Take a Tour of the Newly Renovated Bass Concert Hall

The new Bass Concert Hall

Today marks the grand re-opening of the Bass Concert Hall here in Austin with the John Legend Concert.  Other concerts coming in the next few weeks and months ahead include Ghostland Observatory w/ The World of Sound (1/30), Broken Social Scene (1/31), and Morrissey (4/12).

Originally built in 1981, this flagship theatre of the Performing Arts Center is the largest in Austin, with seating for 2,800. The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Concert Hall boasts a vast stage, an orchestra pit capable of holding 100 musicians, dressing rooms to accommodate more than 100 performers, computerized lighting, advanced sound and rigging systems, and a mammoth backstage area complete with workshops for carpentry, costumes, painting, metalwork and props. Ranking among the finest performance spaces in the country both in size and accoutrements, it is no wonder that Bass Concert Hall attracts the world’s greatest performers and full-scale productions.

The 27-year-old venue is getting a new look inside and out. Renovations to the 3,000-seat theatre include compliance with all current fire and safety codes; state-of-the-art acoustics; a magnificent glass-front façade and larger, light-filled lobby; an expanded five-story lobby and atrium, increased restroom capacity; more bars and concession areas; new flooring, sidewalls and décor; and a sixth-floor outside deck with impressive views overlooking the UT campus.

View pictures of the renovation.


Bass Concert Hall has planned two times when the public can see the great improvements they’ve made to the exterior, the hall, and greatly expanded lobbies. No need to RSVP, just show up at the front entrance of the Performing Arts Center’s Bass Concert Hall at one of these two times:

Sunday, January 25th at 2:00 PM
Tuesday, January 27th at 6:00 PM

Tours last approximately 30 minutes. The front doors of Bass Concert Hall will be open approximately 30 minutes prior to each tour, and tours will start promptly at the appointed times.

Bass Concert Hall
Corner of 23rd Street and Robert Dedman Drive
The entrance faces south, across the street from the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Paid parking is available in the San Jacinto or Manor Garages. Free parking is available on a first-come first-serve basis on weekends and after 5:45 on most campus streets.

View the parking map for details.