History was made on Jan. 20 with the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden as the 46th President of the United States and Kamala D. Harris as the first female, African-American and Asian-American Vice President in our country’s history. Also, for the first time, the ACL family was part of the celebration. During the inauguration primetime special broadcast, Austin’s own Black Pumas performed their Grammy Record of the Year nominee “Colors” from ACL Live at the Moody Theater, in front of the classic Austin City Limits skyline backdrop. We can’t think of a more appropriate way to salute the incoming presidential administration. Watch the full performance below.
This month Austin City Limits celebrates one year of production at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. Last year on February 26, we taped the Steve Miller Band, the first taping of Season 37 and the first in our new home.
It wasn’t an easy decision to move from the comfy confines of KLRU’s Studio 6A, but it was a necessary one: the growth of the show over the years meant the outgrowth of that 320-seat space. But we worked closely with Stratus Properties on the design of our new digs, and The Moody Theater is all we ever dreamed of as a venue – the space, the sound, the lights, the multiple bathrooms on the same floors as the seats.
Of course, The Moody isn’t just a television studio. It’s also a concert hall, with a huge variety of artists coming through and a growing reputation as a first-class room. It says a lot that folks like Santana and Diana Ross who could’ve played in much bigger halls, but instead chose to come to The Moody Theater instead. Indeed, Pollstar awarded The Moody Theater Best New Major Concert Venue at the 23rd annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. Plus the entire Block 21 complex has received LEED Silver Certification from Austin Energy’s Green Building program for commitment to sustainability.
Thanks for sticking with us through some major changes — we hope you love the new digs as much as we do. We look forward to bringing you more excellent music for many years to come!