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Well, Monday has arrived. On one hand, the weekend’s over, which is a bummer… On the other hand, it’s Motown Monday at The Highball! 

What does this mean? A guaranteed great time dancing and listening to soul/funk music. If your dancing skills are a little rusty and you’d like to freshen them up, Go Dance offers swing dance lessons free of charge!

Once you’ve got your dancing shoes on, from 9-12 pm, you’ll be jamming out with Matchmaker Band. With sounds of Motown, soul, and funk, it won’t be hard to get on your feet and to dance the night away. 

When: 8-9 pm FREE swing dance lessons by Go Dance
9-12 pm Live music by Matchmaker Band 

The Highball
1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Circuit of The Americas is excited to announce the return of the fourth annual COTA Fan Fest to Austin today through Saturday, October 24. Fan Fest is a free celebration of motorsports and music held in the heart of downtown Austin during the annual FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX race weekend.

Public Enemy leads the all-star lineup for this year’s COTA Fan Fest. Also confirmed to perform are DJ, producer and label head A-Trak; jazz-funk band Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; Latin-rockers Ozomatli; and more. With over 235,000 guests from across the globe partaking in last year’s F1 race weekend, Circuit of The Americas looks to take Fan Fest to the next level in 2015 by spreading the three-day party across downtown Austin.

Rainey Street will now host the Fan Fest main stage and venues across downtown will offer an eclectic array of musical performances and activities. The Mohawk, an anchor of Red River; the legendary Continental Club; along with Austin Rocks; Banger’s Sausage House; Bungalow; C-Boy’s Heart & Soul; Concrete Cowboy; Half Step; Hangar Lounge; Parkside; Speakeasy; Summit Rooftop Lounge; TenOak; The Backspace; The Belmont; The Market; Toy Joy; Vulcan Gas Company; and Wild About Music are all slated to participate in this year’s festivities as official Fan Fest venues.

More information on the initial acts set to perform throughout Circuit of The Americas’ Fan Fest weekend are included below. Please check out more information leading up to the Fest.




7:00 p.m. – Money Chicha
8:30 p.m. – Ozomatli
10:30 p.m. – Mayer Hawthorne


7:00 p.m. – Holiday Mountain
8:30 p.m. – A-Trak
10:30 p.m. – Public Enemy

Boss Street Brass Band / Urban Achievers Big Band

Ruby Jane / Mother Hips / Romi Maves

Suede / Radiostar

Dana Falconberry / Matt the Electrician / Little Brave / Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires

Sam Riggs / Crooks / Soul Asylum / Meat Puppets / Ben Baxter / Gold Field / Hotel


Mrs. Glass / Swingset Junkies / Those Nights / Sam Pace & the Gilded Grit / The Refrains / Eagle Claw / Dikes of Holland / Black Elevator Comedy Open Mic / Shane Cooley / Young Readers / The Holy Child / Josh Buckley

Gorgon City / Cedric Gervais / Gold Rush Army

Official Red Bull After Party ft. Celebrity Guest DJ

Blitzen Trapper / The Domestics / Noah Gundersen / Whitehorse / Gang of Four / The New Regime / Matoma / Prince Fox and Boehm / Tobias Jesso Jr. / Wet

Other Loves / Way Down Wanderers / Possum Posse / Rusted Root & Dirty Dozen Brass Band / Flow Tribe

3LAU / Dirty South

*Cover charge at the door of each venue may be applicable*

With a recording career spanning over two decades, Dale Watson is basically a state– hell, national– treasure, rocking roadhouses and dance halls with his signature brand of honky-tonk and country swing. This guy is the real deal, and once you’ve seen him, you’ll be back every week.

For a few special Thursday nights, come out to The Highball for a night of country dancing and drink specials with Dale Watson!

When: Tonight and select Thursdays

Time: 8 pm – 11 pm

The Highball
1120 South Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704

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Sissy: You a real cowboy?
Bud: Well that depends on what you think a real cowboy is?
Sissy: Know how to do 2-step?
Bud: You bet.
Sissy: Wanna prove it?

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the iconic love story of Bud and Sissy, The ABGB invites you to come join them for a BIG night of music, dancin’, and Honky-Tonkin’.

An all-star group of Austin Musicians and Special Guests will be performing all 30 songs featured in the movie and soundtrack. 

It’s a week before Halloween, so you’re invited to dress the part: headed down to Gilley’s nightclub Pasadena, Texas circa 1979- big hats, big hair, big belt buckles, turquoise, feathers, suits, boots, tank tops, cutoffs, and everything in between. There will be prizes for Best “Dolly Parton” female (or male) and one male and one female “Best Urban Cowboy Costume”!!

Capacity inside is limited and we want to give folks room to dance. Tickets to go inside and dance will be $10 at the door (doors 7:30). They’ll also be video simulcasting the show outside in the Beer Garden with a bull-riding photo booth. And they’ll have the outdoor bar open with beer and food available. Weather permitting, of course.

When: today, October 22nd

Time: 7 pm

1305 W. Oltorf Street
Austin, Texas 78704

Mac Demarco is going to play an in-store at Waterloo! You should come! They’ll be starting the line at noon. No earlier. They will clear the store at 12:45 and then let the line in the store. Store is subject to capacity. Mac will be signing only one item per person.

Free shows at Waterloo are the best, if you can escape during lunch and you’re a Mac Demarco fan, go.

When: today, October 21st

Time: 1 pm

Waterloo Records
600 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78703

It’s not that often that we get to celebrate Austin’s international flavor, and this festival is a fun and delicious way to do just that. This long-running event has been named one of Central Texas’ Top 10 Food Festivals by the Austin Chronicle.


There will be dancing, cocktails and food from all over the Mediterranean, so come hungry for plenty of Gyros, Kibbee and loads of hummus.

They’ll have an Orthodox Bazaar set up where you can find plenty of unique treasures, cool dance demonstrations and tons of games and activities to keep the kids busy.


Admission: $5.00
Free Admission: noon – 4:00 p.m. (Saturday)

When: today, October 16th & tomorrow, October 17th

Time: today, 6 pm – 11 pm
Tomorrow: noon – 11 pm

408 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Fall equals festival season in Central Texas. Gruene Music and Wine Festival is one that any music or wine live would enjoy. The four day festival celebrates everything from local to international wines.

Last year the event raised over $140,000 for the local United Way chapter.

For other things happening around town this weekend check out our Weekend Top Picks!

When: today, October 11th

1601 Hunter Road
New Braunfels, Texas 78130

Photo Credit: Gruene Music & Wine Festival Facebook Page

Celebrate with Hops & Grain at their 4th Anniversary party as they combine their Bike Affair Fiesta Part IV and continue the fundraising for 1400 Miles!


The Bike Affair has been a 4-part series that was held at the H&G Brewery benefitting 1400 Miles, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that aims to spark difficult conversation with stubborn men about prostate health. Read about Hops & Grain owner, Josh, and his 1400 Mile experience here.

They will have a raffle with various prizes from Bikehaus,  P. Terry’sKammok, Whole Foods Market downtown, in.gredients, Seasucker and Hops & Grain gear too!

All prizes are a minimum of $50 and our grand prize is a Fairdale bicycle, an MSRP over $600!

Raffle tickets will be 1 ticket for $5 or 5 tickets for $20. **Do not need to be present to win**

Live Music Schedule:

12pm-4pm Empty-Handed Vagabonds
4pm – 6pm Adam Johnson Band
6pm – 8pm Aaron Stephens

For other things happening around town this weekend check out our Weekend Top Picks!

Admission: $27

When: today, October 10th

Time: noon – 8 pm

Hops & Grain Brewery
507 Calles Street
Austin, Texas 78702—bike-affair-part-iv–hops—grain-bbdc901186ab

Photo Credit: Hops & Grain Facebook Page


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!

Admission: $10

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. 

10. alt-j
Genre: Indie Rock, Art Rock

Photo by: Charles Reagan Hackleman

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 Bonesand 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
Genre: Pop-punk

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
Genre: R&B

Photo by: Roger Ho

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.

6. Drake
Genre: Hip-hop/rap

Photo by: Cambria Harkey

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

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.

3. Hozier
Genre: Indie rock with gospel and blues influences

Photo by: Greg Noire

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
Genre: Rock

Photo by: Cambria Harkey

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

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

Photo by: Roger Ho

Honorable Mentions:
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