Sure, fall means the return of some of the biggest music festivals of the year, but but there are plenty of other big-name shows to see in Austin during the next few months. From the hottest names in music today to icons of decades past, here are the can’t-miss concerts for the upcoming season.
Kings of Leon: Saturday, September 13 at Circuit of the Americas
Kings of Leon continue their Mechanical Bull tour across the country with a stop at the Circuit of the Americas. Joining them on tour will be Young the Giant and Kongos.
Billy Joe Shaver's 75th Birthday: Sunday, September 28 at the Paramount Theatre
Billy Joe Shaver's legendary status was cemented in the 1970s and he's still as badass as ever (check out his latest album). At his 75th birthday celebration, Shaver will be joined by numerous special guests who he influenced over the course of career. Artists include Ray Wylie Hubbard, James McMurtry, Jason Boland, Joe Pug, Jason Eady and Crooks, with plenty more to come.
Tears for Fears: Wednesday, September 17 at Austin Music Hall
Tears for Fears was one of the most influential new wave bands in the '80s. Original members Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal are back together, creating new music and touring across the country.
All ATX presents the British Invasion: Monday, September 22 at ACL Live
In a tribute to the music that came from across the pond and defined a generation, Austin's best musicians will perform alongside some of the UK's national treasures. Alejandro Escovedo, Christopher Cross and Shinyribs will share the stage with Eric Burdon and The Animals and The Zombies. This event kicks off HAAM Benefit Day, which takes place September 23.
Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band: Sunday, October 12 at ACL Live
Music legend Ringo Starr brings his All-Starr Band to Austin. Featuring a rotating lineup of music legends (including members from Toto, Mr. Mister and Santana), the evening is more than a trip through Beatles' history — it's a trip through the history of rock 'n' roll.
Against Me!: Sunday, October 12 at Stubb's
Against Me! has transformed into one of the most important punk bands of the current generation. Never afraid to infuse elements of folk or country into tracks, Against Me! keeps a fluid sense of music identity that always has an underlying theme of anarchy.
Old 97’s with Sarah Jaffe: Friday, October 17 at Stubb's
The alt-country rock band from Dallas continues to blaze new trails with the release of their 10th studio album, Most Messed Up. Joining them for a stop in Austin is Sarah Jaffe, a fellow Texan whose star power continues to rise.
Gogol Bordello: Saturday, November 1 at Stubb's
Possibly the only Gypsy punk band out there, Gogol Bordello is the very definition of an international band in terms of both musical influences and members. Known for high-energy, theatrical stage performances, seeing the band live at Stubb's is a rare opportunity that can't be missed.
Cher Concert Tour "Dressed to Kill": Tuesday, November 11 at the Frank Erwin Center
The pop music icon's "Dressed to Kill" concert tour proves this diva isn't slowing down. Performing her greatest hits along with material from her latest album, Closer to the Truth, Cher guarantees an unforgettable night.
KUTX Live presents Randy Newman: Saturday, November 15 at the Paramount Theatre
Whether it's a heartwarming tune from your favorite childhood movie or a song filled with biting satire, Randy Newman is a songwriting master. With Grammys, Emmys and Academy Awards under his belt, Newman comes to the Paramount for a performance that will please longtime fans.