Austin music this week: Free series at Bullock, new Red River fest


Friday: Music Under the Star with James McMurtry and Akina Adderley at Bullock Museum. The Bob Bullock kicks off a run of three free Friday concerts on the Lone Star Plaza with master storyteller James McMurtry. Soulful singer Akina Adderley opens at 6 p.m. and food trucks, beer and soda are available on site. Worth noting: the main event takes place on the plaza in front of the museum, but there’s a stretch of grass away from the action where little ones can play and you can still hear the tunes. Also, parking is free. Free. 6 p.m. 1800 Congress Ave. — D.S.S.

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Monday: Slaid Cleaves at Waterloo Records. Though he sometimes gets lost between elder statesmen such as Joe Ely and younger guns like Hayes Carll, no assessment of Austin’s finest troubadours would be complete without Cleaves. A dozen records into a quarter-century career, the Maine-born singer-songwriter stays relevant because he’s gotten better all the time. He’s now a master, as his new album “Ghost on the Car Radio” attests. Writing frequently with his longtime collaborator Rod Picott as well as Austinites Graham Weber, Karen Poston and Nathan Hamilton, Cleaves makes songs that are built to last, and he’ll play some of them at this in-store. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. — P.B.

Tuesday-Wednesday: Dreams Come True reunion with Marcia Ball, Angela Strehli & Lou Ann Barton at Antone’s. This triple-threat combo is repeating last year’s appearance appearance during the Antone’s anniversary celebration. It’s an entirely welcome encore, as the three women’s 1990 collaborative album remains one of the definitive documents of the blues club’s aesthetic. Ball soon will begin her reign as 2018 Texas State Musician, and some still cite Barton as the best singer Austin ever produced, but it’s the return of Strehli from the Bay Area that makes the occasion special. The closing acts each night help, too: Sue Foley follows on Tuesday, with Barbara Lynn in that slot on Wednesday. $22-$25. 7 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — P.B.

Wednesday: Shinyribs, Jackie Venson at Blues on the Green. What has already been a big year for Kevin Russell’s super soul squad Shinyribs gets bigger as they headline Austin’s largest summer concert series. Expect songs from the band’s new album “I Got Your Medicine” as well as older favorites and probably a surprise or two, given their penchant for smart, cool cover tunes. A great opener is Venson, whose star has been soaring lately as well after an appearance on “Late Night With Stephen Colbert” last September and a string of dates opening for Gary Clark Jr. this summer and fall. Free. 8 p.m. 2100 Barton Springs Road. — P.B.

Thursday: Hot Summer Nights begins in Red River Cultural District. Designed to beat the summer doldrums when touring shows tend to go on hiatus, this new music festival is built around a simple concept: all free, all local and all Red River. The centerpiece event is a Saturday evening dance party featuring art jazz pranksters Golden Dawn Arkestra and electro-funk champs Capyac at Stubb’s outside, but clubs throughout the district, including Empire, Barracuda, Beerland and the Mohawk, will host four balmy nights of free shows. Thursday night highlights include Abram Shook at Stubb’s and an Emily Bell record release party at Barracuda. Free. See for more details. — D.S.S.



Lou Ann Barton, Sue Foley at C-Boy’s


Roni Size at Vulcan Gas Company

Born of Osiris, Volumes, Betraying the Martyrs at Come and Take It Live

Jimmy Flemion at Barracuda

Watters, Jane Ellen Bryant, KP & the Boom Boom at One-2-One Bar

Chelsea Seth Woodward at Radio Coffee

Tje Austin at Hyatt Regency

Kiko Villamizar at Sahara Lounge

Peter More, Cari Hutson at Townsend

Jennifer Knapp at Cactus Cafe

James Polk at Elephant Room

Body Rock ATX, ‘Songs in the Key of Stankonia’ at Empire

Cornerstone at Threadgill’s South

Night Drive at Waterloo Records


Phantogram, Night Glitter at Stubb’s (sold out)

James Cotton tribute with Big Bill Morganfield, Bob Margolin, Paul Oscher and more at Antone’s

Blac Youngsta at Empire

Shawnee Kilgore vinyl release at Cactus Cafe

Peterson Brothers, John Gaar, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel, Bubble Puppy at Saxon Pub

Sports, Yeek, Crxmbs at Sidewinder

Julian Acosta & the Hustle, Buenos Diaz at Mohawk indoor

Belle Sounds at Townsend

Moving Panoramas at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Chaparral, John Evans at Threadgill’s

Uranium Savages, Wild Bill & the Lost Knobs at ABGB

Suburban Mafia, Bro Honcho at Parish

Jean Claude Van Jamme EP release at One-2-One Bar

Omar Cunningham at Belmont

Of Sea & Stone, Traveling Ones, Deer Fellow at Lamberts


Miss Lavelle White 88th birthday with Lazy Lester, Bobby Patterson & more at Antone’s

Jonathan Terrell, Paul Nipper, Elsa Cross at Spider House Ballroom

Willie Pipkin, Heybale, Gulf Coast Playboys at Continental Club

Wagoneers at C-Boy’s

Resentments, Heather Morgan at Saxon Pub

Weldon Henson at Little Longhorn Saloon

Timberos Del Norte at One-2-One Bar

KLBJ Sunset concerts with the Damn Torpedoes at Ernie’s on the Lake


Charlie Belle at Geraldine’s

Angry Beige, Ponyboy, Suspirians at Hotel Vegas

Two Hoots & a Holler, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery

Cory Reinisch at Blackheart

Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe


Joshua Radin, Rachael Yamagata at Parish

Suzanna Choffel at Geraldine’s

Mike Stinson, Toni Price at Continental Club

James McMurtry, Ephraim Owens Experience at Continental Gallery

Brennen Leigh at Saxon Pub

Durawa at El Mercado Backstage

Sun Dried Vibes at Empire

Hilary York, Gladiators at One-2-One Bar


Tears for Fears, Carina Round at ACL Live

R5 at Parish

Carrie Rodriguez Laboratorio with special guest Adrian Quesada at Cactus Cafe

Big Business, Auntie at Sidewinder

Texas Radio Live with Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Wiretree at Guero’s

James Hand at Threadgill’s North

Adrenaline Mob at Come and Take It Live

Warren Hood at ABGB

Karen Tennison Sextet at Elephant Room


Josh Thompson at Parish

Guy King, Barfield, Whitney Rose at Continental Club

Unplugged at the Grove with Jackie Venson at Shady Grove

Matt the Electrician at Winflo

Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few, Betty Soo at Continental Gallery

Derailers at Broken Spoke

Emily Gimble, Paul Oscher at C-Boy’s

Erik Hokkanen at Radio Coffee & Beer

Mt. Eddy, Hunter Sharpe, Kidlat Punch at Sidewinder

Nero DJ set at Vulcan Gas Company

Whiskey Shivers at Waterloo Records

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