An iconic fixture of the Texas country music scene, Jerry Jeff Walker has been playing melodious tunes since the late 1960s, when he co-founded the band Circus Maximus with musical partner Bob Bruno. He made his big move from New York City to Austin in the 1970s, where he resumed a solo career and recorded his most famous song — and the album by the same name — "Mr. Bojangles." It was here that he began associating with the country outlaw scene, including Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson, Guy Clark and other artists of the like.
Even in his early 70s, Walker continues to live the troubadour’s life. The singer-songwriter will play ACL Live on Sept. 19; tickets go on sale at 10 am. Friday.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. hasn’t been around as long — formed in late 2009 — but has garnered a strong following nonetheless. The band consists of Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein, whose collaboration started as a basement recording project with few intentions of reaching the public. In 2011, however, they released their first full-length album; their second came out in October 2013. They’re taking off on a national tour this fall, stopping by the Scoot Inn on Nov. 7. Tickets also go on sale at 10 am. Friday.
More tickets going on sale Friday:
• OFF! at Mohawk (Aug. 9)
• Little Daylight at Stubb’s (Aug. 12)
• Jon McLaughlin at Stubb’s (Sept. 3)
• Whirr at Red 7 (Sept. 6)
• Led Zeppelin 2 at Emo’s (Sept. 18)
• Parachute at the Parish (Sept. 24)
• The Aquabats at Mohawk (Sept. 27)
• Charli XCX at Emo’s (Oct. 17)
• Old 97’s at Stubb’s (Oct. 17)
• Mastodon at Stubb’s (Oct. 20)
• Sons of Bill at Stubb’s (Nov. 7)
• We Were Promised Jetpacks at Mohawk (Nov. 11)
• Galactic at Stubb’s (Nov. 15)
On sale Wednesday
Three-day passes to the Austin City Limits Music Festival are sold out, but a limited number of single-day tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday for $90. Lineups for each day will be available at that time, too. This year’s festival, which takes place Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 10-12, features Eminem, Outkast, Pearl Jam, Skrillex and Beck.
Last year was the first year the festival went to a two-weekend format. Tickets for weekend one sold out rapidly, but weekend two tickets didn’t sell out until fall. Single-day tickets were not made available last year, much to the chagrin of many local music fans.
More information: www.aclfestival.com.
— Deborah Sengupta Stith
Next week in Austin360
Take a tour of Austin’s downtown dance clubs, then go out and get in your own groove. Plus, Matthew Odam goes to Blackbird + Henry and Peter Blackstock talks to Nicole Atkins. And Richard Linklater’s already very critically acclaimed, one-of-a-kind movie, "Boyhood," opens. See Sunday’s Life & Arts section for more on Linklater and the Texas film scene.