Rocks Off's 2012 ACL Festival Houston Spillover Sweepstakes
This week has seen a temporary lull in festival season, after Bonnaroo and Electric Daisy Carnival this past weekend. Wait. Never mind. According to musicfestivaljunkies.com (who are these people?), three of them start today: BamaJam in Enterprise, Ala.; The Friendly Gathering in Windham, Vt.; and the Northside Festival in Brooklyn. Today. Call your travel agent.
Photo by Julie Gardner According to greyhound.com, round-trip bus fare between Houston and Tulsa, where Neil Young & Crazy Horse play October 14, is about $170.
So yes, festival season is in full swing, and it still more or less closes with the Austin City Limits Music Festival Oct. 12-14 in Zilker Park. As we all know by now, some ACL acts add piggyback shows in Houston-area venues large and small to capitalize on the proximity to a major market they sometimes don't visit that often, and also because there's a couple of big airports near here.
Normally Rocks Off would have put on our promoter's hat and handicapped the top of this year's lineup -- we did the top 20 artists, just to make it a round number -- a little closer to the announcement last month, but we wanted to wait and see how many more artists would announce their fall tours.
Plus we got busy.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
Confirmed: October 20, Toyota Center
Possible Availability: U.S. fall tour already booked; closest Southwest date is Oct. 14 in Tulsa.
Houston Outlook: Unlikely. Shame, because we hear that new album Americana is a keeper. A loud keeper.
THE BLACK KEYS
Possible Availability: No fall tour dates booked; headed to Australia Oct. 21.
Houston Outlook: You didn't get enough in April? As popular as the Keys are now, though, they'll probably go back on the road soon. Or they'll wait five years.
Possible Availability: No fall U.S. tour dates booked.
Houston Outlook: Considering White has been here exactly once with each band since that famous White Stripes September 2001 Rudyard's show -- the White Stripes' Elephant in 2003, with the Raconteurs in 2006, and with the Dead Weather in 2010. A solo show with his new band (boy or girl) would have a certain symmetry.