This year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival brings out the marquee names with acts like Guns ’N Roses, Tame Impala, The Cure, and Childish Gambino. Tucked in between this year's powerhouse lineup are a number of Austin bands getting a shot to play one of the country’s largest festivals. We’ve organized a gallery to help guide you to the right stages at the right times to catch these hometown bands.
Asleep at the Wheel
If you have lived in Austin for even a little amount of time, you’ve no doubt heard and seen Ray Benson’s legendary band, Asleep at the Wheel. Repeat offenders of ACL, the Grammy-winning band always throws a great party, tossing out that classic outlaw Texas country music like it's done for nearly five decades.
Asleep at the Wheel performs Friday, October 4, from 12:45-1:30 pm on the Honda stage.
The Barton Hills Choir
Kicking things off on Friday, October 4, is The Barton Hills Choir which will bring a set full of classic tracks to the Austin Kiddie Limits Stage. This feel-good group of elementary school teachers offers a perfect opportunity for parents to get to the festival early before the mob of attendees pack in Zilker Park.
The Barton Hills Choir performs Friday, October 4, and the following Friday, October 11, from 12:30-1:30 pm on the Austin Kiddie Limits stage.
Alesia Lani has been plugging away in Austin’s hip-hop scene for several years now, earning herself a spot at ACL on the T-Mobile stage. Those arriving at the park early will be presented with her smooth tracks that make you move your body, whether you realize it or not.
Alesia Lani performs Friday, October 4, from 1:15-1:45 pm on the T-Mobile stage.
Black Pistol Fire
Fans of crunchy guitar riffs will want to make their way to the Miller Lite stage Friday for Austin duo Black Pistol Fire. Its brand of rock ’n roll delivers all the feels, and you’ll most likely be hard pressed to find the crowd standing still during this set.
Black Pistol Fire performs Friday, October 4, and the following Friday, October 11, from 3-4 pm on the Miller Lite stage.
Country music lovers attending this year’s festival get a great chance to check out a local country act in Stone Wheels. Comprised of veterans of the Austin-music scene, the band fits in nicely for fans of Townes, Willie, and other classic Austin staples.
Stone Wheels performs Saturday, October 5, from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm on the VRBO stage.
Riding the wave of its latest release, The Dance, Night Cap caps off the year with a coveted ACL slot. The band’s radio-indie rock is a perfect fit for the festival circuit, and its set under the Tito’s tent will give those looking for a break from the Texas sun a little bit of reprieve.
Night Cap performs Saturday, October 5, from 12:45-1:30 pm on the Tito's Handmade Vodka stage.
Gary Clark Jr.
Even if you’ve seen him a hundred times, you never want to miss a Gary Clark Jr. set. The Austin native is experiencing the greatest years of his career so far and is showing no signs of changing the trend. The dude is absolutely on fire and hits the American Express stage both weekends.
Gary Clark Jr. performs Saturday, October 5, and the following Saturday, October 12, from 6-7 pm on the American Express stage.
Otis the Destroyer
Taylor Wilkins’ rock act, Otis the Destroyer, is no strangers to bringing the shred to your face as it's done for quite some time. These dudes rock, plain and simple, and their big sound will most certainly be heard throughout the park Sunday morning.
Otis the Destroyer performs Sunday, October 6, from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm at the VRBO stage.
Jane Ellen Bryant
A recipient of the 2018 Black Fret Award, Jane Ellen Bryant has been crafting her own soulful version of Austin rock for several years. If you haven’t heard the pipes on Jane, you have surely been missing out. Fear not, though, because she brings the jams to weekend two of ACL.
Jane Ellen Bryant performs Friday, October 11, from 1-1:45 pm on the Tito's Handmade Vodka stage.
Pike and Sutton
If you were in Austin in the late '90s, you will recognize Patrice Pike and Wayne Sutton from the band Sister Seven. The band was a household name, and the two are back at it again and will definitely chalk up some nostalgic vibes.
Pike and Sutton performs Friday, October 11, from 1:15-1:45 pm on the T-Mobile stage.
Wesley Bray & the Disciples of Joy
Who says you have to wait for Sunday to listen to some gospel music? The Tito’s stage offers its own holy house, as the Disciples take the stage nice and early.
Wesley Bray & the Disciples of Joy performs Saturday, October 12, from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm on the Tito's Handmade Vodka stage.
Prominent local MCs ZEALE and PHRANCHYZE produce a style of rap with an edge that gives the duo a unique sound and will please both new and old fans of the genre. Bouncing to Blackillac seems like a pretty good way to start off a Saturday, we’d say.
Blackillac performs Saturday, October 12, from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm on the VRBO stage.
Abhi the Nomad
One of the hottest acts in town gets his chance to take on ACL this year. Coming off the successful debut “Marbled”, Abhi the Nomad has garnered national momentum with his catchy hip hop hooks. His local shows have been sparse, so ACL offers a great opportunity to catch this buzz artist.
Abhi the Nomad performs Saturday, October 12, from 12:45-1:30 pm on the Tito's Handmade Vodka stage.
Local starlet Kady Rain has a catalog of infectious pop tunes in the vein of Charli XCX and Taylor Swift and has been fine-tuning her live shows along the Red River district. Rain slides perfectly into the pop side of ACL, and those who get to the park early enough on Sunday can expect a solid live show.
Kady Rain performs Sunday, October 13, from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm on the VRBO stage.
The offspring of legendary musician Doug Sahm has launched a respectable solo career in the alt-country world after drumming for the seminal band Meat Puppets for two decades. Sahm brings his latest project to the Tito’s stage Sunday of weekend two.
Shandon Sahm performs Sunday, October 13, from 1:45-2:30 pm on the Tito's Handmade Vodka stage.