ACL Radio’s Starry Night: Kaleo
ACL Live at the Moody Theater, December 16
By Vanessa Blankenship
Photograph by Alexandra Valenti
Since releasing its Atlantic Records debut album, A/B, in 2016, the Icelandic rock band Kaleo has quickly become a global phenomenon known for captivating performances. The four-member group consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist JJ Julius Son, drummer David Antonsson, bassist Daniel Kristjansson and lead guitarist Rubin Pollock won the hearts of fans across the world thanks to their mix of blues and rock-and-roll songs. Kaleo’s hit single “Way Down We Go” became certified platinum and reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart after its release. Since gaining international fame, the band moved briefly from its hometown of Mosfellsbær, Iceland, to Austin, wanting to be in a city renowned for its appreciation of live music.
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“They felt like this was the place to really establish their career,” says Austin City Limits Radio program director Emily Parker. “I think KGSR, and now Austin City Limits Radio, has been a big part of that. We were one of the first stations to jump behind them.”
On December 16, watch Kaleo headline ACL Radio’s Starry Night at ACL Live at The Moody Theater, which will also feature opening performances from Devon Gilfillian and Adam Melchor. During the annual end-of-year celebration attendees can expect fun, holiday cheer from the ACL Radio team, who will be dressed up in Christmas attire. Not to mention, the concert gives back to the community. In 2018, the event raised more than $2,300 for local PBS station KLRU.
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“It feels less like a holiday show and more like a true party for everybody that is involved,” says Parker.