It’s beginning to look a lot like… well, the autumn equinox? The arrival of fall brings an early announcement of the music lineup for the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, which will present its 43rd annual holiday shopping extravaganza from Dec. 13-24 at Palmer Events Center.
Lots of familiar locals fill out the 12-days-of-pre-Christmas schedule, but there’s also a rare and intriguing out-of-town addition. Cajun/zydeco accordionist C.J. Chenier and his Red Hot Louisiana Band, regular visitors to Antone’s in recent years, will play the 7 p.m. slot on Dec. 23. Two other non-locals also will appear: Oklahoma’s John Fullbright (3 p.m. Dec. 15) and Mississippi’s Charlie Mars (3 p.m. Sept. 21).
Highlights among hometown acts include Shinyribs (7 p.m. Dec. 14), Ray Wylie Hubbard (7 p.m. Dec. 18), Tomar & the FCs (noon Dec. 16), Suzanna Choffel (noon Dec. 19) and Mobley (3 p.m. Dec. 20). The final Saturday, Dec. 23, features a triple-threat of Austin blues women with Shelley King (noon), Carolyn Wonderland (3 p.m.) and Marcia Ball (7 p.m.).
Also on the bill are Leon Bridges, Joe Ely, Carrie Rodriguez, Tameca Jones, and Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah Nelson. (Update, Sept. 19: An initial report of Leon Bridges being on the bill was unconfirmed when the show was announced on Sept. 12, but Bridges confirmed on Sept. 19 that he will be on the bill.)
A press release from Nelson’s publicist describes the event as “the first public concert Nelson has held for a political candidate.”
“My wife Annie and I have met and spoken with Beto and we share his concern for the direction things are headed,” Nelson said in the press release. “Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine.”
Will Beto jam with Willie again? That’s what happened during the encore of the July Fourth Picnic, when O’Rourke joined in on acoustic guitar for the finale of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “I’ll Fly Away.”
Snoop Dogg is playing a run of ball park shows that includes a stop at Dell Diamond on December 2. This go round he’s bringing with him a who’s who of artists from your ’90s hip-hop playlist including Too Short, Warren G and Bone Thugs ‘n’ Harmony.
Tickets start at $45 and they go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and will be available at roundrockexpress.com, by phone at 512-255-2255 and at the Dell Diamond box office.
Prospects for Texas beating USC this Saturday seem iffy at best after the Longhorns’ narrow win over lowly Tulsa this past weekend. But across from the stadium on the LBJ Library Lawn, the new Longhorn City Limits series brought some welcome live local music to pregame festivities with sets from blues great Jimmie Vaughan and soul band the Nightowls.
Next up, UT formally announced this morning, are country-roots-rockers Reckless Kelly and blues jammers the Peterson Brothers Band, who’ll play before the Horns take on the Trojans at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. The Peterson Brothers will play from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., with Reckless Kelly following from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Admission is free; no ticket to the game is required.
It’s one of two high-profile sports-related appearances Reckless Kelly will be making this month. The band recently announced that its annual Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam at Dell Diamond, set for Sunday, Sept. 23, will be the last of a 10-year run for the popular charity event.
Longhorn City Limits shows will continue at all home games this season. The full schedule hasn’t been revealed; announcements of the next event will happen at that stadium during each game.
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.
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.
John Fullbright, Kelley Mickwee, the Peterson Brothers and Monte Montgomery are the artists taking part in this year’s Nobelity Project 4×4 Concert, an annual benefit that has helped to build a school for children in Africa.
Funds from this year’s event, set for Sept. 26 at Gibson Guitar Showroom, will go toward building a library for Mugaka Primary, a K-8 school in rural Kenya that the Nobelity Project first partnered with in 2011.
Tickets, $50, include pre-show food and drinks, followed by the concert in which each of the four acts will play four songs (thus the 4×4 name).
Fullbright, from Oklahoma, is the lone non-local act on the bill, but he performs here often and is one of Americana music’s most promising singer-songwriters. Mickwee makes her own records in addition to performing with popular Austin band Shinyribs and spinning records on Sun Radio.
The Peterson Brothers, a mainstay at Austin’s Continental Club, have been a rising star of Austin’s blues scene in recent years. Montgomery is a longtime local fixture as a guitarist and singer songwriter who’s also done music for various TV and film projects.
Local public radio affiliate KUTX 98.9 FM will be back at the amphitheater at Mueller Lake Park for another round of their family-friendly Rock the Park concert series this fall.
The monthly series pairs a kids music act, curated by the station’s Sunday evening kids show “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child,” with a grown folk artist to get the whole family grooving. Featured acts this go round include two recent Austin360 Artists of the Month: Mobley andJackie Venson.
The shows are free and open to the public.
Fall 2018 Dates
Sept 21 (Rain Date: Sept 28)
Mobley 7:15 p.m.
Groundwork Music Orchestra 6:30 p.m.
Oct 19 (Rain Date: Oct 26)
Jackie Venson 7:15 p.m.
Ants Ants Ants 6:30 p.m
Nov 9 (Rain Date: Nov 16)
Walker Lukens & the Side Arms 7:15 p.m.
DJ Jester the Filipino Fist 6:30 p.m
“You can’t get any more Texas than that,” he said at the time. “The whole thing is just incredible to me. I could’ve never dreamed it up on my own, to even ask something like that. And why would they even do it?”
Vaughan is thrilled to be returning to the Forty Acres.
“What an honor to play once again for The University Of Texas,” he said about the new concert series.
Local soul ensemble, the Nightowls, opens for Vaughan at the first concert with a set that kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Vaughan is scheduled to play at 5 p.m.
The University of Texas has partnered with Austin City Limits Festival producers C3 Presents for the series. Concessions during the pregame concerts will include Stubb’s BBQ and happy hour-priced beers and wine spritzers.
Norah Jones, Boz Scaggs and Gary Clark Jr. are among those who will take part in the fifth annual Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Inductions and Celebration at ACL Live on Oct. 25, the long-running TV show announced Wednesday. The performers’ names follow a previous announcement that this year’s honorees will be Ray Charles, Los Lobos and Marcia Ball.
Other performers announced Wednesday include Ruthie Foster, Robert Randolph, Lou Ann Barton, Shelley King and Carolyn Wonderland, adding to previously revealed guests Irma Thomas and Tracy Nelson. One other guest previously announced, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, had to cancel because of a scheduling conflict, according to the show’s publicist.
Also taking part will be filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Musician Chris Isaak returns as the event’s emcee for the second year, with Austin instrumentalist and producer Lloyd Maines serving as musical director of the house band.
Could this be the country music show of the year in Austin? At the very least, it’s the proto-alt-country show of the year. Founding Byrds members Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman will team with country-bluegrass great Marty Stuart and his band the Fabulous Superlatives at ACL Live on Nov. 10 to revisit “Sweetheart of the Rodeo,” the groundbreaking country-folk-rock crossover album that came out 50 years ago this month.
“Sweetheart of the Rodeo” was released on Aug. 30, 1968, and helped give rise to the short but brilliant career of Gram Parsons, who died five years later from a drug overdose. Parsons joined the band after its initial mid-1960s hits such as “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn Turn Turn,” pushing the group toward a synthesis of traditional country and its trademark folk-rock on the “Sweetheart” album.
The record proved to be highly influential on subsequent generations of musicians. Among those who took it to heart was Stuart, then a teenage bluegrass prodigy and later a hitmaking country star. Stuart owns the 1954 Fender Telecaster that previously belonged to the late Clarence White, who played guitar on the “Sweetheart” album; Stuart will play that guitar on this tour.
Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives — guitarist Kenny Vaughan, bassist Chris Scruggs and drummer Harry Stinson — will serve as the supporting band for McGuinn and Hillman. Set lists from late-July shows on the tour indicate that the show will include Byrds classics plus a few Stuart/Superlatives numbers, as well as an encore dominated by Tom Petty songs. Petty was close friends with both McGuinn and Hillman, and produced the latter’s solo album “Bidin’ My Time” last year, a few months before Petty’s death.