ACL @ the Alamo returns this Monday, September 24, with a special program featuring the one and only Lyle Lovett. We’ll be presenting the 60-minute Season 15 episode featuring the iconoclastic Texan troubadour in support of his now-classic LP Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, including Lovett staples like “Here I Am,” “Good Intentions,” “If I Had a Boat” and “The Wedding Song.” Following the episode will be a collection of performances from Lovett’s many appearances on ACL, including what is likely the first public broadcast of “That’s Right, You’re Not From Texas.”
We are so excited about our upcoming broadcast season on PBS that we want to preview it for our Austin fans first! Join us on September 6 at 8:30 pm at Republic Square Park when we join forces with the Alamo Drafthouse and Austin Parks Foundation and go behind the scenes of some of our most exciting tapings to date – Bon Iver, Bonnie Raitt, the Shins and more. Plus we will screen the season premiere featuring Radiohead. And if this sneak peek isn’t enough – it’s free! Grab your friends and a blanket and join us at Republic Square Park to experience ACL on the grass and under the stars!
ACL @ the Alamo returns on August 27 with a special evening featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan. First up is Stevie Ray Vaughan: A Retrospective, our season 20 episode that combines the Texas guitar slinger’s 1984 and 1990 appearances with his band Double Trouble. All your favorites are here: “Love Struck Baby,” “Texas Flood,” “Pride and Joy,” “Cold Shot,” “Crossfire” and an absolutely incandescent version of “Riviera Paradise.” While these performances have been released on DVD before, they’ve never been seen before on a big screen, and we’re excited to make that happen.
Following the Retrospective will be A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan, a PBS pledge special filmed in the ACL studio that presents Stevie’s music as performed by his friends and fans, including B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Dr. John and, of course, Stevie’s brother Jimmie, who also leads the band. Far from a somber occasion, this show is a true celebration of Stevie’s musical legacy, with joyful performances. As with the Retrospective, this has been available on DVD but never shown in a theater.
As part of the year-long celebration of Johnny Cash’s 80th birthday, Austin City Limits returns to the Alamo Drafthouse on Monday, May 14, with the classic episode featuring the Man in Black. Joined by his wife June Carter and the Carter Family, Cash gave ACL a magnificent performance of some of his greatest hits (“Ring of Fire,” “Big River,” “Folsom Prison Blues”) and tunes from his then-new LP Johnny Cash is Coming to Town (“Let ‘em Roll,” “The Ballad of Barbara,” “The Big Light”). Come to the Alamo Ritz to see the episode as it aired in 1987 and raise a glass to an American icon.
Afterwards we’ll be showing a great songwriters special from 1996 featuring Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Billie Joe Shaver and Kimmie Rhodes. Nelson, Jennings and Kris Kristofferson were Cash’s partners in the country supergroup the Highwaymen, and they continue to embody the Man in Black’s outlaw spirit.
ACL @ the Alamo (formerly Reel Rarities) features new and classic episodes of Austin City Limits on the big screen. Proceeds from ACL @ the Alamo benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, and we’ve raised nearly $5000 for that worthy cause so far. You can find more information at the Alamo Drafthouse website. And, of course, you can find more information about Austin City Limits doings on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.