Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will be here April 23 for what promises to be an unforgettable evening celebrating their recently released collaborative jazz album, "Cheek to Cheek." The unlikely duo spans 60 years in age, but their chemistry brought new life to classic jazz standards such as "It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)" and "I Can’t Give You Anything But Love."
At 88, Bennett remains the oldest artist in history to have an album top the Billboard charts, while "Cheek to Cheek" became Lady Gaga’s third consecutive chart-topping album in just over three years. ACL Live’s 2,750-person audience will be just a fraction of Lady Gaga’s usual crowd. To be one of the few, buy tickets starting at 10 a.m. Friday.
He’s not yet a legend, but Hozier is having a major breakout moment. His debut single "Take Me To Church" appeared on his 2013 EP but gained traction once the video for the powerful blues track went viral this year. The song is unavoidable these days, and it’s been nominated for song of the year at the Grammys. According to his website, the Irish singer-songwriter has sold out his next 40 shows across six countries. He’ll play Austin Music Hall on April 21, and tickets for the show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
It’s a big week for ticket sales in the Live Music Capital of the World. More shows going on sale for next year:
• Kina Grannis at the Belmont (Feb. 14)
• Retox at Red 7 (Feb. 14)
• Kalin and Myles at the Parish (Feb. 25)
• Life and Times at Mohawk (March 1)
• Bo Burnham at the Paramount Theatre (March 5)
• Greensky Bluegrass at the Parish (March 7)
• Los Lobos & Los Lonely Boys at ACL Live (April 10)
• Sleater-Kinney at Stubb’s (April 17)
• Umphrey’s McGee at Stubb’s (April 18)
• The Sing-Off Tour at ACL Live (April 19)
• "Annie" at Bass Concert Hall (April 21-26)
• Monster Jam at Frank Erwin Center (April 25, 26)
• Casting Crowns at Cedar Park Center (May 2)
• Kodaline at Emo’s (May 2)
• They Might Be Giants at Stubb’s (May 14)
• John Prine at Bass Concert Hall (May 16)
The rescheduled Carnival of Pizza, which was postponed because of bad weather a few weeks ago, is Saturday at Home Slice Pizza. This family-friendly event includes 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 at www.homeslicepizza.com and on the event’s Facebook page.
Next week in Austin360
Raise a toast to 2014 and beyond with these holiday-themed cocktails around town. Plus, we’ll have a look at New Year’s Eve shows, including the just announced Ronnie Spector at Spider House (tickets are already on sale for that one).