Now in its eighth year, KUTX Live at The Four Seasons continues in 2018 with four days of early morning broadcasts live from the Four Seasons ballroom from 7 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, through Friday, March 16; and from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 17. The event is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission to the main show, which includes a breakfast taco, KIND granola bar and bottomless coffee, is $15 per adult or $5 for children 12 and under.Limited self-parking is available in the hotel garage on a first-come, first served basis at a discounted rate of $5 per car until 1 p.m.
All KUTX Live event proceeds in 2018 will benefit the Trail Foundation to support the organization’s Brazos Bluff project. Aimed at restoring, beautifying and enhancing the public parkland area directly beneath the hotel, the project will add a much-needed stopping point along the trail for people to take a quick stretch, meet for a picnic or watch a fiery sunset from a newly constructed viewing deck.
KUTX Live at The Four Seasons Lineup
|WED. 3/14||THUR. 3/15||FRI. 3/16||SAT. 3/17|
|8 a.m.||Lido Pimienta|
|11 a.m.||XXX||XXX||XXX||Ghostland Observatory|
Got little ones in tow? Spare the Rock Spoil the Child, our Sunday-evening kids’ show, will offer kid-friendly (but parent-friendly, too) sets between the main-stage acts each day. Those interested in attending only the children’s shows may purchase a wristband for $5 per adult or child; benefits still include the above breakfast treats, however the wristband does not allow entry to the main stage.
Spare the Rock Spoil the Child Lineup
|WED. 3/14||THUR. 3/15||FRI. 3/16||SAT. 3/17|
|8:30 a.m.||Laura Doherty||XXX|
|9:30 a.m.||123 Andes||Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band|
|10:30 a.m.||XXX||XXX||XXX||Sugar Free Allstars|
As a kid singing in his West Virginia church, Eric Burton loved watching people respond to the power of the human voice. After moving around the country with his family including stints in California and New Mexico, Burton finally settled in Austin in 2016 and quickly cut his teeth busking in the streets. Whether it’s a bar, coffee shop, house party or even as the subject of a short documentary called “Street Music”, Eric makes an impression everywhere he plays.
Fast forward to the early fall of 2017, and musician/producer Adrian Quesada found himself with some rare downtime and began to write and record a collection of soul leaning instrumentals with the intent of eventually making a full album. The only catch was he had no singer or lyricist for the songs. Even in a town with so many talented musicians, finding the perfect voice was no easy task. He found himself putting out feelers for singers as far away as L.A. until local producer Bryan Ray, a mutual friend of Burton and Quesada, connected the two via email. One session led to another and after completing more than an album’s worth of material in a few days, Black Pumas was born. The sound is at times psychedelic, funky, bold, cinematic, but above all, soulful and sincere. Their debut album will be out late summer on Karma Chief Records, a new subsidiary of Ohio based Colemine Records.
3/11 @ Spiderhouse Ballroom – 11:30 p.m.
3/13 @ The Parish (Official SXSW Showcase) – 9 p.m.
3/15 @ Yard Dog – 3 p.m.
3/17 @ Hotel San Jose – 10 p.m.
3/23 @ KUTX and Mueller Present: Rock the Park – 7:45 p.m.
March 8 is International Women’s Day – a worldwide day of recognition and action for women and girls. KUTX will participate the best way we know how: with music! From 6am until 11pm, we’ll shine the spotlight on women – from singer-songwriters, to kick-ass frontwomen, to rappers – from here in Austin to all around the world. (We can’t promise you won’t hear some men singing – how else do we honor awesome lady drummers and guitarists?)
What’s more – we’re kicking the men out of the studio! The entire day will be hosted by the Women of KUTX:
9 A.M. to 12 P.M. – Susan Castle remains the queen of her mid-morning castle.
12-2 P.M. – Live Music Booker/Producer Deidre Gott gives Jay Trachtenberg the boot. (Will she play Dolly Parton? Our sources say yes!)
2-5 P.M. – Laurie Gallardo rocks her usual spot!
5-8 P.M. – For your afternoon drive home, KUTX’s Assistant Program Director Jacquie Fuller will take the wheel from Jody Denberg.
8-11 P.M. – Ladies Night with Taylor Wallace
Follow along on Instagram (@KUTX), too, where we’ll be sharing portraits from some of our favorite women artists who have come through KUTX.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
KUTX Host Art Levy shares three songs he can’t stop spinning.
Courtney Barnett – “Nameless, Faceless”
Australia’s Courtney Barnett is back with a new record called Tell Me How You Really Feel, and there’s no danger in missing her message. The first single, “Nameless, Faceless,” addresses violence against women and it includes a Margaret Atwood quote for all the bookworms out there, but it’s also done in Barnett’s trademark style—some dark humor, mixed with loud guitars.
Parquet Courts – “Almost Had To Start A Fight/In And Out of Patience”
Speaking of loud things, the New York punk band Parquet Courts just announced a new album called Wide Awake!. Oddly enough, it’s produced by Danger Mouse, who usually works with big budget pop acts like Gorillaz, Beck, and Gnarls Barkley. But Parquet Courts sound just as scrappy as ever on “Almost Had To Start A Fight/In And Out of Patience,” which is two songs pushed into one. Catch their upcoming Austin date at Levitation Fest in April.
Wye Oak – “The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs”
Finally, here’s something completely different. Wye Oak is a veteran band that blurs the lines between electronic, pop, and rock, and it’s pretty amazing to watch them do it all onstage, since there are only two members in the band. Album number six, The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, is due out in April, and the title track is a standout. Wye Oak will also play a few sets at SXSW in a couple of weeks.
KUTX 98.9 has been voted “Best Radio Station” in the Austin Chronicle’s annual Austin Music poll.
This is the fourth time in the station’s five-year history to be named “Best Radio Station” in the annual readers’ poll.
“We’re fortunate to live and work in this community of artists, makers and music lovers, and strive to encourage and promote it so that it may grow and thrive,” said KUTX 98.9 program director Matt Reilly. “We’re honored to receive this recognition again – it’s an incredible acknowledgment of the work we’re doing day in and day out. Thank you!”
KUTX host Laurie Gallardo was named “Best Radio Personality” by Austin Chronicle readers for the second consecutive year. She hosts music from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday on KUTX 98.9. She also produces the Austin Music Minute, which shines the spotlight on live music shows around town six days a week.
KUTX hosts Jody Denberg (5-8 p.m. M-Th, noon Fridays) and John Aielli (7-9 a.m. M-Th) rounded out the list of top five favorite radio personalities at numbers three and five respectively.
KUTX hip-hop show “The Breaks” (11 p.m. Saturdays), hosted by Confucius and Fresh; and Latin music show “Horizontes” (7 p.m. Sundays), hosted by Michael Crockett, were listed second and fifth respectively in the Best Radio Music Program category.
A complete listing of Austin Music Industry Award winners is online.