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Austin Fan Fest Fueled by Shell offers rockin' line up of eclectic bands

(September 25, 2013)

Austin, Texas, Sept. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Circuit of The Americas, the only Formula 1™
racing venue in the country, today announced the line-up of bands
that will perform on the main Bud Light Stage
during Austin Fan Fest fueled by Shell
set for Nov. 14-17. The free, four-day street party in downtown
Austin takes place during the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND

The Bud Light Stage, located in the Republic
Park Parking Lot, will be packed with top-notch performers every
night beginning Thursday, Nov. 14.  The line-up is as follows
(all times CST):

Austin Fan Fest fueled by Shell - BUD

Thursday, Nov. 14

5:30 p.m.
Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

Roger Creager

9:30 p.m.
Clairy Browne & Bangin' Rackettes

Friday, Nov. 15

Los Lobos

Los Lonely Boys

Lou Gramm

Saturday, Nov. 16

Civil Twilight

5:30 p.m.

8 p.m.
Andy Grammer


Sunday, Nov. 17

6:30 p.m.
The Soul Rebels

"We're thrilled to showcase such a diverse group
of gifted performers and music genres that will appeal to every
taste and generation," said Paul Thornton, president of TAG
Presents, the events management company for Circuit of The Americas
and the Austin360 Amphitheater. "Live entertainment is a huge part
of Austin's culture, and it will be an even bigger focus during
this year's free Grand Prix fan festival, as we show an
international audience why our city will forever be known as the
Live Music Capital of the World."

Additional artists and stage schedules will be
released in coming weeks, including line-ups for the Univision
stage and Austin360 local favorites stage. 

Austin Fan Fest fueled by Shell will
showcase 12 activity zones spanning 12 square blocks bounded by San
Antonio Street (west), 5th Street (north), Congress Ave. (east) and
2nd Street (south). In addition to the robust live music schedule,
the four-day Grand Prix party offers something for everyone,

  • Dozens of interactive and educational displays, including
    racing simulators and unique experiential areas by Shell;

  • An X Games-style action sports zone;

  • Activities for kids and families, including a downtown Zip
    Line, Racing Bug, Walk on Water and mechanical bull rides; and

  • Offerings from local restaurants and pubs, food trucks,
    artisans and retailers. 

  • Additionally, superstar drivers competing in
    the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX will meet with fans at the
    festival during the weekend.

About Circuit of The

Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, is a
world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment. It is
the first racing facility in the United States purposely built for
Formula 1™ racing and is designed to host a variety of sports and
entertainment events. The Circuit is home to the FORMULA 1
which was named the 2012
"Sports Event of the Year" by SportsBusiness
and is the new North American host of the
summer edition of ESPN's X Games
Additionally Circuit of The Americas welcomes spectators from
around the world for some of the most prestigious national and
international motorsports series, including MotoGP™, V8 Supercars™,
GRAND-AM Road Racing™, American Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance

Circuit of The Americas' 1,500-acre campus
includes a variety of permanent structures designed for business,
education, entertainment and sporting use. Its signature 3.4-mile,
20-turn undulating racetrack features remarkable elevation changes
and a number of challenging turns patterned after some of the
world's iconic Grand Prix tracks. The Austin360
is an expansive outdoor live music space,
featuring the largest permanent stage in Central Texas and the
capacity for 14,000 guests. The Circuit's iconic 25-story
Observation Tower has a viewing platform offering 360-degree views
of the venue, downtown Austin and Texas Hill Country. The
44,000-square foot Event Center offers an
expansive convention and banquet space that doubles as an
international Media Center during sports and entertainment
events.  The Event Center includes more than 30 broadcast
booths, an internal café and dedicated news conference room. The
Circuit's massive Main Grandstand features
permanent seating for 9,000, a variety of well-appointed suites,
and the Velocity Lounge and hospitality area.  Circuit of The
Americas also offers a state-of-the-art on-site medical facility,
parking for 25,000 vehicles, taxi and shuttle bus depots and a
permanent heli-stop. For more information and downloadable video,
audio and photos, visit:,
the Circuit's dedicated FTP site,

About the Artists

Berlin -

ALL TIME…This Los Angeles-based synth pop group, founded by bassist
John Crawford, singer Terri Nunn, and keyboard player David
Diamond, made its first national impression with the provocative
single "Sex (I'm A...)" from the gold-selling debut EP Pleasure
Victim in 1982. The group was filled out by guitarist Rick Olsen,
keyboard player Matt Reid, and drummer Rob Brill. Berlin's first
full-length LP was the gold Love Life

in 1984. In 1985, the group was pared down to a
trio of Crawford, Nunn, and Brill. Berlin topped the charts in 1986
with the single "Take My Breath Away," the love theme from the Tom
Cruise movie Top Gun.

Nunn left for a solo career in 1987, and
Crawford and Brill teamed up in the Big F. In 1999, the band
reunited to record some new studio material and also performed a
concert, which, along with the new songs, was released as 2000's

Live: Sacred and Profane. This was
followed a year later by a flurry of recording sessions that
included co-writing tracks with Billy Corgan, among others. The end
result, Voyeur, was their first full-length studio release
in over 15 years.

Civil Twilight -

Civil Twilight is a mystifying blend of
atmospheric sounds with swirling guitars and hazy storytelling
centered on the struggles and triumphs of human existence. Three
parts South Africa and one part Nashville, Steven McKellar, his
brother Andrew, Richard Wouters and Kevin Dailey combine power and
grace to provide a soundtrack for everything from the cracking of a
heart to a walk around the block. Their sophomore release, Holy
is a remarkable journey through a dense forest of
emotion and has been heralded as some of the best music to come out
in 2012.

Civil Twilight provides a safe haven in which to
seek refuge. Steven's vocals come forth in an eerie falsetto that
can only be described as a cross-pollination of Jeff Buckley and
Thom Yorke. Richard's drums are pounding reminders that the drummer
always steers the ship along its voyage, while Andrew's guitars
alongside the newest addition of Kevin on keyboards and vocal
harmonies create intense musical waves proving that a rising tide
truly does lift all boats. Civil Twilight's lush soundscape is
haunting, yet soothing at the same time.

Civil Twilight spent the better part of the last
year on tour playing the likes of Bonnaroo and Voodoo Fest, opening
for acts like Smashing Pumpkins and Florence & The Machine, and
headlining their own shows across the country. This year, they have
been touring relentlessly, making festivals tops with bands like
The Dave Matthews Band, Flaming Lips, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The
Afghan Whigs. This fall Civil Twilight will embark on a nationwide
tour with Mutemath.

Clairy Browne & the Bangin'
Rackettes -

The lights go down on a smoldering red head in a
tight dress. Her smoky voice channels aching and longing as three
shimmying, bouffant haired singers in sequined dresses harmonize
along with her. To the left, a baritone sax wails and shudders as
the soul claps rise and fall in and out of a blaze of sound. The
diva in front of her band raises her eyes to the ceiling, fist
clenched tightly to her heart. The dancing ends over the roar of
the crowd, they stand there entranced, sweating, and waiting: a
typical dramatic moment for Clairy Browne and the Bangin'

The Clairy Browne experience is like a vivid
flashback to the sixties, one that transports you straight onto the
set of Shindig but with a darker undercurrent, with shades of David
Lynch or Federico Fellini piercing through. "I want to experience
joy and pain in the same moment, and bring the audience along on an
emotional journey with me," Browne asserts.

Over the past three years the arresting head
chanteuse in charge of nine-piece Clairy Browne and the Bangin'
Rackettes has transcended humble origins from playing a residency
at a local club in Melbourne, Australia, to joining an
international tour with Oz stadium rockers the Cat Empire, to
recently signing with Vanguard Records and headlining their own
U.S. tour.

Their debut album Baby Caught the Bus
produced by the award-winning Steve Schram (Public Enemy, Cat
Empire) drips with heart-wrenching doo-wop, noir theatrics, party
attitude and tough-as-nails soul, the songs on the album have drawn
favorable comparisons to artists as diverse as Sharon Jones, Tina
Turner and Bettye LaVette. In 2013 expect to see a global presence
from these irrepressible, high-voltage soul revivalists, now
well-known to many a beer drinker around the world thanks in part
to a popular Heineken TV ad.

Roger Creager - 

Roger Creager is an adventurist; he does not
like to sit still while the world passes by. Whether it's climbing
Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, jumping off his boat to snorkel with
wild dolphins, snow skiing in the Rockies, catching tuna 100 miles
from shore, piloting his airplane to far-off concerts,
spear-fishing around oil rigs, scuba diving coral reefs, surfing in
Costa Rica, or playing music through the Italian countryside, he
tries to get the most out of what the world has to offer. All

of this finds its way into Roger's music and
live shows. His passion for life invigorates everyone around him
including his fan base. Those who get hooked on his charisma and
high energy come back show after show, year after year, and record
after record. Creager may travel the world, but he never strays far
from his small-town South Texas roots and his music encompasses all
of him.

Everlast -

Once best known for his tenure in the rap unit
House of Pain, Everlast successfully reinvented himself in 1998
with the best-selling Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, a
largely acoustic, hip-hop-flavored effort in the genre-crossing
mold of Beck.

Born Erik Schrody, Everlast first surfaced in
Los Angeles as a member of Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate Cartel, issuing
his debut album, Forever Everlasting, in 1990. When the
album failed to find an audience, he formed House of Pain with
Danny Boy and DJ Lethal; carving out an image which drew heavily on
Everlast and Danny Boy's shared Irish heritage, the trio managed to
overcome the stereotypes facing white rappers and scored a massive
hit with their 1992 single "Jump Around." Their self-titled debut
LP also went platinum, but when such follow-up efforts as 1994's
Same as It Ever Was and 1996's Truth Crushed to Earth Shall
Rise Again
failed to repeat House of Pain's early success, the
group disbanded.

Everlast then returned to his solo career. While
recording Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, however, he
suffered a massive cardiac arrest stemming from a congenital
defect, resulting in heart bypass surgery and an artificial valve
implant. Following his recovery, he completed the album, which
appeared in the fall of 1998 to strong commercial notices. It
entered the Top 10, went platinum, and launched the pervasive Top
40 single "What It's Like." After appearing on Santana's vaunted
comeback album Supernatural, Everlast began work on a
follow-up album with an eclectic group of guest artists. Titled
Eat at Whitey's, the album was released in late 2000, and
enjoyed critical notice (even if it wasn't quite as successful as
Whitey Ford). Everlast then signed with Island/Def Jam before
releasing the moody, song-driven White Trash Beautiful in
2004. The album featured a strong country influence, but its new
sound failed to boost Everlast's record sales. He was dropped from
the label soon after, but Everlast bounced back by joining his
House of Pain alums in a hip-hop super group named La Coka Nostra.
The group released several recordings via MySpace in 2008; that
same year, Everlast issued his fifth studio album, Love, War
and The Ghost of Whitey Ford
, on his own label. The album
featured a cover of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues," which
Everlast released as a single. (From

Lou Gramm -

Lou Gramm is one of the most successful
vocalists in rock-n-roll. As a solo artist and the vocalist and
songwriter of Foreigner, he has helmed a staggering repertoire of
inescapable hits including "Hot Blooded", "Feels Like The First
Time," "Juke Box Hero," "Double Vision," "Head Games," "Urgent,"
"Midnight Blue," "Cold As Ice" and earned a spot on Billboard
Magazine's Top 100 Artists of All Time. His collective works have
sold 70 million albums worldwide, landed numerous chart records,
earned dozens of industry awards and a legion of worldwide

Andy Grammer -

In 2012, Andy Grammer emerged as one of the
biggest success stories in the music business.  He performed
on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (three
times), and "Good Morning America."  He shared the stage with
Taylor Swift, Train, and Colbie Caillat, and he is the first male
pop star, since John Mayer in 2002, to reach the Top 10 at Adult
Pop Radio on his first two singles, "Keep Your Head Up" and "Fine
By Me."  "Keep Your Head Up" is certified platinum and
received the BMI award as one of 2012's Top 50 most performed songs
across all formats.  "Fine By Me" is certified gold and his
third single "Miss Me" climbed to No. 15 at Adult Pop Radio, while
the music video reached No. 9 on VH1's Top 20 weekly video
countdown.  Known for his vibrant pop/rock/soul mix and
free-flowing vocal delivery, the acclaimed singer, songwriter, and
musician--who began as a street performer in Santa Monica,
Calif.--is currently working on his new album and is poised to make
2013 another big year.

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors -

Meet Drew Holcomb and you'd swear he's older
than his 24 years. In a way, he is. As one person put it, Holcomb
is to music what C.S. Lewis is to literature: keen observer of the
human condition, miner of truths and, most of all, master
storyteller. Or to hear Holcomb sing it: "Some say the soul of a
man is in his philosophy, but I say you can find it in his tears."
Hailing from the rock and roll capitol of Memphis, Tenn., Holcomb
has added his own chapter to the city's rich musical legacy, one
built on profoundly moving songs with the kind of heightened
pop-rock hooks that have also earned him plenty of David Gray
comparisons. Exposed as a kid to his parents' record collection
(Bob Dylan and Al Green got lots of spins), Holcomb soon took to
the guitar and began writing songs while a student at the
University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

His knack for penning powerful tunes blossomed
when he spent two school terms living in Edinburgh, Scotland, a
place of spellbinding character for the young musician - How many
European cities can boast their own volcano, after all? "It's a
magical place," says Holcomb. "I grew up reading Narnia and
Tolkien. Edinburgh is one of those worlds ... When I got over there
I had all this free time. I didn't know that many people, so I
grabbed my guitar and wrote, wrote, wrote." Those songs found their
way on two records, a 2004 EP, Lost & Found, and his
recent full-length debut, Washed in Blue, an album that's
been hailed for the way it "combines intellect and emotion like few
local (or even national) records ever do...a blue mood

These days, Holcomb woodsheds his growing
catalog of originals on the road, where he spends the better half
of the year playing gigs that have taken him from Memphis to
Boston, from Colorado to Italy. He's also shared the stage with Los
Lobos, Susan Tedeschi, Marc Broussard and Sister Hazel. Opening for
that latter band, in fact, has brought Holcomb full circle. Sister
Hazel was the first rock concert he ever saw. Now, not only has he
performed with them, he's found a champion in their producer, Paul
Ebersold, the man who helmed Sister Hazel's multi-platinum
breakthrough, Somewhere More Familiar (and who made the
above C.S. Lewis observation, by the way). At 23, Holcomb is
delightfully mid-stream, fast honing a voice that seeks to match
his many influences, generation-defining songwriters from Dylan and
Springsteen to U2 and Steve Earle. Combine a good message with a
good rockin' riff and, well, that's something Holcomb can sink his
contemplative teeth into. "I've got a long way to go," he says. "My
hope is to be someone who has real content." )From

Los Lobos -

More than three decades have passed since Los
Lobos, the three-time Grammy-winning band, released their debut
album, Just Another Band from East L.A. Since then they've
repeatedly disproven that title, Los Lobos isn't "just another"
anything, but rather a band that has consistently evolved
artistically while never losing sight of their humble roots.

For "Tin Can Trust," Los Lobos' first release
for Shout! Factory (Aug. 3, 2013) and first collection of
new original material in four years, the venerable quintet
reconnected directly with those roots by returning to East Los
Angeles and recording at Manny's Estudio, "In a rundown
neighborhood," says Los Lobos songwriter/multi-instrumentalist
Louie Pérez. "That took us out of our comfort zone and allowed us
to do what we hadn't done in quite some time: to play together in
the same room, as one. This was not about putting your feet up;
this was about working."

Los Lonely Boys -

Can anything even more magical happen in the
already charmed career of Los Lonely Boys? You bet. It's called
Rockpango, their first self-produced long player on their
own LonelyTone/Playing In Traffic Records. And yeah, it's magical
indeed. At least as magical--and maybe more so--as debuting in 2003
with a multi-chart gold single, selling millions of albums, winning
a Grammy, racking up reams of critical acclaim, opening for The
Rolling Stones, and many more accomplishments for the Texican
rock'n'roll trio of brothers. Plus playing and recording with such
legends as Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana, associations that give
a strong hint at what's at work here on Rockpango.

After proving themselves one of the most
stunning and wonderful musical success stories of the last decade,
Los Lonely Boys are now carving out their legend with their fourth
studio album. Even though the band has already shown they can

"up the ante with greater musicianship and
confidence" (People Magazine) every time out, on Rockpango
they heighten the trajectory, open up their sound, and show what
flourishing maturity feels like from these veteran yet still young
and burgeoning musical talents.

The Soul Rebels -

The Soul Rebels are off to an explosive start in
2013. After riding high from a blowout CMJ Showcase at New York's
Highline Ballroom, packed shows at Austin City Limits, The Soul
Rebels returned to their hometown of New Orleans to play as the
house band for the nationally televised 2013 NFL Honors Awards Show
hosted by Alec Baldwin on CBS Super Bowl weekend. How do you follow
up a show like that? As only the Soul Rebels can, with three sold
out nights at New York's Brooklyn Bowl and festival spots all the
way from Australia to Indonesia. The Soul Rebels are gearing up to
bring the party all over the world, to France and the United
Kingdom and back again! And the party's just getting started.

The Soul Rebels have built a career around an
eclectic live show that harnesses the power of horns and drums in
the party like atmosphere of a dance club. Their weekly show at
uptown New Orleans spot Le Bon Temps Roulé has been known to erupt
with the kind of contagious, shout-along musical mayhem that The
Soul Rebels bring with them wherever they go!


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