The Planner, Oct. 4: Some non-ACL events to check out this weekend
With this year’s expanded two-weekend Austin City Limits Music Festival no longer offering single-day ticketing options, people watching their wallet may feel a bit out of luck as the party gets started this weekend over at Zilker Park. A a number of venues around Austin are on a mission to provide low-cost fun to locals short on funds this time around.
The other ACL — the Austin Corn Lover’s Fiesta — will return this year to Hole in the Wall, Infest, the Longbranch Inn and the White Horse. The organizers have assembled an impressive lineup, with Old 97’s, Hickoids, the Beaumonts and Two Hoots & a Holler all on the bill. The event runs Friday and Saturday both weekends during ACL Fest, and admission is $5.
For the third year in a row, Cheer Up Charlie’s presents gAyCL this Saturday and Sunday, showcasing queer talent on the rise. Bands set to take the stage include Nomi Ruiz (Jessica 6), Mom Jeans, Gender Infinity and Whiite Walls; there will also be a twerk-off competition hosted by DJ Divorcee. Admission is $8-$10, and proceeds benefit the Austin-based Out Youth, a nonprofit that works with queer kids and teenagers across Central Texas. (See the event’s Facebook page for more.)
Scoot Inn is hosting Raw Paw’s fourth annual Ditch the Fest Fest both Saturdays during ACL Fest. FTF Fest offers more than 35 local and regional bands (including Holiday Mountain, Black Books, Shivery Shakes and the Baker Family), as well as installations by CogDut, Ground to Cloud and COLLABnArt. The event begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Oct. 12. Admission is $5.
KUTX 98.9 hosts live performances on the back lawn of the Four Seasons on Friday, featuring a couple of high-profile artists who will be at ACL Fest. See 30-minute sets by Court Yard Hounds, White Denim, Local Natives and Okkervil River starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday. Admission to the event is first-come, first-served, and the $10 entry fee includes coffee and a breakfast taco and benefits the Seton Shivers Cancer Center. (kutx.org/acl-festival/acl-fest-2013-kutx-at-the-four-seasons)
Austin’s KGSR is also inviting locals out to live broadcasts during the first weekend of the festival. Artists scheduled to perform at Threadgill’s World Headquarters on Friday and Saturday include Little Green Cars, Walk the Moon, Jake Bugg and the Mowglis. Your $5 admission also gets you coffee and a breakfast taco and benefits the Seton Shivers Cancer Center. (www.kgsr.com/acl)
If you’re looking for something that’s free, check out the Barton Springs Block Party benefiting the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Register in advance via Eventbrite to gain admission to the 21+ event, which features free cocktails, snacks and live music Friday through Sunday during both weekends of ACL Fest. (titosvodka.com)
Officially speaking, of course, you can purchase tickets to ACL Fest’s night shows at venues around town without shelling out for a three-day pass. You’re out of luck if you want to see Wilco or the National, as both sold out rather quickly, but as of press time, there were still tickets available for buzzy bands like King Tuff, the Black Angels, Waaves, the Growlers, Phosphorescent and Steve Aoki. (www.c3concerts.com/latenight)
Next week in Austin360
Spoiler alert: Look for our reports all weekend from Zilker Park, at austin360.com/acl and in the Metro and news sections. We’ll have a special wrap in Monday’s Life & Arts section, too. And next Friday, we’ll tell you what not to miss, based on weekend one, as we get ready to do it all again.