When the U.S. Grand Prix speeds into the Circuit of the Americas at the end of the month, Formula One Fan Fest, a series of free concerts, will be headlined by 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominee Joan Jett, golden era hip-hop heroes De La Soul and the Tejano fusion pioneers the Texas Tornados. Booked through a collaboration between COTA, Transmission Events and ACL Live, Fan Fest will present three days of music on four stages in a 10-block area downtown that includes a section of the Warehouse District and Republic Square Park.
The entertainment kicks off at noon Friday, Oct. 31, with a set from DJ Protege and ends with a 10:45 p.m. main stage event with De La Soul playing til midnight. Local musical hooligans the Minor Mishap Marching Band will open for De La Soul, and Denver gypsy punk outfit Devotchka plays a set on the same stage at 8:45 p.m. Capturing the spirit of Halloween, one of the side stages will present a collection of Austin’s best cover bands headlined by Selena tribute act Bidi Bidi Banda at 10:45 p.m.with bands paying homage to David Bowie, Tom Petty and the Smiths earlier in the night. Another stage features local music from Whisky Shivers (9 p.m.) and honky tonker Jesse Dayton performing as his psychobilly alter ego Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures (7:30 p.m.).
On Saturday, Nov. 1, the main event is Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. The rock ‘n’ roll queen kicks off an hour and a half long set on the big stage at 10:15 p.m. Local rocker Black Joe Lewis opens for Jett and Nashville alt-country act Those Darlins start the program on that stage at 4 p.m. Other Saturday highlights include a high-powered trio of acts: thrash-funk originators Fishbone (6:30 p.m.), multi-cultural NYC outfit Red Baraat (8:30 p.m.) and Austin’s own cumbia funk powerhouse Grupo Fantasma (10:30 p.m.). Local folk pop duo Dawn & Hawkes have a 9 p.m. set and Dallas soul lifer Bobby Patterson also plays at 6:45 p.m. For families out and about, the entertainment starts early with a DJ set at noon and the first live act, Claire Reilly-Roe, at 1 p.m.
Sunday has a matinee program headlined on the big stage by the Texas Tornadoes at 3:30 p.m. The music starts at 11 a.m. and includes sets by Dirty Heads (3:35 p.m.), Hurray for the Riff Raff (2 p.m.) and the Heartless Bastards (4 p.m.).
In addition to music, Fan Fest will feature a variety of family-friendly activities including racing games and displays. Austin Ghost Tours will host a spooky fortune teller and on Sunday morning there will be Yoga in the Park. Full lineup and schedule is available at austin360.com.
Tickets on sale
Fresh off the September release of his fifth studio album "Seen It All: The Autobiography," Atlanta rap titan Jeezy has hit the road. Yes, that does mean that the Grammy Award-winning rapper will make a stop in Austin; tickets for the Nov. 20 show at Stubb’s are on sale this week.
Rock legends the Who will play April 27 the Frank Erwin Center, and tickets also go on sale this week. This will be the Who’s first time in the Erwin center since July 3, 1980. The Who celebrates 50 years of music with the 2015 tour. One dollar from every ticket sold will be donated by Teen Cancer America.
Here are some other tickets hitting the box office this week:
• UFC Fight Night at the Frank Erwin Center (Nov. 22)
• Bob Schneider and his Moonlight Orchestra at ACL Live (Nov. 29)
• Penny and Sparrow at the Parish (Dec. 6)
• Doyle Bramhall II at Emo’s (Dec. 12)
• Love. at Stateside (Dec. 12)
• Bahamas at Stubbs (Jan. 21)
• Cursive at Mohawk (Feb. 27)
— Tony Atkins
Next week in Austin360
The Austin Film Festival is one of the best events for aspiring, or already accomplished, writers and movie lovers. We’ll have the scoop. And look for our special section on the Texas Book Festival, which is Oct. 25-26 at the Capital and other locations downtown, in Sunday’s newspaper.