Weekend music picks: High times in Austin with Snoop, Wiz and Scratch


Lee “Scratch” Perry’s 80th Birthday Tour at Flamingo Cantina. Jamaican legend Perry is one of reggae music’s most revered and colorful characters. The musical mad scientist pioneered dub music, experimenting with analog copies of instrumental tracks in the Black Ark, a lo-fi studio he built in his backyard. He recorded timeless platters by Bob Marley and Max Romeo and many more before he became besieged by fits of erratic behavior and accusations of burning down the studio at the end of the ‘70s. These day, he’s touring hard, but living well and occasionally communing with aliens. Backed by the NYC ensemble Subatomic Sound, Perry will play his 1976 album “Super Ape.” Austin360 July Artist of the month Mindz of a Different Kind opens. This is night one of a two-night stand. $22. 9 p.m. 515 E. Fifth St. flamingocantina.com —D.S.S.

Also: Globally renowned Cuban ensemble Buena Vista Social Club said adios to touring with their final concert last year, but Pachanga Presents two of the ensemble’s standouts, guitarist Eliades Ochoa and the grand dame, vocalist Omara Portuondo, at ACL Live. … Over at Empire, the Peligrosa DJ Collective celebrates the release of new Discos Peligrosa single “Dame Un Beso,” produced by Houston’s Bombón and featuring Fat Tony. … Pour some sugar on something as British metal titans Def Leppard blast through Austin360 Amphitheater with REO Speedwagon and Tesla. … The Parish hosts a funky big band dance party with Afrobeat ensemble Hard Proof and funk outfits Roxy Roca and Mama K & the Shades. … Student radio station KVRX presents the release party for noise rockers Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes at Beerland.


Project ATX6 Fundraiser at Geraldine’s. This collective, which helped bring a dozen Austin musicians to a series of international festivals in 2014 and 2015, gears up for its third year with this kickoff show. Three of 2016’s six participants will perform: singer-songwriter Elijah Ford, indie-rocker Andy Bianculli (with his band Star Parks), and soul-blues singer Jai Malano. Project ATX6 will travel to Austin Week in sister city Angers, France, next month, then to festivals in England and Canada in October and November. Free; donations accepted. 8 p.m. 605 Davis St. projectatx6.com. — P.B.

Also: San Diego avant jazz innovators Greyboy Allstars join forces with Austin’s funk powerhouse Brownout and excellent psychedelic cumbia outfit Money Chicha at the Scoot Inn. … Former Cross Canadian Ragweed frontman Cody Canada stops by the Belmont with the Departed for a night of alt-country and rock. … Body Rock ATX celebrates Michael Jackson’s birthday at Antone’s. Riders Against the Storm host while DJs Chorizo Funk and Detroc work the wheels. … Saluting the re-release of their 2005 album, singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez reunites with her mentor Chip Taylor for the Red Dog Tracks Reunion Tour Stateside at the Paramount. … “Inside Out” rockers Eve 6 play the Parish. … Sink your teeth into some fresh cuts from local rock standouts the Golden Boys as they host a barbecue plate fundraiser for their new album at Micklethwait Craft Meats. … Take to the Congress Avenue Bridge for the 12th Annual Bat Fest with San Marcos emo-rock kingpins Blue October, American Authors and more. … Penny Loafer PR’s Pennyfest presents an outstanding bill of loud guitars and gutsy grooves with Riverboat Gamblers, Quiet Company, Ume and more. … At Beerland, Austin Jukebox presents late Austin country rock faves Knife in the Water, who are gearing up for a vinyl release of their 1997 debut in November. … The Lost Well celebrates three years of hard rocking the Eastside with Saviours, Widower and more. … Americana rock band Tahoma celebrates a new album release at Sidewinder. … Other great local options include dreamy pop outfit Moving Panoramas at Hotel Vegas, sultry singer Tameca Jones at the Continental Club and KVRX’s Back to School Jam with Deep Time, Pema and more at Cheer Up Charlies.


Snoop Dogg performs at SXSW 2014. Photo by Tina Phan/American-Statesman

Snoop Dogg performs at SXSW 2014. Photo by Tina Phan/American-Statesman

Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa at Austin360 Amphitheater. “The High Road Tour” will certainly waft into Austin on a cloud of fragrant smoke. For the last several years the Doggfather has been an artistic shapeshifter, exploring reggae and electro funk as well as new school rap. But when he performs live he comes locked and loaded with a catalog full of crowd pleasers. Also, there’s no way this show doesn’t end with an epic sing-along of the Snoop and Wiz collab hit “Young, Wild & Free,” a party anthem that might as well be Austin’s theme song. For the big ballers in the crowd, Snoop will close the night out DJing a high dollar afterparty at gentlemen’s club Palazio. $26-$70.75. 6 p.m. gates. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. Del Valle. austin360amphitheater.com — D.S.S.

Also: Theatrical hard rocker, occasional snake-wearer Alice Cooper plays ACL Live. The club’s little sister venue 3Ten hosts a free afternoon pre-party with Bang.

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