For the second consecutive year, Austin will be brought to tears (the good kind) when some of the biggest names in comedy hit the Austin360 Amphitheater as part of the 2014 Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival. Presented by Funny or Die, this summer’s festival will feature Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Hannibal Buress, Whitney Cummings and more. The tour includes 21 shows across the country, with a stop in Austin on Sept. 21.
Much like last year, Oddball 2014 will include two stages, a roaming ensemble of eccentric performers, tasty treats and the return of the Cut Throat Freak Show. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Earlier that same month, Austin360 Amphitheater have another night of country music as Brad Paisley takes the stage, never without his cowboy hat. Having already achieved 21 No. 1 hits, Paisley will be releasing his new album, “Moonshine in the Trunk,” on Aug. 26. The new singing competition “Rising Star” – in which he will appear as the celebrity expert, alongside Ke$ha – will premiere on ABC on June 22.
Even amid his busy schedule, Paisley will find the time to perform in Austin, as part of his Country Nation World Tour, on Sept. 4. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
Also on sale on Friday:
• Nothing More at Stubb’s (Aug. 1)
• Antemasque at Mohawk (Aug. 3)
• Little Dragon at ACL Live (Aug. 31)
• Jason Mraz at Bass Concert Hall (Sept. 7)
• Tycho at Emo’s (Sept. 20)
• Palms at Mohawk (Sept. 26)
• Citizen Cope at Stubb’s (Sept. 27)
• Felice Brothers at Emo’s (Sept. 27)
• Broken Bells at the Aztec Theater (Oct. 5)
• Metronomy at Mohawk (Oct. 15)
• Anberlin at Emo’s (Oct. 23)
• Bassnectar at Austin Music Hall (Oct. 24)
• Arctic Monkeys at Cedar Park Center (Oct. 28)
• Julian Casablancas at Emo’s (Oct. 30)
• Tennis at Red 7 (Nov. 1)
• The Psychedelic Furs at Emo’s (Nov. 1)
• Slayer at ACL Live (Nov. 18)
Ready to thump?
The watermelons will be prime eating through Sunday at the annual Watermelon Thump festival in downtown Luling (the fest started Thursday, when the queen was crowned). This year’s highlights include watermelon buckin’ bull, 5:30 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday; children’s seed-spitting contest, 5:30 p.m. Friday, world championship seed-spitting contest 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and the team seed-spitting contest 4:30 p.m. Sunday; Thump Rodeo, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; the Thump parade, 10 a.m. Saturday; melon eating contests 1 p.m. Saturday; and the Thump car show, 1 p.m. Sunday. Free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and all day Sunday; $5, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; $15, 7 p.m.-midnight Friday and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and $20 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. Information: www.watermelonthump.com.
Next week in Austin360
We’ll have more details on what’s happening for Fourth of July weekend, including a new music festival. The big movies for next week, including “Tammy,” “Deliver Us from Evil” and “Earth to Echo,” open Wednesday. We’ll have reviews in the Life section that day and a recap in next week’s Austin360.