Fall Concerts to Add to Your Calendar
Paul McCartney, the Jesus Lizard, and Saturnalia make the list
By Mark Fagan,
12:40PM, Tue. Sep. 4, 2018
It's never an issue finding quality shows in the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World, but fall boasts an excessively full slate – whether you're interested in festivals or more intimate stages. Here are a few suggestions to whet your appetite.
Fri., Sept. 7
Gothy electronic pioneer Gary Numan has been forging his own path since the mid-Seventies with new wave, electronic upstarts Tubeway Army. You might know him best from his No. 1 hits "Are 'Friends' Electric?" and "Cars," but his legacy might be felt strongest in the list of musicians he has inspired: Names like Trent Reznor and Dave Grohl.
HAAM Day 2018
Tue., Sept. 11
The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) hooks local performers up with affordable health resources. Every year the org hosts a citywide benefit to support their programs. Catch one of the 200 performances happening all over town; eat at a restaurant donating a percentage of sales; or stuff some bills in one of the black donation boxes.
Pecan Street Festival
Sixth Street (from Brazos to I-35)
Sat.-Sun., Sept. 22-23
This biannual street festival of arts & crafts vendors and live music knows how to party. Try an art class, or just park yourself in front of one of the stages with some handheld food and enjoy a performance. Don't worry about bringing the kids, they'll be busy getting their faces painted, staring rapt at one of the traveling street magicians, or petting zoo animals.
The Jesus Lizard
ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Sat., Sept. 22
The two Davids (David Yow and David Wm. Sims) earned their punk rock street cred with legendary Austin-based noise rockers Scratch Acid back in the early Eighties and took their Birthday Party-esque squall to new heights with the Chicago-based Jesus Lizard. With six albums split between indie Touch and Go Records and big boys Capitol Records, they've left a lasting sonic footprint that AllMusic describes as "scathing, disembowelling, guitar-driven pseudo-industrial noise."
Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam
Sun., Sept. 23
In its 10th (and final) year, this event brings an all-star lineup of musicians, professional athletes, and celebrities together to benefit the Miracle League at Town and Country, which helps children with mental and physical disabilities play baseball. Joining Reckless Kelly onstage will be Micky & the Motorcars, Wade Bowen, Jack Ingram, and many more.
ACL Music Festival 2018
Fri.-Sun., Oct. 5-7 & 12-14
In 2002, two Austin institutions – the long-running public television music showcase, Austin City Limits, and the city’s beloved, 351-acre Zilker Park – combined forces for the first ACL Festival. Thanks to homegrown mega promoters C3 Presents, they’ve been making sweet music together ever since. Metallica and Travis Scott headline along with this year's can't-miss act: Sir Paul McCartney.
Saturnalia Music and Arts Fest
Fri., Nov. 16
This small (and not too pricey) outdoor music fest is curated and organized by musicians and artists. The cream of the crop from the local psychedelic scene will be on hand to alter your reality: Holy Wave, Hidden Ritual, the Sun Machine, ST 37, and more.
Black Lips, Iceage, Surfbort
Sat., Nov. 17
Stacked triple bill topped by Atlantan garage rockers Black Lips from Atlanta who never fail to entertain. Matador Records' Iceage supply the post-punk from Copenhagen with Surfbort featuring ex-members of the Motards and Fuck Emos opening.
Don't forget to bookmark our 2018 Events Calendar that features all the year's top events – not just music-related ones.