Before there were millennials, there was Gen-X -- those 1965-1984 babies who were raised on MTV and who slacked off on just about everything other than achieving rock music excellence. Get ready to headbang like there's no tomorrow when Loudwire's Gen-X Summer brings some of the generation's legendary rock gods to the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Hard rockers Buckcherry headlines this ultimate concert event. This quintet remains as rebellious as it did when it broke on the scene in 1999, fueled by the mega party anthem "Lit Up." The stacked lineup also features P.O.D., LIT, and Alien Ant Farm, who's rock rendition of "Smooth Criminal" is on par with Michael Jackson's original.
For nearly 40 years, A Flock of Seagulls has been the face of the iconic new wave and synthpop movements that defined popular music in the 1980s -- and now they're headlining this year's Lost '80s Live tour. This radical rush down memory lane at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park is filled with more awesome '80s bands than you can fit into a fleet of DeLoreans. Other throwback faves set to take the stage include Wang Chung ("Everybody Have Fun Tonight"), Naked Eyes ("Always Something There to Remind Me"), The Romantics ("What I Like About You") and more. Bodacious '80s fashion, like skinny ties, shoulder pads and moussed hair, are welcome at this massive dance party.
You might not have heard about the hottest new nightlife trend out of NYC -- especially since it involves keeping the sounds to yourself -- but it's called Quiet Clubbing, and it's now in Austin at The Belmont. This cutting-edge party offers three live DJs, each spinning a different mix, which you can access via your free-to-rent wireless headphones. Choose from Top 40 dance hits, hip-hop/R&B or '80s/'90s/2000s throwbacks, and switch between channels at any time. The volume's adjustable, too, so you can go as loud or as mellow as you like, and each set features LED lights, so you'll know which channel the cutie next to you just picked.
Fans of Drunk History and all its slurred education will fall over laughing at Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare, where an entirely serious Shakespeare play is performed with one entirely inebriated cast member. For the last eight years, Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare has been performed in the darkest corners and diviest bars in the U.K., and the cast is now bringing the good time to Austin. Side-splitting, raucous and completely interactive, this show enjoyed sell-out runs at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe festivals, where a cast member drinks beer, wine and whiskey on stage, drunkenly sings the Dawson's Creek theme song and occasionally (accidentally, of course) bares a nipple or two. Brush up on your Bard knowledge and head over to Spider House for a drunken twist on Romeo and Juliet, because this is Shakespeare as you never knew you wanted to see him before.