Austin music shows: Euphoria Fest, free shows from KUTX, KGSR on tap


OUR TOP PICKS

Friday-Sunday: Euphoria Festival at Carson Creek Ranch.Bumping a few hip-hop artists up into headline spots this year, the dance music fest that’s been steadily growing on the far east side of town presents a diverse and well-curated selection of sounds to make you move and groove. Hip-hop oriented electronic composer Pretty Lights, performing with a live band, leads a stacked Friday lineup that also includes jam band the Disco Biscuits and Parisian soulful house specialist French Kiwi Juice. On Saturday, Swedish EDM artist Alesso meets gender-bending trap romantic Young Thug on a bill that mixes in Dutch DJ Oliver Heldens and rapper Post Malone. Sunday closes strong with electro dance duo Chromeo, blunt-lovin’ rapper Wiz Khalifa, electro duo Zeds Dead and early dance music innovator Moby. $79 daily, $199 3-day (advance). Camping passes and VIP options are available. Gates at 2 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday-Sunday. Parking is $20 daily, cash only. Various shuttle options are available. Seeeuphoriafest.comfor more details. — D.S.S.

Friday: Guy Clark tribute at Paramount Theatre.Back in November, on the day the late, great Guy Clark would have turned 75, the Paramount hosted a music and interview session with his biographer, Tamara Saviano, during the Texas Book Festival. This show, presented by the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association, expands on that theme, with performances from a first-class lineup of Clark’s friends and disciples including Rodney Crowell, Joe Ely, Bruce Robison, Lee Roy Parnell, Jack Ingram, Verlon Thompson, Terry Allen, Shawn Camp, the Trishas, Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay. Saviano will be on hand again, too, receiving the THSA’s Darrell K. Royal Texas Music Legend Award. $45-$95. 7:30 p.m. 713 Congress Ave.austintheatre.org. (Crowell, whose new album “Close Ties” came out last week, also plays a free in-store at Waterloo Records at 1 p.m.) — P.B.

Friday: KUTX Free Family Concerts at Mueller Lake Park with Leopold & His Fiction.It’s outdoor music season, and if you’re looking to introduce your little rockers to Austin’s live music scene, this KUTX series has you covered. The evening’s entertainment kicks off at 7 p.m. with a set from self-described “kindie” band the Que Pastas, hosted by the station’s kid’s show, “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child.” Then Austin’s NPR affiliate turns it up to 11 with the high octane rock ‘n’ roll of Leopold and His Fiction. Picnics and blankets are fine, but no chairs, alcohol or glass containers are allowed in the park. Food trucks and face painters will be on site before the music starts. 4550 Mueller Blvd.kutx.org/live-events. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Darden Smith record release at Stateside at the Paramount.When Darden Smith puts a band together to make a record, like he did for his new “Everything,” he doesn’t mess around. Holed up at Arlyn Studios last month, he brought aboard a cast full of aces: bassist Roscoe Beck (Leonard Cohen), drummer JJ Johnson (Tedeschi Trucks Band), keyboardist Michael Ramos (Patty Griffin), guitarist Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan) and multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield (too many to mention). It’s a testament to the respect in-demand musicians have for Smith that they all answered the call. Beck joins him on acoustic bass for this release show, along with drummer Alex Marrero and guitarist David Goodich. $20-$30. 8 p.m. 719 Congress Ave.austintheatre.org.— P.B.

Sunday: 10,000 Maniacs at 3Ten.When guitarist John Lombardo left upstate New York band 10,000 Maniacs just before they hit it big in 1987 and formed the duo John & Mary with Buffalo violinist Mary Ramsey, no one realized Lombardo was sowing the seeds of the group’s long-term survival. John & Mary opened for 10,000 Maniacs on a 1990 tour, during which co-founding singer and songwriter Natalie Merchant grew fond of Ramsey’s singing and fiddling. When Merchant left for solo stardom in the mid-’90s, the void was quite logically filled by Ramsey. Guitarist Rob Buck died in 2000, but the rest of the band has hung together. New records have been scarce, and the live shows still lean heavily on the Merchant-era material. But for fans who still hold those songs dear, Ramsey fills the vocal role with grace and sincerity. $49.50. 7 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd.3tenaustin.com. — P.B.

Thursday: Cashmere Cat at Empire.We’re still waiting on a drop date for “Wild Love,” the debut full-length from the Norwegian DJ and super producer that’s slated to come out this year. The album includes collabs from the Weeknd, Selena Gomez, 2Chainz, Tory Lanez and Ariana Grande and is likely to cement his reputation as a keeper of one of modern pop’s most potent bottles of secret sauce. According to early reports from this tour, his DJ sets showcase his offbeat take on modern music, liberally blending snippets of hip-hop, R&B and EDM into an appealing dance mix. $20 (advance). Doors at 8 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com — D.S.S.

Thursday: Unplugged at the Grove kickoff with Charlie Mars at Shady Grove.Though he still lives in Mississippi, you could be mistaken for thinking singer-songwriter Mars is a local, given his frequent visits. He also often records here, as with his new disc “Beach Town,” which features the Austin rhythm section of drummer JJ Johnson and bassist George Reiff (plus Dixie Chicks fiddler Martie Maguire on one tune). He kicks off KGSR’s weekly warm-weather series on Shady Grove’s spacious outdoor porch. Others already booked for the series include Ian Moore (May 4), Bob Schneider (June 8), Jackie Venson (July 13), Rhett Miller (Aug. 17) and Jimmy LaFave (Sept. 14). Free. 8 p.m. 1624 Barton Springs Road.theshadygrove.com/unplugged. — P.B.

ALSO PLAYING:

Friday-Saturday

Southern Culture on the Skids at Continental Club

Friday

Mnozil Brass at Bass Concert Hall

Real Estate, Mary Lattimore at Mohawk outdoor (sold out)

Julia Lucille, Lomelda, Jordan Moser at Mohawk indoor

Junior Brown at Broken Spoke

Migrant Kids (live-streamed) at Geraldine’s

Aggrolites, Los Skarnales at Antone’s

Shelley King at El Mercado Backstage

Dawn & Hawkes, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Patricia Vonne, Los Coronelas at Townsend

Greg Vanderpool CD release at Continental Gallery

Bryce Clifford & Brother Superior, Croy & the Boys at ABGB

El Tule, DJ Albert, Parranderos De Kumbia at Hotel Vegas

Agony Column, Ignitor, Syrus, Shadow Spectrum at Grizzly Hall

Fleetwood Mac tribute with the Watters and guests at One-2-One Bar

Body Rock ATX tribute to Erykah Badu at Empire

Saturday

Patty Griffin, Anais Mitchell at ACL Live (sold out)

Drive-By Truckers, Hiss Golden Messenger at Stubb’s outdoor

Henry Threadgill at Scottish Rite Theater

Kool Keith, Money Chicha, Cure for Paranoia at Antone’s

Lee Brice at Nutty Brown Amphitheater

Emily Gimble, Evan Charles & Altamesa at ABGB

Jai Malano, Jade Idol, Grady at C-Boy’s

JD Clark, Bad Lovers, Christy Hays, Kathryn Legendre at Hotel Vegas

Gary Myrick, Dead Pyrates Society, Jesse Sublett at Townsend

Albert & Gage Band at Donn’s Depot

Sour Bridges, Amanda Kitchens at Radio Coffee & Beer

Sunday

Sonics, Ugly Beats, Heybale, Gulf Coast Playboys at Continental Club

Acid Mothers Temple, Babylon at Sidewinder

Wendy Colonna record release show at Antone’s

Soul of a Musician series with Beaver Nelson at Iron Cactus North

Gaby Moreno at Cactus Cafe

Wagoneers, Sophia Johnson at C-Boy’s

Earth Girl Helen Brown, Glass Grapes, Kay Odyssey at Hotel Vegas

Monday

Glass Animals, Jagwar Ma at Stubb’s outdoor (sold out)

Blue Monday with Gary Nicholson at Antone’s

Heartthrob with Chris Cubas at Barracuda

Mallett Brothers, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Leche, Wood Chickens, Popper Burns at Mohawk indoor

Nominee, Sundressed, Dozer, Locket, Later Days at Sidewinder

Tuesday

Hayes Carll, David Grissom at Saxon Pub

Tennis, Greeting Committee at Mohawk outdoor

Baptist Generals, Name Sayers, Sun Riah at Mohawk indoor

Uncle Lucius, Toni Price at Continental Club

James McMurtry, Ephraim Owens Experience at Continental Gallery

Durawa at El Mercado Backstage

Wednesday

Rides (Stephen Stills with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg), Shannon McNally at Paramount

Jojo, Stanaj at Mohawk outdoor

Texas Radio Live with Eliza Gilkyson, Ali Holder at Guero’s

Classhole, Skeleton at Barracuda

Wrenfro, Savage Poor at One-2-One Bar

Croy & the Boys at White Horse

Jeff Lofton at Four Seasons

Colin Gilmore, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Continental Gallery

Thursday

Loudon Wainwright III at One World Theatre

String Cheese Incident at Stubb’s (first of three nights)

Will Hoge, Dalton Domino at 3Ten

Will Johnson & Greg Vanderpool at Waterloo Records

Alfin Sencalar, Jazz Ambassadors at Elephant Room

Sarah Gayle Meech at Continental Club

Steve Moakler, Drew Baldridge, Smithfield at Antone’s

Helium Taxi at Cactus Cafe

Mike Nicolai at Hole in the Wall



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