Blues on the Green, the very popular Zilker Park summer concert series hosted by Austin radio station KGSR 93.3FM turns 25 this year. The station celebrates with a series of four shows kicking off Weds., May 27 with the Official Antone’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. The tribute to the storied blues club, set to reopen downtown this summer is hosted by Jimmie Vaughan who recently played at his brother’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction. Entertainment features a 55 minute set by the Antone’s All-Star review. We can likely expect appearances from the city’s top blues and blues rock players like Malford Milligan, Alejandro Escovedo and the lovely Ms. Lavelle White. Folks like Marcia Ball and Doyle Bramhall II might show up too. At 8:55 p.m. KGSR promises a special guest. Will it be acclaimed songwriter and super producer T Bone Burnett? Perhaps Vaughan will reunite with his old band the Fabulous Thunderbirds? Will they break out Hologram Stevie?
All are possibilities (except Hologram Stevie, we’ll be shocked if that happens) but it could just as easily be a national artist like Bonnie Raitt who has strong ties to the Austin blues scene or hometown hero Gary Clark Jr. who has graciously credited the club with nurturing his artistic development on numerous occasions and is an investor in the relaunch.
The series continues on June 24 with young folk-rock juggernaut Shakey Graves performing alongside explosive husband/wife hip-hop duo Riders Against the Storm. On July 22, local fave Bob Schneider is joined by Walker Lukens and on August 5 it’s a double bill featuring indie rockers Jamestown Revival and soulful pop singer Max Frost.
Blues on the Green 2015 schedule
May 27th The Official Antone’s 40th Anniversary Celebration : Hosted By Jimmie Vaughan
8:00: Antone’s All-Star Review
8:55 SPECIAL GUEST
June 24th SHAKEY GRAVES w/ Riders Against the Storm
July 22nd BOB SCHNEIDER w/ Walker Lukens
August 5th JAMESTOWN REVIVAL ● MAX FROST
Update: This was corrected to note that Stevie Ray Vaughan was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
Riding the nostalgia train til the “Afterglow” fades away, Portland rocker and Everclear frontman Art Alexakis is staging the Summerland Tour again this year. The 2015 edition finds post grunge heroes Fuel, Fort Worth rockers Toadies and pop punk outfit American Hi-Fi joining Everclear on the road. The show hits the Cedar Park Center on July 16. Tickets are available now at Ticketmaster.com.
Lots of top local bands along with some touring acts are headed to the San Marcos River in late August for Float Fest, which combines live music, tubing and camping in one of Texas’ most unusual summer festivals.
The three-day event, based at the Cool River Ranch in San Marcos, runs Aug. 28-30 and features music from Ghostland Observatory, Wild Cub, Phantogram, Dr. Dog, Local Natives, Bright Light Social Hour, Robert Delong, Robert Ellis, Max Frost, Mute Math, Quiet Company, Bun B, Paul Wall, Sarah Jaffe, Youngblood Hawke, The Eastern Sea and others.
The full lineup and details on tickets, which run $50 (for music only) to $299 (for three-day VIP), are at floatfest.net.
Get your credit cards ready, Ben Gibbard fans. Local alternative radio station 101X announced Tuesday that emo kings Death Cab For Cutie will headline the station’s 20th birthday concert Sept. 21 at ACL Live. Smooth synth-pop singer Twin Shadow will join the show as a special guest, according to the radio station. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Washington state’s Death Cab, the alt stalwarts behind songs like “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” and “Sound of Settling,” recently released their seventh studio album, “Kintsugi.” (Unfortunately, co-founding guitarist Chris Walla announced his departure from the band late last year.) Though Gibbard and bandmates have come through Austin before — including Austin Music Hall dates in 2011 and 2009, a 2005 ACL Fest appearance, and a Cedar Park stop for Gibbard’s The Postal Service on their anniversary tour in 2013 — “Transatlanticism” fans let out a collective sob after the band canceled their planned spot at last year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. New songs and a shaken-up lineup should make for a fresh Austin visit.
Twin Shadow, on the other hand, has barely left the Austin pillow cold. The singer, aka George Lewis Jr., played a string of SXSW gigs this year to promo third album “Eclipse,” also released this year.