Austin360 On The Record: Thor & Friends, Parker McCollum, more

Thor & Friends are Sarah Gautier, from left, Thor Harris and Peggy Ghorbani. Tom McCarthy Jr. for American-Statesman


Thor & Friends, “The Subversive Nature of Kindness” (Living Music). The American-Statesman’s Deborah Sengupta Stith wrote the following in her Austin360 Artist of the Month feature on the band: “The album was created by a loose collective of roughly 20 artists and musical adventurers. Contributors include Aisha Burns from Balmorhea, Michael Gira from Swans and Jeremy Barnes from Neutral Milk Hotel. They move through melodic percussion soundscapes created by core members Harris, Peggy Ghorbani and Sarah “Goat” Gautier. On the first Thor & Friends album, xylophones, marimbas and vibraphones cascaded in burbling streams. This time the waters are troubled. Dizzying rhythmic swirls pulse with anxiety as clarinets, oboes and violins emerge carrying cinematic melodies. There are voices in the mix, but no words, just haunted syllables that float in and out. With song titles like ‘Standing Rock,’ ‘An Escapist Theme’ and ‘Resist,’ the album, written in the shadow of the Trump presidency, unfolds as a spellbinding sonic meditation on the potential for human evolution.” Playing Dec. 1 at Lemon Lounge. Here’s the Austin360 Artist of the Month Facebook Live session that the band recorded in our studios earlier this month:

Parker McCollum, “Probably Wrong.” Following up his 2015 debut “The Limestone Kid,” this 25-year-old country and rock singer-songwriter released most of these songs on two EPs earlier this year before combining them and adding two tracks for the full-length issued in early November. A fast-rising presence on the Texas music circuit, McCollum enlisted renowned musician Lloyd Maines, who played steel guitar on his debut, to produce “Probably Wrong.” “Misunderstood,” which first appeared on the second EP, is the album’s strongest purely melodic moment. Playing Dec. 1 at ACL Live (opening for Turnpike Troubadours). Here’s “Hell of a Year,” one of the two new tracks:

Hot Texas Swing Band, “Off the Beaten Trail.” Western swing rolls on, beyond Bob Wills and through Asleep at the Wheel into this 10-piece local outfit that brings strings and horns together with three singers trading off lead vocals. The group’s fourth album features seven originals, most by bassist Alex Dormont plus one from singer Liz Morphis, plus six covers from the likes of Texas greats Cindy Walker and Johnny Gimble. Playing Dec 2 at Central Market Westgate and Dec 3 at the Domain. Here’s the track “Snow in Amarillo”:

B.R. Lively, “Into the Blue.” A Dallas native who moved to Austin a few years ago before recently packing up all his belongings in a Winnebago and living on the road, singer-songwriter Bryan Blaylock (a.k.a. B.R. Lively) recorded “Into the Blue” here with producer Gordy Quist of local roots-rock group Band of Heathens. Its 11 songs, all originals, are grounded in melancholic country-folk, with exquisite accents of strings and horns on some songs. Playing Nov. 30 at Mohawk. Here’s the opening track “The Blue”:



Queue Queue, self-titled. The debut album by the all-female quintet featuring former Sixteen Deluxe guitarist-singer Carrie Clark, bassist Claire Hamilton and bassist Mary Streepy was produced by noted local guitarist Jon Sanchez (who contributes on synth and melodica) and studio ace Louie Lino. Melodic fuzz and noise dominate the record’s eight tracks, though “Look Out” intriguingly borrows a lyric from Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s classic “Dallas.” Release show Dec. 2 at Sidewinder. Here’s the track “Mission”:

Porterdavis, “Extra Electric Infinite.” The deep bluesy grooves of this trio resonate back to the days when singer-guitarist Daniel Barrett and drummer Mike Meadows first began playing together in Boston at Porter Square and Davis Square (thus the band name). They hooked up with harmonica player Simon Wallace in Austin and released a debut album in 2009, then teamed with local musician Bill Davis to write the songs for this second effort that bristles with raw energy and soulful grit. Release show Dec. 2 at Saxon Pub.

Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour, “Shoyn Avek Der Nekhtn.” The debut album from this 11-piece ensemble features 16 tracks of klezmer and Yiddish music, produced by clarinetist Sherry Mayrent and engineered by Brian Beattie. The unusual mix of instruments includes strings, winds, keys and percussion, with songs ranging from instrumentals to vocal numbers sung in several languages. Release show Dec. 2 at Agudas Achim, 7300 Hart Lane.


  • DEC. 8: Kalu & the Electric Joint, “Time Undone,” release show Dec. 7 at Mohawk, in-store Dec. 11 at Waterloo Records.
  • DEC. 21: Russell Haight, “Destination,” release show Dec. 21 at Elephant Room.
  • JAN. 18: Summer Fires, “Without a Word” EP, release show Jan. 18 at Stubb’s indoor.
  • FEB. 1: Good Field, “Surface Tension.”
  • FEB. 9: Jerry David DeCicca, “Time the Teacher” (Impossible Ark).
  • FEBRUARY: Sharks in the Deep End, EP.

Weekend music picks: Celebrate Austin weird old and new with Saturnalia, Cosmic Cowboys



Friday-Sunday: Saturnalia in Austin. Traditionally, the ancient festival celebrating the Roman god Saturn is timed to coincide with the Winter Solstice, but the carnival arrives in Austin early this year. Your art jazz ritual leaders, Golden Dawn Arkestra, invite you to “prepare your masks and dust off your most elegant gowns,” for a weekend of intoxicating revelry, fuzzed out riffs and experimental groove-making. Hotel Vegas hosts a pre-party on Friday, then the event moves east to Sahara Lounge and the Webberville Road Baptist Church. It includes performances from the Allah-las, Octopus Project, American Sharks, Ringo Deathstarr and many more as well as light artists and food trucks on site. $40 wristband includes all shows. See the event’s Facebook page for more details. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Heart of the City: A Celebration of the Cosmic Cowboy at Emo’s. The annual fundraiser for the SIMS Foundation, which helps provide mental health services for Austin musicians and their families, tips its hat to the 1970s era of Austin music that gave rise to the likes of Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker and Michael Murphey. The evening will include performances by Carrie Rodriguez, Monte Warden, James Petralli, Rosie Flores, Bob Livingston, Charlie Mars, Kelley Mickwee, Warren Hood, David Ramos, Michael Ramos, Conrad Choucroun, John Michael Schoepf, Billy Cassis, Teri Joyce, Corey Baum, Amber Digby, Wild Bill Ogden, Andrea Magee and John Baumann, plus a tribute to the late Austin bassist George Reiff by the Dixie Chicks’ Martie Maguire and Emily Robison Strayer. $35-$125. 8 p.m. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. — P.B.

Make merry at the annual Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll on Dec. 2. Dave Creaney/AMERICAN-STATESMAN.

Saturday: Holiday Sing-along and Downtown Stroll. Gather at the south steps of the Capitol building for caroling led by KUTX DJs Elizabeth McQueen and John Aielli at 6 p.m. Marvel at the Capitol tree lighting at 7, then stroll down Congress Avenue and take in local sounds on two stages with tunes from Gina Chavez, Riders Against the Storm, Charlie Faye & the Fayettes and more. Free. 1100 Congress Ave.  — D.S.S.



Turnpike Troubadours at ACL Live

READ MORE: Our interview with Turnpike Troubadours bassist R.C. Edwards

Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones at Continental Club


Dream Theater at Bass Concert Hall

Fastball, Moving Panoramas at Antone’s

Snails, Boogie T, Squnto at Emo’s

FKJ at Vulcan Gas Company

Bonnie Bishop, Harvest Thieves at 3Ten

Thor & Friends, Bill Converse at Lemon Lounge

Anthony Da Costa, Jeff Plankenhorn, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Cody Canada, Dalton Domino at Empire

Actress, Telefon, Tel Aviv at Barracuda

James Polk’s CenterPeace at Elephant Room

Rebecca Loebe, Korby Lenker at Cactus Cafe

Susannah Joffe at Townsend

Emily Bell & the Talkbacks, Canvas People, Diamond Thieves at Mohawk indoor


Dead & Company at Erwin Center

John Fullbright at Cactus Cafe (two shows)

Charlie Robison, Arkansas Dave at Antone’s

Nine Mile Records & Touring Holiday Party with Patrick Sweany, Juanita Stein, Carson McHone, A. Sinclair, Belcurve at Mohawk indoor

Queue Queue album release, Kay Odyssey, Daniel Francis Doyle, Stretch Panic at Sidewinder

Porterdavis record release, Nakia & the Blues Grifters at Saxon Pub

Susto, Esme Patterson, Gold Fronts at Stubb’s indoor

Nina Diaz, Infected Mushroom at Empire

Megalodon, Skism, Krimer at Vulcan Gas Company

Red Young Quintet at Elephant Room

Palomino Shakedown, Rick Broussard’s Two Hoots & a Holler at ABGB


Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox at ACL Live

Petula Clark at One World Theatre

Superhero Kids Organization benefit with Ginger Leigh, Patrice Pike, Wendy Colonna, Shelley King, Rod Williams & Shelley Mac at Stateside at the Paramount

8th annual Byrd & Street Mistletoe Jam with Austin Lounge Lizards, Bob Livingston, Betty Soo, Dave Scher,Bradley Kopp, Richard Bowden, Chip Dolan and more at Threadgill’s South

Soul of a Musician series with Matt the Electrician at Iron Cactus North

Lavelle White, Bobby Mack at Antone’s

Hilary York, Aimee Bobruk at C-Boy’s

Erwin Center turns 40, with a first-ever show by Grateful Dead members this weekend

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The Grateful Dead never played the Erwin Center, so Saturday’s performance by the Dead & Company — which features former Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart plus platinum-selling guitar star John Mayer — is kind of a big deal for the University of Texas campus arena that’s celebrating a big birthday this week.

Dead & Company play the Erwin Center on Saturday. Akili-Casundria Ramsess/Eye of Ramsess Media

Wednesday officially marks 40 years for the venue, which opened on Nov. 29, 1977, with the Texas Longhorns women’s basketball team defeating Temple Junior College. The UT men’s team has the honor of playing on the exact night of the 40th anniversary, hosting Florida A&M on the heels of a heartbreaking near-upset of top-ranked Duke in Oregon last weekend.

For four decades, the Erwin Center has been central to life in Austin. Home to the Horns’ men’s and women’s hoops teams, it also has presented many of the world’s top-tier musical acts and a few remarkable special events.

We revisited some of those highlights a decade ago, when the Erwin Center celebrated 30 years by unveiling a photo exhibit of highlights from the venue’s long run in its concourse. The exhibit “not only includes photos of everyone from Dolly Parton to the Dalai Lama, but shots of UT basketball stars such as T.J. Ford and Kevin Durant,” the Statesman’s Michael Corcoran wrote for the occasion. “The idea is to keep adding photos.”

Indeed, opportunities for more photos have continued, as the Erwin Center’s fourth decade brought some of its biggest highlights. Foremost was Paul McCartney’s two-night stand in May 2013. The concert finally happened after repeated efforts to book McCartney, former Erwin Center director John Graham told the Statesman’s Peter Mongillo at the time. “You just keep at it, and keep at it, and keep at it, until finally someday, if everyone is still alive, you manage to put it together,” said Graham, who retired earlier this year and was succeeded by longtime associate director Jimmy Earl.

As the largest indoor venue in Austin, the Erwin Center also proved its value to the community as a gathering spot for major benefit concerts in recent years. Local luminaries Willie Nelson, the Dixie Chicks, Asleep at the Wheel, Eric Johnson and others took part in an October 2011 fundraiser for victims of wildfires in Bastrop and other Central Texas communities. Nelson returned this past September for “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas,” an all-star hurricane relief benefit that drew major national acts including Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor.

Other upcoming Erwin Center events include megastar Lady Gaga on Tuesday, Dec. 5; The Comedy Get Down with Cedric “The Entertainer” and more on Dec. 15; classical-crossover duo 2Cellos on Jan. 18; country acts Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Midland on Feb. 9; and pop singer Lana Del Rey on Feb. 11.

And on June 3, the Erwin Center formally celebrates is 40th birthday with George Strait, who’s played the venue more than any other act and is making a rare live appearance since completing his final concert tour in 2014. Most seats are sold out, though a few platinum and VIP tickets remain.

Austin club the Parish is up for auction — bids start at $1

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Austin-based company ATX Brands is putting Sixth Street venue the Parish up for sale on eBay. The online auction will kick off at noon Friday, Dec. 1, with an opening bid of $1, and will continue for 10 days, closing at noon Dec. 10.

Borns performs at the Parish Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The auction does not include the physical property of the club, located on the second story of a historic but well-renovated building in the heart of Austin’s party district. Instead, the top bidder wins the Parish brand name and club amenities including in-house lighting and production capabilities, furniture and fixtures, and an HD projector and screen. The winning bidder will sign a new and separate lease with the property’s landlord based on predetermined rates and options.

More information about the upcoming sale is available on the club’s website. 

The sale comes a few months after ATX Brands, a company that operates the “breastaurant” chain Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill and several Texas bars and restaurants, sold Austin music venue the Scoot Inn to concert and events promoter C3 Presents.

In April, the company’s owner, Doug Guller, sold historic dance hall Schroeder Hall in Schroeder – 17 miles east of Victoria – on eBay for $499,700. At the time of that auction, Guller told the Statesman he was looking to get out of the live music business and focus more on his restaurants.

“The great thing about putting it on eBay is that it gives me a much wider net to find a buyer,” he told the Statesman then.

ATX Brands is also in the process of selling Hill Country town Bankersmith. The company acquired the Fredericksburg-area ghost town in 2012, did significant renovations, and for three years operated it as Bikinis, Texas. Bankersmith initially went on the market for $1.5 million dollars in January, but the price was lowered to $975,000 in August.

The Parish has over 5,300 square feet of space and a capacity of roughly 425. A private viewing of the space before the auction closing can be arranged by contacting The auction winner will be contacted immediately following the close of the sale, and the final closing must take place on or before December 22, 2017.

Dan Auerbach breaks from the Black Keys mold in revelatory ACL taping

Dan Auerbach and his band tape an episode of “Austin City Limits” at ACL Live on Monday, November 27, 2017. KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits/Scott Newton

One of the best success stories in 21st-century American rock ’n’ roll has been the rise of the Black Keys, who began as an upstart indie duo in Akron, Ohio, in 2001 and gradually ascended the charts over an eight-album span that culminated in 2014’s “Turn Blue” hitting No. 1. A big turning-point was a 2010 move to Nashville, which leader Dan Auerbach says opened up his world as an artist.

“Living in Nashville has definitely changed the way I think about music and the way that I record it,” he testifies in a quote that was printed in the small program that “Austin City Limits” gives out to its studio audiences at the show’s tapings. Monday night at ACL Live, Auerbach demonstrated precisely what he meant, playing a 13-song set with an ace seven-piece backing crew of mostly Nashville players that was a world apart from the Black Keys’ garage-rock bread-and-butter.

The taping primarily showcased “Waiting on a Song,” Auerbach’s second solo album, which came out in June on his Easy Eye Sound label. It’s a fine record, one that draws from a broad range of American roots music genres including country, folk, soul, R&B and traditional blues.

RELATED: Read more news and reviews of “Austin City Limits” shows

The songs sounded terrific in a live setting, thanks in large part to a supporting cast that included several musicians with extensive resumes. Anchoring the back row were 77-year-old drummer Gene Chrisman and keyboardist Bobby Wood, whose work as part of the Memphis Boys house band at American Sound Studios included playing on classics such as Elvis Presley’s “In the Ghetto,” Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” and Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man.” Flanking them on either side were bassist Dave Roe, a veteran of Johnny Cash’s band, and keyboardist Ray Jacildo, a J.D. McPherson sideman and the youngest presence on the back row.

At far stage right on the back row was mandolinist Pat McLaughlin, a longtime Nashville songwriting ace who’s a key figure here. He co-wrote eight of the 10 tracks on Auerbach’s new album, and his backing vocals throughout the night provide a gutsy punch and soulful foil to Auerbach’s assured and appealing tenor leads.

Dan Auerbach, with guitarist Russ Pahl (right), tape an episode of “Austin City Limits” at ACL Live on Monday, November 27, 2017. KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits/Scott Newton

One carry-over from the Black Keys is that Auerbach still puts guitars front and center, clearly evident in the placement of three guitarists at the fore of the stage. To Auerbach’s left was Russ Pahl, whose hundreds of credits include a lot of pedal steel work, but on this night he consistently delivered terrific tone and chops on electric guitar. On the other side was the youngest of the bunch, Nick Bockrath of Cage the Elephant, whose beaming smiles revealed the thrill he gets from being in this lineup of legends.

Nearly everything in the set sounded great at ACL Live, with the album’s title track (which opened the show) and the anthemic closer “Shine on Me” standing out in particular. Auerbach worked eight of the album’s 10 cuts into the 13-song set, giving the crowd an extra treat by adding three as-yet unreleased songs. One, “Somewhere Between Eau Claire and East Moline,” was co-written with John Prine, as was the album’s title track.

A special spark near the end of the night came from bluesman Robert Finley, who performed two songs (“Medicine Woman” and “Get It While You Can”) that he apparently recorded recently with Auerbach and his crew. Finley, who’s been enjoying a late-career renaissance since the 2016 release of his album “Age Don’t Mean a Thing,” wowed the audience with a commanding presence and soulful vocal style.

Auerbach spoke only briefly during the swiftly paced hourlong performance, mostly just to introduce his fellow players and to offer up a sincere thanks to “Austin City Limits,” which he’d played twice before with the Black Keys. “It’s a show I’ve been watching since I was a little kid,” he said. “It’s been completely dedicated to music since it began.” On this night, then, Auerbach and his band fit squarely into the heart of that tradition.

Auerbach will return to Austin for a concert with the Easy Eye Sound Revue at Stubb’s on February 23, 2018.


Set list:
1. Waiting on a Song
2. Livin’ in Sin
3. Malibu Man
4. Stand By My Girl
5. Somewhere Between Eau Claire and East Moline
6. Pull Me Under Love
7. Cherrybomb
8. Medicine Woman
9. Get It While You Can
10. Never in My Wildest Dreams
11. Tangled Love
12. Show Me
13. Shine On Me

READ MORE: Black Keys frontman releases a song inspired by a Netflix series


Country band Midland, journalist Michael Corcoran among Austin’s Grammy nominees

Mark Wystrach, left, and Cameron Duddy of Midland perform at the Tito’s Stage during weekend two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The band, which also includes guitarist/songwriter Jess Carson, is nominated for two Grammy Awards. TINA PHAN FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Country trio Midland and former American-Statesman journalist Michael Corcoran are among Austin-area nominees for the 60th Grammy Awards, which will be presented January 28 in New York. The full list of nominations was announced by the Recording Academy on Tuesday morning.

Midland relocated to Dripping Springs shortly before making their debut album “On the Rocks.” Their hit single “Drinkin’ Problem” is up for for Best Country/Duo Group Performance in a field that includes Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band and Brothers Osborne.

RELATED: Meet Midland, a Dripping Springs country trio

“Drinkin’ Problem” also got a nod in the Best Country Song category. Band members Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy and Mark Wystrach share that nomination with their co-writers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. Also among the five nominees in that category is Miranda Lambert’s hit “Tin Man,” which she co-wrote with Austin’s Jack Ingram and Nashville songwriter Jon Randall.

“The Grammys are the pinnacle of musical achievement and we are so honored to be associated with the caliber of these nominated artists,” the band said in a statement Tuesday morning. “It’s beyond our wildest imagination to be recognized by our peers in this way.”

Midland, which performed at this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival, will next play in Austin on February 9, 2018, at the Erwin Center.

Corcoran’s two nominations are for “Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams,” a compilation of works by the early-20th-century Texas gospel musician. He shares the nomination in the Historical Album category with his co-producers April G. Ledbetter and Steven Lance Ledbetter as well as mastering engineer Michael Graves. He’s also nominated in the Album Notes category for his liner notes to the release.

“The project started with a 2002 article in the Statesman and I just never stopped digging,” Corcoran said Tuesday morning. “The story of Washington Phillips is one of the best I’ve come across as a music journalist, and I was extremely lucky to be the first one to pursue it, nearly 50 years after he died.”

Notable local omissions from the nominees list include Willie Nelson, whose album “God’s Problem Child” was one of his best releases in decades. Nelson did win a Grammy last year for his “Summertime” album of Gershwin standards. And he does have a song in this year’s list: Alison Krauss’s recording of his tune “I Never Cared for You” is up for Best American Roots Performance, though the award goes to the performer and not the songwriter.

READ MORE: Willie Nelson’s new album proves how musically sharp he remains at 84

Other locals with high-profile releases in 2017 that did not receive nominations include indie rock band Spoon, whose “Hot Thoughts” was widely acclaimed and reached the high end of the charts; Gary Clark Jr., who released his second live album earlier this year; and electronica newcomers Missio, whose song “Middle Fingers” from their debut album “Loner” reached millions via YouTube and Spotify streams.

Two Austin musicians share in the Contemporary Blues Album nomination for “Live From the Fox Oakland” by Tedeschi Trucks Band, which includes local drummer J.J. Johnson and trumpeter Ephraim Owens. Former Austinite Sam Beam, a.k.a. Iron & Wine, is nominated in the Americana Album category for his latest record “Beast Epic.”

This year’s Grammy Awards cover albums released between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017.

Check out our Facebook Live interview with Midland from this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival:

George Reiff memorial concert set for December 17 at Emo’s

George Reiff performing with the house band at the 2015 Austin Music Awards. Contributed/Mark Bowman Images

More than 20 performers, including Emily Strayer of the Dixie Chicks, Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, and local luminaries Charlie Sexton, Patty Griffin and Fastball, will take part in a George Reiff memorial concert set for Sunday, December 17, at Emo’s to honor the Austin bassist and producer who died of cancer earlier this year.

Tickets to the event, which begins at 5 p.m., are $25 via the venue’s box-office website. “All proceeds from the concert assist the Reiff family with outstanding medical bills,” the ticket website states.

Also taking part are Shinyribs, Ian Moore, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Cotton Mather, Band of Heathens, Jon Graham & the Fighting Cocks with William Harries Graham, Michael Fracasso, Johnny Reno, Beaver Nelson, Lisa Morales, Bonnie Whitmore, Billy Harvey, Jeremy Nail, Giulia Millanta and Michael Hall. The house band will feature keyboardists Michael Ramos and Bukka Allen, guitarist Scrappy Jud Newcomb, and drummers J.J. Johnson, Stephen Belans, Conrad Choucroun and Mark Patterson.

Billed as “a celebration of George’s rich musical legacy, performed by his friends and longtime collaborators,” the concert will focus on material Reiff recorded with the various participants and, in some cases, songs he wrote and recorded with the Dallas trio Big Loud Dog and Austin band the Troll Dolls in the early 1990s. (Full disclosure: I’m helping to coordinate some of the performances of Reiff’s original songs.)

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

Driftwood Music Fest calls off plans for April festival after injunction

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Faced with an injunction order that temporarily halted its ability to book performers or sell tickets, the Driftwood Music Festival announced Monday that it is no longer pursuing its plans for a festival at the Salt Lick Pavilion on April 19-22, 2018.

“Festival cofounders Ryan Brittain and Scott Marshall have no choice but to now search for another date for this event, although the location will remain the same,” a statement from the festival reads. “At this time, no date has been selected and Driftwood Music Festival is now on hold until further notice.”

The statement follows news that the Old Settler’s Music Festival which filed a lawsuit against the Driftwood Music Festival in mid-October, were granted an injunction that was filed Nov. 14 in Travis County District Court. The injunction states, in part, that “the Court finds and concludes that Old Settler’s Music Festival will probably prevail on the trial of this cause.”

Old Settler’s Music Festival is moving from Driftwood to a new site near Lockhart next year. Scott Moore for American-Statesman

The injunction covers several actions. The most significant orders temporarily prohibit Driftwood from selling tickets and booking performers. Other actions covered include “implying that Driftwood Music Festival, LLC, is a continuation of a prior music festival” and “using Old Settler’s Music Festival’s confidential information and trade secrets, including but not limited to any lists or identities of volunteers or paid workers”. Both of those actions, among others, were alleged in the suit Old Settler’s filed on Oct. 17.

READ MORE: Old Settler’s Music Fest files suit against new Driftwood Music Fest

The injunction states that “unless Defendants are restrained from committing any of these acts, Old Settler’s Music Festival will suffer irreparable harm for which there is no remedy available at law.”

Old Settler’s was required to file a $50,000 bond with the county clerk for the injunction to take effect. That bond will revert to Old Settler’s if Old Settler’s wins the lawsuit or if the case gets settled out of court, Old Settler’s festival director Jean Spivey said Monday. She also noted via email that the Driftwood Music Festival principals “have already sent us a settlement offer and we are countering this week.”

The conflict between the two festivals arose over the summer after the long-running Old Settler’s Music Festival announced in August that it would be moving to a new location near Lockhart next year. In September, a website appeared for a new Driftwood Music Festival, planned for the same April 19-22, 2018, dates as Old Settler’s. Scott Marshall and Ryan Brittain, two longtime fixtures in producing the Old Settler’s Fest, had filed state paperwork creating Driftwood Music Festival, L.L.C., on July 11.

A footnote to the injunction also noted that Old Settler’s “has added a Defendant, SJG Corp, to this lawsuit” but that the injunction addresses original defendants Marshall, Brittain and the Driftwood Music Festival. SJG Corporation is a food service company that operates Salt Lick Barbecue, which owns the Salt Lick Pavilion grounds where Old Settler’s had been held for more than a decade. The Driftwood Music Festival’s plan has been to hold its festival there in the future.

Old Settler’s announced the first batch of performers for its 2018 festival late last month. Another announcement of more acts may be forthcoming in a week or so, Spivey said Monday.


Sample more than 30 of Austin’s best musical acts at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

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It’s beginning to look a lot like the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. The 42nd annual holiday shopping and live music extravaganza takes over Palmer Events Center on December 14 and doesn’t pack out until Christmas Eve, offering 11 days of opportunities to catch some of Austin’s best performers in a uniquely seasonal setting.

Ray Wylie Hubbard will return to the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar on Tuesday, December 19, at Palmer Events Center. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

Every day features three acts performing two sets each, beginning at noon, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets, $8 for a single day or $60 for a season pass that covers the duration of the event, are on sale now via the Bazaar’s ticket website. Single-day tickets also will be available at the door each day.

RELATED: More merry musical shows for a harmonious holiday in Austin

This year’s lineup includes quite a few longtime favorites of the Bazaar faithful, including Asleep at the Wheel, Ruthie Foster, Marcia Ball, Shinyribs, Gina Chavez and Ray Wylie Hubbard. A handful of new acts have been worked in for 2017 as well: Nakia, Lou Ann Barton, Beat Root Revival, Charley Crockett and the Watters all are making their first Bazaar appearance. Four acts are back in the lineup after not playing last year: Red Volkaert, Wendy Colonna, MilkDrive and Mayeux & Broussard.

The only non-local in the mix is Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Fullbright, whose performances have become one of the Bazaar’s top draws over the past few years. And there’s a special show on Monday, December 18: Eliza Gilkyson will serve as host for Jimmy LaFave Tribute Night, honoring the Austin troubadour and longtime Bazaar participant who died of cancer earlier this year.

A photo of beloved Austin singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave is projected behind Eliza Gilkyson at the Paramount Theater during a May 2017 concert honoring LaFave’s life and music. Gilkyson will host a tribute to LaFave on Monday, Dec. 18, as part of this year’s Armadillo Christmas Bazaaar at Palmer Events Center. TAMIR KALIFA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Here’s the full lineup:

Thursday, Dec. 14:
Noon: Watters
3 p.m.: Wendy Colonna
7 p.m.: Dale Watson

Friday, Dec. 15:
Noon: Gina Chavez
3 p.m.: Rocketboys
7 p.m.: Uncle Lucius

Saturday, Dec. 16:
Noon: Lou Ann Barton
3 p.m.: John Fullbright
7 p.m.: Shinyribs

Sunday, Dec. 17:
Noon: Jackie Venson
3 p.m.: Carolyn Wonderland
5:45 p.m.: Mary Hattersley’s Blazing Bows
7 p.m.: Eggmen

Monday, Dec. 18:
Noon: Warren Hood
3 p.m.: Milkdrive
7 p.m.: Eliza Gilkyson (Jimmy LaFave Tribute Night)

Tuesday, Dec. 19:
Noon: Mayeux & Broussard
3 p.m.: Redd Volkaert
7 p.m.: Ray Wylie Hubbard

Wednesday, Dec. 20:
Noon: Suzanna Choffel
3 p.m.: Emily Gimble
7 p.m.: Marcia Ball  (and Pianorama)

Thursday, Dec. 21:
Noon: Beat Root Revival
3 p.m.: Los Coast
7 p.m.: Ruthie Foster

Friday, Dec. 22:
Noon: Charley Crockett
3 p.m.: Shelley King
7 p.m.: Asleep at the Wheel

Saturday, Dec. 23:
Noon: Nakia
3 p.m.: Peterson Brothers Band
7 p.m.: Beto and the Fairlanes

Sunday, Dec. 24:
Noon: Albert and Gage
3 p.m.: Durawa
7 p.m.: Bill Kirchen

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This week’s music picks: Project ATX6 finale, Nicole Atkins and more

Monday: Christy Hays “Mood Monday” at Hole in the Wall. Singer-songwriter Hays is wrapping up a month of Mondays featuring all-women lineups at the longtime University of Texas-area hangout. She’s saved the strongest lineup of the bunch for the finale, with Carson McHone, Emily Gimble and Little Brave joining her. Admission is free, with donations accepted for the American Civil Liberties Union. 9 p.m. 2538 Guadalupe St. — P.B.

Wednesday: Project ATX6 2017 Finale Concert at Stateside at the Paramount. Each year, Project ATX6 selects six Austin artists to travel the globe performing and participating in a documentary film project. This year’s musicians represented Austin at festivals in France, Germany, Japan and Canada. Back at home, they will perform their final concert together in an evening that includes a documentary short from Chris Brecht. With Go Fever, Otis Wilkins, Little Mazarn, Croy & the Boys and Torino Black. KUTX’s Laurie Gallardo emcees the evening’s festivities. $18. 8 p.m. 719 Congress Ave. — D.S.S.

Thursday: Nicole Atkins at Antone’s. The last time Nicole Atkins was in town, she was playing to a huge crowd at Auditorium Shores, among a small handful of acts chosen to open for South by Southwest’s buzz-heavy Garth Brooks concert. The Nashville-via-New Jersey singer-songwriter has built some significant ties to Texas in recent years, collaborating with Cotton Mather’s Robert Harrison on some songs that recently surfaced on an EP and recording her acclaimed new album “Goodnight Rhonda Lee” in Fort Worth with Leon Bridges’ ace Niles City Sound Team. Midnight Stroll and Thayer Sarrano open. $15. 9 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — P.B.

READ MORE: Our 2014 interview with Nicole Atkins

Croy & the Boys play the Project ATX6 Finale Concert at Stateside at the Paramount on Wednesday. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman



  • Dale Watson & His Lone Stars, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club
  • Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery
  • Lonelyland, Brian Pounds at Saxon Pub
  • Barbara Nesbitt at Hilton Cannon & Belle
  • Apostles of Manchaca at One-2-One Bar
  • Swingtime Quartet, Bob Appel, Texas Tycoons at White Horse
  • Open Mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe
  • Jazz Jam with Mike Mordecai at Elephant Room
  • Johnny Goudie, Gabriel Rhodes, Sally Allen, Carter Greeves, Todd V. Wolfson at Monkeynest Coffee


  • Black Lillies, Luke Redfield at Parish
  • Anthropos Arts Giving Bluesday with Rooney Pitchford Band, Western Youth at Antone’s upstairs
  • Casa Marianella benefit with Endless Sewers, Alamo Glass, Mean Jolene at Hotel Vegas
  • Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club
  • James McMurtry, Ephraim Owens Experience at Continental Gallery
  • Beth/James at Geraldine’s


  • Jaimee Harris, Jane Ellen Bryant at One-2-One Bar
  • Texas Radio Live with Aaron McDonnell, Todd Barrow at Guero’s
  • James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club
  • Michael Fracasso, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Continental Gallery
  • Savage Poor, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub
  • Sarah Potenza, David Robert King at Cactus Cafe
  • Thee Unseen Eye, Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s
  • Mason Kinard, Quin Galavis, Ariel Abshire, Tex Smith at Hotel Vegas
  • Tessy Lou & the Shotgun Stars, Jake Penrod, Thrift Set Orchestra at White Horse
  • Rochelle & the Sidewinders at Stubb’s indoor
  • John Inmon Band at Threadgill’s North
  • Warren Hood at ABGB
  • Matt Hubbard at Hilton Cannon & Belle


  • Casting Crowns, For King & Country at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
  • Simple Plan at Emo’s
  • John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring at Paramount
  • Alex Lahey, Dude York at Barracuda
  • Kim Waters at One World Theatre
  • B.R. Lively album release, Hard Truth album release at Mohawk indoor
  • Carson McHone, Tiffany 6, Saddle Sores at White Horse
  • Ray Prim, Tom Meny, Aaron Stephens at Lemon Lounge
  • Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few, Bonnie Whitmore at Continental Gallery
  • Amy Speace at Cactus Cafe
  • Saturnalia pre-party with Continental Drift, Christian Bland & the Revelators, more at Electric Church
  • Kishi Bashi at Central Presbyterian Church
  • Jonathan Terrell at Winflo
  • Doug Strahan & the Good Neighbors at Lamberts
  • Guy Forsyth Hoot Night, Patrice Pike at Saxon Pub
  • Aaron Stephens, Emily Gimble, Paul Oscher at C-Boy’s
  • Derailers, Ledy Bragg at Broken Spoke
  • Adrian Ruiz Quintet at Elephant Room
  • Ley Line single release at Radio Coffee & Beer