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Austin shows this week: NYE bashes, and the start of Free Week


Saturday: Austin’s New Year 2017 at Auditorium Shores. With more than 20 bands performing from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on four stages, followed by a fireworks finale, the City of Austin’s free celebration in the center of town has everything except a midnight ball-drop. The main Lake Stage features headliners Shinyribs and Ray Wylie Hubbard plus the Peterson Brothers, Tameca Jones and Migrant Kids. On the Oak Stage, catch Capyac, Harvest Thieves, Roxy Roca, Jackie Venson and Wache. The two smaller Community Stages feature sets from Kalu & the Electric Joint, SaulPaul, Wendy Colonna, River City Pops, Paula Maya, Agni Dance, Indrajit Banerjee, Groundwork Music, Band Aid School of Music, Wand’ring Minstrels and the Glenn Rexach Group. 950 W. Riverside Drive. — P.B.

Saturday: New Year’s Eve 1989 at Hotel Vegas. For the fifth year in a row, Hotel Vegas and Volstead Lounge will ring in the new year by leaving the present behind. To bid 2016 adieu, they celebrate a (rhetorically) kinder, gentler year in American history. Highlights include Ringo Deathstarr doing My Bloody Valentine, Pale Dian doing Cocteau Twins, and Moving Panoramas’ Leslie Sisson doing Kate Bush, with more than a dozen other local acts also taking part. $25. 7 p.m. doors. 1502 E. Sixth St. $25. — D.S.S.

Saturday: “What’s Going On” at Spider House Ballroom & Cafe. Like Hotel Vegas’ 1989-themed event, this one — sutbitled “A Cross Cultural Journey Through the Best Decades of Music,” seeks to put time in a bottle (of champagne, presumably). The scope is broader, though, with more than a dozen acts spread across three stages: the ’60s Chapel, the ’70s Ballroom and the ’80s Cafe Patio. Performers include Cilantro Boombox, Kalu & the Electric Joint, Nakia & the Blues Grifters, Ruby & the Reckless, Fingerpistol, the Hickoids, and Charlie Faye & the Fayettes. $20-$25. 8 p.m. 2908 Fruth St. — P.B.

Saturday: Refresh 2017 at Empire. Husband/wife hip-hop duo Riders Against the Storm preach the gospel of rhythm healing all year long at the monthly Body Rock dance party. Sometimes a little “Booty Sweat” really is the best medicine. Chief Body Rockers RAS and DJ Chorizo Funk join forces with MotherSip, the massive hip-hop/jazz/rock orchestra formed by Sip Sip and Mother Falcon, electro-funk specialists Capyac, silky soul singer Alessia Lani and many more for a three-stage blowout, designed to help you burn off any lingering bad vibes and start 2017 on a fresh page. $15. 7 p.m. doors. 606 E. Seventh St. — D.S.S.

Saturday: The Crystal Ball featuring Grupo Fantasma at Mohawk outdoor. As they confirmed with a stellar appearance on “Austin City Limits” earlier this year, world class Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma is one of our city’s greatest treasures. They’ll spin this year off right, with hip-twisting polyrhythms, blasts of brass and seductive Spanish melodies. Bonus: Many bands are likely to honor Prince at year-end shows, but if you’re still hurting over the loss of the Purple One, there is no better way to evoke his spirit than by shaking it down with his one-time backing band, who will surely play at least one heartfelt cover. Los Texmaniacs also perform. $20-$50. Doors at 8 p.m. 912 Red River St. — D.S.S.

Sunday-Thursday: Free Week begins. Starting New Year’s Day, the Red River Cultural District once again will be buzzing with free shows at many of its venues. Official participants include Beerland, Barracuda, Cheer Up Charlie’s, Empire, Mohawk, Sidewinder and Swan Dive, though they’re not the only places with free shows during the stretch. Free admission is frequently the case at East Side hangout the White Horse, for example, as well as Rainey Street fixture the Blackheart; and Antone’s recently made admission free on Tuesdays. But the bulk of the action will be along the Red River axis, where highlights will include Megafauna at Swan Dive on Monday, A Giant Dog at Barracuda on Tuesday and Whiskey Shivers at the Mohawk on Wednesday. See more listings below; check club websites for start times. — P.B.



Willie Nelson & Family, Ryan Bingham at ACL Live (Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real open Saturday)

Mike Flanigin & Jimmie Vaughan at C-Boy’s


Blues Boy Hubbard & the East Side Kings at Antone’s

Dale Watson at Broken Spoke

Joe King Carrasco at Lone Star Court

Sideways Grimace at Highball

Ghost Wolves, Duel, Otis the Destroyer, Greenbeard at Swan Dive

Curtis McMurtry at Strange Brew

Mama K & the Shades, Hot Cotton at ABGB

Mingo Fishtrap, AJ Vallejo’s Southtown at One-2-One Bar

Barfield the Tyrant, Booze Weasels at Continental Club

Why Not Satellite, Rivals, Eric Hisaw at Carousel Lounge

OLE ELO at Hotel Vegas


’90s Prom Night with Ghostland Observatory at Emo’s

Dirty Dozen Brass Band, New Breed Brass Band at Antone’s

Bob Schneider at Paramount Theatre

Golden Dawn Arkestra at Barracuda

Miss Lavelle White, Denny Freeman, Bluebonnets at Townsend

Tomar & the FCs, Jai Malano, Los Coast at Continental Club

Lee Fields & the Expressions at Lamberts

Mike & the Moonpies, Leo Rondeau at ABGB

Papa Mali & Carolyn Wonderland at One-2-One Bar

HeartByrne (Talking Heads tribute band) at 3Ten

Nightowls, Derrick Davis at Stubb’s indoor

Guy Forsyth at Saxon Pub

Ruby Dee & the Snakehandlers at Driskill Bar

Danny Malone, Jinx McGee at Radio Coffee & Beer

Clyde & Clem’s Whiskey Business, Jonathan Terrell at White Horse

Alvin Crow & the Pleasant Valley Boys at Broken Spoke

Ramsay Midwood at Sam’s Town Point


(Free Week starts)

Calliope Musicals, Annabelle Chairlegs, Zettajoule, Magia Negra at Swan Dive

Mscls, Hot Britches, Dank Sinatra at Barracuda

Huggy & the Feel Goodz, Allysa Grace, Sometimes a Legend at Empire

Mode Dodeca, Tusk Her, Alice Evans & the 11s, Sophies at Sidewinder

Grivo, Augra Nowhere, Oozer, A Glass Darkly at Beerland

Big Britches at Blackheart


Megafauna, Young Tongue, Modern Medicine at Swan Dive

Two Lips, Poly Action, Sidechick at Barracuda

Obscured By Echoes, Strange Mother, Blood Pumps at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Daphne, Small Houses, Marijuana Sweet Tooth at Sidewinder

Ayama, Ufulu Child, Freequency, Cure for Paranoia at Empire

Law By the Gun, Cory Reinisch at Blackheart


A Giant Dog, Annabelle Chairlegs, Batty Jr., Sounds Del Mar, Party Wizard at Barracuda

Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Ramesh, Talkies, Rose Selavy, Solid State Dream Suit at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Go Fever, Planet Manhood, Magic Rockers of Texas, Tyler Jordan & Negative Space at Empire

Popper Burns, Critical Dad, Eleanors, Anna Roenigk, Those Damn Eyes at Swan Dive

Burning Years, Thieves, Glyde, Moronic Behavior at Sidewinder

Jonathan Terrell at Blackheart

Antone’s Big Trio at Antone’s


Sweet Spirit, Moving Panoramas, Crocodile Tears at Barracuda

Whiskey Shivers, Sour Bridges, Harvest Thieves, Mayeux & Broussard at Mohawk outdoor

Flesh Lights, Xetas, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Lola Tried at Beerland

Gold Steps, Lions & Tigers, Dozer at Swan Dive

True Empty, Pale Dian, Shmu, Botany at Sidewinder

Summer Salt, Tamarron, Juan De Fuca, Ama, Palo Duro at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Elsa Cross, Beth Lee & the Breakups at Blackheart

Croy & the Boys at White Horse


My Jerusalem, Fort Never, Think No Think, Letting Up Despite Great Faults at Swan Dive

Calliope Musicals, Slomo Drags, Eastern Sea, Otis the Destroyer at Mohawk outdoor

Swimming With Bears, Canvas People, Major Grizz at Mohawk indoor

Satalites, Sharkweek, Wonderbitch, Dvrth Vena, Cecilia & the Broken Hearts at Empire

Skyacre, Flyin’ Lion, Trying Science, Opposite Day at Beerland

Major Major Major, Runners High, Coattails, Boss Battle at Sidewinder

Bourgeois Mystics, Kiddoo & the Dude, Trouble in the Streets, Booty Control at Stubb’s indoor

Pollen Rx, Skin Drips, Oozer, Vampyre at Barracuda

Suckling, James Arthur’s Manhunt, John Wesley Coleman, Rhett & Dean at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Mrs. Glass at Blackheart

Cowboy Mouth, Elijah Ford at 3Ten

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