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. 2ndstreetdistrict.com.
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.