Babes Fest, Blues on the Green among top shows this week

12:00 a.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017 Music
Ethiopian-American singer Mélat is a rising talent in the alt-R&B world in Austin and beyond. She’s on the lineup for Babes Fest 2017. Tom McCarthy Jr./For AMERICAN-STATESMAN

OUR TOP PICKS

Saturday: Babes Fest at Empire. Boss Babes ATX launched in 2015 as a feminist networking group. Their inaugural Austin event, Babes Fest 2017, a three-day celebration of comedy, art, film and music created and curated by women, culminates with a two-stage extravaganza featuring a diverse selection of artists including Femina-X, Sam Lao, Sailor Poon, Aleisa Lani and former Austin360 Artists of the Month Magna Carda and Mélat. $19 (adv.) 606 E. Seventh St. Babesfest.com — D.S.S.

Saturday: Festival de Cumbia en la Capital at Barracuda. Over the past 20 years or so, the Afro-Colombian folk music known as cumbia has grown into the dominant Pan-Latin dance form, with hundreds of local variations and traditions celebrated around the world. This festival, anchored by local heavies El Tule, features nearly a dozen different groups from Austin, Mexico and beyond on two stages. $10. 9 p.m. 611 E. Seventh St. barracudaaustin.com — D.S.S.

Saturday: The Alarm at 3Ten. Only frontman Mike Peters is left from the original lineup of the anthemic British new-wave/punk band that kicked up a storm in the 1980s. But his vocals were always a big part of the group’s appeal, and he now has local ties: A decade ago, he and Austinite James Chippendale, both leukemia survivors, started the Love Hope Strength Foundation to raise money and awareness for those with leukemia and cancer. Good Field opens. $26.50-$30. 8:30 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com. — P.B.

Tuesday: Mary Black at One World Theatre. With more than a dozen solo albums in addition to work with renowned traditional groups such as De Dannan, Black has been one of Ireland’s most accomplished folk singers of the past several decades. These days it’s the next generation that has been getting the attention, as her daughter Roisin O released an album in 2012 and son Danny O’Reilly plays in Irish rock band the Coronas. But Black is still well worth hearing, and she’s touring to celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of her best records, “By the Time It Gets Dark.” $30-$70. 8 p.m. 7701 Bee Caves Road. oneworldtheatre.org. — P.B.

Wednesday: Blues on the Green with Bright Light Social Hour, Digital Wild at Zilker Park. It’s your final chance to take in a free show in Zilker Park courtesy of radio station KGSR this summer. This installment features the free-form, psych-funk jams of Bright Light Social Hour and the melodic trip hop of Digital Wild. Free. 8 p.m. 2100 Barton Springs Road. kgsr.com/promotions/blues-on-the-green. — D.S.S.

Wednesday: Maseo at Cheer Up Charlies. DJ Maseo of the legendary hip-hop crew De La Soul is in the house to drop a sizzling set of hip-hop, funk, soul and boogie. Yes you’ll sweat, but you’ll also break it down and get lifted. Also on the bill are DJ Orion of Peligrosa and Prince Klassen. $5. 9 p.m. doors. 900 Red River St. cheerupcharlies.com — D.S.S.

Wednesday: Texas Radio Live with Jo Carol Pierce, Lili Blessing at Guero’s. Word surfaced recently that West Texas song-poet Pierce, who made waves first locally and then nationally with her theater-piece/album “Bad Girls Upset By the Truth” in the early 1990s, is working on a follow-up that may see the light of day soon. She may preview some of that at this appearance on Sun Radio’s live broadcast under the shade trees in the oak garden at Guero’s. Opening is Lili Blessing, whose first album “Lifeline,” released earlier this year, was an auspicious singer-songwriter debut. Free (donations accepted). 6 p.m. 1412 S. Congress Ave. gueros.com. — P.B.

ALSO PLAYING

Friday

TLC, Blackstreet, Mark McGrath, Rob Base, C+C Music Factory at HEB Center

Firefall at One World Theatre

King Yellowman & The Sagittarius Band at Flamingo

Kreayshawn (DJ set) at Empire

Scott H. Biram, Homer Henderson at Continental Club

Cha Wa, Giulia Millanta, Shawn Pander at Antone’s

Cale Tyson, Carson McHone at Cactus Cafe

Black Heart Saints album release at One-2-One Bar

KVRX presents ‘Do You Feel It’ Holy Wave tribute at Hotel Vegas

Mama K & the Shades at Stubb’s (inside)

Super Thief at the Sidewinder

Vesperteen, The Please Please Me at Mohawk (inside)

Think No Think, John Wesley Coleman III at Barracuda

Sour Bridges, Bond Twins at Threadgill’s South

Two Hoots and a Holler at ABGB

Saturday

Beer Soaked Bash with Diiv, Curtis Roush at the Mohawk (outside)

Idina Menzel at Bass Concert Hall

Ray Wylie Hubbard at Antone’s

Eminence Ensemble at the Parish

Randy Rogers Band, Flatland Calvary at Nutty Brown Amphitheater

Adam Levy & Anthony Da Costa, Jaimee Harris at Cactus Cafe

Jai Malano, Cornell Hurd Band at Continental Club

Johnny Nicholas, Robynn Shayne, Kim Deschamps at Saxon Pub

Bluebonnets, Tiarra Girls at Threadgill’s South

Heaven or Hotel Vegas Manchester United: Tributes to Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis

Hickoids, Chicken Snake at ABGB

Rosie Flores, Patricia Vonne, Damn Torpedoes at One-2-One Bar

Cornerstone Reggae at Flamingo Cantina

Sunday

Michelle Branch at Emo’s

Ohio Players at Empire

Miss Lavelle White at Antone’s

Queue Queue, Pong at Kick Butt Coffee

Total Abuse at Hotel Vegas

Megafauna, Human Circuit at the Electric Church

Monday

REO Speedwagon, Styx, Don Felder at HEB Center

Charlie Belle at Geraldine’s

Froggy Fresh, Protextor at Sidewinder

Star Parks, Shivery Shakes at Cheer Up Charlies

Tuesday

Greg Vanderpool, Mike Nicolai, Marcus Striplin at Townsend

Rosie Flores & Sophia Johnson, Toni Price at Continental Club

Corey Baum at Threadgill’s North

Sure, Zen Mother at Hotel Vegas

The Jungle Rockers at C-Boys Heart and Soul

Wednesday

Warren Hood at ABGB

Lola Tried (tour kickoff) at Hotel Vegas

Chad Calek at Emo’s

Thursday

Yarn at Cactus Cafe

Unplugged at the Grove with Flatland Cavalry at Shady Grove

Elias Haslanger at Winflo

Glue, Impalers (record release) at Barracuda

Lake of Fire (tour kickoff) at Hotel Vegas

Monoceja, Como Las Movies at Flamingo Cantina

Monte Warden & the Dangerous few at Continental Gallery

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