Austin is a city built on musical legacies, and there’s perhaps none greater than that of Austin City Limits. Born as a PBS TV show in 1975, the program cemented Austin’s reputation as a hub for live music and it now broadcasts out of the world-class Moody Theater on Second Street. More importantly, ACL has spawned a two-weekend music festival of scorching-hot bands (in hopefully less-than-scorching heat).
Originally, Austin City Limits specialized in blues and country (check the Willie Nelson statue in front of the Moody), but since the festival began in 2002, it’s expanded beyond outlaw country strummers to include a musical buffet of everything from superstar rappers to simian-themed art rock supergroups. But before you storm the grassy grounds of Zilker Park, you need to be prepared. And since that Willie statue isn’t much of a talker, listen up -- we’ve got you covered.