Weekend music picks: Irie vibes at Austin Reggae Fest, the Big Squeeze and a Bowie Tribute

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Spring in Austin means outdoor music season is upon us.


Austin Reggae Fest 2014. Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman

Friday-Sunday: Austin Reggae Fest at Auditorium Shores. Austin’s annual spring fling, which turns 25 this year, has adopted the slogan “What unity in the community sounds like,” which is appropriate. The fest draws one of the most diverse crowds we see in Austin each year; they show up for the feel-good grooves and the irie vibes. This year’s lineup features New Kingston and Kabaka Pyramind on Friday, Collie Buddz, Natalie Rize and Black Uhuru on Saturday, and the Wailers and Sister Nancy on Sunday. The event is the largest annual fundraiser for the Central Texas Food Bank, and a portion of each ticket sold goes to the local nonprofit. $15 Friday and Sunday, $20 Saturday. $45 for a three-day pass. Gates at 3 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday and Sunday. 900 West Riverside Drive. austinreggaefest.com. — D.S.S.

PHOTOS: Austin Reggae Fest 2017

Brandon Hodde, 20 , of Holland, Texas, competes in the accordion contest at The Big Squeeze at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum on Saturday April 25, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Saturday: The Big Squeeze Accordion Contest finals and free concert at Bullock Museum. This annual event presented by Texas Folklife spotlights young accordion players, with finalists in categories including polk, conjunto and Cajun/zydeco. Ten-year-old Ricardo Cabrera of Austin is among the conjunto finalists this year. A special prize honors Anthony Ortiz Jr., the Austin accordion prodigy who died of cancer last year at age 24. Winners in each category receive a prize package valued at more than $4,000, including instruments, cash and performance opportunities. In addition to the finalists, Grammy-nominated accordionist Alex Meixner, Rio Grande Valley ensemble Conjuno Halcon and local favorites Conjunto Los Pinkys will perform. Free. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 1800 Congress Ave. texasfolklife.org. — P.B.

Saturday: Exploded Drawing Fusebox Edition. The folks from Exploded Drawing, the ongoing event series dedicated to elevating electronic music in Austin, team up with Boss Babes ATX and Fusebox Festival to present an evening of abstract R&B and electronica featuring powerful women from across the country. Frequent Kendrick Lamar collaborator Anna Wise leads a bill that also includes Seattle artist Sassy Black and Dot from Los Angeles. Exploded Drawing heads Butcher Bear and Soundfounder open, and members of their team will present visuals throughout the night. Free with RSVP at fuseboxfestival.com. 9:30 p.m. doors. 1500 E. Fourth St. — D.S.S.

Sunday: “David & Us” Bowie tribute & benefit at One-2-One Bar. Salutes to the Thin White Duke have kept on coming since his death a couple years ago, and here’s another that’s for a good cause. Proceeds go to longtime Austin musician Chris Searles’ organization Biointegrity, which supports global climate change and species-saving solutions in the Amazon. Organized by Searles and Giulia Millanta, the event will include performances by Amy Cook, David Pulkingham, Matt Hubbard, Marlon Sexton, Suzanna Choffel, Sally Allen, Johnny Goudie and Adam Sultan. $15. 6 p.m. 1509 S. Lamar Blvd. one2onebar.com. — P.B.



Revivalists, Samantha Fish at Stubb’s (sold out)

Bowling for Soup, Dollyrots at 3Ten (sold out)

Less Than Jake, Face to Face, Direct Hit, Jukebox Romantics at Mohawk outdoor

David Archuleta at One World Theatre

Mason Jennings at Cactus Cafe

Seth Walker, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Nightowls record release, Sweet Crude, Blues Specialists at Continental Club

Cody Bryan Band album release, Steamroller, Belle Sounds at One-2-One Bar

Ty Richards album release at Mosaic Sound Collective

Scenery cassette release, Black Books, Kay Odyssey at Mohawk indoor

Big Bill, Magic Rockers of Texas, Duncan Fellows, more at Hole in the Wall

Ruby Jane & the Reckless at Geraldine’s

Love & Chaos at Townsend

Deadeye at Empire

Heartbyrne (Talking Heads tribute) at Threadgill’s South



Weird Al Yankovic, Emo Philips at Paramount Theatre (part of Moontower Comedy Festival)

Lonestar Crawfish Festival with Pat Green, Jackopierce at Stubb’s outdoor

Breeders, Post Pink at Emo’s

Jukebox the Ghost, Greeting Committee at Mohawk outdoor

KJ Sawka, Michael Glabicki & Dirk Miller at Empire

Christy Hays album release, Night Glitter, Lavelle White at C-Boy’s

Kathy & the Kilowatts album release at Antone’s

Loma, Jess Williamson at the North Door

Record Store Day at Waterloo Records, End of an Ear, other local record stores

W.C. Clark, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel at Saxon Pub

Soul Man Sam, Lou Ann Barton, Redd Volkaert at Continental Club

Tomas Ramirez at Elephant Room

Albert & Gage Band at Donn’s Depot

Ginger Leigh, Rachel Reese & Jesse LaFave at One-2-One Bar

Memory Keepers, Corduroi, Curved Light, Little Beards at Beerland

MDA Musicfest with Meanswell, Edison Chair, Lucas Hudgins & Billy Broome at ABGB



Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at One World Theatre

Steve Moakler, Corey Kent White at Antone’s

Shredders at Barracuda

Charley Crockett record release, Carson McHone at Stubb’s indoor

Dave Biller Trio, Lo Jinx Orchestra at Continental Gallery

Resentments, John Gaar at Saxon Pub

Soul of a Musician series with Woody Russell 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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