New Lowe’s Studio brings shade, wifi and cool gigs to ACL Fest

Lowe's Studio is a new addition to the ACL Fest grounds for 2016. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman
Lowe’s Studio is a new addition to the ACL Fest grounds for 2016. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman

One of the most auspicious new additions to the Austin City Limits Music Festival grounds this year is Lowe’s Studio, a small, covered wooden stage and hangout space situated next to the Waterloo Records store on the northeast end of the park.

It would be a draw for weary fest fans simply for its shade, and because its free wifi connection can be a lifesaver when the crowd overwhelm the cell towers. But the coolest thing is the occasional acoustic set on the small stage that takes place when the nearby Samsung stage is on set-change.

Last weekend, we caught a short bit from Naked & Famous before their performance on the Cirrus Logic stage. KUTX DJ Elizabeth McQueen served as host, asking the band a few questions between songs. The vibe was casual and easygoing, with little stations such as a drumkit pad set up around the space for interaction.

A staffer at the space said Lowe’s aim was to draw in millennials who might be looking at buying a house down the road. Will this be a permanent fixture at ACL? Hard to say, the representative responded, noting that the structure’s walls, roof and floor will be donated to Habitat for Humanity after this year’s fest. Here’s hoping for an encore next year.

The performance schedule for Weekend Two at Lowe’s Studio is as follows:

Lowe's Studio schedule for weekend two of ACL Fest 2016. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman
Lowe’s Studio schedule for weekend two of ACL Fest 2016. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman

Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and austin360.com. Twitter: @Blackstock360

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