Top shows celebrate Joe Ely’s birthday, Pinetop Perkins’ legacy, more


Friday: Joe Ely’s 70th birthday bash at Paramount Theatre. In November it was Ray Wylie Hubbard; now it’s Joe Ely. Gradually, the troubadours who helped put Austin on the map during the 1970s heyday of progressive-country are hitting the big seven-oh. Ely’s early work with the Flatlanders, followed by his breakout solo records that brought him a national following, paved the way for a lifelong career that’s still bearing fruit. Last year’s official Texas State Musician, Ely put out a great new record, “Panhandle Rambler,” in 2015; other recent projects have included a couple of books and the release of demos from his technologically groundbreaking early-’80s “Hi Res” album. $25-$60. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Avenue. — P.B.

Friday: United: A Black History Month Boogie at Sahara Lounge. “We call this party United, because we believe in the power of solidarity and community under one common groove. … Our story did not begin with slavery, but with our families, traditions, cultures and music,” organizers say. Expect a slick mix of hip-hop, neo-soul, Afro-house and acid jazz as DJs Adzua-Gette, Urban Mello, Shani and Toby G take the wheels and silky singer Serafia takes the mic. $5. 9 p.m. doors. 1413 Webberville Road. — D.S.S.

Friday: Porter/Vandenburg/Nurre Benefit at Hard Luck Lounge. The highway crash on tour last fall that took the lives of bandmates Chris Porter and Mitchell Vandenburg, and injured drummer Adam Nurre, hasn’t faded from the hearts and minds of their friends. Nor have the expenses associated with the tragedy. Thus this fundraiser at East Side hangout the Hard Luck, with all proceeds going to Nurre and the families of Vandenburg and Porter. Donations of any amount will be accepted, with music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. by Ben Ballinger, Mayeux & Broussard, Garner Sloan, Carson McHone, Bonnie Whitmore, Matt Phebus, Josh Dodds and Haydon HooDoo. 3526 E. Seventh St. — P.B.

Saturday: Barclay Crenshaw at Kingdom. After spending the last decade building a name for himself as Claude Von Stroke, a house music producer and founder of the trend-setting Dirtybird label, Crenshaw debuted a new hip-hop oriented project under his birth name this month. It’s loaded with melodic grooves and wistful soul and features guest spots from the Underachievers and the Cool Kids among others. $15-$20. 9 p.m. 103 E. Fifth St. — D.S.S.

Monday: House of Songs International Songwriting Showcase at the Townsend. A sort of musical foreign exchange program, the Austin-based House of Songs — literally a house, just southeast of downtown — welcomes aspiring songwriters from around the world to stay a few days and work on new material with local mainstays. At the end of the session, they celebrate with a public show. This one will feature hometown fixtures Graham Weber, Gina Chavez, Colin Gilmore, Betty Soo and Mike Meadows teaming up with visitors Jens Tornevall and Sousou Cissoko of Sweden, Maher Cissoko of Senegal, and Jorgen Lang and Gandulf Hennig of Germany. Free. 7 p.m. 718 Congress Ave. — P.B.

Tuesday: My Bloody Valentine’s Day at Hotel Vegas. The east side’s favorite dive programs a ‘90s shoegaze and indie rock party for lovers and cold-hearted cynics alike. Dream fuzz specialists Ringo Deathstarr take the lead role as My Bloody Valentine with the Sour Notes playing Galaxie 500. The two-stage bash also features tributes to the Pixies, Mazzy Star and the Dead Milkmen. 9 p.m. doors. 1500 E. Sixth St. — D.S.S.

Wednesday: Ameripolitan Music Awards at Paramount Theatre. More traditionally focused than both mainstream country and broad-umbrella Americana, the subgenre and community of Ameripolitan music arose from Austin country maverick Dale Watson’s desire to honor musicians who might otherwise get overlooked. He and Ray Benson, whose new duo album came out in January, will co-host this year’s awards show, with awards to be presented in the categories of honky-tonk, outlaw, rockabilly and western swing. $45. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. — P.B.

Wednesday: Pinetop Assistance League Launch at Antone’s. At age 97, piano great Pinetop Perkins became the oldest person ever to receive a Grammy Award when he was bestowed a trophy for Best Traditional Blues Album for the duet album “Joined at the Hip” in 2011. His late career success was aided by Clifford Antone, who recognized the Delta bluesman as a national treasure and helped resettle him in Austin in his early 90s. Now Pinetop’s namesake foundation is launching a program to help provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their careers. Blues harmonica virtuoso James Cotton is a special guest and Paul Oscher, Carl Weathersby, Carolyn Wonderland and many more perform at this benefit for the nonprofit. $15-20. 7 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — D.S.S.



Young the Giant at Stubb’s outdoor (sold out)


Dashboard Confessional, Vinyl Theater, This Wild Life at Emo’s (sold out)

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears at Waterloo Records

A-Town GetDown, KP & the Boom Boom at 3Ten

Infected Mushroom at Vulcan Gas Company

Elias Haslanger Quintet at Elephant Room

Beerthoven Concert Series: Ghost in the Machine with Hear No Evil at Saengerrunde Hall

Tameca Jones at Antone’s

Coathangers, Sailor Poon, Deep Time at Barracuda

Omar Ruiz at Coliseum

Boney James at One World Theatre

Ali Holder, Grace Park at Cactus Cafe

Hunter Sharpe EP release, Night Cap, Bronco Simmons, Dreamboat at Sidewinder

Second Friday hip-hop with Secret Levels at the Hole in the Wall

Jake Penrod & the Million Dollar Cowboys at Little Longhorn Saloon

Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash at Broken Spoke

18th annual Dead Sweethearts Ball at ABGB


Bear’s Den, Gill Landry at Antone’s (sold out)

Futurebirds, Artisanals at Barracuda

Hard Proof, Dante Schwebel at Continental Club

Expendables at Empire Control Room

Kathy & the Kilowatts CD release, Quaker City Night Hawks at C-Boy’s

Wil Cope album release, Greg Mullen, John Wesley Coleman at Hole in the Wall

A. Sinlclair, Bantam Foxes, Magic Rockers of Texas at ABGB

Ray Prim Band at One-2-One Bar

Those Poor Serfs at Lambert’s

Chris Duarte Group, W.C. Clark at Townsend

Zumbi & the Sahara Lounge All-Stars at Sahara Lounge

Ramsay Midwood, Will Courtney at Sam’s Town Point

Josh Halverson at Cactus Cafe

Big Bill, Lochness Mobsters, Mean Jolene, Leather Girls at Hotel Vegas

Don Leady & His Rockin’ Revue at Guero’s


TobyMac at HEB Center

Juicy J, Belly, Project Pat at Emo’s

John Wesley Coleman III at Waterloo Records

Batty Jr. record release, Ama, Zettajoule at Barracuda

Alcest, Body Creepers, Screamin’ J at Grizzly Hall

Beerthoven Concert Series: Ghost in the Machine with Hear No Evil at Saengerrunde Hall (3 p.m.)

Wagoneers, Dale Watson at C-Boy’s

Billy Harvey at Townsend


Wilderado, Carson McHone at Mohawk indoor

Felly at Empire Control Room

Madisons, Payton Andrew Green, Hondo, Mayeux at Hotel Vegas

Lemon Twigs at Waterloo Records

Julie Slim & Rendez Vous at Stay Gold

McCallum Chamber Guitar Ensemble at Stubb’s indoor


Every Time I Die, Knocked Loose, Harms Way, Eternal Sleep at Sidewinder


John Doe at Cactus Cafe

Bob Schneider & the Moonlight Orchestra with Tosca Strings at ACL Live

AFI, Nothing, Souvenirs at Emo’s (sold out)

Junior Brown, Dale Watson at White Horse

Lemon Twigs, Savoy Motel at Stubb’s indoor

Nightowls present Al Green, Olivia & the Newton-Johns at 3Ten

Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at C-Boy’s

Uncle Lucius, Toni Price at Continental Club

Curtis McMurtry, Ephraim Owens Experience at Continental Gallery


California Guitar Trio, Montreal Guitar Trio at One World Theatre

P.O.S. (of Doomtree), Seschi at Barracuda

Midnight Stroll, Think No Think, Booher at Mohawk indoor

Texas Radio Live with George Ensle, Chris & Adam Carroll at Guero’s

Walt Wilkins, Bill Kirchen, Chase Gassaway at Saxon Pub

Wrenfro at One-2-One Bar

Chris Gage & Friends at El Mercado Backstage

Belle Sounds at Townsend

Lex Land, Scott Collins at Cactus Cafe


Funky Meters at ACL Live

Delbert McClinton at Waterloo Records

Suzanne Vega at One World Theatre

Devendra Banhart, Saakred at Emo’s

Joyce Manor, AJJ at Mohawk outdoor

Bloodshot Bill, Marti Brom, Jittery Jack, Don Diego, Rockin’ Bonnie at Continental Club

Letting Up Despite Great Faults EP release, Moving Panoramas, Football Etc, Migrant Kids at Barracuda

Harvest Thieves, Christy Hays at White Horse

Deer, Hikes, Dreamboat at North Door

Jake Andrews, Red Young & His Hot Horns at Antone’s

“Mardi Gras Hurrah: Second Line on Second Street” with Honk!TX at 3Ten

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