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Given how hot as it’s been here lately, mythic, sun-dried places like the Texas hill country don’t seem quite so far away. It helps that there’s a new venue in town churning out Texas barbecue and music for the District’s honky-tonk lusters.

First opened in Manhattan’s Flatiron district, the Hill Country Barbecue Market began as restauranteur Mark Marc Glosserman’s brainchild in 2007, combining his love of southwestern food and Texas twang. Glosserman has since extended further south, staking a claim in D.C. that culminates Thursday night with a launch party for Hill Country Live, the venue/restaurant’s concert series devoted to Texas’ multifarious music styles. Tickets are $15 and include a downstairs performance by Austin roots rockers Heybale!

Since mid-March, Hill Country’s new Penn Quarter location has featured a series of free or cheap concerts that highlight its American and roots music ethos. Thursday’s launch marks the venue’s shift toward a becoming base for Austin-flavored live music and culture—-and, once a week or so, charging a bit more for the music. And while the Texas capital might be the “spiritual epicenter” of the Hill Country aesthetic (the venue even curated its own South by Southwest showcase this spring), Glosserman says he hopes that the venue will become a center for D.C.-area roots music, too.

This summer, Hill Country Live will present concerts by Houston multi-instrumentalist Carolyn Wonderland (June 9, pictured), San Antonio-based Emory Quinn (June 23), and Mainer Slaid Cleaves (June 27). See Hill Country’s website for schedule and ticket information.