Jason Isbell returning to ACL Live for three nights in July


Jason Isbell returning to ACL Live for three nights in July

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Jason Isbell performs in concert at ACL Live on Feb. 13, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

After selling out two nights at ACL Live last year, Americana sensation Jason Isbell is upping the ante this summer. He and his band, the 400 Unit, will play three straight nights at the marquee downtown venue July 14-16.

The Friday-Sunday stretch was announced as part of a five-week U.S. tour. North Carolina indie-rock band Mountain Goats will open the first night. Isbell’s wife, singer-songwriter and fiddler Amanda Shires, will open the second and third shows.

Tickets, $39.50-$49.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 17 via the ACL Live website.

Isbell’s last album, 2015’s “Something More Than Free,” topped the Billboard rock, country and folk charts simultaneously on the week of its release. His next album, recorded in Nashville with red-hot producer Dave Cobb (who also handled the last one), is tentatively scheduled to be out this spring or summer.

— Peter Blackstock

Future to play Austin360 Amphitheater in June

Trap rap superstar Future came to town last summer opening for Drake on the “Summer Sixteen” tour. The Atlanta artist returns for a stop at the Austin360 Amphitheater on June 23. He’ll be headlining a power bill that also includes Young Thug and Tory Lanez.

His new self-titled album, “Future,” drops Feb. 17, and tickets go on sale to the general public at noon the same day. Tickets are available via ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 800-745-3000 to charge by phone.

— Deborah Sengupta Stith

“Bachelorette” stars to lead Saturday workout in Austin

You don’t have to head to an indoor gym to get a workout. And you don’t have to turn on the TV to get a dose of reality television.

Just head downtown Saturday and you’ll get a lesson in turning your city into a fitness center, compliments of celebrity trainer Erin Oprea and stars of the 11th season of “The Bachelorette” Shawn Booth and Kaitlyn Bristowe.

The interactive Citystrong event begins at 11 a.m. on the terrace at The Long Center, 701 West Riverside Drive. Oprea and Booth will lead a workout while Bristowe provides commentary and spins the latest hits.

Booth is personal trainer, boot camp instructor and founder and owner of Healthy Meal Plans by Shawn Booth. Oprea is a celebrity personal trainer whose clients include Carrie Underwood and is author of “4×4 Diet: 4 Key Foods, 4-Minute Workouts, Four Weeks to the Body You Want.”

Admission is $40. To register, go to citystrong.com. A portion of proceeds will benefit CreatiVets, which helps disabled veterans use art, music and creative writing to address service-related traumas. Bring your own exercise mat.

— Pam LeBlanc


This week on our pop culture podcast “Statesman Shots,” we take a closer look at Austin’s food scene with American-Statesman food critic Matthew Odam. In particular, we discuss his recent review of Eberly, a write-up that garnered more attention than any review he’s ever written. Is Eberly a symptom of a larger problem in Austin’s restaurant scene? Also on the show, co-hosts Omar L. Gallaga and Tolly Moseley examine the hot streak “Saturday Night Live” is on with its political satire, from Melissa McCarthy and Alec Baldwin’s expert turns on the show to what’s wrong with “Weekend Update.” And in “A Toast,” our recommendations segment, we raise a glass to FX’s new Marvel superhero show “Legion” from Austin’s Noah Hawley, the Twitter feed of photographer Chris Arnade and two Houston restaurants that Matthew Odam loves, Xochi and One Fifth. Check it out at statesman.com/shots.

— Omar L. Gallaga

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