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Pecan Street Fest, Arcade Fire, Flatlanders, more playing this week

Friday: Flatlanders, Dan Penn at Paramount Theatre. Last year’s rare appearance at the Paramount’s sister venue Stateside by Southern songwriting legend Penn, on his 75th birthday, was one of 2016’s best live shows. Now here’s a bar-raising encore: He’ll open for Austin country-folk greats the Flatlanders, featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock. $25-$55...
Come back to the cabaret at the University of Texas

Come back to the cabaret at the University of Texas

Twenty years ago, cabaret as an art form seemed ready to take hold in Austin. Thanks especially to the late and terribly missed Karen Kuykendall and her surviving yet geographically relocated stage partner, Sterling Price-McKinney, as well as stellar standouts such as the deceased Joe York, Karen Kohler and others, this intense, intimate form of music theater could be savored almost any week of the...
Hats off to James Armstrong Celebration and Building Healthy Futures

Hats off to James Armstrong Celebration and Building Healthy Futures

Clarity. Efficiency. Effectiveness. The  Building Healthy Futures luncheon that benefits  AIDS Services of Austin glorifies these virtues. Mary Herr Tally and Scott Ballard at ASA’s Building Healthy Futures luncheon. Michael Barnes/American-Statesman Start with the simple cards that share the lunch menu at the  JW Marriott and...
Mexican independence, Sonic Transmissions among week’s music highlights

Mexican independence, Sonic Transmissions among week’s music highlights

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Ray Prim album release at North Door. Soulful singer-songwriter Prim, our Austin360 Artist of the Month for September, celebrates the release of his new album “To Whom It May Concern” with an extended version of his big band. More string players, electric guitarist Andre Moran and some guest vocalists will join Prim’s core six-piece support crew. One of those...
Best Austin parties for this weekend in September

Best Austin parties for this weekend in September

The social and arts seasons are revving up quite nicely this weekend. Sept. 14:  Words of Hope for Caritas. JW Marriott. Sept. 14:  Filigree Theatre Gala. Springdale Station. Ballet Austin’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Contributed Sept. 15-17:  Ballet Austin’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Long Center. Sept. 15: ...
Willie Nelson, Paul Simon head up Erwin Center all-star Harvey benefit

Willie Nelson, Paul Simon head up Erwin Center all-star Harvey benefit

Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett, and Edie Brickell & New Bohemians will head up “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief,” an all-star event and telethon set for Sept. 22 at the Erwin Center. Tickets to the concert, which runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and will air live on TEGNA stations (including...
Tasty Authentic Mexico and windy Ice Ball

Tasty Authentic Mexico and windy Ice Ball

It is good to be reminded that  Authentic Mexico started out with food and the people who make it. From the beginning, this benefit for the Hispanic Alliance has presented interior Mexican cuisine cooked up by top international chefs as well as local leaders. It has always included an informative program about the Alliance’s mission to transform...
Fall music in Austin: Our guide to nearly 300 concerts, fests and more

Fall music in Austin: Our guide to nearly 300 concerts, fests and more

The arrival of fall means the Austin City Limits Music Festival is around the corner, yes. But there’s a whole lot more to hear in town over the next few months, from long-awaited shows at the major arenas and concert halls to great up-and-coming acts in the clubs. Our fall music guide features more than 250 events, with highlights for some of the most notable shows. 22: TajMo (Taj Mahal & Keb&rsquo...
Lady Gaga talks heartbreak amid soaring success, ending Taylor Kinney engagement 

Lady Gaga talks heartbreak amid soaring success, ending Taylor Kinney engagement 

Singer Lady Gaga is opening up about ending her engagement with boyfriend Taylor Kinney. In a new documentary, the singer revealed that at the time of the split in July 2016, she and Kinney were not in a great place, according to People. “Me and Taylor are fighting, so that sucks. My threshold for bullshit with men is just — I don’t have one anymore. In relationships, you have to...
HAAM Benefit Day is Tuesday, and it runs all day and all of the night

HAAM Benefit Day is Tuesday, and it runs all day and all of the night

The 6 a.m. crowd at the flagship Whole Foods store downtown is a hardy one on HAAM Benefit Day. It’s still dark outside when the honorary first band kicks off a litany of performances by local musicians around town that won’t end until it’s well past dark again, on the other side of midnight. It’s as rewarding as it is surreal to hear live music so early in the morning. The...
More than 100 years of Austin Symphony history revealed in archives

More than 100 years of Austin Symphony history revealed in archives

How do we know that 15 pieces prepared for  Austin Symphony‘s new seaso n likely have never been played before by the ensemble? We answer that question in today’s newspaper. READ FULL STORY HERE. A reproduction of the first Austin Symphony program from 1911 alongside the group’s season brochure for 2017-2018 Here’s a little introduction...
Eastside Kings fest, Janet Jackson and HAAM Day all coming up

Eastside Kings fest, Janet Jackson and HAAM Day all coming up

OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Sunday: Eastside Kings Festival. Dialtone Records founder Eddie Stout has made preserving the heritage of gospel and blues music in Central Texas a lifelong mission. This is the fifth year for his signature festival, designed to jumpstart the heart of Austin’s historic blues district on the Eastside. On Saturday and Sunday, over 30 bands will play eight tightly clustered...
Conflict arises between Old Settler’s Music Fest and new Driftwood fest

Conflict arises between Old Settler’s Music Fest and new Driftwood fest

News last month that the long-running Old Settler’s Music Festival would move from Driftwood to the Lockhart area in 2018 got a new wrinkle on Tuesday when a website appeared showing a new festival is in the works at the former Old Settler’s location. The Driftwood Music Festival website indicated a plan to use the same Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch property where Old...
Singer Gabrielle Stravelli jazzes up Austin Cabaret Theatre

Singer Gabrielle Stravelli jazzes up Austin Cabaret Theatre

This is totally last minute, but singer  Gabrielle Stravelli stops by the Sterling Center to perform for Austin Cabaret Theatre on Thursday. I’ve been listening to Stravelli’s CD “Dream Ago” obsessively for the past couple of days. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard a jazz or cabaret...
Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban score big in CMA Awards nominations

Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban score big in CMA Awards nominations

Labor Day got off to a great start for country music stars like Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Keith Urban and others with the announcement of the Country Music Association Awards nominations. Lambert, who is already the most awarded female in CMA Awards history with 12 wins, led this year’s list with five nods. Urban and Little Big Town followed with four a piece. Artists...
Two takes on ‘Star Trek,’ a creepy clown and more

Two takes on ‘Star Trek,’ a creepy clown and more

Here are some of the best and highest-profile new releases in music, movies, TV and more on the horizon in September. As always, dates are subject to change without notice. “Star Trek: Discovery” (CBS) Well, here we (boldly) go. “Discovery” is the first new “Star Trek” series since “Star Trek: Enterprise” arrived in 2001 (and if you’ve never seen...
Tom Jones fans worried after beloved singer postpones tour

Tom Jones fans worried after beloved singer postpones tour

Sir Tom Jones is postponing his concert tour, citing “medical advice.” Jones also said he’ll return to the stage in 2018 in the announcement about the tour cancellation on Saturday. The singer, known for hits like “What’s New Pussycat” and “It’s Not Unusual,” broke the news on Saturday via Twitter. A tweet on his page said, “Following medical...
Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker dead at 67 after undisclosed illness

Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker dead at 67 after undisclosed illness

The co-founder of the classic rock band Steely Dan, Walter Becker, has died, according to a post on Becker’s website. He was 67. The cause has of death has not been disclosed and no other information is available on Becker’s death, but the guitarist missed the band’s July concerts as he recovered from an undisclosed illness, Rolling Stone reported. Steely Dan band mate Donald Fagan...
After Harvey, who preserves our culture?

After Harvey, who preserves our culture?

The organized arts and humanities generally don’t save lives during emergency situations. Yet they save our culture — our shared memory — over the long run. Here are some ways the state and national communities are responding to Harvey and where the help will be most needed. The Rockport Center for the Arts after Hurricane Harvey. Contributed by Rockport Center...
Harvey relief benefits among the next vital Austin social events

Harvey relief benefits among the next vital Austin social events

Hurricane Harvey scrambled a lot of things, yet Austinites will still gather soon in fervent social groups, some of them to raise money directly for storm relief. Patty Griffin will perform at one of Austin’s hurricane benefits. Suzanne Cordeiro/ for American-Statesman Sept 1-10: Austin music scene benefits including Black Joe Lewis and Patty Griffin. Multiple locations...
Roots musician BJ Barham’s summer tour was the vacation of a lifetime

Roots musician BJ Barham’s summer tour was the vacation of a lifetime

Whatever you did on your summer vacation, it’s not going to top what BJ Barham of the North Carolina band American Aquarium pulled off. Lining up one of the most ambitious U.S. tour itineraries ever attempted by any musician in any genre, the alternative-country singer-songwriter scheduled 53 solo shows in 62 days from May 7 to July 7, playing at least one night in every state except Alaska...
‘You Will Survive’ Gloria Gaynor tells Harvey victims in revamped version of hit song

‘You Will Survive’ Gloria Gaynor tells Harvey victims in revamped version of hit song

Singer Gloria Gaynor, known as the “first lady of disco” for her 1970s mega hit  “I Will Survive,” is doing her part in helping Texans recover from deadly Hurricane Harvey. Gaynor tweeted a new version of the song early Wednesday, hoping to support and inspire storm victims. Here’s how she changed the lyrics. “At first we were afraid, we were...
Donald Fagen does Steely Dan, the HillBenders do the Who, and more

Donald Fagen does Steely Dan, the HillBenders do the Who, and more

OUR TOP PICKS Saturday: HillBenders present “The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry” at One World Theatre. Though they hail from Springfield, Mo., this energetic alt-grass outfit has a vital Austin connection: It was the late South by Southwest co-founder Louis Meyers who persuaded them to record a bluegrass version of the Who’s classic rock-opera...
Songwriter Ray Prim seeks out musical magic with an expansive palette

Songwriter Ray Prim seeks out musical magic with an expansive palette

The first thing you notice about “To Whom It May Concern,” the new album from longtime Austin singer-songwriter and bandleader Ray Prim, is just how wide-open his music is. Like much of the best music our city has produced over the decades, it’s nearly impossible to pin down as one genre or style. With multiple vocalists and two violinists carrying the melodies and a solid rhythm...
Harvey relief: Proceeds from Fayette County Fair to benefit La Grange flood victims

Harvey relief: Proceeds from Fayette County Fair to benefit La Grange flood victims

The unprecedented flooding in La Grange, a city about 60 miles southeast of Austin along the Colorado River, left hundreds of residents without access to their homes and closed major roads throughout town following storms related to Hurricane Harvey. It also left many wondering: Just days from the annual Fayette County Fair, what happens to the festivities?  The fair, now in its 93rd year, was...
LISTEN: Coldplay wrote a song about Houston because Texas apparently hasn’t suffered enough

LISTEN: Coldplay wrote a song about Houston because Texas apparently hasn’t suffered enough

OH NO YOU DIDN’T, CHRIS. Last night in Miami, Coldplay -- aka The Great “What if We Took Just Everything Irritating about U2 and Made THAT a Band” Experiment -- debuted a new song. It is called “Houston #1.” Brothers and sisters, I need to sit down. Look, I am not a native Texan. I have lived in the state a mere 18 years. I know a football team’s worth of folks...
Margaret Moser was Austin music scene’s greatest champion

Margaret Moser was Austin music scene’s greatest champion

Margaret Moser, a longtime staff writer for the Austin Chronicle and director of the Austin Music Awards who was renowned as a champion of the Austin music scene, died late Friday following a four-year battle with colon cancer, according to her husband, Steve Chaney. She was 63. Moser was born May 16, 1954, in Chicago, but her musical life was shaped by the Gulf Coast and Texas. In a sprawling piece...
Father John Misty dreams of kissing Willie Nelson at ‘ACL’ taping

Father John Misty dreams of kissing Willie Nelson at ‘ACL’ taping

Father John Misty, an artist known for his sardonic sense of humor and salty onstage commentary, was unusually subdued at his “Austin City Limits” taping on Tuesday night. “He was on his best behavior,” a friend joked after the show. For this go-round, the artist also known as Josh Tillman let the music speak for him. And with an ensemble of over a dozen local players, including...
Prince’s ‘Sign O’ The Times’ concert film making rare appearance on cable

Prince’s ‘Sign O’ The Times’ concert film making rare appearance on cable

Prince’s rarely seen concert film, “Sign O’ The Times,” will debut on Showtime this fall. The critically lauded film, which complemented the double album of the same name, made a brief appearance in movie theaters upon its release in 1987. It will air at 9 p.m. Sept. 16. The 84-minute movie features live performances of songs including “U Got the Look” (with Sheena...
Chris Cornell fans still heartbroken, wife urges tributes to late singer on website

Chris Cornell fans still heartbroken, wife urges tributes to late singer on website

It’s been more than three months since legendary rocker Chris Cornell took his own life in a hotel room in Detroit, but family and friends of the late Seattle singer are still grappling with the emotional aftermath of his suicide. Cornell’s wife, Vicky, in a social media post on Wednesday, urged heartbroken friends and fans to send notes and tributes to the musician&rsquo...
Austin photographer turns his lens on concert crowds

Austin photographer turns his lens on concert crowds

It could be that superfans — those who storm the fields of Austin’s music festivals as soon as the gates open to grab front-row spots so they can be feet away from Radiohead or Drake or Slayer when the musicians go on stage hours later — have a screw loose, or maybe they’re just living life a little harder than the rest of us. Either way, Austin photographer Sandy Carson took...
Record releases, Lyle Lovett and more live music this week

Record releases, Lyle Lovett and more live music this week

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Jenni Finlay Promotions’ 11th anniversary at Threadgill’s South. Finlay, daughter of the late songwriting mentor Kent Finlay of San Marcos, manages Austin troubadour James McMurtry, so it’s no surprise to see both him and his son Curtis McMurtry on this bill. The most intriguing name here, though, is somewhat lesser known: Chris Fullerton, who plays at 10 p...
Sound Style: ‘A lady of fashion and justice’

Sound Style: ‘A lady of fashion and justice’

Lesli Sparkman-Williams, the artist also known as DJ Mahealani, unearths hidden magic and spins it out into the universe. This is one of her superpowers. It manifests in music when she slides discarded disco cuts and forgotten soul gems into her dance-floor-popping mixes, where they mingle with old-school hip-hop rap-alongs and your favorite junior-high dance tracks. She says these songs call to her...
Britney Spears proves she really can sing with impromptu live song at Vegas show

Britney Spears proves she really can sing with impromptu live song at Vegas show

Pop star Britney Spears is tired of all the criticism over lip-syncing during her live Las Vegas shows. Spears set the record straight over the weekend, singing the southern classic “Something to Talk About” live onstage with a band accompanying her. After telling the audience she’d been thinking about it for sometime, she explained why she decided to belt one out. “I&rsquo...
David Bowie’s baby daughter all grown up; mom Iman shares rare photo

David Bowie’s baby daughter all grown up; mom Iman shares rare photo

Supermodel Iman shared a rare photo of her daughter with late husband David Bowie. Alexandria “Lexi” Zahra Jones is all grown up. Lexi turned 17 this week and proud mom, Iman, posted a very rare picture of the teenager on Instagram on Thursday to wish her a happy birthday. “The Queen of my heart Lexi Jones at 17 years old!” she captioned the picture of Lexi, who is sporting...
Webb Report: Want to rename Robert E. Lee Road? Maybe get the Led out

Webb Report: Want to rename Robert E. Lee Road? Maybe get the Led out

Don’t have a whole lotta love for Robert E. Lee Road? There’s now a movement to give the street’s name to another Robert. A group calling itself “Keep Austin Weird. Not Racist.” released a “peaceful video-proposal” Wednesday to rename the South Austin street for Led Zeppelin frontman and former Austin resident Robert Plant. Following a violent white supremacist...
EXCLUSIVE: Check out the Xetas tour film ‘There is No Exit Here’

EXCLUSIVE: Check out the Xetas tour film ‘There is No Exit Here’

Huzzah, we say! Here is the exclusive (until someone lifts the link it because this is the Internet) premier of “There Is No Exit Here,” a 62-minute film directed by Xetas’ Kana Harris about, well, Xetas. I mean, man -- between Xetas, SuperThief, the Cherubs reunion that is like nine times better than it has any right to be, USA/Mexico (also on 12XU) and Borzoi (I know I am...
RAS Day, J. Cole and more music this week

RAS Day, J. Cole and more music this week

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: RAS Day at Empire. In 2013, the city of Austin declared Aug. 29 Riders Against the Storm Day, and every year since the husband/wife hip-hop crew has celebrated. While plans to expand the event to two days faltered, and the group ended up dropping the family festival at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard on Saturday, they’ve still stacked the lineup for the Friday night get down...
Could Austin’s Robert E. Lee Road become Robert Plant Road?

Could Austin’s Robert E. Lee Road become Robert Plant Road?

Don’t have a whole lotta love for Robert E. Lee Road? There’s now a movement to give the street’s name to another Robert. A group calling itself “Keep Austin Weird. Not Racist.” released a “peaceful video-proposal” Wednesday to rename the South Austin street for Led Zeppelin frontman and former Austin resident Robert Plant. Following a violent white...
A working-class guitar hero

A working-class guitar hero

“I am paid poorly to exploit my own personal human experience, and the payoffs are mental illness and dying poor,” Austin blues-rocker Eric Tessmer says with a wry smile between sips of his bottomless Kerbey Lane coffee. “Sign me up!” The guitarist rattles off sardonic one-liners about the music business faster than our waiter can refill his mug, yet he always follows up with...
Rude Mechs to jolt Yale and Guthrie theaters

Rude Mechs to jolt Yale and Guthrie theaters

The  Rude Mechs  have lined up long residencies at two of the nation’s biggest and best regional theaters, Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Conn. and Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minn. The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Michael Barnes/American-Statesman Adored in Austin and looking for a new performance...
Sound on Sound Fest hosts student ticket sale party

Sound on Sound Fest hosts student ticket sale party

Hear ye, young lads and lassies, Sound on Sound Fest, the medieval-themed indie music bash set to go down Nov. 10-12 at Sherwood Forest Faire kicks off a student ticket sale on Thursday at 10 a.m. Student passes are available to anyone currently enrolled in school of any type and ticket-purchasers will have to present a valid photo ID that matches the buyer&rsquo...
Austin goes overseas: three outreach efforts featuring local musicians

Austin goes overseas: three outreach efforts featuring local musicians

  Spain, France, Germany and Australia: The month of September has found a handful of Austin artists looking well beyond national borders toward musical opportunities to represent the city’s music community in other countries. Pueblos Blancos First up was the Pueblos Blancos Music Festival, which featured a handful of Austin acts including Joe King Carrasco, Riders...
Little Big Town tour with Kacey Musgraves, Midland coming to Austin

Little Big Town tour with Kacey Musgraves, Midland coming to Austin

Country music superstars Little Big Town are set to hit the road next year and a February 9 show at the Frank Erwin Center is the second stop on “The Breakers” tour. Kacey Musgraves and Midland will be along for the ride. Little Big Town returns to Austin for Saturday’s iHeartRadio Country Festival at the Erwin Center. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and will be...
Bon Iver to play Austin in January

Bon Iver to play Austin in January

Emotional crooner Justin Vernon is extending his current tour into 2018 and he just added a pair of Austin dates to the roster. He’ll be at ACL Live on January 21-22, 2018. Tickets to the shows go on sale Friday, Sept. 22 at 10 a.m.
Willie Nelson teams with sons Lukas and Micah on new album

Willie Nelson teams with sons Lukas and Micah on new album

Willie Nelson performs with his sons Lukas, left, and Micah at the 2015 Gershwin Prize ceremony. Contributed/Scott Henrichsen Willie Nelson has long called his onstage backing crew the Family Band, but the bonds draw a little closer with “Willie Nelson and the Boys,” a new album due Oct. 20 on Legacy Recordings that features Willie collaborating with his sons Lukas and Micah...
Song premiere: Lisa Morales single “Avalanche” is a duet with Jimmy LaFave

Song premiere: Lisa Morales single “Avalanche” is a duet with Jimmy LaFave

Lisa Morales’ new song “Avalanche” features a guest vocal by the late Jimmy LaFave. Contributed She hails from San Antonio, but singer-songwriter Lisa Morales has strong ties to Austin as well. “Luna Negra and the Daughter of the Sun,” the follow-up to her acclaimed 2011 debut “Beautiful Mistake,” features many high-profile Austin...
Weekend music picks: Fall festival seasons kicks off with Pecan Street

Weekend music picks: Fall festival seasons kicks off with Pecan Street

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgVfD4TCdKY&w=492&h=307] Friday:  Flatlanders, Dan Penn at Paramount Theatre.  Last year’s  rare appearance at the Paramount’s sister venue Stateside by Southern songwriting legend Penn, on his 75th birthday, was one of 2016’s best live shows. Now here’s a bar-raising...
ACL Fest 2017: KUTX reveals lineup for morning show at the Four Seasons

ACL Fest 2017: KUTX reveals lineup for morning show at the Four Seasons

Benjamin Booker performs at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas on Friday November 6, 2015, at at Auditorium Shores. Erika Rich for American-Statesman Local public radio station KUTX 98.9 FM will be back at the Four Seasons during Austin City Limits Festival for a morning broadcast on Friday, Oct. 6 headlined by soulful rocker Benjamin Booker. The broadcast begins...
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians to play Austin for the first time in 17 years

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians to play Austin for the first time in 17 years

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians will play Friday’s Hurricane Harvey relief benefit at the Erwin Center. From left: Kyle Crusham, Matt Hubbard, John Bush, Kenny Withrow, Brandon Aly, Edie Brickell, Brad Houser. Contributed/Todd Crusham On a lineup that includes Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt, it can be hard to stand out. Still, when those...
Can technology help save Austin’s struggling live music industry?

Can technology help save Austin’s struggling live music industry?

Austin’s technology sector is our city’s great business success story of the modern era, but as Austin’s character has shifted from sleepy college town to cosmopolitan tech hub, the city’s music scene has suffered. Musician’s incomes have remained stagnant and venues, facing sky-rocketing rents, have faltered, putting the entire industry under...
All ATX 2017 to host ‘Back to the Armadillo’ with John Fogerty, Shakey Graves at Auditorium Shores

All ATX 2017 to host ‘Back to the Armadillo’ with John Fogerty, Shakey Graves at Auditorium Shores

For the last several years, All ATX, a nonprofit that dubs itself “Austin’s Music Advocate,” has hosted a big fall fundraising event for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), the SIMS foundation and the Austin Music Foundation at ACL Live. Jay Janner/American-Statesman – John Fogerty performs with the Sound City Players at Stubb’s at SXSW on Thursday...
Is Ray Prim Austin’s best bandleader? His record-release show made that case.

Is Ray Prim Austin’s best bandleader? His record-release show made that case.

We tend to think of musicians in terms of what immediate and obvious role they play in a band: singers, songwriters, guitarists, drummers, bassists, keyboardists, string and horn sections and the like. But sometime the greatest value of a musical artist is something more foundational. “Bandleader” was a common designation in the mid-20th century, when jazz orchestras...
This week’s music picks: The Church, Kathy Valentine, Mic Exchange finale and more

This week’s music picks: The Church, Kathy Valentine, Mic Exchange finale and more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5Nbh4fCbvw&w=492&h=307] Monday: The Church at 3Ten. One of Australia’s most enchanting rock/pop bands since they formed in 1980, the Church briefly hit the big time in the late ’80s with the radio/MTV hit “Under the Milky Way,” then gradually faded from the spotlight. They’ve kept...
Austin360 On The Record: Ray Prim, Leti Garza, LeRoi Brothers

Austin360 On The Record: Ray Prim, Leti Garza, LeRoi Brothers

OUT THIS WEEK Ray Prim , “To Whom It May Concern.” An excerpt from our Austin360 Artist of the Month story: “The first thing you notice about the new album from longtime Austin singer-songwriter and bandleader Ray Prim is just how wide-open his music is. Like much of the best music our city has produced over the decades, it’s nearly impossible...
More Harvey benefits in Austin: Musicians continue relief efforts

More Harvey benefits in Austin: Musicians continue relief efforts

Beat Root Revival is among the acts playing a Harvey relief benefit at Donn’s Depot on Sunday, Sept. 17. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman This week’s announcement of the Sept. 22 “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” concert at the Erwin Center is the 800-pound gorilla of hurricane relief benefits, to be sure, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still...
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull Live tour in Texas, Florida postponed

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull Live tour in Texas, Florida postponed

A-List: Enrique Iglesias/Pitbull at Frank Erwin Center, 02.07.15 Latin pop stars Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull have postponed their tour dates in Texas and Florida to give the states time to recover from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. “The tour hopes to allow more time for residents to heal before returning to put on great performances for their fans,” a press release...
Weekend music picks: Mexican Independence Day celebrations, Zac Brown and more

Weekend music picks: Mexican Independence Day celebrations, Zac Brown and more

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Ray Prim album release at North Door. Soulful singer-songwriter Prim, our  Austin360 Artist of the Month for September, celebrates the release of his new album “To Whom It May Concern” with an extended version of his big band. More string players, electric guitarist Andre Moran and some guest vocalists will join Prim’s core...
Sold out: Tickets to all-star Harvey benefit at Erwin Center go fast

Sold out: Tickets to all-star Harvey benefit at Erwin Center go fast

Tickets to the all-star “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” benefit on September 22 at the Erwin Center sold out in less than 24 hours, event organizers confirmed on Thursday. Bonnie Raitt and Willie Nelson are among the performers for the sold-out “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” hurricane relief benefit at the Erwin Center on September 22....
Local artists to create the ‘F1 American Soundtrack’ during Grand Prix festivities

Local artists to create the ‘F1 American Soundtrack’ during Grand Prix festivities

The Peterson Brothers at Blues on the Green in Zilker Park on May 25, 2016. Photo by Erika Rich for American-Statesman The big musical attractions for the Formula One Grand Prix, set to go down Oct. 20-22 at the Circuit of the Americas,  are Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder. But on Thursday, event organizers announced plans to program 30 local artists on satellite...
HAAM Benefit Day: A little bit of everything from local musicians

HAAM Benefit Day: A little bit of everything from local musicians

“Earlier this year my appendix tried to kill me, and HAAM saved my life.” Cory Reinisch might not have died from appendicitis when it struck, but it probably felt that way at the time. So, onstage Tuesday at Threadgill’s for an evening of Willie Nelson songs, he summed up his gratefulness to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians with that dramatic phrase...
U2 raising money to replace instruments lost in schools affected by hurricanes

U2 raising money to replace instruments lost in schools affected by hurricanes

Last Thursday, superstar rocker Bono called in to to the “Karson and Kennedy” radio station on Mix 104.1 in Boston to talk about the new U2 single “You’re the Best Thing About Me.” While on the air, the hosts asked Bono if the band was planning any Hurricane Harvey relief efforts for Houston (the show was taped before Hurricane Irma hit Florida...
In appreciation of Charlie Sexton, Americana Awards nominee and Austin MVP

In appreciation of Charlie Sexton, Americana Awards nominee and Austin MVP

The Americana Awards show is Wednesday evening in Nashville, and unlike some years when there’s a fair bit of Austin representation among the nominees, this time our only local in the mix is Charlie Sexton, who’s up for Instrumentalist of the Year. The AMAs often lean toward their Nashville home folks, so keyboardist Jen Gunderman (also very deserving) might be...
More ‘Austin City Limits’ tapings: LCD Soundsystem, Chris Stapleton, Run the Jewels, Shinyribs

More ‘Austin City Limits’ tapings: LCD Soundsystem, Chris Stapleton, Run the Jewels, Shinyribs

LCD Soundsystem makes its “Austin City Limits” TV debut with a Nov. 1 taping. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2016 “Austin City Limits” has announced four more tapings for this fall, and they’re all over the map stylistically, as well as all being new to the long-running television program: rap group Run the Jewels on Oct. 14, country singer Chris...
Margaret Moser memorial show set for Dec. 10 at Antone’s

Margaret Moser memorial show set for Dec. 10 at Antone’s

Margaret Moser’s last visit to Antone’s was July 1 for a Robert Johnson exhibit she curated in the club’s upstairs room. Susan Antone is at her left. Antone’s will host a memorial to Moser on Dec. 10. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN The death of music journalist and Austin Music Awards founder Margaret Moser from cancer on Aug. 25 brought an outpouring...
City of Austin music office exploring ways to expand music venue loan program

City of Austin music office exploring ways to expand music venue loan program

At a meeting of the Austin Music Commission on Monday night, Bryan Block from the city’s music office said he is developing a proposal to expand a music venue loan assistance program managed by the city. Implemented in 2012, the program currently allows any business with amplified sound to apply for a very low interest loan to assist with sound mitigation...
HAAM Benefit Day starts bright and early tomorrow. Are you ready?

HAAM Benefit Day starts bright and early tomorrow. Are you ready?

A banner outside Whole Foods’ downtown location lists the artists performing there on Tuesday, Sept. 12, for HAAM Benefit Day. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman More than 200 music performances will light up Austin from dawn till well past dusk on Tuesday for HAAM Benefit Day, the annual fundraiser of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. A lot of the action...
Janet Jackson breaks into tears during moving Austin performance

Janet Jackson breaks into tears during moving Austin performance

  For the most part, Janet Jackson’s Sunday night performance at the Erwin Center was a testament to the “Rhythm Nation” leader’s ability, even at 51, to dominate a dance floor. A seven-piece ensemble including two singers and a DJ backed her at the performance, but, other than Ms. Jackson herself,  the real stars of the show were her dance...
This week’s music picks: Willie Nelson tribute for HAAM, Austin Music Video Fest and more

This week’s music picks: Willie Nelson tribute for HAAM, Austin Music Video Fest and more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ0cownjrC0&w=492&h=307] Tuesday: HAAM Benefit Day Songwriter Tribute to Willie Nelson at Threadgill’s. Hundreds of shows will support the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians all over town on this annual mega-fundraiser day, but this event organized by the House of Songs stands out. Host Graham Weber has...
Guns N’ Roses delivers big bang in San Antonio

Guns N’ Roses delivers big bang in San Antonio

By David Glessner, Special to the Statesman For a band that shot to stardom peddling its appetite for destruction, Guns N’ Roses arrived Friday at San Antonio’s Alamodome in seemingly good health and ready to go the distance. 2016 file photo: Axl Rose, from left, Richard Fortus, Slash and Melissa Reese of Guns N’ Roses perform during the Coachella Valley...
Country great Don Williams, a Texas native, dead at 78

Country great Don Williams, a Texas native, dead at 78

Don Williams. Contributed Don Williams, a native of the Texas Panhandle who became one of country music’s biggest stars in the 1970s and 1980s, has died “after a short illness,” his publicist announced Friday. He was 78. We caught Williams at the Paramount Theatre in November 2014, noting that “at age 75, Williams remains one of the finest singers country...
Austin360 On The Record: David Ramirez, These Fine Moments, more

Austin360 On The Record: David Ramirez, These Fine Moments, more

David Ramirez. Contributed/Stefanie Vinsel OUT THIS WEEK David Ramirez, “We’re Not Going Anywhere” (Sweetworld). From the opening line of the first song — “Where were you when we lost the twins” — it’s clear that indie singer-songwriter Ramirez has some issues weighing heavy on his mind on his fourth album. Recorded in Maine...
Why are there no Latino music acts at ACL Fest 2017?

Why are there no Latino music acts at ACL Fest 2017?

We at Team 360 are in the thick of Austin City Limits Festival prep work. In the process of digging deep into the schedule and planning our preview coverage, one of our colleagues at our Spanish language sister publication, Ahora Sí, Liliana Valenzuela, brought up a startling detail we somehow missed. Juanes performs at the 2014 Austin City Limits music festival on Sat...
Calling all Dead Heads: Dead and Company are coming to Austin

Calling all Dead Heads: Dead and Company are coming to Austin

Dead and Company, the all-star Grateful Dead tribute group, has added a string of dates to their successful summer tour, including a stop in Austin at the Frank Erwin Center on Dec. 2. The group features original Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir alongside singer/guitarist John Mayer, Allman Brothers’ bassist ...
KUTX launches fall series of family-friendly Mueller concerts

KUTX launches fall series of family-friendly Mueller concerts

After a successful run of free family-friendly concerts in the spring, public radio station KUTX 98.9 FM returns to Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater for a series of monthly shows. The events are curated by the station’s live music producer Deirdre Gott and Bill Childs, host of the Sunday evening kids music show ‘Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child.’ Brownout in...
Charles Bradley forced to cancel SOS Fest performance as cancer returns

Charles Bradley forced to cancel SOS Fest performance as cancer returns

Charles Bradley, the screaming eagle of soul whose late career breakout success has been a wonder to behold, is facing another set back. Bradley’s appearance at Sound on Sound Fest this year was supposed to be a makeup date from 2026,  when a stomach cancer diagnosis forced him to cancel all his fall tour dates. Charles Bradley at SXSW 2015. Photo by Jay Janner....
Levitation Fest organizers send Austin a save the date message

Levitation Fest organizers send Austin a save the date message

Levitation Fest organizers are preparing to return to Austin in 2018.  A .GIF released on the festival’s social media accounts announced the dates and a note of the fest’s website now says: “Levitation returns to Austin, Texas April 26-29, 2018.” LEVITATION – April 26-29, 2018 – Austin, Texas Mark your calendars & stay tuned&hellip...
ACL Fest sets student sale date; Offers special discount tickets to military

ACL Fest sets student sale date; Offers special discount tickets to military

The date for this year’s Austin City Limits Fest student ticket sale is Sept. 14, and no camping out for this one, the tickets will be available online only at  www.aclfestival.com/tickets at 10 a.m. This year’s sale price for 3-day passes is $230 (fees included) , $25 off the regular price. Keith Jeffery of Atlas Genius gets out in the crowd during a...
Dive bar Nasty’s is closed, and Workhorse Bar owners will take over space

Dive bar Nasty’s is closed, and Workhorse Bar owners will take over space

Nasty’s, a campus-area bar that has been an Austin institution since 1985, has closed and will turn into a bar called Back Lot, according to Eater Austin. The owners of North Loop watering hole Workhorse Bar, Steve Ettle and Brent Broyles, have already made a note of the takeover on the home page of the Workhorse website.  "We are grateful for all the great memories Nasty's has...
New Driftwood Music Festival plans direct competition with Old Settler’s Fest in 2018

New Driftwood Music Festival plans direct competition with Old Settler’s Fest in 2018

A screengrab of the website for the new Driftwood Music Festival, which went live on the internet on Tuesday. News last month that the long-running Old Settler’s Music Festival would move from Driftwood to the Lockhart area in 2018 got a new wrinkle on Tuesday when a website announcing a new Driftwood Music Festival was launched. The new fest plans to use the same Salt Lick Pavilion...
‘A great night to be in Austin’: Labor Day in the Live Music Capital

‘A great night to be in Austin’: Labor Day in the Live Music Capital

It was nearing midnight on Monday at the Continental Club, and a friend whose evening itinerary had coincidentally overlapped a bit with mine shared a thought: “It’s a great night to be in Austin.” That’s exactly what was on my mind, too. For music fans across town, Monday felt like one of those days when we totally lived up to our Live Music Capital of the World...
Harvey relief telethon to include Beyoncé, live broadcast from George Strait in San Antonio

Harvey relief telethon to include Beyoncé, live broadcast from George Strait in San Antonio

Details are beginning to emerge for “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief,” a one hour telethon scheduled for September 12 at 7 p.m. C.S.T. The telethon will be screened simultaneously on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and CMT and broadcast live from Universal Studios lot in Los Angeles, Times Square in New York City and Nashville’s Grand...
Weekend music picks: Eastside Kings, Janet Jackson, Reckless Kelly

Weekend music picks: Eastside Kings, Janet Jackson, Reckless Kelly

Friday-Sunday:  Eastside Kings Festival.  Dialtone Records founder Eddie Stout has made preserving the heritage of gospel and blues music in Central Texas a lifelong mission. This is the fifth year for his signature festival, designed to jumpstart the heart of Austin’s historic blues district on the Eastside. On Saturday and Sunday...
Austin stands with Houston: Scenes from weekend Hurricane Harvey benefits

Austin stands with Houston: Scenes from weekend Hurricane Harvey benefits

Over the Labor Day weekend, Austinites turned out and turned up at Hurricane Harvey relief shows. Here are a few scenes from the ground. On Friday, the Mohawk hosted a big two-stage bash featuring Black Joe Lewis, Octopus Project and many more. Mayor Steve Adler popped in for a surprise special guest appearance. A few days earlier, Black Joe Lewis had posted photos of himself navigating...
Lil Wayne's 'doing fine' after seizure reports, daughter says

Lil Wayne's 'doing fine' after seizure reports, daughter says

Lil Wayne is “doing fine,” said his daughter, Reginae Carter, who is assuring fans after reports surfaced that her dad was hospitalized over the weekend due to seizures. He was taken to a hospital Sunday after suffering seizures in Chicago, TMZ reported. The rapper also known as Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. has been hospitalized before for the same reason in years past. Here are...
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