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.
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.