September’s music calendar is marked by two big charitable events — the annual benefit day for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and Petty Fest Austin, which supports music charity Sweet Relief.
HAAM Benefit Day on Sept. 24, which involves many of Austin’s music venues in addition to a lot of non-music businesses, expands this year with the ALL ATX concert at ACL Live. That show will feature performances from Ray Benson, Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Christopher Cross, Charlie and Will Sexton, and more. A companion album of collaborations from many of the participating artists will be released Sept. 16.
On Sept. 25 at Mohawk, Norah Jones, Doyle Bramhall II, Jakob Dylan, Jason Isbell, Lukas Nelson and many other acts come together for Petty Fest Austin. The celebration of the music of Tom Petty raises money for Sweet Relief, which aids musicians struggling with financial problems, disabilities and other issues.
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in Austin’s music scene this month:
- The Cult and White Hills at ACL Live.
- Ghosts Along the Brazos at One-2-One Bar (Tuesday residency).
- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, who released their third, self-titled album in July, perform for a sold-out crowd at Stubb’s.
- Ghosts Along the Brazos, the Parish Festival and the Blacklands at Holy Mountain.
- Chris Isaak at ACL Live.
- Brannen Temple and Red Young at One-2-One Bar.
- Earl Poole Ball at Strange Brew (Wednesday residency).
- Leo Rondeau at the White Horse (Wednesday residency).
- The Mau Mau Chaplains at the Flamingo Cantina (Wednesday residency).
- KVRX Back to School Benefit with Borrisokane, Black Books and Big Bill at Mohawk.
Austin-based singer and songwriter Darden Smith celebrates the release of his recent album, “Love Calling,” at the Paramount Theatre as part of the KUTX Live series.
- Chelsea Wolfe and True Widow at Mohawk.
- Sweet Nuthin’, Frank Smith, Purple and Wildfires at Holy Mountain.
- Shawn Pander at the Saxon Pub.
- Wild Seeds and Chuck Prophet at the Continental Club.
- Mexican Institute of Sound, Los Master Plus, Selena y Los Burritos and more at Hotel Vegas.
- MilkDrive at the Cactus Cafe.
- Rebirth Brass Band and T-Bird and the Breaks at the Belmont.
Chuck Prophet, who frequently collaborates with Alejandro Escovedo, plays the second of two nights at the Continental Club.
- Riverboat Gamblers and Blacklist Royals at Red 7.
- Mole People (record release), Major Major Major and Kay Leotard at Holy Mountain.
- Cafe Tacvba at ACL Live.
- South Austin Moonlighters at Strange Brew.
- Brazil Day Austin: A celebration of Brazilian music at Antone’s.
- Judy Collins at the One World Theatre.
- Joe “King” Carrasco, Los Texamaniacs and Del Castillo at the Parish.
- Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group at ACL Live.
- Marcia Ball and Ruthie Foster at the Paramount.
- Ben Harper and harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite perform material from their blues collaboration “Get Up!” at Stubb’s.
- Pharaohs, Church Shoes, Dirty Fences and more at Hotel Vegas.
- Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group at ACL Live.
- Billy Joe Shaver and Tim Easton at Antone’s.
- Austra and Diana at Mohawk.
- Holy Wave, Simple Circuit, Low Time and the Rips at Beerland.
- Tegan and Sara and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape at Stubb’s.
- Dent May at Red 7.
- The Sour Notes and Little Lo at Holy Mountain.
- Shelley King at Strange Brew.
- Rhett Miller at the Continental Club.
- Geto Boys, Riders Against the Storm and Krypol Haze at Emo’s East.
- Charlie Robison and the Corey Kane Band at Antone’s.
- East Cameron Folkcore’s Germany tour kickoff at the White Horse.
- Lucinda Williams marks the 25th anniversary of her album “Lucinda Williams” by playing the release in its entirety at Stubb’s.
- Flesh Lights, the Rich Hands, John Wesley Coleman and Church Shoes at Beerland.
- Jerry Jeff Walker and Crooks at ACL Live.
- Patricia Vonne album release party at the Continental Club.
- Joe Ely Band Reunion at Antone’s.
- The Motel Ball Band record release with Sons of Hercules, the Crack Pipes, Bad Loves, Ditch Witch, Sweat Lodge and more at Hotel Vegas.
- Reed Turner and Emily Wolfe at the Cactus Cafe.
- North American Chicha Summit feat. Chicha Libre, Money Chicha and Chicha Dust at the Flamingo Cantina.
- Cold Cave at Red 7.
- Hanson at Antone’s.
- Beto y los Fairlanes at the One World Theatre.
- ZZ Ward, the Wild Feathers and James Bay at the Parish.
- Minus the Bear, Tera Melos and the New Trust at Emo’s East.
- British rock band Palma Violets introduced themselves to an American audience at this year’s South by Southwest; six months later they bring their raucous live act back to Austin. With Skaters at Red 7.
- Peter Hook and the Light playing New Order’s “Movement” and “Power, Corruption & Lies” at the Belmont.
- Cosmic Psychos at Beerland.
- Disappears with Weekend and the Young at Red 7.
- Chief Keef and the Glo Gang at Emo’s East.
- Murder by Death and Larry and His Flask at Mohawk.
- Centro-matic at Red 7.
- OneRepublic and Sara Bareilles at ACL Live.
- Nelo at One-2-One Bar.
- Crooked Bangs, Dead Space and Eets Feats at Hotel Vegas.
- Reckless Kelly at the Paramount.
- Between the Buried and Me, the Faceless, the Contortionist and the Safety Fire at Mohawk.
- Darwin Deez, Caged Animals and Tela Novella at Holy Mountain.
- W.C. Clark at the Saxon Pub.
- White Ghost Shivers and the Royal Rhythmaires at the Continental Club.
- Ra Ra Riot and Caveman at Emo’s East.
- Butch Hancock at the Cactus Cafe.
- Mickey Avalon at the Parish.
- The Rides ft. Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg at ACL Live.
- Destruction Unit, Gospel Truth and Ukiah Drag at Hotel Vegas.
- Jake Levinson Band, Memphis Strange and Barfield at the White Horse.
- The Weeknd and Banks at the Cedar Park Center.
- HAAM Benefit Day: Austin businesses host live performances and donate 5 percent of the day’s profits to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. This year’s HAAM benefit day culminates in the ALL ATX at ACL Live with Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Christopher Cross and more.
- KP and the Boom Boom, Roxy Roca, Leopold and His Fiction, Nakia and Jazz Mills at Holy Mountain (HAAM Benefit Day).
Man Man and Xenia Rubinos at Mohawk.
- Petty Fest Austin with Norah Jones, Doyle Bramhall II, Jakob Dylan, Jason Isbell, Ian McLagan and more at Mohawk.
- Mayer Hawthorne and Superhumanoids at Emo’s East.
- Terry Malts at Mohawk.
- Blondie and X at Stubb’s.
- Steve Miller Band at ACL Live.
- A Day to Remember’s House Party Tour at the Cedar Park Center.
- Blue October at Stubb’s.
- Not in the Face, Walker Lukens and Little Radar at Holy Mountain.
- Green River Ordinance, Andrew Ripp and Honor By August at the Parish.
- Shinyribs at Strange Brew.
- The Neighbourhood at Emo’s East.
- Carolyn Wonderland at Antone’s.
- Literature, Gang Sign, Poppy Red and Growl at Hotel Vegas.
- Erin Ivery and Don Harvey and A is Red at the Cactus Cafe.
- Aimee Mann at the Paramount.
- Leon Redbone at the One World Theatre.
- The Skatalites and the Bandulus at the Flamingo Cantina.
- Well-loved Austin string band the Weary Boys, who broke up in 2007, return for a reunion show. With Leo Rondeau at Antone’s.
- Peelander-Z and Residual Kid at Mohawk.
- Alt-J and Lord Huron at Stubb’s.
- The Black Crowes at ACL Live.
- Ray Prim at Strange Brew (live recording).
- The Bad Plus at the Belmont.
- Mudhoney and Cheap Time at Mohawk.