This week’s music picks: Long Center comes alive with Culture Club outside, Case/Lang/Veirs inside

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Bonnie Bishop plays "Unplugged at the Grove" on Thursday at Shady Grove.


Nakia & the Blues Grifters at Antone’s. It was with this ensemble, which first gathered in 2010 to play classic blues and soul covers, that Nakia Reynoso first drew the attention of NBC’s “The Voice,” which led to a high-profile run on the show for the charismatic singer. Nakia put the band on the back burner when he shifted to original songs, but he’s reviving the Grifters for a month of Mondays at Austin’s also recently revived home of the blues. Come early for the 6:30 p.m. weekly show by Derek O’Brien & the Blue Monday Band. $5. 10 p.m. 306 E. Fifth St. — P.B.

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Also: Rising local performers Danny Malone and Los Coast share a bill indoors at the Mohawk. … Texas troubadour Robert Cline Jr. plays a 6 p.m. show at Strange Brew. … Free music options include piano-bar favorites from Chris Gage at Donn’s Depot, hot pickin’ on Bluegrass Night at Radio Coffee & Beer, and singer-songwriter Jonathan Terrell at the Blackheart.


Boy George & Culture Club at Statesman Skyline Theater. After the outstanding success of a mini-tour last year, one of the world’s first openly gay pop stars, Boy George, reunites with his original backing band from the ’80s, Culture Club, for their first full tour in over a decade. Early ska revivalists English Beat open the show at the new outdoor venue in front of the Long Center. Read a full preview of the show in Monday’s American-Statesman. $49.50-$154. 7 p.m. 701 W. Riverside Drive. — D.S.S.

Also: Alt-metal superstars Korn and Rob Zombie rage into the Austin360 Amphitheater. … Woods makes pastoral pop that occasionally forays into reggae and jazz. The band plays Sidewinder. … Purveyors of heavy psych and proto metal, Sweat Lodge are set to hit the road on an extensive North American tour. Hotel Vegas gives them a proper sendoff. … Australian singer-songwriter Emma Swift and El Paso’s Holly Munoz team up for a free 5 p.m. in-store performance at Waterloo Records. … Boogie-woogie piano great Linda Gail Lewis is the guest of the weekly Durawa show at 6 p.m. at Strange Brew.


K.D. Lang, Neko Case & Laura Veirs at Long Center. What do you do when you open an email from K.D. Lang that says “I think we should make a record together”? For Neko Case and Laura Veirs, it was a no-brainer to accept. They worked with Veirs’ husband, renowned producer Tucker Martine, on the simply named “Case/Lang/Veirs.” Read our full feature on Andy Shauf opens. $43-$93. 8 p.m. 701 W. Riverside Drive. — P.B.

Blues on the Green with Sweet Spirit and the Suffers at Zilker Park. If ever there was a summer outing worth braving with the whole family, this is it. This power punch of pop and soul featuring two of Texas’ most dynamic front women, Sabrina Ellis and Kam Franklin, closes out KGSR’s popular summer music series. Ellis leads Sweet Spirit through anthemic sing-a-long rockers while Franklin shakes it up to Gulf Coast Grooves. Free. 8 p.m. 2100 Barton Springs Road. — D.S.S.

Also: Like loud guitars and growls? Los Angeles metal band All Hail the Yeti plays the Dirty Dog, while Grizzly Hall hosts the Fellowship of the Strings with Holy Grail and Exmortus. … It’s family night at the Continental Club as Texas songwriting great Jon Dee Graham shares the bill with son William Harries Graham & the Painted Redstarts. … Catch roots-rocker Bill Carter plus the Tommy Shannon Blues Band early at Antone’s. … Singer-songwriter Barbara Nesbitt plays the supper show at Threadgill’s North. … Will Taylor & Strings Attached continue their Wednesday residency at El Mercado Backstage.


Cornell Hurd Band at Patsy’s Cowgirl Cafe. It’s a bit off the beaten path, tucked into a mostly industrial area off Highway 290 en route to the airport, but Patsy’s offers up quality comfort food at reasonable prices while providing regular gigs for local musicians. Thursdays usually feature longtime Austin roots musician Cornell Hurd and his outfit mixing up country, western swing and more. Free. 6:30 p.m. 5001 E. Ben White Blvd. — P.B.

Bonnie Bishop plays "Unplugged at the Grove" on Thursday at Shady Grove.

Bonnie Bishop plays “Unplugged at the Grove” on Thursday at Shady Grove.

Also: Back in town just a couple of weeks after a showcase gig at 3Ten, Nashville singer-songwriter Bonnie Bishop plays KGSR’s “Unplugged at the Grove” series at Shady Grove. … Groove Think blends metal and jazz into rambling jams at Stubb’s indoors. … Looking for soul and funk? Soul Man Sam and Red Young & His Hot Horns play Antone’s, and Mama K & the Shades are at Radio Coffee & Beer. … Singer-songwriter Leeann Atherton stops in at El Mercado Backstage. … Top country options include the Derailers at the Broken Spoke, Leo Rondeau and Sophia Johnson at the Continental Club, and Bob Livingston’s Cowboys & Indians at Strange Brew.

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