Monday’s music picks: Townes Van Zandt tribute, Chris Duarte

Townes Van Zandt in his 1983 ACL taping. Photo by Scott Newton/Courtesy of KLRU-TV
Local musicians pay tribute to the late Townes Van Zandt at Cactus Cafe. 1983 photo by Scott Newton/Courtesy of KLRU-TV

Townes Van Zandt birthday tribute at Cactus Cafe. It’s been nearly 20 years since Van Zandt’s death on New Year’s Day 1997, but his friend and fellow Texas songwriting archetype Butch Hancock has helped keep his music alive in Austin with this annual celebration. Townes would have been 72 this year, but many of his songs feel like they must have been around for centuries, and they’re likely to last in the repertoires of his musical admirers for generations to come. You never know who might join Hancock for this show that usually sells out, but whoever’s singing them, the songs are the main attraction. $25. 8 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St.

Also: Blues-rock guitarist Chris Duarte, an Austin fixture in the 1980s and ’90s before he relocated to Atlanta, has moved back and is playing with his band on Mondays at One-2-One Bar. … Starting a monthlong Monday residency at Geraldine’s is singer-songwriter Drew Davis. … Other weekly standbys include Blue Monday at Antone’s, Mystery Monday at El Mercado Backstage, Bob Schneider’s Lonelyland at the Saxon Pub and Church on Monday at the Continental Gallery.

Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and Twitter: @Blackstock360

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