In case the announcement of Saturday night headliner Justin Timberlake back in March wasn’t enough evidence that Circuit of the Americas is committed to making music a big draw at the Formula One Austin Grand Prix, today, race organizers announced a Sunday post-race concert headlined by R&B legend Stevie Wonder.
The last time Wonder played Austin was in 2015, when his “Songs in the Key of Life” tour packed the Erwin Center. For that go round, the songwriting great was joined by an ensemble of roughly 50 musicians and vocalists for a three and a half hour concert that unfolded as a breathtaking journey, remarkable for its rarely matched musical mastery and its profound spiritual reach.
The race side concert will necessarily be a tighter showcase of hits, so the “Master Blaster” might not be jammin’ til the break of dawn. But make no mistake, “Love’s in Need of Love Today” and he will certainly bring it.
Last year, COTA upped the ante on music entertainment with the only 2016 performance from pop superstar Taylor Swift. A 2016 Sunday show featuring the Weeknd fell through, but the replacement artists Usher and the Roots came through with a spirited post-race turn up.
The Formula One Grand Prix takes place Oct. 20-22. There are no single-day general admission tickets available for the Sunday show. General admission three-day passes are currently on sale for $159.