Fall winds are beginning to roll in to Texas and excitement is building as Austinites and music enthusiasts alike count down the days to the 18th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival (October 4-6 and October 11-13, 2019). This year, festival-goers will be looking forward to headliners such as Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino, The Cure and Billie Eilish but locals know to look out for Austin’s own home-grown artists, who are credited with making the city the Live Music Capital of the World®.
Make sure to get you hands on some tickets and catch these 9 local artists to learn what the ACL vibe is all about.
Since its inception, Black Pistol Fire has become known for its high-energy performances which quickly gained attention on the festival circuit. They credit influences such as Led Zeppelin, Chuck Berry, Nirvana and Buddy Holly. Don’t miss this experience, which Consequence of Sound once described as “leaving a trail of scorched earth and melted minds."
Asleep at the Wheel returns to ACL again in 2019. This kind of staying power is nothing but on-brand for a band which began in 1969, and which Willie Nelson personally requested to move to Austin from the West Coast. Did we mention they have 10 Grammys under their belt? Catch their act for a unique blend of Americana, western swing and country that could only be from Austin.
Known for fusing elements of rock, soul, punk, R&B and hip hop into his work, Gary Clark Jr. continues his upward trajectory throughout Austin and beyond. A guitar god and friend to Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr. isn’t afraid to turn norms on their head to accomplish his musical vision. His latest album “This Land” shows his ever-growing stylistic offerings and further cements his place among Austin’s greatest.
Since building their reputation as rowdy rock and rollers, Otis the Destroyer is shaking it up with their latest EP “Cool Evil,” featuring shoegaze guitar styling and more laid-back vocals. Check them out if you like Fugazi, Smashing Pumpkins or My Bloody Valentine. Austin rock at its finest!
Jane Ellen Bryant’s fresh yet familiar style of music will have you head-banging one moment and wiping away a tear the next. Her rock-solid vocal control and passionate performances are sure to leave you humming for days. Fans of Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt and Sara Bareilles will appreciate how Bryant continues to carve out her own space as a talented songwriter.
Austin natives Zeale (Valin Zamarron) and Phranchyze (J.J. Shaw) cap 15 years of hip-hop collaboration with their newest project, Blackillac, featuring the production chops of the venerable Gary Clark Jr. The Chronicle recently described Zeale as “a fast-rapping, festival-ready natural" and Phranchyze as "spitting curveballs packed with NBA minutiae and blunted one-liners.”
Dubbed “Austin’s Queen of Pop.” Kady Rain is sure to make a splash at ACL with her inspirational, sharp-witted lyrics and her vivacious and colorful persona. This dynamic act takes you on a journey through sound and emotion and is sure to get stuck in your head. Check out the current state of Austin pop when she takes to the stage at ACL this October.
You would be hard-pressed to find a band that encapsulates Austin music better than Stone Wheels. Their sound has been described as “cosmic country” combining themes of nature, life, love and loss. It’s the kind of energetic and sunny vibe you might expect from the Byrds, Beach Boys and the Grateful Dead.
With her sultry voice and ever-expanding musical resume, Alesia Lani returns to the Austin festival circuit looking more and more like a definitive R&B star. Her success is no accident - she’s known for putting in long hours in the studio to accomplish her vision and she has the awards to show for it. Lani is clearly on a mission to bring soul music to the forefront and we recommend you be there for it!
Like what you hear so far? Don't miss your chance to experience the quintessential weekend of live music in Austin - purchase your tickets today!
Contributed by Sean Sunderland, Visit Austin Music Marketing Intern