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Friday-Sunday: Austin Reggae Fest at Auditorium Shores. After a few stormy years, we’re crossing our fingers for good weather this go-round for one of Austin’s favorite spring flings. Founded in the riverside park in 1994, right before the tech boom exploded the city’s skyline, the annual celebration of peace and love, Jamaican grooves and irie vibes has grown with the city while remaining “old Austin” through and through. It’s also become one of the largest annual fundraisers for Central Texas Food Bank, raising over $1 million to help the nonprofit fight hunger over the last decade. Jamaican outfit Tarrus Riley with Dean Fraser and the Blak Soil Band headlines Friday. Saturday features Black Slate from the U.K. and Jamaica’s Jesse Royal, and Akae Beka from St. Croix plays on Sunday. $40 3-day, $15 daily (advance) 3 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday-Sunday. 900 W. Riverside Drive. austinreggaefest.com. — D.S.S.

Friday: Slack Capital 2 record release show at Barracuda.Nathan Lankford from Austin Town Hall and Big Bill’s Eric Braden are back with a second installment of their Austin garage mixtape. This year’s entry features a broad mix of sounds including trippy surf pop from Shivery Shakes, the meditative melodics of Thor & Friends, a mournful pop ditty from Magia Negra and a lazy afternoon croon from Croy and the Boys. Of course, there’s still plenty of beer-swilling, bar-shaking rock ’n’ roll. Eight bands from the compilation including David Israel, Go Fever, Mom Jeans and Croy and the Boys play the release party and 100 percent of your $5 cover benefits SafePlace. 611 E. Seventh St. austintownhall.com. — D.S.S.

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Saturday-Sunday: Bob Weir & the Campfire Band at ACL Live.Last year’s release of “Blue Mountain,” a rare solo album from the Grateful Dead founding member, prompted this tour with a backing crew that consists largely of musicians from renowned indie-rock band the National. Guitarist Aaron Dessner and bassist Scott Devendorf, who helped Weir record “Blue Mountain,” are aboard, along with Devendorf’s brother Bryan Devendorf, the National’s drummer. The lineup also includes bassist Jon Shaw, known for his work with Austin’s Shakey Graves, along with Josh Kaufman and Steve Kimock. 7:30 p.m. $62.50-$82.50. Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B.

Monday: Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe.Recovery from December’s sudden closure of busy local coffeehouse venue Strange Brew continues steadily. Residencies for important local acts such as Durawa and Wrenfro were picked up quickly by El Mercado Backstage and One-2-One Bar, respectively. Now comes the entirely logical relocation of Kacy Crowley’s Sunday open mic series: She’s bringing it to the Cactus, which had a long tradition of open mics under past management before KUT/KUTX took over the University of Texas Student Union venue. Manager Matt Munoz said he’d wanted to wait “until we found something special” to bring back the open mics. Rescuing Crowley’s popular series fits that bill nicely. Free. 7:30 p.m. performers sign-up, 8 p.m. show. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org. — P.B.

Thursday: Mack, Jack & McConaughey with Miranda Lambert and Jack Ingram at ACL Live.The downside for fans of the big-name headliner at this annual fundraiser hosted by singer-songwriter Jack Ingram and his celeb pals Matthew McConaughey and Mack Brown is that Lambert’s presence meant a quick sellout. (She’s also taping an episode of “Austin City Limits” at the venue on Wednesday, so check out the acltv.com website for a chance at free tickets to that.) The upside is that in addition to opening Thursday’s 9 p.m. show, Ingram also hosts a great songwriters bill the following night at 8 p.m. with guests including Kris Kristofferson, Little Big Town, Todd Snider and Lori McKenna. Tickets to that show, $47.50-$112, are still available. This year’s MJ&M benefits CureDuchenne, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, HeartGift, the Just Keep Livin’ Foundation and the Rise School of Austin. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B.

Thursday: Fastball record release at Saxon Pub.It’s been eight years since the last Fastball record, but that hasn’t stopped them from being part of a smash hit while they were on hiatus. Rapper Machine Gun Kelly and Fifth Harmony singer Camille Cabello recently reached No. 4 on the Billboard pop charts with “Bad Things,” which is based upon the chorus of Fastball’s 1998 hit “Out of My Head.” The group’s new record “Step Into Light” isn’t out until May 19, but they’ll be in the midst of a two-month national tour then, so they’re celebrating its release early with local fans. They’ll have copies of the album for sale on both CD and vinyl at the Saxon. $25. 10 p.m. 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. thesaxonpub.com. — P.B.

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Friday-Saturday

String Cheese Incident at Stubb’s outdoor

Friday

Stanley Clarke Band at One World Theatre (rescheduled from Dec. 16)

Diamanda Galas at Paramount

Portugal the Man, HDBeenDope at ACL Live

Joe Ely at Cactus Cafe

Foxygen, Gabriella Cohen at Mohawk outdoor

Maine, Mowgli’s, Beach Weather at Emo’s

Y&T at 3Ten

Blackheart 5th anniversary with Not in the Face, Harvest Thieves, Ricky Espinoza at Blackheart

Digital Wild EP release, Zeale, Trouble in the Streets, Darkbird at Empire

Scott H. Biram record release, Jesse Dayton, Alien Knife Fight at Antone’s

Xetas record release at Waterloo Records

Hovvdy record release at Hotel Vegas

Brandon Luedtke record release at Hole in the Wall

Bourgeois Mystics record release at Parish

Jason Eady, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Stephen Doster & James Stevens at Townsend

Elias Haslanger Quintet at Elephant Room

Saturday

Texas Independence Fest with Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Devil Wears Prada, more at Grizzly Hall

Revivalists, Greyhounds at Emo’s

Bluebonnets record release, W.C. Clark at Townsend

The Wind & the Wave, Allison Pierce, Haley Johnson at 3Ten (sold out)

Bigg Robb, Marcia Ball at Antone’s

Chairlift, Lou Rebecca at Mohawk outdoor

Slothrust at Barracuda

Jack Ingram at Nutty Brown Amphitheater

Saturday Night Concert Series with Kelley Mickwee at Hill Country Galleria

Sarah Gayle Meech, Randy Weeks, Dylan Earl at Sam’s Town Point

Jonathan Terrell, Ricky Espinosa at ABGB

Billy Crockett at Cactus Cafe

Ray Prim, Belle Sounds, Bobby Whitlock & Coco Carmel at Saxon Pub

Tribu Baharu at Continental Club

Papa Mali, Angelo Moore, Queen Delphine, Artha Meadors & Marcus Jones at C-Boy’s

Drew Davis at Geraldine’s

Sunday

Star Parks, Elijah Ford, Bond Twins, Belcurve, Jonathan Terrell at Barracuda

Dylan Bishop Band, Miss Lavelle White at Antone’s

Heybale at Continental Club

Sarah Gayle Meech, Wagoneers at C-Boy’s

Resentments at Saxon Pub

Monday-Tuesday

The 1975, Pale Waves, Colouring at ACL Live (both nights sold out)

Monday

Tara Williamson at Stubb’s

Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Wayne Sutton with Naj Conklin and Robb Kidd at One-2-One Bar

Sharon Bourbonnais at Driskill Bar

Tuesday

Desiigner, Rob $tone, Ski Mas the Slump God at Mohawk outdoor

Tomar & the FCs at ABGB

James McMurtry, Ephraim Owens Experience at Continental Gallery

Greg Izor & the Box Kickers, Antone’s Big Trio at Antone’s

Durawa at El Mercado Backstage

Wednesday

Chris Botti at Long Center

Martha Redbone Roots Project at Long Center Rollins Studio Theatre

Bayside, Say Anything, Reggie & the Full Effect at Emo’s

Texas Radio Live with Bluebonnets, John Gaar at Guero’s

James Hand at Threadgill’s North

Matt the Electrician at Townsend

Bonnie Whitmore, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Continental Gallery

Loteria, Altamesa, Night Glitter at Hotel Vegas

Croy & the Boys, Sophia Johnson at White Horse

Mike Stinson at Broken Spoke

Thursday

Umphrey’s McGee, Big Something at Stubb’s

Savoy Brown at One World Theatre

Shrine, Jex Thoth, Duel, Doomstress at Barracuda

Tony Morris, Celil Refik Kaya at Cactus Cafe

Unplugged at the Grove with Swimming With Bears at Shady Grove

Jai Malano, Emily Gimble, Paul Oscher at C-Boy’s

Bee Caves at Mohawk indoor

Jaimee Harris, Josh Buckley, John Inmon at One-2-One Bar

Jonny Burke at Threadgill’s South

Christy Hays, Wilkinson’s Quartet at White Horse



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