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The Backyard

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13101 W Highway 71, Austin, TX 78738-6533
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musictraveler40 wrote a review Jun 2016
Austin, Texas457 contributions90 helpful votes
So I've seen it from both sides. Opened for Willie a couple of times. Saw quite a few shows at the old and new venues. I decided today it needs more than just 26 reviews. It's a great venue. Great acoustics, great atmosphere in my opinion. If my 80-year old mother can get around in there, it's working pretty well. Things aren't the same out there on old 71, but it's still pretty cool. Go check it out.
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Date of experience: August 2015
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1972TexasGal wrote a review Jan 2015
Austin, Texas93 contributions37 helpful votes
The Backyard & Willie Nelson are a true Texas tradition and not to be missed! Get to the Backyard early, bring something else to do as you have to listen to at least 2 groups perform before Willie comes on stage but it will be well worth the wait! I LOVE Willie! (Side note...I hate that Trip Advisor limits dates & forces someone to say when they visited. The heard Willie at The Backyard in Aug 2012 but in order to post this the closest choice I had was Aug 2014).
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Date of experience: August 2014
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Martha H wrote a review Sep 2014
7 contributions4 helpful votes
Having been to many an open, lawn seating event, I found the Backyard to fairly typical. Bathrooms were in fair shape. I'd like to see a little maintenance during the concerts just to keep paper towels and soap in supply. I do thing the parking lot needs to be improved and am looking forward to the improvements planned. Just be wary if you are going to see someone like Willie Nelson or ZZ Top -lines into the parking lot and amphitheater will be long.
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Date of experience: August 2014
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Russell H wrote a review Jun 2014
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First time attending concert at facility. Went to facility website to get a feel on how to prepare for event. Website indicated facility was newly renovated. Only thing accurate about description of Backyard environment is that is located in the hill country, that's it. I must admit parking was appropriate, how can you go wrong there. Once inside, we were disappointed. We purchase reserve seats, which were aluminum card chairs. That was placed on top of limestone rocks which made chairs sit uneven. Seated in a reserve area, you would think a person could were a decent pair of shoes, don't do it. The appropriate attire for enviroment would be work shoes or cowboy boots. You're basically navigating through rocks and dust all day. Although the reserve section was bad seating, I'm glad we did not seat on lawn. The lawn area was a mixture of terribly cared for grass, composed primarily of large limestone rocks. Try sitting on that all day and half the night. There were four concession stand there, all were closed. The one area to purchase food, and I mean one was a local restaurant. They carted in their trailer and sold over priced food. Your choice from their menu was only two selections. Been to concerts throughout US, I'm sorry to say this one is bad. Based on the location this property's located you would expect more. The upside to the experience was the musicians who performed. Overall, the venue need considerable improvements. I'm sure the possums can't wait till lights go out. Austin, you guy's got to do better.
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Date of experience: May 2014
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P00hGirl wrote a review May 2014
Houston, Texas33 contributions16 helpful votes
Came to The Backyard for the Austin 1st Jazz Festival and had a blast!! The bad thing was the old and broken folding chairs they currently have. At least for the price I paid for VIP tickets, we should've gotten chairs in better condition. Next time will pay much less and bring a blanket to enjoy the grass and not leave with back pain!
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Date of experience: May 2014
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