Kendrick Lamar to return to Austin with SZA, Schoolboy Q

Need a little reassurance in these troubled times? One of the most powerful young rappers of our time, Kendrick Lamar will be back in town to remind us ‘We Gon’ Be Alright’ on Friday, May 18 at the Austin360 Amphitheater.

Kendrick Lamar performs on the second weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Oct. 8. 10/08/16 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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For this go round, Lamar will be traveling with the full Top Dawg Entertainment crew including SZA, whose stunning album “Ctrl” was one of 2017’s best. Also on the bill are Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock and more.

Tickets will set you back $35-$125 and they go on sale Friday, Jan. 26 at noon.

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Old Settler’s Music Fest 2018 to feature Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, more

Roots music fave Old Settler’s Music Festival, has announced the first round of artists for their 2018 event. The fest will move to Tilmon, just outside Lockhart next year, and is scheduled for April 19-22, 2018.

Greensky Bluegrass will play OSMF in 2018. Ashley Landis for American-Statesman

OSMF will kick of Thursday night with a Grateful Ball,“a deadicated celebration” of the Grateful Dead’s music, featuring Travelin’ McCourys and Jeff Austin Band.

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Jeff Austin Band will also play a weekend set alongside Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth and Donna the Buffalo. I’m With Her (the trio of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan), Balsam Range, We Banjo 3, Steve Poltz, Colter Wall, Calexico and Wimberley’s Ray Wylie Hubbard will also perform.

Sarah Jarosz will return to the OSMF with the trio I’m With Her. 2014 Tammy Perez/for American-Statesman

Austin artists on the lineup include psych-folk band The Deer, Grupo Fantasma player José Galeano’s side project, Galeano and Blues standouts the the Peterson Brothers.

Festival executive director Jean Spivey says the fest’s new site, a 145-acre tract of land with ample campground space will provide “an intimate, but more breathable atmosphere.” In addition to three stages of entertainment, the fest will feature kid-friendly attractions, an artists’ market, performance workshops and the youth competition, along with new additions like a variety of food trucks.

On Wednesday, the fest will release the first round of discounted “All-Aboard” tickets with camping and non-camping options, at prices they say are “rolled back to pre-2014 levels.” The fest has also added a new rate for teens. More info. 



Shania Twain’s ‘Now’ tour coming to Austin next year

Canadian country music superstar Shania Twain has a new album “Now” scheduled to drop on September 29, and today she announced dates for the North American support tour scheduled for next summer. The tour will hit Austin on Thursday, June 7 with a stop at the Frank Erwin Center.

Tickets to the show go on sale Friday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at or by phone at (512) 477-6060 or 1-800-982-BEVO (2386).

Shania Twain performs at the Frank Erwin Center on Sunday August 9, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

With new ‘Witness’ tour, Katy Perry snubs Austin (again)

Katy Perry. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Pop superstar Katy Perry has announced the release date for her new album “Witness,” set to drop on June 9. She also announced an extensive roster of dates for the North American leg of the support tour. Sorry folks, there’s no Austin concert on the list.

It’s not personal. The show is playing arenas and stadiums around the country and, without a professional sports team, we don’t have one of those. Perry’s last outing, the 2014 Prismatic tour, only played Dallas and Houston, skipping Central Texas entirely.

The “Witness” tour hits Dallas, Houston and San Antonio in January of next year.

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We still do have two somewhat decent shots at a Katy Perry performance in Austin in 2018, though. It’s possible that Katy Perry could be tapped as an Austin City Limits Fest headliner, although given this year’s roster, it seems unlikely that the fest would shell out for a chart-dominating pop spectacle like Perry. Odds are much better for the Formula One Grand Prix.

If the race continues in Austin again next year, Perry becomes a front-runner to follow superstars Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake as a marquis musical guest for the event.

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Logic, Joey Bada$$ to play Austin360 Amphitheater in July

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Rapper Logic has been slowly becoming one of the hottest new voices in hip-hop. Last year, he handily sold out a Stubb’s show and this go round he’s jumped up to the big stage at the Austin360 Amphitheater. His “Everybody’s Tour” hits the Circuit of the Americas on July 20.

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Logic’s latest album, “Everybody,” that dropped in early May, is a dense collection that centers around his struggle to reconcile the various facets of his multi-racial identity in the midst of the social and political turmoil of America in 2017. Also on this bill is Pro-Era rapper Joey Bada$$, who created waves with the starkly political “All Amerikkkan Bada$$”earlier this year.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 16 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available online at,,

How to see rappers B.o.B., Trae tha Truth for less than $10 this summer

The Jump On It concert series returns to Givens Park in East Austin this summer for a run of Wednesday evening events that kick off on June 21st with a show featuring Dallas rapper Mo3. The series continues through August 9th, when Houston heavyweight Trae tha Truth closes it out with a concert that also features special guests from ATL kingpin, T.I.’s Grand Hustle record label.  The biggest highlight of this year’s series is on July 19, when Jump On It hosts the Austin stop of Atlanta rapper B.o.B.’s national summer tour. The last time Bobby Ray was in Austin, he headlined a show at Stubb’s BBQ.

B.o.B. plays Stubb’s in 2014. Tammy Perez/For American-Statesman

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Tickets to individual concerts run from $5-$8 and summer passes start at $25. All tickets are on sale now. 

This year marks the 20th anniversary for the Jump On It! series which was launched at Rosewood Park in 1997, by local rapper Charles “Nook” Byrd, then a teenage young gun on the ATX hip-hop scene. As the city grappled with a surge in gang violence, Jump On It’s aim was to create a positive, all-ages environment where youths could gather weekly for entertainment and social interaction. The weekly series continued for eight years, before switching to an annual event. The full series resumed in 2014.

In addition to music, Jump On It, has always featured a strong social outreach component. This year, event organizers have partnered with the City of Austin to focus on health screenings, from fitness testing to diabetes screens and STD tests. They will also host financial literacy and education workshops.

“We have to put our youth in a position to be successful! We must show them how to unite, teach them the importance that health plays in the quality of their lives and educate them in finances so they can thrive in in Austin’s growing market,” says Breanna Byrd, the event’s operations manager.

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Hot Luck announces ‘Thurston S’mores’ and more ‘Show Snacks’ for music program

Thurston Moore, of Chelsea Light Moving, performs at the Orange Stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest at Auditorium Shores on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Tina Phan/American-Statesman

The inaugural Hot Luck food and music festival, co-founded by Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue and James Moody of the Mohawk, is set to go down May 18-21 at venues around town. Festival organizers announced music programming, a cluster of club shows featuring the Black Lips, Shonen Knife and more, last month.

Today, they announced “Show Snacks,” chef-created small bites that will accompany each show. Highlights include “Thurston S’mores” by Aaron Franklin and Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar (Houston) that will accompany Thurston Moore’s Mohawk show on Wednesday, May 17, the previously announced mash-up of Japanese pop-punk from Shonen Knife and Japanese fare from Austin chef Yoshi Okai at Barracuda on Friday, May 19 and the chance to honky tonk it up with Rayland Baxter, Jonathan Terrell and Carson McHone at The White Horse while swilling cold brew ice cream floats from Stumptown Coffee Roasters that same night.

Black Joe Lewis, with openers Bad Lovers and Payton Andrew Green, will pair up with Valentina’s Tex Mex at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at Barracuda and Robert Ellis closes out the fest’s music program on Saturday, May 20 at The White Horse with Harvest Thieves and Altamesa and ice cream sandwiches from Tillamook (Oregon).

Tickets to the shows range from $12-$23 and are available now. 


New mom Janet Jackson announces split with husband, return to the road

In 2015, now 50-year-old pop sensation, Janet Jackson announced via Twitter that she was canceling her “Unbreakable” tour to focus on starting a family. Last night, she took to the social media platform once more to let fans know she’s ready to hit the road again. Her new “State of the World” tour kicks off on September 7 and Austin is the third stop of the run, on September 10.

Tickets held over from the Unbreakable tour will be honored for the new date and new tickets to this year’s show will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.


In a personal video that clocks in at about minute and a half, the superstar talks about the joys of motherhood. She also opens up to her fans. “I just want to keep it real for y’all for a second,” she says. “Yes, I separated from my husband. We are in court and the rest is in God’s hands.”

She’s renamed the tour “State of the World,” a title that she says is not about politics, but  “people, the world, relationships and love.”

The press release for the tour promises  a mix of “fan favorites from her chart-topping ‘Unbreakable’ album, an array of her socially conscious music she’s released throughout her career, and other smash hits and soon-to-be released new tracks.”


Jmblya with Chance the Rapper, Gucci Mane and Migos releases schedule; Limited tickets available

Chance The Rapper performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

After easily doubling attendance from 5,000 to 10,000 last year, Jmblya, the spring turn up/single-day hip-hop and dance music fest hosted by local powerhouse Scoremore Shows, moved out to the Circuit of the Americas for the 2017 go round.

The party goes down in Austin on Saturday, May 6, with a stacked lineup featuring Chance the Rapper, ‘Trap God’ Gucci Mane, Migos, Steve Aoki and more. The Scoremore crew shunned the 14,000 capacity Austin360 Amphitheater to build their own venue in one of the parking lots on the race track grounds. Even with an increased capacity of over 20,000, festival organizers say only limited general admission tickets are still available. The tickets are $99 and available here.

Here’s the schedule:


10:20 PM – 11:50 PM: Chance The Rapper

8:50 PM – 9:50 PM: Gucci Mane

7:25 PM – 8:25 PM: Steve Aoki

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Migos

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM: Lil Uzi Vert

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM: 6LACK

3:25 PM – 3:55 PM: Young Dolph

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM: Snow Tha Product

2:15 PM – 2:35 PM: YFN LUCCI

1:35 PM – 2:05 PM: Pell

1:00 PM: Doors Open

*Sounds by DJ Mr. Rogers and ULOVEI


Harry Styles to play ACL Live in October; could he also play ACL Fest?

British rocker and former One Direction member, Harry Styles, who recently made a big splash on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ just announced his world tour dates and included on the roster is a show at ACL Live on October 11. Tickets to the show will go on sale May 5 at 10 a.m.

If that date seems suspiciously close to Austin City Limits Fest, that’s because it is. ACL Fest 2017 takes place on Oct. 6-8 and Oct. 13-15.  The full lineup for the fest will drop and the next round of passes will go on sale next week, It’s worth noting that Styles’ tour schedule includes free dates on Oct. 6-7 and Oct. 13. The North American leg of his tour wraps up in Phoenix on Oct. 14. So yes, it’s possible that the young Brit rocker could also make an appearance in Zilker Park this year, although it would be quite unorthodox to roll out this date now if he was playing the fest.

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Overall odds are not great that Styles will join the Lorde, Gorillaz, Paul McCartney extravaganza we’ve been speculating about.

Styles is scheduled to release his self-titled solo debut album on May 12.