This week’s music picks: Miller pickin’ with Cotton, Young People’s Chorus and more


Emily King at Parish. With a silky voice, stylish sophistication and an expansive aesthetic, King’s music is well-suited to this era of soulful fusion. The progeny of a jazz singing-duo, King grew up in New York immersed in the city’s vibrant music scene. Her 2015 album “The Switch” was a collection of sweeping emotional declarations, graceful meditations and surprisingly funky grooves. With the 2016 release of a new deluxe edition of the album, her career is taking flight and this is likely your last chance to catch her in such a small venue. PJ Morton opens. $16. 7 p.m. doors. 214 E. Sixth St. — D.S.S.

Also: Australian roots-music throwback performer CW Stoneking brings the tour for his new album “Gon’ Boogaloo” to the indoor stage at Stubb’s. … National nonprofit MusiCares teams with the SIMS Foundation to present a sober jam at Gibson Showroom. Open blues jam starts at 7 p.m., followed by an open mic and another blues jam. … Nashville country-rockers Loving Mary visit Strange Brew. … Longtime locals in action include Van Wilks at One-2-One Bar, Don Leady & His Rockin’ Revue at Antone’s and Dale Watson returning to his Monday slot at the Continental Club after a few weeks away.


Steve Miller Band with James Cotton at Statesman Skyline Theater. Dallas-raised Miller is a brand new member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, though it’s likely not something he’d tout on his resume, given the harsh words he had for the Hall following the induction ceremony in April. Still, he remains one of the most commercially successful Texas musicians of the rock era, with smashes such as “The Joker,” “Jet Airliner” and “Fly Like an Eagle” that became 1970s cultural touchstones. His Texas roots extend deeper into the blues tradition, as evidenced by the late addition of harmonica great James Cotton as a guest in Miller’s band for this show. Opening is eclectic Colorado outfit Big Head Todd & the Monsters, whose own 1990s rock-radio heyday also earned them a following on the jam-band circuit. $49-$154. 7 p.m. 701 W. Riverside Drive. — P.B.

Ruthie Foster. Photo by Jay Janner, American-Statesman.

Ruthie Foster joins the Young People’s Chorus of New York City at the Paramount. Photo by Jay Janner/American-Statesman

Young People’s Chorus of New York City with Ruthie Foster at the Paramount. A welcome model of diversity in a politically charged season, this choral group, directed by Francisco J. Núñez, is also looking to expand with an Austin chapter. That’s one reason the chorus, which formed in 1988, is making its first-ever visit to Texas for this Paramount performance, which will include selections from the songbooks of George Gershwin, Stephen Foster, Leonard Bernstein and Paul Simon. Powerhouse Austin singer Ruthie Foster will join in as a special guest. $25-$100. 7:30 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. — P.B.

Also: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler plays Bass Concert Hall. See our feature on for an interview with Tyler. … Japanese experimental metal band Boris plays the Mohawk outside. … Louisiana’s Rod Melancon plays songs from his new EP “LA 14” at Buzz Mill. … Catch troubadour James McMurtry early and trumpeter Ephraim Owens late at the Continental Gallery. … Local singer-songwriter Barbara Nesbitt is at the Saxon Pub.


The Wine Down with El Tule at 3Ten. Yes, this event is technically about sampling wine from event sponsor Ruffino, but it’s also an all ages early show with air conditioning. So in addition to being a fine happy hour mixer, it’s also a great opportunity to introduce your kids to Austin music. Conveniently enough, El Tule’s catchy blend of salsa, merengue, reggae and cumbia appeals to Austin music fans of all ages. Free. 5 p.m. doors. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd., Suite 1A. — D.S.S.

Also: Catch a couple of this year’s nominees for Black Fret grants in action as Ray Prim & Mexican Chocolate play at Geraldine’s and Harvest Thieves take part in Sun Radio’s “Texas Radio Live” broadcast at Guero’s. … The latest installment of the “Microsessions” series features Jaimee Harris, Jonathan Terrell, Kelly Barnes and Paul Schomer at the Vortex. … The Austin Mic Exchange continues its Wednesday residency at Spider House with an open mic followed by a beat showcase and cipher. … Americana artist Grace Pettis plays Cactus Cafe and fiddler Warren Hood holds down his weekly 6:30 p.m. residency at ABGB.


Anna Wise & Sonnymoon at North Door. Frequent Kendrick Lamar collaborator Anna Wise smoothly shifts her voice through remarkable stylistic changes. She’s equally comfortable belting out punchy dance music as she is spinning airy loops that drift over ethereal downtempo grooves. On her new release “The Feminine: Act 1,” she uses wry humor to negotiate life as a young woman in the post-feminist age. Excellent synth soul trio Keeper, and Butcher Bear and the Blades open. 10. 8 p.m. 502 Brushy St. — D.S.S.

Also: Lo-fi surf rock trio Lochness Mobsters celebrate a tour kick off at Hotel Vegas. … Uncle Lucius takes the stage at KGSR’s popular Unplugged at the Grove series at Shady Grove. … British dubstep producer Doctor P is at Vulcan Gas Company. … Indie rockers Yuma headline a local music bill that includes a video release from fellow indie outfit Mamahawk at the Mohawk indoors.

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