Fridays music picks: Afrofreque, Bombasta

Afrofreque. Photo by Kelly West/American-Statesman.
Afrofreque. Photo by Kelly West/American-Statesman.

Afrofreque vs. Bombasta at the Sahara Lounge. The pride of San Antonio, Bombasta Barrio Big Band has been mashing up an exhilarating mix of cumbia, hip-hop and rock for over a dozen years. Afrofreque is helmed by emcee Tiger Liu, whose pioneering band Big Game Hunter was one of Austin’s first successful hip-hop acts in the late ‘90s. The evening is billed as an “eastside soul rebel throwdown” at a revamped juke joint. It doesn’t matter who comes out on top. Celebrating the enduring diversity of Central Texas music is a victory for all. 10 p.m. 1413 Webberville Road.

Also: Former Byrds leader Roger McGuinn plays a sold-out show at Stateside at the Paramount. … No Idea Fest, a celebration of improvisation, brings top-notch musicians from around the world to the Museum of Human Achievement. … New age jazz keyboardist Keiko Matsui, a Japanese native now living in Los Angeles who’s issued more than 20 albums since the 1980s, visits One World Theatre. … California old-school country band Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys pull into the Continental Club. … New York hard rock band Taking Back Sunday joins Letlive and the Menzingers at Emo’s. … Top locals in action include singer-songwriter Hayes Carll at the Roost, pop band Speak at Red 7, Raw Paw Records’ Chipper Jones at the Scoot Inn, Peligrosa at Empire and adventurous roots band Churchwood at ABGB with the Leroi Brothers.

Author: Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith has been hanging out in dimly lit corners of the city soaking in the music scene for almost 20 years. Twitter: @deborific

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