Formula 1 will be off to the races with Erika Wennerstrom, Nakia, more local acts

Erika Wennerstrom is among the local acts who’ll play the Formula 1 race weekend at Circuit of the Americas in October. JAMES GREGG/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Bruno Mars and Britney Spears are the big draws at Circuit of the Americas for this year’s Formula 1 race next month, but the event also always includes performances by quite a few local and regional acts on stages across the grounds. COTA announced many of those performers Thursday, including Austin luminaries Erika Wennerstrom, Nakia & the Blues Grifters and Tomar & the FCs.

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Other locals in the lineup include Kalu & the Electric Joint, Blackillac, Jane Ellen Bryant, Western Youth, Superfonicos, Texas KGB, Queue Queue, Megafauna, Otis the Destroyer, KP & the Boom Boom, Mayeux & Broussard, Big Wy’s Brass Band,, Midcentury and Billy King & the Bad Bad Bad. Several DJs are also on board, including DJ Mel, DJ Chorizo Funk, DJ Manolo Black and DJ King Louie.

Also on the bill are Alchemist Prime, Built by Snow , Jakubi, Jeremy Steding, love-Sadkid, Lost Vaqueros and Transit Method. More artists may still be added.

The Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix is Oct. 19-21. Mars performs on Saturday, Oct. 20, with Spears on Sunday, Oct. 21. Tickets are available via the Circuit of the Americas website.


Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and Twitter: @Blackstock360

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