- Lucia Benavides American-Statesman Staff
Since their inception in 1986, Widespread Panic has claimed elite status among American jam bands, including big names such as the Grateful Dead and Phish. Though their lineup has changed somewhat since their early days, their musical influences have stayed the same: that of Southern rock, blues rock, progressive rock, funk and hard rock genres.
The band has recently returned to regular touring after a hiatus in 2012. They have been renowned for their live performances, so their stop at ACL Live should not be one to miss. In fact, they’re in such high demand that they have scheduled two shows: Oct. 14 and Oct. 15. Both days’ tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
Rufus Wainwright will draw in a different crowd when he stops by Austin. Of Canadian and American descent, Wainwright is a singer-songwriter who has recorded seven albums and numerous songs on compilations and movie soundtracks. His rise to fame came in 1998 when his self-titled debut album received critical acclaim from magazines like Rolling Stone. He will be performing at the Paramount Theatre on Nov. 7 as part of his tour “The Best of Rufus Wainwright,” celebrating the album of the same name that came out this February. Tickets also go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
More tickets going on sale:
• Wolf Gang and Sir Sly at the Parish (Aug. 27)
• Brantley Gilbert at Cedar Park Center (Sept. 19)
• Nails at Red 7 (Sept. 21)
• Perfume Genius at the Parish (Oct. 14)
• Vance Joy at Emo’s (Oct. 18)
• Rusko at Vulcan Gas Company (Oct. 23)
• James Hunter at the Parish (Oct. 24)
• Ziggy Marley at the Belmont (Oct. 26)
• Shovels and Rope and Hayes Carll at Stubb’s (Oct. 30)
• The Revivalists at Emo’s (Oct. 31)
• Noah Gundersen at the Parish (Nov. 15)
• Blonde Redhead at Mohawk (Nov. 17)
• Tribal Seeds at Emo’s (Nov. 18)
On sale Aug. 1: Patty Griffin will play Nov. 14 at ACL Live.
Some of the buffest bodies in Austin will be on display July 26 at the 2014 Naturally Fit Games.
The one-day event at the Austin Convention Center will feature weightlifting, powerlifting, body building and figure competitions, as well as a model search, CrossFit, fitness demonstrations, a car show and a kid’s zone. In all, 20 sports competitions are planned, along with a health and fitness expo featuring 200 booths.
Admission to the expo is $10 for adults and $7 for kids ages 6 to 12. Advance tickets to Rollergirls games and other competitions range from $10 to $45 at naturallyfitgames.com.
— Pam LeBlanc
Next week in Austin360
Travel editor Kristin Finan and her 5-year-old daughter explore their bucket list of Austin pools. Go along for a splash or two. We’ll also have our monthly looks ahead at comedy and Latino cultural events, among other entertainment offerings.