Weekend music picks: Willie goes on without Merle; Old Settler’s and Reggae fests

FRIDAY

Willie Nelson at Whitewater Amphitheater. It’ll be a bittersweet weekend in New Braunfels, as this was originally supposed to be a Willie & Merle double-bill. Haggard bowed out a few weeks ago, shortly before his death last week at age 79. No word on whether any special tribute will be planned, but Hag’s spirit will be present throughout the three-night stand, no doubt. Ryan Bingham opens Friday and Saturday; on Sunday, Jamey Johnson and Shakey Graves do the honors. $64.67-$135.80. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday. 11860 FM 306, New Braunfels. whitewaterrocks.com. — P.B.

Milk Carton Kids play the Paramount. Photo courtesy Anti- Records

Milk Carton Kids play Saturday at Old Setter’s Music Festival. Photo courtesy of Anti- Records

Old Settler’s Music Festival at Salt Lick Pavilion. Technically Old Settler’s starts on Thursday with a few smaller-scale sets at Camp Ben McCulloch down the street from the main venue, but Friday is when the roots-oriented event hits full gear. Performers include Dawes, Hayes Carll and Rodney Crowell, with Saturday’s lineup featuring the Milk Carton Kids, Del McCoury Band, the Jayhawks, Sarah Jarosz and many more. Check our extended preview in Friday’s Austin360 section of the American-Statesman. $75-$165. 4 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday. 18300 FM 1826, Driftwood. oldsettlersmusicfest.org. — P.B.

Also: A long list of local garage and punk bands play Barracuda to celebrate the release of the new “Slack Capital” compilation album. Read more about the record on mystatesman.com. … Pop svengali Ben Folds teamed up with the classical ensemble yMusic on last year’s crossover album “So There.” Hear them perform together at Bass Concert Hall. … A whole other blending of genres takes place at the Paramount, where jazz keyboardist Chick Corea teams up with banjo master Bela Fleck. … A couple of sold-out shows find Eric Church joining Jack Ingram and many more friends for the annual “Mack, Jack & McConaughey” songwriter’s night at ACL Live, and jam band Sister Hazel visiting One World Theatre. … Kurt Vile & the Violators bring their evolved stoner rock vibe to Stubb’s outdoors. Purling Hiss opens. The separate-ticket after-show indoors is especially noteworthy, with acclaimed North Carolina indie acts Hiss Golden Messenger and Dead Tongues. … James Brown’s old wingman, saxophone dynamo Maceo Parker, plays Antone’s. … Local band Calliope Musicals celebrates the release of its new album “Time Owes You Nothing” at Central Presbyterian Church. … Instrumental funk powerhouse Brownout and avant jazz innovator Karl Denson join forces for a show at the Scoot Inn. … Virtuoso acoustic guitarist Andy McKee stops in at Cactus Cafe. … Old-time country rules at the White Horse with Wayne Hancock and Roger Wallace. … Other top local options include Shelley King at the Townsend, the Happen-Ins at ABGB and Jeff Plankenhorn at Strange Brew.

SATURDAY

Skatalites at Austin Reggae Fest at Auditorium Shores. After their 2015 Reggae Fest closing set was washed out by a rainstorm, the ska pioneers return to headline one of Austin’s most popular (and diverse) spring flings. With more than 20 years of history, the event unites old and new school Austinites around the peace-loving, high-minded vibes of reggae music. The festival also boasts an extensive vendors market where attendees can buy everything from Bob Marley tees and cotton sundresses to incense and artisan glassware. It’s also the biggest annual fundraiser for Capital Area Food Bank of Central Texas with a portion of each ticket sold going to the non-profit. $15 adv., $20 d.o.s. Gates at 12:15 p.m. Auditorium Shores. 800 W. Riverside Drive, austinreggaefest.com — D.S.S.

Also: Austin’s world class Latin act Grupo Fantasma hosts “¡Accion Cumbiambera! A night of Cumbia” at 3Ten. … Australian YouTube breakout William Singe plays a sold-out show at Emo’s. … Get your fill of swampy jams and Bayou rock as NOLA acts Dumpstaphunk and Honey Island Swamp Band take over the Scoot Inn. … Indie-folk duo Penny & Sparrow play songs from their new album “Let a Lover Drown You” at the Parish with Corey Kilgannon. … Grammy-winning songwriter Don Henry joins Sara Hickman and Jon Vezner at Cactus Cafe. … It’s a big night for hardcore fans at Sidewinder with Massachusetts band Bane plus Burn, Axis and Out of Body. … Celebrate the birthday of Tejano legend Selena at the Highball with excellent tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda. … Spider House presents a Grapes of Wrath Project showcase with Aimee Bobruk, Rob Halverson, Thor Harris, Gretchen Phillips, John Ridenour and Christopher Mietus. … Warren Hood plays a free Sun Radio show at 7 p.m. at the Hill Country Galleria. …  Other top picks among local acts include Tameca Jones and Tomar & the FCs at the Continental Club, Rosie Flores and the Merles at ABGB, Big Cat at Threadgill’s, Moving Panoramas at Hotel Vegas and Emily Wolfe at Geraldine’s.

SUNDAY

Residual Kid at Hole in the Wall. The local teen rockers are celebrating this month’s release of “Salsa,” a digital-only EP for Sire/Warner Bros. They’re often tagged as punk and that’s certainly part of their sound, but in many respects their hard-edged yet melodic songs feel more attuned to the ’90s heyday of post-Nirvana alternative rock. Also on the bill for this afternoon all-ages show are Casual Strangers, Party Van and Hard Dwell. $8. 4 p.m. 2538 Guadalupe St. holeinthewallaustin.com. — P.B.

Also: Bunny Wailer, who launched his career singing alongside Bob Marley and Peter Tosh in the Wailing Wailers, closes out Austin Reggae Fest. … The weekly Soul of a Musician series at Iron Cactus North features a rare touring act in Nashville singer-songwriter Jeff Black. … San Francisco singer-songwriter Matt Alber plays North Door with Strings Attached. … Antone’s welcomes Darius Jackson & the Mighty Texas Blues Band plus an early show by Miss Lavelle White. … The best of Strange Brew’s Sunday open mic night take part in the venue’s monthly New Artists Showcase with host Kacy Crowley.


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