Planner, Jan. 16: Eric Church, Kevin James, more tickets on sale
Eric Church kicks off the second leg of his tour at the Frank Erwin Center on March 4, and tickets for the show go on sale Friday morning. The Outsiders tour has mimicked the success of the platinum-certified album of the same name. The album earned Church three Grammy nominations, including best country album. His single “Give Me Back My Hometown” is up for best country solo performance and best country song. Church also played the Erwin Center during the inaugural iHeartRadio Country Festival last spring.
British rockers the Kooks’ visits to Austin have been less frequent, but they’ve signed on to play at Emo’s on April 28. The upbeat pop rock band had great success with the 2006 release of their first album, “Inside In/Inside Out,” which included popular single “Naïve.” After a few more quiet years, the Kooks released “Listen” in September 2014 and kicked off their world tour. Tickets for the band’s Austin performance go on sale Friday.
More ticket sales happening this week:
• Jessica Lea Mayfield at Red 7 (Feb. 7)
• Rocco DeLuca at Stubb’s (Feb. 16)
• Star Slinger at Vulcan Gas Company (Feb. 19)
• Kaleo at Lambert’s (Feb. 19 and 26)
• Empires at Lambert’s (Feb. 21)
• Desert Noises at Stubb’s (Feb. 26)
• Big Gigantic at Stubb’s (Feb. 27)
• Torche at Red 7 (March 10)
• Kevin James at Bass Concert hall (March 11)
• Magic Man at the Parish (March 31)
• Tobacco at Mohawk (April 1)
• YOB at Red 7 (April 1)
• Dengue Fever at Red 7 (April 4)
• Tyrone Wells at the Parish (April 11)
• X at Mohawk (April 11)
• Matt & Kim at Stubb’s (April 23)
• Tigers Jaw at Mohawk (April 26)
• Regis Philbin and Don Rickles at Bass Concert Hall (June 24, tickets went on sale Thursday)
Our 2015 festival guide published last week: Revisit it at austin360.com, where it’s available for free all year, and check out some additions:
Llano Crawfish Open, April 17-18. It’s the 26th year for this Hill Country event, which features food including boiled crawfish, barbecue and jambalaya, as well as live music, a 5K walk/run, golf tournament and more. Admission is free until 7 p.m., and then $5 after 7 p.m. April 17, and $10 until 7 p.m. April 18 and then $15. Kids 12 and younger are free. The main musical act will be announced in March. Full schedule and locations at llanocrawfishopen.com.
Sunset Valley Artfest, April 25. It’s the ninth year for this Southwest Austin event that brings together artists who create all kinds of art, from sculpture to jewelry and paintings to music. With food and kids activities. The two-stage musical lineup will be released in March and includes acts for kids and adults. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., next to the SFC Farmers Market at Burger Center, 3205 Jones Road. www.sunsetvalley.org/artfest.
Fresh Festival, May 2-3. This new event promises various exercise demos, classes, talks and competitions for people both in shape and looking to be. Also music on several stages. Early bird weekend passes are on sale for $20. Palmer Events Center. www.thefreshfestival.com.
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