Austin’s platinum selling rock group Fastball returns to Antone’s on Dec. 1st for their final blowout show of the year with special guests Moving Panoramas. The last twelve months have been quite amazing for the two-time Grammy nominated and five-time Austin Music Award winning Fastball beginning with the release of their sixth album, Step Into Light. In support of the new album, the band hit the road on two cross-country tours, one of which saw Fastball opening for the multi-platinum Everclear. Fastball was also featured on Howard Stern’s Wrap Up Show, made a debut performance with AV Club Undercover and interviewed with MLB. The band’s smash hit, “Out of My Head” was re-interpreted by Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello as the Top 5 Hit “Bad Things”. To wrap it all up, Fastball also premiered their latest Nigel Dick directed video for the fourth single from Step Into Light with “Best Friend”. The band released the video following a nearly-year long #FastballAtChets Twitter campaign in which the band played a concert at the home of Los Angeles comedian Chet Wild and raised $12,500 for Hurricane Harvey Relief. Several shots from the in-home performance are included in the “Best Friend” linked video.
Tickets for Fastball at Antone’s on Dec. 1st along with VIP Meet N Greet packages can be purchased on the band’s website here.
Feature Photo by: Sandra Dahdah
Auditorium Shores in downtown Austin was packed Sunday for a day full of local music and giving back to several charities benefiting local musicians. One of Austin’s most noble nonprofits, All ATX put together an incredible lineup to benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), The SIMS Foundation, and Austin Music Foundation that are all dedicated to healthcare and income assistance for musicians.
The lineup headlined by Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty, featured several of Austin’s local favorites from Austin Music Awards ‘Best New Artist’ winner Jane Ellen Bryant to Texas Country star Jack Ingram. Each artist is featured on the 2017 edition of the ALL ATX compilation CD featuring covers of some of the greatest musicians to ever play the legendary former music venue, Armadillo World Headquarters.
Although sets were short, every artist came out and put on their best performance for the cause. Bastrop blues act The Peterson Brothers wowed the audience as they played one long jam session for the duration of their set. The guitar and bass duo’s sound was more like Austin in 1985 rather than 2017 with a guitar solos that would make Stevie Ray Vaughn proud. If you haven’t seen them live, you can catch them every Monday night at the Continental Club.
Later in the evening is when some of Texas’ most notorious acts came out to play with performances from 90’s rockers Fastball along with couple Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison. Followed by a set from Jack Ingram with Bruce Robison on guitar who came out to Willie Nelson and Leon Russell’s famous hit “A Song For You”. Seeing two Lonestar legends playing together in the capital city made you proud to be a Texan, and if you’re not, there seems to be plenty of people from all over rushing to sign up.
Austin’s patron saint, Shakey Graves took the stage for an intimate set with great comedic excerpts in between songs. A lone performance without any other band members, Shakey still managed to give the crowd an energetic performance showcasing his many talents.
The night concluded with a set from legend John Fogerty to cap off a day full of great music and local talent. The best part of the day was seeing that every musician was ecstatic to be playing before a hometown crowd in the heart of the city. This all shows you why Austin is such a special place and without a doubt the Live Music Capital of the world.
All ATX ‘Back to The Armadillo’ Benefit Concert
Photos by: Matthew Carlin
Article and photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt