BMI Offers Roots Music Torch-Bearers at 2008 Austin City Limits Festival

Posted in News on August 19, 2008

Roots music with a distinct Texas tilt will dominate BMI’s intimate stage at the 2008 Austin City Limits Music Festival, slated for September 26 through 28 in the live music capital of the world. Now in its seventh year, the BMI-sponsored stage near the main entrance to Zilker Park has built a reputation amongst roots music fans for its mix of auspicious newcomers and Austin-area talent. The three-day festival casts a broad, genre-less net with 130 bands on eight stages over three days in Austin’s Zilker Park.

  • Ryan Bingham
  • Donavon Frankenreiter
  • American Bang

While the majority of artists gracing the BMI stage claim Texas roots, those hailing from elsewhere boast an eclectic artistry right at home in the state’s historically rich musical climate. The free range sounds on the stage span Ryan Bingham’s gritty storytelling and Donavon Frankenreiter’s funky folk to American Bang’s jaunty southern rock and the stringed jubilation of The South Austin Jug Band.

  • South Austin Jug Band
  • Ben Cyllus
  • Paula Nelson



11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Ben Cyllus (Nashville)

12:40 – 1:20 p.m. Paula Nelson (Austin)

2:40 – 3:20 p.m. Sunny Sweeney (Austin)

4:40 – 5:20 p.m. Bobby Bare, Jr. (Nashville)

6:40 – 7:20 p.m. Ryan Bingham (Austin)

8:30 – 9:15 p.m. Donavon Frankenreiter (Laguna Beach, CA)

  • Sunny Sweeney
  • Bobby Bare
  • Bonnie Bishop


11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Bonnie Bishop (Austin)

12:40 – 1:20 p.m. We Go to 11 (Austin)

2:40 – 3:20 p.m. Band of Heathens (Austin)

4:40 – 5:20 p.m. City and Colour (Saint Catharines, Ontario)

6:40 – 7:20 p.m. American Bang (Nashville)

  • We Go to 11
  • Band of Heathens
  • City and Colour


11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Elizabeth Wills (Austin)

12:40 – 1:20 p.m. Belleville Outfit (Austin)

2:40 – 3:20 p.m. The Massacoustics (Nashville)

4:40 – 5:20 p.m. Colour Revolt (Oxford, Mississippi)

6:40 – 7:20 p.m. South Austin Jug Band (Austin)

  • Elizabeth Wills
  • Belleville Outfit
  • Massacoustics
  • Colour Revolt

BMI’s stage at the Austin City Limits Music Festival exemplifies the organization’s continued dedication to fostering auspicious new talent. BMI’s layered approach to songwriter development comprises educational, creative and promotional opportunities, including the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre, Jason Blume Songwriters’ and Jazz Composers Workshops; 8 off 8th, Pick of the Month and Acoustic Lounge showcase series; and stages at premier festivals including Lollapalooza, South By Southwest, the Key West Songwriters Festival and the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

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