Piknic Électronik at Auditorium Shores to feature Moon Boots, Claude VonStroke, DJ Mel

House DJs Moon Boots (Saturday) and Claude VonStroke (Sunday) top the lineup for the inaugural Piknic Électronik at Auditorium Shores on  Oct. 27-28.

DJ Mel plays the Titos Handmade Vodka stage at ACL Fest weekend on Saturday October 1, 2016. Dave Creaney/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Also on the bill for the “picnic in the park” electronic music event are  Tensnake, Breezah and DJ Mel who will play on Saturday and Solardo, Brett Johnson and DJ Girlfriend on Sunday.

The original Piknic Électronik is a summer concert series in Montreal that aims to be the opposite of an all-night rave. The event was founded in 2003 by a group of electronic music enthusiasts who hoped to make the genre more accessible “by bringing it out in broad daylight.” Organizers have staged Piknic Électronik events around the world, but this will be the first Piknic on U.S. soil.

The event is family friendly. Kids 10 and younger are free, and there will be a Petite Piknic area with special children’s programming.

Curated food selections from Central Market are available for pre-order, and there will be food trucks on site.

Early bird tickets are $15 and available through Front Gate Tickets.

More information. 

Video premiere: Nobody’s Girl seeks their own level on ‘Waterline’

Nobody’s Girl (l-r): Grace Pettis, Rebecca Loebe, Betty Soo. Contributed/Nikki Gell

The new Austin trio Nobody’s Girl grew partly from the roots of the Kerrville Folk Festival, where Betty Soo, Grace Pettis and Rebecca Loebe had been past winners of the fest’s New Folk Competition. Earlier this year, they teamed up to perform a set there together, after spending the winter writing and recording material for a debut record.

That disc, a seven-song EP titled “Waterline,” comes out Friday, Sept. 28, supplementing original tunes with fellow Austin singer-songwriter Raina Rose’s “Bluebonnets” and a cover of Blondie’s “Call Me.” Recording with renowned producer/keyboardist Michael Ramos for the new label Lucky Hound, they worked with a major-league backing crew: guitarist David Grissom, bassist Glenn Fukunaga, drummer J.J. Johnson and pedal steel player Ricky Ray Jackson.

The result isn’t as folk-oriented as you might suspect from those Kerrville connections. “Waterline” probably fits under the broad Americana umbrella, but this feels like pop music at its core, with electric instrumentation prominent in the arrangements.

The opening track “What’ll I Do” (which gets an acoustic reprise at the end of the disc) got an early release a few months ago. It exemplifies the trio’s exuberant sound built around soaring three-part harmonies. The same is true for the EP’s title track, which features a video that we’re premiering on Austin360. Here’s “Waterline”:

The band celebrates the release of the EP with a performance on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Saxon Pub (10 p.m., $10).

It’s also worth checking out the video for their rendition of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” done last winter when they were initially billing themselves as the Sirens of South Austin.

RELATED: More on recent and upcoming releases by Austin artists

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

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 on in the musicians from here who held him dear, many of whom will take part in this heartfelt salute. Performers include Lou Ann Barton, Sue Foley, Derek O’Brien, Denny Freeman, Mike Morgan, Ted Roddy, Greg Izor, Eve Monsees, Mike Buck, Jay Moeller, Speedy Sparks and Grady Pinkerton. $12. 6:30 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.

Monday: Alejandro Escovedo y Don Antonio at Continental Club. The only thing certain about former Austinite Escovedo’s music is that he’ll always be reaching for new territory somewhere on the horizon. With “The Crossing,” released last week on Yep Roc Records, he teamed with the renowned Italian band for a concept album about two immigrants on the Texas border, drawing from his own family experience (his father immigrated from Mexico as a young child). Also appearing on the album are two Detroit proto-punk legends, the MC5’s Wayne Kramer and the Stooges’ James Williamson. Escovedo has played the Continental countless times in his four-decade career, but this one promises to be something new and different. $10. 10 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — P.B.

Tuesday-Wednesday: Nick Lowe, Jimmie Vaughan at Antone’s. Billed in full as “Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock & Roll Revue featuring Los Straitjackets,” this show teams the legendary British songwriter with the ace Nashville instrumental ensemble for a night that’s certain to deliver on its humblebrag. As a writer, performer and producer, Lowe has left marks on popular music that few have matched across a career spanning five decades. The icing on the cake is an opening set from hometown hero Vaughan, playing with his trio featuring B3 player Mike Flanigin and drummer George Rains. $35-$40. 8 p.m. antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.

Thursday: Kali Uchis at Stubb’s outdoor. The Colombian American singer-songwriter’s debut full-length, “Isolation” is the perfect summer album. It’s a dreamy mix of R&B, hip-hop and sunny tropicalia that conjures sexy pool parties, fruity cocktails and the hair-whipping exhilaration of beachside cruising in a convertible. Gabriel Garzon-Montano opens. $33-$39.95. 7 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Thursday: Hinds at North Door. This day’s music options present a “Sophie’s Choice” for lovers of ladies who rock, simplified only slightly by the fact that Liz Phair’s show at the Mohawk is sold out. But if you’re looking for something grimier than Kali Uchis’ sultry grooves, the stripped down garage rock from this Spanish girl band might be just the ticket. $16-$18. 8 p.m. 502 Brushy St. ndvenue.com. — D.S.S.

Speedy Ortiz opens a sold-out show for Liz Phair on Thursday at the Mohawk. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN



  • Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, Eric Tessmer at Stubb’s outdoor
  • Thrice at Emo’s
  • Black Heart Saints at Stubb’s indoor
  • Death Bells, Narrow Head at Barracuda
  • Michael Mordecai’s Jazz Jam live recording at Elephant Room


  • Nic Armstrong & the Thieves, Marfa Crush, Teddys at Hotel Vegas
  • Island, Rusty Dusty at Stubb’s indoor
  • Ephraim Owens, James McMurtry at Continental Gallery
  • Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club
  • Alice Spencer at Townsend
  • Durawa, John Inmon at El Mercado Backstage
  • Betty Soo at Geraldine’s


  • Tribal Seeds, Iya Terra at Scoot Inn
  • James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club
  • Jeff Plankenhorn & Chris Gage at El Mercado Backstage
  • Sons of an Illustrious Father at Stubb’s indoor
  • The Wine Down with Blackillac at 3Ten
  • Malford Milligan, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub
  • Texas Radio Live with Paper Moon Shiners, Cowboys & Indians at Guero’s


  • Liz Phair, Speedy Ortiz at Mohawk outdoor (sold out)
  • Watsky, Feed the Birds, Chukwudi Hodge at Scoot Inn
  • Bonerama at Antone’s
  • Stick Men at One World Theatre
  • Adult, Plack Blague, K23 at Barracuda
  • Quaker City Nighthawks, Scott H. Biram at C-Boy’s
  • Croy & the Boys, Rosie & the Ramblers, Bob Appel at White Horse
  • Bonnie Whitmore, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery
  • Casper Rawls at Continental Club

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

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., going double-platinum behind the singles “Constant Craving” and “Miss Chatelaine.” She’ll perform “Ingenue” in its entirety at this show, along with other favorites from her storied and stellar four-decade career as a recording artist. Mak Grgic opens. $50-$160. 8 p..m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.

Wednesday: Asleep at the Wheel at Waterloo Records. Though they’ve stayed plenty busy the past decade with tributes and collaborations, “New Routes” is the first new “normal” Asleep at the Wheel album since 2007’s “Reinventing the Wheel.” Leader Ray Benson’s backing crew has changed a lot since then, and “New Routes” reflects those changes — primarily the addition of fiddler/singer Katie Shore, who steps out in a big way here. She sings lead on six of the album’s 11 tracks, wrote two of the best ones herself, and co-wrote another with Benson. Benson’s still steering the ship, and his lead vocals on three sublime covers — the late Guy Clark’s “Dublin Blues,” Scottish pop star Paolo Nutini’s “Pencil Full of Lead” and the old Moon Mullican hit “Seven Nights to Rock” — reaffirm the Wheel’s role as ace interpreters of a seemingly endless range of material. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com. —P.B.

Thursday: Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Lanco at Austin360 Amphitheater. The summer concert season at the amphitheater is almost done, but first, one last big bash for mainstream country fans. Bentley is touring behind his 10th album, “The Mountain,” released in June on Capitol Nashville. John and T.J. Osborne have released two albums as Brothers Osborne, including 2018’s “Port Saint Joe.” Opener Lanco, led by singer Brandon Lancaster, released its debut album “Hallelujah Nights” earlier this year. $31-$95.75. 7 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com.

First Aid Kit perform plays Tuesday at ACL Live. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman 2017



  • Saintseneca, Black Belt Eagle Scout at Barracuda
  • Nobody’s Girl, Saintseneca at Waterloo Records
  • Texas Tycoons residency anniversary at White Horse
  • Lonelyland, Hoodygoode at Saxon Pub
  • Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club
  • Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery
  • Brad Stivers, Blue Monday with Greg Izor, James Bullard at Antone’s
  • Shelley King at Hilton Cannon & Belle
  • Texas KGB at One-2-One Bar
  • Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe


  • Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience at Erwin Center
  • First Aid Kit, Julia Jacklin at ACL Live
  • Killing Joke, Pig at Mohawk outdoor
  • JC Brooks Band at 3Ten
  • Hayes Carll, David Grissom at Saxon Pub
  • Beat Root Revival, Paul Dunton Orchestra, Michael Fracasso at One-2-One Bar
  • Ephraim Owens, James McMurtry at Continental Gallery
  • Alice Spencer at Townsend
  • Betty Soo at Geraldine’s
  • Dreamers, Weathers, Morgxn at Stubb’s indoor
  • Will Courtney at Waterloo Records
  • Russell Haight Quartet, Sarah Sharp at Elephant Room


  • Gov’t Mule at ACL Live
  • Graham Nash at Paramount Theatre
  • Superorganism, Yuno at Emo’s
  • Asleep at the Wheel at Waterloo Records
  • Zhu, Tokimonsta at Stubb’s
  • Eleanor Friedberger, Pill at 3Ten
  • Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison at Long Center Rollins Studio Theatre
  • Texas Radio Live with Beat Root Revival, Paul Dunton Orchestra at Guero’s
  • James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club
  • Walt Wilkins, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub
  • Will Courtney at Waterloo Records
  • Leti Garza Trio at One-2-One Bar
  • Marshall Hood & Friends at ABGB
  • Otis Wilkins at Geraldine’s


  • Angel Olsen, Hand Habits at Paramount Theatre
  • Todd Rundgren at 3Ten
  • Hovvdy, Crisman at Mohawk indoor
  • Werks, Moving Matter at Antone’s
  • Michael Grimm at One World Theatre
  • Watters, Jaimee Harris, Traveling Ones, Flyin’ A’s at One-2-One Bar
  • Beat Root Revival, Paul Dunton Orchestra at El Mercado Backstage
  • Lowin, Batty Jr., North by North, Cover Letter at Hotel Vegas
  • Harley Flanagan at Barracuda
  • Eric McFadden at Townsend
  • Lowin, Batty Jr. at Hotel Vegas
  • Bonnie Whitmore, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery
  • Daisy O’Connor at Geraldine’s

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 a stop at Dell Diamond on December 2. This go round he’s bringing with him a who’s who of artists from your ’90s hip-hop playlist including Too Short,  Warren G and Bone Thugs ‘n’ Harmony.

Tickets start at $45 and they go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and will be available at roundrockexpress.com, by phone at 512-255-2255 and at the Dell Diamond box office.

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

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 community. As always, much of the live-music action revolves around Whole Foods stores — the downtown flagship’s tunes begin at 6 a.m. with Sydney Wright — but most of Austin’s premier music venues also will participate, and an evening event at the High Road on Dawson has become a top draw in recent years as well. Donations accepted at all events (look for the HAAM donation boxes). Full details at myhaam.org/haamday. — P.B.

Read more: Austin musician Sydney Wright’s story helps underscore the value of HAAM

Thursday: KRS-One at Come and Take It Live. The Bronx rap legend built a career working at the spiritual core of hip-hop. In his world and the world of his passionate fan base, hip-hop endures not just a genre, but as a culture, a lifestyle. His classic rhymes are weighty with meaning and the world could use a little more of his “Edutainment” right about now. $20-$25. 8 p.m. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. comeandtakeitproductions.com. — D.S.S.

Mandolinist Chris Thile brings the Punch Brothers to Bass Concert Hall on Thursday. Contributed/C. Taylor Crothers



  • Sabrina Ellis, Lindsey Mackin, Lauren Burton at Hotel Vegas
  • Mystery Monday with Christine Albert, Rosie Flores at El Mercado Backstage
  • Blue Monday with Keith Dunn & Hash Brown, James Bullard at Antone’s
  • Lonelyland, Hoody Goode at Saxon Pub
  • Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club
  • Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery
  • Kids in a New Groove benefit with WailSharks, Say It Ain’t Weezer at Barracuda
  • Polarizado, Finessa, Spoils at Mohawk indoor
  • Cari Hutson & Good Company, Giulia Millanta at One-2-One Bar
  • Barbara Nesbitt at Hilton Cannon & Belle
  • Geoff Queen at Sam’s Town Point


  • Rise Against at Stubb’s outdoor
  • Verve Pipe at 3Ten
  • Marcia Ball, Cody Jasper at Threadgill’s South
  • Creux, Nominee at Stubb’s indoor
  • Durawa, Los Texmaniacs at El Mercado Backstage
  • Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club
  • James McMurtry at Continental Gallery
  • Al Dressen’s Super Swing Revue at Sam’s Town Point
  • J.D. Clark, Devin Jake, Chansons et Soulards at White Horse
  • Harvest Thieves at Waterloo Records
  • Russel Taine, Lead Pony, James Junius at Beerland
  • Skymomma, Mission2Mars at One-2-One Bar


  • Grizzly Bear at Stubb’s outdoor
  • Matt Costa at Cactus Cafe
  • Texas Radio Live with Otis Wilkins, Woody Russell at Guero’s
  • Foxing, Ratboys, Kississippi at Barracuda
  • James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club
  • Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores, Brannen & Red at Continental Gallery
  • Henri Herbert, Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s
  • Super Thief, Thin Skin, Flesh Lights at Beerland
  • Walt Wilkins, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub
  • Warren Hood at ABGB
  • Natalie Zoe at Skylark Lounge
  • Leti Garza Trio at One-2-One Bar
  • James Hand at Threadgill’s North
  • Sophia Johnson, James Steinle, Rock Step Revelators at White Horse


  • Punch Brothers, Madison Cunningham at Bass Concert Hall
  • Social Distortion, Justin Townes Earle, Valley Queen at Stubb’s outdoor
  • Unplugged at the Grove with Jimmie Vaughan Trio at Shady Grove
  • Butch Walker, Greg Holden at Scoot Inn
  • Lil Debbie, Whitney Peyton at Empire
  • Johnny Goudie EP release, Aaron Stephens at One-2-One Bar
  • Jonathan Terrell, Croy & the Boys, Bob Appel at White Horse
  • Jeremy Nail, Patrice Pike, Malford Milligan & JW Roy at Saxon Pub
  • Ceramic Animal, Billy King & the Bad Bad Bad at Mohawk indoor
  • Mark Cruz & Henry Johnston at Cactus Cafe
  • Erik Hokkanen at Radio Coffee & Beer
  • San Saba County at Townsend
  • Bonnie Whitmore, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery
  • Soul Man Sam, Red Young & His Hot Horns at Antone’s

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 performs at ACL Live in Austin.


The festival kicks off with a pre-party on Thursday night featuring hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash and singer-songwriter Keller Williams performing solo.

The main action begins on Friday when Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real and Patty Griffin headline a bill that also includes the Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown, Keller Williams’ Pettygrass, Rubblebucket, Diet Cig and more.

On Saturday, the party continues with Sound Tribe Sector Nine headlining a bill that also includes Medeski’s Mad Skillet, Valerie June, All We Are and more.

Single-day tickets to the festival are $109. General admission wristbands for the weekend are $215, which includes camping. Tickets to the Thursday night pre-party are $35. A kids pass for children age 2-12 is $20. More information.

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

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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 again, with Thursday’s announcement that longtime local station KGSR-FM is becoming Austin City Limits Radio.

The change, which takes effect at 5 p.m. Thursday with a satellite broadcast from Austin’s Arlyn Studios, will create a new format based primarily around the broad range of artists associated with the other Austin City Limits brand. Key KGSR staffers involved with the move said they expect roughly 50 percent of the station’s playlist content to be different with the ACL Radio designation.

Indiana-based Emmis Communications still owns KGSR and will keep those call letters. Emmis will license the Austin City Limits name from the television show, which launched in the mid-1970s. The program licensed its name to the Zilker Park music festival in 2002. When downtown concert venue the Moody Theater opened in 2011 and became the new site of the TV show’s tapings, a deal was made to call the venue ACL Live.

AUSTIN360 ARCHIVES: ACL Live becomes the new home of “Austin City Limits”

Adding radio to the mix was primarily the brainchild of KGSR on-air personality Andy Langer, who’s been with the station for 11 years. It started, he says, almost as a joke, when program director Emily Parker presented a list of potential adds to the station’s playlist that seemed beyond its usual AAA-format scope.

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

“I said, ‘Great, what are we going to call the new station?’,” Langer recalled. “My knee-jerk reaction led me to something I should have thought of five or 10 years ago.”

Adding a radio element to the ACL brand indeed seems like a natural extension. Tom Gimbel, the general manager of the “Austin City Limits” TV show and the executive who approved the multi-year licensing deal after Langer approached him with the idea, noted that the station “will be the first ACL brand touchpoint that is on 24-7, 365 days a year.”

Like Langer, Gimbel seems almost surprised that the notion hadn’t arisen earlier. “As we look at it now, I think it does seem quite obvious,” he said. “Sometimes great ideas sit in front of you for years before someone points it out.”

The change “allows us to broaden our scope,” said Scott Gillmore, senior vice president and Austin market manager for Emmis, whose local radio properties also include KLBJ-FM, KLBJ-AM, 101X, Latino 102.7, Bob-FM and La Zeta. “Even though we had changed our music over time, people still had an image about what KGSR was that maybe went back a ways.”

RELATED: Past format tweaks at KGSR

Gillmore was part of the team that launched KGSR in 1990 with original program director Jody Denberg, now a DJ on KUTX. Under Denberg, KGSR helped to pioneer the “adult album alternative” format that eventually became known in the industry as AAA radio. Gradual shifts over the years found the station leaning more toward Americana, or mainstream pop, or other subgenres.

“KGSR has gone through so many iterations trying to stay true to its roots but embracing the new Austin at the same time,” said program director Emily Parker, who’s been with the station since 2015, first as music director. “It’s this constant tug-of-war back and forth, playlist-wise. Now we won’t have that tug-of-war; we’ll be embracing new and old and everything in between.”

Asked for examples of what might carry over from the current KGSR format and the new ACL Radio vision, she suggested that “center-lane, big-brand heralds of AAA” such as Coldplay, Adele, Ed Sheeran and Mumford & Sons would remain. “But we’ll go to the left of that,” she said, with Texas legends such as Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and Stevie Ray Vaughan, all of whom were KGSR staples in the 1990s. (Nelson’s traditional live-show opener “Whiskey River” will be the first song played on Thursday’s inaugural Austin City Limits Radio broadcast.)

“And we’ll widen on the other side for artists like Kendrick Lamar, Drake and others who have played the festival,” Parker added, making it clear that hip-hop — an increasingly prominent genre at ACL Fest in recent years — would be part of the mix.

While the station won’t be a marketing arm for the festival per se, Parker acknowledged the station likely would be putting some focus over the next month on acts playing the October event, citing St. Vincent and Metallica as potential examples.

RELATED: More news about ACL Fest 2018

Another key indicator: When Fort Worth soul sensation Leon Bridges was in town last weekend for a two-night stand at ACL Live, he stopped in at KGSR’s Dell Music Lounge to tape a four-song segment with Langer for what will be the first-ever ACL Radio live session, set to air Saturday at noon. Bridges also paid a visit to KUTX’s Studio 1A last weekend, suggesting that the two stations might share more common ground as a result of this new development.

KGSR, which moved from its original 107.1 frequency to 93.3 about a decade ago, also is picking up another spot on the dial with the change. Starting Thursday, ACL Radio will be heard at 97.1 in addition to 93.3. On the internet, the station will stream live at acl-radio.com.

Langer, who also books the station’s wildly popular summertime Blues on the Green concert series in Zilker Park and puts together its annual “Broadcasts” benefit CD sold during the holidays, will add the title of Brand Marshal to his KGSR vitae. He believes a major advantage for the station will be the widely-recognized identity that Austin City Limits provides. “That identity is probably 90 percent of the battle to get somebody to actually listen,” he said.

Gimbel, who also recently worked out a deal with the University of Texas and concert promoter C3 Presents (which puts on ACL Fest) for a series of “Longhorn City Limits” concerts before UT football games this fall, says the KGSR partnership may also present other opportunities that haven’t yet been contemplated. Might KGSR broadcast some of ACL Fest live at some point? There’s no plan for that yet, in part because the licensing deal was arranged quite quickly, proceeding from concept to reality in just three or four months.

Gimbel credits KLRU director of communications April Burcham for coming up with a summary catch-phrase that has resonated with the Austin City Limits brand’s keepers. “She said, ‘We don’t just have a stool; now we have a table.’ It’s the fourth leg.”

RELATED: More news about the “Austin City Limits” TV show

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

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 Album. They also apparently enjoyed it enough for a second go-round: Earlier this year, the influential label Anti- released “No Mercy in This Land.” One their own they’re both treasured American artists, but together they’ve created something special that starts deep within the blues yet reaches beyond it. $43-$45. 7 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com.

Andrew Nolte CD release at Saxon Pub. A multi-instrumentalist who’s played with local bands including Zissou, Foxtails and the Tom Petty tribute act Damn Torpedoes, Nolte proves to be an extraordinarily talented composer and arranger in his own right on his highly sophisticated nine-song debut, “Tied to a String.” This is pop music, fundamentally, but Nolte draws upon elements of jazz, classical, folk, cabaret and other styles, fleshing out his tunes with exquisite usage of horns, winds and strings. I’m not quite sure how Nolte has flown under my radar until now, but this is one of the best Austin records of 2018. $10. 8 p.m. 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. thesaxonpub.com.

Thursday: Courtney Marie Andrews at Mohawk indoor. “May Your Kindness Remain,” released in March on the Fat Possum label, has been one of 2018’s most acclaimed country releases, no surprise to those who have been following this 27-year-old singer-songwriter’s rise since her teen years. From early collaborations with Jimmy Eat World and Damien Jurado through five previous albums, Andrews has captivated listeners with a voice that recalls country and rock legends such as Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt. On the new album and 2016’s “Honest Life,” she’s also proven to be one of the most promising writers in contemporary Americana music. Thomas Csorba and Jordan Moser open. $12-$14. 9 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — P.B.

Carrie Rodriguez continues her monthly “Laboratorio” series at Cactus Cafe on Wednesday. Contributed/Sarah Wilson



  • JFF, XI, Progressive Overload at Mohawk indoor
  • Mystery Monday with Christine Albert, Chris Gage at El Mercado Backstage
  • Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery
  • Brad Stivers, Blue Monday Band, James Bullard at Antone’s
  • Chuck Fleming & the Sadlands, Cold Jackets, Texas Tycoons at Sam’s Town Point
  • Jonesin’, Presto Chango at C-Boy’s
  • George Carver at Sam’s Town Point


  • Gene Loves Jezebel at Elysium
  • Remo Drive, Field Medic, Beach Bunny at Barracuda
  • Slaughter Beach, Dog, Gladie, Daphne Tunes at Mohawk indoor
  • Andrew Nolte CD release, David Grissom at Saxon Pub
  • James McMurtry, Ephraim Owens Experience at Continental Gallery
  • Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club
  • Lindsay Beaver & the 24th Street Wailers, Antone’s Big Trio at Antone’s
  • Henry + the Invisibles at One-2-One Bar


  • Carrie Rodriguez Laboratorio at Cactus Cafe
  • Alesia Lani, Trouble in the Streets, Electrik Ants at Parish
  • Darling West, Prescriptions, Brendan Bond at Mohawk indoor
  • James McMurtry at Continental Club
  • Dixie Chicks tribute with Lola Tried, Kathryn Legendre at Hotel Vegas
  • Texas Radio Live with the Mrs., Cari Hutson at Guero’s
  • Warren Hood at ABGB
  • Barbara Nesbitt at Threadgill’s North
  • Flyin’ A’s at El Mercado Backstage
  • Rochelle & the Sidewinders at One-2-One Bar


  • Alice in Chains, Starbenders at ACL Live (sold out)
  • Roxy Roca CD release, Casper Rawls at Continental Club
  • Unplugged at the Grove with Mobley at Shady Grove
  • Night Glitter, Little Mazarn at Cactus Cafe
  • Star Parks, Altamesa, Belcurve at Hotel Vegas
  • Charlie Faye & the Fayettes single release at Antone’s
  • March & Beauty video release, Maryann, Sherry, Belle Sounds at Empire
  • Muscadine Bloodline, Brandon Ray, Jordan Fletcher at Stubb’s indoor
  • Patrice Pike, Lee Roy Parnell, Love & Chaos at Saxon Pub
  • Bonnie Whitmore, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery
  • ShugaRee’s House Party, Scott H. Biram at C-Boy’s
  • Alison Wedding at Parker Jazz Club

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


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 he may be at any given moment, or where he’ll go next. But on “Blood & Bones,” released earlier this summer, he’s in a similar wheelhouse as his 2000 breakthrough album “Lonelyland,” focusing mainly on singer-songwriter-oriented, acoustic-based material. The moody title track is one of his best songs in years, “Lake Michigan” is an immediately appealing melodic folk-rocker, and “Easy” sways along with a pace and vibe fitting its title. He gets funky on “Easier With You,” “Texaco” and the way-out-there “Make Drugs Get Money,” before closing on a more romantic note with “Hours and Days” and the uplifting “Sing About Love.” If “classic Bob” is your favorite Schneider persona, this one’s for you. Playing Sept. 2 at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre. Here’s the video for the opening track, “Making It Up”:

Andrew Nolte, “Tied to a String.” A multi-instrumentalist who’s played with local acts including the Derrick Davis Band, Zissou and the Tom Petty tribute act Damn Torpedoes, Nolte proves to be an extraordinarily talented composer and arranger in his own right on his highly sophisticated nine-song debut. This is pop music, fundamentally, but Nolte draws upon elements of jazz, classical, folk, cabaret and other styles, fleshing out his tunes with exquisite accents of horns, winds and strings. I’m not quite sure how Nolte has flown under my radar until now, but this is one of the best Austin records of 2018. Release show Sept. 4 at Saxon Pub. Here’s the opening track, “Europa Tide”:

Heart of the City, self titled (Hand Drawn). This debut collaboration pairing Austin’s Brandon Callies (Black Tie Vendetta, American Revival) with Dallas musician Paco Estrada features a dozen tracks of dance-oriented rock-and-soul. Release show Aug. 31 at Hole in the Wall. Here’s the video for the track “The River”:


Extreme Heat, “All the Way Gone” EP (Fable). Few Austin bands have a longer history than this eight-piece funk-and-soul combo, whose beginnings date back to the heyday of Armadillo World Headquarters. Singer Bruce Spelman produced this four-song disc and wrote the bluesy “Cloudy Day,” with guitarist Mike Barnes penning “Steady” and bassist/vocalist Mike Roeder responsible for the other two (including the title track). Release show Aug. 31 at One-2-One Bar. Here’s a recent live version of the title track:


  • SEPT. 5: Buhu, “Tenets,” release show Sept. 5 at Barracuda.
  • SEPT. 7: Ghostland Observatory, “See You Later Simulator,” playing Oct. 25 at Stubb’s.
  • SEPT. 7: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, “The Difference Between Me and You,” release show Sept. 7 at Continental Club.
  • SEPT. 7: Ray Bonneville, “At King Electric” (Stonefly).
  • SEPT. 7: Emily Shirley, “Courage Up,” release show Sept. 7 at One-2-One Bar.
  • SEPT. 7: The Mrs., “Five Minutes” EP, release show Sept. 8 at Lamberts.
  • SEPT. 7: Collective Thought, “Rise.”
  • SEPT. 14: Willie Nelson, “My Way” (Legacy).
  • SEPT. 14: Asleep at the Wheel, “New Routes.”
  • SEPT. 14: Band of Heathens, “A Message From the People Revisited.”
  • SEPT. 14: Gina Chavez, “Lightbeam” EP, release show Sept. 15 at Antone’s.
  • SEPT. 14: Cory Morrow, “Whiskey and Pride,” release shows Sept. 14-15 at Gruene Hall.
  • SEPT. 14: Johnny Goudie, “Leper Hands” EP, release show Sept. 13 at One-2-One Bar.
  • SEPT. 14: Ben Millburn, “Sunglass Moustache.”
  • SEPT. 21: “Blaze” Original Cast Recording soundtrack (Cinewax/Light in the Attic).
  • SEPT. 21: Jaimee Harris, “Red Rescue,” playing Sept. 20 at One-2-One Bar.
  • SEPT. 21: Western Youth, self-titled, release show Sept. 21 at Spider House Ballroom.
  • SEPT. 21: Will Courtney, “Crazy Love” (Super Secret).
  • SEPT. 21: Jonathon Zemek, “Hillcrest.”
  • SEPT. 21: Jane Ellen Bryant, “Let Me Be Lost” EP.
  • SEPT. 25: Charlie Belle, “Like I Love This” EP, playing Oct. 13 at Whip In.
  • SEPT. 28: Jerry David DeCicca, “Burning Daylight” (Super Secret).
  • SEPT. 28: Nobody’s Girl, “Waterline” EP, release show Sept. 29 at Saxon Pub.
  • OCT. 5: Molly Burch, “First Flower” (Captured Tracks).
  • OCT. 5: Max Frost, “Gold Rush” (Atlantic).
  • OCT. 5: Michael Martin Murphey, “Austinology: Alleys of Austin.”
  • OCT. 12: Lindsay Beaver, “Tou  gh As Love” (Alligator).
  • OCT. 26: Carson McHone, “Carousel.”
  • OCt. 26: Jamie Lin Wilson, “Jumping Over Rocks,” playing Oct. 20 at Sam’s Town Point.