RIDERS AGAINST the STORM (RAS), Ruby Jane, The Sour Notes, CAPYAC, Velo, Hello Wheels, Good Field, and Reservations. Doors open at 8 p.m. and FREE for 21+, $5 for minors. (Empire Control Room & Garage, 606 East 7th Street, Austin)

FREE WEEK: C3 & AUSTIN VIDA present Tequila Rock Revolution

This Free Week Tequila Rock Revolution showcase features the best in Latin music including Vitera, Mariachi Las Coronelas, Bidi Bidi Banda, and Boca Abajo. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show is FREE for all ages. (Stubb’s, 801 Red River Street, Austin)

FREE WEEK: The Watters, Modern Medicine, Los Coast, and Patch

American rock and soul showcase at Historic Scoot Inn featuring The Watters, Modern Medicine, Los Coast, and Patch. Doors open at 6 p.m., FREE show for 21+. (Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 East 4th Street, Austin)

SURE THING Comedy at Austin Java Parkway

Founded in 2012, SURE THING has grown to become Austin’s most popular and acclaimed stand-up showcase. Aaron Brooks (Bounce House, Moontower Comedy Festival) headlines with Ralph Hardesty, Sam Harter, Evan Rabalais, and more.  The FREE show starts at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7:30 p.m. (Austin Java Parkway, 1206 Parkway, Austin)

Sunday, January 10, 2016

FREE WEEK: SHINER & THE SIDEWINDER present Riverboat Gamblers, Sweet Talk, The Midgetmen

Known for their frenetic live shows, Riverboat Gamblers will help close out FREE WEEK along with Sweet Talk, and The Midgetmen. Doors open at 7pm, FREE show for 21+ ($5 minors). (The Sidewinder, 715 Red River Street, Austin)

Open Mic Hosted by Kacy Crowley

Can’t get enough of the weekend? Catch a FREE late night open mic hosted by Austin’s own Kacy Crowley at 10 p.m. (Strange Brew, 5326 Manchaca Rd, Austin)

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Heather Schuck
Heather Schuck is the CEO of the children's lifestyle brand, Glamajama. When she's not scheming "glama" world domination or mentoring young designers, you can find her in her front yard chasing her three children with a garden hose. SHOP online at Glamajama and enter FREEFUN for 20% off.