May 6 | 6:00 PM Pacific
Austin City Limits
Nearly every song from ACL first-timers Rainbow Kitten Surprise unfolds in a dizzying rush of feverish yet finespun lyrics that feel both intimate and mythic. Throughout their second album How To: Friend, Love, Freefall, the Boone, North Carolina five-piece sets those lyrics to a thrillingly unpredictable sound that transcends all genre convention, endlessly changing form to accommodate shifts in mood and spirit. But while Rainbow Kitten Surprise push into some complex emotional terrain, the band’s joyful vitality ultimately makes for an album that’s deeply cathartic and undeniably life-affirming. Produced by Grammy Award-winner Jay Joyce and recorded in Nashville, How To: Friend, Love, Freefall marks Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s debut release for Elektra Records. Word has spread about their unforgettable live show: a blissed-out free-for-all that typically finds frontman Sam Melo jumping right into the audience, building an unbreakable connection with the crowd, as delivered during stand-out sets at major festivals like Bonnaroo, Firefly, Sasquatch, and Austin City Limits. Don’t miss this!
May 8 | 7:00 PM Pacific
Sammy Hagar is a rock icon. Having released music as a solo artist, as well as with some of the biggest rock bands (Montrose, Van Halen, Chickenfoot & more), Hagar has been rocking for over 50 years, and he continues in 2019. iHeartRadio is celebrating the rock star and his current band The Circle during iHeartRadio ICONS with Sammy Hagar and the Circle: Inside The Making of Space Between on May 8th, just two days before the album’s official release. Sammy Hagar & The Circle is gearing up to release their new album, Space Between; the Circle consists of Van Halen’s long-time bassist Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson. Fans have already been introduced to the new album with the band’s debut single “Trust Fund Baby,” and the group recently shared their latest new song “Can’t Hang.” Space Between is set to be released in full on May 10th with the band’s tour kicking off on April 19th. During iHeartRadio ICONS with Sammy Hagar and the Circle: Inside The Making of Space Between, not only with Hagar and the band perform some of their new songs, they’ll also talk about what it was like to put the new project together.
May 9 | 4:00 PM Pacific
VuHaus & WMOT Radio
Birds of Chicago, is a collective based around JT Nero and Allison Russell. Whether touring as a duo or with the full family band, Nero and Russell have emerged as two of the most compelling new voices in North American Roots music. Catch them live and in session for Wired In with WMOT Roots Radio with video streaming courtesy of VuHaus.
May 9 | 7:00 PM Pacific
Vampire Weekend is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 2006. They are currently signed to XL Recordings. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig, guitarist/keyboardist and backing vocalist Rostam Batmanglij, drummer and percussionist Chris Tomson and bassist and backing vocalist Chris Baio. The band released its first album Vampire Weekend in 2008, which included the singles “Mansard Roof”, “A-Punk”, “Oxford Comma”, “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” and “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance”. The band’s second album, Contra, was released in 2010. Their third studio album, Modern Vampires of the City, was released on May 14, 2013, winning them a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2014.
May 10 | 11:00 AM Pacific
Jazz at Lincoln Center
The national Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival is held annually in New York City at Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Fifteen finalist bands are selected as finalists and, to prepare, each finalist band receives an in-school workshop in their community led by a professional musician. Essentially Ellington culminates in a three-day festival in May for the finalist bands, including workshops, rehearsals, jam sessions, and performances. The three top-placing bands perform an evening concert with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
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