Paramount Theatre
Austin's Paramount Theatre

Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that performance venues were tentatively trying out live shows and trumpeting their health safety protocols?

As if there was more proof needed that the entertainment industry is back in full force anxious to make of months lost to the pandemic, the Paramount Theatre announced today it was bringing 270 events to Austin before the end of 2021.

“We announced over 50 new events last month alone, and there are no signs of slowing down,” said chief marketing officer Nick Barbieri.

Both the Paramount, and the smaller Stateside theater which is managed by the same non-profit, have a full slate of entertainments including music, comedy, spoken word and magic shows as well at its summer classic film series.

The Paramount-produced Moontower Comedy Festival — one of its signature events — returns live Sept. 22-25 with Margaret Cho, Dave Attell, Leanne Morgran, Bob the Drag Queen and Jacqueline Novak, among others.


Music acts on the roster include Mavis Staples, Keb’ Mo’ Herbie Hancocok, Boz Scaggs, Reckless Kelly, Shinyribs and the Alan Parsons Live Project. So are perennial spoken favorite The Moth and magicians Penn & Teller. And on July 13, there’s a cast reunion screening of Richard Linklater’s 1991 breakout hit “Slacker.”

See austintheatre.org for info.