Weekend music picks: Beyond Levitation lies violins, country and ‘Galveston’

FRIDAY

Black Violin plays Friday at the Long Center. Photo by Brian Stollery

Black Violin plays Friday at the Long Center. Photo by Brian Stollery

Black Violin at Long Center. The classically trained duo lay virtuous violin licks over classic hip-hop breakbeats provided live by a funky backline. In the process, they exploit and evolve the natural cinematic tensions of an art form built around aural collage. How legit is it? Rappers Pharoahe Monch and Black Thought and jazz musician Robert Glasper all blessed their 2015 album “StereoTypes” with guest spots. $29-$49. 8 p.m. 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org. — D.S.S.

Also: Travis County officials have canceled Levitation Fest over concerns of severe weather expected to enter the Austin area later today. Refunds will be issued. Some artists’ performances may get rescheduled at venues in town; check for updates on our Austin Music Source blog and on the Levitation website. … Indie Brits Foals hit Emo’s with Kiev. … Justin Furstenfeld’s emotional alt-rock continues to draw a fanatical following and Blue October’s outdoor show at Stubb’s to celebrate the band’s new album “Home” is sold out. … Memphis soul powerhouse the Bo-Keys mark the release of their new record “Heartaches By the Number” with a two-night stand at Antone’s. … Also beginning a two-night stand is North Carolina jam band Papadosio, at the Parish. … Playing two shows in one night are ’90s country hitmakers Sawyer Brown, at One World Theatre. … Local reggae rockers and possible yoga enthusiasts Sun Salutation celebrate the release of their newest “Spirals” at Empire. … Art City Austin at Palmer Events Center features Eric Tessmer and Barbara Nesbitt on the Black Fret Stage. … Other top local options include Miss Lavelle White at El Mercado Backstage, Shoulders at Carousel Lounge, Oliver Rajamani at Cactus Cafe, Don Leady & His Rockin’ Revue at ABGB and James Hand at the Broken Spoke.

SATURDAY

iHeart Country Festival at the Erwin Center. The third annual version of this event, which is really more of a marathon concert than a festival, features abbreviated sets from some of mainstream country radio’s most-played artists. Performers include Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Miranda Lambert, Lee Brice, Chris Young, Keith Urban and the Zac Brown Band. New this year is a free afternoon show from 3 to 6 p.m. at the venue’s north box office plaza with sets by Bobby Bones & the Raging Idiots, Granger Smith, LoCash, Chris Lane and Maren Morris. $25-$375. 7 p.m. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com. — P.B.

Also: Get an early look at the new Grizzly Hall on East Riverside with a show featuring Last Judgment, Nekrist and Gathered at the Gallows. … The Parish isn’t usually Austin’s prime venue for metal tours, but that’s where you’ll find Detroit’s Black Dahlia Murder along with Fallujah and Disentomb. … C-Boy’s serves up Louisiana zydeco with Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie. … Get down for Latin Dance Night at Hotel Vegas with El Tule, La Frenetika and Mama K & the Shades. … Another East of Cameron benefit at Hole in the Wall features the appropriately named East Cameron Folkcore plus Town Hall Devils. … Indie Americana act Sour Bridges records a live album indoors at Stubb’s. … Strange Brew presents a Billy Joel tribute with local artists including Kacy Crowley, Jeff Plankenhorn, Lisa Tingle and Betty Soo. … Art City Austin at Palmer Events Center features locals Jackie Venson, Zeale and Barfield on its Black Fret Stage. … Other top local options include Will Johnson at Cactus Cafe, Joe King Carrasco at the Townsend, W.C. Clark at Saxon Pub, Leo Rondeau and Ramsay Midwood at ABGB and the LeRoi Brothers at the Continental Club with Don Leady & His Rockin’ Revue.

SUNDAY

Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years at One World Theatre. “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston” — if many of Glen Campbell’s early hits seemed of a piece with each other, it was because Jimmy Webb was behind them. One of the great songwriters of the 20th century, Webb still tours as a solo pianist and singer, known for telling insightful stories between playing the hits he’s written for dozens of artists. This show focuses specifically on his long relationship with Campbell, featuring archival photos and videos plus duets with recordings of Campbell’s voice. See Thursday’s American-Statesman and mystatesman.com for a full preview of the show. $25-$65. 7 p.m. 7701 Bee Caves Road. oneworldtheatre.org. — P.B.

Also: Christian rock rules at Cedar Park Center with the Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, OBB and Ryan Stevenson. … The Silversun Pickups bring their eerie exercise in buoyant paranoia to Stubb’s outdoor. … Brooklyn indie band Highly Suspect visits the Parish. … Upstate New York teenage rocker McKinley James plays the first of two nights at the Continental Club. … Art City Austin’s music offerings at Palmer Events Center wrap up with Tameca Jones, Hard Proof and Dan Dyer on the Black Fret Stage.


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