• South Congress Hotel record shelf

First Thursday

On the first Thursday of every month, businesses along South Congress Avenue band together to highlight the essence of Austin — a celebration of local music, art and culture.

In homage to this Austin tradition, we host First Thursdays at South Congress Hotel: a signature monthly event that features a live performance by an up-and-coming local act, DJs throughout our spaces, drink specials, pop-up activations and more.

Since we opened in September 2015, our dedication to Austin's local music community has been represented with bands like The Black Pumas, CAPYAC and The Peterson Brothers all joining the First Thursday lineup.

First Thursday at SCH is always free and open to the public. Check out who is joining us next month on Facebook.

November 2019: Blackillac

Southern rappers ZEALE and Phranchyze came together in early 2018 to form Blackillac. Hailing from Austin, Texas, the duo has begun releasing music and is scheduled to release future collaborations with a variety of artists like Grammy winner Gary Clark Jr., rapper Quin NFN, Brooklyn's KOTA The Friend and more.

September 2019: KP and the Boom Boom

Fronted by dynamic, UK-born lead siren Kate Priestley, KP and the Boom Boom creates a highly innovative and richly enticing sound, featuring a command of R&B, funk, jazz, and hip-hop. Their high-energy live performances are infectiously danceable and inspire even good children to shake their moneymakers.

August 2019: Kalu and the Electric Joint

Kalu and the Electric Joint blend the powers of psychedelic soul music with the driving beat of rock and roll and the ancient rhythms of Africa. Born in Nigeria, Kalu relocated to Austin, Texas, where he put together a stellar ensemble of players who graciously fuel and follow his deep well of eclectic influences.

July 2019: Mélat

Born in Austin, Texas, Mélat is the eclectic soul of modern RnB. Mélat tells a story that is both challenging and inspiring crafted from her very own life experiences. It is a pure and honest reflection of her soul.