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.


  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.


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.


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.

Watch previous ALL ATX concerts:

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.

Giveaway: Mariachi Vargas en Concierto on June 7th

The world-renown, 115-year-old mariachi band Mariachi Vargas is inducting its sixth generation of members with a special performance at the Long Center in Austin on June 7th at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now at the Long Center

Our friends at Mariachi Vargas have given KLRU a limited number of tickets to giveaway to our viewers. Email giveaways@klru.org by 9 am on May 30th. We will randomly choose three winners who will each receive two tickets to the performance.

Mariachi Vargas en Concierto captivates heart and soul with a live concert experience of Mexico’s finest music with El Mejor Mariachi del Mundo, and some Texas favorites! Mariachi Vargas is one of the world’s most influential and revered mariachi groups, and has been since 1898. There have since been five generations of musicians. It’s time to introduce the sixth generation of Mariachi Vargas under the direction of the new violinist, vocalist and director, Carlos Martínez, nephew of the previous director José “Pepe” Martínez.

The award-winning Austin area performers Mariachi Nueva Generación from Texas State University and the “Best Mariachi Vocalist in the U.S.” William “Carlton” Gálvez from Kyle, Texas will start off the concert. A special guest appearance of the 11-year-old singing prodigy Angélica Vargas will launch her first recording for her self-titled CD.

Hardly Sound Labor Day Marathon on KLRU Q

Hardly Sound is a documentary TV series focused on Texas underground music and artists. The series focuses on music but goes beyond the recording studio to tell the story of the band members with insight into the creative process. Season 2 begins on Sept. 9 as part of KLRU Q’s nightly music block at 11 pm. In preparation for the new season, KLRU Q presents all of season one back-to-back on Labor Day (Sept. 2) starting at 9:30 pm.

The Bye and Bye at 9:30 pm
Follow Austin, Texas twang wave band, The Bye and Bye in their quest to understand their future through the telling of their past.

Bad Lovers at 10 pm
Dive into the world of the Austin, Texas garage rock scene with “The Bad Lovers” and all their rock ‘n’ roll cohorts as they talk about their adventurous past, hopeful future, and the sometimes tenuous friendships that they’ve formed over the years.

Royal Forest at 10:30 pm
Take to the skies with psychedelic rock band Royal Forest as they lead the Hardly Sound team on an epic adventure through the desert, in a submarine, and up in the air. It all culminates with the band recording a song in a tiny Cessna flying over north Austin. Royal Forest will inspire you with their spirit of adventure.

Emcee Eats at 11 pm
Join Vincent Martinez, one of the most stunningly original artists in Austin, as he lives his self-proclaimed “Jazz Life.” Then marvel at his undeniable hooks and poetic, personal lyrics as he steps into the studio as Emcee Eats.

Ralph White at 11:30 pm
On the fifth and final episode of the first season of Hardly Sound…step into the world of pioneering roots musician Ralph White. Watch to see what dogs, yuppies, love, and Charles Whitman have in common with White and his friends.