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Jawbreaker to Play Austin’s Statesman Skyline Theater on July 13

Tickets on Sale for Rare Performance by Recently Reunited Punk Group on May 4

Austin, Texas – May 2, 2018 – Margin Walker Presents, the Long Center for the Performing Arts, and Paragon Presents are proud to present legendary punk group Jawbreaker at the Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center for the Performing Arts at 701 Riverside Drive on July 13. GA tickets for the rare show are $44 plus taxes and fees, and the Jawbreaker Skyline Premium Package is $99 plus taxes and fees and includes VIP parking, private indoor/outdoor bars, premier viewing areas, and more. Jawbreaker will be joined by Buffalo indie rock trio Lemuria and Austin-based punk rock band A Giant Dog. Tickets go on sale on May 4 at 10 a.m. Central and are available at

Independently-minded and adhering to an old-school D.I.Y. punk mentality, West Coast trio Jawbreaker led the wave of 1990s punk-rock with their spirited musicality and marathon live shows. After a series of EPs and singles, guitarist and singer Blake Schwarzenbach, bassist Chris Bauermeister, and drummer Adam Pfahler released the band’s debut album, Unfun, in 1989. Independent labels Tupelo Recording Company and Communion Records signed the group in the following year, releasing their second studio album, Bivouac, in 1991. Their breakthrough record, 24 Hour Revenge Therapy, produced by Steve Albini, came out in 1993. Considered one of the most influential acts of the 1990s emo scene, Jawbreaker’s mix of punk, emo, and grunge paved the way for groups like Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional. Jawbreaker’s last proper album was 1995’s classic Dear You, which was reissued by drummer Pfahler’s label, Blackball Records, in 2004. After the release of Dear You, the cult-hero band disbanded in 1996.

Jawbreaker reunited in September 2017 to headline Chicago’s Riot Fest and followed with a series of sold-out shows in early 2018 in San Francisco, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles. The band is set to play Seattle’s Upstream Music Fest + Summit in June 2018. The July Austin date is the only Texas date remainder of 2018 for the seminal trio.

A Jawbreaker performance was one of the most requested acts by fans during the 10-year run of Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest and for 2016’s Sound on Sound Fest. Margin Walker Presents co-founder and national talent booker Graham Williams is thrilled to welcome the band for their first Texas performance in over 20 years. The show’s outdoor venue, Statesman Skyline Theater, neighbors Auditorium Shores, the former site of Fun Fun Fun Fest, and offers unparalleled views of the city, Lady Bird Lake, and a mini-festival atmosphere. Indie rock band Lemuria, as part of their Recreational Hate tour, will open the evening followed by Austin quintet A Giant Dog.

Margin Walker Presents, the Long Center for the Performing Arts, and Paragon present Jawbreaker with A Giant Dog and Lemuria at the Statesman Skyline Theater is supported by The Austin American-Statesman and Dos XX. Doors for the July 13 show open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit

Margin Walker Presents is an independent boutique promotions, marketing, and production agency with offices in Austin and Dallas serving clients and venues throughout Texas. In Austin, Margin Walker works closely with the following venues: Mohawk, ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Barracuda, The North Door, and more. In the DFW area, the team fills the calendars at nearly 18 venues including The Bomb Factory, Trees, and Three Links. In San Antonio, the company is partners with Paper Tiger. For more information, as well as a full list of shows and events, please visit

The Long Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is an iconic, world-class performing arts center located in the heart of downtown and serves more than 450,000 individuals annually. As Austin’s Front Row, the Long Center is home to the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Opera and Ballet Austin, and was “built by the community, for the community.” By providing an impressive and diverse array of programming. The Long Center offers Austinites a place to experience remarkable entertainment and live arts together. For additional information and ticket details, please visit or call (512) 474-LONG (5664).

For more info about the Long Center, please visit

Paragon Presents is a live entertainment promoter headquartered in the live music capital of the world; Austin, Texas. Paragon was founded by two long-standing independent promoter groups, TAG Presents and Nederlander Concerts, together bringing more than 60 years combined experience in the music industry. But more importantly, both groups share the independent ideals that the live music industry was founded upon, and are committed to bringing live music back to its roots.

Jennifer Sinski | | 512-382-9017

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Culture Club |Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center

Boy George and Culture Club Announce 40-city, 2016 Tour

The Iconic Band Returns for A Full Tour Across the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Asia

April 11, 2016 (AUSTIN, TX) – Overwhelming excitement and outstanding reviews caused by Boy George and Culture Club‘s performances from last year’s brief mini-tour of the U.S has driven the group to announce their first full tour in over 12 years spanning 40 cities across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia and Asia.  Known for dominating the charts worldwide with their classic hits including “Karma Chameleon,” “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me,” and “Miss Me Blind,” the iconic band will make a stop at the Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center on August 2.

Throughout Culture Club’s 2015 mini-tour, the band received rave reviews from some of music’s toughest critics:

“But if you like to go out, if you like to feel good, if you like to be transported by music, if you’re in search of authenticity in a land inundated by fake. This is your gig’’ – Bob Leftsetz, The Leftsetz Letter

“headliner Culture Club provided soul aplenty, thanks to a large backing band consisting of female singers, a horn section and George’s own burnished vocals. “Church of the Poisoned Mind” was as vibrant as ever!”  – George A. Paul, Orange County Register

“Re-emphasized George as an outsider who found a path to acceptance by his sheer lovability,” and the group’s performance, “underscored the two themes of the night – the pull of nostalgia and the power of individuality.” – Jim Farber, New York Daily News

The Grammy Award®–winning band received an overwhelmingly positive response from fans last year as they reunited and toured 20 cities in North America, leading Culture Club band members Mikey Craig (bass guitar), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards), Jon Moss (drums and percussion) and the flamboyant front-man Boy George (lead vocals) to embark on one of their biggest tours-to-date in 2016.

As the first multi-racial band with an openly gay front man, Culture Club has set many records, including being the first band since The Beatles to have three Top Ten hits in America from a debut album. In the eighties the band dominated the charts in over a dozen countries, with multi-platinum albums and more than 50 million albums sold worldwide to date. In 2014, Culture Club reunited to create new music and has been in the studio putting the finishing touches on their new album Tribes, available now for pre-order, set to release later this year. The band recently headlined iHeart Radio’s 2016 “iHeart 80s Party” at The Forum in L.A. to a packed crowd.

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Justin Moore | Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center

Justin Moore

Justin Moore will kick-off the inaugural season at the Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center on Friday, May 20 with special guest David Nail.

AUSTIN, TX – Arkansas native and 2014 ACM New Artist of the Year Justin Moore recently released his newest single, “You Look Like I Need a Drink.”This follows his second consecutive #1 album release with OFF THE BEATEN PATH. The project produced Justin’s fourth and fifth GOLD-certified #1 hits, “Point At You” and “Lettin’ The Night Roll.” Combined with two previous GOLD–certified albums, he’s sold over 7 million digital downloads. The Valory Music Co. recording artist has been featured on The Voice, Nashville, NFL Rewind, The Washington Post, People Country, Fox and Friends, USA Today and more. He has earned multiple ACM, ACA and ACC Awards nominations. Justin will join Brantley Gilbert’s TAKE IT OUTSIDE TOUR this summer. For tour dates and more visit

MCA Nashville and Grammy-nominated recording artist David Nail, considered to have one of the most distinct and powerful voices in country music today landed on many BEST OF lists including Rolling Stone Country, NPR, iTunes and Billboard with his third album I’m A Fire. The album’s first single, “Whatever She’s Got,” was a No. 1 certified PLATINUM hit and was named one of the Top 3 country songs by Billboard. His I’m A Fire Tour was named a Must See Concert Tour by Rolling Stone Country. His current single “Nights On Fire,” from the upcoming new album, Fighter, is already in Top 25 and climbing the country singles charts.

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NEEDTOBREATHE | Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center


NEEDTOBREATHE Plus special guests Mat Kearney, Parachute, and Welshly Arms

AUSTIN, TX – Atlantic recording group NEEDTOBREATHE has announced early details of their forthcoming new album. “H A R D L O V E” arrives everywhere on July 15th.

H A R D L O V E” will be available for pre-order beginning immediately, with all pre-orders accompanied by instant grat downloads of the album’s lead single, “HAPPINESS” as well as “MONEY & FAME.” “HAPPINESS” – streaming now on Spotify and Apple Music – impacts Hot AC radio outlets in early May.

NEEDTOBREATHE will celebrate “H A R D L O V E” with “TOUR DE COMPADRES 2016,” an epic US headline run with a stop at the Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center on October 23.  The second annual “TOUR DE COMPADRES” sees NEEDTOBREATHE bringing along some of their closest musical friends as support, including special guests Mat Kearney, Parachute, and Welshly Arms. Presale ticketing for “The Insiders” – the official NEEDTOBREATHE fan club – begins April 4th followed by an additional presale for mailing list members and Facebook Event followers on April 11th; all remaining tickets will then be released to the general public on April 15th. For complete details and ticket information, please visit

Co-produced by NEEDTOBREATHE and recorded at their very own Plantation Studios in Charleston, SC, “H A R D L O V E” follows the band’s blockbuster album “Rivers In the Wasteland,” which made a stunning chart debut upon its 2014 release, topping Billboard’s “Top Rock Albums” and “Top Alternative Albums” charts while also entering the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #3. What’s more, the album’s stunning “Multiplied” earned NEEDTOBREATHE their first ever GRAMMY® Award nomination.

The album’s breakout single, “Brother (Feat. Gavin DeGraw),” proved to be the highest charting single of their career. The RIAA-certified Gold hit song became a Top 10 rock smash, Top 20 CHR/Hot AC favorite, as well as NEEDTOBREATHE’s first-ever entry on Billboard’s “Hot 100.” The track’s companion video – directed by independent filmmaker Jared Hogan – has drawn close to 10 million views at NEEDTOBREATHE’s official YouTube channel. In addition, NEEDTOBREATHE and DeGraw rocked New York City’s Times Square with an unforgettable performance of “Brother,” live on ABC’s Good Morning America.

NEEDTOBREATHE premiered “TOUR DE COMPADRES” in summer 2015, visiting over 40 US markets accompanied by special guests Switchfoot, Ben Rector, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, and Colony House. The aptly named tour was a massive popular and commercial success, with highlights including a sold out date at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre, captured exclusively by TIDAL in the just-released mini-documentary, “NEEDTOBREATHE LIVE AT RED ROCKS.”

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Steve Miller Band | Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center



AUSTIN, TX – Steve Miller Band has confirmed their 2016 North American summer tour with a stop at the Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center on July 26.  The tour confirmation comes on the heels of Miller being voted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The multifaceted songwriter, singer, guitarist, producer will be inducted after being nominated for the first time this year. Miller will join fellow inductees at the 2016 induction ceremony, scheduled for April 8th, 2016.

Steve Miller was a mainstay of the San Francisco music scene that upended American culture in the late ’60s. With albums like Children of the Future, Sailor and Brave New World, Miller perfected a psychedelic blues sound that drew on the deepest sources of American roots music and simultaneously articulated a compelling vision of what music-and society-could be in the years to come.

Then, in the ’70s, Miller crafted a brand of rock ‘n’ roll music that was polished, exciting and irresistible, and that has dominated radio through today.  Hit followed hit in an endless flow: “The Joker,” “Livin’ in the USA,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Jet Airliner,” “Jungle Love,” and “Abracadabra” among them. To this day, these songs are instantly recognizable when they come on the radio-and impossible not to sing along with.

Running through Miller’s catalogue is a combination of virtuosity and songcraft along with melodic vocals and signature guitar riffs. His parents were jazz aficionados — Les Paul was his godfather — so as a budding guitarist and singer, Miller absorbed valuable lessons from their musical tradition. When the family moved to Texas, Miller deepened his education in the blues, meeting T-Bone Walker and learning to sing and play listening to him and Jimmy Reed.  Miller then moved to Chicago where he played with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Buddy Guy and Paul Butterfield.

Miller is also contributing his time to serving on the welcoming committee of the Department of Musical Instruments of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and as a board member of Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he curates and hosts shows at both institutions celebrating the bridge between blues and jazz music and early American music.

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Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center

Austin’s Newest Premier Music Venue Partners with Austin-American Statesman


Austin, TX – The Long Center and Paragon Presents announced today a partnership with Austin’s largest media organization, the Austin American-Statesman. The Statesman will have exclusive naming rights over downtown’s newest open air music venue, the Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center.

Through this partnership, the Statesman will work collaboratively to promote the 7,000 capacity venue in both its print and digital mediums, reaching an audience of over 600,000 per week. Paragon Presents, the venue’s exclusive promoter, has added a number of impressive acts for the inaugural season, which kicks off on Friday, May 20 with country star, Justin Moore.   The season continues with BOSTON’s 40th Anniversary tour with Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx (June 11th), Steve Miller Band (July 26), and the Goo Goo Dolls with special guests Collective Soul and Tribe Society (September 11), plus more concerts to be announced in the near future.

“Statesman Media and its premier news and entertainment brands, Austin American-Statesman and Austin360, are thrilled to be a part of the Statesman Skyline Theater at Long Center’s inaugural season,” said Susie Gray, publisher of the Austin American-Statesman.  “This partnership brings together two of Austin’s most iconic entities to provide the best live entertainment to the city’s burgeoning music scene and its fans.”

For more than 145 years, the Austin American-Statesman has served Central Texas and is known for its focus on issues affecting Austin.  The naming rights partnership will reflect Statesman Media’s commitment to its growing business in live entertainment. Specific terms of the multi-year agreement were not disclosed

“This new partnership is a natural result of the strong and successful relationship we have cultivated over the years with the Austin American-Statesman. We are excited to debut the city’s newest premier music venue alongside one of Austin’s most well-known entities,” said Marc Seriff, Long Center President and CEO.

Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center is situated in the heart of downtown Austin, overlooking Lady Bird Lake.  The venue boasts picturesque views, hundreds of adjacent bars, restaurants and attractions, plus indoor and outdoor VIP areas with balcony-level views of the stage and downtown skyline.  The venue will utilize existing amenities offered at the Long Center during events, including indoor restrooms and air conditioned spaces, star dressing rooms and backstage catering.  Additionally, Statesman Skyline Theater will use state-of-the-art equipment to preserve the production value and acoustic excellence that Long Center patrons have come to expect.

“These kind of partnerships come down to how it can add value and benefit to the artists, the venue, and most importantly the fans. The Statesman is that perfect trifecta. They were our first call and I couldn’t be happier,” said Paul Thornton, President of Paragon Presents.

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BOSTON | Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center


AUSTIN, TX — As Tom Scholz wrote in the rock anthem on the BOSTON album Don’t Look Back, “It’s a Party, Party, Party!” Indeed, the 40th anniversary BOSTON tour promises to be a celebration honoring the group’s loyal fans. Many of them have supported BOSTON since 1976 when the debut album, Boston first hit the airwaves and took rock radio by storm, so it’s not surprising to see concert audiences that span generations.

Boston makes a stop at the new Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center on Saturday, June 11 with Dennis DeYoung, performing the Music of Styx.  Tickets go on sale Friday, March 25 at 10:00 AM local.

Always a huge crowd pleaser with their high-energy stage show, out-of-this-world sound, and remarkable musicianship and singing, BOSTON prides itself on performing a totally live show without the use of prerecorded music or technical enhancements, delivering the extraordinary sound that is faithful to their studio recordings.

BOSTON became an iconic classic rock fixture when they joined the music scene with their self-titled album in 1976. With over 17 million copies sold, Boston generated hits such as “More Than a Feeling,” “Peace of Mind,” and “Smokin’,” rock radio staples that are still in heavy rotation today. Their second album, Don’t Look Back was another chart-topper that confirmed their place in rock history, followed by Third Stage, which hit #1 on the charts, with the top single of 1986, “Amanda.” With over 31 million albums sold to date, BOSTON has stood the test of time.

Fans can expect to hear all the classic songs they have grown to love, and will be treated to wild Hammond organ work, soaring harmony guitars, and exceptional vocal arrangements, as well as BOSTON’s unique visual stage presentation and plenty of extra-terrestrial sounds heard nowhere else on earth.

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Goo Goo Dolls with Collective Soul and Tribe Society, September 11 (2016) at Skyline Theater at the Long Center




AUSTIN, TX (February 29, 2016) – Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls will hit the road in July for an extensive summer headlining tour of amphitheaters and arenas. Also on the bill as direct support are Collective Soul and Tribe Society. The tour will make a stop at the Skyline Theater at Long Center on September 11.

A fan club presale with VIP ticket packages launches on Tuesday, February 23. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 4 at 10:00 AM.

Goo Goo Dolls — made up of vocalist-guitarist John Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac — will be touring in support of their new album, entitled Boxes, which is due for release from Warner Bros. Records this spring.

The Goo Goo Dolls are one of the most globally respected and influential forces in popular music, selling more than 10 million albums since 1986. They have scored 14 Top 10 radio hits (more than any other artist in the history of the Hot AC format), including “Name,” “Slide,” and “Iris,” the latter spending nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and holding the No. 1 position for 17 consecutive weeks. The band has toured the globe countless times, performed in front of millions of fans, received numerous awards (including four Grammy nominations), and recorded and released ten studio albums, including their latest, Magnetic, which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and at No. 2 on the Top Rock Albums chart, propelled by singles “Rebel Beat” and “Come To Me.” Rzeznik has also been honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award.

All events rain or shine. All dates, acts, ticket prices, fees, and charges subject to change without notice. 

SKYLINE THEATER: Wendi Reichstein / / (512) 457-5119
NEDERLANDER CONCERTS: Vanessa Kromer / / (323) 817-6108

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Dedicated to the Fans

At the Skyline Theater our dedication is to treat the fans like stars.  Our goal is to continually create the most fan-centric experience in the industry.  We welcome our fans creativity, so get involved in helping craft the experience by voicing your ideas on our social media. We are committed to creating the absolute best live entertainment experience in the industry.

We are open to breaking the current paradigms and will try some creative new ideas that can enhance the experience even further. Some will work, some might not, but we are willing to put ourselves out there and try–isn’t that what the Rock ‘n Roll industry should be all about (again)?

And you, the Fans, are the cornerstone of this movement. So give us your ideas, your thoughts, your furstrations and anything else that can help further the conversation of free-flowing collaboration. Please visit our Skyline facebook page and join in the conversation with your ideas and comment on what others are throwing out there.

Come find us on facebook, twitter and instagram!

We look forward to seeing you at the shows in 2016!

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Get ready for Skyline Theater at the Long Center!

Skyline Theater at the Long Center is Austin’s new premier destination for outdoor concerts under the stars, with the absolute best view of the city skyline as its backdrop. Located in the heart of downtown Austin, along the shores of Lady Bird Lake on the Long Center grounds, this new 7,000+ capacity open air theater is sure to become the Austin music fans favorite concert experience. Surrounding the venue lies Austin’s vibrant downtown with hundreds of bars and restaurants, making every concert at the Skyline Theater feel like a mini-festival with the extended fun of pre and post-concert parties just steps away.

At the Skyline Theater our dedication is to treat the fans like stars. Our goal is to continually create the most fan-centric experience in the industry. We welcome our fans creativity, so get involved in helping craft the experience by voicing your ideas on our Skyline group page.

Come find us on facebook, twitter and instagram! We look forward to seeing you at the shows in 2016!

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