Nobody likes to feel like the only kid that wasn’t invited to the party. In the case of this weekend’s Austin City Limits Music Festival, if you don’t have a ticket, you can enjoy the spoils of events outside Zilker Park.
Let’s start with the free. Mohawk and Red7 are hosting three nights of free shows this weekend. Friday you can catch Think Lizzy and Selena y Los Burritos at Red7 and Scott H. Biram, Frank Smith and Black Eyed Vermillion at Mohawk. Saturday the Lower Dens, Jennifer Castle, La Sera and Moonlight Gram will play Red7, and MONO and Chris Brokaw will play the Mohawk. Sunday, Red7 hosts Jealous Sound, Daytrader, the New Trust and the Sour Notes, while the Mohawk presents Friends and Diamond Rings.
The American Legion Hall will be transformed into the Xbox Music Day Lounge from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and will be host to the Rock the Vote Night Party hosted by Xbox 360 Friday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Parties are free with an RSVP and feature DJ sets from The Wombats and The Black Lips and performances by Geographer and Vacationer.
On the official side of free things, fest performers M83 (Friday), Zola Jesus (Saturday) and Two Door Cinema Club (Sunday) will take turns on the tables with Bagheera and DJ Honeycomb at Malverde from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. These parties are free and open to the public with an RSVP at www.dubfrequency.com and are open only to the 21 and older crowd.
If you are willing to shell out a few bucks, there are also official and unofficial events for you. On the official side of things, a few of the ACL Late Night Shows are sold out but you can still nab tickets for our critics’ picks, such as Black Lips at Antone’s, Alabama Shakes with Lee Fields & the Expressions at Stubb’s (outdoors), the Soul Rebels at Stubb’s (inside) on Friday; Big K.R.I.T. at Beauty Ballroom, the Eastern Sea at Stubb’s and Delta Spirit at the Belmont on Saturday; the Afghan Whigs at Antone’s, the Weeknd at Austin Music Hall, Willis Earl Beal at Lamberts and the Devil Makes Three at the Parish on Sunday. And that’s not even the exhaustive list.
Unofficially, Cheer Up Charlie’s is hosting “gAyCL” starting at 1 p.m. with live music all day. Proceeds benefit non-profit Team Prohomo. KGSR and KUT are using the opportunity to raise money for the Seton Shivers Cancer Center. At Threadgill’s South, donate $5 and you can see Asleep at the Wheel, First Aid Kit, Ben Howard and more starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday and the Eastern Sea, the Whigs and others starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday (that’s KGSR’s deal). At the Four Seasons starting at 9 a.m. Friday, Quiet Company and Jovanotti will play with others for a $10 donation (a KUT joint).
New venue Holy Mountain, housed in what was formerly Beauty Bar, will host a grand opening ACL after-party with Detroit house/techno producer Omar S and Thomas Turner of Ghostland Observatory from 9 p.m .to 2 a.m. Friday. Advance tickets are $10 and $15 at the door. For $25 you get five drink tickets followed by $1 drinks.
If you prefer your dance parties quiet, the people who put on Silent Southby this March are hosting Silent City Limits Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to sunrise at the Pine Street Station. Proceeds from the event, where attendees tune in on headphones to sets by local and national DJs, will benefit Austin’s Enchanted Forest. Tickets are $15-$20.
Over at Spider House, they like any excuse for a multi-stage live music party and this weekend's Ditch the Fest Fest 3 is no exception. Friday and Saturday for $5, an expansive list of bands will perform on four stages starting at 5 p.m. Find the whole lineup on the Facebook event page.
East side up-and-comer the White Horse is throwing the Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta Thursday night - not sure it will have anything to with corn aside from its name. Performers include Mike & the Moonpies and The Hickoids.