Top shows this week: Hayes Carll, Eric Johnson, Nicole Atkins and more

Nov 23, 2017
Henry + the Invisibles take part in North Door’s “Funksgiving” party on Saturday. Erika Rich for American-Statesman


Friday: Hayes Carll with Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer at Paramount Theatre. Like Bob Schneider (who’s also in action this weekend, at ACL Live), local singer-songwriter Carll has the unusual ability to balance playing small rooms like the Saxon Pub with the occasional large theater show. The ringer on this one, though, is the opening act: Sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer are the legitimate top draw here. Lynne, the 2001 Grammy winner for best new artist, and Moorer, whose nine solo albums over the past two decades established her as one of Americana music’s brightest stars, teamed up earlier this year to record “Not Dark Yet,” a fascinating record of nine covers and one original tune in which they tackle everyone from Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt to Nick Cave and Kurt Cobain. $20-$50. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. — P.B.

READ MORE: Our 2015 interview with Hayes Carll

Saturday: Cotton Mather at Threadgill’s South. This weekend marks 20 years since the release of “Kontiki,” Austin indie band Cotton Mather’s second album and the one that put them on the map after Noel Gallagher heard it and offered the group some arena shows opening for his then-king-of-the-world rock band Oasis. The band split up a few years later, with leader Robert Harrison moving on to Future Clouds and Radar, but in recent years Harrison has reconvened the old group, spurred in part by a Kickstarter-driven expanded reissue of “Kontiki” a few years ago. They’ll celebrate the two-decade anniversary by playing “Kontiki” in its entirety at this show, along with a set of new material from Harrison’s recent “Songs From the I Ching” project. Shivery Shakes opens. $10. 9 p.m. 301 W. Riverside Drive. — P.B.

Saturday: Funksgiving at North Door. You’ve had a day to lounge on the couch, snooze off the turkey and indulge in leftover pie for breakfast (we’re not judging); now it’s time to get up and move something. Body rocking grooves are provided by one-man funk machine Henry + the Invisibles, Houston powerhouse Soul Creatures and DJ Chicken George with brain-bending rhyme styles from Third Root, who are celebrating the vinyl release of their excellent 2016 album “Libertad.” $10. 8 p.m. doors. 501 Brushy St. — D.S.S.

Sunday: Eric Johnson at Waterloo Records. “Collage,” a new 10-song disc that’s half originals and half covers, tops a sudden whirlwind of activity for the longtime Austin guitar virtuoso. Johnson is packaging the record with reissues of his hard-to-find “Souvenir” and “Up Close: Another Look” albums in a special Black Friday Record Store Day deal for Nov. 24. In addition, New West Records has just issued vinyl and CD/DVD versions of Johnson’s December 1988 performance on “Austin City Limits” as part of its “Live From Austin TX” series. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. — P.B.

Monday: Christy Hays “Mood Monday” at Hole in the Wall. Singer-songwriter Hays is wrapping up a month of Mondays featuring all-women lineups at the longtime University of Texas-area hangout. She’s saved the strongest lineup of the bunch for the finale, with Carson McHone, Emily Gimble and Little Brave joining her. Admission is free, with donations accepted for the American Civil Liberties Union. 9 p.m. 2538 Guadalupe St. — P.B.

Wednesday: Project ATX6 2017 Finale Concert at Stateside at the Paramount. Each year, Project ATX6 selects six Austin artists to travel the globe performing and participating in a documentary film project. This year’s musicians represented Austin at festivals in France, Germany, Japan and Canada. Back at home, they will perform their final concert together in an evening that includes a documentary short from Chris Brecht. With Mobley, Go Fever, Otis Wilkins, Little Mazarn, Croy & the Boys and Torino Black. KUTX’s Laurie Gallardo emcees the evening’s festivities. $18. 8 p.m. 719 Congress Ave. — D.S.S.

Thursday: Nicole Atkins at Antone’s. The last time Nicole Atkins was in town, she was playing to a huge crowd at Auditorium Shores, among a small handful of acts chosen to open for South by Southwest’s buzz-heavy Garth Brooks concert. The Nashville-via-New Jersey singer-songwriter has built some significant ties to Texas in recent years, collaborating with Cotton Mather’s Robert Harrison on some songs that recently surfaced on an EP and recording her acclaimed new album “Goodnight Rhonda Lee” in Fort Worth with Leon Bridges’ ace Niles City Sound Team. Midnight Stroll and Thayer Sarrano open. $15. 9 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — P.B.

READ MORE: Our 2014 interview with Nicole Atkins



Joe Ely at Saxon Pub

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


Galantis, Him at Stubb’s outdoor

Lil Pump at Emo’s

Rebels & Renegades with Chris Fullerton, Walt Wilkins, Jon Dee Graham, Curtis McMurtry, Robert Craft Trio, McKay Brothers at Threadgill’s South

Audien at Vulcan Gas Company

Sour Notes album release, A. Sinclair, El Lago, Duncan Fellows at Hotel Vegas

Del Castillo at 3Ten

Sister 7, 80H Project, Jackie Venson, John Inmon at One-2-One Bar

Songs of Joni Mitchell with Will Taylor & Strings Attached, Karen Mal, Stephen Zirkel at Townsend

Beat Root Revival at El Mercado Backstage

Lou Ann Barton, Sue Foley at Continental Club

Teri Joyce & the Tagalongs, Jim Stringer & the AM Band, Chaparral at White Horse

Ruby & the Reckless at Geraldine’s

Mrs. Glass at Lamberts


Bob Schneider & the Moonlight Orchestra at ACL Live

Band of Heathens, Dan Dyer at 3Ten

Peterson Brothers, Tomar & the FCs, Eve & the Exiles at Antone’s

Beto & the Fairlanes at One World Theatre

Pink Floyd tribute with Midnight Stroll, Halfways, Young Tongue, more at Barracuda

Bamako Airlines, Foot Patrol, Catastica at One-2-One Bar

Meditations at Flamingo Cantina

Ephraim Owens Quartet at Elephant Room

Albert & Gage Band at Donn’s Depot

Whitney Rose, Two Hoots & a Holler, Dave Insley’s Careless Smokers at White Horse

Dale Watson at Broken Spoke

Beebe Sings Sahm, Redd Volkaert at Continental Club

Sharon Bourbonnais, Flyin’ A’s at El Mercado Backstage

D-Soul Davis at Lamberts

Georgia Parker, Cat & the Canary at Radio Coffee & Beer


Riders in the Sky at One World Theatre

Bob Livingston, Jimmy Johnson at Threadgill’s South

Hilary York, Imperial Starlighters, Dale Watson at C-Boy’s

Lavelle White, Ben Balmer at Antone’s

Peterson Brothers at Hilton Cannon & Belle

Timberos Del Norte at One-2-One Bar


Dale Watson & His Lone Stars, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery

Lonelyland, Brian Pounds at Saxon Pub

Barbara Nesbitt at Hilton Cannon & Belle

Apostles of Manchaca at One-2-One Bar

Swingtime Quartet, Bob Appel, Texas Tycoons at White Horse

Open Mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe

Jazz Jam with Mike Mordecai at Elephant Room


Black Lillies, Luke Redfield at Parish

Anthropos Arts Giving Bluesday with Rooney Pitchford Band, Western Youth at Antone’s upstairs

Casa Marianella benefit with Endless Sewers, Alamo Glass, Mean Jolene at Hotel Vegas

Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club

James McMurtry, Ephraim Owens Experience at Continental Gallery

Beth/James at Geraldine’s


Jaimee Harris, Jane Ellen Bryant at One-2-One Bar

Texas Radio Live with Aaron McDonnell, Todd Barrow at Guero’s

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

Michael Fracasso, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Continental Gallery

Savage Poor, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub

Sarah Potenza, David Robert King at Cactus Cafe

Thee Unseen Eye, Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s

Mason Kinard, Quin Galavis, Ariel Abshire, Tex Smith at Hotel Vegas

Tessy Lou & the Shotgun Stars, Jake Penrod, Thrift Set Orchestra at White Horse

Rochelle & the Sidewinders at Stubb’s indoor

John Inmon Band at Threadgill’s North

Warren Hood at ABGB

Matt Hubbard at Hilton Cannon & Belle


Casting Crowns, For King & Country at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park

Simple Plan at Emo’s

John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring at Paramount

Alex Lahey, Dude York at Barracuda

Kim Waters at One World Theatre

B.R. Lively album release, Hard Truth album release at Mohawk indoor

Carson McHone, Tiffany 6, Saddle Sores at White Horse

Ray Prim, Tom Meny, Aaron Stephens at Lemon Lounge

Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few, Bonnie Whitmore at Continental Gallery

Amy Speace at Cactus Cafe

Saturnalia pre-party with Continental Drift, Christian Bland & the Revelators, more at Electric Church

Kishi Bashi at Central Presbyterian Church

Jonathan Terrell at Winflo

Doug Strahan & the Good Neighbors at Lamberts

Guy Forsyth Hoot Night, Patrice Pike at Saxon Pub

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

Derailers, Ledy Bragg at Broken Spoke

Adrian Ruiz Quintet at Elephant Room