“Austin City Limits” taking its studio downtown
(Editor’s Note: Please welcome Lily Angelle, who is our new Austin, Texas, correspondent. She will cover the Austin live music scene, going to as many free and/or cheap events as possible, and hopefully finding a few minutes to attend class.)
A fair amount of people gathered Thursday night (9/17) on the University of Texas campus for free beer and a chance to see the band Brownout for a taping of “Satellite Sets” in KLRU Studio 6, home for the past 35 years to the TV show “Austin City Limits.”
Eavesdropping in line, it was apparent to me that many Austin natives made a special trip to the west campus area just to get one last peek at the legendary studio before its move to Block 21 in downtown Austin.
Planned to open in December, the new ACL studio has much more seating to
accommodate both local and out-of-town guests. The bigger venue is an opportunity that has opened the door to the possibility of another television series, or maybe even an ACL spin-off by host station KLRU. The new property will also serve as a live music venue between ACL tapings.
Some say the move may change the magic and experience of ACL, but with elaborate plans KLRU has for the future of ACL, it appears the magic will only be amplified.
As one of the last performances in Studio 6A, Brownout definitely delivered, playing quick-paced dance numbers that had many people on their feet, dancing vigorously and in some cases, disturbingly. The horn section blasted perfectly timed solos while the percussion section never failed to keep the Latin beat going. They played “Homenaje,” which was featured recently on the season premiere of HBO’s “Weeds.”
The taping will be streamed online towards the end of the year. There will probably be only a few more performances at Studio 6A before the move, most likely with acts playing the ACL Festival in early October.
“Austin City Limits” begins its 36th season on PBS Oct. 2, with performers including Jimmy Cliff, Spoon, Alejandro Escovedo, Cheap Trick, Sonic Youth and many more.