ACL Aftershows Line Up Announced + Top Picks

The countdown to Christmas in October, ie Austin City Limits, is officially on with the release of the Official Aftershow lineup. Presale starts tomorrow for C3 Presents newsletter subscribers, and Public on sale Thursday. There will be three nights of shows beginning on Thursday through Sunday. This year also features a special Wednesday night show to benefit the Waller Creek Conservancy.

Full line-up details here:

One note to remember, in order to make it to a show in time, it usually means making your Zilker Park escape before the final show of the day ends. Check the schedule just in case your ‘can’t miss act’ will keep you from using your tickets!

If you need help deciding between all of the amazing options, my night by night top choices are listed below.

Wednesday, October 10

Gary Clark, Jr. and the Wheeler Brothers will headline at Stubb’s to benefit the Waller Creek Conservancy. Local favorite Gary Clark, Jr. always shines during his ACL performances, and this will be a great way to kick off the fest while supporting a great cause!

Tickets are On Sale Now!


Thursday, October 11

Top Pick:

 Band of Skulls w/Black Pistol Fire – La Zona Rosa

English rockers Band of Skulls is a personal festival top pick. Their edgy rock sound first caught my ear a couple years ago during SXSW. It certainly doesn’t hurt bassist/vocalist Emma Richardson is reminiscent of Alison Mosshart (The Kills and The Dead Weather), who can do no wrong in my book. Their gritty guitar/drum heavy sound is garage rock at its best.

As a cherry on top, local blues rock band Black Pistol Fire will join Band of Skulls. The band is often compared to The Black Keys, and their wide range of influences including Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix means an exciting and original live set

Black Pistol Fire – Suffocation Blues

Runner Up:

Alabama Shakes w/Lee Fields & the Expressions – Stubb’s

Mentioned here, the Alabama Shakes are fantastic live. The band’s first album has been both a critical and commercial success for good reason. If you haven’t seen them live, make the Alabama Shakes a priority this festival.

Friday, October 12

Top Pick:

Trampled by Turtles and Punch Brothers – La Zona Rosa

Bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles has been receiving rave reviews for their live sets on the festival circuit as of late. Their songs feature enough banjo, harmonica, and fiddle to excite the weariest of ACL crowds, should mandolin masters Punch Brothers somehow fail to do the trick.


Other Picks:

Friday is stacked with a variety of excellent choices, depending on your mood.

Metric w/Polica & Half Moon Run –  Emo’s East – Between New Wave indie rock band Metric and the electro/blues Polica, this runs a close second for my top pick of the night .

Father John Misty w/Dry the River –  The Parish – Former Fleet Foxes drummer Father John Misty aka J. Tillman’s experimental folk sound combined with British band Dry the River’s melancholy-filled indie folk tunes will make for a lovely, relaxing finish to Friday.

Eastern Sea w/Shivery Shakes – Stubb’s Indoors – Keep it local with two of Austin’s best bands who will certainly put on stellar sets, per usual.

Saturday, October 13

Top Picks:

Thievery Corporation w/Lance Herbstrong – La Zona Rosa

DJ duo Thievery Corporation has been one of my favorite ACL bands to catch since they first took the Zilker Park stage back in 2005. Always eclectic and sensational, this will be a perfect way to cap off Saturday’s ACL.

Runner Up:

The Civil Wars w/Milo Greene – Stubb’s – Nashville duo The Civil Wars is known for their beautiful harmonies and powerful songwriting. Should be a great show!   








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