Billboard Bits: ACL Fest, Mehldau, Emmitt

News on ACL Fest, Brad Mehldau, Drew Emmitt

ElvisElvis Costello & the Imposters, the Neville Brothers, Henry Butler and Chris Robinson & New Earth Mud are the latest additions to the Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup. Set for Sept. 17-19 in the Texas capital's Zilker Park, the event will host more than 130 acts on eight stages.

As first reported here in May, the third annual event will boast appearances by the Pixies, Trey Anastasio, Dashboard Confessional, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Solomon Burke and Sheryl Crow. Since then, Wilco, Cake, My Morning Jacket, the Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Toots & the Maytals, Pat Green and Patty Griffin have joined the bill.

Three-day passes to the event are available through the festival's Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

BradPianist Brad Mehldau's next album, "Live in Tokyo," will arrive Aug. 31 via Nonesuch. The set features covers of Nick Drake's "Things Behind the Sun" and "River Man," Radiohead's "Paranoid Android," Thelonious Monk's "Monk's Dream" and the George Gershwin standards "Someone To Watch Over Me" and "How Long Has This Been Going On?"

The set comes on the heels of March's "Anything Goes," credited to the Brad Mehldau Trio. That album peaked at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Jazz Album tally.

Mehldau will end a short break from the road July 26 in La Roque, France, with a North American tour due to kick off Sept. 28 at New York's Village Vanguard. The artist already has a handful of shows scheduled in 2005 with the John Scofield Trio.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

DrewWith noted jam band Leftover Salmon planning a hiatus, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Drew Emmitt is making plans to hit the road this fall on a solo tour. Joining him will be the band's Greg Garrison on bass, as well as noted bluegrass banjo player Matt Flinner and guitarist Ross Martin.

Although not yet fully booked, the run looks set to kick off in late September and run through early December, and encompass an appearance at San Francisco's Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park.

The group will head into the studio in January with an eye on releasing the debut Drew Emmitt Band album in April 2005 via Compass.

Leftover Salmon has a slate of shows scheduled through a Sept. 18 appearance in Bristol, Tenn., and a one-off Oct. 30 show in Denver.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.