Virtual Event Announced for April 23, 2021

AUSTIN, Texas (March 24, 2021) – Austin’s premier charity event, Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) will return in its ninth year for a virtual experience on April 23, 2021. MJ&M is the joint fundraising effort of Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, ACM Award-winning recording artist Jack Ingram, and coaching legend Mack Brown.

The program is the virtual edition of the iconic event that promises an unforgettable evening of impactful stories and a lineup of exceptional performances. Viewers will have the chance to support the cause with access to a silent auction offering exclusive and one-of-a-kind lots.

Since its inception in 2013, MJ&M continues to make a direct impact on the Austin community and across the country. The nonprofit event has resulted in nearly $16M invested into charity beneficiaries, serving organizations dedicated to children’s education, health, and wellness.

The event will aid charities devoted to children’s wellbeing, including CureDuchenne, Dell Children’s Medical Center, HeartGift, just keep livin Foundation and The Rise School of Austin.

“Now more than ever is the time for us to come together and raise awareness and money for these charities working hard to help children succeed,” said McConaughey. “Camila and I are proud to join our dear friends for this special event each year and know MJ&M 2021 will be a year to remember.”

The Mack, Jack & McConaughey virtual experience will be held on April 23, 2021 at 7p.m. CST. To access the event, individuals are asked to make a $25 donation. Register here:

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MJ&M 2021 sponsors include: American Airlines, American Campus Communities, Covert Cadillac, H-E-B, Lone Star Ranch Water, Neiman Marcus, Nike, and Sewell Automotive Companies. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; please contact Jessica Balladares-Bennett at

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ACL Fest 2019: Under the Radar Artists to See

by Dan Radin

With two weekends, 12 stages, and 130+ bands, there’s one lingering question: “Who the F*CK should I go see?”.

We all know the headliners, but let me be the first to tell you- this is a DEEP lineup of upcoming artists that may have flown under your radar. Props to ACL for giving us some of the best talent; you’ll want to drag your friends there early each day.

Maybe You Know ‘Em:

Jai Wolf – Electronic producer with a taste for indie pop. He’s been touring with Odesza on their Foreign Family Collective label. View

Caamp – Folk band from Columbus, OH. Think Mumford fronted by an old grizzled southern man. View

Taylor Bennett – Working from the shadows of older brother Chance the Rapper, Taylor’s a pretty damn talented dude in his own right. View

Finneas – Known also as Billie Eilish’s producer and brother, expect Finneas to bring a deep bag of cleverly-crafted songs. View

Flora Cash – With one breakout hit in the books, the duo got rave reviews during their shows at SXSW this year. View

Rising Stars:

Pink Sweat$ – Slow R&B, like Khalid + The Weeknd. View

Still Woozy – Hoodie Allen-y with sly/goofy dance moves. View

Men I Trust – If CHVRCHES did disco. View

Sam Fender – Real instruments, like The Strokes meets Springsteen. View

Ximena Sariñana – Grammy-nominated Mexican singer with an incredible voice. View

Erin Rae – Country Joni Mitchell. View

Yola – Warm southern soul, worked with Dan Auerbach (Black Keys). View

Kevin Garrett – Grammy-nominated for work with Beyonce, pretty solid pipes himself. View

Chris Shiflett – Of course a Texas festival wouldn’t miss country artists- but not everyone knows he’s the guitarist for Foo Fighters! View

Madison Ryann Ward – One of the artists I most look forward to seeing. View

King Princess- A must see ‘queer pop’ performance from Brooklyn’s 20 year old. View

Scarypoolparty – Another must-see. American Idol finalist with virtuosic talent. View

Laundry Day – Poppy, tight, and under the radar. View


Must-See Austin Locals:

Abhi the Nomad – MC dripping with talent. View

Jane Ellen Bryant – One of the best voices in the Austin music scene. View

Billy Strings – The chops on these fellas though. View

Rob Baird – You can hear the Memphis in this Austin musician. View

There are just too many acts to preview them all. Did we miss a MUST SEE artist? Who are you excited to see? DM us Insta @austin101mag  and check out all our ACL coverage on Austin 101 Magazine.

Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival Returns to Dallas

In September, music legend Eric Clapton brings this epic music festival back to Dallas. The first festival was held in Dallas in 2004 at The Cotton Bowl then bounced to Chicago and NYC. The last fest was over 6 years ago.

The festival, which has become legendary in its own right for hosting performances and impromptu collaborations from the world’s most legendary guitar players, will take place September 20-21 in the city that hosted the first-ever Crossroads Guitar Festival, Dallas Texas.

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All profits from the Festival will benefit The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility founded by Clapton for chemically dependent persons- Crossroads Centre Antigua.


The best guitarists and artists in the world are on this year’s roster including: Clapton himself, Austin’s Gary Clark Jr., Billy Gibbons (Houston), and Jimmie Vaughan, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Walsh, Bonnie Raitt, Citizen Cope, Johnny Lang, Peter Frampton, and many more. The fest is held over two nights at American Airlines Center.

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The daytime village is held from 12 to 8pm and will include tons of gear, guitar clinics and demos, and live music from sponsors like Gibson, Fender, Guitar Center, and more.


More about the festival here.


Review: Al Yankovic Truly Keeps Austin Weird

by Dan Radin

When it comes to weird (and parodies), “Weird” Al Yankovic truly is the undisputed king.

Al entered the sold-out Bass Concert Hall with the lumbering hunch of your typical IT helpdesk technician, yet carried the poise of a world-class entertainer.  It was hard to remember the dude is pushing 70 years old; he’s continued to keep himself relevant by ripping today’s music hits with his gleeful parodies and music videos.

Weird Al Yankovic 004Al’s theatrical set was well-rehearsed and inclusive to the age-diverse audience.  Short of a Broadway production, it featured music videos, many costume changes, and playful shorts between songs. Al nailed his high notes while jumping around on stage, and flipping high-split kicks with the grace of a man a third his age.  It was impressive.

“Part of my job is to come through town every few years, and to make sure you people are keeping Austin weird,” mused Al to thunderous applause.  “And now, I’d like to sing a little song about a twine ball.”

Weird Al Yankovic 019Al mixed in deep cuts like “I Love Rocky Road” (“I Love Rock n Roll”) with “Word Crimes” (Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”) to the backdrop of the lyric music video.  The songs were further augmented by 41-piece symphony Strings Attached, who opened the show with movie favorites like Indiana Jones and Star Wars, then superbly added orchestral depth to Al’s catalog – starting with the horns in Madonna spoof “Like a Surgeon.”

“OK, I know what you’re all waiting to hear… drum solo!” Tension built. The crowd was dead silent.  Then Al’s drummer paused… and hit his snare literally two times.  The audience roared in laughter.

Seated on a stool, Al took an acoustic guitar in his lap.  At each verse he lifted it like he was going to play it, took a breath, then put it down and continued into the next verse, singing only.  With each build, and Al’s picking the guitar up, the audience anticipated playing the instrument even more- but Al never actually played it.  At the song’s conclusion, he lifted the acoustic guitar by the neck high overhead, then smashed it to splinters on the stage.  Among the laughter, you could feel the Austinite musicians cringing.

The big screen behind supplemented Al’s antics.  He launched into “Tacky” (to Pharrell’s “Happy”), roaming down into the audience with a freehand camera on him that broadcast onto the big screen on stage.  He moved deep up the aisles of the auditorium, singing his parody, stretching his legs up on seat arms, waving his junk in some poor audience member’s laughing faces.

During costume changes, the projector showed a highlight reel of Weird Al’s many pop culture cameos.  One may forget how many productions the guy’s been in- mentions and guest spots in everything from 30 Rock, to The Simpsons, to Friends, to his own TV show.

Al emerged from backstage dressing the part for his biggest hits: an all-black hat and beard spectacle for “Amish Paradise”, viking horns for “Weasel Stomping Day,” Kurt Cobain/Nirvana wigs and jeans for “Smells Like Nirvana”.  The audience roared when they caught Al rolling “White and Nerdy,” rocking a full do-rag/chains/hoodie, wheeling on a full-sized Segway.  The encore showcased R2D2, dancing Stormtroopers, and Darth Vader, while Al (in Luke Skywalker robes) crooned “The Saga Begins” (Don McLean’s “American Pie”).

With his modern-day parody success, it’s hard to remember that Al’s been an icon in American comedy and pop culture for FOUR decades.  Seeing the concert hall stuffed with adoring fans of all ages, most wearing tinfoil headgear and floral print shirts, the man has clearly left his mark.

Austinites keep Austin weird; “Weird” Al keeps everywhere weird.

Check out our complete photo gallery from the show.

Review: Twenty One Pilots Is a Must See Tour in 2019

Austin, Texas

by Jerri Starbuck

The Bandito tour is in full swing, making a stop at Austin’s Frank Erwin Center (at UT). Twenty One Pilots are used to playing much bigger arenas and music festivals but couldn’t pass up Austin on this tour.

Last year, the duo broke a year-long silence with hints of the new album and tour. The boys from Ohio haven’t been touring since they took a break from their massive rise with Blurry Face in 2015 with the Emotional Roadshow World tour. Although they’ve been around since 2009, they blew up with this album. Their hit “Heathens” made the group the first alternative artists to have two concurrent top-ten singles in the United States.


One reason this is a must-see tour for 2019 is the amazing production and stage athletics. Tyler Joseph jumps atop a 20-foot column at each show, Josh Dun backflips on stage, and the lighting and sound are epic (with many semi trucks of gear to prove it). There are numerous wardrobe changes usually only seen by megastars like Cher or JLO.

final-8294The show kicked off with a torch-wielding Joseph and fiery apocalyptic looking set with an old burning car and tons of fire all around with scaffolding and the guys in intimidating black ski masks. The entire production was one of the biggest we’ve seen this year including pyro, floating bridges, a rising drum set, a B stage, major laser-light show, smoke effects (in pink), and complex movie-like videos on screen.

At one point Dun played drums above the crowd on the floor while they suspended him in the air above their heads. We’ve never seen this done before; the guys are truly pushing boundaries and creating a unique fan experience. In another song, Dun backflips off the piano and then Joseph jumps off the burning car. There was a small B stage that was reached by a suspending bridge so fans in the back of the arena could have a front row seat. The guys played a few chill songs with the piano there before returning to the main stage.

See tons of concert photos on our website.


The stellar songwriting by Joseph is behind Pilot’s rise to fame. He says he wakes up in the middle of the night with melodies in his head. A gift and a curse perhaps. It’s evident in the songs that the theme is the human struggle for purpose and meaning and the importance of self expression. They’ve also been open about overcoming demons (also evident in the dark lyrics) and there’s no hiding important topics of faith, anxiety, and depression; it’s part of what makes them so likable and relatable to their young fanbase.

Their artistic nature and cool factor (various piercings, tattoos, and athletic wardrobe) along with massively relatable lyrics are what draws fans of all ages to their shows. There are tons of kids at the show most of whom stand the entire show and shout all the words to every song.  It’s an interesting observation since many of the lyrics lean to the dark side (“sippin’ on straight chlorine”, “heavy dirty soul”, “help me polarize”…).

The music is impossible to label as it crosses so many genres including pop, reggae, rap, post punk, indie, synth, alternative, and classical. One song can remind you of Linkin Park and the next Eminem. Within a song, they bounce from catchy riffs to dead silence to rap. Both are self-taught musicians playing a multitude of instruments on stage including vocals, synth, ukulele, piano, drums, keyboard, guitar, organs, bass, trumpet.


The set included major hits from award-winning Blurry Face— “Stressed Out”, “Heathens”, “Ride”, and “Lane Boy”. The setlist was jam packed but we were bummed they didn’t play other hits from the breakout album, “Heavy Dirty Soul”, “Hometown”, and others. Playing mostly songs from their recent Trench album (2018), TP finished the set with an encore including top new song “Chlorine”- complete with Ned, the animated character in the music video.

There was a touching moment in the evening when Joseph paid tribute to his grandfather who died last year before hearing the song  “Legend” written for him. Sadly he died before the song was finished. It’s a deeply emotional point of the night. His grandfather was a proud supporter and fan, often sporting the band’s merch.

Twenty One Pilots are one of the biggest bands on the planet and have come a long way since writing songs in the basement and giving away free tickets to their shows in Ohio. Their success hasn’t erased their humility. The guys were humble and took the time to thank their entire crew and tour for all their hard work.

This concert will definitely rank up there with the top shows of the year (with JLo, Dead and Company, Ed Sheeran, Rolling Stones…). They’re already working on the next album. Not sure how that tour and production could top this, but we sure can’t wait to see if it can.

See our complete photo gallery form the show on Austin 101.

Set List

Fairly Local
Today’s Your Day (Wachagonedu?)
(Fatlip song)
Stressed Out
We Don’t Believe What’s on TV
The Hype
Lane Boy
Nico and the Niners
Neon Gravestones
Pet Cheetah
Holding on to You
Cut My Lip
My Blood
(With The White Stripes “Seven… more )
Car Radio
(Crowd sings with lyric video)
Leave the City