Austin City Limits
When Austin City Limits began more than 30 years ago its goal was not to be iconic or acclaimed and it certainly wasn’t to be one of the longest running series in the history of American television. It was simply to shine a brighter light on the amazing live music scene that was thriving in the great city of Austin, TX.
Thirty-five years later, Austin City Limits continues to present audiences with today’s most diverse, original, cutting-edge musical talent in an intimate concert setting. The series embodies its motto of, “Great Music. No Limits,” and has expanded beyond the television screen to include a festival and CD/DVD series. The list of artists who have graced the legendary stage is seemingly endless: Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Neil Young, Dolly Parton, Buena Vista Social Club, Beck, Norah Jones, Wilco, Elvis Costello, Alison Krauss, Van Morrison, Coldplay, Juanes, R.E.M. and many more.
Austin City Limits was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2003. It’s the only television show ever to be honored with this award. Produced by KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, ACL is broadcast in dynamic high definition and 5.1 surround sound on PBS HD channels where available. The show airs nationally on 97% of the country’s PBS stations.