Weekend music picks: Babes Fest, Cumbia and new-wave punk

Saturday: Babes Fest at Empire. Boss Babes ATX launched in 2015 as a feminist networking group. Their Austin event, Babes Fest 2017, a three-day celebration of comedy, art, film and music created and curated by women, culminates with a two-stage extravaganza featuring a diverse selection of artists including Femina-X, Sam Lao, Sailor Poon, Aleisa Lani and former Austin360 Artists of the Month Magna Carda and Mélat. $19 (adv.) 606 E. Seventh St. Babesfest.com — D.S.S.

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Saturday: Festival de Cumbia en la Capital at Barracuda. Over the past 20 years or so, the Afro-Colombian folk music known as cumbia has grown into the dominant Pan-Latin dance form, with hundreds of local variations and traditions celebrated around the world. This festival, anchored by local heavies El Tule, features nearly a dozen different groups from Austin, Mexico and beyond on two stages. $10. 9 p.m. 611 E. Seventh St. barracudaaustin.com — D.S.S.

Saturday: The Alarm at 3Ten. Only frontman Mike Peters is left from the original lineup of the anthemic British new-wave/punk band that kicked up a storm in the 1980s. But his vocals were always a big part of the group’s appeal, and he now has local ties: A decade ago, he and Austinite James Chippendale, both leukemia survivors, started the Love Hope Strength Foundation to raise money and awareness for those with leukemia and cancer. Good Field opens. $26.50-$30. 8:30 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com. — P.B.

Magna Carda plays Babes Fest on Saturday at Empire. Erika Rich for American-Statesman

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Friday

TLC, Blackstreet, Mark McGrath, Rob Base, C+C Music Factory at HEB Center

Firefall at One World Theatre

King Yellowman & The Sagittarius Band at Flamingo

Kreayshawn (DJ set) at Empire

Scott H. Biram, Homer Henderson at Continental Club

Cha Wa, Giulia Millanta, Shawn Pander at Antone’s

Cale Tyson, Carson McHone at Cactus Cafe

Black Heart Saints album release at One-2-One Bar

KVRX presents ‘Do You Feel It’ Holy Wave tribute at Hotel Vegas

Mama K & the Shades at Stubb’s (inside)

Super Thief at the Sidewinder

Vesperteen, The Please Please Me at Mohawk (inside)

Think No Think, John Wesley Coleman III at Barracuda

Sour Bridges, Bond Twins at Threadgill’s South

Two Hoots and a Holler at ABGB

Saturday

Beer Soaked Bash with Diiv, Curtis Roush at the Mohawk (outside)

Idina Menzel at Bass Concert Hall

Ray Wylie Hubbard at Antone’s

Eminence Ensemble at the Parish

Randy Rogers Band, Flatland Calvary at Nutty Brown Amphitheater

Adam Levy & Anthony Da Costa, Jaimee Harris at Cactus Cafe

Jai Malano, Cornell Hurd Band at Continental Club

Johnny Nicholas, Robynn Shayne, Kim Deschamps at Saxon Pub

Bluebonnets, Tiarra Girls at Threadgill’s South

Heaven or Hotel Vegas Manchester United: Tributes to Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis

Hickoids, Chicken Snake at ABGB

Rosie Flores, Patricia Vonne, Damn Torpedoes at One-2-One Bar

Cornerstone Reggae at Flamingo Cantina

Sunday

Michelle Branch at Emo’s

Ohio Players at Empire

Miss Lavelle White at Antone’s

Queue Queue, Pong at Kick Butt Coffee

Total Abuse at Hotel Vegas

Megafauna, Human Circuit at the Electric Church

 


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