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Feel the blues with Jackie Venson at Waterloo Records


OUR TOP PICKS

Friday: Jackie Venson at Waterloo Records. The rapidly rising blues artist’s decision to release a live album was a wise move. Watching Venson perform live is riveting. She’s a musician’s musician who channels spirits to coax soaring melodies out of her electric guitar. The magic she spins is evident in her 2016 release, “Live at Strange Brew,” but why not experience it firsthand? Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. waterloorecords.com. — D.S.S.

Friday: Atmosphere at Emo’s. Twenty years ago, as the mainstream music industry spiraled into chaos, a scrappy group of artists and entrepreneurs in the unlikely hip-hop hotbed of Minneapolis came together to form Rhymesayers Entertainment. These days they run one of the most successful indie hip-hop labels in the world, representing over three dozen artists and producing the annual Soundset festival in their hometown. This show presents the label’s flagship act, Atmosphere, who’s been the guiding voice for a generation of backpack-toting, indie hip-hop oddballs, alongside Brother Ali, Dem Atlas and more. $28 advance/$30 day of show. 8 p.m. doors. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com. — D.S.S.

» RELATED: Rhymesayers Entertainment celebrates 20 years of indie hip-hop

Saturday: KUTX Winter Jam at ABGB. Public radio station KUTX 98.9 FM showcases a diverse cross-section of top-notch Austin sounds at this free, family-friendly event. Politically charged Austin/San Antonio hip-hop act Third Root takes the 5 p.m. headline spot, performing songs from their 2016 work of crucial rap scholarship, “Libertad.” Tele Novella plays tracks from their beautifully crafted psych pop platter “House of Souls” at 4, and country artist James Hand kicks things off at 3. 1305 W. Oltorf St. theabgb.com. — D.S.S.

Sunday: Leonard Cohen Tribute at Cheer Up Charlies. Moving Panoramas, Grace Park, Star Parks and many more pay homage to the godfather of noir folk rock who died in November. All proceeds from the door will benefit the Austin branch of Refugee Services of Texas, a nonprofit organization that works with refugees and survivors of human trafficking. $5 suggested donation. 7 p.m. doors. 900 Red River St. cheerupcharlies.com. — D.S.S.

Wednesday: Jonatha Brooke at One World Theatre. After the short but auspicious early ’90s run of The Story, Brooke’s duo with her college classmate Jennifer Kimball, this Massachusetts singer-songwriter embarked on a solo career that has now produced 10 albums, including last year’s acclaimed “Midnight Hallelujah.” And on her 2008 album “The Works,” she became one of many artists who’ve had the honor of writing new original music to archived Woody Guthrie lyrics that the iconic songwriter never set to music. $20-$98. 7 p.m. 7701 Bee Cave Road. oneworldtheatre.org. — P.B.

Thursday: “Love Charles” Benefit & Hoot Night for Charles Bradley. Soul sensation Bradley had to cancel his appearance at Sound on Sound Fest last fall after being diagnosed with stomach cancer, but he’s long been a favorite of many Austin music fans and musicians alike. Performers including Otis the Destroyer, 80H Project, Cilantro Boombox, Tameca Jones and Roxy Roca will play his songs on this night; proceeds will go toward Bradley’s recovery and will benefit MusiCares and the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. $10. 9:30 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.

ALSO PLAYING

Friday-Saturday

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan at C-Boy’s

Friday

Blood, Sweat & Tears at One World Theatre

Midge Ure Band, Nite at 3Ten

Wayne Hancock, Danny B. Harvey at White Horse

No Comply Skate Shop 10-year anniversary, Peligrosa at Empire

Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash at Broken Spoke

Monte Montgomery at Antone’s

Tameca Jones at Stubb’s indoor

Blue Water Highway, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

James Stevens, Will Courtney at Cactus Cafe

Silas Lowe & the Liabilities, Graham Weber at Driskill Bar

Howlin’ Brothers, Christy Hays at ABGB

Teddy & the Talltops at Evangeline Cafe

Albert & Gage Band at Donn’s Depot

Sharon Bourbonnais CD release at Strange Brew

Harvest Thieves, We Are Blood Bays album release at Spider House Ballroom

Saturday

Dylan LeBlanc, Motel Radio at 3Ten

Steve Tyrell at One World Theatre

Purity Ring DJ set at Empire

Matthew Logan Vasquez, Mean Jolene at Continental Club

Dark Blue, LACE, Xetas, Krista Van Liew, Quin Galavis, The Gospel Truth at Barracuda

Dawn & Hawkes at Strange Brew

W.C. Clark Blues Revue, Matthew Robinson & the Jelly Kings, Conjunto Los Pinkys at Antone’s

Rosie Flores, Jai Malano, Dave Insley at White Horse

Tweedy’s birthday with Roky Moon & Holt, ABBA tribute and more at Hotel Vegas

Beto & the Fairlanes at Elephant Room

Extreme Heat, James Hand at Saxon Pub

Robert LaRoche at Townsend

Graham Wilkinson at Geraldine’s

Sunday

Less than Jake, Pepper, Kash’d Out, Red City Radio at Mohawk outdoor

Equal Justice Center Benefit with Annabelle Chairlegs, Las Robertas, Hidden Ritual, Lake of Fire, Nymphs at Hotel Vegas

Paper Bird, Sour Bridges at 3Ten

Wagoneers at C-Boy’s

Greg Izor & the Box Kickers, Miss Lavelle White at Antone’s

Shaun Young at ABGB

R.A. the Rugged Man and AFRO at Flamingo Cantina

Tres Bourbonnais CD release at Elephant Room

Badfish (Sublime Tribute) at Empire

Monday

Lonelyland, Brian Pounds at Saxon Pub

Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Xander Harris at Hotel Vegas

Buenos Diaz at Hole in the Wall

Sahara Swingtet at Sahara Lounge

Kathryn Legendre at White Horse

Tuesday

James McMurtry, Ephraim Owens Experience at Continental Gallery

Club Staccato, Apostles of Manchaca, Los Jazz Vatos at Strange Brew

Christy Hays at Stay Gold

Drakes, George DeVore at One-2-One Bar

Fingerpistol at Little Longhorn Saloon

Nightowls at ABGB

Wednesday

Leopold & His Fiction, Emily Wolfe at Stubb’s indoor

Beaver Nelson at Townsend

Dikes of Holland, Flesh Lights, Dumb Vision, Crooked Bangs at Hotel Vegas

Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s

Floyd Domino & Redd Volkaert at Evangeline Cafe

Wrenfro, Earl Poole Ball & Honky Tonk Revival at Strange Brew

Croy & the Boys, Sophia Johnson at White Horse

Mike Stinson at Broken Spoke

Girling at Sidewinder

Thursday

Will Johnson, Samantha Crain at Mohawk indoor

Lacey Sturm at Parish

Griffin House at Stubb’s indoor

Whitney Rose CD release at Continental Club

Growl, Deep State, Shivery Shakes, Dryspell at Hotel Vegas

Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery

Nakia & the Blues Grifters at C-Boy’s

Tex Thomas at Guero’s

Western Youth, Graham Weber at Hole in the Wall



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