This week’s music picks: Here comes Rhymin’ Simon, at Bass and on ‘Austin City Limits’

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Suzanna Choffel. Photo by Stevan Alcala


Austin Blues Revue with Marcia Ball at One-2-One Bar. It’s a pricey ticket, but this recurring after-work dinner-and-music series that targets the “upscale business” crowd features gourmet food along with top blues performers. This time it’s boogie-woogie piano great Marcia Ball, who’ll be performing with series’ extended backing band, plus opening act Mighty Mike Schermer & the Texas Horns. $55-$99. 5:30 p.m. 1509 S. Lamar Blvd. — P.B.

Also: This week’s guest of Christine Albert and Bill Kirchen’s Mystery Monday show at El Mercado Backstage is the great New Mexico songwriter Bill Hearne. … Catch indie-country singer-songwriter Christy Hays at Stay Gold. … You can’t go wrong with residencies at the Continental Club (country with Dale Watson & His Lonestars), Continental Gallery (jazz with Church on Monday), Saxon Pub (folk-rock with Lonelyland), Antone’s (blues with Derek O’Brien’s Blue Monday band ), the Highball (soul with the Nightowls and Matchmaker Band), and Donn’s Depot (piano favorites with Chris Gage).


Paul Simon at Bass Concert Hall. Lifetime fans of Rhymin’ Simon no doubt will be intrigued to get a sneak preview of his new “Stranger to Stranger,” due out June 3. Simon worked extensively on the new album with Italian beatmaster and musical synthesist Cristiano Crisci (aka Clap! Clap!). From the early heyday of Simon & Garfunkel through the worldly adventures of “Graceland” to the theater-inspired “Songs From the Capeman,” Simon has consistently sought out different sounds. No doubt he’ll supplement the new stuff with plenty of old favorites in this two-night stand at Bass (he also plays Wednesday), which will be followed by a Thursday taping of “Austin City Limits” at ACL Live. $64.50-$134.50. 8 p.m. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. — P.B.

Also: After a recent near-breakup in Utah, emotional indie rockers Beach Slang play Sidewinder with Dyke Drama and Gentlemen Rogues. … Rocker Todd Rundgren plays a sold out show at 3Ten. …Barracuda hosts a night of hard and heavy rock headlined by Torche. … Guitarist Murali Coryell plays the weekly Durawa show at Strange Brew. … Country rocker Clay McClinton is at Saxon Pub, which features guitarist David Grissom at happy hour.


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Freddie Gibbs at Parish. A new-school gangsta from Gary, Indiana, Gibbs burst into the national consciousness with his excellent 2014 collaboration with legendary hip-hop producer Madlib. The streetwise quick-spitter has steadily been rising through the ranks of rap talent ever since. Maryland rapper Jay IDK opens. $18. 8:30 p.m. 214 E. Sixth St. — D.S.S.

Suzanna Choffel. Photo by Stevan Alcala

Suzanna Choffel takes part in a Nobelity Project benefit on Wednesday at Gibson Guitar Showroom. Photo by Stevan Alcala

4×4 for the Nobelity Project at Gibson Guitar Showroom. A fundraiser the Nobelity Project’s effort to build two new modern classrooms for preschoolers in Mweiga, Kenya, the latest installment in this acoustic concert series will feature four-song sets by local acts Big Cat, the Trishas, Suzanna Choffel and Jeff Plankenhorn. The $50 admission includes catered food and drinks. 7 p.m. doors. 3601 S. Congress Ave. — P.B.

Also: Oklahoma punks Red City Radio stop in at Sidewinder. … Los Angeles singer-songwriter Jonah Smith highlights his new album “Easy Prey,” released on Austin label Music Road Records, at the Townsend with Jason Blum. … Rising blues talent Jackie Venson kicks off a Wednesday residency at Geraldine’s. … Sun Radio’s Texas Radio Live at Guero’s features Jimmy Haddox & the Mustangs plus Ruby Dee & the Snake Handlers. … Jazz group Will Taylor & Strings Attached welcome guitarists David Grissom and Glenn Rexach to their weekly residency at El Mercado Backstage. … Other top local options include Barbara Nesbitt and Johnny Nicholas at Saxon Pub, Marshall Hood and Mayeux & Broussard at the White Horse, and Wrenfro and Chris Gage at Strange Brew.


Ian McLagan Birthday Tribute at Continental Club. It’s been a year and a half since longtime Austinite and legendary Small Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan’s death, but he’s still remembered fondly by a great many Austinites. McLagan’s son recently donated a treasure trove of Ian’s papers and historical artifacts to the University of Texas’ Briscoe Center, and his songs live on through his fellow musicians. Taking part in this show are locals Nakia, Shoulders and the Mooks, as well as Javier Escovedo & the City Lights from Southern California and the Footnotes from Houston. The $10 admission benefits the SIMS Foundation in honor of John Winsor, another recently departed local musician. 10 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. — P.B.

Also: B3 organ player Mike Flanigin, whose album “The Drifter” was one of Austin’s most prominent releases of 2015, may dig into some new material when he plays KGSR’s “Unplugged at the Grove” series at Shady Grove. … Austin singer-songwriter Amy Cook teams up with Nashville’s Amelia White at Cactus Cafe. … Alabama country band Drake White & the Big Fire play indoors at Stubb’s. … Sidewinder presents a quadruple bill of female-fronted indie bands Kay Odyssey, Suspirians, Moonsicles and Gossamer Frontier. … Strange Brew features sets from guitarist Redd Volkaert and husband-wife duo Ducharme-Jones.

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