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Riders Against The Storm performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Saturday October 10, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Riders Against The Storm performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Saturday October 10, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Our full Summer Music Guide comes out June 3, but temperatures are already rising, so we’ll be rolling out preview sections all weekend long. Here’s a selection of day parties and special events.

June 18: I Still Miss Liberty Lunch: The Reunion at ABGB. More than 3,500 Facebook users subscribe to a group called “I Still Miss Liberty Lunch” that helped spawn this event, but many more thousands of Austinites visited the legendary Second Street music venue during its ’80s and ’90s heyday. Era-appropriate acts Fastball, the Reivers, Wild Seeds, Pressure and more will perform, and recently unearthed Lunch memorabilia will be auctioned off. The whole thing benefits the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. — P.B.

June 18: Second Street Soundcheck. More than two dozen local acts, including Walker Lukens, East Cameron Folkcore, Tameca Jones and Moving Panoramas, will perform at this free festival, presented on two stages along Second Street just west of Congress Avenue. 2ndstreetdistrict.com— P.B.

June 29: Gorilla vs. Bear 5 at Parish. The influential Dallas-based music blog hosts a blowout bash featuring New Zealand’s electro-pop outfit Yumi Zouma, who dropped their debut full-length at the end of May. gorillavsbear.net — D.S.S.

July 4: Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic. The grandaddy of all summertime music bashes in Texas, Willie’s picnic is back at Circuit of the Americas for the second straight year, with music from noon to midnight in the large Austin360 Amphitheater Stage and the smaller Grand Plaza. Longtime Picnic faves such as Kris Kristofferson, Leon Russell and Billy Joe Shaver join comparative newcomers including Jamey Johnson & Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack and Brantley Gilbert, to name just a few of the performers. More info.  — P.B.

Willie Nelson performs at the 2015 Fourth of July Picnic held at the Circuit of the Americas. ERIKA RICH / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Willie Nelson performs at the 2015 Fourth of July Picnic held at the Circuit of the Americas. ERIKA RICH / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Aug. 27: RAS Day at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard. The core mission of husband/wife duo Riders Against the Storm is bigger than hip-hop. They are building a movement. A year after the City of Austin named August 29, 2013, “RAS Day,” they launched this annual celebration that combines musical performances with yoga, meditation, dance workshops and samples of healthy food and drinks. Avant jazz space travelers, Sun Ra Arkestra headline this year’s lineup. More info. — D.S.S.

Sept 3: Lovestream Festival in Pan Am Park. The Original Wailers, featuring one-time Bob Marley guitarist Al Anderson, headline this first-year fest. Jamaican band Third World and Tejano artist Sunny Sauceda also perform with a solid roster of local support. In addition to music the festival aims to “stimulate your senses.” Organizers promise reggae yoga, Gong Kundalini mixed with EDM and a witches market offering magic products, love spells and more. lovestreamfestival.com

Sept. 18: Yacht Rock Revival at ACL Live. You don’t have to own a yacht to be stuck in a loop of 1970s radio nostalgia. If that’s your particular cup of Ambrosia (yes, some of their members are part of this lineup), you’ll probably want to hop aboard this landlocked cruise that also includes Robbie “Steal Away” Dupree, Matthew “Break My Stride” Wilder and others. — P.B.


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