Music Under the Star 7/8: The Midnight Stroll and Walker Lukens

Want the concert experience but don’t want to break your wallet? Music Under the Star free concert series sounds like your cup of tea.

Each week this July Bullock Texas State History Museum will be hosting free concerts from 6 pm to 9 pm in the museum’s Lone Star Plaza.

Kicking off the series July 8 is Ghostland Observatory frontman Aaron Behrens, debuting his solo album this year. Writing, recording and rehearsing with a crack team of Austin musicians, Behrens blends elements of soulful rock and heartfelt blues into a refreshing sound with band, The Midnight Stroll, featuring Jonas Wilson (previously from Lomita and White White Lights) on guitar.

Opening the event is Walker Lukens, whose soulful, emotive tenor and alt-pop songwriting have been compared to Harry Nilsson to Tom Waits and Pavement. Lukens, Austin, Texas-based, has fronted various bands but later released his solo EP, Year of the Dog and later his Devoted in 2013. They received unanimous praise from outlets like NPR, American Songwriter, Austin-American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, and Billboard.

KLRU and Austin City Limits are presenting partners for this year’s Music Under the Stars series.

Before checking out the concert, make sure to explore the Austin City Limits Theater installation in the Museum’s third floor galleries features the music and musicians that made the innovative PBS series the longest-running music program in American television history.acl-theater-gall1

The ACL Theater’s large-screen concert experience takes audiences from the 1974 pilot broadcast of Willie Nelson’s ACL performance to the present day. The music series originally featured local Austin musicians, but now the show books regional, national and international performances. Austin City Limits was designated as an official Rock and Roll Landmark in 2010 by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Sit back and enjoy Lyle Lovett, Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Buffet, Flaco Jiménez, Sheryl Crow, Radiohead, and film clips from other ACL broadcasts. Artifacts on display in the exhibition include the Austin City Limits neon sign, the 1974 letter to PBS explaining the ACL concept, tree branches from the iconic Studio 6A set, and the 2011 Peabody Award that recognized ACL’s excellence in “presenting and preserving eclectic American musical genres.”