Weekend music picks: Urban Music Fest brings funky divas, old school soul

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En Vogue performs at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park on July 22, 2016. Photo by Robert Hein/For the American-Statesman
Photo by Robert Hein/For the American-Statesman

Friday-Saturday: Urban Music Festival at Auditorium Shores. Now in its 13th year, the two-day celebration of gospel, jazz, R&B and soul is a family-friendly alternative to the party atmosphere downtown during Texas Relays Weekend. Friday’s bill is headlined by the “Funky Divas” of ’90s R&B, En Vogue, led by two original members, Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron. Also on the Friday bill are neo-soul vocalist Vivian Green and the Texas Jazz Explosion featuring flutist Althea Rene with special guests Kyle Turner and Michael Ward. On Saturday, Johnny Gill of the pop/R&B juggernaut New Edition headlines, with Dave Hollister of Blackstreet and old-school funk band Zapp supporting. NOTE: For security reasons, the festival has a clear bag only policy this year. $40.99 Friday, $45.99 Saturday, $77.99 2-day. Gates at 3 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday. 900 W. Riverside Drive. urbanmusicfest.com. — D.S.S.

Friday: Khruangbin at Mohawk outdoor. The Houston trio forged their name with their debut full length, “The Universe Smiles Upon You,” a sweeping 2015 collection of mostly instrumental tracks heavily influenced by the dusty Thai funk albums of the ’60s and ’70s they were obsessed with at the time. The follow-up, “Con Todo El Mundo,” takes a broader global approach, folding in strains of Middle Eastern melodies, proto-Zouk from the Antilles region of France and old-school soul. They layer the sounds into a slow-moving psychedelic dreamscape occasionally augmented by fragments of vocals or a hip-hop breakbeat. (Technically sold out.) 8 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Nils Lofgren at One World Theatre. You know him as a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member for his 30-plus years with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Before that, you knew him as Neil Young’s guitarist during years that included landmark albums such as “After the Gold Rush” and “Tonight’s the Night.” And if you’ve tuned in closely enough, you heard his 1970s solo records and his early work with the band Grin. At 66, Lofgren seems like he’s already lived a century’s worth of musical experiences. Hear him draw on all of it in this solo performance. $30-$103. 7 p.m. 7701 Bee Cave Road. oneworldtheatre.org. — P.B.

ALSO PLAYING

Friday-Saturday

Original Pinettes Brass Band, Betty Harris at Antone’s

Friday

Kool & the Gang, Brownout at ACL Live

Cut Copy at Stubb’s outdoor

Brian Fallon & the Howling Weather at Emo’s

Anders Osborne at the Scoot Inn

Maxo Kream, Cuz Lightyear at Come & Take It Live

Rosette at Barracuda

Random Rab at Empire Control Room

The Next Waltz Live with Bruce Robison and John Baumann at Cactus Cafe

Electric Six at Stubb’s indoor

Kupira, Atash, Seu Jacinto at Sahara Lounge

Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Altamesa, JD Clark, Jesse Ebaugh, Tender Things at Hotel Vegas

Red Young Quintet, Sharon Bourbonnais at Elephant Room

1964 the Tribute at One World Theatre

Will Taylor & Strings Attached play Billy Joel at Townsend

Queue Queue, Magnifico (Queen tribute) at Continental Club

Deadeye (Grateful Dead tribute) at ABGB

Saturday

Rebirth Brass Band, Mighty Professor at Mohawk outdoor

Chrome Sparks, Machinedrum at Empire Control Room

Texas Whiskey Festival with Asleep at the Wheel at Bullock Museum

Rock Star Beer & Music Festival with White Label Analog at Stubb’s outdoor

Mat Zo at Kingdom

Chris Smither at Cactus Cafe

Tomar & the FCs at ABGB

Henry + the Invisibles, Donnie Dee at North Door

Wicked Celtic, Ballerino at Barracuda

Lovebomb: Queerbomb fundraiser with Chulita Vinyl Club, Mom Jeans at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Sanco Loop, Guy Forsyth, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel at Saxon Pub

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains, Miss Lavelle & the L-Men at C-Boy’s

Superfónicos, Cilantro Boombox, La Frenetika at Mohawk indoor

Grimy Styles at Flamingo Cantina

Prophets & Outlaws at Stubb’s indoor

Nikki Hill, Donovan Keith at Continental Club

Emily Gimble, Lost Counts at Continental Gallery

Sunday

Dale Watson, Hilary York at C-Boy’s

Timberos Del Norte at One-2-One Bar

Willie Pipkin, Heybale, Marshall Hood at Continental Club

Dave Biller, LoJinx Orchestra at Continental Gallery


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