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Summer at Austin City Limits isn't just about the festival. The music is flowing in at the Moody Theater, where four diverse new acts will be taped for the world's ongoing enjoyment, even if Austin is too far to visit.

The taping schedule for Season 49 already includes Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Tanya Tucker, and Jorge Drexler, but more is coming. The more recent announcement brings in rapper Lil Yachty, singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis, jazz duo Domi and J.D. Beck (stylized DOMi & JD Beck), and Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. The latter duo will be accompanied by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, to mark the guitarists' first appearance in a decade.

Lil Yachty beckons to the mainstream youth of 2023, having built a career on recognizable red braids and an absurdist sense of humor in his melodic flows. Still only 25, he is gaining acclaim through his creative approach. Domi and J.D. Beck take an equally, if not even more wacky approach, combining their jazz sensibility with high-profile artist features like Snoop Dogg and Mac DeMarco.

Jenny Lewis and Rodrigo y Gabriela are the more long-established acts — Lewis, a former child actor, known for her honest lyrics and campy style, and the guitar duo known for blending disparate styles like nuevo flamenco and heavy metal. Their appearance with the Austin Symphony will expand the instrumentation of their latest release, In Between Thoughts…A New World.

Austinites can see the live performances if they win passes through KLRU, the PBS station that airs Austin City Limits. Tapings will later be available on KLRU and YouTube.

  • June 28 — Lil Yachty
  • July 7 — Rodrigo y Gabriela
  • July 8 — DOMi & JD Beck
  • July 26 — Jenny Lewis
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Music legend Lionel Richie says Hello to Austin in August


This legendary singer’s new tour will have you saying “Just Go.” International timeless music superstar Lionel Richie has announced his 2023 tour alongside multi-genre, best-selling band Earth, Wind & Fire.

Lionel Richie has sold over 125 million albums to-date, was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last November, won the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song by the Library of Congress, and earned the Icon Award at the 2022 American Music Awards. Earth, Wind & Fire have won a staggering nine Grammys and sold over 100 million albums worldwide. The Sing A Song All Night Long tour will also feature some unnamed special guests.

The 20-city arena tour begins in Minnesota in early August and includes three stops in Texas, with the first being in Austin on August 29 at the Moody Center. Lionel and co. will continue their journey through the Lone Star State with a show on September 1 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, and a September 2 show in Houston at the Toyota Center.

The full tour date itinerary includes:

  • August 4 – Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • August 5 – United Center in Chicago
  • August 8 – Scotiabank Arena in Toronto
  • August 9 – Bell Centre in Montreal
  • August 11 – TD Garden in Boston
  • August 12 – Madison Square Garden in New York City
  • August 15 – Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia
  • August 18 – Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
  • August 19 – CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore
  • August 22 – State Farm Arena in Atlanta
  • August 25 – FLA Live Arena in Fort Lauderdale
  • August 26 – Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida
  • August 29 – Moody Center in Austin
  • September 1 – American Airlines Center in Dallas
  • September 2 – Toyota Center in Houston
  • September 5 – Ball Arena in Denver
  • September 8 – Chase Center in San Francisco
  • September 11 – Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle
  • September 12 – Rogers Arena in Vancouver
  • September 15 – Kia Forum in Los Angeles

Tickets for the Sing A Song All Night Long tour will begin on March 13 at 10 am, with a special Citi presale beginning at 10 am on March 7 until 10 pm March 12. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com. VIP Packages can be found at vipnation.com.

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Suki Waterhouse blurs the line between real and rumored rock stardom in free Austin concert

One of Six

There’s nothing like a little nostalgia to propel a band to stardom, and that’s exactly what worked for Daisy Jones & The Six — a fictional band based on very real feelings and '70s tropes.

Although they have nothing explicitly to do with Austin, the novel that spawned them (and the upcoming Amazon Prime miniseries) embodies a familiar fondness for a bygone era of music. One starring cast member, Suki Waterhouse, will give a free concert at the Domain Northside on March 4, followed by a watch party that may introduce Austinites to the increasingly popular story.

Daisy Jones & The Six was published in 2019, and quickly became popular for an opaque tone that suggested these were real events, presented by other fictional stars as an oral history. Rumors spread even faster than a great story, so it adds up that only a few years later, a miniseries is attempting to capture that lightning in a bottle.

Suki Waterhouse plays Karen Sirko, the only female band member in The Six and one of the first women in any major rock band. The character becomes a feminist symbol of nonconformity and keeps a big secret. For the role, Waterhouse told Us Weekly, she had to learn to play the piano — something that wracked the singer's nerves despite a pre-existing music career.

At her Domain Northside concert, Waterhouse will perform her own original music from one full-length album, I Can’t Let Go; an EP, Milk Teeth; and a handful of singles. Alternative radio listeners may recognize the 2022 single “Good Looking,” a hazy, vaguely stuttering work of dream pop outside of any time and place, yet still very true to current styles.

A well-rounded performer gone international since her London roots, Waterhouse is neither just a singer-songwriter nor an actress, and has now appeared on several magazine covers including Vogue and Vanity Fair. During her rise to greater and greater relevance, she has also represented campaigns by fashion brands such as Burberry and Ferragamo, finally culminating in her biggest project yet; this role.

Suki Waterhouse’s free performance takes place on The Lawn at Domain Northside at 6 pm (doors open at 5 pm). The watch party promoting Daisy Jones & The Six will immediately follow the concert. More information is available at domainnorthside.com. ACL Radio listeners may win a VIP experience and meet-and-greet.

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Cirque Du Soleil's touching show Corteo makes Austin debut at Moody Center

The Tears of a Clown

Mauro’s funeral has lasted years. Corteo by Cirque Du Soleil, the elegiac circus show celebrating the life of a fictional clown upon his passing, is returning to North America for the first time since 2019. Originally in Italian but beloved around the world, this piece of theater will both entertain and move Austinites as it transforms the Moody Center for five shows, February 2-5, 2023.

Although Corteo has been in North America, this is its Ausin debut. It comes on the heels of Ovo almost exactly one year prior. Where the insect-themed Ovo dealt with birth via a mysterious egg, Corteo runs through a clown’s memories and relationships as he’s on his deathbed. The tone is nostalgic, but according to artistic director Alison Crawford, it’s not a sad show.

“It's very touching because we get to know his character and the people that he loved during his life. He was a clown, so he had … some funny moments, and there's happy moments,” says Crawford. “Sad moments? I mean, at the end, we feel he's leaving us. Some people, it can remind them of somebody that was dear to them. But it's a very happy look at life.”

Set in the 18th century — if not in earthly Italy, then at least in a very Italian space full of chandeliers and velvet — this quasi-play is narrated by Mauro, and set to music by a seven-piece band spanning several styles from the folk music of the Romani people and Ashkenazi Jews, to more romantic and lyrical tunes. The multicultural aesthetic draws wonder from all audiences, but Crawford says Americans seem most drawn to humor across the circus repertoire.

“I love every moment of it. I've watched the show hundreds of times and I still don't get bored of it,” says Crawford. “The music really pulls you into the story, too.”

Corteo premiered in 2005 in Montreal, under a Big Top tent, meaning things will look a little different here, in Austin. This show in particular is unique for its dual view of the circular stage, causing half of the audience to face the other. Despite the opulent stage design and safety considerations — with aerialists literally swinging from the chandeliers — loading the show in takes 12 hours, and loading out takes less than four.

Like Crawford, audiences who have been to many Cirque Du Soleil shows know that the shine remains, even when they’ve seen the troupe or the story before. Austin is the only Texas city hosting this circus, but audiences have five chances to see it. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.

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Country star Kane Brown set to land in Austin as part of new 'In the Air' tour

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Country singer Kane Brown will return to the road in 2024 with the 29-city In the Air tour, which will culminate with a stop at Toyota Center on April 28.

Starting on March 28 in Charlottesville, Virginia, the tour will play 2-3 shows a week through the beginning of June at arenas, including in Houston on April 28 and Austin on April 29. He'll end his tour in Arlington, Texas on September 14.

For the final five shows on the tour, Brown will switch to stadiums, including the last show at Globe Life Field. Brown will be joined by Tyler Hubbard and Parmalee in both Austin and Houston.

Just like his previous Drunk or Dreaming Tour, which he just finished in early September, Brown will be touring in support of his 2022 album, Different Man. Although it was the first of his three albums not to go to No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts (it charted at No. 2), it still notched four top 10 songs.

The new tour's title, In the Air, is a reference to Brown's new single, “I Can Feel It,” which samples Phil Collins’ legendary drum solo and single from “In the Air Tonight.”

Fans can register now at kanebrownmusic.com for the artist pre-sale starting on Tuesday, October 3, at 10 am ET time. Tickets forthe tourwill go on-sale to the general public on Thursday, October 5, at 10 am local time.


  • Thursday, March 28, 2024: Charlottesville, VA, John Paul Jones Arena
  • Friday, March 29, 2024: Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
  • Saturday, March 30, 2024: Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
  • Thursday, April 4, 2024, Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
  • Friday, April 5, 2024: Toronto, ON, Scotiabank Arena
  • Saturday, April 6, 2024: Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center
  • Thursday, April 11, 2024: Kansas City, MO, T-Mobile Center
  • Friday, April 12, 2024: Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
  • Thursday, April 18, 2024: Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
  • Friday, April 19, 2024: Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
  • Saturday, April 20, 2024: Grand Forks, ND, Alerus Center
  • Friday, April 26, 2024: Lubbock, TX, United Supermarkets Arena
  • Saturday, April 27, 2024: Houston, Toyota Center
  • Sunday, April 28, 2024: Austin, TX, Moody Center
  • Thursday, May 9, 2024: Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena
  • Friday, May 10, 2024: Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
  • Saturday, May 11, 2024: Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
  • Friday, May 17, 2024: Salt Lake City, UT, Delta Center
  • Saturday, May 18, 2024: Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
  • Sunday, May 19, 2024: Tempe, AZ, Boots In The Park
  • Thursday, May 30, 2024: Orlando, FL, Amway Center
  • Friday, May 31, 2024: Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
  • Saturday, June 1, 2024: Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
  • Friday, June 7, 2024: Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
  • Saturday, June 8, 2024: Atlanta, GA, State Farm Arena
  • Thursday, June 20, 2024: Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
  • Saturday, July 20, 2024: Boston, MA, Fenway Park
  • Friday, August 16, 2024: Seattle, WA, T-Mobile Park
  • Saturday, August 24, 2024: Los Angeles, CA, BMO Stadium
  • Friday, September 6, 2024: Denver, CO, Coors Field
  • Saturday, September 14, 2024: Arlington, TX, Globe LIfe Field

Longstanding North Austin brewery closing down after 15-year run

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The Austin beer community will surely miss this brewer. Circle Brewing Company, one of the oldest breweries in North Austin, is shutting down operations at its longstanding Braker Lane location and its 23-acre property in Elgin.

Although a statement on the Circle Brewing website doesn't clearly give a reason for its closing, founders Ben Sabel and Judson Mulherin alluded to ongoing financial troubles since the company's inception at the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis.

"As became a recurring motif for us, this was the first major example of our flawless business timing," the statement said. "With far too much optimism and not nearly enough money, we opened our doors with two draft beers (Blur Texas Hefe and Envy Amber) and barely a dozen draft accounts."

Sabel and Mulherin shared their story of the company's resilience despite financial setbacks, relying on the local community and other small Central Texas breweries.

"In our first two years of operation, we were so broke that we couldn't even afford to buy yeast," they wrote. "But the Austin brewing community and the real spirit of camaraderie was such that we just had to drive out to Blanco and fill up a few corny kegs from our friends at Real Ale. In the coming years, we'd come to owe countless other members of the local brewing community thanks for all the advice, friendships, and assistance."

Circle Brewing had only opened its Elgin location in May of 2023, after six years of planning and three years of extended buildout due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company's goal with the 23-acre property was to grow all the ingredients needed to use in their beers and develop a fully Texan-made, sustainable beer.

"Our biggest regret is not having the time to see our vision through and fulfilling the enormous potential we know would have paid off enormously," the website said. "It was so close to becoming reality. We're sorry we didn't have the time to see it to the end."

The Braker Lane location is fully closed, but Sabel and Mulherin said they are attempting to remain open at their Elgin facility for "at least another week." All of the company's remaining beer and merchandise will be sold at heavy discounts until Friday, September 22.

More information about the company shutdown can be found on circlebrewing.com.

Drake surprises Houston fans with news that he found a home in Texas

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Hip-hop superstar Drake announced that he may be moving to Houston at his concert at the Toyota Center on Monday, September 18.

As he repeatedly told the audience during his opening night show on Sunday, Drake, who's known for representing his hometown of Toronto, loves the Bayou City. Aside from many concerts in H-Town over the years, has been known to visit his second hometown, often talking about it in his songs.

He's been spotted on many visits to Houston, including sightings playing basketball at the University of Houston and St. Thomas High School and grabbing a burger at Bun B's Trill Burgers.

Drake dropped the news during the second show in a row at the Toyota Center on Monday as part of his "It's All A Blur" tour with rapper 21 Savage.

"I want to tell you something. I'm excited I get to share this with night two. I had to make it official first, but I've been looking for a long time, trying to figure out, you know, the right place for me to live, where I belong outside of Toronto," Drake told fans. "And I finally, finally after all these years, I found me a place in Houston, Texas. So y'all will be seeing me around!"

In a video posted on X (formerly Twitter) by Nick Scurfield, fans can be heard cheering before Drake even finished his announcement.

It's hard to say if Drake could just be playing with fans' emotions, after dropping similar news in a different city?


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