Austin City Limits, probably playing on your local public broadcast station, is a musical beacon to the world. And at the Bob Bullock Museum you can see a piece of history for yourself. The self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World, Austin looks to ACL as evidence of this feat.
The Austin City Limits (ACL) Theater installation in the Museum’s third floor galleries features the music and musicians that made the innovative PBS series the longest-running music program in American television history.
From Local to Landmark
The ACL Theater’s large-screen concert experience takes audiences from the 1974 pilot broadcast of Willie Nelson’s ACL performance to the present day. The Austin City Limits television series, created by PBS Austin KLRU (then KLRN) program director Bill Arhos, producer Paul Bosner, and director Bruce Scafe, originally featured Austin’s local and diverse mix of country, blues, folk, and psychedelic music. The series now includes regional, national, and international acts performing a wide range of musical styles. Austin City Limits was designated as an official Rock and Roll Landmark in 2010 by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Now Playing at the Bullock
Sit back and enjoy Lyle Lovett, Loretta Lynn, Flaco Jiménez, Sheryl Crow, Radiohead, and film clips from other ACL broadcasts. Artifacts on display in the exhibition include the Austin City Limits neon sign and tree branches from the iconic Studio 6A set.
Support for the Bullock Museum’s exhibitions and education programs is provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.