Weekend music picks: Celebrate an American tradition at the home of the blues


Antone’s 41st anniversary begins. Following the legendary blues club’s long tradition, the anniversary of its opening in the summer of 1975 is an extended affair, lasting a couple of weeks. It kicks off with a “Chicago blues weekend,” starting Friday with Henry Gray, whose 1940s-60s Windy City heyday before moving to Louisiana included a long run as Howlin Wolf’s pianist. Saturday brings 81-year-old guitarist Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, a fixture on the Chicago blues scene since the 1950s. $15-$17 each night; 10 p.m.

Miss Lavelle White. (Photo by Jay Janner/American-Statesman)
Miss Lavelle White. (Photo by Jay Janner/American-Statesman)

And Sunday happens to be local soul singer Miss Lavelle White’s 87th birthday, so the club is spicing up her regular 6:30 p.m. show with special guests including Marcia Ball, Benny Turner, Blues Boy Hubbard, Shelley King and Carolyn Wonderland. It’s a potluck, too, if you want to bring something to share. Bastrop teen duo the Peterson Brothers play Sunday’s late slot.  $10-$12.

Check antonesnightclub.com for the full slate of anniversary shows, which continue through July 16 at the club’s new location, 305 E. Fifth St. — P.B.

Also: Country fiddle master Charlie Daniels brings his band to the Nutty Brown Amphitheater. Check our interview with him on austin360.com. … Longtime Austin favorite Alejandro Escovedo, who moved to Dallas last year, returns for a two-night stand at the Continental Club. … Grizzly Hall hosts a bone-shaking, teeth-rattling double bill of rowdy Austin noise with Riverboat Gamblers and American Sharks. … Former Austinite Will Courtney returns to celebrate the release of his new disc “Planning Escapes” at Hotel Vegas with John Wesley Coleman, Ramsay Midwood and Siberian Traps. … Threadgill’s presents a tribute to honky-tonk great Gary Stewart with Weldon Henson, Mike Stinson and Rosie Flores.


Mitski at the Sidewinder. “Puberty 2,” the new release from NYC-based talent Mitski, is a collection of heart-on-the-sleeve indie rock rich with complex metaphors, gorgeous harmonies and grandiose instrumental flourishes. It’s a sophisticated take on teen angst that transcends self-indulgent cliches on waves of raw emotion, culminating in one of the year’s strongest releases. Japanese Breakfast and Jay Som open. $13. 8 p.m. doors. 715 Red River St. thesidewinderaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Also: Acclaimed singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov brings the tour for his latest album, which he recorded with the Colorado Symphony, to Emo’s with Dualtone Records artist Langhorne Slim opening. … The omnipresent Bob Schneider gets his Independence Day show in a little early at Nutty Brown Amphitheater. … It’s a pre-holiday smash of a bash at ABGB with local indie luminaries Black Joe Lewis, Sweet Spirit and Ghost Wolves. … Hometown teen sibling sensations Charlie Belle play indoors at Stubb’s with Nic Armstrong & the Thieves. … Folk-rock duo the Watters, recent transplants from Arizona, celebrate the release of their new album at the Parish. … Austin metal scene lifer Jason McMaster brings his Broken Teeth band to the new Grizzly Hall with Sigpop and Crimson Devils. … Strange Brew explores the bluesy side of the singer-songwriter spectrum with Northwest native Curtis Salgado at 9 p.m. and local Red House Records veteran Ray Bonneville at 7 p.m. … Longtime Austin folk-roots fixture Jimmy LaFave plays Threadgill’s. … Congress Avenue bar the Townsend celebrates its first anniversary with acoustic performances by Johnny Goudie, the Bluebonnets, Belle Sounds and more.


Rock Candy 4th of July Till I Die at the Grand. The Rock Candy DJs turn their regular Sunday and Monday stand at the pool hall on Airport Boulevard into a Lone Star-soaked rock ‘n’ roll rager for ’Murica. Atlanta power trio Dinos Boys headlines a bill that also includes the Bad Lovers, Sister Rays, Teenage Cavegirl and more. The evening kicks off with a backyard barbecue from 3 to 7 p.m with A Roy Orbison tribute set starting the music at 5:30 p.m. The party continues on Monday at 10 p.m. Free. 4631 Airport Blvd., Ste 121. Check the event’s Facebook page for more details. — D.S.S.

Also: Last decade’s emo darlings Dashboard Confessional headline a Cedar Park Center bill that also features Taking Back Sunday, Saosin and the Early November. … English electronica duo Way Out West visits Kingdom. … Local singer-songwriter Bonnie Whitmore will be recording her show at the Townsend live for video. … The 4 p.m. “Sunday Best” show at ABGB features up-and-coming local country act Sophia Johnson.

Author: Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith has been hanging out in dimly lit corners of the city soaking in the music scene for almost 20 years. Twitter: @deborific

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