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Starting Monday, Zilker Park lawn closes for month ahead of ACL Fest

If you’re headed to Austin’s Zilker Park this weekend, it may be the last time you can enjoy the Great Lawn before it closes for nearly a month for the Austin City Limits Music Festival. The 46-acre portion of the park where the festival happens will close on Monday and reopen on Oct. 28, depending on weather conditions, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department said. This will...
Robert Earl Keen, Cavender family inducted into Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame

Robert Earl Keen, Cavender family inducted into Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame

Musician Robert Earl Keen and the Texas family behind  Cavender’s — the chain of Western lifestyle stores that includes Austin-area outlets — are among those who will be inducted into the  Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame during the  Fort Worth Stock Show on Jan. 17, 2019. Robert Earl Keen will be inducted...
Willie Nelson doesn’t care if you’re mad about his Beto O’Rourke support

Willie Nelson doesn’t care if you’re mad about his Beto O’Rourke support

Mad that Willie Nelson is playing at a rally for U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke? You’re entitled to your opinion, the Austin icon and country music legend says. Nelson will headline a concert for the El Paso Democrat, who is running to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, on Sept. 29 at Auditorium Shores. That hasn't settled well with some conservative fans, who have taken to social media...
Big names, local favorites: Your Austin live music calendar for fall

Big names, local favorites: Your Austin live music calendar for fall

Remember those late-summer days when everyone seemed to be on vacation and not a lot of touring shows were coming through town? Welcome to fall, when everything’s completely different and music is falling off the trees everywhere. The proof is in our list of more than 300 events from now through December, including arena and theater concerts, outdoor festivals and notable shows in large and...
The mighty Austin Symphony comes to save the day

The mighty Austin Symphony comes to save the day

Now that the Austin Symphony has consummated Part 3 of its “Mighty Russians” series, it  has completely shed its former reputation for underplaying big music. Almost to a fault. Music director  Peter Bay opened the formal part of the concert on Saturday with the bright and bold “Carnaval Overture” by  ...
Gina Chavez wrestles with faith, acceptance, love in new music

Gina Chavez wrestles with faith, acceptance, love in new music

After her 2014 bilingual album “Up.Rooted” catapulted Latin folk-pop songstress Gina Chavez to new career heights, the multiple Austin Music Award winner turned her attention to songwriting. “I didn’t want to say, ‘I want to write Latin songs or upbeat songs,’” Chavez says. “I just allowed myself to write without boundaries.” When she gave herself...
UtopiaFest, at new venue this year, will also have its own beer thanks to Zilker Brewing

UtopiaFest, at new venue this year, will also have its own beer thanks to Zilker Brewing

At a scenic ranch setting closer to Austin than its past festival location, UtopiaFest Down in the Oaks returns in early November with all the things people have loved about it for 10 years: lots of live music, camping options, art installations and more. But there will be something new, too — a beer brewed just for the fest. The producers behind UtopiaFest, which will run Nov...
Best Austin parties after Labor Day, Game Day

Best Austin parties after Labor Day, Game Day

We survived Labor Day and Game Day and now it’s time for the great Austin social machine to crank it up. These are some upcoming parties I hope to make. Sept. 9:  Picnic Bombazo for Puerto Rican Cultural Center. 701 Tillery St. Sept. 10:  Opening of ASA Moody Medical Clinic. 7215 Cameron Road. Sept. 13: “ I Saw...
Austin360 looks back: Longhorns football as supreme spectacle

Austin360 looks back: Longhorns football as supreme spectacle

Over the years, the American-Statesman has covered much more than the players on the field during UT Longhorns football games. For this feature story on the spectacle of the sport, published Sept. 13, 2003, I was embedded with the Longhorn band. Original caption: Tricia Kruger (Texas Cowboys Sweetheart) — Hailing from Katy, Tricia is an architectural engineering major. ...
Austin musician Sydney Wright’s story helps underscore value of HAAM

Austin musician Sydney Wright’s story helps underscore value of HAAM

Bands playing past midnight in Austin’s clubs is routine. But a gig that starts at 6 a.m.? At a grocery store? It’s not something most musicians would generally get excited about. Yet when Sydney Wright takes the stage at the downtown Whole Foods before dawn on Tuesday to kick off the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians’ annual HAAM Day citywide fundraiser, she’ll be grateful...
Brash, bold and hilarious: Sailor Poon creates their own punk style

Brash, bold and hilarious: Sailor Poon creates their own punk style

A Sailor Poon show is not a genteel affair. The all-female, five-piece garage band bills itself as “always crude, never prude.” Their crowd-favorite, singalong hit is the 2016 track “Leather Daddy,” a defiant 2 1/2-minute audio assault with mostly unprintable lyrics that demand sexual favors and new shoes before politely admonishing the track’s protagonist: “Now...
T-Pain detained at Atlanta airport after gun found in bag, police say

T-Pain detained at Atlanta airport after gun found in bag, police say

Grammy Award-winning rapper T-Pain and his bodyguard were detained by security officials at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport Friday afternoon after trying to go through a security checkpoint with a gun. >> Read more trending news  Atlanta police told WSB-TV that the gun was found in a backpack belonging to T-Pain, whose real name is Faheem Rashad Najm.  Investigators...
‘Trying not to get kicked off this curb’: In conversation with Threadgill’s owner Eddie Wilson

‘Trying not to get kicked off this curb’: In conversation with Threadgill’s owner Eddie Wilson

The doors haven’t yet opened to Threadgill’s World Headquarters on a Tuesday morning and owner Eddie Wilson is leaning back in a chair, wrapping up a story about his mother’s nursery school that ends with the punchline “my mother waterboarded the deaf-mute son of the governor’s lawyer!”  He’s kidding, of course. The new student wouldn’t eat his...
Fan runs into Andre 3000 while wearing T-shirt with his face on it

Fan runs into Andre 3000 while wearing T-shirt with his face on it

When one woman put on a T-shirt blazoned with Andre 3000’s face, she had no idea she would run into the rapper while wearing it.  >> Read more trending news  Twitter user Tiana took to social media to gush about her chance encounter with the Atlantan. She wrote in a post Wednesday that she was strolling down a “silent block in Soho” when the Grammy award-winner emcee...
Bloomberg Philanthropies rewards 26 Austin cultural groups with grants

Bloomberg Philanthropies rewards 26 Austin cultural groups with grants

Bloomberg Philanthropies has named 26 Austin cultural groups that will receive significant grants as well as management training as part of a $43 million second-wave campaign to strengthen small-to-medium-sized American arts nonprofits. The charitable foundation — established by businessman and former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg — chose the groups...
Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with festivals, concerts, exhibits

Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with festivals, concerts, exhibits

After a longtime festival in East Austin’s Parque Zaragoza ceased to exist decades ago, Austinite Gilbert Velasquez felt compelled to continue honoring the city’s Mexican American culture. In 1978, he launched Fiestas Patrias of Austin, a nonprofit organization that annually presents festivals including the city’s Hispanic Heritage Festival at Fiesta Gardens Park West. Now the fest...
The Latest: Aretha Franklin covered burial expenses of needy

The Latest: Aretha Franklin covered burial expenses of needy

The Latest on the first day of a public viewing of Aretha Franklin at a storied Detroit museum (all times local): ___ 12:45 p.m. The funeral home providing services for Aretha Franklin says the legendary singer paid the expenses of many families who could not afford to bury their loved ones. Linda Swanson, executive vice president of Swanson Funeral Home in Detroit, said Tuesday her family has long...
‘Cash Me Outside’ girl Bhad Bhabie to join Lil Yachty on national tour

‘Cash Me Outside’ girl Bhad Bhabie to join Lil Yachty on national tour

Georgia rapper Lil Yachty and Bhad Bhabie announced a U.S. tour which is scheduled to kick off in October. >> Read more trending news  Yachty, whose real name is Miles McCollum, went to Pebblebrook High School in Mableton. He announced the tour, which has no Georgia dates, on his Instagram account Friday. As for Bhad Bhabie, you might know her as Danielle Bregoli. Still not ringing...
Babes Fest aims to showcase women, transform an industry

Babes Fest aims to showcase women, transform an industry

Boss Babes ATX will host Babes Fest for the third year, but according to group founder Jane Claire Hervey, the first year doesn’t really count. Put together in less than a month, the inaugural Babes Fest was a party at Salvage Vanguard Theater during South by Southwest 2016. The event was hampered by technical issues. The power shorted in the building, which killed the air conditioning and turned...
The Beatles' iconic 'Hey Jude' is 50 years old today

The Beatles' iconic 'Hey Jude' is 50 years old today

It was 50 years ago today that The Beatles released their biggest hit: “Hey Jude,” whose “na na na na na na na” chant was the irresistible hook that helped rocket the song to the top of the charts during the summer of 1968.  >> Read more trending news  “Hey Jude” was released on Aug. 26, 1968 and was No. 1 on the Billboard charts in the United...
Paul Simon makes surprise appearance at Long Island fundraiser

Paul Simon makes surprise appearance at Long Island fundraiser

Singer-songwriter Paul Simon made a surprise appearance at a Long Island fundraiser Saturday night, singing four songs from his storied career, Newsday reported. >> Read more trending news  Simon, 76, lives in Montauk, New York, several miles west of a fundraiser for the Montauk Point Lighthouse. The 12-time Grammy Award winner joined a local band, The Montauk Project, opening...
Supernatural salute for Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin during Detroit Tigers’ tribute

Supernatural salute for Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin during Detroit Tigers’ tribute

In a seemingly supernatural salute to the Queen of Soul, a rainbow appeared over Comerica Park, the home of the Detroit Tigers, as the team was honoring Aretha Franklin before its game Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs. >> Read more trending news  Franklin, 76, died last week at her home in the Motor City, surrounded by family and friends after a lengthy illness. Tributes have been pouring...
Sound Style: RAS Day look remixes tradition with ‘rebellious elegance’

Sound Style: RAS Day look remixes tradition with ‘rebellious elegance’

RAS Day, the annual east side festival hosted by husband/wife hip-hop duo Riders Against the Storm, has always been about more than just music. It’s a coming together of families, a celebration of community, a daylong, mind-body exploration carefully crafted to nurture the soul. The fifth edition of RAS Day is scheduled to go down Saturday at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard with cerebral rapper/activist/poet...
White Denim rolls with the changes on new album, ‘Performance’

White Denim rolls with the changes on new album, ‘Performance’

“Performance,” the seventh album from Austin band White Denim, finds the group leaving Downtown Records for City Slang, and also realigning with different members for the second straight release. After Joshua Block and Austin Jenkins became part of soul sensation Leon Bridges’ band, co-founders James Petralli and Steve Terebecki recruited Mike St. Clair, Jonathan Horne and Jeffrey...
Jason Isbell, back in Austin for 3 nights, is at the top of his game

Jason Isbell, back in Austin for 3 nights, is at the top of his game

Let’s start with a bold, if debatable, assessment: Jason Isbell has made better music over the last few years than anyone on the planet. Such appraisals are highly subjective, of course, dependent on musical tastes and stylistic interests. But if you’re a fan of songwriting, and of music that draws upon a range of traditional American forms, it’s hard to find anyone who’s matched...
Former Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin sues hospital over botched surgery

Former Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin sues hospital over botched surgery

A founder of the Jefferson Airplane lost part of his tongue and his left thumb during a botched surgery in New York, according to a lawsuit filed late Thursday. >> Read more trending news  Marty Balin filed a suit in the Manhattan Federal Court, claiming his vocal cords were paralyzed and he lost half his tongue in a tracheotomy after open heart surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital...
Aretha’s voice was the sound of an America we’re still trying to become

Aretha’s voice was the sound of an America we’re still trying to become

Somebody somewhere once asked the human embodiment of American soul music how she would define American soul music. Aretha Franklin replied, “Being able to bring to the surface that which is happening inside.” Sounds about right. That ability — to externalize humanity in melody — made Franklin one the most pivotal vocalists of the 20th century, the same way it made her rendition...
Willie Nelson’s heartwarming message about Aretha Franklin

Willie Nelson’s heartwarming message about Aretha Franklin

Singer Aretha Franklin was the undisputed “queen of soul,” and after news of her death at 76 broke Thursday, the king of the outlaws paid his respects.  On Franklin’s death, country music star and Austin icon Willie Nelson tweeted, “Whether it was Gospel, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Pop,or Civil Rights, Aretha Franklin was the greatest gift and the voice of a generation...
Just after $10M price tag made public, George Strait home 'off market'

Just after $10M price tag made public, George Strait home 'off market'

Who bought George Strait’s home? The enormous Santa Fe-style home overlooking the posh community of The Dominion on the northwest side of San Antonio had been on the market since November.  But it was only this week, the San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday, that it finally had a public asking price: $10 million.  Now the Zillow listing for the 11-bedroom, 9-bathroom...
The glow is bright again for Austin’s Ghostland Observatory

The glow is bright again for Austin’s Ghostland Observatory

Eight years after Ghostland Observatory’s last album, “Codename: Rondo,” was released, the Austin dance duo is back. “See You Later, Simulator,” a festival-ready collection of sweaty bangers woven with soaring electro-pop aspirations, drops Sept. 7. The band embarks on a national tour that kicks off in Tulsa on Sept. 27 and runs through mid-November. Austin audiences...
There’s a Beyoncé-themed brunch in Austin this weekend

There’s a Beyoncé-themed brunch in Austin this weekend

Do you like brunch? You love it. Do you like cocktails? You live in Austin; you are half human, half cocktail. Do you like Beyoncé? You are legally obligated to pay fealty to our nation’s monarch, yes. All of these things that you love will combine to form a zeitgeisty Voltron on Saturday, when downtown Austin restaurant Trace hosts its second-annual Bee-yoncé Brunch...
Austin musician bringing old songs to a new generation

Austin musician bringing old songs to a new generation

All his life, Walter Tragert has channeled music. He’s wrangled a living from it for 30 years and partnered with some of Austin’s finest musicians, including Scrappy Jud Newcomb and the late Ian McLagan. His solo outings (the 1996 CD “Heavy Just the Same,” 2004’s “Lousy with Desire” and the 2012 recording “A Single Drop of Rain”) have showcased...
Fashion icon Tim Gunn to mentor Austin for a day

Fashion icon Tim Gunn to mentor Austin for a day

If you’ve ever wanted  Tim Gunn from “Project Runway” to act as your mentor — even for just a short time and as part of a very large group — your chance is here. Tim Gunn from “Project Runway” will speak in Austin in September. Contributed The sweet, dapper man who always “makes it work” is the featured speaker...
Singer Tamar Braxton said she was ‘targeted’ after confrontation with Delta pilot

Singer Tamar Braxton said she was ‘targeted’ after confrontation with Delta pilot

Singer Tamar Braxton is speaking out for the first time about an “unfortunate” exchange she said she had with a Delta Air Lines employee earlier this year. >> Read more trending news  During an interview with TMZ, the singer discussed her interaction with a pilot, who reprimanded her on a flight last month. She said she was “targeted.” The star’s sister...
Seniors vanish from retirement home, found at headbanging heavy metal festival

Seniors vanish from retirement home, found at headbanging heavy metal festival

Two senior citizens disappeared from their rural retirement home in northern Germany Friday and were later found with thousands of headbangers at a heavy metal music festival in Wacken, according to news reports. >> Read more trending news  The nursing home alerted police when staff discovered the elderly men missing from their home, in Dithmarscher, according to German broadcaster...
Want to hear the ACL Fest action but skip the ticket price tag? Here are some tips

Want to hear the ACL Fest action but skip the ticket price tag? Here are some tips

We’ve all been there. When the Austin City Limits Music Festival rolls around, sometimes, you just don’t feel like coughing up the money for a day or weekend pass. But not attending feels like you’d be missing out on some great performances. What are your options? Take some advice from Austin pros: You don’t actually have to be within the gates to hear some of the best acts...
This week’s music picks: Nick Lowe, Kali Uchis, Alejandro Escovedo, more

This week’s music picks: Nick Lowe, Kali Uchis, Alejandro Escovedo, more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhVrnLVWZec&w=492&h=277] Monday: “Lazy Lester Forever” tribute at Antone’s. Among the many old-school greats who’ve played Austin’s home of the blues over the decades, Louisiana’s Lazy Lester was certainly one of the most beloved. Lester (born Leslie Johnson in 1933) died in August, but his spirit lives...
Maybe I’m amazed at this Barton Hills Choir ‘Abbey Road’ video

Maybe I’m amazed at this Barton Hills Choir ‘Abbey Road’ video

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePlWa04fFlo&w=492&h=277] It’s still two weeks before Paul McCartney arrives in town for the first of two concerts in Zilker Park as part of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, but the Barton Hills Choir is ready: They’ll be tackling the ambitious side two medley of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” as...
Do you remember? This UT grad wants to make sure you never forget what Sept. 21 is 

Do you remember? This UT grad wants to make sure you never forget what Sept. 21 is 

For the last three years running, University of Texas graduate Demi Adejuyigbe has been celebrating a national holiday none of you knew about. That’s right, today’s the day immortalized in Earth, Wind & Fire’s song “September.”  And Adejuyigbe, a comedian and screenwriter now living in Los Angeles, has celebrated it in hilarious fashion every Sept. 21 since...
Willie Nelson on Stephen Colbert’s show: ‘I don’t hold any grudges against people’

Willie Nelson on Stephen Colbert’s show: ‘I don’t hold any grudges against people’

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doOgCn2yVKw&w=492&h=277] It’s been a media-blitz week for Willie Nelson supporting his new album “My Way,” a collection of songs widely associated with Frank Sinatra. After a Tuesday appearance on ABC’s “The View,” he visited Stephen Colbert for “The Late Show” on CBS Wednesday night...
Austin360 On The Record: Western Youth, Jaimee Harris, Will Courtney, more

Austin360 On The Record: Western Youth, Jaimee Harris, Will Courtney, more

Western Youth. Contributed/Letitia Smith OUT THIS WEEK Western Youth, self-titled. With the recent addition of well-traveled Austin troubadour Graham Weber to their lineup, the roots-rock band formed in 2012 by singer-guitarists Taylor Williams and Matt Gregg plus drummer Brian Bowe has reached another level. Weber, Williams and Gregg all contribute songs here, resulting in...
Jim James’ ‘The Future Is Voting’ tour set to kick off at Emo’s

Jim James’ ‘The Future Is Voting’ tour set to kick off at Emo’s

My Morning Jacket frontman, Jim James has launched ‘The Future Is Voting’ tour, a run of six dates in swing districts designed to promote voter participation. Austin, TX – Jim James performed in concert at ACL Live on December 13, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman The tour, which will be part concert and part town hall meeting, kicks off with an Oct. 7 show...
ACL Fest: Weekend one, both Saturdays of the fest are sold out

ACL Fest: Weekend one, both Saturdays of the fest are sold out

All three-day passes and single-day tickets for weekend one (Oct. 5-7) of Austin City Limits Festival are now sold out. An adoring crowd cheers Willie Nelson’s performance at The Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman) Friday and Sunday have been sold out for a while, but we’re guessing the slew of ecstatic reviews ...
Not into ACL Fest? Outside the City Limits, at a scenic Hill Country brewery, is your alternative

Not into ACL Fest? Outside the City Limits, at a scenic Hill Country brewery, is your alternative

There’s no doubt Austin City Limits Festival has become an indelible piece of our music-loving city’s identity, but for people who would prefer a more low-key day of tunes away from the hubbub coming to Zilker Park, one Driftwood brewery is offering an alternative. Vista Brewing has teamed up with Sun Radio for Outside the City Limits, an event boasting a lineup of country,...
Leon Bridges to join Willie Nelson at Beto rally at Auditorium Shores

Leon Bridges to join Willie Nelson at Beto rally at Auditorium Shores

The rally for U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, set for Sept. 29 at Auditorium Shores, was already destined to be a Texas-sized spectacle with local legend, Willie Nelson headlining. On Wednesday afternoon, the show got even bigger as Leon Bridges, who recently sold out two nights at ACL Live, announced plans to join the bill. RELATED: Leon Bridges...
Weekend music picks: Free family-friendly concert series from KUTX is back

Weekend music picks: Free family-friendly concert series from KUTX is back

Austin will also host shows from jazz great, Fred Hersch, post-hardcore outfit the Jesus Lizard and the Flatlanders this weekend. OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPHpD8DONkA&w=492&h=277] Friday: Fred Hersch Trio at UT McCullough Theatre. A 10-time Grammy nominee, pianist Hersch is one of the most accomplished living jazz musicians, one we’re fortunate to still...
ACL Fest adds food court; bans bags with multiple pockets

ACL Fest adds food court; bans bags with multiple pockets

If you’re going to Austin City Limits Festival this year, it should be easier to get your grub on. The festival has expanded the food trailer offerings near the Barton Springs stage on the north side of the park to create a second food court. New trailers in that area include Burro Grilled Cheese, Tino’s Greek Cafe and Good Pop. TINA PHAN/AMERICAN-STATESMAN...
Blues legend Buddy Guy revels in the moment at ‘Austin City Limits’ taping

Blues legend Buddy Guy revels in the moment at ‘Austin City Limits’ taping

Legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy tapes “Austin City Limits” at ACL Live on Monday, September 17, 2018. Scott Moore for American-Statesman “Whatever you see tonight, I didn’t rehearse it,” Buddy Guy told the crowd toward the end of Monday’s “Austin City Limits” taping at ACL Live. That wasn’t just a line. Usually, artists...
Aloe Blacc, Jackie Venson to play next free Longhorn City Limits concert

Aloe Blacc, Jackie Venson to play next free Longhorn City Limits concert

Longhorn City Limits, the new series that puts a free concert before each University of Texas home football game, will indulge in a little West Coast hip-hop/soul on Saturday. In his first Austin performance since 2014, L.A. singer and rapper Aloe Blacc is down to headline the third installment of the concert series. Aloe Blacc performs during SXSW 2014 at Stubbs at the Def...
A Flock of Seagulls headlines ’80s rock-themed ‘I Want My All ATX’ benefit

A Flock of Seagulls headlines ’80s rock-themed ‘I Want My All ATX’ benefit

British synth-pop band, A Flock of Seagulls, has been tapped to headline a concert benefiting the local music nonprofit, All ATX on Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Four Seasons hotel. A Flock of Seagulls. Courtesy of Paradise Artists Mobley, Kalu & the Electric Joint, Alesia Lani and recent Austin360 Artist of the Month, Night Glitter will also perform. Presented by local NPR affiliate KUTX...

This week’s music picks: K.D. Lang, Dierks Bentley, more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXqPjx94YMg&w=492&h=277] Tuesday: K.D. Lang at Paramount Theatre. The Canadian singer-songwriter already was a breakout country artist when she released “Ingenue” in 1992, but that album blew the doors off of all stylistic preconceptions about Lang’s music. It became by far her biggest-selling album in the U.S., ...
Khalid, Janelle Monae, Residente, Arctic Monkeys to tape ‘Austin City Limits’ episodes

Khalid, Janelle Monae, Residente, Arctic Monkeys to tape ‘Austin City Limits’ episodes

As they have in past years, a handful of prominent artists playing Austin City Limits the festival will also make appearances on the fest’s namesake television show. Khalid performs at Trinity Warehouse at SXSW on Thursday March 15, 2018. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Pop star Khalid, Puerto Rican rap sensation Residente, dance pop standout ...

Austin360 On The Record: Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel, Band of Heathens, more

OUT THIS WEEK Willie Nelson, “My Way” (Legacy). There may be no artist in popular music more prolific than Nelson has been over the past decade or so, with albums regularly coming twice a year if not more. Lately quite a few of them have been tributes, including the Grammy-winning Gershwins collection “Summertime” and a salute to...
Austin hip-hop pioneer Donnell Robison a.k.a. MC Overlord has died

Austin hip-hop pioneer Donnell Robison a.k.a. MC Overlord has died

The Austin music scene is reeling following the death of Donnell Robinson who was better known as MC Overlord, one of the city’s most prominent hip-hop artists. MC Overlord. 1997 Shelley Wood for American-Statesman Though he never achieved widespread commercial success outside of Austin, he had a loyal following within the city. He remained a perennial presence in the...
Willie for Beto: Nelson to headline rally for O’Rourke at Auditorium Shores

Willie for Beto: Nelson to headline rally for O’Rourke at Auditorium Shores

Willie Nelson will headline a rally for Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke on at Auditorium Shores on September 29. Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman 2016 After bringing Beto O’Rourke onstage during his Fourth of July Picnic this summer, Willie Nelson is doubling down on his support of the U.S. Senate candidate, headlining a rally and concert set for Sept. ...
Micael Priest, illustrious artist from Armadillo World Headquarters era, dies

Micael Priest, illustrious artist from Armadillo World Headquarters era, dies

Renowned Austin poster artist Micael Priest died Wednesday at age 66. Mark Matson for American-Statesman 1997 Micael Priest, whose posters were part of the iconic artwork that defined Austin’s legendary music venue Armadillo World Headquarters in the 1970s, died in his apartment on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, a friend confirmed Wednesday afternoon. He was 66....
Weekend music picks: Viva Mexico!, RakefetFest and more

Weekend music picks: Viva Mexico!, RakefetFest and more

OUR TOP PICKS Friends host RakefetFest to help Rakefet Laviolette Friday: RakefetFest at the Parish. Friends and fellow musicians rally to help Rakefet Laviolette, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Laviolette and her husband, Joel Laviolette, run the Rattletree School of Marimba, and the event is designed to help provide a “financial cushion” so...
Check out Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick’s massive $5.95 million estate for sale

Check out Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick’s massive $5.95 million estate for sale

It’s a 15-acre estate fit for a power couple. Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick have put their 15-acre estate in West Austin off Bee Caves Road on the market for nearly $6 million, according to the Austin Business Journal. According to the ABJ, the couple bought the home in 2013 and remodeled it, adding white marble countertops, a wine cellar and a new master bedroom and bathroom with a copper...
Austin Blues Society honors Lavelle White, more at inaugural awards show

Austin Blues Society honors Lavelle White, more at inaugural awards show

Lavelle White at Antone’s on June 25, 2017. White received a Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Austin Blues Society on Sept. 7, 2018. TAMIR KALIFA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Local musicians Lavelle White, Alan Haynes and the Soul Man Sam Band were honored over the weekend at the inaugural Austin Blues Society Blues Awards, held at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul on Friday...
Snoop Dogg’s Puff Puff Pass tour coming to Dell Diamond

Snoop Dogg’s Puff Puff Pass tour coming to Dell Diamond

If you missed the Doggfather when he was in San Marcos for Float Fest earlier this year, here’s another chance to catch the titan of West Coast rap before the year is up. Snoop Dogg performs at RIO on 6th St. during SXSW on March 16, 2017. (Tamir Kalifa/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN) PHOTOS: Snoop Dogg at Float Fest 2018 Snoop Dogg is playing a run of ball park shows that includes...
The Trojans are coming, but so are Reckless Kelly and the Peterson Brothers at the next UT game

The Trojans are coming, but so are Reckless Kelly and the Peterson Brothers at the next UT game

The Peterson Brothers played Reckless Kelly’s Celebrity Softball Jam at Dell Diamond in 2015. The two acts will team up again on Saturday, Sept. 15, for the Longhorn City Limits football pregame concert at the LBJ Library Lawn before Texas takes on USC. Jamie Harms/for Round Rock Leader Prospects for Texas beating USC this Saturday seem iffy at best after the Longhorns&rsquo...
Montreal’s Piknic Électronik comes to Auditorium Shores in October

Montreal’s Piknic Électronik comes to Auditorium Shores in October

Piknic Électronik, a two-day, “picnic in the park,” electronic music event is set to go down Oct. 27-28 at Auditorium Shores. The lineup is yet to be released, but organizers promise “an eclectic mix of techno, house and disco, showcasing 12 national and local artists on 2 stages.” Mark Myers and Michelle Rodriguez dance at Auditorium Shores during...
This week’s music picks: HAAM Day, KRS-One, more

This week’s music picks: HAAM Day, KRS-One, more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4MKyjd7CkY&w=492&h=277] Tuesday: HAAM Day across Austin. Shortened this year from the previous HAAM Benefit Day designation, this coordinated campaign is still very much a fundraiser annually raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to help the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians provide much-needed services to the local music...
One Night in Austin: Longhorn afternoon gives way to a local music evening

One Night in Austin: Longhorn afternoon gives way to a local music evening

The University of Texas football team’s home opener on Saturday may have been a disconcerting affair, but out on the LBJ Library lawn across from the stadium before the game, the new Longhorn City Limits live music series had an auspicious debut. We opted to bypass the game itself in favor of sampling other shows happening around town as the evening wore on. Video highlights...
Margo Price, Hayes Carll light up ACL Live to benefit Hill Country Conservancy

Margo Price, Hayes Carll light up ACL Live to benefit Hill Country Conservancy

Margo Price performs at the Hill Country Conservancy’s 12th Annual Hill Country Nights at ACL Live on September 7, 2018. Scott Moore for American-Statesman “Maybe songs aren’t about Arkansas aren’t appropriate tonight,” Hayes Carll wisecracked after playing his early hit “Little Rock” for the crowd at ACL Live that gathered Friday...

Austin360 On The Record: Ghostland Observatory, Black Joe Lewis, more

OUT THIS WEEK Ghostland Observatory, “See You Later Simulator.” The first release in eight years from the duo of Aaron Behrens and Thomas Ross Turner indicates a rebirth of the band that got big enough to tape “Austin City Limits” a decade ago. (It’s unclear whether this means an end or just a pause to Behrens’ recent Midnight Stroll project...
Utopiafest releases daily lineups, single-day tickets

Utopiafest releases daily lineups, single-day tickets

Utopiafest has released the daily lineups and single-day tickets for the tenth anniversary of the music and camping event, which will take place on Nov. 2-4. This year, the festival moves from its original home at Four Sisters Ranch in Utopia, Texas to a private ranch outside Burnet, roughly 45 minutes from Austin. 04/08/17 Suzanne Cordeiro/ for American-Statesman Patty Griffin...
ACL Fest: Cheap weekend two passes on the official exchange; Student tickets coming soon

ACL Fest: Cheap weekend two passes on the official exchange; Student tickets coming soon

Want to go to Austin City Limits Festival, but can’t stomach the $255 ticket price for a three-day pass? The crowd cheers as The Bishops performs on the Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage during weekend two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. TINA PHAN / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN The festival has added a link to the ...
Formula 1 will be off to the races with Erika Wennerstrom, Nakia, more local acts

Formula 1 will be off to the races with Erika Wennerstrom, Nakia, more local acts

Erika Wennerstrom is among the local acts who’ll play the Formula 1 race weekend at Circuit of the Americas in October. JAMES GREGG/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Bruno Mars and Britney Spears are the big draws at Circuit of the Americas for this year’s Formula 1 race next month, but the event also always includes performances by quite a few local and regional acts on stages...
Austin City Limits Radio: Deal with KGSR brings iconic brand to the airwaves

Austin City Limits Radio: Deal with KGSR brings iconic brand to the airwaves

Leon Bridges played the first Austin City Limits Radio live studio session at KGSR’s Dell Music Lounge on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. KGSR is rebranding itself as Austin City Limits Radio. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN From television show to outdoor festival to music venue, and now to the radio dial: The iconic Austin City Limits brand is extending its reach once...
Waterloo and Eastside Kings fests among weekend options for music fans

Waterloo and Eastside Kings fests among weekend options for music fans

When the new Waterloo Music Festival announced earlier this year its plans for a jam-band-based fest in early September, one significant question came to mind: Do Austinites want another midsize music festival? Waterloo (which isn’t associated with the iconic local record store of the same name) begins Friday at Carson Creek Ranch and continues through Sunday, with headlining sets each night...
Weekend music picks: Free Longhorn City Limits shows kick off Saturday

Weekend music picks: Free Longhorn City Limits shows kick off Saturday

Sure it still feels like summer, but fall football season is here. OUR TOP PICKS [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68-J3wJjaDY&w=492&h=277] Friday: Margo Price, Hayes Carll at ACL Live. A double-shot of A-list Americana acts from Nashville and Austin, respectively, this concert is a fundraiser for the Hill Country Conservancy, a nonprofit that seeks to protect the natural...
Don’t you think this outlaw bit done got out of hand? Ethan Hawke, Charlie Sexton, Ben Dickey spoof Highwaymen with Jimmy Fallon

Don’t you think this outlaw bit done got out of hand? Ethan Hawke, Charlie Sexton, Ben Dickey spoof Highwaymen with Jimmy Fallon

Ben Dickey, left, and Ethan Hawke play to a small crowd in the Gibson guitars showroom in Austin on March 14, 2018. JAMES GREGG/AMERICAN-STATESMAN. Making the media rounds to promote the new Blaze Foley biopic “Blaze,” director Ethan Hawke joined stars Ben Dickey and Charlie Sexton on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday night to talk...
Hosea Hargrove, godfather of Austin blues, dies

Hosea Hargrove, godfather of Austin blues, dies

Guitarist and singer Hosea Hargrove, an artist often referred to as the godfather of Austin blues, died early Monday morning. His daughter, Hosetter Irwin, confirmed the news with an emotional post on his Facebook page Monday night. “My Daddy, a.k.a. the blues man, has got his heavenly wings,” she wrote. He was 86. Hosea Hargrove is inducted into the Austin Music...
Piano lessons at a brewery? This new Beerthoven program is making it possible

Piano lessons at a brewery? This new Beerthoven program is making it possible

Breweries have become community gathering spots where trivia nights, arts and crafts workshops, and other events are hosted — but have we ever seen them offer piano lessons before? Not until this month, when Lazarus Brewing will be the site of Beerthoven Kraft, a newly established mobile piano lab run by the folks behind the Beerthoven Concert Series. As the name suggests, Beerthoven is...
Ethan Hawke, Charlie Sexton form new record label with Louis Black

Ethan Hawke, Charlie Sexton form new record label with Louis Black

Actor Ethan Hawke has teamed up with Austin guitar hero/super producer Charlie Sexton and Louis Black, co-founder of the Austin Chronicle and South by Southwest to form a new record label. Ben Dickey, left, and Ethan Hawke play to a small crowd in the Gibson guitars showroom in Austin March 14, 2018. Dickey stars in “Blaze”, which Hawke directed. The film will...
Waterloo Records files suit against new Waterloo Music Festival

Waterloo Records files suit against new Waterloo Music Festival

Waterloo Records has presented live music events in its parking lot during South by Southwest for the past nine years. Stephen Spillman for American-Statesman 2018 Longtime local record store Waterloo Records has filed suit against the new Waterloo Music Festival over the use of the name “Waterloo,” the record store announced in a press release sent out Saturday...
Leon Bridges plays a steamy set at ACL Live (And Austin is here for it)

Leon Bridges plays a steamy set at ACL Live (And Austin is here for it)

Back in the spring, tickets to Leon Bridges’ first night at ACL Live sold out the moment they dropped. Consequently, the club was packed, and excitement hung heavy in the air. When the house went dark sometime around 9:15 p.m., a hysterical scream went through the crowd. Leon Bridges and special guest Masego perform at ACL-Live at The Moody Theater on September 1, 2018...
This week’s music picks: Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Courtney Marie Andrews

This week’s music picks: Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Courtney Marie Andrews

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P36YeOPBqIA&w=492&h=277] Tuesday: Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite at Stubb’s outdoor. A generation apart, blues harmonica legend Musselwhite and eclectic songwriter-guitarist Harper found enough common ground on their 2013 collaboration “Get Up!” to end up with a Grammy Award for Best Blues...
Austin360 On The Record: Bob Schneider, Andrew Nolte, Extreme Heat, more

Austin360 On The Record: Bob Schneider, Andrew Nolte, Extreme Heat, more

Bob Schneider will play songs from his new “Blood & Bones” and other favorites from his catalog on Sunday at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman 2016 RECENTLY RELEASED Bob Schneider, “Blood & Bones” (Shockorama). Schneider spirographs his music and art in so many different directions that it can be hard to keep track of where...
Austin band Summer Salt changes lineup after allegations against bassist

Austin band Summer Salt changes lineup after allegations against bassist

Local band Summer Salt, who recently signed to Epitaph records, has decided to part ways with bassist Phil Baier following allegations of sexual misconduct by several women on social media. The band announced their decision on Twitter on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/TaPAjt1dv4 — Summer Salt (@SummerSaltATX) August 29, 2018 Courtesy of...
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