A new music nonprofit, Music Moves Austin launched on Monday with a mission to “engage the broader Austin music community and advocate for the preservation and empowerment of Austin’s musicians, music businesses, culture, and communities.”
The new group brings together representatives from Austin Music People, the Red River Merchants Association, the Urban Artist Alliance, the Music Venue Alliance, EQ Austin, C3 Presents, and South by Southwest. It will be led by Nick Shuley, who previously worked with the Austin music nonprofit All ATX.
The group plans to register voters at local music venues, shops, and festivals before the election in November. They will also host a series of forums with city council and mayoral candidates on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 at Antone’s. Following the election, they plan to maintain an email list to keep music supporters in the know when issues that affect the scene show up on the agenda at City Council meetings.
“Music is the soul of Austin. It is who we are, and the city’s rich cultural and musical heritage is why many of us choose Austin as our home.,” Shuley said in a statement about the new group. “It is vital for the sustainability of our town’s cultural fabric that those moved by Austin’s music have a voice in city government and work hand-in-hand with elected officials to find solutions to foster and support musicians, music businesses, and the greater music community as a whole.”
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.
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.
Want to go to Austin City Limits Festival, but can’t stomach the $255 ticket price for a three-day pass?
The festival has added a link to the official festival ticket exchange off the ticket page on their website and on Thursday afternoon we spotted verified three-day passes for weekend two, Oct. 12-14, going for as low as $119. Weekend two of the festival is not sold out.
Weekend one, Oct. 5-7, is sold out. Consequently, those ticket prices are much higher on the official exchange. On Thursday afternoon, the cheapest three-day passes we saw for weekend one were $280. Friday and Saturday of weekend one are also sold out. The cheapest tickets we saw for Friday, Oct. 5, Sir Paul McCartney’s first headline night, were $145. Saturday, Oct. 6 was the first day of the festival to sell out this year and verified resale tickets for that day started at $124.
The student tickets sale offers another option for students hunting for a discounted rate for either weekend of the festival. The festival will release $230 three-day passes for both weekends of the festival on Sept. 14 at noon. Student tickets must be purchased with a valid .edu or .mil email address.
Sure it still feels like summer, but fall football season is here.
OUR TOP PICKS
Friday: Margo Price, Hayes Carll at ACL Live. A double-shot of A-list Americana acts from Nashville and Austin, respectively, this concert is a fundraiser for the Hill Country Conservancy, a nonprofit that seeks to protect the natural outdoor spaces in Central Texas as well as the area’s working farms and ranches. Price was a highlight of Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic this summer, and Carll has been lighting up the Saxon Pub lately with his “Enough Rope” live-streamed shows. $40-$60. 9 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B.
Saturday: Longhorn City Limits with Jimmie Vaughan, Nightowls at LBJ Library Lawn. Here’s the best new addition to University of Texas football pre-game rituals in a long time: free concerts by some of the city’s top musicians on the expansive greenspace immediately adjacent to the southeast end of DKR-Memorial Stadium. Blues guitar great Vaughan headlines the inaugural event at 5 p.m., with high-powered Austin soul outfit the Nightowls opening at 3:30 p.m. These shows will happen before every home game this year. (More performers will be announced soon; one will be Reckless Kelly, playing Sept. 15 before the USC game.) 2300 Robert Dedman Drive. texassports.com. — P.B.
Saturday: Michael Nesmith & the First National Band at Paramount Theatre. He’ll forever be known for the Monkees, but Nesmith gained a wholly different cult-following for the country-influenced folk-rock records he made with his First National Band in the early 1970s. The shows he’s been playing with them this year mark a return from a nearly half-century hiatus. Now 75, Nesmith — whose songwriter bona fides included writing Linda Ronstadt’s Stone Poneys hit “Different Drum — is enjoying a late-career revival that’s helping to recast his musical legacy. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — P.B.
Saturday: Shawn Colvin at One World Theatre. These days, all the aspiring Austin women singer-songwriters seemingly want to be like Patty Griffin, but when Griffin moved here in the late ’90s she (and many others) found a role model in Colvin, who’d moved back here a few years earlier. She’d played music here in the 1970s, which gave her deep local roots even as she became a platinum-selling success with multiple Grammys. She’ll show up as a special guest to sing with the likes of Don Henley and Jackson Browne when they’re in town, but her own shows here are infrequent, and the intimate venue makes this one all the more special. $35-$108. 7 p.m. 7701 Bee Caves Road. oneworldtheatre.org. — P.B.
Guitarist and singer Hosea Hargrove, an artist often referred to as the godfather of Austin blues, died early Monday morning. His daughter, Hosetter Irwin, confirmed the news with an emotional post on his Facebook page Monday night. “My Daddy, a.k.a. the blues man, has got his heavenly wings,” she wrote. He was 88.
“Hosea is the foundation of music itself for Austin. He was here 60 years ago playing in all these small clubs,” Eddie Stout, founder of the local blues label Dialtone Records, said on Wednesday morning.
Hargrove grew up East of Austin near Smithville. He was a self-taught guitar man.
“He made his own guitar from a cigar box at age 14 or so,” his daughter, Shirley Vincent said on Wednesday morning.
“He didn’t listen to records,” Stout said. He’d hear songs on the radio or a jukebox, then go home and try to recreate them. “His chord changes were different from the record because he didn’t know exactly how it went. So what he made up is what he stuck with.”
Hargrove was a regular at Antone’s and other Austin blues clubs. He also toured extensively, opening for and sitting in with some of the top blues players in the country, including B.B. King. Stout also took him to Europe once. He never achieved widespread acclaim, but his local influence was significant.
Guitar legend Jimmie Vaughan was among the artists who studied Hargrove’s style.
“Jimmie Vaughan used to come to Elgin and sit in with me when he was young, before his brother even played,” Hargrove said in 2011.
Hargrove was inducted into the Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame in 2009.
He was serious about his craft, carrying his guitar with him everywhere. “(Music) played a big role in his life. It was all that he knew,” Vincent said.
“Without people like Hosea nobody would be here. None of the stars that we know today,” Stout said. “They all relied on some kind of foundation and Hosea built that foundation.”
Hawke co-wrote and directed “Blaze,” a biopic about Austin musician Blaze Foley. Sexton starred in the movie as Foley’s friend, Texas music legend Townes Van Zandt, and Black was an executive producer on the film.
The Hollywood Reporter says “the group became involved with ‘Blaze star’ Ben Dickey’s new recordings and found themselves wanting to promote their friend’s style of folk, country and blues music.”
They released a three-song EP on Tuesday with a full-length album due out in January. The album was recorded at Arlyn Studios early this year. The label will operate in conjunction with the Nashville-based Dualtone label. We will have a review of the EP in Peter Blackstock’s On the Record column later this week.
Back in the spring, tickets to Leon Bridges’ first night at ACL Live sold out the moment they dropped. Consequently, the club was packed, and excitement hung heavy in the air. When the house went dark sometime around 9:15 p.m., a hysterical scream went through the crowd.
Bridges set the tone for the show as he exploded onto a stage bathed in blue light, “Live from the funk/It’s hotter than Texas/Right from the jump,” he crooned, seducing the audience with “If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)”.
“Don’t be scared of me tonight I want to see you dance,” he coaxed the crowd. They happily obliged.
Bridges is dancing more these days too. With a seven-piece band at his back, the stage was set with a wide circle where Bridges could prowl, shimmy and slide around.
His new album “Good Thing” is a dramatic evolution from his 2015 debut, “Coming Home.” That golden voice has always been his super power, but on the new release he moves beyond sepia-toned songwriting with simple melodies carrying vivid imagery. He pushes into new territory, shaking off the Sam Cooke comparisons with clubbier soul jams and insistently steamy bedroom numbers.
“Can I get sexy tonight, Austin?” he asked, to a resounding affirmative swoon. He played a sultry version of “Coming Home,” allowing the audience to quite capably handle a verse, before seguing into “Beyond,” the greatest wedding song of the year.
Dear Austin, if less than 3 couples get engaged when @leonbridges sings "Beyond" at @acllive tonight, I will be very disappointed in us.
“If you’re with your forever raise your hand,” he said before starting the latter and thereby confirming the obvious: this was a stellar date night concert. Couples, in general, and, if we’re being honest, white couples, specifically made up a huge portion of the crowd. Much has been said about how Bridges’ crowds skew white. How he struggles to find a “Brown Skin Girl” in his crowds when he sings that song. The bottom line is Bridges creates sentimental baby-making music that resonates exceptionally well with white people (the white people who program adult contemporary radio stations, in particular).
But onstage, Bridges seems unburdened by any of these issues. He’s grown, both musically and a performer. The show had jazzy interludes with an extended stand up bass solo intro-ing the mournful lament “Georgia to Texas.” It also had ample dance breakdowns, like when he played the legitimate club banger “You Don’t Know.”
He took the set out with a ballistic version of his early track “Flowers.” Then, after a full five minutes of enthusiastic cheering, he returned for a sublime acoustic performance of “River” followed by a shack-shaking, rafter-rattling full band exit with “Mississippi Kisses.”
UPDATE: Epitaph records has dropped the Austin band Summer Salt from their roster. “Due to recent developments Epitaph is parting ways with Summer Salt,” a representative from Epitaph said in an email on Tuesday.
The band had signed with the label earlier this year and their debut album was due out later this month.
FROM 8.31.18: Local band Summer Salt, who recently signed to Epitaph records, has decided to part ways with bassist Phil Baier following allegations of sexual misconduct by several women on social media. The band announced their decision on Twitter on Tuesday.
Back in May, husband/wife hip-hop team, Riders Against the Storm, helped organize a birthday party for World War II veteran, Richard Overton at his home in East Austin. At 112, Overton is the oldest man in America, the third oldest man in the world.
On Wednesday, the duo released the pilot episode of their new web series “Uplifted,” featuring footage from the celebration and wisdom from Overton, a whisky and cigar aficionado who intends to outlive us all.
RAS plans to make “Uplifted” an ongoing feel-good series.
Here’s the synopsis: Stories are powerful. The stories we tell ourselves determine what we believe is possible. UPLIFTED, a web series directed and produced by husband-wife Hip Hop duo, Riders Against the Storm, is a dedicated to telling stories that will uplift, and energize audiences. Let the GOODNESS go viral. Let the POWER be relaized. Let the BEAUTY be celebrated.
Why wait for the weather to change? Let the festing begin!
Friday: KUTX the Breaks Summer Jam at Barracuda. The hosts of KUTX’s Saturday night hip-hop showcase the Breaks present a solid roster of standouts and up-and-comers from Austin’s hip-hop and soul scene. Dreamy soul maven Melat headlines a bill that also includes Jake Lloyd, the Teeta, Deezie Brown and more. Fifty percent of each ticket sold benefits the local nonprofit Kids in a New Groove. $10. Doors at 7 p.m. 611 East Seventh St. kutx.org — D.S.S.
Friday: Wagoneers at Broken Spoke. Somehow it was only recently that this longtime local country band played its first show at the legendary South Austin dance hall, but it went well enough that it’s become a semi-regular thing. This one’s special, though: This week marks the 30th anniversary of “Stout and High,” the A&M Records album that put Monte Warden’s band on the map nationwide. They’ll play the album in its entirety on this night, along with plenty more country tunes for the boot-scootin’ Spoke regulars. $10 (first responders admitted free). 9 p.m. 3201 S. Lamar Blvd. brokenspokeaustintx.net. — P.B.
Saturday: Babes Fest music showcase at the Mohawk. Back in March, NYC duo Oshun scorched a South by Southwest stage with a blazing blend of lyrically incisive hip-hop and emotionally urgent soul. They swoop back into town to headline the music portion of Babes Fest, the three-day celebration of art and culture created by women curated by Boss Babes ATX. The two-stage extravaganza also includes performances from local soul artist Alesia Lani, post-punk outfit Pleasure Venom and rapper Blakchyl (from Minds of a Different Kind) with producer Upper Reality on the outdoor stage. The indoor stage is headlined by electro-hip-hop artist Latasha with performances by Frank Wo/Men Collective, Eimaral Sol and more. $25. 8 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. babesfest.com. — D.S.S.
Saturday: District Cultural Arts Festival music showcase at Huston-Tillotson. Smooth and soulful singer Mali Music headlines the grand finale event for a daylong celebration of East Austin presented by Six Square, an organization devoted to preserving the historic legacy of the African-American community in Austin. Other artists on the bill include Sona Jobarteh of the Gambia, local hip-hop heavies Magna Carda, Tobe Nwigwe and Carolyn Blanchard. $15. 5 p.m. doors. 900 Chicon St. sixsquare.org — D.S.S.
Friday-Saturday: Maceo Parker at Antone’s. The words “living legend” get tossed around far too lightly, but the 75-year-old sax man fits the bill. He spent stints performing with James Brown in the ’60s, Parliament/Funkadelic in the ’70s and Prince in the ’90s. He’s also been a guest star on recordings by De La Soul, Jane’s Addiction, Dave Matthews Band and many more. This is a rare chance to get up close and personal with one of the most storied musicians of our time. $35-$40. 8 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com — D.S.S.
Umphrey’s McGee, Nth Power with Spirit Horns at ACL Live
Tab Benoit, Jarkekus Singleton at Mohawk outdoor
GGOOLLDD at Empire Control Room
Benefit for Russ Hartman with Alejandro Escovedo, Greyhounds, Matt Hubbard, Deadeye at Continental Club
Extreme Heat album release, Beto & the Fairlanes, Leeann Atherton at One-2-One Bar
“Girls Who Do Boys Who Do Girls” with host Betty Soo at Cactus Cafe
Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains, Rosie Flores single release at C-Boy’s
Superfonicos, El Corazon De Nopal, Shashamani Sound at Barracuda
South Austin Jug Band at Threadgill’s South
Cotton Mather at Threadgill’s North
Two Tons of Steel, Damn Torpedoes, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub
White Label Analog, Boleys, Of Sea & Stone, Jake Bardin at Stubb’s indoor
Bubble Puppy, Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band, Sun Machine at Hotel Vegas
Medicine Man Revival, Billy King and the Bad, Bad Bad at Native Hostel
Ringo Deathstarr at Volcom Garden
Mark Farina at Parish
Del Castillo Trio at Townsend
Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light video release at Scoot Inn
Wild Bill & the Lost Knobs at ABGB
Skanks Roots Project, Animo Cruz, Wakane at Flamingo Cantina
Adrian Ruiz Quartet, Sharon Bourbonnais at Elephant Room
Jan Seides, Brenda Freed, Regan Brown at Tavern Austin
Leon Bridges, Masego Music at ACL Live (sold out)
AC Slater at Vulcan Gas Company
Central American Music Fest with Humberto Vargas, more at One World Theatre
Flamingosis, Birocratic at Parish
Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains, Kathy & the Kilowatts at C-Boy’s
Shapescenes EP release, Social Flood, Knifight at Stubb’s indoor
Bad Gyal at Empire
Peterson Brothers at Continental Club
Emily Gimble, Lost Counts at Continental Club
W.C. Clark, Mandy Rowden at Saxon Pub
Magnifico at ABGB
White Ghost Shivers at Threadgill’s South
Roky Moon & Bolt, Scott Yoder, Nick Walton at Hotel Vegas
Barbie De Facto at Townsend
Bob Schneider, Peterson Brothers, Troll Smashers at Nutty Brown Amphitheater
Kyle Turner & Friends at One World Theater
Brent Faiyaz at Stubb’s indoor (sold out)
Annika Chambers, Lavelle White at Antone’s
Mohawk Bends, Shadow of Whales, Rummy at Mohawk indoor
ABGB fifth anniversary party with Leo Rondeau, Little Mikey & the Soda Jerks at ABGB
Third Coast Roots, Vana Liya, Serination at Flamingo Cantina
Lo Jinx Supper Club, Purgatory Players at El Mercado Backstage