Lizzo, Vintage Trouble and Michael McDonald among big shows this week


OUR TOP PICKS

Friday: Lizzo at Emo’s. Do not go to this show. Unless you want to shake your body silly while screaming at the top of your lungs as your heart expands with such joy you feel like your chest might explode. The sassy rapper/singer sounds “Good As Hell” on tape, but seeing her perform live with her body-positive Big Girl dance crew is a next level feel-good experience, one that absolutely should not be missed. Doja Cat opens. $18. 8 p.m. doors. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com. — D.S.S.

READ/WATCH: Interview with Lizzo at ACL Fest 2016

Saturday: That Carolina Sound at Cactus Cafe. If you don’t know the band name, you might well know the participants, especially if you were a fan of the Austin/Carolina country-jazz trio Uncle Walt’s Band. The sole surviving member, David Ball, teams with Austin violinist Warren Hood — son of Uncle Walt’s Band fiddler Champ Hood — and Warren’s cousin Marshall for a night that promises to bring back fond memories of the late, great Walter Hyatt. $20-$25. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org. — P.B.

Saturday: Emerge: Austin’s Annual Graffiti Art Show at the Gatsby. Few people have done more to support real hip-hop culture in Austin over the last two decades than Russell Manley a.k.a. DJ Notion of MusicNMind productions. This family-friendly event, a co-production with Art Seen Alliance, spotlights the work of graffiti artists from around the state. It also features rhymes from Wu-Tang’s Killah Priest, Crew 54 and Anastasia and includes Notion himself, Gensu Dean and more on the wheels of steel. $5. 6 p.m. 708 E. Sixth St. facebook.com/musicnmind. — D.S.S.

Monday: Mystery Monday Fifth Anniversary at El Mercado Backstage. Mondays got brighter in November 2012 when Christine Albert and Sarah Lee Campbell teamed up to start a new weekly gig at one of South Austin’s best old-school Tex-Mex joints. Campbell died a year later, but the show went on, and it became so popular that it helped motivate El Mercado to build a larger stage with a new sound system in its large back room. Helping Albert and her co-host Bill Kirchen to celebrate will be Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Bill Hearne and South Dakota’s Tom Peterson (celebrating a new CD). No cover (priority seating for dinner guests). Dinner seating 5:30 p.m., music begins 7:30 p.m. 1302 S. First St. elmercadorestaurant.com. — P.B.

READ MORE: “Everything’s Beautiful Now” with Austin’s Christine Albert

Wednesday: Help Clifford Help Kids with Los Lobos at ACL Live. Any visit from the East Los Angeles roots-rockers, who mix country, folk, Latin, jazz and more into their unique Americana sound, is welcome. This one’s special, though: It’s the annual fundraiser named for the late Clifford Antone, founder of Antone’s nightclub, and benefiting American YouthWorks. $29-$39. 9 p.m. 310 Wllie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B.

Thursday: Ramblin’ Jack Elliott at Cactus Cafe. “They don’t call him Ramblin’ Jack because he travels a lot,” the late Guy Clark used to kid. And yet at 86, the loquacious Mr. Elliott is still out there touring, long after many of his peers have left this mortal coil. He’s a living link to the 20th-century heyday of Woody Guthrie, a troubadour whose American folk-music bona fides run as deep as anyone alive. Elliott hasn’t had a new album out for almost a decade, but his lifetime of songs and experiences make the live show still well worthwhile. $30-$35. 8 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org. — P.B.

ALSO PLAYING

Friday

Ween at Stubb’s outdoor (sold out)

Sarah Jarosz at Paramount Theatre

Vintage Trouble, Desi Valentine at Scoot Inn

Lupe Fiasco at the Belmont

Guess Who at One World Theatre

Toad the Wet Sprocket at 3Ten (two shows)

Hippo Campus, Remo Drive at Mohawk outdoor (sold out)

Ema + the Blow, Violinda Lola at Barracuda

Gryffin, Autograf, Ayokay at Empire

Tomar & the FCs at ABGB

Dia de Los Muertos: Parrenderos de la Kumbia and DJ Vanessa la Bestia at Flamingo Cantina

Austin Lounge Lizards at Cactus Cafe

Lucky Peterson, Carl Weathersby at Antone’s

Pilar Andujar CD release at One-2-One Bar

Saturday

Easter Seals benefit with Grupo Fantasma at Stubb’s outdoor

Wizard U at Emo’s

Saint Motel, Gibbs at Mohawk outdoor (sold out)

Noah Gundersen, Phoebe Bridgers at Barracuda

Poppy at Stubb’s indoor (sold out)

Damien Jurado, Thee Conductor, Darkest Wonder at Stateside at the Paramount

Spafford at Antone’s

Random Rab, Desert Dwellers at Empire

Dawn & Hawkes, W.C. Clark, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel at Saxon Pub

Jaimee Harris, Danny Click at One-2-One Bar

Sour Bridges, Will Dupuy & Friends at ABGB

Simple Saucer, Ed Askew, the Transgressors at Beerland

Annie & Kate at Threadgill’s North

Skyrocket at Threadgill’s South

Lug album releace, Death of a Dream, Shadow Spectrum, Nocebos at Come and Take It Live

Zac Wilkerson at Hill Country Galleria

Sunday

Everclear, Quiet Company at Emo’s

Matisyahu, Common Kings, Orphan at Stubb’s outdoor

Jackie Venson EP release, Lavelle White with Guy Forsyth at Antone’s

Nora Jane Struthers at Cactus Cafe

Gram Parsons Birthday Hoot at Threadgill’s

Aaron McDonnell & the Neon Eagles at ABGB

Hilary York, Aimee Bobruk at C-Boy’s

Soul of a Musician series with Jen Zava at Iron Cactus North

Jon Emery at Threadgill’s North

Monday

Michael McDonald, Marc Cohn at ACL Live

Microwave, Big Jesus, Blis at Barracuda

John Wesley Coleman, Nick Allison, (So) Lo Country, Molybden, Charles Ben at Hotel Vegas

Making Movies at Mohawk indoor

Blue Monday Band at Antone’s

Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery

Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe

Broken Spoke book signing with music from Alvin Crow, Pauline Reese, Leddy Bragg, Ben Stafford, Rogers and Paula Russell at Waterloo Records

Tuesday

Jesus & Mary Chain, the Dig at Emo’s

Taylor Hicks at One World Theatre

William Topley, Ephraim Owens Experience at Continental Gallery

Donut Musik at Townsend

Durawa, Murali Coryell at El Mercado Backstage

Mike Stinson, Toni Price at Continental Club

Private Island, Star Parks at Stubb’s indoor

Leonard Cohen Hoot Night at Hotel Vegas

Wednesday

Iris DeMent, Pieta Brown at Cactus Cafe

Texas Radio Live with Bill Carter, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Guero’s

Eve & the Exiles, Tommy Shannon Blues Band at Antone’s

Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club

Cody Jasper, Walt Wilkins, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub

Warren Hood at ABGB

Tomar & the FCs at One-2-One Bar

Trube Farrell & Snizz, Matt Hubbard Trio at C-Boy’s

Bret Michaels at One World Theatre

Thursday

Curren$y at Empire

Breakthrough Central Texas benefit with Pat Green at Stubb’s outdoor

Ekali at Vulcan Gas Company

Stanley Jordan at One World Theatre

Bad Suns, Hunny, Qty at Mohawk outdoor

Poly Action album release, Toma, Lowin, Nic Armstrong at Hotel Vegas

Pulkingham Layne at Winflo

Plastician at Parish

Murali Coryell & Ernie Durawa, Patrice Pike, Drakes at Saxon Pub

Whitney Rose at Continental Club

Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few, Bonnie Whitmore at Continental Gallery

John Inmon at One-2-One Bar



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