Music this week: Summer of Love reunion, Cumbia roots, Poi Dog returns

June 22, 2017
Greezy Wheels takes part in the Summer of Love 50th anniversary show at Threadgill’s South on Saturday. Contributed


Friday: John Fullbright, David Ramirez, Kevin & Dustin Welch at Hogg Auditorium. This triple bill of local and regional songwriters was too big to fit into the Cactus Cafe, though it’s presented by the neighboring venue on the University of Texas campus. Fullbright’s from Oklahoma but has deep ties to the Texas community and is widely respected as an heir to the longstanding tradition of Texas and Oklahoma troubadour legends such as Townes Van Zandt and Woody Guthrie. The Cactus gave Ramirez an early boost with a 2011 residency, and he’s now bloomed into one of Austin’s top-drawing indie singer-songwriters. Kevin Welch, the elder statesman of the group, has had a rollercoaster ride of late: He got married last month, after enduring his daughter Savannah’s loss of a leg in an accident last fall. He’ll be joined by his son Dustin, rounding out what looks to be one of 2017’s best shows for fans of acoustic music. $30-$45. 7:30 p.m. 2300 Whitis Ave. — P.B.

Friday: Future at Austin360 Amphitheater. Future is one of the biggest rap stars on the planet and a beast of a live performer, but that’s just the beginning. This bill goes deep with emotional trap rapper Young Thug, chart burning R&B/rap crooner Tory Lanez, breakout star A$AP Ferg and Zoey Dollaz. $34.50-$102.50. 7 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Cumbia Roots Fest with host Kiko Villamizar at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard. Over the past decade or so, cumbia has grown into the dominant form of Pan Latin American dance music in the world. This festival explores cumbia’s origin in Colombian folk music, structured around the work of gaiteros, Colombian flute players who gain acclaim in their homeland by competing at festivals across at the country. Featured artists include award-winning Colombian outfit Trapiche de Colombo, NYC-based group Bulla en el Barrio and several Austin-based groups including Villamizar’s own ensemble and La Frenetika. $10. 4 p.m. 1106 E. 11th St. — D.S.S.

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Saturday: Summer of Love 50th anniversary with Greezy Wheels, Extreme Heat, Uranium Savages at Threadgill’s South. It’s fitting that this trip down memory lane finds Greezy Wheels back at the former site of the old Armadillo World Headquarters, where they performed often during a 1970s heyday that included two albums on major label London Records. They’re still planning to record new material, but they don’t plan to play live again after this show. Joining them are two longtime fellow travelers whose origins also date back to the ’70s: jazz-funk-rockers Extreme Heat and cosmic/comic/karmic institution Uranium Savages. $20. 7:30 p.m. 301 W. Riverside Drive. — P.B.

Saturday: “Daybird” series finale. The city’s ATX Music & Entertainment Division wraps up this welcome new program of free Saturday afternoon shows with local acts performing at the Austin Visitor Center plus three downtown bars and venues. Catch Star Parks and Belle Sounds at 3Ten, Shawn Pander and David Messier at Cedar Street Courtyard, Aaron Stephens and Golden Hour Quartet at Speakeasy, and the Texassippi Two and Corey Baum at the visitor center. Events run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with music starting at 2 p.m.; see for more details. — P.B.

Sunday: Poi Dog Pondering with Abra Moore at 3Ten. Any time the eclectic Chicago-via-Austin-via-Hawaii band led by Frank Orrall returns to the city where they galvanized in the late 1980s, it’s cause for celebration. And collaboration: Still in Austin is the marvelous singer Abra Moore, and she’ll join her old pals for the occasion. Night Glitter opens. $25-$30. 8 p.m. — P.B.

Wednesday-Thursday: Rodney Crowell at Saxon Pub. When Rodney Crowell stopped by Waterloo Records on April 7 to squeeze an afternoon in-store between back-to-back nights of appearances at major tributes to Merle Haggard (in Nashville) and Guy Clark (in Austin), it seemed likely to be a quick-stop afterthought. Instead, Crowell played almost all of his spectacular and deeply personal new album “Close Ties” solo acoustic, laying out his heart on the store’s small stage and leaving the crowd in awe of the raw emotion they’d just witnessed. If these Saxon shows are anything like that, the ticket price will be well worth it. $35-$45. 8:30 p.m. — P.B.

Thursday: Nakia & His Southern Cousins reunion at Antone’s. Well before the 2011 stint on NBC’s “The Voice” that gained him wide recognition, soulful singer Nakia Reynoso had been a fixture around town with his Southern Cousins band, playing regularly at long-gone haunts such as Momo’s and Jovita’s. Nakia recently gathered up unreleased tracks from the sessions for his 2009 album “Water to Wine” and put together “Wine to Wine: The Water to Wine Outtakes,” a new digital and vinyl release. To celebrate, he’s gotten the old band back together and invited ace local singer-songwriter Suzanna Choffel and Jonathan Terrell to open. $12 ($100 for an up-front table for four). 9 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — P.B.

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Rebirth Brass Band, Red Young & His Hot Horns at Empire

Rippingtons at One World Theatre

Junior Brown at Broken Spoke

Magna Carda, Bobby Sessions, Zeale at Mohawk outdoor

Sue Foley at C-Boy’s

Harvest Thieves, Jonathan Terrell, Croy & the Boys at White Horse

High Plains Jamboree with Brennen Leigh, Johnny Nicholas, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Uncle Lucius, Aaron Stephens Band, Carl Weathersby at Antone’s

Ephraim Owens Quintet, Sharon Bourbonnais at Elephant Room

Teddy & the Talltops at Sheraton Backyard Waller Creek

Young Tongue, Belcurve at Barrel O’ Fun

Sour Bridges, Little Mikey & the Soda Jerks at ABGB

Tara Williamson at Geraldine’s

Water & Rust at One-2-One Bar

Kalu James at Stay Gold

Graham Weber at Driskill Bar


Deftones, Rise Against at Austin360 Amphitheater

Melissa Etheridge at Stubb’s outdoor

Ernie Sky & the K-Tels reunion at Antone’s

A Giant Dog, Missing Pages, Dead Flowers at ABGB

W.C. Clark, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel at Saxon Pub

Abram Shook record release, Good Field, Ruby Fray at Mohawk indoor

Robert Kraft Trio CD release at C-Boy’s

Kelley Mickwee at Geraldine’s

Carson McHone, Aaron McDonnell at White Horse

Tish Hinojosa at Threadgill’s North

Nightowls, Tomar & the FCs at Barracuda

Knife in the Water, Crack Pipes, Will Courtney at Hotel Vegas

Ramsay Midwood at Sam’s Town Point

Graves, Josh Pan at Empire

Bidi Bidi Banda at One-2-One Bar

Sean Rowe, Jimmy Lumpkin at Cactus Cafe

Tje Austin, Mama K & the Shades at 3Ten


Murder by Death, Tiger Army, Tim Barry at Mohawk outdoor

Nails, Criminal Instinct, Human Garbage at Barracuda

Eureka the Butcher at Empire

Miss Lavelle White at Antone’s

Jake Penrod at Little Longhorn Saloon

Drew Davis at Sheraton Backyard Waller Creek

Jim Stringer & the AM Band at White Horse

Timberos Del Norte, John Bush Band at One-2-One Bar


Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery

Cory Reinisch, Ali Holder at Blackheart

Frauleins at Sam’s Town Point

Ghost Lit Kingdom, Mid Century, Harrows at Mohawk indoor

Mystery Monday with Christine Albert, Bill Kirchen, Redd Volkaert at El Mercado Backstage

Sahara Swingtet, Charlie Christians at Sahara Lounge

Yob, Unmothered at Come and Take It Live


Districts, Spirit of the Beehive at Sidewinder

Mipso at Cactus Cafe

Amy Black at Townsend

Jonathan Terrell, Mike Schoenfeld at Blackheart

Jake Andrews, Antone’s Big Trio at Antone’s

Mike Stinson, Toni Price at Continental Club

Gil Del Bosque Quartet, Sarah Sharp at Elephant Room

Durawa at El Mercado Backstage


Chon, Tera Melos, Covet, Little Tybee at Emo’s

Wine Down with Superfonicos at 3Ten

Super Thief record release, Popper Burns, Lung Letters, Augra Nowhere at Beerland

Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s

James McMurtry, Elsa Cross at Continental Club

Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores, Rey Arteaga at Continental Gallery

Texas Radio Live with Christina Cavazos and Amy Goloby at Guero’s

Warren Hood at ABGB

Ruby Jane Trio at Geraldine’s

Oscar Ornelas Blues Band Revival at Mohawk indoor

Rated Ex’s, Ohioan, Bad Boy Croy at Hotel Vegas

Donut Musik at Townsend


Unplugged at the Grove with Darden Smith at Shady Grove

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

Folk Uke, Arielle LaGuette at One-2-One Bar

Migrant Kids, Cilantro Boombox at Oskar Blues Brewery

Generators, Corrupted Youth, Concrete Elite at Barracuda

Derailers at Broken Spoke

Emily Gimble, Paul Oscher at C-Boy’s

Lex Land at Winflo

Antichrist, Expander, Widower at Sidewinder

Falcons at Empire

Dale Watson at Highball

Alvin Crow at Little Longhorn Saloon