Need a little reassurance in these troubled times? One of the most powerful young rappers of our time, Kendrick Lamar will be back in town to remind us ‘We Gon’ Be Alright’ on Friday, May 18 at the Austin360 Amphitheater.
For this go round, Lamar will be traveling with the full Top Dawg Entertainment crew including SZA, whose stunning album “Ctrl” was one of 2017’s best. Also on the bill are Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock and more.
Tickets will set you back $35-$125 and they go on sale Friday, Jan. 26 at noon.
Jeff Austin Band will also play a weekend set alongside Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth and Donna the Buffalo. I’m With Her (the trio of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan), Balsam Range, We Banjo 3, Steve Poltz, Colter Wall, Calexico and Wimberley’s Ray Wylie Hubbard will also perform.
Austin artists on the lineup include psych-folk band The Deer, Grupo Fantasma player José Galeano’s side project, Galeano and Blues standouts the the Peterson Brothers.
Festival executive director Jean Spivey says the fest’s new site, a 145-acre tract of land with ample campground space will provide “an intimate, but more breathable atmosphere.” In addition to three stages of entertainment, the fest will feature kid-friendly attractions, an artists’ market, performance workshops and the youth competition, along with new additions like a variety of food trucks.
On Wednesday, the fest will release the first round of discounted “All-Aboard” tickets with camping and non-camping options, at prices they say are “rolled back to pre-2014 levels.” The fest has also added a new rate for teens. More info.
Canadian country music superstar Shania Twain has a new album “Now” scheduled to drop on September 29, and today she announced dates for the North American support tour scheduled for next summer. The tour will hit Austin on Thursday, June 7 with a stop at the Frank Erwin Center.
Tickets to the show go on sale Friday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at TexasBoxOffice.com or by phone at (512) 477-6060 or 1-800-982-BEVO (2386).
It’s not personal. The show is playing arenas and stadiums around the country and, without a professional sports team, we don’t have one of those. Perry’s last outing, the 2014 Prismatic tour, only played Dallas and Houston, skipping Central Texas entirely.
The “Witness” tour hits Dallas, Houston and San Antonio in January of next year.
We still do have two somewhat decent shots at a Katy Perry performance in Austin in 2018, though. It’s possible that Katy Perry could be tapped as an Austin City Limits Fest headliner, although given this year’s roster, it seems unlikely that the fest would shell out for a chart-dominating pop spectacle like Perry. Odds are much better for the Formula One Grand Prix.
If the race continues in Austin again next year, Perry becomes a front-runner to follow superstars Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake as a marquis musical guest for the event.
Rapper Logic has been slowly becoming one of the hottest new voices in hip-hop. Last year, he handily sold out a Stubb’s show and this go round he’s jumped up to the big stage at the Austin360 Amphitheater. His “Everybody’s Tour” hits the Circuit of the Americas on July 20.
Logic’s latest album, “Everybody,” that dropped in early May, is a dense collection that centers around his struggle to reconcile the various facets of his multi-racial identity in the midst of the social and political turmoil of America in 2017. Also on this bill is Pro-Era rapper Joey Bada$$, who created waves with the starkly political “All Amerikkkan Bada$$”earlier this year.
The Jump On It concert series returns to Givens Park in East Austin this summer for a run of Wednesday evening events that kick off on June 21st with a show featuring Dallas rapper Mo3. The series continues through August 9th, when Houston heavyweight Trae tha Truth closes it out with a concert that also features special guests from ATL kingpin, T.I.’s Grand Hustle record label. The biggest highlight of this year’s series is on July 19, when Jump On It hosts the Austin stop of Atlanta rapper B.o.B.’s national summer tour. The last time Bobby Ray was in Austin, he headlined a show at Stubb’s BBQ.
This year marks the 20th anniversary for the Jump On It! series which was launched at Rosewood Park in 1997, by local rapper Charles “Nook” Byrd, then a teenage young gun on the ATX hip-hop scene. As the city grappled with a surge in gang violence, Jump On It’s aim was to create a positive, all-ages environment where youths could gather weekly for entertainment and social interaction. The weekly series continued for eight years, before switching to an annual event. The full series resumed in 2014.
In addition to music, Jump On It, has always featured a strong social outreach component. This year, event organizers have partnered with the City of Austin to focus on health screenings, from fitness testing to diabetes screens and STD tests. They will also host financial literacy and education workshops.
“We have to put our youth in a position to be successful! We must show them how to unite, teach them the importance that health plays in the quality of their lives and educate them in finances so they can thrive in in Austin’s growing market,” says Breanna Byrd, the event’s operations manager.
Today, they announced “Show Snacks,” chef-created small bites that will accompany each show. Highlights include “Thurston S’mores” by Aaron Franklin and Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar (Houston) that will accompany Thurston Moore’s Mohawk show on Wednesday, May 17, the previously announced mash-up of Japanese pop-punk from Shonen Knife and Japanese fare from Austin chef Yoshi Okai at Barracuda on Friday, May 19 and the chance to honky tonk it up with Rayland Baxter, Jonathan Terrell and Carson McHone at The White Horse while swilling cold brew ice cream floats from Stumptown Coffee Roasters that same night.
Black Joe Lewis, with openers Bad Lovers and Payton Andrew Green, will pair up with Valentina’s Tex Mex at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at Barracuda and Robert Ellis closes out the fest’s music program on Saturday, May 20 at The White Horse with Harvest Thieves and Altamesa and ice cream sandwiches from Tillamook (Oregon).
In 2015, now 50-year-old pop sensation, Janet Jackson announced via Twitter that she was canceling her “Unbreakable” tour to focus on starting a family. Last night, she took to the social media platform once more to let fans know she’s ready to hit the road again. Her new “State of the World” tour kicks off on September 7 and Austin is the third stop of the run, on September 10.
In a personal video that clocks in at about minute and a half, the superstar talks about the joys of motherhood. She also opens up to her fans. “I just want to keep it real for y’all for a second,” she says. “Yes, I separated from my husband. We are in court and the rest is in God’s hands.”
She’s renamed the tour “State of the World,” a title that she says is not about politics, but “people, the world, relationships and love.”
The press release for the tour promises a mix of “fan favorites from her chart-topping ‘Unbreakable’ album, an array of her socially conscious music she’s released throughout her career, and other smash hits and soon-to-be released new tracks.”
After easily doubling attendance from 5,000 to 10,000 last year, Jmblya, the spring turn up/single-day hip-hop and dance music fest hosted by local powerhouse Scoremore Shows, moved out to the Circuit of the Americas for the 2017 go round.
The party goes down in Austin on Saturday, May 6, with a stacked lineup featuring Chance the Rapper, ‘Trap God’ Gucci Mane, Migos, Steve Aoki and more. The Scoremore crew shunned the 14,000 capacity Austin360 Amphitheater to build their own venue in one of the parking lots on the race track grounds. Even with an increased capacity of over 20,000, festival organizers say only limited general admission tickets are still available. The tickets are $99 and available here.
Fans of the movie “500 Days of Summer” will never forget the sequence in which Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character, after a particularly wonderful night, dances through the streets to the tune of Hall & Oates’ “You Make My Dreams Come True.” In case you haven’t seen it, or if you just need an excuse to watch it again, here’s the clip:
If you happen to also be a fan of Train — or have kids who watch a lot of music videos on YouTube — you might have noticed that the band’s video for its current hit, “Play that Song,” has an eerily similar, infectious vibe. That’s on purpose, said Train lead singer Patrick Monahan by phone this week.
“Before ‘La La Land’ was out, there was ‘500 Days of Summer,'” Monahan said, adding that the idea to embrace a “500 Days” vibe came from the video’s director, Travis Kopach. “He was like, ‘Man, I got this idea, check it out.”
The result was this catchy video to this catchy song, which has been played more than 16 million times on YouTube:
Monahan, who will be in town next month when Train plays the Austin360 Amphitheater with opening acts O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield May 20, said it’s also been fun to watch “Play that Song” introduce “Heart and Soul” to a new generation. (“Play that Song” incorporates the melody of “Heart and Soul” and includes writers Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser in its credits.)
“We’re playing the Radio Disney Music Awards on Saturday — it was the most-requested song on their station,” Monahan said. “It’s really cute how that came about. I think it’s fun to bring back old music for people who don’t know what it is.”
Monahan said he’s looking forward to visiting Austin, “the coolest and best place in Texas,” again.
“What I used to do is we would park the tour bus and I would do an Austin run through town, mostly on trails,” he said. “Some of the best trail running I’ve ever done is in Austin. I remember thinking I was so fast and so in shape and this woman from Austin smoked me. It was really fun to see really cool, great athletes do their thing in Austin.”
Monahan, who said he was on his way into the studio to record a Christmas album on Thursday afternoon, said he can promise an upbeat, family friendly show when Train comes to town in May.
“As a band that’s been around for 22 years, this is the best live performance you’ll ever see us having done,” he said. “The camaraderie between us and the other acts is very honest and genuine. We’re going to have a lot fun. We’re for families — grandparents and moms and dads and kids of all ages. You’ll all know something that you’ll hear that night.”