Weekend music picks: Keep Austin weird and wonderful with Sweet Spirit, Flatlanders and more

FRIDAY

Flatlanders at Hogg Auditorium. Increasingly used in recent months for acts too big for any of the Texas Union’s venues, this old University of Texas hall holds a certain charm that has proven a good fit for acts ranging from Yo La Tengo to Lucinda Williams. As such, an infrequent reconvening of Flatlanders compadres Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock seems well placed here, given that the band has a long history as well. $45-$65. 7:30 p.m. 2300 Whitis Ave. cactuscafe.org. — P.B.

Austin band A Giant Dog recently signed with Merge Records. From left: Danny Blanchard, Sabrina Ellis, Andrew Cashen, Andy Bauer, Graham Low PHOTO BY SEAN DAIGLE

Austin band A Giant Dog recently signed with Merge Records. Photo by Sean Daigle

Also: It’s been four years since singer-songwriter Clarence Greenwood, aka Citizen Cope, put out an album, but demand apparently is still high enough for his solo acoustic show to warrant the outdoor stage at Stubb’s. … Jazz band the Rippingtons’ 30th-anniversary tour lands at One World Theater on the release date of their new album “True Stories.” … Local musician Graham Wilkinson celebrates the release of his new record “Because of You” at the Continental Club. … French dance music star Brodinski plays the Mohawk’s outdoor stage. … Red hot rapper Azizi Gibson plays Empire. … Back from touring behind their Merge Records debut, hometown rockers A Giant Dog headline at Beerland with Big Bill and Pleasure Venom. … L.A. rapper Abstract Rude blessed a track on Mindz of a Different Kind’s explosive debut full-length “Foursight.” Now ATX hip-hop’s hungriest young crew shares a stage with the indie rap heavy at Grizzly Hall. … Far east dive Sahara Lounge hosts “Eastside Soul Sessions: Afrosoul meets Chicano Soul” with Big Band Tejano, Afrofreque, Como las Movies and more. … Talking Heads tribute band HeartByrne is at the Parish with Bidwell’s Armada. … El Paso’s rowdyDirty River Boys kick up dust at Antone’s. … Top local options include the Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan starting a weekend stand at C-Boy’s, Eve & the Exiles at Geraldine’s, and Guy Forsyth at the Oasis.

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SATURDAY

Lake Street Dive at Stubb’s. Singer Rachael Price and her Boston cohorts have hit on something hot with their brass-punctuated, jazz-inflected material. A gradual rise through the Americana ranks bubbled over with this year’s new album “Side Pony,” which topped Billboard’s rock, folk and alternative charts. Walker Lukens & the Side Arms open. $22.50-$25. 7 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com. — P.B.

Keep Austin Weird Fest at Veteran’s Pocket Park. Celebrate the eclectic spirit of our town with wacky costumes, a sideshow of local oddities and a lineup featuring Austin artists Quiet Company, Sweet Spirit and Cilantro Boombox. This year the event moves from the Long Center to Veteran’s Pocket Park and the grounds of the American Legion near Deep Eddy. $30. 3 p.m. gates. 404 Atlanta St. Keepaustinweirdfest.com. — D.S.S.

Also: A member of Robert Plant’s short-lived Band of Joy project, Nashville songwriter Darrell Scott has written big hits for many country stars, but he turns his attention largely toward the songs of other writers who influenced him on his new “Couchville Sessions” album. Catch him at Cactus Cafe. … Austin rockers My Jerusalem celebrate the release of their new album “A Little Death” at 3Ten with Ringo Deathstarr. … Kevin Russell, the man who would be Shinyribs, brings his ever-expanding band to the Parish (the show has been moved from the Scoot Inn) with outsider artist Lonnie Holley. … Antone’s features the New Orleans sounds of Cha Wa plus an early show with longtime Austin blues-rockers Omar & the Howlers. … Kansas City alt-country faves Split Lip Rayfield visit the White Horse. … The Continental Club features an eclectic night of locals with the zombified Dead Music Capital, old-school punkers Pong, adventurous instrumentalists My Education and blues singing great Lou Ann Barton. … A Wilco tribute at Stay Gold includes locals Summer Swells, Star Parks, Ali Holder and others. … More local options include 1960s psych-scene vets Bubble Puppy at Threadgill’s, blues upstarts the Peterson Brothers at Guero’s with Don Leady, and rocker Nick Armstrong at ABGB with Outskirts.

SUNDAY

Brenda Schlaudt Nicholas memorial at Saxon Pub. The wife of the Saxon’s longtime Wednesday-residency fixture Johnny Nicholas, Brenda came to Austin from Port Arthur along with friend Clifford Antone in the 1970s and helped him start the original Antone’s nightclub downtown. She met Johnny there, and after they got married, they opened the Hill Top Cafe, a restaurant and music venue in Cherry Spring near Fredericksburg. Brenda died June 18 after fighting lymphoma and then leukemia. The lineup for this memorial makes it clear just how beloved she was by a wide range of Austin musicians: Marcia Ball, Butch Hancock, Augie Meyers, Earl Poole Ball, Denny Freeman, Willy & Cody Braun of Reckless Kelly, Malford Milligan, David Grissom, Floyd Domino, Ernie Durawa, Walt Wilkins, Red Young, Clay McClinton, and Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent. Proceeds from the door and a silent auction will benefit alternative cancer therapy programs. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. thesaxonpub.com. — P.B.

Naytronix at Mohawk indoor. In his solo project, Tuneyards bassist Nate Brenner ditches frontwoman Merrill Garbus’ frenetic electro-grinder to make impressionist pop songs that waft through dreamy changes on waves of subdued emotion. His 2015 release “Mister Divine” is a perfect soundtrack for a hazy, lazy summer night. Doors at 9 p.m. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Also: Arizona rockers Gin Blossoms, known for their ’90s hits “Hey Jealousy” and “Til I Hear It From You,” play One World Theatre. … Grand Dame of Austin blues, Miss Lavelle White holds it down at Antone’s. … Texas country mainstayJason Eady teams up with Courtney Patton at Strange Brew.


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