ACL 2014 Late Night: Aftershow Weekend 2 Top Picks

Austin City Limits Festival is right around the corner, and you know what that means: ACL AFTERSHOWS! One of the best byproducts of last year’s switch from one weekend to two is that there are now also twice as many Official Aftershows. Whether attending the fest or just hitting late night action, the Aftershows are a perfect way to see a favorite band without too large of a crowd. This year’s lineup is stacked with a bevy of options, but I’m breaking it down to help make the decision making process a bit easier. Tickets will fly off the shelves Friday, August 22 beginning at 10am sharp so be prepared to move quickly!

Check out the full lineup of Late Night Shows and buy tickets here. Ginny’s Austin nightly picks are listed below!

Pro Tip: If planning to attend an Aftershow post-fest, you will most likely need to leave Zilker Park before fest is officially over to make it to the venue in time – something to consider if your top act of the fest is the headliner that day!

Wednesday, October 8

Top Pick: Waller Creek Conservancy Benefit ft. Fitz & the Tantrums

The always dance-worthy Fitz & the Tantrums will headline what is sure to be a fun-filled, high energy benefit for a great cause. Why Not Wednesday, am I right?

Thursday, October 9

Top Pick: Robert Ellis at Stubb’s (Indoors)

Keeping in mind it’s a marathon, not a sprint, spending Thursday evening with up and coming Texas singer-songwriter Robert Ellis. Though some of his music leans a little too country for my blood, when Ellis channels his bluegrass/folk sound, it’s hard not to get on board.

Friday, October 10

Top Pick: CHVRCHES at Emo’s

Though Friday evening has several great shows from which to choose, CHVRCHES is my surefirepick of the night for the sheer fact I have not seen the indie/electro-pop trio despite loving almost everything they have put out thus far.

Runner-Up: The Chain Gang of 1947 at Stubb’s (Indoor); Though at times the band can veer a little too pop for my liking, I really enjoyed them at SXSW this year. Stubb’s Indoor stage is a perfect venue for the up and coming band as well.

Other top picks of the evening: Polica w/My Brighest Diamond at the Parish; Skrillex at Stubb’s (it is ACL afterall…)

Saturday, October 11

Top Pick: Spoon at Stubb’s

What better way to cap of the last night of ACL Aftershows than with hometown heroes Spoon? After paying their dues over the years, it seems the rest of country has caught on to what Austinites have known about the locally based indie rockers with their latest release They Want My Soul. The critically acclaimed new album has done the impossible; it stays true to Spoon’s unique sound – anchored by frontman Britt Daniel’s vocals – while appealing to commercial audiences. But most importantly, Spoon knows how to deliver live.

 

Been there, done that? Check out bluegrass infused songstress Nikki Lane at Lambert’s. Her catchy vocals are blended with just the right amount of Southern twang to keep things interesting. Lambert’s wooden stage and size will be a perfect venue for her.

 

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