A trifecta of Bay Area bands are coming to the Austin360 Amphitheater on March 5, and tickets for the show go on sale Friday. Iconic ’80s band Journey has teamed up with ’70s favorites Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power for a night of San Francisco sound. After some lineup changes, all three bands are embracing their pasts while heading full-force into the future. Each group has recorded new material in the past few years, and they’ll sprinkle these songs among the throwback power ballads that made them famous.
Twenty-one-time Emmy nominee Bill Maher brings his unyielding political comedy to ACL Live on Feb. 15. Maher carves his unapologetic opinions and observations into political humor and satire that has fueled four bestselling books, 10 stand-up specials, and one of the highest-grossing documentaries ever. In September, Maher’s "Live from D.C." HBO special became the network’s most watched comedy special in five years. Ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. today.
Don’t miss out on these other tickets going on sale this week:
• Saint Motel at Stubb’s (Jan. 24)
• Wale at Emo’s (Feb. 6)
• Generationals at the Parish (Feb. 11)
• The Dodos at the Parish (Feb. 18)
• Bad Suns at Stubb’s (Feb.25)
• Trailer Park Boys at Paramount Theatre (Feb. 27 and 28)
• Lucero and Ryan Bingham at Austin Music Hall (March 5)
• Shpongle at Emo’s (March 6)
• Punch Brothers at ACL Live (April 9)
• Zappa Plays Zappa at Emo’s (May 1)
• Walk The Moon at Stubb’s (May 2)
Pizza for a cause
Carnival O’ Pizza. This family-friendly event is back for year nine with live music, games, raffles and plenty of contests, including the "Hands On an Eggplant Sub" contest, box folding and dough tossing. Plus, mustache painting! Free admission. Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, 1415 and 1421 S. Congress Ave. Proceeds benefit Austin Bat Cave, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center. Information and schedule at www.homeslicepizza.com and on the event’s Facebook page.
A Christmas Affair. It’s the Junior League’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and the theme this year is "Christmas in the City," or "New York with an Austin flair." Shopping is the main focus, with a variety of special events, including photo ops with Santa. $15 a day. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Event schedule: www.jlaustin.org.
Next week in Austin360
Arianna Auber will have details on where to get some of Austin’s best savory cocktails, and we’ll look ahead to December’s (!) Latin, comedy and music events.