Where there’s heat, there’s music. That’s what summer in Austin is like, and it means big touring concerts, cool club shows and outdoor festivals everywhere. We’ve compiled a master list of more than 200 music events from June through September to help you plan what to do until the weather turns cooler again.
Ready, set, sweat!
1: Dennis DeYoung & the Music of Styx, Night Ranger at ACL Live
1: Buckethead at Emo’s
1: Aaron Lewis at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre
1: Minus the Bear, New Trust at Mohawk outdoor
1: Roosevelts at Parish
1: Bob Schneider & Mitch Watkins at One World Theatre
1: Cory Morrow at Antone’s
2: Joe Ely & Terry Allen at Hogg Auditorium vs. Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore at Antone’s. This is a hard choice, pitting fellow Flatlanders Ely and Gilmore against each other on the same night, and both paired with intriguing partners. Ely and Allen became close compadres in Lubbock decades ago, helping to re-shape the history of Texas folk, country and rock ’n’ roll. Gilmore was an integral part of that as well, but on this night he’ll join Grammy-winning California roots-music great Alvin, celebrating the release of their new collaborative album “Downey to Lubbock.” Ely/Allen: $35-$45, 7:30 p.m. (Jo Harvey Allen opens), 2300 Whitis Ave., cactuscafe.org. Alvin/Gilmore: $25, 9 p.m. (Colin Gilmore opens), 305 E Fifth St., antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.
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2: Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Simo at Stubb’s outdoor
2: Brownout: Fear of a Brown Planet CD release party at Mohawk. Roughly a year after the 10-piece funk powerhouse hung up their Brown Sabbath-era devil horns and declared themselves “Over the Covers” with an EP of original material, they’re back to reimagining the classics. This time, they take on your favorite Public Enemy jams, songs like “Fight the Power,” “911 is a Joke” and “Don’t Believe the Hype,” with muscular, horn-heavy interpretations that throw down the psychedelic funk vibe you never knew these tracks were missing. Austin and San Antonio-based hip-hop trio Third Root and cumbia funk crew Superfonicos are also on the bill. $20-$25. 8 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — D.S.S.
2: Kelly Willis album release at Stateside at the Paramount
2: Speedy Ortiz at Barracuda. Sadie Dupuis’ band wrapped recording on their third album “Twerp Verse” before November 2016, but after the election of Donald Trump, they reworked it to add brash protests like “Lean In When I Suffer” and “Lucky 88.” The end result is a sharp and lyrically incisive collection that cements the band’s place at the forefront of a new wave of literate indie rock. Anna Burch opens. $15. 7:30 p.m. doors. 611 E. Seventh St. barracudaaustin.com. — D.S.S.
2: Posies at Parish
3: George Strait, Asleep at the Wheel at Erwin Center (sold out)
3: Polyphonic Spree, Calliope Musicals at Barracuda
3: Superfruit at Stubb’s indoor (sold out)
3: Making Movies, Las Cafeteras, Migrant Kids at Parish
4: Paul Simon at Erwin Center. Is it really the last time? We don’t always trust farewell tours, well-intended as they may be, but Simon, 76, says this is his last go-round. He’s definitely in a looking-back phase, with journalist Robert Hilburn’s new biography “Paul Simon: The Life” hitting shelves this month. Judging from performances at Bass Concert Hall and on “Austin City Limits” two years ago, it’s still worth hearing one of the greatest living American songwriters, even if there does turn out to be a next time. $49.50-$149.50. 8 p.m. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com. — P.B.
4: Night Riots, Courtship, Silent Rival at Antone’s
5: Royal Blood, Turbowolf at Stubb’s outdoor
5: Justin Townes Earle, Lydia Loveless at 3Ten
6: D.O.A., M.D.C., Ese at Barracuda
7, 8: Black Pumas, Star Parks at Antone’s. The new rock ‘n’ soul project from Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada quietly slipped onto the scene in mid-February and instantly became the hottest thing in town. They play steamy songs loaded with chunky grooves — grimy breakbeats embellished with Quesada’s psychedelic wanderings. Burton’s voice rides on top, sliding smoothly from a silky falsetto to a throaty growl. The music is anchored by a strong spiritual core and the appeal is obvious: in an era of widespread despair, the band makes rock songs that feel like prayers. $20. 10 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com — D.S.S.
7: Flatbush Zombies at Emo’s
7: Shania Twain at Erwin Center
7: Power Trip, Sheer Mag, Red Death at Mohawk outdoor
7: Monte Montgomery at One World Theatre
7: The Coathangers at Barracuda
8: Ugly God at Emo’s
8: Farruko at Coliseo
8. Tish Hinojosa at One World Theatre
9: Ray LaMontagne, Neko Case at Austin360 Amphitheater. This is an auspicious double bill, featuring two top-selling indie artists known for their distinctive talents as vocalists. Both have new records, too. LaMontagne’s self-produced “Part of the Light,” his seventh album, follows 2016’s “Ouroboros” project with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. Case’s “Hell-On,” due June 1, is her first solo record in five years, though 2016’s collaboration with K.D. Lang and Laura Veirs was a fascinating detour. $29.50-$89.50. 7:30 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com. — P.B.
9: Broncho, Sunflower Bean at Scoot Inn
9: Erika Wennerstrom at Barracuda
9: Lincoln Durham at Stubb’s indoor
10: Har Mar Superstar Sings Sam Cooke, Maxx Cherry at 3Ten
10: Jake Shimabukuro at One World Theatre. A big reason for the resurgence of ukuleles since the turn of the century is this guy, a Hawaiian wunderkind who takes the instrument far beyond the presumed limitations of four strings. You may have seen his viral YouTube videos of Beatles tunes and other classics, but he’s also well-known for his own music, with more than a dozen albums to his credit. $25-$98. 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. 7701 Bee Caves Road. oneworldtheatre.org. — P.B.
11: Delta Rae at One World Theatre
12: Brian Setzer at Stubb’s outdoor
12: Enanitos Verdes, Hombres G at ACL Live
13: Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls at Stubb’s
13: Maps & Atlases at Scoot Inn
13: Sir Sly at Parish
13: John Prine tribute with Carrie Rodriguez, Monte Warden, Suzanna Choffel, more at Threadgill’s
14: Jeremy Enigk at North Door
15: Glitch Mob at Emo’s
15: Easton Corbin at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre
15: Wreckless Eric at 3Ten
16: Post Malone, 21 Savage at Austin360 Amphitheater
16: Belle & Sebastian, Men I Trust at ACL Live
16: Shakey Graves at Stubb’s outdoor. After shaping his early sound around an obsession with roots music of the ‘30s, the Austin artist also known as Alejandro Rose-Garcia moves to the ‘60s on “Can’t Wake Up,” a new collection of dreamy pop songs that drift through a psychedelic haze. Rose-Garcia says he’s upping his stagecraft for this tour, which is swiftly selling out large venues across the country, so expect a more polished production from one of our city’s most charismatic exports. $28-$30. 7 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com. — D.S.S.
INTERVIEW: Shakey Graves on new album, “Can’t Wake Up”
16: Jerry Douglas Band at 3Ten
16: Tanya Tucker at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre
16: Get Up Kids, Casket Lottery at Mohawk outdoor
17: Sea and Cake, LA Takedown at 3Ten
19: Smoke Dza at Stubb’s indoor
20: Guided By Voices at Mohawk outdoor. By now the lore of elementary school teacher turned rock ’n’ roller Robert Pollard is long entrenched, and adding up Ohio band Guided By Voices’ complete discography might break a calculator. But there’s still some interesting turns here, as the band tours behind its new album “Space Gun,” not the least of which is the presence in the current lineup of Bobby Bare Jr., son of the country music legend and an accomplished indie-rocker in his own right. $25. 6:30 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — P.B.
20: Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax, more at Austin360 Amphitheater
20: Diana Krall at ACL Live
20: Gregory Porter at Long Center
21: New Found Glory at Emo’s
21: Liz Love & the Due Rights at Antone’s
21: Caroline Rose at Stubb’s indoor
22: Kesha, Macklemore at Austin360 Amphitheater. The power of Kesha’s 2017 comeback album “Rainbow” was underlined at the Grammy Awards, when she was joined on stage by an all star cast of female singers for a breathtaking performance of the single “Praying.” Though her contract still ties her to longtime producer Dr. Luke, whom she sued in 2014, claiming years of psychological, physical and sexual abuse (allegations he denies), the album is a beautiful expression of freedom, a triumph over dark times. Macklemore is the perfect partner for this tour. Though he’s best known as a “Thrift Shop” popster, his most powerful work is the redemption rap centered on his struggles with addiction. There’s no way this show doesn’t unfold as a love letter to everyone searching for a brighter day. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com. — D.S.S.
22: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Amyl & the Sniffers at Stubb’s outdoor
22: John Michael Montgomery, Rick Trevino at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre
22: Middle Kids, Duncan Fellows at Antone’s
22: Rippingtons at One World Theatre
22: Blue Oyster Cult at Empire
23: Regrettes, Destroy Boys at Stubb’s indoor
23: Snow tha Product at Emo’s. After SOS Fest was canceled last year, the Chicana rapper hosted an insanely hype makeup show marked by hysterical screaming, delirious dancing and vibes turned up to 11. She mixes ample cumbia rhythms into her beats, raps in English and Spanish and slips sly political messaging into her party tracks. As a performer, she’s humble and down to earth, searching for a real connection with her fans. Her shows are an intoxicating mess of sweaty exhilaration, and she will probably be on a bigger stage next time round..$25-$28. 7 p.m. 2015 East Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com — D.S.S.
25: JoJo at Antone’s
27: Brit Floyd at ACL Live
27: Geoff Tate, Til Death Do Us Part at Antone’s
28: Ray Wylie Hubbard at Shady Grove
29: Chris Brown, H.E.R., 6Lack, Rich the Kid at Austin360 Amphitheater
29: Trixie Mattel at Emo’s (two shows, early show sold out)
29: Shreya Ghoshal at HEB Center
29: Sounding Clay at One World Theatre
29: Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights at Sam’s Town Point
29-30: Alejandro Escovedo at Continental Club
30: John Prine at Bass Concert Hall. Prine was a great songwriter from the start, when his 1971 debut album delivered songs destined to be classics such as “Angel From Montgomery “and “Hello in There.” But the towering shadow he casts seems to grow taller with each passing decade, as each new generation of young songwriters pays respects and learns from him. It helps that he keeps making great new music, too: This year’s “The Tree of Forgiveness” is his highest-charting album ever, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard 200. He’ll tape “Austin City Limits” on June 5, but for those not lucky enough to nab free tickets to that show, there’s this full concert appearance as well, with Amanda Shires opening. $70-$110. 8 p.m. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org. — P.B.
30: Weezer, Pixies, Wombats at Austin360 Amphitheater
30: Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers at Mohawk outdoor (sold out)
30: Shane Smith & the Saints at Scoot Inn
30: David Ramirez at Parish
30: Rhymin’ N Stealin’, Dr. Dugger at 3Ten
1: Chicago, REO Speedwagon at Austin360 Amphitheater
1: Supersuckers, Speedealer at 3Ten
4: Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic at Circuit of the Americas. That’s now four years of the Fourth with Willie at the racetrack, with headliners in the Austin360 Amphitheater plus a bunch more acts in the venue’s grand plaza throughout the afternoon. Guests this year include Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, the Head and the Heart, Ryan Bingham, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Jamestown Revival and longtime regulars such as Asleep at the Wheel, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Billy Joe Shaver. $42.50-$99.50. Noon. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com. — P.B.
5: Mighty Mighty Bosstones at Scoot Inn
5: Fantastic Negrito at Antone’s. As a young man, Xavier Dphrepaulezz’s rock ‘n’ roll dreams were waylaid by a shoddy record contract and a devastating car accident. He walked away from the music world completely. Then, in his 40s, he found a new voice as Fantastic Negrito and began blessing us with foot-stomping, gutbucket outcries, steeped in Delta blues tradition. His songs fiercely address inequality and injustice in modern America, and his electrifying live show ignites the urgency of the work. $12-$15. 8 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com — D.S.S
5: Blackbird Blackbird at Empire
6: Dipset Forever Tour ft. Cam’Ron, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, Zeek at Empire
7: Thirty Seconds to Mars, Walk the Moon, K. Flay, Welshly Arms at Austin360 Amphitheater
10: Boy George & Culture Club, Tom Bailey at ACL Live
11: Janet Jackson at Austin360 Amphitheater
12: Steel Panthers, Black Heart Saints at Emo’s
13: Violent Femmes, Echo & the Bunnymen at ACL Live
13: Jawbreaker, A Giant Dog, Lemuria at Statesman Skyline Theater. The influential 1990s indie-punk trio hadn’t played for more than two decades when they reunited for last September’s Riot Fest in Chicago. The band’s four albums — 1990’s “Unfun,” 1992’s “Bivouac,” 1994’s “24 Hour Revenge Therapy” and 1995’s “Dear You” — found them gradually ascending from indie to major-label ranks and significantly influencing the nascent emo sounds of bands such as Dashboard Confessional and Jimmy Eat World. Austin band A Giant Dog joins them on the bill, along with opening act Lemuria. $44. 6:30 p.m. 701 W. Riverside Drive. skylinetheater.com. — P.B.
13: Karina Garcia, Wengie, Natalies Outlet at Emo’s
13: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Shamir at Stubb’s outdoor
13: Matches at 3Ten
14: Lee Brice at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre
14: Fixx at 3Ten
14: Deafheaven, Majesty, Uniform at Mohawk outdoor
15: Langhorne Slim & the Lost at Last Band at Antone’s
16: Smashing Pumpkins, Metric at Erwin Center
18: Three Doors Down, Collective Soul at HEB Center
19: Asleep at the Wheel at Shady Grove
19: Tyler Childers at Scoot Inn
20: Kevin Galloway at Cactus Cafe
21: Counting Crows, Live at Austin360 Amphitheater
21: Lake Street Dive, Rad Trads at ACL Live
21: Sam Smith at Erwin Center. It’s no small challenge to follow up the kind of smash British singer Smith had with his 2014 debut “In the Lonely Hour,” which won four Grammys. Even the minor controversy surrounding the similarity of the smash hit “Stay With Me” to Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” seems sweetly sentimental now; Smith was quick to credit Petty retroactively, and now it’s a bond between them that lives on. But Smith seems determined to move forward from that early peak: He won a 2016 Oscar for his song “Writing’s on the Wall” from the James Bond film “Spectre,” and last fall his second album, “The Thrill of It All,” quickly topped the charts. $40.25-$125. 8 p.m. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com. — P.B.
21: Neurosis at Emo’s
22: Cody Canada & the Departed, Bottle Rockets at Antone’s
23: Animal Collective, Lonnie Holley at Paramount Theatre
24: Quicksand, Glassjaw at Mohawk outdoor
25: Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks at Mohawk outdoor
25: Boy Pablo at the Parish
26: Jeff Beck at ACL Live
26: Maria Muldaur at One World Theatre
27: Logic, NF, Kyle at Austin360 Amphitheater. It’s easy to be cynical about the emo earnesty of this generation of troubled young rappers, but the call for peace, love and unity that Logic brought to his last show at the amphitheater was beautiful. His willingness to address his own insecurity and struggles with mental health openly is a service to his very young fan base. Also on the bill are Michigander NF, who has been (accurately) branded as the new Marshall Mathers, and feel-good rhyme-slinger Kyle. $29.50-$69.50. 7 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com. — DSS
27: Edwin McCain at One World Theatre
27: River Whyless, Adam Torres at 3Ten
28: Daryl Hall & John Oates, Train, Kandace Springs at Erwin Center
28: Killer Queen at ACL Live
28: Pentatonix at Austin360 Amphitheater
28: O.A.R. at Stubb’s
30: Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton at ACL Live
31: Beach House at ACL Live (sold out)
31: Phish at Austin360 Amphitheater
1: Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin at Austin360 Amphitheater
1: Zac Clark, Bob Oxblood at Stubb’s indoor
2: Imagine Dragons, Grace VanderWaal at Austin360 Amphitheater. Not many contemporary rock bands are bigger than Imagine Dragons, the Las Vegas outfit with three straight platinum-selling albums since 2012’s “Night Visions” produced the Grammy-winning single “Radioactive.” But a big part of the draw here is VanderWaal, who won NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” show in 2016 when she was 12. Now 14, she released her debut album, aptly titled “Just the Beginning,” last November shortly after charming big crowds at ACL Fest. $35-$142.50. 7 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com. — P.B.
2: Alejandro Escovedo at Shady Grove
3: Coheed & Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Story So Far at Austin360 Amphitheater
3: Dave Koz & Friends at One World Theatre
3: Gorilla Vs Bear presents Sales, No Vacation at Mohawk outdoor
4: 311, Offspring at Austin360 Amphitheater
4: Omar Apollo at Barracuda. The young singer-songwriter from Indiana was a wayward college dropout when he started releasing soulful bedroom pop on Soundcloud roughly a year ago. With Spanglish ballads that layer lovesick lyricism dripping with heart-on-sleeve sincerity over sunny meandering guitars, he rapidly started racking streams in the tens of thousands. He’s been remixing the songs for a larger release and this debut U.S. tour will probably be your last chance to catch him in such an intimate venue. $13-$15. Doors at 9 p.m. 611 E. Seventh St. barracudaaustin.com — D.S.S.
7-8: Erasure at ACL Live (sold out)
9: G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert, more at Austin360 Amphitheater
10: Vacationer, Sego at Antone’s
11-12: Dispatch, Nahko, Medicine for the People at Stubb’s outdoor
15: Toto at Stubb’s outdoor
14: Ninja Sex Party at ACL Live
14: Black Moth Super Rainbow at Mohawk outdoor
17: Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson at Austin360 Amphitheater
18: Bob Schneider at ACL Live
18: Streetlight Manifesto at Emo’s
18: Dave Lory Remembers Jeff Buckley at Cactus Cafe
20: Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Lanco at Austin360 Amphitheater
22: Buckcherry, P.O.D., Lit, Alien Ant Farm at HEB Center
23: Lost ’80s Live with A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Men Without Hats more at HEB Center
23: Terry Bozzio at One World Theatre
24-26: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit at Bass Concert Hall. Much like the “new traditionalists” such as Rodney Crowell, Randy Travis and Dwight Yoakam revived country music in the 1980s, so have the likes of Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price and Chris Stapleton in the 2010s. From where we sit, Isbell is the best of the bunch, and sales figures and awards shows bear it out: His last two albums topped Billboard’s country chart and earned him two Grammys each. In Austin, he’s a big enough draw to require this three-night stand. Marie/Lepanto (featuring Austin’s Will Johnson) opens the first two nights; John Moreland opens the third. $39.75-$60. 8 p.m. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org. — P.B.
24: Kansas at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre
24: Walter Beasley at One World Theatre
25: Marcus King Band at Antone’s
25: Zoso (Led Zeppelin tribute) at 3Ten
26: Ana Popovic at One World Theatre
26: Katie Herzig at 3Ten
31: Umphrey’s McGee at ACL Live
31: Tab Benoit at Mohawk outdoor
31-Sept. 1: Maceo Parker at Antone’s. The words “living legend” get tossed around far too lightly, but the 75-year-old sax man fits the bill. He spent stints performing with James Brown in the ‘60s, Parliament/Funkadelic in the ‘70s and Prince in the ‘90s. He’s also been a guest star on recordings by De La Soul, Jane’s Addiction, Dave Matthews Band and many more. This is a rare chance to get up close and personal with one of the most storied musicians of our time. $35-$40. 8 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com — D.S.S.
1-2: Leon Bridges, Masego Music at ACL Live (G.A. tickets sold out)
2: Kyle Turner & Friends at One World Theatre
7-9: Waterloo Music Fest with String Cheese Incident, JRAD, more at Carson Creek Ranch
7: Gary Numan, Nightmare Air at Mohawk outdoor
8: Mountain Goats, Al Riggs at ACL Live
8: Shawn Colvin at One World Theatre. These days, all the aspiring Austin women singer-songwriters seemingly want to be like Patty Griffin, but when Griffin moved here in the late ’90s she (and many others) found a role model in Colvin, who’d moved back here a few years earlier. She’d played music here in the 1970s, which gave her deep local roots even as she became a platinum-selling success with multiple Grammys. She’ll show up as a special guest to sing with the likes of Don Henley and Jackson Browne when they’re in town, but her own shows here are infrequent, and the intimate venue makes this one all the more special. $35-$108. 7 p.m. 7701 Bee Caves Road. oneworldtheatre.org. — P.B.
9: Strunz & Farah at One World Theatre
11: Rise Against at Stubb’s outdoor
13: Punch Brothers at Bass Concert Hall
14: Lucius at Paramount Theatre
14: Sloan at 3Ten
14: Bob James at One World Theatre
14: Hyukoh at Stubb’s indoor. Part of a new generation of Korean artists pushing the country’s music beyond K-Pop to explore more nuanced aural textures, Hyukoh creates expressive pop compositions sung in English and Korean. Inner Wave opens. 9 p.m. 801 Red River St. $23. stubbsaustin.com — D.S.S.
15: Carbon Leaf at 3Ten
16: Tuck & Patti at One World Theatre
18: Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience at Erwin Center
18: Killing Joke at Mohawk outdoor
19: Jade Bird at Antone’s. Just 20 when she wowed crowds at South by Southwest earlier this year — leaving with the coveted Grulke Prize for Developing Non-U.S. Act — British singer-songwriter Bird so far has released just one EP, but she’s likely a big star in the making. Catch her in a club before she’s lighting up the festival circuit. $15-$17. 8 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.
19: Superorganism at Emo’s
19: Zhu at Stubb’s outdoor
19: Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison at Long Center Rollins Studio Theatre
20: Dierks Bentley at Austin360 Amphitheater
20: Angel Olsen, Hand Habits at Paramount Theatre
20: Michael Grimm at One World Theatre
20: Harley Flanagan at Barracuda
21: Fred Hersch Trio at UT McCullough Theatre
22: Bullet for my Valentine at Emo’s
22: Jesus Lizard at ACL Live. After eight years on hiatus, the influential post-hardcore outfit that formed in Austin over 30 years ago played a string of reunion shows in late 2017, including a riotous set that critics lauded as one of the best shows at Houston’s Day for Night Festival. This year’s tour corresponds with the 20th anniversary of the band’s final album “Blue,” and the eight tour dates are the only live appearances the band has planned. $32-$39. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com — D.S.S.
22: Andrew W.K. at Mohawk outdoor
22: Jackopierce at 3Ten
23: Fall Out Boy, Machine Gun Kelly at Erwin Center
23: Eliza Gilkyson, Mary Gauthier, Gretchen Peters at One World Theatre
27: Stick Men at One World Theatre
28: MC50 at Mohawk outdoor. With key members of this legendary Detroit band gone since the 1990s, there can never be a real MC5 reunion, but co-founding guitarist Wayne Kramer has put together a very cool ensemble to mark 50 years since the release of their landmark album “Kick Out the Jams.” Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil is on board, and so is Brendan Canty of Fugazi, along with King’s X bassist Dug Pinnick, and Zen Guerrilla singer Marcus Durant. $35-$149. 8 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — P.B.
28: Stanley Clarke at One World Theatre
28-29: Dandy Warhols at 3Ten
29: Decemberists at Bass Concert Hall
29-30: Lord Huron at Stubb’s outdoor (first night sold out)
30: Jane Monheit at One World Theatre
30: Kevin Gordon at Sam’s Town Point
Coming this fall: The Austin City Limits Music Festival is Oct. 5-7 and 12-14 in Zilker Park with headliners Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino and Arctic Monkeys. Full lineup and tickets at aclfestival.com.
Bruno Mars plays Formula One on Oct. 20 and Britney Spears plays on Oct. 21, both at Circuit of the Americas. Tickets at circuitoftheamericas.com.
FUN FESTS AND DAY PARTIES
June 2: Illectric River at Whitewater Amphitheater. The new locally produced fest boasts a lineup of electronic dance music DJs including Getter, Jai Wolf, Liquid Stranger and more. The event also will feature art installations and live graffiti painting. $55-$90. 4 p.m. gates. 11860 FM 306, New Braunfels. Illectricriver.com — D.S.S.
June 9: Wepa Festival at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard. The cumbia roots festival launched last year by Colombian-American artist Kiko Villamizar expands to nine cities around the world with dates in Germany, Austria, Mexico and Colombia. The festival celebrates masters of the cumbia tradition, and this year’s headliner is Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto, described by Villamizar as the orginators of Colombian cumbia. Villamizar and a host of other local and international artists also will perform. The event will include an artists market curated by Las Ofrendas. $23.16 (advance), 2 p.m., 1106 E. 11th St. wepafestival.com. — D.S.S.
June 23: Ice Cream Festival After Dark at Fiesta Gardens. The popular ice cream extravaganza expands, complementing the kid-friendly daytime bash (which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) with a night party featuring boozy frozen drinks for the grown folks. The music lineup tilts toward sizzling soul, with funky R&B lifer Lee Fields and the Expressions headlining. Austin’s queen of soul, Tameca Jones, silky alt-R&B standout Mélat and expressive local pop outfit the Wild Now are also on deck. Former President Barack Obama’s favorite turntablist, DJ Mel, rounds out the roster. $35 (day-party passes $15, kids under 6 free). 6 p.m. 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. austinicecreamfestival.com — D.S.S.
July 21-22: Float Fest in San Marcos. Tube the river and groove to tunes: It’s a natural pairing for a Central Texas summertime fest. This one invariably has had strong lineups, too, and this year is no exception, with Tame Impala, Snoop Dogg, Bassnectar, Run the Jewels, Glass Animals, Modest Mouse, Lil Wayne, Bun B, Joywave, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and a solid raft of locals. $79-$119 includes music and camping (separate charges for tubing, parking and RVs). 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. 601 Dupuy Ranch Road, Martindale. floatfest.net. — P.B.
July 26-29: Hot Summer Nights. After a successful showing last year, the mini-fest dubbed “Free Week in July” will take over clubs in the Red River Cultural District again this summer. Artists, show times and participating venues will be announced later this summer. — D.S.S.
August 25: RAS Day. Husband-and-wife rap duo Riders Against the Storm host their annual family-friendly community get-together and throw down. Location and lineup TBA. facebook.com/rasdayfestival — D.S.S.
September 22-23: Pecan Street Festival. The fall edition of Austin’s longest-running street fair features artists, food vendors and three stages of free music from local artists. Sixth Street. pecanstreetfestival.org
MUSIC IN THE PARK
Blues on the Green. KGSR’s popular concert series in Zilker Park kicks off May 23 with Black Angels and Night Glitter. It continues with monthly installments on June 13, July 18 and August 8. Lineup TBA. Free. kgsr.com.
Jump On It! Nook Turner’s Eastside get-down focuses on hip-hop and youth empowerment. The party comes to Givens Park every Wednesday (except July 4) between June 20 and Aug. 8. This year’s lineup includes Kirko Bangz, Trae tha Truth and “Love and Hip-Hop” alums Trina and Just Brittany with more artists TBA. Tickets and more information at jumponitevents.com.
A.B. Cantu Pan Am Summer Hillside Concert Series. The Eastside community get-together was launched in 1958 and has become a neighborhood summer entertainment staple featuring traditional and contemporary Latino acts. The family-friendly party goes down every Tuesday in July and Aug. 3. Lineup TBA. Check the event’s Facebook page for more details.
Sound and Cinema. The Long Center links up with the Alamo Drafthouse and Do512 to present a series of summer movies paired with local bands on their front lawn. This years dates are July 11, July 25, Aug. 1 and Aug. 15. Movies and artists TBA. Do512.com/soundandcinema.
‘AUSTIN CITY LIMITS’ TAPINGS
June 5: John Prine
June 6: Kacey Musgraves
June 21: Wild Child
June 22: Anderson East
(All at ACL Live; tickets given away about a week before each taping via acltv.com. More summer tapings will be announced soon.)
Justin Timberlake: May 23 and 25 in Houston; May 27-28 in Dallas
Maroon 5: June 9 in Dallas; June 10 in Houston; June 12 in San Antonio
Eagles, Chris Stapleton: June 15 in Houston; June 23 in Arlington
Vans Warped Tour: July 6 in Dallas; July 7 in San Antonio; July 8 in Houston
Paramore, Foster the People: July 13 in Houston; July 14 in Irving
Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town: Aug. 10 in Houston; Aug. 11 in Dallas
Electric Light Orchestra: Aug. 10 in Houston; Aug. 13 in Dallas
Jay-Z and Beyonce: On the Run II Tour: Sept. .11 in Arlington; Sept. 15-16 in Houston