Todd Rundgren photo by Clint Gilders - Staff Photographer
After a June that got off to a nice start and then sputtered, Austin's road show scene starts to perk back up in July and August is starting to shape up nicely as well.
For those wanting to make the trek Willie Nelson and crew will be holding their annual July 4th picnic tomorrow down at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Selma. Those that pass out in their cars will be in for a rude awakening come the following morning however as the parking lot is set to be the main stage for Van's Warped tour which starts bright and early at noon on Saturday. Look for club kingsnake to be there working the main stages. Hot bands to watch out for will be Protest The Hero, Reel Big Fish, and The Briggs.
They're a band, they're a cartoon, they are Dethklok and the will be bringing the popular Adult Swim cartoon to life over at the Austin Music Hall on Sunday, July 6th. Also on the bill are Chimaira and Soilent Green, this show was moved from La Zona Rosa due to "overwhelming demand". If metal is just not your thing you can boogie on over to Stubb's and catch KC and The Sunshine Band (no joke!) also on July 6th.
Todd Rundgren, taking a break from The New Cars, will be doing a show over at Antone's on July 19th. Bring your copy of Hermit of Mink Hollow on vinyl and maybe he will sign it.
La Zona Rosa really heats up towards the end of the month with Alkaline Trio on July 21st, Good Charlotte on July 23rd, the Wolf Parade plays on July 25th. Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters will be over at Stubb's on July 26th.
August sees a big flurry of road shows right off the bat. The Backyard, in it's final season, hosts 311 & Snoop Dog for 2 nights on August 2nd and 3rd. Also on August 2nd is Less Than Jake over at La Zona Rosa
followed by The Faint on August 11th.
If your August 2nd isn't busy enough Stubb's has Bullet For My Valentine with Bleeding Through and The Cancer Bats on the same night. South African rockers Seether plays Stubb's on August 8th, something I am looking forward too.