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Austin’s favorite soul band, The Nightowls, are throwing a special late night dance party tonight! They’ll be playing at Austin City Limits Music Festival earlier today and then headed to C-Boy’s Heart & Soul on South Congress for the after party! Space is limited so you gotta get there quick! Because like all NIGHTOWLS shows, this one is gonna sell out.
No advance tickets! Admission only available at the door.
For other things happening around town this weekend check out our Weekend Top Picks!
When: today, October 9th
Doors at 9pm
Barfield at 10pm
THE NIGHTOWLS at 11:45pm
C-Boy’s Heart & Soul
2008 S Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704
Two weekends. Over 150 artists and 75,000 people to push through each day in order to see your favorite bands. How on earth are you going to decide which artists to see? Don’t stress; we’ve done the dirty work for you (or at least some of it).
If we were crazy enough to do it all again this weekend (and we might be), here are 10 artists we wouldn’t want to miss out on.
Genre: Indie Rock, Art Rock
Photo by: Charles Reagan Hackleman
If Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad loves alt-j, shouldn’t you? Their music has made waves on the big screen, including being featured on popular television series and movie soundtracks. But, this is not your conventional band singing happy-go-lucky, festival tunes.
The clean drum beat, psychedelic lights, and muffled voice of front man, Joe Newman, all contributed to the weird, but awesome experience at their Sunday ACL set. They began their set by busting out the ever so catchy “Every Other Freckle,” shortly followed by mellow tune, “Something Good.”
Of course, there was no better finale to their live show than hit single, “Breezeblocks,” which involved the crowd effortlessly chanting lyrics “I love you so, I love you so.” It’s true, alt-j, we love you so. If you came to ACL to get a little weird, it would be foolish to miss out on alt-j.
9. Shakey Graves
Genre: Blues, and what some refer to as “hobo-folk”
Local Austinite, Alejandro Rose-Garcia is a well-known hometown hero here in Austin. Over the past five years, he’s continued to hone his musical talent, by booking bigger shows and building an increasingly large fan base in Austin and across the country. If playing Blues On The Green earlier this year wasn’t enough, booking ACL and bringing a massive crowd with him is a pretty big deal.
For newcomers to Rose-Garcia’s music, he’s notorious for keeping the listener engaged through his constant shift in tempo and tone. As a result, the crowd was nothing short of entertained and observed musicianship at its finest as Shakey delivered an original performance, homemade suitcase drum and all.
He began his performance with one of his oldie’s, “Roll the Bones” and played the popular song, “Dearly Departed” mid-set. Yes, Austin definitely claims Shakey Graves. If you want to support one of our favorite local musicians, don’t miss out on Shakey Graves.
8. Brand New
With an unusually large, cult-like following in the punk/emo scene, Brand New is no stranger to Austin. Their previous shows within the last 12 months (Stubbs Outdoors 2014 and ACL Fest Late Night Show 2015) both drew a sold out crowd. Generally, they attract a younger demographic of 20-somethings and this year’s festival was no different.
For fans of the band, they played hits from all four albums of their discography, and finished their set strong with slow-tempoed, crowd favorite, “Jesus Christ.” Without question, this band knows their fans and delivered exactly what the crowd was looking for. If you listened to this band in your glory days and/or can dabble in the punk, music scene, don’t miss Brand New.
7. The Weeknd
Photo by: Roger Ho
When your competing headliner acknowledges how good you sound from their stage, and that headliner is The Strokes, you know it’s real. It was a tough decision for most on Sunday night with the schedule clash between R&B artist, The Weeknd and highly-acclaimed rock band, The Strokes.
It was a risky move to check out The Weeknd and one that would be hit or miss. We’re glad it was hit. Despite how new the Canadian is to the scene, the R&b artist has gained solid recognition in the genre by fans and fellow artists. His live performance made it apparent that he’s a natural-born performer and has a voice pure as gold. If you want to hear someone sing the likes of Beyonce and Ariana Grande and actually do them justice, don’t miss out on The Weeknd.
Photo by: Cambria Harkey
Cue the waterworks. Just kidding, Drizzy did not shed tears during his ACL performance (I know, emotional Drake jokes are so last year). However, it is Drake and of course organizers went all out by ending Saturday night at the Fest with fireworks during recent number one hit, “Legend.”
Arguably, one of the most popular hip-hop/rap artists today, Drake owned the stage and brought a high level of confidence and energy that didn’t make you question how he got there. His set included song snippets/songs from If You’re Reading This it’s Too Late, several covers, crowd favorites from Nothing was the Same, and previous hits for old school fans (“Miss Me” and “Over”).
Given their collaboration on Drake’s newest album, it was only fitting ACL Weekend 2 artist, Future, was brought on stage. Here, they rapped to several songs (including “Jumpman”) from current number one album, What a Time to be Alive. Although it was a slight interruption to the Drake show that we were all there to see, there were no complaints from the crowd. For the best crowd sing-alongs and the biggest party, don’t miss Drake.
5. Sturgill Simpson
Genre: Alternative country
Photo by: Nick Simonite
It’s certainly atypical for Austin City Limits to choose a generic, country artist to take a slot on the bill. And of course, this year was no exception. With two full-length albums and just breaking through as a solo artist (2013), country music lovers can tip their hat off to this guy for being true to his Southern roots, all the while remaining unique among country music artists making it big, today.
Whether you were among friends, family, or flying solo, Sturgill put on a show anyone could respect and enjoy. Honky-tonk appreciators looking to add a little country dancing into your day – Sturgill is your guy.
4. TV On The Radio
Genre: Indie Rock with electronic influences
These indie rockers know how to make an entrance and live up to it. Based on all band member’s backgrounds and mix of sounds (including indie rock, funk, jazz, soul and electronic), it’s no surprise that TV On The Radio brought an undeniably unique presence to the festival. Kudos to the lead singer, Tunde Adebimpe for how smoothly he can slide across the stage, like he owns the place.
Hit songs, “Wolf Like Me” and “Happy Idiot” were highlights and crowd favorites that left you dancing on your feet. For a unique band you can’t categorize, and one that has been doing something right for over a decade, check out TV on the Radio.
Genre: Indie rock with gospel and blues influences
Photo by: Greg Noire
Did anyone else feel like they had died and had gone to heaven witnessing the masterpiece that is Hozier? Hozier only recently came out of the woodwork in the last few years, after hit song “Take Me To Church” went viral and then later received enormous amounts of radio play.
Irish singer/songwriter found no barriers to pulling on Austin’s heart-strings from start to finish of his Sunday evening set. From his first EP (2013), he started his show with mesmerizing ballad, “Like Real People Do,” and kept it interesting by covering Ariana Grande’s “Problem.” As expected, the finale of his performance involved Hozier belting out an “Amen” during his hit single, “Take Me to Church.”
He delivered an authentic performance, and as a fan standing in the crowd, you couldn’t help but feel every word he sang. If an Irish man with a man bun that can really sing is your thing, don’t miss Hozier.
2. Foo Fighters
Photo by: Cambria Harkey
After headlining the first night of ACL and truly killing it, Dave Grohl might be the world’s most lovable guy. From all age ranges (even 10-year olds), die hard Foo Fighters fans were a-plenty on Friday night. Although currently in a leg brace, frontman, Grohl sacrificed no areas of his performance.
They played their most-loved songs across their 20-year discography, such as “Everlong,” “The Pretender,” “Best of You,” and even ‘95 hit, “Big Me.” As Foo Fighters have been selling out stadiums for years, it goes without saying that this band knows how to engage a crowd. If you want to see the king on his throne (Dave Grohl, literally), don’t miss out on Foo Fighters.
1. Alabama Shakes
Genre: Southern rock, Soul, Blues
Photo by: Cambria Harkey
Bad-ass female award goes to the lead singer of Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard. Their hit single “Hold On” from their debut album was nominated for multiple grammies and their 2015 sophomore album, Sound & Color also skyrocketed to number one in the US. That being said, when the world first heard Alabama Shakes, they were obviously ready. Undeniably, so was the entire crowd at ACL on Saturday evening.
After experiencing their soulful, and completely unique performance, headed by female lead singer and her guitar, it’s no wonder people like this band. For something different, bluesy, and certainly ACL-epic, don’t miss Alabama Shakes…next time. Because unfortunately they will not be making an appearance for Weekend Two.
Photo by: Roger Ho
21 Pilots – for scaling up to the top of the Samsung Stage
The Strokes – for being The Strokes
G-Eazy – for having the most fan girls in a crowd
Gary Clark Jr. – for being cool enough to hop on stage during Foo Fighters’ headlining set
BØRNS – for being one of the most enjoyed and talked about up-and-coming artists
Dwight Yoakam – for staying true to ACL’s roots
Tame Impala – for providing us with the best jam (“Elephant”) to get you hyped you’re at ACL
Ben Howard – for playing the shortest set…it’s okay we still love you, Ben.
Written by Danielle McIntosh
Cover photo by Maclay Heriot
I always say that Austin needs more events to appreciate cars!
Well Top Notch (where some of the classic Dazed and Confused was filmed) is making it happen tonight with their live music, hot rod, and movie night!
Local car lovers will love checking out all the sweet rides.
Don’t forget to bring a chair. They sell beer but not wine, so you can bring your own wine.
I highly recommend their onion rings and fried chicken, treat yourself!
If you are looking for other fun happening in Austin this weekend, check out our Weekend Top Picks
When: today, October 3rd
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Top Notch Hamburgers
7525 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78757
Photo Credit: Top Notch Facebook Page
Everything you need to know to be a pro at ACL: who to see, where to eat, what to bring, and how to get there.
It’s the most wonderful time of year in Austin, Texas. Earlier this year, you were pumped when the ACL Lineup was announced with superstar headliners Drake, Florence + The Machine, The Strokes, and Foo Fighters. You were also ecstatic to see some of your favorite local acts make the bill (Shakey Graves and Gary Clark Jr). Then, you anxiously waited for tickets to go on sale.
You experienced a couple of website crashes, but you finally got through and purchased your tickets. It was all worth it because you knew you weren’t missing out on one of the best weekend(s) of the year in Austin.
Now the moment you’ve been waiting for has almost arrived and you’re ready to take ACL by storm. We’ve got everything you need to know to have a great ACL weekend. No amateurs allowed here!
How to get there?
- Free shuttles! Free shuttles! ACL shuttles will pick you up downtown and drop you off right in front of the festival grounds. We’ve found this to be one of the easiest and most cost effective way to get to and from the festival. Arrive at Republic Square (4th and Guadalupe) starting at 10 am. Shuttles will run till 11 pm and drop you off back at Republic Square after the festival.
- Be a true Austinite and bike to the festival. ACL organizers make it easy with bike racks at each festival entrance.
- Uber and Lyft are also a good, alternate way to go! Uber is offering a free ride to new users who sign up for Uber. To redeem your free ride to ACL, follow this link, sign up for Uber (must be a new user) and get a free ride to ACL (cost of up to $25).
What to bring?
It’s October in Texas and we expect the weather to be a little on the warm side. Dress light and be sure to stay hydrated.
Items to include on your ACL checklist –
- Camelbak – keep in mind it will have to be empty upon arrival but can be filled at the free water stations once you get to ACL.
- 2 factory sealed water bottles – stay hydrated!
- Sunscreen (no aerosol) – don’t be a rookie and miss the remaining days of ACL because of a bad sunburn.
- Blankets/towels – if you’re looking to chill out and relax for the day
- Comfortable shoes – this one’s a no brainer!
- Rain poncho – because you never know. Right, Weekend Two attendees?
- Sanitizing hand wipes – this is a festival staple. Stay fresh!
- Cash – bring cash for easy transactions. ACL does also offer a cashless option which you can sign up for once you activate your wristband.
Be sure to check out our online store for what to wear. Our tanks make great festival gear! Just sayin’.
Where to eat?
Trailer food will be prominent and ACL is always a great excuse to indulge for the weekend. Here are some of our favorite local vendors and festival treats we won’t regret breaking our diets for!
Burro Cheese Kitchen
If you want to start the day off with a hearty grilled cheese
For world famous kimchi fries
Salt Lick BBQ
If you’re searching for some of the best Texas BBQ
If you want to cool off with a refreshing, afternoon treat
If you’ve got a sweet tooth and would like warm cookies, fresh out of the oven
If your mouth isn’t already watering, you can find the full list of vendors here.
Who to see?
It’s no surprise that the ACL lineup this year is filled with great international and local acts on both weekends of the festival. Here are some of the artists we’re most excited about (Weekend One) and our top picks for each day.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Nate Ruess
4:00 – 5:00 pm Leon Bridges
5:00 – 6:00 pm Brand New
6:00 – 7:00 pm Tame Impala
7:00 – 8:00 pm Gary Clark Jr.
8:00 – 10:00 pm Foo Fighters
12:45 – 1:30 pm Milo Greene
1:30-2:30 pm Ryn Weaver
2:30 – 3:30 pm Glass Animals
3:20 – 4:30 pm Shakey Graves /3:30 – 4:30 pm Houndmouth
4:20 – 5:20 pm Sturgill Simpson
6:20 – 7:20 pm Alabama Shakes / 6:30 – 7:30 Jose Gonzalez
8:30 – 10:00 pm Drake
2:30 – 3:30 pm BORNS
3:30 – 4:30 pm Sylvan Esso
4:30 – 5:30 pm Ben Howard
5:30 – 6:30 pm Vance Joy
6:30 – 7:30 pm Alt-J
7:30 – 8:30 pm Hozier
8:30 – 9:30 pm The Weeknd / 8:30 – 10:00 The Strokes
To get you pumped up for the festival, don’t forget to check out our featured ACL playlist here!
That’s all folks. Happy ACL weekends and stay tuned for our recap of which artists blew it out of the park!
Written by Danielle McIntosh for 365 Things Austin.
Cover photo by Nick Simonite
One of Austin’s oldest and longest running festivals is back! The Pecan Street Festival is one of those classic Austin festivals.
If you’ve never been, it’s a gigantic street fair with music, art, kids activities, jewelry, giant turkey legs, and all kinds of other cool stuff. It’s actually the largest art festival in Central Texas, attracting over 300,000 people!
They have tons of distinctively Austin attractions, including a facial hair groomer. It’s just a good time and a perfect activity for the kiddos.
Be sure to bring your appetite. They’ll have food vendors all over the place for you to grab a bite.
For other fun happening around town, here is a list of our Weekend Top Picks!
When: today, September 26th & tomorrow, September 27th
Time: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Austin, Texas 78701
For a map visit, http://pecanstreetfestival.org/contact-page/festival-map/
Austin City Limits Music Festival is right around the corner. With so many fabulous musicians coming in for the festival, the whole city will benefit from the free fringe concerts that pop up all over town. If you have mini music fans at home, bring them to the Hush Hush Music Bash at The Domain for the only Kiddie Limits after party in town!
That’s right, we’re bringing a little bit of ACL to you for FREE! Austin’s only after party for kids is going down at Domain II in Amy Donovan Plaza, from 4-7 p.m., on October 3, 2015. With music sponsored by Austin Diagnostic Clinic, the afternoon features performances by Elizabeth McQueen, Tim Kubart with Mother Falcon, and Mario the Magician that will rock mini music lovers’ world—literally. Just when you thought it was time to put the kids to bed…. it’s time to party at the Domain, instead.
Elizabeth McQueen will kick off the bash at 4 p.m. Known for her beautiful and timeless vocal style, McQueen’s music brings together the best of multiple genres into groovy, danceable art form. Next, Mario the Magician will hit the stage at 5:00 p.m. Part retro, part rock-androll, Mario’s uplifting, highly interactive and ridiculously funny performance is sure to thrill the kids. As part of a multicity release for his newest album Home, Tim Kubart will perform “indie pop for all ages” with Mother Falcon at 6 p.m., finishing off a night that will have kids begging for more.
- Cupcake decorating from Baked by Amy’s
- Hockey demos by Chaparral Ice
- Microsoft Store Gaming zone
- Dance competition with swag!
- Instrument demos with Music Forever Music Together
- Slapshot with Texas Stars Hockey Club
- ….. and much more!
What: Hush Hush Music Bash for Kids
Where: Domain II, Amy Donovan Plaza, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin
When: October 3, 2015, from 4-7 pm
For updates, check the Facebook event page.
The Hush Hush Music Bash is brought to you by Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child, The Domain and LiveMom.com. See you there!