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Reggae Fest

With good vibes for a great cause, Austin Reggae Fest is a favorite local event
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With good vibes for a great cause, Austin Reggae Fest is a favorite local event

The Austin Reggae Fest began selling tickets for admission well over 15 years ago, but that doesn’t stop the occasional old school Austinite from wandering up to the front gate and trying to barter entry with a couple cans of food.

The event, now in its 21st year, has grown from its nappy roots as a ragtag local celebration of spring to a legitimate music fest featuring internationally acclaimed reggae artists. Though the donations come in the form of cash instead of cans these days, it’s also the largest annual fundraiser for Capital Area Food Bank of Central Texas. Last year the fest raised more than $260,000 to help the nonprofit combat hunger.

Music Picks

Seven nights of shows, April 18-24

FRIDAY

Trae tha Truth, Lil Bibby at Empire Control Room. Houston street hero Trae tha Truth has been having a great run. In 2013 the rapper logged a successful tour with Lil Wayne and T.I., dropped the rugged mixtape “I Am King” on T.I.’s Grand Hustle label and saw his hilarious Internet cartoon series “Adventures of Trae the Truth” picked up by Marlon Wayons. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com — Deborah Sengupta Stith

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Band spotlight

The National’s natural gift takes a lot of hard work
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The National’s natural gift takes a lot of hard work

A first impression of the National’s 2013 album “Trouble Will Find Me,” which has taken the Brooklyn indie-rock quintet to heights such as an arena tour of Europe last fall and a March appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” is that it sounds like it arrived fully formed. Its 13 songs feel intrinsically connected, as if the way the record was crafted had been inevitable.

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Music Listings

Austin360 music shows, April 18 - April 24

Friday

The ABGB: Foot Patrol

Anderson Mill Tavern: Kevin & the Krawlers

B.D. Riley’s: Bracken Hale

The Belmont: Hauschka

The Blackheart: Jonas Wilson, Berkshire Hounds, the David Ruffians

Bourbon Girl: Tish & the MizzBeHavin Band

Brass House: Eric Roberson, Liz Morphis, Magnificent 7

Fast Forward Festival

Making musical noise with classical musicians

Tatsuya Nakatani travels the country in a van that holds a curiosity shop’s worth of noisemakers and percussion instruments.

He brings singing bowls (the Japanese kind, he says), cymbals, the usual snares, toms and bass drums. But if you see his improvisational solo set at this year’s Fast Forward Festival on Saturday, what you’ll remember forever are the gongs.

austin music source: Deborah Sengupta Stith

Less than 2 months in, Cheer Up Charlie’s finds a new groove on Red River

It’s been a whirlwind four months for Tamara Hoover and Maggie Lea, owners of the queer-friendly artist haunt, music venue and avant party spot Cheer Up Charlie’s.

They lost the lease on their building on East Sixth Street in mid-December and secured a prime piece of Red River real estate for a new location right before the end of the year.


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