Get your tickets for Gary Clark Jr., Kenny Chesney and more
Fresh from another guest spot on the Grammys, Austin guitar great Gary Clark Jr. has announced a monthlong tour centered on three hometown shows at ACL Live on June 13-15.
Tickets, $49.50-$69.50 ($150 VIP also available), go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 9, at acl-live.com.
Clark, who’s been working on a new studio record after releasing a second live album last year, joined Jon Batiste at the Grammys on Jan. 28 in paying tribute to the late Chuck Berry and Fats Domino. Berry’s final album featured Clark as a guest guitarist.
Country star Kenny Chesney is calling his “No Shoes Nation” to take a “Trip Around the Sun” on his new spring tour.
Chesney’s cross-country jaunt kicks off in Las Vegas in March. The tour will wind its way across the country for a few months before hitting Austin on May 16 with a date at the Austin360 Amphitheater.
Tickets to the show run $32.50-$99.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 9. Find out more at austin360amphitheater.com.
— Deborah Sengupta Stith
It’s about that time for “Austin City Limits” to start revving up for its 44th season, and this week brought two announcements of upcoming tapings: Mac DeMarco on Feb. 27 and Brandi Carlile on April 10.
It’s the first appearance on the show for DeMarco, the Canadian singer-songwriter whose 2017 release “This Old Dog” is his fourth and best-selling album to date. A hit at ACL Fest in 2014, DeMarco played ACL Live very recently, opening for the Flaming Lips in October the night before he headlined his own Stubb’s show.
Seattle singer-songwriter Carlile first appeared on “Austin City Limits” almost a decade ago, after the release of her 2009 album “Give Up the Ghost.” She’ll feature songs from “By the Way, I Forgive You,” which is due out next week, on this taping. Carlile was part of last fall’s Austin City Limits Hall of Fame show, helping to honor posthumous inductee Roy Orbison.
Information on the free-ticket giveaways for those who wish to attend will be announced about a week before each taping via the program’s website and on its social media pages.
Classic rockers, this one’s for you: It’ll be a Sunday in the park, and not quite the Fourth of July, but Chicago’s coming back to the Austin360 Amphitheater on July 1, and they’re bringing REO Speedwagon along with them. (Perhaps the Speedwagon can take a few laps on the Circuit of the Americas track while they’re out there.)
Tickets, $39.50-$129.50, go on sale at noon Feb. 9 at austin360amphitheater.com. Michael Tolcher will open the 7:30 p.m. concert.
Between them, the pair of Illinois bands were huge on rock radio in the 1970s and ’80s. Just when Chicago’s brass-heavy sound that brought the likes of “25 or 6 to 4” and “Saturday in the Park” to prominence began to fade, REO Speedwagon’s anthemic hooks became omnipresent with smashes such as “Take it On the Run” and “Keep on Lovin’ You.”
It’s a fairly quick return trip for Chicago, which played the same venue last June as part of its 50th-anniversary tour with opening act the Doobie Brothers. REO Speedwagon also was here last summer, but they played the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park with Styx on that tour. Their last performance at Austin360 Amphitheater was in August 2016 with Def Leppard and Tesla.