“Mike Flanigin Meets the Relatives” at Antone’s. “What comes after ‘The Drifter’?” Mike Flanigin posed this question to himself on social media last week, by way of revealing the next step for the guitarist and B3 master in the wake of his remarkable 2015 album that featured a slew of big-name guests. (Or, as he put it, “a bunch of songs I wrote for other people to sing.”) His new batch of songs has come gradually and organically, written while simply walking around his house and playing guitar for a few months. Some of the material apparently derives from gospel and doo-wop, which made teaming with Dallas band the Relatives for this show at Austin’s blues hub a natural choice. Also joining him will be up-and-coming local country singer Carson McHone, along with a band that includes guitar ace Charlie Sexton. Adam Ahrens opens. $15. 10 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.
Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt-a-Whirl Band at Lone Star Court. Flanigin’s frequent blues-guitar collaborator Jimmie Vaughan has his own cool gig up north, kicking off this year’s Courtyard Concert Series at the Domain’s new Lone Star Court overnight getaway. Tickets to Vaughan’s performance are $25; those who book a room at the court for $189 get semi-private seating and an after-show at the hotel bar with more blues music from Lou Ann Barton, Denny Freeman, Derek O’Brien and others. Sounds a lot like Antone’s north, for a night. 8 p.m. 10901 Domain Drive. lonestarcourt.com. — P.B.
The Cure at Erwin Center. We don’t care if Monday’s blue, Tuesday’s gray and Wednesday, too, on Friday we’ll be at the Erwin Center reveling in the remnants of our teen angst with 10,000 or so of our former misfit friends. As Robert Smith and crew proved at their Austin City Limits Music Festival headline set a few years back, the songs that were the soundtrack to hundreds of late–night adolescent cries still pack an emotional wallop a few decades later. Twilight Sad opens. $20-$70. 7:30 p.m. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com. — D.S.S.
Also: Singer-songwriter Patty Griffin plays a benefit for Breakthrough Austin on the outdoor stage at Stubb’s. … Fans of Griffin also might dig the songs of Kentucky’s Daniel Martin Moore, who plays a little later at Sidewinder. … Reggae singer J Boog brings his irie vibes to the Parish. … British rocker Wreckless Eric visits Hole in the Wall. … Austin rock guitarist and songwriter John Evans celebrates the release of his new album “Polyester” at the Continental Club with Nic Armstrong & the Thieves. … Excellent electropop outfit Migrant Kids celebrate the release of the new EP “Primordial Soup” on a Cheer Up Charlie’s bill that includes the Digital Wild. … Dreamy shoegaze outfit Moving Panoramas play Barracuda, which also has a 6 p.m. show with John Wesley Coleman. … Other top local options include Matt the Electrician and Dana Falconberry at Cactus Cafe, Croy & the Boys and Christy Hays at ABGB, the Elias Haslanger Quartet at the Elephant Room and Miss Lavelle White at El Mercado Backstage. … The new KUTX Live free music series at Mueller Lake Park pairs a kid-friendly band with a slightly more mature act for the grown folk. This week kicks off with a Latin dance party from El Tule followed by the soulful stylings of Tameca Jones. … It’s about two hours northwest of town and the tickets are pricey at $250 and up, but the Cherokee Creek Music Festival outside the small town of Cherokee offers a chance to hear up-close performances by John Fogerty, Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Counting Crows and more.
Jmblya at the Statesman parking lot. After three years in New Braunfels, ace production company Scoremore brings the spring hip-hop rager home to downtown Austin. The hottest names in party rap — Future and Rae Sremmurd — headline a bill with a solid undercard of emerging talent, including South by Southwest standout Kehlani. This is an all-ages event and tickets are sold out so it’s safe to assume there are loads of kids set to turn up in our “bat lot.” Technically sold out. 3 p.m. gates. 305 S. Congress Ave. jmblya.com. — D.S.S.
Rihanna at Erwin Center. Rihanna 2016 is peak Rihanna. She’s wild and fearsome and quite possibly making a few life choices she might come to regret. The flipside to the ferocity is the raw vulnerability of a woman who was forced into the spotlight on her very worst days. The heartache still runs deep, but she hit bottom, then wrote the story of her reascendance on her own terms. Reigning king of the turn up, Travis $cott, opens. $30-$126. 7:30 p.m. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com. — D.S.S.
Also: Aussie alt-rockers Atlas Genius and intergalactic hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030 headline the beer and music festival Untapped at the (we hope dry) Carson Creek Ranch. … Little Steven’s Underground Garage, the syndicated radio outlet of Springsteen guitarist Steven Van Zandt, presents a pummeling triple bill of raw rock ’n’ roll with the Sonics, Woggles and Barrence Whitfield on the Mohawk’s outdoor stage. … Open your heart (and your wallet) to recover from a lifetime of “Wicked Games” as Chris Isaak headlines the Paramount/Stateside theaters’ anniversary gala. … Dig the classic country-rock Bakersfield tones of Dwight Yoakam at Nutty Brown Amphitheater. … Native Nebraskan singer-songwriter Josh Rouse, who’s lived in Spain for most of the past decade as he has continued to release quality folk-pop records, begins a two-night stand at Cactus Cafe. … Two hometown indie favorites celebrate the release of new albums: A. Sinclair at ABGB with Otis the Destroyer, and the Deer at the Parish with Blue Healer and Annabelle Chairlegs. … Roots-rockers the Booze Weasels, featuring the onetime Joe Ely backing crew of guitarists David Grissom and David Holt plus bassist Jimmy Pettit and drummer Davis McLarty, play a once-in-a-blue-moon reunion gig at the Continental Club. … Other top local options include Big Cat at Antone’s, which also features a happy-hour set from Earl Poole Ball, and Kelley Mickwee at Geraldine’s. … The two-day Farmgrass fest in Niederwald south of Austin features sets by Danny Barnes, Shinyribs and others.
Reckless Kelly’s Celebrity Softball Jam at Dell Diamond. The softball jam was created by brothers Willy and Cody Braun, who anchor the roots-rock band Reckless Kelly, to merge the worlds of music and sports in a way that benefits the community. Now in its eighth year, the jam has raised more than $300,000 for area youth sports leagues and field restorations. A bunch of high-profile acts, including Ray Benson, Cody Canada & the Departed, William Clark Green, Kyle Park and Wade Bowen, were just added to a lineup that already had Micky & the Motorcars, Cory Morrow, Shinyribs and the Peterson Brothers. Athletes playing this year include baseball players Glenn Wilson Sr. and Jr., as well as Austin360 food writer Addie Broyles. $20-$30. Kids 12 and younger free. Game starts at 1 p.m., concert begins at 3. Dell Diamond, 3400 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock rkcsj.org. — D.S.S./P.B.
Also: Some things will never change, though the backing band has, as Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers play Stubb’s outdoors with Jackie Greene. … Epistrophy Arts presents renowned German jazz saxophonist and clarinetist Peter Brotzmann with his quartet at North Door. … Swedish band Arrival brings its popular “Music of Abba” show to One World Theatre for two shows. … Old-school Austin singer-songwriter Brian Cutean stops in at Radio Coffee & Beer. … Local electro-soul artist Mobley plays a free afternoon show at Uncle Billy’s for KUTX Live. … Catch first-class jazz from the Mitch Watkins Trio at the Elephant Room. … The Townsend welcomes back Austin native Will Sexton for a 7 p.m. show with singer-songwriter Betty Soo. … Top country options include the Wagoneers early and Heybale late at the Continental Club, Dale Watson’s afternoon show at C-Boy’s, and Jim Stringer & the AM Band at El Mercado Backstage.