Donald Fagen does Steely Dan, the HillBenders do the Who, and more

Aug 31, 2017
Syrian wedding singer turned electronic music star Omar Souleyman plays Empire on Monday. Contributed by Alex Woodward


Saturday: HillBenders present “The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry” at One World Theatre. Though they hail from Springfield, Mo., this energetic alt-grass outfit has a vital Austin connection: It was the late South by Southwest co-founder Louis Meyers who persuaded them to record a bluegrass version of the Who’s classic rock-opera album. What might sound like a goofy lark reveals itself to be much more than that when the band reels off classic after classic in sequence, as they did to a delighted audience at Old Settler’s Music Festival in 2016. $20-$60. 7 p.m. — P.B.

Saturday: Pennyfest at Empire. Does a single-day event really count as a fest? It might be stretching the definition, but we’ll let it slide for this one with its solid offerings of top-notch regional indie rock. Gigs by San Antonio outfit Girl in a Coma have been rare over the last couple years as lead singer Nina Diaz focused on her solo career, but they kick off a national tour later this fall, and they’ll be in Austin to headline this shindig. Also on the bill, presented by Penny Loafer PR and 101X Homegrown Live, are Emily Wolfe, Ghost Wolves, Darkbird and many more. $12-$17. 6:30 p.m. doors. 606 E. 7th St. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Donald Fagen & the Nightflyers at ACL Live. It’s not Steely Dan, granted, but co-leader Fagen will be playing many of that band’s biggest hits on this tour, as well as choice cuts from his handful of solo records. Backing him is a band of younger musicians he’s recruited from the area around his Woodstock, N.Y., home: guitarist Connor Kennedy, keyboardist Will Bryant, bassist Brandon Morrison and drummer Lee Falco. $69.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. — P.B.

Monday: Omar Souleyman at Empire. Brought into the international indie music consciousness by Icelandic legend Björk, Syrian wedding singer Souleyman might just be the most unlikely electronic music star in the Western world. His third album “To Syria, With Love” dropped on Diplo’s Mad Decent label earlier this year. Predictably, the move to Major Lazer’s homebase has infused his traditional dabke sounds with more skittery electronics than ever, even as his mournful lyrics ache for his broken homeland. Atash & the Azmaris opens. $17-$22. 6 p.m. doors. 606 E. 7th St. —D.S.S.

Monday: American Aquarium, Matthew Ryan at Stubb’s indoor. American Aquarium bandleader BJ Barham recently found himself in an unusual position: Just as the long-struggling North Carolina alt-country group finally became a solid national draw, his backing crew decided to depart. He’s re-stocked the lineup with three Texans, including Austinites Joey Bybee (drums) and Shane Boeker (guitar). They held their first full rehearsals in Austin a few weeks ago, shortly after Barham completed an incredible solo U.S. tour: He played at least one show in all 48 contiguous states in less than two months. We’ll have more on that tour, and the new American Aquarium lineup, in Sunday’s American-Statesman. Opener Matthew Ryan, a first-rate rock singer-songwriter since his 1990s tenure with A&M Records, opens. $16-$18. 8 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. — P.B.

Wednesday: Texas Gentlemen at Waterloo Records. Dallas band the Texas Gentlemen caught some people by surprise this summer when they opened for Dawes at a free Bud Light Series show in the American-Statesman warehouse. Their set of largely cover tunes featured some great choices, including Tom Waits’ “Ol’ 55,” and a singer whose voice was a dead ringer for Willie Nelson’s. Their debut album “TX Jelly,” due Sept. 15 on New West Records, will focus on their original material. Their stop at Waterloo precedes a Thursday appearance at Austin360 Amphitheater opening for Eric Church and Elle King. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. — P.B.



Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains at C-Boy’s


Bob Schneider, Jai Malano, Eric Burton at Nutty Brown Amphitheater

South Austin Jug Band reunion at Threadgill’s South

Jon Wolfe, Django Walker, Shotgun Rider at Stubb’s outdoor

MC 900ft Jesus at the North Door

Rob $tone at Vulcan Gas Company

Uncle Lucius, Greyhounds, Elijah Ford at Barracuda

Magna Carda, Trouble in the Streets, BoomBaptist at Hotel Vegas

Body Rock ATX: Kanye vs. Beyoncé at Empire

Whitey Johnson, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Screemin’ Sheelahs at Flamingo Cantina

Rosie Flores, Ruby Jane & the Reckless, Blues Specialists at Continental Club

Jean Caffeine album release, Bitter Heart Society, Butch County at Hole in the Wall

Sam Pace EP release, Watters at Mohawk indoor

Bad Rituals EP release, Noisechoir, Hunter Sharpe at Sidewinder

Pong, Bamako Airlines at Sahara Lounge

Kanga, Adoration Destroyed, Curse Mackey at Elysium

Gerardo Ortiz at El Coliseo


Tab Benoit, Brandy Zdan at Mohawk outdoor

Carbon Leaf at 3Ten

Lou Ann Barton, Sue Foley, Redd Volkaert at Continental Club

W.C. Clark Blues Revue, Shelley King Band at Antone’s

Annabelle Chairlegs, Shivas, Mean Jolene, DJ Tweedy at Hotel Vegas

A Is Red, Patricia Vonne at One-2-One Bar

For Spite Creative Party with Glass, BLXPLTN at Sidewinder

Albert & Gage at Donn’s Depot

Jason Roberts at Little Longhorn Saloon

Belle Sounds at Saxon Pub

Breakaway Expansion party with Hollow Trees, Fleshlights at Breakaway Records

Against the Archaic at Come and Take It Live

Magnifico at ABGB

Ugly Beats at Carousel Lounge


Everly Brothers tribute with Zmed Brothers at One World Theatre

Al Green tribute with CJ Edwards & the Funk Fellowship at Empire

La India Yuridia at El Coliseo

Mama K & the Shades, Kalu & the Electric Joint, Lindsay Beaver at Antone’s

Hilary York, Aimee Bobruk, Rosie Flores at C-Boy’s

Doug Strahan & the Good Neighbors at ABGB

Jean Caffeine at Antone’s Record Shop

Multicult, Vincas at Beerland


Thee Oh Sees, Leather Girls at Hotel Vegas (sold out)

Blue Monday with Whitey Johnson at Antone’s

Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery

Matchmaker Band at Highball


Black Sabbitch at Stubb’s indoor

Beat Root Revival at Saxon Pub

Durawa, Linda Gail Lewis at El Mercado Backstage

Mike Stinson, Toni Price at Continental Club

Lex Land at Geraldine’s


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

Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club

Austin Meade, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub

Barbara Nesbitt at Threadgill’s North

Warren Hood at ABGB

Kate Priestley at Geraldine’s


Eric Church, Elle King, Texas Gentlemen at Austin360 Amphitheater

Hayes Carll, South Austin Moonlighters at Saxon Pub

Classixx, Tennyson, Capyac at Mohawk outdoor

Little Jack Melody & His Young Turks, Shibboleth at Cactus Cafe

Unplugged at the Grove with Eric Tessmer at Shady Grove

Shivery Shakes, Joe Jacksons, Night Glitter, Whitney Rose at Continental Club

Tje Austin Band at Geraldine’s

Jonathan Terrell at Winflo

Don Leady & the Tail Gators at Antone’s

Fingerpistol at Highball

Chief Perch album release at Empire