Austin City Limits, the PBS program revered for its comprehensive and insightful coverage of musical performance, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The only television show ever to receive the National Medal of Arts has just unveiled its commemorative concert series, which will commence October 4 with a performance by Beck.
In addition to revealing the series’ lineup, ACL has also teased a clip of Beck performing his 1994 hit, “Loser” (check it out above). Garbed in a blood red button-down, leather jacket and fedora, Beck gallivants about the stage with his standard blithe confidence. The LA-native’s incessant onstage activity leaves him a bit winded, but it doesn’t even matter—the guy's effort is unprecedented and crowds love him for it. He ends the track (and seemingly the show) with the declaration, “I’ve got tofu the size of Texas,” referencing “Nightmare Hippy Girl,” another song from Beck’s extensive catalog.
The singer purportedly “shines in an exceptionally entertaining hour, showcasing a mix of vintage fan favorites and more recent gems”—according to a press release. That should be expected, as Beck is known for weaving his impressive lexicon into expertly curated sets filled with ups and downs, but always tied together by continuous strings of poignant vitality.
Beck is not the only component of ACL’s celebratory series, of course. On October 3, PBS will air Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years, a two-hour special honoring the program’s momentous run. Each subsequent Saturday will mark the broadcast of another illustrious musical act. Ed Sheeran makes his ACL debut the following weekend with an entirely solo, entirely acoustic set. The entire fall schedule can be found below:
October 4 Beck
October 11 Ed Sheeran | Valerie June
October 18 Nine Inch Nails
October 25 Tweedy
November 1 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
November 8 Los Lobos | Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
November 15 Eric Church | J. Roddy Walston & The Business
November 22 ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2014
The complete schedule of the 13-week concert series will be made available at a later date. Until then, revel in the brilliantly curated, marvelously eclectic itinerary that has already been revealed.