Recap: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds at Austin City Limits

Photo by Scott Newton

Photo by Scott Newton

Keeping the audience at a distance is not exactly Nick Cave's style so I was very curious to see how an Austin City Limits taping was going to go down leading up to the show. Walking in to the venue one of the most notable differences about this taping was the stage set up. Instead of the set up with cameras up front like a traditional television show there were pillars leading out into the crowd and the cameras set up in the back of the audience. Obviously Mr. Cave was not going to compromise on the strongest asset of his live performance and I seized the opportunity to plant myself by one of those pillars knowing that it would be prime real estate once the performance began.

The band entered the stage with the brooding "We Real Cool", one of the few somber moments of the evening. From there they burst to life with "Tupelo" which lead to Cave running from each side of the stage and from there it didn't let up. The term preacher is often used to describe Cave and it is with good reason. Once the performance took off it didn't matter if you were a die hard fan or someone that scored a ticket and wanted to check it out, you were all in. His performance is captivating and he has more charisma than his brooding reputation would suggest. Cave's enthusiasm is fueled by the audience and he yelled for the seated portion of the crowd to join him on more than one occasion going so far as to call them a "lazy fuckers". He had no plans to censor himself  for the taping like some artists tend to do and that was most apparent when he moved on to "Stagger Lee" which is not exactly the kind of song you would see on public television and apparently caused some of the older folks in the crowd to call it a night.

It didn't matter by then because the rest of the crowd was worked up and easily one of the most energetic I have ever seen at a taping. Around the 90 min mark Cave finished with the beautiful title track off his latest "Push The Sky Away" and with that the night ended in the brooding manner it began and the man was gone.  An encore was expected when the stage crew began to set up for one but those hopes were quickly dashed and the house lights came up. You will be able to watch this epic performance this fall when Austin City Limits kicks off it's 40th season.

Set List: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Austin City Limits 

We Real Cool
Jubilee Street
Tupelo
Red Right Hand
Mermaids
From Her To Eternity
Love Letter
God Is In The House
Higgs Boson Blues
The Mercy Seat
Stagger Lee
Push The Sky Away

KLRU Presents: Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years - An All Star Benefit Concert on June 26th

Austin City Limits announces KLRU Presents: Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years, an all-star benefit concert on Thursday, June 26 featuring some of the brightest stars in the show's history returning to the Austin City Limits stage. The star-studded evening, hosted by Jeff Bridges and Sheryl Crow, will feature Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr., Joe Ely, Robert Earl Keen, Kris Kristofferson, Lloyd Maines, Bonnie Raitt, T Bone Burnett, Jimmie Vaughan, Grupo Fantasma and Doyle Bramhall II  along with musical performances from Bridges and Crow, celebrating Austin City Limits legacy as an American music institution over the last four decades.

Commemorating the trailblazing music series 40th Anniversary, the evening will benefit KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, which created Austin City Limits in 1974 and still produces the show today.  The concert will take place at ACL's home, ACL Live at The Moody Theater, and will be taped as part of a two-hour primetime special, Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years, airing Friday, October 3, 9 – 11pm ET, on PBS. ACL continues its remarkable run, kicking off its milestone 40th year with the series season premiere on October 4. The complete broadcast episode schedule for Season 40 will be announced at a later date.

Tickets for KLRU Presents: Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years will go on sale to the public Friday, May 16th at 11 am at klru.org/benefit. Tickets start at $75.

Learn more about Austin City Limits, programming and history at acltv.com.

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014: STUNT ROCK & SPECIAL FFF9 ANNOUNCEMENT!

AUSTIN: Prepare thy friends, prepare thy rides, prepare thy body and soul for a giant STUNT ROCK party at the Blue Starlite Drive-In on Monday, May 19th to celebrate FFF 2014.


WHERE: http://www.bluestarlitedrivein.com
WHEN: 7:30pm Doors, 9:30pm Showtime
WHAT: A private screening of the legendary stunts meet rock and roll film, Stunt Rock. Plus, a special announcement.
RSVP: capacity is limited, first come, first serve (RSVP and get there early to ensure a spot).
WHIPS: Vans, custom rides of all shapes and sizes encouraged
COST: Free
BONUS: Event is BYOB, and SHINER will be BYing some of their B as well
XTRA BONUS: They have nachos

RSVP is recommended. Does not guarantee entry, as venue is limited by capacity and is first come first serve with RSVP This is a private event, so be cool.

You can walk in or bring your bike, but rad vehicles are encouraged (with groups inside, not singles).

Venue FAQs: http://www.bluestarlitedrivein.com/#!facts/co3w

FFF: Tickets for FFF 2014 (Nov 7, 8, 9) go on sale Tuesday 10AM (CST)

FOR NON AUSTIN RESIDENTS: A custom announcement has been made just for you as well, and will be released in concert with the Stunt Rock event