Weekend music picks: Weirdly human, prefab starlet Selena Gomez and Austin music extravaganzas

FRIDAY

Selena Gomez at Erwin Center. Texas native and on-the-record Whataburger enthusiast Selena Gomez zeroed in on a winning formula with last year’s album, after an endless journey of Disney servitude and indistinct dance-pop mediocrity. “Revival” and its spare, quirky dirty talk — see the panting foreplay of “Good For You” and the weird, whispery “Hands To Myself” — often get tagged as “mature.” But what sets Gomez, a prefab starlet if there ever was one, apart is how weirdly human she comes across the whole time. DNCE and Bahari open. $42-$99. 7:30 p.m. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com. — Eric Webb

Old Crow Medicine Show, Margo Price at Stubb’s. Though Old Crow is the headliner here, and rightfully so given their decade-long status as top-draws on the Americana/string-band scene, it’s Margo Price who has the big buzz at present. A honky-tonk award winner at February’s Ameripolitan Awards show at the Paramount, Price rode a big buzz into South by Southwest that got even bigger when she appeared on “Saturday Night Live” in April. $30-$32. 7 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com. — P.B.

Also: The actual summer solstice isn’t until Monday, but Solstice Fest pre-parties with some of Austin’s top up-and-coming acts are popping up at prime clubs all over town on Friday as a precursor to Saturday’s festival in Pan Am Park. Participating venues include Empire, the Mohawk, the Parish, Scoot Inn, Stay Gold, Sidewinder, the Blackheart, Sahara Lounge, the Gatsby and Spider House Ballroom. Check solsticeatx.com for all the lineups. … Dutch electronica sensation Oliver Heldens visits Emo’s. … Antone’s imports the sounds of New Orleans with the Joe Krown Trio featuringWalter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste. … Nashville-by-way-of-South-Carolina singer-songwriter Chuck Cannon stops in at Cactus Cafe. … Pennsylvania rockers Superheaven play Barracuda with Creepoid and Spirit of the Beehive. … The double-bill of Joe Pug and Jeff Plankenhorn that was rained out on June 3 gets its rescheduled date at Threadgill’s. …Top local options include the Mike Flanigin Trio with guitar great Jimmie Vaughan beginning a two-night stand at C-Boy’s, power-poppers Wrenfro at ABGB and the soulful roots sounds of the Jeff Plankenhorn Band at Geraldine’s.

SATURDAY

Solstice Fest in Pan Am Park. Now in its third year, this local music extravaganza presents an impressive cross-genre lineup. The top tier includes art rock outfit Octopus Project, chamber pop orchestra Mother Falcon, funky jazz pranksters Golden Dawn Arkestra, hip-hop conquerors Riders Against the Storm and hard rock powerhouses Ume and Austin360’s June artist of the month Megafauna. The undercard is loaded with a who’s who of Austin’s soon to be favorite bands. Your $25 wristband includes entry to numerous club shows before and after the main event. Gates at noon. 2100 E. Third St. solsticeatx.com. — D.S.S.

Tameca Jones performs with Grupo Fantasma.

Tameca Jones performs with Grupo Fantasma.

Second Street Soundcheck. More than two dozen local acts, including Walker Lukens, East Cameron Folkcore, Tameca Jones and Moving Panoramas, will perform at this fifth annual free festival, presented on two stages along Second Street just west of Congress Avenue. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. 2ndstreetdistrict.com. — P.B.

Also: Now a half-dozen albums into a solo country career, though he still plays occasionally with his Hootie & the Blowfish mates, Darius Rucker visits the Austin360 Amphitheater. Dan + Shay and Michael Ray open. … Though Austin country couple Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis lately have been pursuing separate ventures — Willis did some shows with her former band Radio Ranch and Robison just launched his new “The Next Waltz” web series — they team up again for an ACL Live show that also features stellar singer-songwriter John Fullbright of Oklahoma. … Ernie Sky & the K-Tels, kingpins of Austin R&B in the early-mid 1980s, reunite at Antone’s. … If you’d rather go a lot further back to the big-band heyday, head to Strange Brew, which features two shows with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. … Singer-songwriter Ricky Stein celebrates the release of his new album “Long Summer” at the Blackheart. … Other top local options include Big Cat at El Mercado Backstage, Mingo Fishtrap at 3Ten with KP & the Boom Boom and Peter Wagner, and W.C. Clark plus Bobby Whitlock & Coco Carmel at the Saxon Pub.

SUNDAY

“Soul of a Musician” series with Tim Easton at Iron Cactus North. Aside from the occasional Cedar Park Center concert, live music options north of Highway 183 are few and far between. As such, this seasonal Sunday series sponsored by St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church is a great find for north-enders. This week’s installment even warrants making the hike from lower-Austin hoods: Tim Easton, an Ohioan whose troubadour rambles have taken him to Joshua Tree, Alaska and most recently Nashville, has proven to be one of Americana’s most compelling singer-songwriters across a string of albums going back to the late 1990s. Free. 6:30 p.m. 10001 Stonelake Blvd. facebook.com/soulofamusicianseries. — P.B.

Also: North Carolina indie-folk-rock juggernaut the Avett Brothers’ decision to play ACL Live means you had to get tickets early before the quick sellout. … ACL’s new street-level venue 3Ten also sold out all the chairs for its first seated show, with acclaimed singer-songwriter Joshua Radin and opener Reed Turner. Some standing-room tickets may be added. … New-age instrumental guru Yanni brings the tour for his new album “Sensuous Chill” to Bass Concert Hall. … Comedy-country performer Wheeler Walker Jr. plays the new East Riverside club Grizzly Hall. … Strange Brew features a duo performance from local string standouts Warren Hood and Kym Warner.


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