Austin is known for many things — its incredible barbecue, friendly locals and insistence on “keeping it weird,” to name a few. But perhaps its most notable feature is its distinction as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” That reputation has been maintained, in part, by the iconic PBS television show, Austin City Limits, the longest-running music series on American television. The show itself is produced within the city limits of Austin, of course — specifically, on the UT Austin campus from 1986 through 2011, and in a world-class venue on 2nd Street from the 2011 season on. Perhaps one of the coolest things about the famed music hall is the fact that it’s so accessible; today, ACL Live at the Moody Theater hosts year-round performances even when the cameras aren’t rolling. The popular venue isn’t just known for its legendary live shows, either; the space can also be rented out for epic parties, weddings and corporate events.
Let the Music Play
Known as “Music’s Best Address,” ACL Live at the Moody Theater stands proudly behind the famed Willie Nelson statue on the portion of 2nd Street in downtown Austin that’s named after the local legend. The 2,750-person capacity live music venue hosts approximately 100 concerts a year, not counting private events. The state-of-the-art live music, performance, and private event space is an official SXSW venue, boasting some of the best sound equipment in the world. For private events, that same quality is available along with a top-of-the-line team of venue professionals who know a thing or two about putting on an amazing show.
Available for full buyout or smaller events on its music porch or one of its sleek, rock ‘n roll-influenced galleries complete with bars and lounge seating, it’s a versatile and noteworthy spot that keeps partygoers talking for years on end after they attend an event within the venue’s hallowed walls. Fully customizable to fit any event’s needs, the lighting, layout and decor can be tailored with expert precision to keep event guests so comfortable and entertained, they never want to leave.
And now, the theater has a new rental option for those wanting to take over the space for a night: 3TEN, a showcase room perfect for more intimate events that still demand the highest caliber of coolness available. Spanning 2,700 square feet with a 700 square foot outdoor patio, a 20-foot removable stage and digital bar displays among other bells and whistles, the space is a must-see for corporate event hosts who are looking for one of the hottest and most exclusive locations around.
Location, Location, Location
What’s more, ACL Live is nestled right next to the W Austin Hotel & Residences; together, both form part of Block 21, the first mixed-occupancy building of its type in the world to receive the eco-friendly distinction of being LEED certified. The sustainable development is located in the heart of the bustling 2nd Street district, filled with shops and eateries frequented by locals and visitors alike from locally-beloved cafes like Jo’s and Austin Java to upscale dining options like the italian indulgence of Taverna, the exquisite Mexican fusion of La Condesa and the wine flights and continental cuisine of Cru.
Speaking of notable neighbors, the city’s largest hotel to date — the JW Marriott Austin — is a mere two blocks away from Block 21, standing tall at the corner of 2nd Street and Congress Avenue and overlooking one of Austin’s most historic views: the Congress Avenue corridor leading north to the majestic Texas State Capitol, which lights up at night in a picturesque display of Texas pride.
In other words, the iconic music venue is a perfect choice for corporate events whose attendees are visiting from elsewhere or who just might need a luxurious place to crash after rocking out all day, night or week long in the middle of a city that’s never out of tune.
Ready to rock your next corporate event in Austin? Give Kennedy Creative Events a buzz and let’s get warmed up.