ACL Q&A in honor of Rock Hall designation

RSVP for 11 a.m. panel discussion here

RSVP for 1 p.m. panel discussion here

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will officially designate the Austin City Limits studio as a rock and roll landmark with an historic marker unveiling and educational programs at the KLRU-TV’s Studio 6A on Thursday, October 1. In honor of this distinction, on Friday, Oct. 2, KLRU, ACL and the Rock Hall will host two 75 minute educational discussion panels moderated by Dr. Lauren Onkey, vice president of education and public programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, to spotlight the impact that ACL has on American culture. Both panels will take place in KLRU’s Austin City Limits studio 6A.

The first panel will feature seasoned members of ACL’s staff who will talk about the history and evolution of America’s best known music television series. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. and the discussion will start at 11 a.m. RSVP here for this panel

The 11 a.m. discussion will lay the groundwork for the second panel beginning at 1 p.m. which will feature artists Alejandro Escovedo, Patty Griffin and Martie Maguire talking about ACL’s impact on music in general. Jim Henke, vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will also join the panel to provide a historical perspective. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and the discussion will start at 1 p.m. RSVP here for this panel

ACL to be recognized as official Rock and Roll landmark

CLEVELAND (August 10, 2009) The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum today announced that Austin City Limits will be officially designated an historic rock and roll site as a part of the Museum’s Landmark Series this coming October.

Terry Stewart, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and Terry Lickona, Executive Producer of Austin City Limits, made the announcement at the KLRU-TV studio, home of the groundbreaking Austin City Limits series now in its 35th season.

Sneak preview of ACL with Willie and The Wheel

Program: Austin City Limits with Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel
Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Sunday, August 2

Viewers in Austin will get an early look at a very special new episode of AUSTIN CITY LIMITS featuring Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel, which was taped earlier this year for ACL’s 35th anniversary season. The new episode marks the first time the two recording legends have shared the ACL stage, though both have performed many times separately in the show’s 35-year history. The sneak peek event will air on KLRU-TV in Austin on August 2 at 7:00 pm as part of the PBS channel’s summer pledge drive. It’s the only chance to see the broadcast until it airs nationally on November 14.

Longtime fans of the show might recall that Willie Nelson appeared on the original pilot episode for AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, recorded in October 1974, and Asleep at the Wheel appeared on the first episode of the first official season in 1976. This new episode finds Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel performing songs from their recently released Willie and The Wheel (**** Rolling Stone) as well as classics like “On the Road Again” and “Always on my Mind.”

Viewers making a pledge during the special August 2 broadcast between 7:00 and 9:30 pm will receive Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel thank you gifts, including a limited number of ticket packages to see Asleep at the Wheel at the famed Lukenbach Dance Hall on August 8th.

Additionally KLRU-TV is giving away 100 pairs of tickets to a special simulcast of the August 10 AUSTIN CITY LIMITS taping featuring the Dave Matthews Band. Anyone pledging a gift of $100 or more during the first weekend of the pledge drive will be automatically entered for a chance to receive two tickets.

The 35th anniversary season of AUSTIN CITY LIMITS premieres nationally on October 3 with Dave Matthews Band. Other performers in the new season include Kenny Chesney, Pearl Jam, Elvis Costello, Ben Harper and Relentless7 and more.

ACL Space Available ticket giveaway

Austin’s Heartless Bastards will tape an episode of Austin City Limits on Wednesday, June 3, at 8 p.m. KLRU will be giving away 75 pair (150 total) of Space Available tickets. Submit your name and email between now and noon Tuesday, June 2. Winners will receive 2 tickets each and be chosen through a random drawing. Please be in Austin or the surrounding community. These tickets do NOT guarantee admission. Space Available ticket recipients will receive an email notification with details about the taping. Register for your chance to get tickets on the Austin City Limits blog here

Review: Austin City Limits Sarah McLachlan/Duffy

Austin City Limits “Sarah McLachlan followed by Duffy”
Saturday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m.
Additional air dates: Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 10 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 20, at 11 p.m.
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For fans of intelligent, passionate songcraft, Sarah McLachlan hardly needs any introduction. The Canadian singer/songwriter has been an award-winning, critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum artist for two decades. Her 1987 debut album Touch launched the classically-trained Nova Scotia native as a star in the Great White North; subsequent albums Solace, Fumbling Towards Ectsasy and the Grammy-winning Surfacing made her an international sensation. Hits like “Possession,” “Into the Fire,” “Fallen” and “Building a Mystery” remain staples of adult album alternative radio. In addition to creating her own music, she’s recorded numerous songs for soundtracks, including the Oscar-nominated “When She Loved Me” from Toy Story 2, curated the Lilith Fair music festival, launched a children’s choir and percussion ensemble as part of a Vancouver-based outreach program and supported or established various charities around the world. Now, in support of her recently-released greatest hits album Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan and its single “U Want Me 2,” she comes to studio 6A for her long-awaited debut episode of Austin City Limits.

Review: Austin City Limits with Foo Fighters

Program: Austin City Limits
Date: Saturday, Jan. 17
Time: 7 p.m.
Also Airs: Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 10 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 23
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Few bands striding the modern rock landscape can match the mix of mainstream popularity and critical credibility as the Grammy-laden Foo Fighters . Bandleader Dave Grohl had been quietly amassing a catalog of songs while still drumming for alt.rock kingpins Nirvana. When Nirvana dissolved following Kurt Cobain’s suicide, Grohl began recording his tunes in earnest. After his demo tape sparked an industry bidding war, Grohl signed to Capitol and released the self-titled debut Foo Fighters. Grohl formed a band to tour the record and, barring a few personnel changes, has been making albums and hitting the road ever since. Acclaimed bestsellers like In Your Honor, There is Nothing Left to Lose and The Colour and the Shape sprinkled the radio with hits “Big Me,” “Monkey Wrench,” “This is a Call,” “Best of You,” “My Hero,” “Learn to Fly” and more. Now the band brings its smooth blend of loud/soft dynamics and hard-rocking melodies to Austin City Limits’ studio 6A in support of its Grammy-winning latest album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, featuring the hits “Long Road to Ruin,” “Let It Die” and “The Pretender.”

– Michael Toland

About the Reviewer: Michael Toland is manager of national productions for KLRU and contributes music reviews to several online and print publications.