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The Planner, Jan. 30: ‘ACL’ announces hall of fame inductees, tapings

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Asleep at the Wheel, Loretta Lynn, Guy Clark, Flaco Jimenez and Townes Van Zandt will be inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame at a ceremony and concert in June at ACL Live, the television show announced Thursday evening at Rattle Inn.

The Hall of Fame was launched last year with the induction of Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, along with show founder Bill Arhos and the late University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal, at an invitation-only event in Studio 6A, the show’s original home. Steel guitarist Lloyd Maines was added later during an all-star 40th-anniversary concert at ACL Live, which will host this year’s ceremony.

Invitations to all living inductees have been extended, but performance details have not yet been confirmed. Van Zandt likely will be honored via special-guest tribute performances, much as Vaughan was celebrated by Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and others last year. Show date and ticket information will be announced later.

Asleep at the Wheel taped the show’s first regular episode after Nelson did the pilot in 1974. The iconic western swing band led by Ray Benson has since made many “Austin City Limits” appearances, and they’ll return early this year for a taping that will feature special guests from their upcoming “Still the King” Bob Wills tribute disc, including the Avett Brothers and Amos Lee.

The show also announced that rising country star Sturgill Simpson and indie-rock band the War on Drugs will tape episodes for the show’s 41st season. Dates of the tapings have not yet been announced, but Simpson’s taping likely will coincide with his upcoming appearances at Stubb’s, which added an April 5 date after his April 2 show sold out almost instantly.

Of Paramount importance: At a Tuesday event kicking off its 100-year anniversary celebration, the Paramount Theatre announced that Lyle Lovett will headline a Centennial Gala concert on May 9, with special guests to be announced. Patty Griffin will be among them. It’s a high-dollar affair, with tickets running from $600 to $25,000; a tent party will follow the show, with two blocks of Congress Avenue blocked off from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Lovett and Jerry Jeff Walker also will be given stars on the sidewalk in front of the theater, expanding the current stars for Joe Sears and Jaston Williams of “Greater Tuna” into a “Paramount Avenue of the Stars.” The date for that induction and groundbreaking has not yet been announced.

Tickets on sale today

• Cashmere Cat at Mohawk (Feb. 26)

• Bronze Radio Return at Stubb’s (March 28)

• Liturgy at Red 7 (April 7)

• From Indian Lakes at Stubb’s (April 22)

• The Ting Tings at Emo’s (April 23)

• John Talabot at Vulcan Gas Company (April 23)

• GRiZ at Emo’s (April 25)

• Lee Fields & the Expressions at the Parish (April 26)

• Yellowcard at the Belmont (April 30)

• Gregg Allman at ACL Live (May 9)

• Sufjan Stevens at Bass Concert Hall (May 12)

• Minus the Bear at Emo’s (May 17)

• Toro y Moi at Emo’s (May 20)

• Purity Ring at Stubb’s (May 23)

• Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience at Emo’s (June 5)

• “Weird Al” Yankovic at ACL Live (Aug. 20)

• Slipknot at Austin360 Amphitheater (Sept. 2)

• Mark Knopfler at ACL Live (Sept. 25)

— Rachel Corbelli

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