Drive-By Truckers will park it for two nights at Scoot Inn this fall

Patterson Hood, left, and Mike Cooley will bring the Drive-By Truckers to Scoot Inn on Nov. 16-17. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2008

There’s no new record coming from acclaimed rockers Drive-By Truckers this fall, but there is an old one — and they’re celebrating with a slew of tour dates that will include two nights Nov. 16-17 in Austin at the Scoot Inn.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. via the C3 Concerts website, with a pre-sale opportunity for C3 E-List subscribers at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2.

RELATED: Review of Drive-By Truckers at Scoot Inn in 2015

The old record in question is “Town Burned Down,” due out Sept. 21 on ATO Records. It’s not actually a Truckers album, but rather long-lost sessions of Adam’s House Cat, the band that DBTs co-founders Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley started in the 1980s, well before they reconvened to start another band in the mid-’90s.

Adam’s House Cat tracks recorded in Muscle Shoals, Ala., in 1990 recently resurfaced, with Hood laying down new vocals for the ATO release. The band will reunite to play three shows opening for the Truckers in September, but not in Austin; T. Hardy Morris will open both nights here.

Former DBTs member Jason Isbell also will be in town soon, for a three-night stand at Bass Concert Hall Aug. 24-26. We’ll have more on Isbell in the American-Statesman later this month. And here’s a bit of trivia: When the Drive-By Truckers played the second Austin City Limits Music Festival way back in 2003, Isbell saw Billy Joe Shaver’s set and took special note of Shaver’s fiddle player, Amanda Shires. They got married a decade later.

RELATED: Amanda Shires still loves Texas, but she’s fully bloomed in Nashville

S is for super show: Shinyribs set for Swan Songs Serenade

Shinyribs will play this year’s Swan Songs Serenade on Oct. 17. Scott Newton/KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits

One of Austin’s biggest bands teams up with one of the city’s most distinctive charity organizations this fall, when Shinyribs plays the annual Swan Songs Serenade on Oct. 17 at Riverbend Centre for the Arts.

The event is a fundraiser for Swan Songs, an Austin nonprofit that arranges musical performances for those who are in end-of-life situations. The Serenade, the charity’s major annual fundraiser, includes a seated dinner plus live and silent auctions. Tickets, $150, go on sale Sept. 1 via the Swan Songs website.

RELATED: Swan Songs musicians sing to Hurricane Harvey nursing home evacuees

Shinyribs, the eight-piece swamp-pop-soul revue featuring former Gourds co-leader Kevin Russell, has become one of Austin’s top-drawing local bands in recent years. The group taped an episode of “Austin City Limits” last fall and also has a show at the Paramount Theater coming up on Sept. 21.

READ MORE: Shinyribs grew from little band that could to big band that is

More about Swan Songs’ mission, from the press release announcing this year’s Serenade show:

“Swan Songs brings comfort, joy, and a respite from illness through music to families during an emotional and difficult time by organizing personalized concerts for individuals who are terminally ill or nearing the end of life. The organization’s core program is the fulfillment of musical last wishes. Recipients may request a certain style of music or a specific musician to perform for them and their loved ones in a very intimate concert setting. The concerts are 30-40 minutes in length, are typically unplugged and provide an opportunity for a gathering with a focus on the music instead of the illness. There is no charge to the patient or family for this service. Swan Songs recognizes that the talent and expertise of the participating musicians are an invaluable part of their success and, therefore, musicians are offered an honorarium for their time. In this way, Swan Songs fulfills its secondary mission – to support the health of the Austin area music community.”

READ MORE: Our interview with Swan Songs founder Christine Albert

SXSW standout Billie Eilish coming to Austin this fall

Teenage pop sensation, Billie Eilish made a big splash at SXSW this spring. She displayed an impressive range of songwriting skill and emotional depth in an intimate performance at the Vevo House during the fest. 

Billie Ellish performs at the VEVO House during South by Southwest on March 14, 2018. (Photo by Erika Rich)

Last week, she dropped the defiant industrial dirge “You Should See Me in a Crown,” a fitting answer to anyone who’s ever dared tell her to smile more.

This week, she announced a new string of tour dates including a November 14 stop at Emo’s.

Tickets to the show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m., and it’s worth noting Eilish’s shows have been selling out swiftly.

KGSR announces lineup for final 2018 Blues on the Green concert

Have you made it out to Blues on the Green this summer? Your final chance to take in a free concert at Zilker Park courtesy of radio station KGSR 93.3FM is on August  8.

Bidi Bidi Banda 2015 KELLY WEST / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The final installment of the popular series will be headlined by San Marcos indie folk duo the Oh Hellos with the fantastic Austin Selena tribute act, Bidi Bidi Banda opening.

Sibling duo Maggie and Tyler Heath are at the core of the Oh Hellos, but when the group performs live they usually bring a large ensemble.

Bidi Bidi Banda is known for their upbeat live shows. Here they are scorching the stage at Pan Am Hillside amphitheater:

UPDATE: ACL Live adds third night for Robert Plant, Lucinda Williams

UPDATE 7/26: Robert Plant is coming to Austin in late September and he plans to hang around for a bit. After swiftly selling out two nights at ACL Live, the rock icon has added a third date, Monday, Oct. 1. He’ll be performing with his band, the Sensational Shape Shifters and Lucinda Williams will open. Tickets to the show go on sale Thursday at 7 p.m. More info.  

UPDATE: Robert Plant will definitely be hanging out in Austin for a bit longer than planned. After the first night of his ACL Live show with Lucinda Williams sold out swiftly, the club has added a second date. Plant and Williams will also play the club on Sunday, September 30. Tickets will set you back $73.50 to $93.50 and are on sale at 7 p.m. Thursday. 

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Our favorite rock ‘n’ roll legend/former Austinite is coming to town this fall.

Robert Plant performs at a benefit concert for Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), Dec. 16, 2012.
Ashley Landis for American-Statesman

On Tuesday, Robert Plant announced a string of September tour dates supporting his latest release “Carry Fire.”

The Led Zeppelin front man kicks off the limited North American leg of the tour at LouFest in St. Louis on September 8 and wraps up here in Austin on September 29.  Tickets to the show at ACL Live go on sale Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. He will be joined at the Austin show by storied singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams.

RELATED: Robert Plant mixes old and new in ‘Austin City Limits’ taping

Worth noting that Plant, who live in Austin while dating beloved Austin songwriter Patty Griffin, doesn’t have any dates for a month after that Austin show.

So the odds of him showing up at one of his favorite Austin watering holes like the Continental Club or the Sahara Lounge seem better than average.

Kacey Musgraves announces tour dates in Austin in March 2019

On Monday, singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves announced the North American dates for her “Oh, What a World” tour supporting her most recent release, “Golden Hour.”

Kacey Musgraves performs on the opening weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Oct. 2. 10/02/16 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The tour hits Austin next spring, when Musgraves will do a two-night stand at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater on March 9-10.

In case you were wondering, yes, those dates do coincide with the 2019 South by Southwest Festival and Conference which kicks off on March 8, but the Stubb’s shows are not part of the festival. Tickets will go on sale Friday, July 20 at 10 a.m.

Before we write off a SXSW appearance by Musgraves completely, it’s worth noting that she has a break in her tour after the Austin shows that lasts until March 19. The festival ends on March 17.

Musgraves is no stranger to Austin. She has played our eponymous television show “Austin City Limits” twice, most recently last month when she “charmed the crowd with her radiant singing and an easygoing personality.”

She was also in town with Little Big Town in February.

Musgraves has also played Willie Nelson’s New Year’s Eve Party, his Fourth of July Picnic and his Luck Reunion. In 2015, she and Willie teamed up to film the video for her honky tonk tearjerker, “Are You Sure” at the White Horse.

She played Austin City Limits Festival in 2016. Earlier that year, she was the first country music artist ever to headline the Fader Fort during SXSW week.

 

Rapper Lil Dicky to play the Erwin Center in October

On Monday, rapper, comedian and internet sensation, Lil Dicky announced a new headline tour, “Life Lessons with Lil Dicky” that will be hitting large venues around the country this fall.

The tour rolls into Austin on October 25 for a stop at the Erwin Center.  Tickets go on sale Friday, July 13 at 10 a.m.

In addition to the tour, the artist also known as Dave Burd is currently shooting a pilot for a half-hour comedy based on his life for FX Network. Burd, Kevin Hart and Scooter Braun are executive producing the show.

Tickets are available at TexasBoxOffice.com or by phone at (512) 477-6060 or 1-800-982-BEVO (2386).

Margo Price, Hayes Carll to team up for Hill Country Conservancy benefit

Margo Price will return to Austin in September for an environmental benefit concert with Hayes Carll at ACL Live. Scott Moore for American-Statesman

Did Margo Price’s stellar half-hour set at Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic leave you wanting more? Check out this just-announced dynamite double bill, then: Price and Austin troubadour Hayes Carll will team up for “Hill Country Nights,” a concert benefiting the Hill Country Conservancy on Sept. 7 at ACL Live.

Tickets, $40-$60 go on sale Friday, July 13, via the venue’s website.

Carll swept the 2017 Austin Music Awards on the heels of 2016’s “Lovers and Leavers,” his first album in five years. Price recently sold out three nights at the historic Ryman Auditorium in her home base of Nashville.

The Hill Country Conservancy, per its website, “marshals public and private resources to preserve the natural areas and scenic vistas, aquifers and springs, rivers and streams, working farms and ranches, and the rural heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country.”

READ MORE:

Our 2016 interview with Hayes Carll

Our 2018 interview with Margo Price

 

Free Week in July returns with Golden Dawn Arkestra, Riverboat Gamblers, more

Hot Summer Nights returns to the Red River Cultural District on July 26-29 with a blazing roster of free shows featuring many of Austin’s favorite bands.

Golden Dawn Arkestra. DAVE CREANEY FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN.

The event mirrors, the popular Free Week mini-festival that takes over Austin clubs in the first week of January. Participating clubs, who will offer no cover shows, include the Mohawk, Stubb’s, Empire, Barracuda, Cheer Up Charlie’s, Swan Dive and Beerland. The lineups for the free shows feature a who’s who of the best bands in Austin, including space jazz crusaders, Golden Dawn Arkestra, punk rock wrecking crew, Riverboat Gamblers and recent Austin360 Artists of the Month, revolution rap kingpins, Blastfamous USA.

Gauzy dream pop artists Ringo Deathstarr and Moving Panoramas, Latin funk throwdown Cilantro Boombox, hip-hop producer Just Blaze, rapper Fat Tony and local psych rock torch-bearers Holy Wave are also on the roster alongside Sphynx, Sailor Poon, Blxpltn and our favorite emo puppet troupe, Fragile Rock.

Here’s the full lineup of artists playing Hot Summer Nights. More information on the Red River Cultural District Facebook page.

GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA
RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS
RINGO DEATHSTARR
HOVVDY
CILANTRO BOOMBOX
MOVING PANORAMAS
HOLY WAVE
ANATOMI
JESS WILLIAMSON
JUST BLAZE
BIG WY’S BRASS BAND
ANNABELLE CHAIRLEGS
EAGLE CLAW
LORD BUFFALO
SAILOR POON
THINK NO THINK
SPHYNX
STELLA
FLESHLIGHTS
BLXPLTN
BLASTFAMOUS USA
EMILY WOLFE
NERVOUS EXITS
THE REPUTATIONS
RF SHANNON (SOLO)
MIGRANT KIDS
TIA CARRERA
RICKSHAW BILLIE’S BURGER PATROL
THE WILD NOW
QUIET COMPANY
ALTAMESA
BEING DEAD
BIG BILL
BILLY KING AND THE BADD BAD BAD
BLACK MILK
BLEARY EYED
BLUSHING
BOOHER
BUHU
CHAKRA KHAN
CHIEF WHITE LIGHTNING
CHROMAGNUS
COMO LAS MOVIES
CON DAVISON
COWBOY CRISIS
CRYPT TRIP
DAPHNE TUNES
DARKBIRD
DATENIGHT (TN)
DEALS
DENTIST
DIXIE WITCH
DJ BIG DADDY B
DJ DICK WOLF
DJ DORITO
DOLLAR GENERAL
DREAMSPOOK
DUEL
ELEVADED
FANCLUB
FAT TONY
FLYING TURNS (DJ SET)
FRAGILE ROCK
FUSS RICKET
GIO CHAMBA
GOOD FIELD
GREENBEARD
GROWL (LAST SHOW)
HAULM
HEY JELLIE
HONEY & SALT
ILINX
JESSIE FRYE
KID SLYCE
KING COUNTRY
LATE
LEATHER GIRLS
MAMAFESTA
MAMAHAWK
MANDATE
MARIJUANA SWEET TOOTH
MEGAFAUNA
MIKE MELINOE
MINIHORSE
MOPAC
NOLAN POTTER’S NIGHTMARE BAND
PEARL CRUSH
PLEASURE VENOM
RAPID RIC
ROYAL FOREST
SAY GIRL SAY
SEALION
SHMU
SKYMOMMA
SLOW SEERS
SMIILE
SOMETIMES A LEGEND
TC SUPERSTAR
THE GHOST WOLVES
THE YOUNG SOMETHING
VOLCÁN
WHY BONNIE
ZOUMOUNTCHI

 

Long Center’s Concert Club lineup features Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Marcia Ball, more

Whitney Rose plays the Long Center Concert Club series on Jan. 30, 2019. Contributed/Jen Squires

If you’ve been to shows at the Long Center, likely they were in Dell Hall, the venue’s primary space for marquee events. But its smaller Rollins Theatre offers a more intimate music experience, and its Long Center Concert Club series provides chances to catch top local acts in that room.

This season’s lineup has just been announced: Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis on Sept. 19; Redd Volkaert & Bill Kirchen on Oct. 24; Whitney Rose on Jan. 30, 2019; Dale Watson on March 6, 2019; and Marcia Ball on May 8, 2019.

Single-event tickets start at $19-$29 (depending on the show) and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 22, via the venue’s website. There’s also a $500 Concert Club membership that includes pre-show buffet and drinks in addition to reserved seating for all five events.