Rocks Off's 2012 ACL Festival Houston Spillover Sweepstakes

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According to, round-trip bus fare between Houston and Tulsa, where Neil Young & Crazy Horse play October 14, is about $170.
This week has seen a temporary lull in festival season, after Bonnaroo and Electric Daisy Carnival this past weekend. Wait. Never mind. According to (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.

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.


Confirmed: October 20, Toyota Center

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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.


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.

Location Info


Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX

Category: Music

House of Blues

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music


2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Bayou Music Center

520 Texas Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Continental Club

3700 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

McGonigel's Mucky Duck

2425 Norfolk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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Justin Nava
Justin Nava

the roots, and the weeknd would both HAVE to be booked at either Ballroom at Warehouse Live! or HOB. the old school Houston Hip Hop communitywould sell out a roots show at either place. The weeknd would most likely sell out either venue given his association with drake and drake's following in Houston however i could see it being overbid for at fitz and selling out 5 min before tix are available. the cool thing about that is Lee-Lon or Jack Freeman would probably get billed to open and show the crowd what we got here at home in the male R&B department. Metric with new album and bad heroin addiction will add the date to keep the money coming in for eventual high end rehab facility. Crystal Castles won't book a headlining show because they are barely a forgotten drug addled memory for fans who are now 21 and over it. It would draw 25% of what they did 2 years ago and they cant have that on the books so they can continue to overcharge festivals for their appearances. Alabama Shakes needs to play this market so the Buzz can have an excuse to play them (i have it on good authority the staff loves them) However i doubt it would draw very well. Ballrroom at WHL tops but sadly maybe a Fitz ticketburner would be better for it.  Andrew Bird at Continental Club would be too perfect and we can't have that now can we.  All of Greg Dulli's side projects do alright in studio room of WHL so afghan whigs could pull off HOB or Ballroom WHL but booking it... le sigh. i wish for it too.

Rocks Off
Rocks Off

That is true, as pointed out by Craig H. and as noted now. Thanks.

Rocks Off
Rocks Off

T&S are Canadian. Calgary. Don't know why I thought Scottish, except I always associated them with Belle & Sebastian. Thanks.


The  White Stripes also played Verizon in 2003 and Jack has been to Houston with both the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather, So it's not far out of the question that he might add a Houston show this Fall.

Jason Smith
Jason Smith

The Whigs - please, someone get them to come to Houston on their way to ACL. 


pretty sure that Tegan & Sara are canadian

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