Happy birthday, "Austin City Limits." You're turning 35 and everyone from Dave Matthews Band to Pearl Jam, Elvis Costello and Dave Grohl's Them Crooked Vultures is stopping by wish you many happy returns.
The 35th season of the PBS concert series kicks off Oct. 3 with Dave Matthews Band, who makes their first appearance on the venerable program. This season will also feature ACL's first hip-hop episode with Mos Def and K'Naan. While there are some first timers this season, plenty of grizzled ACL vets are also stopping by: Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel appear Nov. 14. It doesn't get more Texas than that, my friends.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is even getting into the act. On Oct. 1, the Cleveland institution will place a marker at ACL's Austin studio, declaring it an historic rock and roll landmark. Save us a piece of cake.
October 3, 2009 Dave Matthews Band
October 10, 2009 Ben Harper and Relentless7
October 17, 2009 Kenny Chesney
October 24, 2009 Andrew Bird / St. Vincent
October 31, 2009 M. Ward / Okkervil River
November 7, 2009 Elvis Costello / Band of Heathens
November 14, 2009 Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel
November 21, 2009 Pearl Jam
January 9, 2010 Allen Toussaint
January 16, 2010 Mos Def / K'Naan
January 23, 2010 TBD / Heartless Bastards
January 30, 2010 Steve Earle / Kris Kristofferson
February 6, 2010 Them Crooked Vultures
February 13, 2010 Madeleine Peyroux / Esperanza Spalding