Weekend music picks: Celebrate Earth Day with music, plus ABC’s ‘Nashville’ tour and more

FRIDAY

Earth Day Celebration at Guero’s. The spacious and shady oak garden adjacent to Guero’s Taco Bar seems an ideal place to celebrate Earth Day. A benefit for the Hill Country Conservancy and solar-powered Sun Radio, the event runs from the afternoon into the evening with performances by Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Christine Albert and Chris Gage, Warren Hood, Guy Forsyth, Sour Bridges, Harvest Thieves, Dawn & Hawkes and Mike Schoenfeld. $10 suggested donation. 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 1412 S. Congress Ave. guerostacobar.com. — P.B.

Stephanie Pistle

Duran Duran. Photo by Stephanie Pistle

Also: Blockbuster Nashville sibling act the Band Perry plays Cedar Park Center with Jessie James Decker. … Duran Duran has a new album, but are they still “Hungry Like The Wolf”The new wave Brits play Austin360 Amphitheater. Guitarist Nile Rodgers’ band Chic opens. … Rock band Blue October plays a free 5 p.m. in-store at Waterloo Records to celebrate its new album “Home.” … Spring out the jams, Umphrey’s McGee plays Stubb’s. … Blues rocker Jonny Lang plays ACL Live. … Robert Earl Keen’s never-ending road leads to Nutty Brown Amphitheater. … Renowned singer-songwriter and onetime Austinite Lucinda Williams begins a two-night stand at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels. … Also formerly based in Austin were country duo Waterloo Revival, who return for a show at 3Ten, and rocker Javier Escovedo, who’s at Hotel Vegas. … Check out local record-release shows by Ducharme-Jones at One-2-One Bar and Mono in Stereo at Cactus Cafe. … Other local shows of note include David Pulkingham at Strange Brew, Jai Malano at Geraldine’s and the Belle Sounds at Saxon Pub, which also features guitarist Denny Freeman‘s weekly happy-hour gig. … Another Earth Day celebration lasts all weekend at the Tavern on Main in Buda, starting tonight with sets by Jeremy Nail, Bret Engel, Bukka Allen and Lew Card from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday bring more music from Mayeux & Broussard, Uncle Lucius’ Kevin Galloway and others.

SATURDAY

Drive-By Truckers at Burning Can Festival at Walter E. Long Municipal Park. Austin is a natural fit for the expansion of this Colorado festival that combines three of our city’s grand passions: music, beer and enjoying the outdoors. Before the festival gates open, there’s a Beer Relay that consists of 5K laps of the Decker Lake-side trail, with an option to chug between laps. Live music starts at 4 p.m. with local acts Tameca Jones and Whiskey Shivers leading into the mighty Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers, who put out a long-awaited live album last fall and have a new studio record coming later this year. $25-$40, 6614 Blue Bluff Road. burningcan.com. — D.S.S./P.B.

Also: Earth Day proper is Friday, but keep celebrating through the weekend with the official Earth Day ATX bash at the Mueller district’s Historic Browning Hangar. The event runs from noon to 7 p.m. and features music from Asleep at the Wheel, Ruby Jane & the Reckless, Sweet Spirit and Riders Against the Storm. … Head to the American-Statesman’s “Bat Lot” for the annual Louisiana Swamp Thing & Crawfish Boil with Rebirth Brass Band, Mingo Fishtrop, Dr. Zog and many more Cajun-themed bands, starting at 11 a.m. … Eclectic Bay Area band Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, who seemed to be everywhere at SXSW this year, return to headline the Mohawk’s outdoor stage with the Seratones. … Indie-rocker (and SXSW 2016 artist) Eleanor Friedberger, best known for her work with Fiery Furnaces, visits Sidewinder with Icewater. … Memphis country songwriter Chuck Jones stops in at Cactus Cafe. … Local trip-hoppers Digital Wild highlight an East of Cameron benefit at Hole in the Wall. … Saxon Pub’s several separate-ticketed shows include folk duo Dawn & Hawkes, country traditionalist James Hand and musi-comic duo Folk Uke.

SUNDAY

ABC’s Nashville in Concert at ACL Live. The recent shuttering of “American Idol” might suggest that the long run of television shows’ significant influence on popular music is coming to an end. Or perhaps it’s just mutating from reality-contest fare toward dramatic content, given the continued success of the ABC series “Nashville.” It’s connected enough with country audiences to warrant this tour, which features performances from cast members Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten and Aubrey Peeples. $39-$79. 7:30 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B.

Also: We’re still waiting on the solo debut from Girl In A Coma lead singer Nina Diaz, but she just celebrated three years of sobriety last month and her recent solo live performances have been outstanding. She plays a free afternoon show hosted by KUTX at Uncle Billy’s. … Tony Bennett is 89 years old and still performing remarkably well. He plays Bass Concert Hall. … It’s only April, but we’re going to go ahead and call it: The arena show with the highest has-been quotient of the year is Cedar Park Center’s abominably named “Enchanted Rockfest” featuring Bret Michaels, Ratt, Warrant, Jack Russell’s Great White, FireHouse and Steelheart. … One World Theatre presents a trio of folk-based singer songwriters as Austin’s own Eliza Gilkyson teams up with touring acts Mary Gauthier and Gretchen Peters. … The “Soul of a Musician” series at Iron Cactus North features Jonathan Terrell. … Other local options include the Jason Roberts Band at C-Boy’s, Clay McClinton at Strange Brew and Lavelle White at Antone’s, which also features a late show with Darius Jackson & the Mighty Texas Blues Band.


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