Saturday: Sara Hickman at El Mercado Backstage. Though this is being billed as the longtime local singer-songwriter’s “final Austin performance,” it’s not the ultimate arrival of the retirement she announced earlier this year, as dates in Arlington and Houston remain on her itinerary for early 2017. And somehow we expect that Hickman will still pop up now and again. But for her most devoted fans, this clearly is a night not to miss. $20. 8 p.m. 1302 S. First St. elmercadorestaurant.com. — P.B.
Saturday: “Heart of the City” SIMS Foundation benefit at Emo’s. The full title of this event is “True stories, sordid confessions, and music from the heart of the city,” which means the musicians will not just be playing songs, but also sharing tales about them. This could get interesting. Participants include Charlie Sexton, Erika Wennerstrom, Israel Nash, Nakia, Kathy Valentine, Riders Against the Storm, the Grupo Fantasma Horns and the Jones Family Singers. Proceeds benefit the SIMS Foundation, which provides mental health services for Austin musicians and music industry professionals. $50. 8:30 p.m. 2015 Riverside Drive. simsfoundation.org. — P.B.
Good Vibrations III at Barracuda and Hotel Vegas
Weary Boys at Continental Club (with Leo Rondeau Friday, Croy & the Boys Saturday)
Ooze Fest 2K16 with Ringo Deathstarr, Troller at Beerland
Dale Watson, Rosie Flores at White Horse
David Halley CD release at Townsend
Moving Panoramas, Lowin at ABGB
Deadhorse, Black Thorn Halo at Grizzly Hall
Ian Moore acoustic duo at Strange Brew
Soul of a Musician series with Daisy O’Connor & Shawnee Kilgore at Iron Cactus North
Josh Fulero, Miss Lavelle White at Antone’s
Michael Koppy at Opa Coffee & Wine Bar