Rock the Park

KUTX Shows

Rock the Park

Posted by on Mar 15, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: The remainder of our Spring 2020 season has been postponed until Fall 2021. We miss you and look forward to seeing you this fall!

Mueller and KUTX are excited to rock the amphitheater at Mueller Lake Park again this year with another round of free, family-friendly concerts curated by KUTX and our Sunday-evening kids’ show Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child.

Come a little early to secure your spot on the lawn (blankets are cool, but chairs aren’t) and grab your dinner from a food truck. We’ll have rock-and-roll face-painting for the kids by Faces By Juliet (no charge, but tips for the painters are welcomed.) We’ll also have coloring for the kids at the Mueller tent (where you can enter our #colorKUTX Instagram giveaway for a family membership to the Thinkery), additional activities from our sponsors, and cold beverages for the grown-ups.

We hope to see you at Rock the Park!


Rock the Park Spring 2020 Lineup


Friday, Mar 6 (rain date Mar 27)

– Joe McDermott (6:45) /Tomar & The FCs (7:30)
– At the KUTX tent: free face-painting for the kids from Faces by Juliet (6:15-8:00)
– Our sister station KUT 90.5 will be onsite with voter registration and information
– Food trucks onsite (food for sale): mmmpanadas & Garbo’s
– Complimentary beverage samples: Coffee from Fara Coffee; For adults 21+, Firestone Walker Brewing and June Shine Hard Kombucha samples compliments of Brown Distributing
– Additional onsite sponsors: Magic Pest & Lawn and Window World of Austin


Friday, Apr 3 (rain date Apr 24)


– Midnight Butterfly (6:45) + Superfónicos (7:30)
– At the KUTX tent: free face-painting for the kids from Faces by Juliet (6:15-8:00)
– Food trucks onsite (food for sale): TBA
– Complimentary beverage samples: For adults 21+, Shotgun Seltzer and June Shine Hard Kombucha samples compliments of Brown Distributing
– Additional onsite sponsors: TBA


Friday, May 15 (rain date May 22)


– Andy Sprouts (6:45) + Robert Ellis (7:30)
– At the KUTX tent: free face-painting for the kids from Faces by Juliet (6:15-8:00)
– Food trucks onsite (food for sale): TBA
– Complimentary beverage samples: For adults 21+, Shotgun Seltzer and Altstadt Brewing and Community Beer Co. samples compliments of Brown Distributing
– Additional onsite sponsors: TBA


ADMISSION: Free! (We welcome tips for the face painters)

PARKING: Parking is $1/hour in the McBee Garage across from the Thinkery. Metered spaces are also available around the park.

RECOMMENDED: We try to keep the volume at a reasonable level, but we still recommend hearing protection for younger children.

OK TO BRING: Coolers, picnic blankets, and stadium cushions (a.k.a., what we called “sit upons” at camp.)

NOT OK: Chairs, glass containers and alcohol are not permitted.


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All Covers Weekend

KUTX Shows

All Covers Weekend

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018

Rick McNulty hosts Left of the Dial on Fridays 7-11pm  and Uptown Saturday Night on Saturdays, 7-10 pm. Follow him on Twitter @Rick_Daddy

What makes for a good cover? What makes somebody’s version of someone else’s song interesting? I think it’s the art of taking the familiar and obscuring it in such a way that it becomes a different experience. Think of Picasso making copies of his realistic Blue Period paintings by instead using his eccentric Cubist methods. Same painting, but a totally different experience.

A good cover reveals a good song. If the original is well-written and has a solid foundation, you can cut it in an entirely new fashion or a different genre and a good song will always stand up. It’s like the songwriter left a blueprint and all it takes is a good contractor to embellish the original plans to make something just as impressive.

We’re not talking about just copying a song note for note, like Gus Van Sant remade Hitchcock’s Psycho shot for shot. Who needs that? A good cover changes the arrangement or the timbre–the feel of a song–and shapes it into something new so the performer can make it their own.

Below are the playlists from the all-covers shows I recently hosted. The first is from Left Of The Dial, where you’ll hear covers done in all different styles. There’s every genre here from bluegrass to punk and from electronic to rockabilly.

The second playlist is for Uptown Saturday Night where I focused exclusively on R&B and Soul artists covering hits and remaking them in their own image. One of my favorites is Solomon Burke repurposing “Proud Mary” as a story about his black ancestors who worked on the riverboat as it rolled down the Mississippi River. You’ll also hear Aretha, Etta, Brother Ray, James Brown, and a host of other soul singers infuse familiar pop hits with a massive amount of soul. Put any one of these songs on a mixtape or a playlist, and you have a party on your hands. [Note that several tracks from this show are not available on Spotify or are simply out of print and undigitized as of 2018.]


KUTX Shows

Posted by on Jul 8, 2018

KUTX and Threadgill’s World HQ are teaming up so you can enjoy great live music in the garden, while helping alleviate food insecurity in our community. Join us every Friday in July for a FREE concert with some of our favorite local bands, where we’ll be collecting non-perishable food items for the Central Texas Food Bank

Summer is a time of high need for Central Texans facing hunger. 1 in 5 children in our area are at risk for hunger; that food insecurity increases when school’s out for summer, and kids don’t have access to their school’s lunch program.  You can join KUTX and Threadgill’s in helping the Central Texas Food Bank by bringing non-perishable food items for the collection bin at all Back to the Garden shows. Help your neighbors in need while enjoying music from some of the best music Austin has to offer!

Back to the Garden is generously supported by Austin Laser Dentist Helen Ragsdale, DDS.

Where: Threadgill’s World HQ 301 West Riverside Dr.

When: Every Friday in July from 6p-9p. Music starts at 7p.

How Much: FREE! (Remember to bring a non-perishable food item for our collection bin for the Central Texas Food Bank.)


July 6 –   Alesia Lani @ 7 p.m.

                          Kevin Russell and the Shiny Soul Sisters @ 8 p.m.

July 13 – Jeff Plankenhorn @ 7 p.m.

                          Erika Wennerstrom @ 8 p.m.

July 20 – Christy Hays @ 7 p.m.

                          Bruce Robison @ 8 p.m. 

July 27 –  Molly Burch @ 7 p.m.

                           Cotton Mather @ 8 p.m.




Jamila Woods & Sarah Jaffe

KUTX Shows

Jamila Woods & Sarah Jaffe

Posted by on Jul 8, 2018


The KUTX 5th Birthday Concert Series presents Jamila Woods, Sarah Jaffe, and special guest Iron & Wine this Saturday, July 14th at UT’s Hogg Memorial Auditorium.

Doors: 6pm / Show: 7pm

Reserved Seating: $45.00 and $35.00 in the Hogg Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now.

**Use coupon code BOGO at checkout to buy one ticket and get a second for FREE!**




Jamila Woods: Jamila Woods’ cultural lineage – from her love of Lucille Clifton’s poetry to cherished letters from her grandmother to the infectious late 80s post-punk of The Cure – structure the progressive, delicate and minimalist soul of HEAVN, her debut solo album released in the summer of 2016 on Closed Sessions. “It’s like a collage process,” she says. “It’s very enjoyable to me to take something I love and mold it into something new.” A frequent guest vocalist in the hip-hop, jazz and soul world, Jamila has emerged as a once-in-a-generation voice on her soul-stirring debut.

Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Woods grew up in a family of music lovers. It took a surprise poetry class with a high school arts program for Jamila to finally find her metaphorical and literal voice. “Through poetry, I realized you are the expert of your own experience,” she says. Her poetry studies continued in college and in her professional career with Young Chicago Authors.

Sarah Jaffe: Sarah Jaffe was only twenty-two years old when her seasoned debut recording, Even Born Again, was released in 2008. Already a fixture in the fertile Denton, Texas musical landscape, her profile began to soar. Soon she was touring with artists as varied as Lou Barlow and Norah Jones, and was pushing her acoustic music into the electronic pop ether. Since then she’s had raves in Rolling Stone, made the rounds on the talk shows, collaborated with Eminem, placed her songs in a couple of films, and released a handful of absorbing albums and EPs. Her fourth and latest full-length, Bad Babylike each release that has preceded it, finds Jaffe again moving in creative new directions. There’s a dance-floor propulsion, and Jaffe is quick to credit the newly spacious feel to her layered pop to her many collaborators, including photographers and illustrators.


High Fidelity Screening With John Cusack

KUTX Shows

High Fidelity Screening With John Cusack

Posted by on Jun 10, 2018

Part of KUTX’s 5th Birthday Celebration

TICKETS (Takes place on Friday, June 15)

For fans of John Cusack and “High Fidelity”, a visit to Championship Vinyl definitely would make a “top five” list.

Now, join John Cusack for a screening of “High Fidelity” on the big screen followed by a LIVE conversation moderated KUTX host Susan Castle regarding his career and the making of the film. Fans will get the opportunity to experience a moderated discussion, with John answering audience questions as well. A limited number of VIP seats will be available that include a post-show photo op with John.