Our full Summer Music Guide comes out June 3, but temperatures are already rising, so we’re rolling out preview sections early. Yes, it’s hot. No, that’s no excuse not to check out a music fest. Here are a few worth braving the blaze for.
June 3-4: X Games at Circuit of the Americas. Music plays second fiddle to the sports at the X Games, and the offerings for the ESPN event’s final Austin showing fall flat a bit. Party rapper G-Eazy headlines on Friday, with an opening set from Logic. On Saturday, the big name is ‘90s pop-punk outfit Blink 182. xgames.com. — D.S.S.
June 9-12: Republic of Texas Biker Rally at Travis County Expo Center. The motorcycle’s the thing at the ROT Rally, but there’s music, too, including the Cult, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins’ cover band Chevy Metal and members of the Doors and Steppenwolf. rotrally.com. — D.S.S.
June 18: Solstice Fest in Pan Am Park. Now in its third year, this local music extravaganza presents an impressive cross-genre lineup. The top tier includes art rock outfit Octopus Project, chamber pop orchestra Mother Falcon, funky jazz pranksters Golden Dawn Arkestra, hip-hop conquerors Riders Against the Storm and hard rock powerhouses Ume and Megafauna. The undercard is loaded with a who’s who of Austin’s soon to be favorite bands. Your $25 wristband includes entry to numerous club shows before and after the main event. solsticeatx.com. — D.S.S.
June 25: Keep Austin Weird Fest at Veteran’s Pocket Park. Celebrate the eclectic spirit of our town with wacky costumes, a sideshow of local oddities and a lineup featuring Austin artists Quiet Company, Sweet Spirit and Cilantro Boombox. This year the fest moves from the Long Center to the grounds of the American Leogion at 404 Atlanta St. Keepaustinweirdfest.com. — D.S.S.
June 30: Texas Heritage Festival at Stubb’s. In its second year, this Lone Star-sponsored festival moves to Stubb’s and adds a non-Texan headliner with South Carolina Americana duo Shovels & Rope. Also on the bill are Okkervil River, Girl in a Coma, and Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit. The $10 ticket price benefits a statewide network of food banks. feedingtexas.org/texasheritagefestival. — P.B.
7-16: Art of Rap Festival at Austin360 Amphitheater. Sirius XM’s classic rap station “Backspin,” hosts the old school rap tour featuring a lineup loaded with influential heavy hitters. Public Enemy, Ice-T, MC Lyte, Mobb Deep, Doug E. Fresh, EPMD, the Sugar Hill Gang, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow and Scorpio will all perform at the daylong event hosted by Cheifrocker Busy Bee. The tour is an extension of Ice-T’s critically acclaimed 2012 documentary “Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap” and related regional festivals in California. — D.S.S.
Sept. 7-10: Austin Music Video Festival. Now in its second year, this event explores the connections between Austin’s music and film scenes, celebrating music videos as short form film features. austinmusicvideofestival.com. — D.S.S.
Sept. 16-17: Red River Family Fest at Barracuda. The cassette label is bringing in a few underground bands from faraway locales including California, New York and even Germany to supplement a bounty of local and state acts for this first-ever fest. redriverfamily.bigcartel.com. — P.B.
Sept. 24-25: Pecan Street Festival. One of Austin’s longest running street fairs, the free event fills the pedestrian section of Sixth Street with art and craft vendors and hosts live music on multiple stages. In recent years the festival has ramped up the bookings, offering up a fine selection of Austin’s top talent. pecanstreetfestival.org— D.S.S.
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, Oct. 7-9: Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park. One of the big dogs of Austin’s festival calendar, this year’s ACL Fest includes debut appearances from Radiohead and Mumford and Sons, headline performances from Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem and Major Lazer, and an undercard of hot up-and-comers such as Anderson.Paak and the Free Nationals, Kacey Musgraves, and Andra Day. aclfestival.com. — D.S.S.
UPDATE: This blog has been updated to correct a location.