The city of Austin, Texas, is one of the most thriving metropolitan areas in the country and has grown by leaps and bounds over the past several decades. The city is known as the "Live Music Capital of the World," for its many music venues, a mish-mash of styles and genres and unique Texan flair. While reaching this status took plenty of public planning and effort to bring musicians and groups to the city, the PBS program Austin City Limits has played an enormous role in expanding the Texan capitol's profile as a music mecca.
Austin City Limits (ACL) began in 1974 and has since become the longest-running music series in American television history. ACL began as a means of celebrating the music of Texas with country, blues, Tejano music and western swing, the show quickly began to feature artists from other parts of the country and started to foster a national appeal. The show typically hosts anywhere between 60 to 100 concerts per year, which are then broadcast on PBS, available online and can be purchased in a variety of capacities.
For many years, ACL hosted its concerts from the University of Texas at Austin's campus, which only had a seating capacity of 800. Because of this, the concerts were renowned for their intimacy and gave concertgoers a truly unique experience. ACL has seen such greats as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Pearl Jam, Dolly Parton, Phish, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and countless others over the years, and the show has truly become a rite of passage for musicians in many genres. The show even inspired the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which has become a yearly exhibition that's held in Austin's Zilker Park. Much like the show, the festival brings together artists from varying genres and countries. In 2011, ACL took a major step in its development after moving into The Moody Theater in downtown Austin.
The Moody Theater is a technical marvel, with a 2,700 seat capacity and a full LEED certification for sustainability. In addition to allowing more visitors to partake in concert tapings, ACL producers will enjoy state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, world-class acoustics and a far more versatile stage area. Austin City Limits has become an American institution in its own right, and its move into the Moody Theatre will finally give the show a venue that matches its impact on pop culture.
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Not a bad seat in the house! The Moody Theatre has really suprised me. It is spacious, comfortable and there are places to get beverages everywhere. The sound of the theatre is top notch as well. There didnt seem to be a bad seat in the whole venue. I would gladly go back to see more events here. June 24, 2011