KUTX planning concert to celebrate 50 years of John Aielli

John Aielli (Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman staff)

John Aielli (Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman staff)

Iconic Austin radio host John Aielli will celebrate 50 years on the city’s airwaves with a special concert next month.

Aielli currently hosts “Eklektikos” from 7 to 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday on 98.9 KUTX-FM.

According to the station, performers will include Hayes Carll, Tony Kamel of Wood and Wire, Nakia, Carrie Rodriguez, Bob Schneider, Shinyribs and Graham Reynolds’ house band, among others.

“Greater Tuna’s” Jaston Williams will serve as emcee for the event, which happens March 7 at Hogg Auditorium on the University of Texas campus.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $35 and $50. Buy them at cactuscafe.org.

“We wanted to honor and celebrate John’s remarkable 50 years on the air, which is a rare achievement in today’s radio landscape,” said Matt Reilly, program director for KUTX. “What better way to thank him for his contributions to the Austin creative scene than throwing a party with some of his favorite musicians and artists, and inviting 1,000 of his friends to celebrate.”

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