Austin PBS station KLRU-TV is moving later this year from its longtime headquarters on the University of Texas campus to a new location at Austin Community College’s Highland Campus — but not before a memorable send-off. The station announced Tuesday that Studio 6A, home to the iconic TV series "Austin City Limits" for its first 36 seasons, will be the site of a May 24 performance by country music superstar Garth Brooks.
Tickets start at $2,500 for "Farewell to Studio 6A: An Evening With Garth Brooks," which will benefit KLRU’s "Moving Forward" campaign for funding the station’s new facilities. More details about ticket packages are at austinpbs.org/farewell.
If that May 24 date sounds familiar: Yes, it’s the same night that the Rolling Stones will be at Circuit of the Americas.
Brooks has visited the Austin area twice in recent years. At South by Southwest in 2017, he played a huge outdoor concert at Auditorium Shores and also snuck in a secret show at the Broken Spoke. And last fall, he included New Braunfels’ historic Gruene Hall in his "Dive Bar" series of shows at smaller venues across the country.
The May 24 event is a fundraising event only and won’t be taped or streamed for "Austin City Limits," which featured episodes with Brooks in its 15th and 25th seasons.
"Thirty years ago, Garth made history when he stepped onto the Austin City Limits stage for the first time," said ACL executive producer Terry Lickona. "We are thrilled and honored to have him return and make history once again, with the final performance ever on a stage that was the original home for what’s become the longest-running music series on television."
Though the move north this fall means the loss of a historic room — Studio 6A was designated an official Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Landmark in 2009 — the ACC Highland location will offer new opportunities. "The larger facility will be a modern, state-of-the-art broadcast studio as well as a community space that will allow Austin PBS to create new initiatives," the press release announcing the Brooks event noted.