Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 10, 2014
East Coast indie-rockers Deer Tick will cap a full day of music and Kentucky Derby-watching at the first-ever Austin Derby Fest on May 3 in the 300 block of Nueces Street downtown.
The event, which will run from 1:30 to 10 p.m., also features Texas songwriting legend Ray Wylie Hubbard, El Paso country-rockers the Dirty River Boys, and Austin acoustic roots purveyors Whiskey Shivers and MilkDrive, plus an opening act to be announced. Nueces Street between Third and Fourth streets will be closed off for the event, which will feature a jumbotron broadcast of the Derby at 5 p.m. and food from local trailers.
General-admission tickets are $20, with $75 VIP tickets that offer access to restrooms, patios, a bar and air-conditioned environs at Trifecta on 3rd. Tickets are available at austinderbyfest.com. Entrance to the festival will be on the Fourth Street end of the block, with the stage set up at Third and Nueces (just north of Austin Music Hall).