Austin “folk stomp” band Hello Wheels are getting set to release a new album later this year, but in the meantime the band has booked some of their favorite acts as part of a Thursday night residency at the Scoot Inn dubbed “Hot As Folk.”
“We never really had anything that we thought was brilliant, and I think I threw it out as a joke,” says guitarist Peter Shults of the residency name, which follows in the footsteps of Cathy Gutherie and Amy Nelson’s Family Band affiliate Folk Uke and endless other not-quite-appropriate uses of the genre name.
Austin-based singer-songwriter Walker Lukens and Chase Weinacht of Marmalakes are among the guests that have performed at the series during the first two weeks. Mother Merey and the Black Dirt, the Blackwells, Might Mountain, Box of Baby Birds, El Campo and Sour Bridges, among others, will appear in the final three installments.
The acts are hand-picked by the band, which came together in the beginning of 2011 and consists of Shults, Matt Bradshaw (keys, trumpet, harmonica), Nick Garza (banjo) and John Shaw (bass). “You always sort of have this running list of people in your head that either you’ve seen out or heard good things about,” Shults says. “Most of the time you don’t have that much control over a bill, and all of a sudden I had five bills where I finally got to play with all of these people.”
Hello Wheels’ residency is part of an ongoing reboot of the historic eastside venue, which was built in 1871. Purchased by Bikinis and Parish owner Doug Guller less than a year ago, the venue has consistently hosted live music a few nights a week, if not more, since that time. Many of the acts are part of Austin’s growing roots music scene, with groups such as Whiskey Shivers also hosting residencies this year.
Shults says that it’s a great time to be playing folk music in Austin. “There is diversity within that scene, too, which is kind of cool and inspires everybody,” he says. “You see people offering their own take on some similar ideas, and a lot of cool cross-pollination happens.”
To that end, the band recently finished recording their debut full-length, which they recorded with Alex Peterson, who also produced the first album from Austin’s Wild Child. “I heard that record and thought it sounded fantastic,” Shults said. Expect that release later this year.
Hot As Folk with Hello Wheels happens Thursday nights in August at the Scoot Inn. 8 p.m. $5. 1308 E. Fourth St. scootinnaustin.com.
Elton sells out fast. Many fans of Elton John who tried to get tickets for his Oct. 17 performance at the Andy Roddick Foundation gala at ACL Live were disappointed Friday when the 1,500 tickets made available to the public sold out almost immediately.
In response, several fans posted messages on ACL Live’s Facebook page expressing anger about being unable to get tickets when they went on sale at 10 a.m. Some of the posts accused the venue of selling tickets to scalpers. As of Friday afternoon, nearly 200 tickets were for sale at ticket resale site StubHub.
In response, ACL Live posted a message on its Facebook page apologizing that many people were unable to buy tickets. “Elton is an artist who sells out arenas, 20K + in attendance, we are a theater that has approx. 2,500 seats. This event only had 1,500 seats available due to the floor being utilized for tables/dinner service for anyone that wanted to donate on a larger level,” the message read. It also expressed disappointment that many tickets for the event were appearing on resale sites such as StubHub and recommended that people purchase tickets for future in-demand shows in person at the venue box office.
ACL Live marketing director Sharilyn Mayhugh said Friday that the venue cannot stop individuals from reselling tickets. She cautioned that not all tickets on resale sites are real. One set of tickets for sale on StubHub, for example, was advertised as being in Row O, Section 4 on the floor of the venue even though floor tickets were not part of the sale.
Tom Carter benefit comp. Irish record label/promoters Deserted Village have released an online, 99-track compilation, “For Tom Carter,” to benefit the musician formerly of Austin-based group Charalambides. Carter contracted pneumonia during a European tour and was hospitalized for several months. The album is available for $9.98 at desertedvillage.bandcamp.com/album/for-tom-carter.
In brief: After canceling appearances at Lollapalooza and elsewhere last week, drum and rap duo Death Grips are still scheduled to perform at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November, festival booker Graham Williams said … Black Rebel Motorcycle Club plays Emo’s East on Oct. 15 … White Denim, who played the final installment of KGSR’s Blues on the Green last week, will release a new album, “Corsicana Lemonade,” on Oct. 29 … The “So You Think You Can Dance” tour stops at the Cedar Park Center on Nov. 7 … Barenaked Ladies will play ACL Live on Oct. 24.