Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTX
ACL Fest 2016 takes over Zilker Park the weekends of September 30-October 2 and October 7-9, and this week, it takes over My KUTX. Amy Corbin and Margaret Galton, the bookers behind ACL Fest, give us a preview of some of the acts they’re most excited to see, from the headliners to the new discoveries. Tune in Saturday, September 24 at 6 p.m., or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.
–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX
[intro music: LCD Soundsystem – “I Can Change”]
1. Chairlift – “Ch-Ching” (Fri, Sep. 30 & Fri, Oct. 7, 3 p.m., Cirrus Logic stage)
2. Raury – “Devil’s Whisper” (Fri, Sep. 30 & Fri, Oct. 7, 1 p.m., HomeAway stage)
3. Eliot Sumner – “Halfway To Hell” (Fri, Sep. 30, 12:15 p.m., Samsung stage)
4. Banks & Steelz – “Giant” (Fri, Sep. 30 & Fri, Oct. 7, 2 p.m., Samsung stage)
5. Foals – “Mountain At My Gates” (Fri, Sep. 30 & Fri, Oct. 7, 4 p.m., Samsung stage)
6. Chris Stapleton – “Nobody To Blame” (Sun, Oct. 2, 6 p.m., Samsung stage)
7. Nothing But Thieves – “Trip Switch” (Sat, Oct. 1 & Sat, Oct. 8, 12:45 p.m., Honda stage)
8. Saint Motel – “Move” (Sat, Oct. 1 & Sat, Oct. 8, 2:30 p.m., Honda stage)
9. Margo Price – “Hurtin’ (On The Bottle)” (Sun, Oct. 2 & Sun, Oct. 9, 3 p.m., HomeAway stage)
10. LL Cool J – “Mama Said Knock You Out” (Sat, Oct. 1 & Sat, Oct. 8, 4:30 p.m., Samsung stage)
11. Anderson .Paak – “Am I Wrong” (ft. Schoolboy Q) (Sat, Oct. 8, 5:30 p.m., HomeAway stage)
12. Radiohead – “Burn The Witch” (Fri, Sep. 30 & Fri, Oct. 7, 8 p.m., Samsung stage)
13. Mumford & Sons – “The Cave” (Sun, Oct. 2 & Sun, Oct. 9, 8 p.m., Samsung stage)
No wristband? No problem! KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, and Four Seasons Hotel Austin are partnering to connect music fans to some of the best hometown acts at the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival.
KUTX 98.9 will air all four 30-minute sets live from the beautiful back lawn of Four Seasons Austin Hotel from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30.
In addition to the music-loving public, Four Seasons guests and residents alike are invited to experience some of this year’s ACL festival acts in the comforts of the hotel’s haven-like setting during this annual event benefiting the Seton Shivers Cancer Center at Brackenridge Hospital.
Bring cash and a blanket to sit on. This popular event is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is $10 per person (cash only please) and includes a breakfast taco, a KIND bar and bottomless coffee. Kids ages 3-10 are $5, kids 2 and under are free. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Seton Shivers Cancer Center. The KUTX Live at the Four Seasons series – ACL edition – has raised $32,000 for the Center since 2013.
Limited self-parking is available in the hotel garage on a first-come, first served basis at a discounted rate of $5 per car.
Lincoln Durham (9:30 a.m.)
Gina Chavez (10:30 a.m.)
Walker Lukens & The Side Arms (11:30 a.m.)
Israel Nash (12:30 p.m.)
12:30 p.m. Israel Nash
It has holy connotations here in Austin, but the phrase “outlaw country” was invented by a Nashville record executive. “Cosmic country” is a bigger lasso that ropes in a wide range of stylistic savants: Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson, even Canadian Neil Young, all with their boots on the ground but their gaze turned skyward. From Missouri to New York and now Dripping Springs, Israel Nash has chased this particular stardust, and he’s finally found it.
11:30 a.m. Walker Lukens and The Side Arms
Austin’s Walker Lukens had a breakout year in 2014 with the release of the full-length album Devoted, earning national attention from outlets like American Songwriter, who praised his ability to create “towering pillars of sound.” NPR’s All Songs Considered took it one step further, as critic Robin Hilton compared discovering Walker’s music to the process of falling in love, saying “Even on my worst days, this is a fantastic record.” More recently, Lukens has put together a 5-piece backing band called The Side Arms, with a new album due for release this October.
10:30 a.m. Gina Chavez
If there’s a queen of Austin music these days, it might just be Gina Chavez. At the 2014-2015 Austin Music Awards, she cleaned up, claiming prizes for Musician, Album (Up.Rooted), and Song Of The Year (“Siete-D”). Over the years, she’s morphed from a folk artist into a dynamic performer, drawing from cumbia, bossa nova, pop, and beyond.
9:30 a.m. Lincoln Durham
Lincoln Durham describes his music as a “Southern-Gothic Psycho-Blues Revival-Punk One-Man-Band”. We might go for Bayou-Noir Gutter-Blues Roots-Punk One-Man-Band, but that’s just us. The point is that Durham’s sound is almost impossible to nail down.That prevailing sense of discord permeates more than just the lyrics, his ability to play familiar instruments with such ferocious energy, not to mention seriously funky tuning, creates a sound that seems to wrestle with the shadows that surround him.
The Austin City Limits Music Festival has announced the lineup for its 15th installment of the festival, with heavy hitters Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem and Mumford & Sons headlining the fest. Austin’s own Willie Nelson will also join the festivities in his first ACL appearance during the fest’s second weekend.
Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTX
Check out our coverage of the 2015 Austin City Limits Music Festival. Here are some highlights from Weekend 2:
9:30 am Son Little
R&B artist Son Little mixes 70’s inspired groove music and bluesy guitar riffs with seriously poignant messages. Inspired by the passing of two friends and the death of Trayvon Martin, Son Little is an outspoken advocate for young African-Americans.
10:30 am El Tule
Talk about the perfect festival act. Local party band El Tule fuses traditional Latin dance music like Merengue, Salsa, Tango, and with Reggae and Caribbean beats will definitely inspire you to shake a leg.
11:30 am Leopold and his Fiction
The brain child of songwriter Daniel James, Leopold and His Fiction turns roots rock on its edge with twinges of garage rock and gritty Detroit soul. The band has been working with GRAMMY nominated producer Chris Smith and promises their upcoming album will be one you won’t want to miss.
12:30 pm Shakey Graves
Who better to wrap-up our set at the Four Seasons than hometown hero Shakey Graves? Alejandro Rose-Garcia honed his lo-fi sound as a one man band with distinctive jangly guitar and tattered suitcase with kick pedal for percussion. In recent years Shakey joined forces with guest vocalist Esme Patterson for some killer duets and percussionist Chris “Boo” Booshada for a stronger more powerful rhythm section.