ACL Fest: Lil Wayne added to Saturday of weekend two

Following the cancellation Sunday headliner Childish Gambino, Austin City Limits Festival organizers added a couple new artists to the lineup as consolation prizes on Thursday.

Hip-hop superstar Lil Wayne at the Austin360 Amphitheater in 2013. Tammy Perez/For American-Statesman.

Lil Wayne will join the festival roster on Saturday of weekend two with a 7 p.m. slot on the Homeaway stage.  Earlier in the day, festival organizers added French pop act Phoenix for the first Sunday of the festival.

Houston rapper Travis Scott has moved into the Sunday headline slot.

Lil Dicky postpones ‘Life Lessons’ tour, including Erwin Center date

Rapper, comedian and internet sensation, Lil Dicky has postponed his “Life Lessons” tour which included a stop at the Erwin Center on Oct. 25.

In a message to fans posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday morning, the artist also known as Dave Burd explained that between the pressure to complete a new album and working on a television show based on his life for the FX network he’s “bitten off more than I can chew.”

No rescheduled dates have been announced, but in his message to fans Burd said his new plan was to finish the new album and hit the road with new music.

From the Frank Erwin Center: Customers who purchased tickets using a credit card either online or by phone through Texas Box Office will be automatically refunded. For all other ticket refunds, fans should return to their original point of purchase. If you have questions regarding your previously purchased tickets, call 512-477-6060 or 1-800-982-BEVO (2386).

Rattletree School of Marimba to close

On Tuesday afternoon, Joel Laviolette announced on Facebook that he and his wife Rakefet Laviolette will be closing the Rattletree School of Marimba, a small complex in South Austin dedicated to teaching mbira, marimba and African music. The school has been open since 2013.

Joel Laviolette at Rattletree School of Marimba in 2014. Laura Skelding/American-Statesman

“Thank you for being a part of this beautiful community and supporting us over the years as we built this dream together. It’s been an honor to share the music with so many of you,” Laviolette said in the Facebook post.

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Laviolette said his elite student band, Kupira Marimba, will continue to perform and study with him. The group is booked to play the Austin Kiddie Limits stage on Oct. 6 at Austin City Limits Festival.

The Laviolettes have been open about financial struggles the family has endured since Rakefet Laviolette, who worked as program director at the school, was diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Earlier this month, fellow world music musicians rallied to create a benefit show, Rakefetfest. There’s also a GoFundMe account started by the family to help cover the expenses of Laviolette’s care.

“Unfortunately the cost of maintaining the school is just too great, and our family isn’t able to make ends meet,” Joel Laviolette said in the Facebook post.

 

ACL Fest: 3-day passes for both weekends are now sold out

Austin City Limits Festival kicks off in less than two weeks and if you were holding out for a last-minute cheap wristband, we’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news. Three-day passes to both weekends of the festival are now sold out.

A fan cheers during a performance by Angel Olsen on the second weekend of the Austin City Limits Festival Oct. 14. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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There are still tickets available to Friday (Oct. 12) and Sunday (Oct. 14) of the second weekend.

More information.

UPDATE: Childish Gambino cancels ACL Fest appearance

UPDATE: Childish Gambino has canceled his appearance at Austin City Limits festival. Festival organizers have moved the electronic music duo Justice into the headline set for each Saturday of the festival and Houston rapper Travis Scott will take Gambino’s spot on the big stage on Sunday.

Festival organizers say fest-goers who bought a ticket for Saturday of weekend two, when Scott was originally scheduled to perform can exchange their ticket at no charge for a Weekend two Sunday ticket by contacting Front Gate Tickets. Exchanges must be requested by Tuesday, October 2 at 11:59 p.m.

UPDATE 9.26.18:  Following the postponement of Childish Gambino’s show in Los Angeles last night, Fam Rothstein, who Pitchfork identifies as “a co-principal of the creative agency Wolf + Rothstein (which is comprised of himself, Glover, and Wolf Taylor)” has announced that Donald Glover “has to sit some dates out” on the “This Is America” tour.  It is unclear how many dates the artist a.k.a. Donald Glover will miss. We have reached out to Austin City Limits Festival organizers to see if his headline sets at the festival on Oct. 7 and Oct. 14 will be affected.

UPDATE 9.25.18: Two days after Childish Gambino reportedly cut his Dallas show short because of an injury, he has canceled the next date on his “This Is America” tour, a Tuesday night appearance at the Forum in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Times reports that promoter Live Nation said the show would be rescheduled for a later date. Gambino, a.k.a. the actor Donald Glover, is scheduled to play a second Los Angeles show on Oct. 3, but the Times reports that a representative from the venue had no new information about that show.

On Tuesday morning, representatives from Austin City Limits Festival had no information about whether the reported injury would affect Childish Gambino’s headlining sets at the festival on Oct. 7 and Oct. 14.

EARLIER: Childish Gambino’s “This is America” tour has been earning a slew of ecstatic reviews as it winds its way around the country.  The tour, which the artist a.k.a. Donald Glover says will be his last as Childish Gambino, gave Houston “all the feels” on Saturday, but at his Dallas show on Sunday, it hit a snag.

Childish Gambino performs at the Honda stage on the first night of ACL on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN- STATESMAN)

Shortly after the show concluded, reports began to circulate on social media that Glover had ended the set early, skipping an encore that included crowd-essentials “Redbone” and “3005” that he’s been playing at other dates on the tour. On a Reddit thread about the show, Dallas fans speculated that Glover had injured his foot.

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On Monday, TMZ reported that an official at the American Airlines Center said after the show that Glover had broken his foot.  Several concert-goers told TMZ Glover “misstepped during a dance move.” TMZ also reports that Glover “arrived to his set in a wheelchair and leg brace,” for a Vegas concert on Friday night.

Childish Gambino is scheduled to headline Austin City Limits Festival on Oct. 7 and 14.

On Monday afternoon, representatives from the festival said they had no information about whether Glover has an injury that could affect his appearance at the festival.

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. 

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

ALSO PLAYING

Monday

  • 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

Tuesday

  • 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

Wednesday

  • 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

Thursday

  • 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

Jim James’ ‘The Future Is Voting’ tour set to kick off at Emo’s

My Morning Jacket frontman, Jim James has launched ‘The Future Is Voting’ tour, a run of six dates in swing districts designed to promote voter participation among young people.

Austin, TX – Jim James performed in concert at ACL Live on December 13, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

The tour, which will be part concert and part nonpartisan town hall meeting, kicks off with an Oct. 7 show at Emo’s.

James will be joined by raucous blues rocker Benjamin Booker and Made of Oak (Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso) alongside special surprise guests.

Tickets to the show go on sale Sept. 21 at 10 a.m.

After the Emo’s show, the tour will roll into San Marcos for a free show at Texas State University that will be open to students only.

“The importance of getting involved at this moment in time cannot be overstated. This isn’t only a Get Out The Vote concert,” James said in a press release about the event.  “This is a learning moment aimed at college students to motivate them to vote, regardless of where they fall on the political spectrum. Each stop on the tour purposefully takes place in a contested electoral district or state for this important midterm election, where students and young voters have the ability to dramatically affect the outcome of this tremendous moment in history.”

ACL Fest: Weekend one, both Saturdays of the fest are sold out

All three-day passes and single-day tickets for weekend one (Oct. 5-7) of Austin City Limits Festival are now sold out.

An adoring crowd cheers Willie Nelson’s performance at The Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

Friday and Sunday have been sold out for a while, but we’re guessing the slew of ecstatic reviews from Sunday headliner, Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” tour, which hit Madison Square Garden last weekend, pushed the needle on the final day of weekend one.

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Saturday tickets for weekend two of the festival (Oct. 12-14) are also sold out. Three-day passes and Friday and Sunday tickets for weekend two are still available.

More information.

Leon Bridges to join Willie Nelson at Beto O’Rourke rally at Auditorium Shores

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The rally for U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, set for Sept. 29 at Auditorium Shores, was already destined to be a Texas-sized spectacle with local legend Willie Nelson headlining. On Wednesday afternoon, the show got even bigger as Leon Bridges, who recently sold out two nights at ACL Live, announced plans to join the bill.

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The soul sensation from Fort Worth posted a photo of himself in a Beto for Senate T-shirt on his official Facebook page. Expressing appropriate reverence for Nelson, Bridges said he was joining the rally in support “of my friend and Texas Senate candidate, Beto O’Rourke.”

“Elections are coming up — so make sure you exercise your right to vote. Texas Forever,” he added.

Leon Bridges and special guest Masego perform at ACL-Live at The Moody Theater on September 1, 2018 in Austin, Texas

Nelson and Bridges will share the bill with Joe Ely, Carrie Rodriguez, Tameca Jones, and Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah Nelson.

Admission to the concert and rally is free but requires an RSVP via O’Rourke’s website.