Saturdays music picks: 2nd Street Soundcheck, 2Cellos

Ben Kweller will perform at the 2nd Street Soundcheck. Photo by Tammy Perez.
Ben Kweller will perform at the 2nd Street Soundcheck. Photo by Tammy Perez.

2nd Street Soundcheck downtown. While we were disappointed to see previously announced headliner Vintage Trouble drop off, the bill for the downtown block party is still loaded with a broad selection of top-notch local talent. Singer-songwriter Ben Kweller (7 p.m.) and trip-hop outfit the Digital Wild (6 p.m.) are in the headline spots, but show up early to see hip-hop from Magna Carda and Riders Against the Storm, soul from Latasha Lee & the Black Ties and T-Bird & the Breaks, and fresh pop with a hint of Texas twang from Tinnarose. Free. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Second Street, between San Antonio and Colorado streets.

Also: Classical-pop crossover duo 2Cellos plays a sold-out show at the Long Center. … Community radio station KAZI presents a night of smooth jazz with Kyle Turner, Joe McBride and Pamela Hart the State Theater. … It’s a good, old-fashioned NOLA funk and soul throwdown as the Funky Meters and Rebirth Brass Band hit ACL Live. … Expect an audio-visual extravaganza as DJ/producer RJD2 takes the stage at Empire. … New York noise-rockers A Place to Bury Strangers blast into Red 7. … Erykah Badu’s crew, the Dallas funk and soul powerhouse RC & the Gritz, is at Holy Mountain. … Playful electronic wizardMarco Benevento plays the Parish. …Alejandro Escovedo plays a 7 p.m. show at Strange Brew; his True Believers bandmateJon Dee Graham follows with a 9 p.m. show to celebrate his birthday, with his son’s band the Painted Redstarts opening. … Other top Americana options include blues guitarist Carolyn Wonderland at the Roost, bluegrass band Wood & Wire at Cactus Cafe, country group Mike & the Moonpies with Emilie Clepper at ABGB, and singer-songwriter Shelley King at Strange Brew. … Following King in the 10 p.m. slot at Strange Brew is Parker McCollum, celebrating the release of his CD “The Limestone Kid.” … Other record-release shows include a dual event indoors at the Mohawk for Texas Never Whispers and Sounds Del Mar, and a show indoors at Stubb’s for Stukenberg’s new EP.

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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