Overwhelmed by Austin’s Nightlife? Check out Do512.
On any given night in Austin, TX the city is steadfast in the fight to keep its self-proclaimed title of “live music capital of the world.” Austin does such a good job of it that often there is too much to choose from. It becomes a chore to fathom where to start or how to spend your night. That’s where Do512 got its start. Founders Jimmy Stewart and Scott Owens moved to Austin from Dallas and quickly discovered there was no website detailing local happy hour hangouts. They stepped up to the challenge of profiling Austin’s best watering holes and Do512 was born. To this day the logo sports a bottle cap in place of the “o” – an homage to their humble beginnings dating back to 2006.
Lawrence Boone of Do512 quickly linked up with Stewart and Owens after moving to Austin from rural Bellmead, TX to study at the University of Texas. The Do512 founders discovered their happy hour chronicles had become a bit dry and repetitive, so Boone’s Covert Curiosity blogging expertise, which landed him valuable relationships in Austin’s music scene, proved to be the next piece in the puzzle. The evolution of Do512 transformed it into an all-encompassing guide to the hottest live music shows and social happenings in the area. The team made it their business to know what was going on in Austin every night of the week and it remains their key function. The site provides a one-stop shop for users to craft their own uniquely Austin social calendar.
The website and music blog have most recently grown to include Do512 Sessions, featuring live music performances during in-house live recordings. ‘Sessions’ was kismet – the studio space and the production team, Austin Music Weekly, all fell together quickly and naturally. They kicked off studio sessions with The Black Angels earlier this year. SXSW this past March provided the studio and the Do512 team still more opportunities to expand and grow in scope, including recording session showcases from artists originating outside of the Austin area. They showcased and recorded bands from countries as far away as Israel, Australia, and other European locales – a total of 26 sessions during SXSW alone.
Do512 offers users a mobile browser so that they can take their concert or happy hour schedule with them anywhere. If you’re from out of town and you don’t know what to do while you’re here, be sure to visit the website and you might be surprised to discover who is playing a random dive bar or restaurant – if you’re a local you’ll find it a helpful reminder.
Do512’s relationships with Austin’s best venues and their burgeoning arsenal of artist relationships afford them the opportunity to give away more than a dozen free tickets a day to their users. Do512 is an invaluable resource for knowing everything that’s going down in a town with upwards of 200 live music venues – all of them showcasing someone seven nights a week.