This week’s music picks: Open mics are back, and Southern Culture too

Kacy Crowley is reviving her open-mic shows on Mondays at Cactus Cafe. Contributed/Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

Monday: Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe. Recovery from December’s sudden closure of busy local coffeehouse venue Strange Brew continues steadily. Residencies for important local acts such as Durawa and Wrenfro were picked up quickly El Mercado Backstage and One-2-One Bar, respectively. Now comes the entirely logical relocation of Kacy Crowley’s Sunday open mic series: She’s bringing it to the Cactus, which had a long tradition of open mics under past management before KUT/KUTX took over the University of Texas Student Union venue. Manager Matt Munoz said he’d wanted to wait “until we found something special” to bring back the open mics. Rescuing Crowley’s popular series fits that bill nicely. Free. 7:30 p.m. performers sign-up, 8 p.m. show. 2247 Guadalupe St. — P.B.

Tuesday-Saturday: Southern Culture on the Skids at Continental Club. It must be hot-roddin’ time again. Whenever the annual Lonestar Round Up car show pulls into the Travis County Expo Center, as it does next weekend, North Carolina’s reigning trailer-trash rockers arrive early for a five-day stand at the city’s coolest car-culture-centric nightclub. Different opening acts will be featured each night, but we especially like Tuesday’s kickoff lineup, with hometown roots favorites Uncle Lucius on the bill and Continental grand dame Toni Price kicking things off in her 7 p.m. happy-hour slot. The main show starts at 9 p.m. with $15 admission. 1315 S. Congress Ave. — P.B.

Thursday: Darden Smith album release in-store at Waterloo Records. When Darden Smith puts a band together to make a record, like he did for his new “Everything,” he doesn’t mess around. Holed up at Arlyn Studios last month, he brought aboard a cast full of aces: bassist Roscoe Beck (Leonard Cohen), drummer JJ Johnson (Tedeschi Trucks Band), keyboardist Michael Ramos (Patty Griffin), guitarist Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan) and multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield (too many to mention). It’s a testament to the respect in-demand musicians have for Smith that they all answered the call. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. (Smith plays a full record-release show on Saturday at Stateside at the Paramount.) — P.B.




  • Allah-Las, Babe Rainbow at Mohawk outdoor
  • Modern Baseball, Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band at Emo’s
  • Strand of Oaks, Mount Moriah at Stubb’s indoor
  • Strand of Oaks in-store at Waterloo Records (5 p.m.)
  • The Nothing Song presents the Diamond Center, River Jones & Lorelei Linklater at Cheer Up Charlie’s
  • Hippie Sabotage at Vulcan Gas Company
  • Sunny Sweeney & Brennen Leigh at Saxon Pub
  • Antone’s Big Trio, Bluebonnets at Antone’s
  • Randy Weeks at Continental Gallery
  • Kem Watts CD release at One-2-One Bar
  • Paper Moonshiners with Oliver Steck & Stanley Smith at Elephant Room


  • Why?, Eskimeaux at Mohawk outdoor
  • Generationals at Empire Control Room
  • Fortunate Youth at Parish
  • Middleman Burr at Stateside at the Paramount
  • Transit Method, Oro Cassini, Aaron Clift Experiment at Sidewinder
  • Gary Nicholson, Jeff Plankenhorn at Cactus Cafe
  • Matt the Electrician at Townsend
  • Croy & the Boys at White Horse
  • Texas Radio Live with Tahoma, Wheelwrights at Guero’s Oak Garden
  • Barbara Nesbitt at Threadgill’s North


Author: Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith has been hanging out in dimly lit corners of the city soaking in the music scene for almost 20 years. Twitter: @deborific

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