Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic at Circuit of the Americas. 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 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. $39.50-$85 (VIP also available for $300-$500; separate camping and RV fees run $45-$350). Gates open at 11 a.m.; the concert usually concludes with Willie’s set a little after midnight. You can bring in a clear one-quart bag of food (per person) along with a 20-ounce water bottle (refillable at water fountains). 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com. — P.B.
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Also: ABGB celebrates the holiday with a 5 p.m. set by local R&B revelers the Soul Supporters before a group bike ride to Auditorium Shores for the fireworks. … Rock Candy 4th of July Till I Die continues at the Grand with Pleasers, Jean and the Dino Boys.
“Customer Appreciation Day” at Antone’s. As part of its 41st-anniversary fortnight, the revived Antone’s says thanks to those who have helped its new downtown location get off to a strong start in the first half of 2016, opening their doors for free admission to both the early and late shows. Blues harmonica ace Josh Fulero and friends play the 10 p.m. show, but the best deal may well be the 6:30 p.m. set by the so-called Antone’s Big Trio, which actually features five of the city’s top blues players: Guitar great Denny Freeman, ubiquitous bassist Sarah Brown, Exiles/Bluebonnets firestarter Eve Monsees, and Keller Brothers Cory and Mike. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — P.B.
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Also: Houston singer-songwriter Libby Koch celebrates the release of her new CD at Saxon Pub, which features guitar great Davis Grissom for happy hour. … Barracuda keeps its new “This Ain’t No Armadillo” weekly country show rolling with Aaron McDonnell, Jesse Harris and J.D. Clark. … Always a draw in the happy-hour slot at the Continental Club is singer Toni Price, with James McMurtry playing upstairs later at the Continental Gallery. … Other local options include Dickie Lee Erwin at the Skylark Lounge, Donn & the Station Masters at Donn’s Depot, and Band of Babies, Dave Scher and Durawa at Strange Brew.
Austin Mic Exchange at Spiderhouse Ballroom. Austin’s popular weekly hip-hop open mic moves from Tuesday to Wednesday and expands. The open mic portion of the night shifts into the 8 to 11 p.m. slot, and the event adds a “Beat Connection” producer showcase and interactive cipher at the end of the night. Each night will include a 20-minute headline set from an AMX artist, and the last Wednesday of each month will feature a touring act. 2908 Fruth St. spiderhouseaustin.com. — D.S.S.
Also: Austin360 Amphitheater is sold out for eclectic chart-toppers Twenty One Pilots, whose new album “Suicide Squad” is due out next month, plus Mutemath and Chef’s Special. … The first installment of the seasonal “Sound & Cinema” music and film series on the lawn in front of the Long Center features Adrian Quesada’s psychedelic road trip project the Echocentrics, followed by “Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom.” … Local indie-rockers A. Sinclair spotlight songs from their recent Dangerbird Records debut “Get Out of the City” with a 5 p.m. free in-store at Waterloo Records, as a prelude to Thursday’s tour kickoff show at Barracuda. … Other top local options include James McMurtry at the Continental Club late, Warren Hood at ABGB early, and the Sour Notes indoors at Stubb’s with Los Angeles trio Groves opening.
“Blue Ain’t the Word: A Tribute to Ray Price” at Continental Club. Ironic, perhaps, that the ringleaders of this annual salute to the late, legendary Texan are a band that hails from Canada, but honky-tonkers the Rizdales are proud of their love for Price’s timeless music. Support comes from an A-list of local backers including guitarist Casper Rawls, bassist Kevin Smith and drummer Tom Lewis, with a star-studded cast of guest singers including Johnny Bush, James Hand, Teri Joyce, Susanna Van Tassel, Amber Digby and Ricky Broussard. $10. 10 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — P.B.
Also: The big news on the horizon for American Aquarium leader BJ Barham of North Carolina is his first solo album, due out next month. In the meantime, though, he’s bringing his full alt-country ensemble to 3Ten for a show with local opener Ben Ballinger. … KGSR’s “Unplugged at the Grove” series continues with Shane Smith & the Saints at Shady Grove. … Jared Leibowich of hometown garage faves the Zoltars kicks off a solo tour at Hotel Vegas. … Other top local options include Soul Supporters, Los Coast and Paul Oscher at C-Boy’s, Two Hoots & a Holler at the Highball, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at the Continental Gallery, the Cornell Hurd Band at Patsy’s Cowgirl Cafe and the Derailers at the Broken Spoke.