F1 Switcheroo

Usher races into Austin for huge F1 concert after unexpected cancellation

Usher races into Austin for F1 concert after unexpected cancellation

Usher clap
Usher and The Roots will perform at COTA on Sunday, October 23. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com

Formula 1 weekend has a new hook for music fans. On Wednesday, Circuit of The Americas announced that Usher will headline the 2016 United States Grand Prix, replacing The WeekndTaylor Swift is still slated to perform. 

On Sunday, October 23, R&B icon Usher will be joined onstage by The Roots, the soul group that serves as the house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Usher comes to Austin hot off his latest record, Hard II Love, which dropped last month.

The Weeknd canceled his appearance due to time constraints regarding his new album, which is slated to be released in November. "It is with sincere regret that I am not able to perform," he said in a release. "Playing a show for F1 is an incredible opportunity, and I am absolutely certain that Taylor Swift and Usher and The Roots will provide all F1 fans with two unforgettable concerts."

Swift performs on Saturday, October 22. The hot headliners will be joined by numerous artists playing at COTA throughout the weekend, including Money Chicha, Nakia & The Blues Grifters, Bobby Patterson, and more.

The music doesn't end at the track. COTA also recently announced the lineup for Fan Fest, two days of free performances in downtown Austin. Catch acts like Flying Balalaika Brothers, Riders Against the Storm, Boss Street band, and more on Sixth Street on Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22.

The 2016 U.S. Grand Prix returns to Circuit of The Americas next weekend. Three-day passes, starting at $165, include attendance to both concerts; Sunday-only tickets are on sale for $99.