BMI Celebrates 15 Years at ACL With Must-See Lineup

DREAMERS, Luke Combs, R.LUM.R, Karen Elson, AJR, White Reaper and more take over the 2017 BMI Stage at ACL

Posted in News on September 14, 2017

For the fifteenth year in a row, BMI will bring the best up-and-coming artists across all genres to the BMI stage at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Music-enthusiasts can kick off each day at the legendary Zilker Park checking out some of the hottest BMI singer-songwriters and bands October 6-8 and 13-15. Bigger and better than ever, this year’s festival features expanded grounds and an improved layout for an even better music discovery experience at the BMI stage.

Since 2003, BMI has proudly fostered budding talent by showcasing a curated selection of BMI’s most promising songwriters at ACL. In the years since its inception, the BMI stage has drawn large crowds eager to see acts like Miranda Lambert, Alessia Cara, X Ambassadors, City and Colour, Gary Clark, Jr., Shakey Graves, Jon Pardi, and Catfish and the Bottlemen, prior to becoming music superstars. Following her performance on last year’s BMI stage, country powerhouse Maren Morris went on to become ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year, CMA New Artist of the Year and was awarded a GRAMMY for Best Solo Country Performance. 

The first weekend of the BMI stage at ACL opens with the multi-talented Jonny P and includes stellar sets from country’s “dark horse” Devin Dawson and funk dynamo Spencer Ludwig (Oct. 6), R&B sensation R.LUM.R and country radio standout Luke Combs (Oct. 7), as well as celebrated Nashville hitmaker Caitlyn Smith and pop breakout act AJR (Oct. 8).

The second weekend continues with buzzworthy performances by psychedelic folk/rock band Liz Cooper & The Stampede and irreverent indie darling Two Feet (Oct. 13), indie-pop trio DREAMERS and folk songstress Karen Elson (Oct. 14), with soul baring singer-songwriter Tucker Beathard and garage punk band, White Reaper, closing out another year at the BMI stage on the final day of the festival (Oct. 15).

“BMI takes pride in discovering and showcasing rising talent,” said Mason Hunter, Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships & Events. “We’ve brought top-notch acts to Austin for the last 14 years and we’re excited to continue to do so this year.”

Here’s this year’s ACL BMI Stage Lineup:

Below is the full schedule for the BMI-sponsored stage:

Weekend One Schedule

Friday, October 6
Jonny P 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Aces 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Spencer Ludwig 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
La Femme 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.

Saturday, October 7
Devon Gilfillian 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Traveller 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
R.LUM.R 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Luke Combs 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 8
Devin Dawson 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Charlotte Cardin 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Caitlyn Smith 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
AJR 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.

Weekend Two Schedule

Friday, October 13
Liz Cooper & the Stampede 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Nightly 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Two Feet 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Ten Fé 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.

Saturday, October 14
Blackfoot Gypsies 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Striking Matches 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
DREAMERS 3:00 – 4:00 p.m..
Karen Elson 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 15
Okey Dokey 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tucker Beathard 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Songhoy Blues 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
White Reaper 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.


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