EAR AND NOW
RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | MORRISON, COLORADO
HOLLYWOOD BOWL | LOS ANGELES
RYMAN AUDITORIUM | NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
TIPITINA'S | NEW ORLEANS
FIRST AVENUE | MINNEAPOLIS
9:30 CLUB | WASHINGTON, D.C.
THE MOHAWK | AUSTIN, TEXAS
Among the many venues in the "Live Music Capital of the World," SXSW festival favorite The Mohawk stands out for its indoor and outdoor stages, which have hosted a slew of fresh talent and established acts (including Ghostface Killah, Iggy and the Stooges, and The Specials on a single bill) since opening in 2006. The multi-tiered outdoor viewing area, nestled into a rocky hillside, promises a good view of the stage from just about anywhere, and the vibe is Austin cool. The Mohawk doesn't consider itself a live music venue, just "a damn good bar that has live music in it."