Published on August 4th, 2015 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson


Elton John and His Band To Perform at Formula 1 USGP




Circuit of The Americas and POP AUSTIN International Art Show Join Forces to Deliver Cultural Programming During Austin’s Celebration of F1 USGP; COTA’s Fan Fest to Return Downtown

Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is thrilled to announce a very special concert performance by Elton John & His Band on Sunday, October 25, 2015, following the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX (F1 USGP). One of the most acclaimed and beloved artists of our time, his spectacular stage shows are attended by audiences around the globe. Race fans will enjoy a turbocharged two-hour set featuring all of the iconic hits and classic album tracks spanning Elton’s incredible five-decade career on the new festival lawn located in the Circuit’s north infield. Accompanying Elton on stage will be his band featuring, Nigel Olsson on drums (part of Elton’s original three-piece band) as well as musical director Davey Johnstone (who first recorded with Elton in 1971 and joined the band full-time a year later) on guitar, Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on percussion, and Kim Bullard on keyboards.

“Our goal is to create a must-attend weekend this fall in Austin, Texas, by fusing music and art with local and international sport into Austin’s energetic nightlife,” says Jason Dial, President & CEO, Circuit of The Americas. “Adding legendary superstar Elton John & His Band to an already packed race weekend at Circuit of The Americas, along with POP AUSTIN International Art Show, Fan Fest downtown and a University of Texas Longhorn football home game, will prove to be an epic sport and entertainment weekend.”

Three-day and Sunday-Only tickets for the exhilarating race weekend, happening October 23-25, 2015, at Circuit of The Americas, are now available online for purchase at www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com. In addition, you can book your hotel at great rates using our online booking tool.

Circuit of The Americas and POP AUSTIN also announced today a special collaboration for the race weekend. Regarded as one of the most exciting contemporary art events in central Texas, POP AUSTIN International Art Show is expanding its footprint this year. It will not only return to Fair Market, but will host a satellite exhibit at Circuit of The Americas. The showcase at COTA will be available for the enjoyment of all race goers and will feature impressive collection of fine art, including pieces from Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Richard Orlinski, Desire Obtain Cherish, Shane Guffogg, Micky Hoogendijk and others.

“Having POP AUSTIN International Art Show’s presence is a distinct honor! Their involvement is a great indicator of Austin’s ever growing cultural influence and international appeal,” says Sharilyn Mayhugh, Managing Director, Circuit of The Americas.

POP AUSTIN’s keystone show “Illumination” taking place at Fair Market will feature a number of light-based works by celebrated artists such as Carlo Bernardini, Hans Kotter, Jeongmoon Choi and Adela Andea, among others from around the world. Select local Austin artists will be featured in the show and works will be shipped in from Europe, Asia, New York and Los Angeles. The works and installations will provide an interactive and immersive atmosphere for guests of all ages. For additional information and tickets, visit www.popaustin.com.

Circuit of The Americas’ Fan Fest, the race weekend’s exhilarating celebration of all that Austin has to offer, will return downtown with exciting new additions. This celebration of music and motorsport will take place Thursday, Oct. 22, Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24 and will offer an eclectic array of activities and music spread across a variety of locations including some of Austin’s favorite bars and venues. Mohawk, an anchor of Red River, the legendary Continental Club along with C-Boy’s Heart & Soul on South Congress, Hangar Lounge and The Market in the Warehouse District and The Belmont on West 6th are the first to announce their participation as official Fan Fest Venues. Stay tuned for more information as additional Fan Fest venues, outdoor stage locations and music schedules roll out over the next couple of months as we round the corner to the ultimate sports and entertainment weekend.

For more information, please visit www.circuitoftheamericas.com. Stay tuned for updates and announcements by following Circuit of The Americas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, is the only purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for all classes of racing. The 3.4-mile racetrack hosts the world’s most prestigious sporting events, including Formula 1, MotoGP, Lone Star Le Mans and ESPN’s X Games. The 1,500-acre campus is also home to the Austin360 Amphitheater—PollStar’s 2013 “Best New Major Concert Venue” and a 2014 “Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue” Pollstar nominee—impressive meeting and hospitality spaces and an iconic 25-story observation tower that offers 360-degree views of the circuit, amphitheater and downtown Austin. For more information and to download videos and photos, visit www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com. For an experience as unique as Austin and a rush you’ll never forget, visit Circuit of The Americas, where exhilaration happens.

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