Chris Shiflett at Antone’s in Austin, TX

Ahead of Foo Fighters’ headlining performance at Austin City Limits, Chris Shiflett made a late-night stop at the famous Antone’s in Austin.

Antone’s is an iconic and world-renowned independent music venue based in the heart of Austin. Throughout the years, this venue has attracted some of the biggest names in music, and it’s understandable why. The size of the place is perfect. Small enough to give you the feel of an intimate setting, big enough to be able to host a decent-sized crowd and artist. 

Despite many people having been in the hot sun all day at Austin City Limits, the crowd looked fresh and full of energy which was not expected given the late hour of the show. Antone’s was filled with Foo Fighters and Chris Shiflett fans alike. 

Chris Shiflett is one busy guy! When he’s not on stage with Foo Fighters, or hosting two podcasts, he’s performing solo shows with his next album set for release on October 20. Lost At Sea will be Shiflett’s third solo album and the Antone’s crowd was treated to live performances of the singles he has released from it: “Black Top White Lines,” “Damage Control, ” Dead and Gone,” and “Overboard.”

Shiflett was joined on stage by his long-time collaborators, Robert Jolly on drums and Fox Fagan on bass, both of whom put on stellar performances of their own. The three-piece looked like they were thoroughly enjoying themselves as they had huge smiles plastered across their faces throughout the show. Shiflett interacted with the crowd and looked totally at ease in the intimate setting, which would have been a stark contrast to the shows he had before and after this one with Foo Fighters. At one point, after chatting to someone in the front row of the audience, he had him climb up onto the stage.   

Shiflett is known for his guitar prowess and it is impressive to see and hear the incredible riffs and licks, which he made to look so effortless, up close and personal. However, what is equally as impressive as his guitar playing, are his songwriting skills and vocal performance. Having come up in the punk-rock world and playing with Foo Fighters, he’s truly established himself in Americana/Alt-Country space.

This show is a prime example of why we need to protect and help our independent music venues. Without them, we wouldn’t get to have shows like these! The intimacy is something that gets lost in the big arena shows, as fun as they can be. But getting to step right up to the stage and be within arms reach of your music idols is often the recipe for an amazing show. 

This show was covered as part of our fundraising trip for National Independent Venue Foundation and Musicians On Call. We are traveling across the country and stopping at independently-owned music venues to cover a show and to chat with their owners about the importance of independent music venues within the music industry. Austin was our ninth stop of the trip and we were lucky enough to make a stop at independently owned Antone’s on our travels.

You can read more about this fundraising trip here. If you would like to donate to NIVF, you can do so here, and if you would like to donate to Musicians On Call, you can do so here. All proceeds go directly to your chosen organization. 

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Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!