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Friday: Peligrosa, Kiko Villamizar CD release party at Empire. For almost a decade, on the third Thursday of every month, the mighty DJ collective has served a broad mix of Pan-Latin dance sounds from cumbia to merengue, tropical bass to reggaeton. This month’s event includes the release party for Austin360 April Artist of the Month Kiko Villamizar, whose new album, “Aguas Frias,” came out this month on the Discos Peligrosa record label. With most of the songs built around traditional Colombian drum and flute (gaita, in Spanish) composition, Villamizar’s powerful voice carries an emotional album that he considers a prayer for the water. $10. 10 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com. — D.S.S.

Friday: Jimmy LaFave at Threadgill’s. A couple of weeks ago, on a balmy early evening to open a seasonal outdoor series in San Antonio, we were reminded of what a treasure Jimmy LaFave’s music is to the local community. Mixing original material from nearly 30 years’ worth of albums with cover tunes from sources both expected (Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie) and unexpected (Procol Harum, John Waite), LaFave and a top-shelf band of local backers played a thoroughly enjoyable set that highlighted his distinctive singing. Still strong as he’s passed 60, it’s a voice that balances high folk sweetness with deep bluesy grit. Ever since he moved to Austin in the mid-1980s and raised eyebrows with a cassette-only release that still holds up well three decades later, he’s made music that has helped make Austin special. $15-$20. 8 p.m. 301 W. Riverside Drive. threadgills.com. — P.B.

Saturday: Kawehi at 3Ten. Part singer-songwriter, part electronica one-woman band, this Kansas-via-Hawaii YouTube sensation is touring behind her recent release “Eve,” which she calls “a sci-fi visual album.” In her latest video, she’s walking down a city sidewalk with a drum machine strapped to her torso, a keyboard attached to her arm and a headset mic rigged for her vocals. This is clearly a 21st-century artist. Heidi Lynne Gluck opens. $15. 7:30 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com. — P.B.

Wednesday: Dengue Fever, Red Baraat, Hard Proof at Mohawk. This oddball bill of obscure musical mashups spotlights the wonderful richness of American multiculturalism. L.A.’s Dengue Fever blends Cambodian pop music with psych rock. Brooklyn’s Red Baraat slams Indian Bhangra, hip-hop and NOLA brass into an epic Bollywood party mix, and local crew Hard Proof mixes Afrobeat with jazz and funk. $16. 6:30 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Wednesday: Nao at Antone’s. The British singer-songwriter calls her style “wonky funk.” She mixes a throwback R&B sound with futuristic electropop and when she played ACL Fest last year, she hosted a sizzling dance party that converted a curious crowd into serious fans. $16-$18. 8 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — D.S.S.

Wednesday-Thursday: Bill Frisell at Continental Club. Speaking about the spontaneity of live performance vs. the discipline of practice, world-class guitarist Frisell shared some insight when we spoke with him during a South by Southwest appearance to promote a new documentary film about his music. “When you’re really doing the gig, there’s so much more intensity happening,” he said. “It doesn’t always work out that you get it, but you have to deal with it. When you’re practicing, it’s a few steps removed from what the actual music is.” The Continental offers a chance to catch the master up-close in a trio format with drummer Kenny Wollesen and bassist Tony Scherr. $33. 8 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — P.B.

Thursday: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Brownout at Scoot Inn. Everyone already knew that jazz-funk master Denson was one of the great saxophonists of his era, so it was no surprise that the Rolling Stones brought him aboard as a member of their touring ensemble after the death of their longtime Texas sax man Bobby Keys in 2014. When not out with the Stones, he still tours occasionally with his renowned Tiny Universe ensemble. A great opener at the Scoot is Austin’s own Latin-jazz-funk big band Brownout. $25. 8 p.m. 1308 E. Fourth St. scootinnaustin.com. —P.B.

ALSO PLAYING

Friday

Mack, Jack & McConaughey’s Jack Ingram & Friends Concert with Kris Kristofferson, Little Big Town, Todd Snider, Lori McKenna, Butch Walker and more at ACL Live

Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan at Cedar Park Center

Doyle Bramhall II, Larkin Poe, Peterson Brothers Band at Mohawk outdoor

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Laura Gibson at Sidewinder

A Thousand Horses at Emo’s

The Deer perform Portishead’s “Dummy” at Spider House Ballroom

Smooth Hound Smith at Stubb’s indoor

Wiretree, Good Field at Lamberts

Joe King Carrasco at El Mercado Backstage

JD Clark, Hartley Hall at ABGB

Shaun Young & the Blue Dots at Continental Gallery

Shaun Martin & the Funky Knuckles at One-2-One Bar

Malford Milligan & Greg Coch, Jeff Plankenhorn, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Saturday

Lonestar Crawfish Festival with Josh Abbott at Stubb’s

Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, Stephen Kellogg at Antone’s

NF at Emo’s

Kim Lenz, Roger Wallace at ABGB

Wild Reeds, Blank Range, Wesley Jensen at Barracuda

Dangerous Toys at Grizzly Hall

Ninth annual Pocket FishRmen Fish Fry at Hole in the Wall

Trouble Boys, Gino and the Goons, The Cops, Cheap Fur at Hotel Vegas

Charley Crockett at Threadgill’s

Mary Fahl at Cactus Cafe

Bill Kirchen at El Mercado Backstage

Microsessions with Belcurve, Little Brave, Boone Graham, Brandon Luedtke at St. Elmo Music Lab

Lost Counts record release at Continental Gallery

Alyse Black record release at One-2-One Bar

Chili Cold Blood record release at White Horse

Sunday

Sallie Ford, Molly Burch at Stubb’s indoor

Soul of a Musician series with Carson McHone at Iron Cactus North

Semihelix, Sounds del Mar, Booher, Miranda Brown at Barracuda

Heybale, Willie Pipkin & Friends, Conjunto Los Pinkys at Continental Club

Jon Dee Graham & the Lo Jinx Orchestra at Continental Gallery

Wagoneers, Teri Joyce & the Tagalongs at C-Boy’s

Strange Mothers, Brother Sports, Dead Balloons, Magic Rockers of Texas at Hotel Vegas

Black Map at Hole in the Wall

Tres Bourbonnais at Elephant Room

Monday

Blue Monday benefit for Carla Ryan with Peterson Brothers, Miss Lavelle White, Denny Freeman, Soul Man Sam, Red Young and more at Antone’s

Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters at Continental Club

Kings Kaleidoscope, Citizens & Saints at Parish

Mystery Monday with Christine Albert and Chris Buhalis at El Mercado Backstage

Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe

Gents at Geraldine’s

Tuesday

Bob Mould, Will Johnson at 3Ten

Pierce the Veil, Sum 41 at ACL Live

A Perfect Circle at Cedar Park Center

Redd Kross, Viva L’American Death Ray at Barracuda

Coheed & Cambria, Dear Hunter at Stubb’s outdoor

Black Heart Saints at Stubb’s indoor

Leopold & His Fiction, Wild Adriatic at Empire

Tara Williamson EP release at Saxon Pub

Wednesday

Little Dragon, Goldlink, Kronika at Stubb’s

Tech N9ne at Emo’s

Wrenfro, Matt McCormack & the Valley Below EP release at One-2-One Bar

Texas Radio Live with Beaver Nelson, Beth/James at Guero’s

Graham Weber, M. Lockwood Porter at Cactus Cafe

Matt the Electrician at Townsend

Warren Hood at ABGB

Malia Grace at Geraldine’s

Jack Ingram, Brennen Leigh at Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery (Dripping Springs)

Thursday

Clifford Antone Foundation benefit with Dr. John & the Nite Trippers at Antone’s

Peter Cetera at Paramount

Wailers, Full Service at Mohawk outdoor

Bee Caves, Abram Shook, Roaring Sun at Mohawk indoor

Javier Colon at One World Theatre

Slaid Cleaves at Cactus Cafe

Unplugged at the Grove with Peterson Brothers

Mona, Flagship at Stubb’s indoor

Monte Warden’s 50th birthday with Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery

Beth/James EP release, Little Brave, Daisy O’Connor at Lamberts



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