A poster announces the final weekend’s shows at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre. (Morgan Avary)
Austin, Texas, venue will close as ownership develops another in Round Rock
Austin’s Nutty Brown Amphitheatre will close with a Lone Star State bang, a two-night Texas country music extravaganza with Pat Green, Kevin Fowler, and Jon Wolfe on Nov. 26 and the Randy Rogers Band, Stoney LaRue, and Roger Creager on Nov. 27.
Over its 20 years, the amphitheater has hosted thousands of acts, including luminaries like Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Ice Cube, Hank Williams Jr., Dierks Bentley, Gary Clark Jr., and Blake Shelton.
The venue sits on 20 acres owned by supermarket chain H-E-B at U.S. 290 and Nutty Brown Road west of Austin, and the company plans to open a store at the location. In a statement, Nutty Brown owner Mike Farr said of the grocer: “We couldn’t have asked for a better landlord and partner than H-E-B has been for the last six years. They have truly gone above and beyond supporting live music.”
The amphitheater team is developing a venue in Round Rock, 20 miles north of Austin, at the former McNeil Park and plans a 2022 opening. The new location will have a larger capacity than the current one and will feature shows from a variety of genres.
Randy Rogers, frontman of final-night headliner Randy Rogers Band, said in a statement: “Nutty Brown was one of the first venues that took a shot on us, the first venue in Austin to get behind Randy Rogers Band and believe in the music we were making. It’s an honor to be the final performers at such a historic and important part of the music community in Austin.”
Tickets for the closing nights or other Nutty Brown shows this fall are available at the amphitheater’s website.
Nutty Brown Amphitheatre Closing Lineup
Oct. 2 Billy Currington
Oct. 5 Raul Malo
Oct. 15 Cheap Trick
Oct. 16 Ludacris
Oct. 23 Styx
Nov. 25 Pat Green, Kevin Fowler, and Jon Wolfe
Nov. 26 Randy Rogers Band, Stoney LaRue, and Roger Creager