Last minute thank you gifts and tickets are still available!

We’ve cut a whole week off our winter fund drive—which means it’s already winding down! There are less than two days left, but we need to raise $50,000 to meet our goal! There’s still time to help us get there!

Donate now—don’t miss your chance to experience some of your favorite PBS shows in person, all while supporting KLRU! We have some fabulous live events, from rock ‘n’ roll to family fun! Make a gift now and we’ll thank you with your choice of tickets to:

• See Broadway in Austin on the opening night of The King & I on December 12th
• Experience the Moody Blues at their special live 50th Anniversary Tour on January 21st
• Creature Power! The Kratt Brothers return to Austin for Wild Kratts Live on January 28th
• Hear Michael Pollan tell his story One Writer’s Trip – From the Garden to the Plate and the Beyond on February 2nd
• Rock out with guitar legend Joe Bonamassa on May 25th (meet and greet package available!)

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Giving the gift of KLRU is so much more than an ordinary present. Your gift brings PBS favorites to Central Texas screens, creates new and original programs and supports children, parents and teachers with educational media. Your support will truly ensure that your KLRU community has a holiday season that is merry and bright!

The Beatles + Ticket Offers – we love them, yeah, yeah, yeah!

This November KLRU is committed to cutting 10 days from our drive, and we’ve packed in a lot of fun, including three exciting ticket offers!

Tune in November 25th when it’s all about The Beatles! Catch the fab four at 7 p.m. in the Ron Howard film The Beatles: Eight Days a Week followed by Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution at 9:30 p.m. During the broadcasts we’ll have two special ticket packages to see Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles at ACL Live on April 3, including one opportunity for dinner at The Capital Grille before the show.

Donate now and you can receive one of the following gifts: The Eight Days a Week Combo with DVD and U.S Tour Book, the “I Watch KLRU Eight Days a Week” Tote or the The Eight Days a Week Full Combo which includes a Deluxe DVD Set, Tour Book, Tote and The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl CD.

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KLRU needs to raise $220,000 this season, and YOUR support is absolutely key to our success. Help keep our on-air drives short and our music programming strong. Support the public television station you love and score seats to some fantastic concerts while you’re at it. Thank you!

P.S. Want more music? Make sure to check out KLRU’s other rockin’ ticket offers, including The Moody Blues 50th Anniversary Tour at the HEB Center at Cedar Park on January 21 and Joe Bonamassa at ACL Live on May 25.

KLRU’s BIG DEAL Raffle is… BIG!

KLRU’s Big Deal Raffle Opens Today!

For just $25 a ticket, you can be THE Big Deal in 2018. 
One lucky Texan will be awarded an entire year’s worth of prizes,
all while supporting public television in Central Texas.

The Big Deal is a year full of incredible experiences, all awarded to one lucky winner, including:

  • Two (2) VIP Passes to the 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival
  • Two (2) Music Badges to the 2018 SXSW Conference
  • Two (2) VIP 4-Day Tickets to the 31st Old Settler’s Music Festival
  • Two (2) Producers Badges to the 2018 Austin Film Festival
  • Four (4) Passes to an Austin City Limits Season 44 taping
  • Two (2) Passes to the 2018 Texas Tribune Festival
  • Two (2) Badges to the 2018 ATX Television Festival
  • Two (2) Tickets to the 2018 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction & Ceremony
  • Two (2) Hospitality Passes to the 2018 KGSR Blues on the Green Season
  • Two (2) Satellite Badges to the 2018 Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival
  • Two (2) Tickets to Foreigner at ACL Live at The Moody Theater on February 25, 2018

Buy your tickets to support KLRU today!

All proceeds from the raffle benefit KLRU-TV, Austin PBS.

See Broadway in Austin: BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical!

Don’t miss your chance to see the inspiring true story of Carole King’s rise to stardom!

Donate $250 today
and we’ll thank you with a pair of tickets to the opening night of Beautiful at Bass Concert Hall on March 21st at 8pm.
Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, BEAUTIFUL, the musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom.

Tickets are limited so you won’t want to miss this joyous celebration about the life and career of Carole King…you’ll see how she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Remembering David Bowie

Get social and answer the following questions as well as make a gift to YOUR KLRU to win!

This evening at 9:30 p.m., KLRU celebrates the life of David Bowie. Tune into KLRU-Q and watch DAVID BOWIE: FIVE YEARS. Survey five pivotal years in Bowie’s extensive career, each illustrating his inspiration and where his innovative ideas led him. The program features unseen footage and interviews with close collaborators, and charts Bowie’s continual evolution. Before then we wanted to extend a special incentive to engage with your community supported PBS station during our spring fund drive.

KLRU wants to give you* a gift in celebration of this iconic artist when you engage with us socially this Spring Fund Drive. Enter via social media by being 1 of the first 5 to answer the following questions correctly. Even better, you can up your chances of winning by becoming a member or making an additional gift this March.

Questions:

  1. Sesame Street’s Big Bird was created by Jim Henson — what movie did David Bowie appear alongside other puppets created by the master puppeteer?
    1. The Muppets Take Manhattan
    2. Labyrinth
    3. The Dark Crystal
  1. In May of 2014, David Bowie was featured in an animated short film discussing Stardust in which he said, “I never really felt like a rock singer or a rock star. I always felt a little bit out of my element.” What PBS Digital Initiative was this?
    1. Blank on Blank
    2. PBS NewsHour
    3. Hardly Sound

We know you rely on KLRU for the best in arts programming.  And we rely on the more than 16,000 individuals and families who give to KLRU every year in order to keep bringing you your favorite shows.  Showing your support with a gift of any amount ensures we continue to broadcast these programs for free, so thank you for your contribution!

*Must live in the Central Texas area to win. Winner will be contacted on or around March 18.

Celebrating Frank Sinatra’s legacy!

If you’re a Sinatra fan, this event is not to be missed, DONATE TODAY!

KLRU is certain you are enjoying FRANK SINATRA: THE VOICE OF OUR TIME. Sinatra was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. This Spring YOUR COMMUNITY supported PBS station has an amazing offer to all fans of Ol’ Blue Eyes.

Experience an evening of sensational musical fun celebrating Frank Sinatra’s legacy. THE SINATRA CENTURY features internationally-acclaimed performers Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso in a nonstop musical show business bonanza. Enjoy the hits — Come Fly With Me, Witchcraft, and many more! With a contribution of $150 you’ll receive two tickets to the show, playing May 6, 7 and 8 at The Long Center.

We know you rely on KLRU for the best in arts programming. And we rely on the more than 16,000 individuals and families who give to KLRU every year in order to keep bringing you your favorite shows. Showing your support with a gift of any amount ensures we continue to broadcast these programs for free, so thank you for your contribution!

Valentine’s Day Music Night on KLRUQ

Since February 14th is the day of love, use it to celebrate your love of music with KLRUQ! At 6 pm, take a look into Elvis Presley’s roots and rise to fame. At 7pm, learn all you need to know about Frank Sinatra’s career. On American Masters at 8 pm, see how Marvin Hamlisch went from child prodigy to popular composer. At 9:30 pm, check out never-before-seen footage of Dave Clark Five.

Elvis: Return To Tupelo at 6 pm
In the 1950s and ’60s, Elvis Presley became an icon of rock n’ roll around the world. But understanding the Elvis story requires going back to his origins in rural Tupelo, Mississippi. Elvis: Return To Tupelo documents the period from his birth in 1935 during the depths of the Great Depression, to his breakout year 1956, when Elvis made a triumphant return to his hometown.

Frank Sinatra: The Voice Of Our Time  at 7 pm
Hosted by singer Mel Torme, this documentary chronicles the career of Frank Sinatra. The program focuses on Sinatra’s career from the 1940s through the 1960s, using archival footage and clips of Sinatra in newsreels, television programs, and films.

American Masters Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love at 8 pm
By age 31, Marvin Hamlisch had won four Grammys, an Emmy, three Oscars, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, making him one of only 2 PEGOT’s ever. A child prodigy accepted at Juilliard at age six, Hamlisch’s classical training laid the groundwork for his popular compositions. A rich archival legacy, interviews with his A-list collaborators, and cooperation from his family combine to tell this rich and engrossing story.

Dave Clark Five — Glad All Over  at 9:30 pm
In a frequently overlooked historical fact, The Dave Clark Five were actually the first English group to tour America in May of 1964, and thus were the first to spearhead the ensuring “British Invasion” of rock & roll that went on to change the world. The film features never-before-seen footage from Clark’s personal archives together with clips from the hit UK series Ready Steady Go! with performances by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Dusty Springfield, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding.

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Give to Your KLRU to attend Don Henley ACL taping on 09/01!

Did you know that YOUR COMMUNITY supported KLRU station and home of the historic Austin City Limit’s studio 6A is designated as an official Rock & Roll Landmark by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum? Also, Austin City Limits has also been awarded the Presidential Medal of the Arts, a Peabody Award, and was recently recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 10 most influential music programs of all time.

Because of viewer support, KLRU has been able to provide distinctive media experiences that matter, whether on the air, online or on the ground, while also reflecting Austin’s uniqueness and creativity to the world. Join the team that’s making a difference here in Austin by showing YOUR SUPPORT and donating today!

Interested in attending an Austin City Limits taping? We are offering passes well in advance of when they are open to the public. Make a $200 contribution to KLRU today and we’ll thank you with a pair of balcony passes to the Don Henley taping on 09/01! Quantities are limited.* Passes will be at Will Call the day of the taping, additional instructions will be sent via email a few days prior. Passes are non-transferable. acl-header-skyline-2015

UPDATE: We are no longer accepting donations for the Don Henley ACL taping on September 1st – all passes have been claimed. 

ALL ATX: All Along the Moontower to honor Austin’s psychedelic roots

ALL ATX presents All Along the Moontower: Austin Gets Psychedelic, a concert bringing together some of Austin’s finest musicians to showcase the 60s and 70s psychedelic era, on Aug. 26th. KLRU is proud to be the presenting station and will tape the show for national distribution later this Fall. Proceeds benefit future nonprofit ALL ATX Music Factory and Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM)BUY TICKETS

Psychedelic rock has been around for decades – just the term itself brings to mine Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and the 1960s music scene – but the term wasn’t officially used until 1996, by the Austin American-Statesman, to describe Austin’s own The 13th Floor Elevators. The Elevators later used the phrase in their next album title, and the rest is history – Austin’s psych scene has only grown since.

In recognition of Austin’s psychedelic roots, ALL ATX presents All Along The Moontower: Austin Gets Psychedelic on Wednesday, August 24 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. After last year’s successful British Invasion concert, this year’s concert will feature psychedelic music from the 1970s and 1980s, performed by some of Austin’s best artists, including The Black Angels, Max Frost, and Hayes Carll. Psych legend Todd Rundgren will headline the night along with a surprise special guest.

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All proceeds from the concert will benefit Austin musicians and the local music scene. This year, proceeds will go toward the creation of the future nonprofit ALL ATX Music Factory, a place where the music community can come together to collaborate and affordably rehearse, record, and become educated on the music business. Proceeds will also go to other local groups like the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), which provides access to affordable health care for Austin’s low income, uninsured working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness.

ALL ATX will also sponsor the annual “Austin Music Legends Auction” at the event, which will feature a special silent auction of some relics from Austin legends with all proceeds benefitting HAAM.

The concert will also be accompanied by the release of ALL ATX’s third compilation album. The album, also entitled All Along the Moontower: Austin Gets Psychedelic, is entirely comprised of never before renditions of psychedelic hits from Austin artists, including: Christopher Cross, Hayes Carll, The Black Angels, White Denim, Bright Light Social Hour, David Grissom & Mike Cross, Israel Nash, Monte Montgomery, Patrice Pike, Ian Moore, Vallejo, Guy Forsyth, Gina Chavez, Wood & Wire, Arc Angels, The South Austin Moonlighters, Water & Rust, Big Cat (ft. Malford Milligan and Dave Sebree), and Cotton Mather.

Tickets are available through ACL Live, ranging from $35 to $125. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Artists Den presents alt-J in theaters

Get a sneak peak at the new season of Artists Den on September 2 when the PBS show and Fathom Events will feature a performance by U.K. rock group alt-J. Artists Den Presents alt-J includes an exclusive performance during which the group played hits from its most recent albums for a packed crowd of 600 invited guests for a private performance inside the soaring, historic meeting hall of the Hollywood American Legion in Los Angeles. Tickets for Artists Den Presents alt-J can be purchased online or at participating theater box offices.

“Artists Den Presents alt-J” includes an intimate concert performance with interview footage captured exclusively for the big screen. Theaters across the country will have a unique cinema experience for this one-time event, showcasing many of alt-J’s hits from its debut album, 2012’s An Awesome Wave, and songs from the band’s most recent album, This Is All Yours.

Tickets for Artists Den Presents alt-J can be purchased online or at participating theater box offices. In Austin, “Artists Den Presents alt-J” will be shown on September 2 at:

Artists Den’s new season will air on KLRU Q in the Spring of 2016.