Three nights of Jason Isbell, the birthday of Antone’s and more shows

July 13, 2017
Jason Isbell plays three nights at ACL Live Friday through Sunday. Suzanne Cordeiro For American-Statesman


Friday-Sunday: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit at ACL Live. Americana sensation Isbell sold out two nights in this room last year, so it’s no surprise he had to add a third show this time around. Fans will be eager to hear material from his new album “The Nashville Sound,” the follow-up to 2015’s impressive “Something More Than Free” that earned him his first two Grammy Awards. Indie band the Mountain Goats open the first night; Isbell’s wife and 400 Unit bandmate, Amanda Shires, opens the next two. $39.50-$49.50. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. — P.B.

READ MORE: Review of Jason Isbell’s 2016 concert at ACL Live

Friday: Music Under the Star with Mother Falcon and Molly Burch at Bullock Museum. Rumors of Mother Falcon’s demise earlier this year fortunately turned out to be exaggerated. Though a few members of the indie-classical outfit departed, most of the others have stayed together, if refocusing future efforts more on projects such as their annual summer music lab for area youths. Shows have been less frequent, which makes this appearance as part of the Bullock’s free summer series all the more special. Arrive early for singer-songwriter Molly Burch, whose debut album “Please Be Mine” came out earlier this year. 6 p.m. 1800 Congress Ave. — P.B.

Saturday: Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt-a-Whirl Band plus Tribute to Doug Sahm at Antone’s. The 42nd anniversary of Antone’s is being celebrated for most of the month, but Saturday is the actual birthday, tracing back to when the late Clifford Antone opened the original venue at Sixth and Brazos streets on July 15, 1975. Just one special show apparently wasn’t enough to mark the occasion, so the club booked two. Early, catch Sauce Gonzalez & the West Side Horns paying tribute to Texas treasure Doug Sahm, with Spot Barnett and Derek O’Brien also on board. Later, guitar great Vaughan, who helped make Antone’s a household name back in the Fabulous Thunderbirds’ heyday, headlines with his Tilt-a-Whirl Band plus upstart opening act the Dylan Bishop Band. 6:30 p.m. ($10-$12) and 10 p.m. ($25-$30). 305 E. Fifth St. — P.B.

Monday: John Ginty at Antone’s. If you’re a fan of Americana artists and/or jam bands, you’ve probably heard Ginty wailing away on keyboards either onstage or on record. Ginty got his start playing with singer-songwriter Neal Casal in the 1990s and soon was appearing on records by the likes of Whiskeytown and Matthew Sweet. After joining sacred steel guitar great Robert Randolph’s Family Band in 2000, he became well-known on the jam circuit for his Hammond B3 playing. He’s occasionally issued records of his own, and he’s likely to showcase some of that material. $7. 10 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St.; — P.B.

Tuesday: Larry Gatlin, David Grissom at Saxon Pub. In Austin, we’re used to getting free shows by world-class talent at local night spots, but this is ridiculous. Or perhaps sublime if you’re a fan of Texas country stars Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, who racked up dozens of hits in the 1970s and ’80s. Their leader is playing the Saxon and not charging admission simply because he’s a “good friend just having some fun,” Saxon owner Joe Ables says. It’s a given that you’ll probably need to get there early — but that’s not a bad idea on any Tuesday at the Saxon, where Austin guitar ace David Grissom holds down a weekly happy-hour residency. 8 p.m. Gatlin, 6 p.m. Grissom. 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. — P.B.

Thursday: Logic, Joey Bada$$, Big Lenbo at Austin360 Amphitheater. Rapper Logic has been slowly becoming one of the hottest new voices in hip-hop. He handily sold out a Stubb’s show last year, and this go-round he’s jumped up to the big stage. His latest album, “Everybody,” which dropped in early May, is a dense collection that centers on his struggle to reconcile the various facets of his multiracial identity in the midst of the social and political turmoil of America in 2017. Also on this bill is Pro-Era rapper Joey Bada$$, who created waves with the starkly political “All Amerikkkan Bada$$” earlier this year. Big Lenbo opens. $35-$55. 8 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. — D.S.S.

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Tomar & the FCs at C-Boy’s


Bob Schneider, Milligan Vaughan Project at Antone’s

Five for Fighting at One World Theatre

Azizi Gibson, Doeman, Netherfriends at Empire

Intocable at Coliseo

Tortilla Flats (Doug Sahm tribute band) at Threadgill’s South

Carson McHone, Star Parks at 3Ten

Colton Turner & the Rockin’ Roses, Shaun Young & the 3 Ringers at Continental Club

Elias Haslanger Quintet at Elephant Room

Roger Wallace, Chaparral at White Horse

Jason Roberts at Broken Spoke

Tail Gators at Evangeline Cafe

Elijah Ford & the Bloom at Geraldine’s

Fingerpistol at Driskill

Don Harvey & A Is Red, Nagavalli at Townsend

Tara Williamson at Hyatt Regency

Hot Summer Nights (free shows):


Bamako Airlines, Cilantro Boombox at Blackheart

Migrant Kids at Geraldine’s

Rescue Pet Benefit with Leo Rondeau, Carson McHone, Beth Chrisman at ABGB

Hard Proof, Tameca Jones & Honey Gun at Continental Club

Omar & the Howlers at Saxon Pub

Suzanna Choffel, Sydney Wright at Threadgill’s South

Melat at Radio Coffee & Beer

Highwaymen Hoot Night with Jesse Harris at White Horse

Curtis McMurtry, Little Brave, Ali Holder at Cactus Cafe

Ramsay Midwood, Rance May at Sam’s Town Point

Shivery Shakes, Scenery, Early Internet at Barrel O’ Fun

Beth Noble & Spring Creek Band at Parish

Danger at Vulcan Gas Company

Hot Summer Nights (free shows):


Slaid Cleaves CD release at Stateside at the Paramount

Mitch Watkins Trio at Elephant Room

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie at Empire

Bidi Bidi Banda, Cecilia & the Broken Hearts at Hotel Vegas

Derailers at Little Longhorn Saloon

Spectral Sea EP release, Cruise, Finite Fidelity at Mohawk indoor

Hot Summer Nights (free shows):


Two Hoots & a Holler, Dylan Bishop at Continental Club

Charlie Belle at Geraldine’s

Mystery Monday with Christine Albert and Guy Forsyth at El Mercado Backstage

Cory Reinisch, Graham Weber at Blackheart

Leo Rondeau at Sam’s Town Point

Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe

Escuela, Drug Head at Sidewinder


Rooney at Barracuda

Suzanna Choffel at Geraldine’s

Drew Victor, Bruce Salmon at Radio Coffee & Beer

Mike Stinson, Toni Price at Continental Club

James McMurtry, Ephraim Owens Experience at Continental Gallery

Matthew Robinson & the Jelly Kings, Antone’s Big Trio at Antone’s

Durawa at El Mercado Backstage


Texas Radio Live with Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few, Two Hoots & a Holler at Guero’s

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

James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club

Floyd Domino & Redd Volkaert at Evangeline Cafe

Sharon Bourbonnais Big Band at One-2-One Bar

Magic Rockers of Texas, Amplified Heat, Hilary York at Hotel Vegas

Chris Gage at El Mercado Backstage

Warren Hood at ABGB


Rocket Summer at Antone’s

Michael Grimm at One World Theatre

Unplugged at the Grove with Kevin Russell at Shady Grove

Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery

Wilkinson’s Quartet, Emily Herring, Croy & the Boys at White Horse

Altin Sencalar Quintet at Elephant Room

Carole King “Tapestry” tribute with Jackie Myers

George Ensle at Hill’s Cafe

Tje Austin at Winflo