Eastside Kings fest, Janet Jackson and HAAM Day all coming up

Sept 07, 2017
Suzanna Choffel will take part in a HAAM Benefit Day salute to Willie Nelson at Threadgill’s on Tuesday. Erika Rich for American-Statesman 2016


Friday-Sunday: Eastside Kings Festival. Dialtone Records founder Eddie Stout has made preserving the heritage of gospel and blues music in Central Texas a lifelong mission. This is the fifth year for his signature festival, designed to jumpstart the heart of Austin’s historic blues district on the Eastside. On Saturday and Sunday, over 30 bands will play eight tightly clustered venues, with a big stage in the Mission Possible parking lot at Twelfth and Chicon as the centerpiece. Featured artists include old-school greats like Sonny Rhodes and Blues Boy Hubbard alongside some of the hottest new acts on Austin’s soul scene like Jai Malano and Tomar and the FCs. New events this year include a Friday night kickoff party at Antone’s and an afterparty at Justine’s Brasserie on Tuesday. $10 daily. 9 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Check facebook.com/EastsideKingsFestival for detailed schedule info and venue addresses. — D.S.S.

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Saturday: Sturgill Simpson, Fantastic Negrito at Austin360 Amphitheater. Building on the remarkable artistic breakthrough of his 2014 record “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music,” Sturgill Simpson got an album of the year Grammy nomination for last year’s “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.” He didn’t win, but that and a breakout “Saturday Night Live” performance cemented his status as a leader among a new wave of artists who are saving country music from bro-pop pablum. The addition of acclaimed modern bluesman Fantastic Negrito to the bill is an inspired touch. $29.50-$59.50. 8 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com. — P.B.

Sunday: Janet Jackson at Erwin Center. Much has happened since the 50-year-old pop sensation canceled her 2016 “Unbreakable” tour to focus on starting a family. She gave birth to a son, Eissa, then split with her husband. In May, she announced plans to restart the tour, renamed “State of the World,” a title she says is not about politics but rather “people, the world, relationships and love.” She promises a set list that includes a mix of fan favorites from “Unbreakable,” socially conscious music she’s released through the years and plenty of hits. $35.95-$135.95. 8 p.m. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com. — D.S.S.

Sunday: Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam at Dell Diamond. The ninth annual music-and-sports event has moved from spring to fall this year. A late change in plans: Proceeds will go to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Joining Reckless Kelly on the bill for the concert, which follows an early-afternoon softball game featuring local music and media luminaries, are Cody Canada & the Departed, Wade Bowen, Midnight River Choir, Randy Rogers, Jamie Lin Wilson, John Evans, Rosie Flores, Jesse Dayton, Jason Eady, Charlie Robison, Mike & the Moonpies, Shinyribs, Bart Crow, Courtney Patton and more. $25-$30. Noon (game), 3 p.m. (concert). 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. rkcsj.org. — P.B.

Tuesday: HAAM Benefit Day Songwriter Tribute to Willie Nelson at Threadgill’s. Hundreds of shows will support the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians all over town on this annual mega-fundraiser day, but this event organized by the House of Songs stands out. Host Graham Weber has brought about 20 local musicians to sing the songs of Austin’s most famous musical visionary, including Monte Warden, Suzanna Choffel, Colin Gilmore, Carson McHone and Jonathan Terrell. Check our list below for additional HAAM Benefit Day highlights. $10 suggested donation. 7:30 p.m. 301 W. Riverside Drive. threadgills.com. — P.B.

Tuesday-Sept. 16: Austin Music Video Festival. Now in its third year, this festival explores the intersection of Austin’s music and movie-making communities and celebrates the music video as a form of short film. This year’s event kicks off Tuesday with a Video Swim Night at the W Hotel where full-band hip-hop crew Sip Sip will perform and A Giant Dog, Golden Dawn Arkestra and more will premiere new videos. On Wednesday, the fest hosts video retrospectives for Flaming Lips and local artist Christeene at the Alamo South Lamar, and Thursday’s events include a showcase from local label Holodeck Records (which includes members of Survive). There will also be a Video Bike Night — a bike-in movie theater — on Thursday. 5-day passes $40-$85. Single-day $15-$25. See amvfest.com for detailed schedule information. — D.S.S.

Wednesday: Hanson at Emo’s. When Hanson played South by Southwest earlier this year, they revisited the softball complex where an impromptu performance helped jump-start their path to youth stardom. Now in their 30s, the three brothers remain a pop band well worth hearing: Their new single “I Was Born” stands up well to the older favorites they’ll gather on an upcoming greatest-hits album. $35-$40. 7 p.m. doors. — P.B.

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Green Day, Catfish & the Bottlemen at Austin360 Amphitheater

Phillip Phillips at ACL Live

Ghostland Observatory, Night Drive at Stubb’s outdoor

Shinyribs, Charley Crockett at Paramount

Suzy Bogguss at Stateside at the Paramount

Melvins, Spotlights at Mohawk outdoor

Beatjuice #2 with Black Milk at Empire

Zander Schloss, Will Courtney, Mike Molnar at Sidewinder

David Ramirez at Waterloo Records

Spyro Gyra at One World Theatre

Harvest Thieves, Thunderado, Blues Specialists at Continental Club

Charlie Mars, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Mingo Fishtrap at 3Ten

Sanco Loop record release at Cactus Cafe

Duncan Fellows record release, Us Presidents, Brody Price at Barracuda

AJ 8 with the Moles, the Relators at Beerland

A. Sinclair, Glass Grapes at ABGB

Ruby & the Reckless at Geraldine’s

Don Leady & the Tail Gators at Antone’s

Artillery, Nominee, Later Days, Casino AM at Come and Take It Live


Manchester Orchestra, Foxing, All Get Out at Stubb’s outdoor

Dead Boys at Hotel Vegas

Secret Sisters, William Wild at 3Ten

White Denim, Palo Duro, Feverbones at Mohawk outdoor

She Wants Revenge, Sine, Curse Mackey at Empire

David Cook at One World Theatre

G4SHI at Vulcan Gas Company

Brazil Day at Antone’s

David Dondero, Real Live Tigers at Cactus Cafe

Mystery Achievement record release, Go Fever, Ladyfang at ABGB

80H Project, Coffee Sergeants at One-2-One Bar

Drab Majesty, Louisianna Purchase, Future Blondes, SRSQ, DJ Troller at Barracuda

Nic Armstrong & the Thieves, Skyline at Threadgill’s South

Guy Forsyth, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel at Saxon Pub

Peterson Brothers, Redd Volkaert at Continental Club

American Aquarium, Matthew Ryan at Gruene Hall


Colin Hay, Trace Bundy at Paramount

Dailey & Vincent at One World Theatre

Yacht Rock Revue at 3Ten

These Fine Moments CD release at One-2-One Bar

Soul of a Musician series with the Deer at Iron Cactus North

Quiet Company, Booher, Genuine Leather at Ernie’s on the Lake

Peelander Fest with Peelander-Z, Mugen Hoso, Otonana Trio, Saint Lo Gun at Barracuda

Resentments, John Gaar, George Ensle at Saxon Pub

Cornell Hurd Band at ABGB

Hilary York, Aimee Bobruk at C-Boy’s


Mystery Monday with Christine Albert, Rosie Flores at El Mercado Backstage

Austin Blues Revue at Antone’s

Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery


Wovenhand, Subrosa at Come and Take It Live

More HAAM Benefit Day highlights:

Peterson Brothers, Suzanna Choffel, Carolyn Wonderland & Shelley King, Eric Tessmer, more at Whole Foods Downtown

Marcia Ball, Drew Womack at Still Austin Whiskey

Moving Panoramas, Semihelix, more at Hotel Vegas

Bidi Bidi Banda, Julian Acosta, She Sir at ABGB

A. Sinclair, Zoltars, Teddys, Wildfires at Barracuda

Nakia & the Blues Grifters, Jacob Gonzales at Guero’s

Vallejo, Love & Chaos at Mueller Amphitheater

Check myhaam.org for a complete list of events.


Paulina Rubio at El Coliseo

Spencer Branch & the Frauleins at Cactus Cafe

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

Jon Dee Graham, Williams Harries Graham at Continental Club

Texas Radio Live with Matt McCormack, Savage Poor at Guero’s

Tje Austin, Drew Davis at One-2-One Bar

Warren Hood at ABGB


Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dumpstaphunk at ACL Live

Whiskey Myers at Emo’s

Grieves at Antone’s

Erik Hokkanen at Radio Coffee & Beer

Project ATX send-off party with Otis Wilkins, Acey Monaro, Little Mazarn at ABGB

Leti Garza y la Banda album release, Atash, Maracatu Texas at One-2-One Bar

Sonic Transmissions Fest 3 kickoff party with Charalambides featuring Joe McPhee at Barracuda

Tei Shi, Lawrence Rothman at Stubb’s indoor

Tje Austin Band at Geraldine’s

Aaron Einhouse, Casper Rawls at Continental Club

Aaron Stephens, Emily Gimble, Paul Oscher at C-Boy’s

Krista Van Liew, Street Themes at Hotel Vegas

Slants, Blxtptn at Mohawk indoor

Texas KGB, Patrice Pike at Saxon Pub

Jane Ellen Bryant at Winflo