Weekend music picks: Ice Cream Fest, Kesha & Macklemore, more

Friday: Kesha, Macklemore at Austin360 Amphitheater. The power of Kesha’s 2017 comeback album “Rainbow” was underlined at the Grammy Awards, when she was joined on stage by an all-star cast of female singers for a breathtaking performance of the single “Praying.” Though her contract still ties her to longtime producer Dr. Luke, whom she sued in 2014, claiming years of psychological, physical and sexual abuse (allegations he denies), the album is a beautiful expression of freedom, a triumph over dark times. Macklemore is the perfect partner for this tour. Though he’s best known as a “Thrift Shop” popster, his most powerful work is the redemption rap centered on his struggles with addiction. There’s no way this show doesn’t unfold as a love letter to everyone searching for a brighter day. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com. — D.S.S.

Friday-Saturday: Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains at C-Boy’s. The name-billing of this outfit has always been a little tricky. Their “Live at C-Boy’s” record issued last year was credited to the Jimmie Vaughan Trio with Mike Flanigin, but when they play live, it’s Flanigin who gets top billing (perhaps intentionally to help star-attraction Vaughan fly a little bit under the radar at a small-club gig). Whatever you call them, they play one of the coolest residencies in town, when they’re not on tour playing marquee gigs elsewhere. $15. 10:30 p.m. Come early on Friday for the club’s new happy-hour residency with the Rosie Flores Revue at 6:30 p.m. (no cover). 2008 S. Congress Ave. cboys.com. — P.B.

Lee Fields & the Expressions play the Ice Cream Festival After Dark at Fiesta Gardens on Saturday. Contributed

Saturday: Ice Cream Festival After Dark at Fiesta Gardens. The popular ice cream extravaganza expands, complementing the kid-friendly daytime bash (which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) with a night party featuring boozy frozen drinks for the grown folks. The music lineup tilts toward sizzling soul, with funky R&B lifer Lee Fields and the Expressions headlining. Austin’s queen of soul, Tameca Jones, silky alt-R&B standout Mélat and expressive local pop outfit the Wild Now are also on deck. Former President Barack Obama’s favorite turntablist, DJ Mel, rounds out the roster. $35 (day-party passes $15, kids under 6 free). 6 p.m. 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. austinicecreamfestival.com. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Snow Tha Product at Emo’s. After SOS Fest was canceled last year, the Chicana rapper hosted an insanely hype makeup show marked by hysterical screaming, delirious dancing and vibes turned up to 11. She mixes ample cumbia rhythms into her beats, raps in English and Spanish and slips sly political messaging into her party tracks. As a performer, she’s humble and down to earth, searching for a real connection with her fans. Her shows are an intoxicating mess of sweaty exhilaration, and she will probably be on a bigger stage next time round. $25-$28. 7 p.m. 2015 East Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com. — D.S.S.

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Saturday: Giulia Millanta album release at One-2-One Bar. On “Conversation With a Ghost,” her third album since moving to Austin from Italy in 2012, Millanta worked with renowned producer and musician Gabriel Rhodes, who plays guitar, piano, saw, bajo sexto and “glasses,” per the credits. That range of instrumentation signals the musical adventurousness of Millanta’s material. At its root, this is folk music, but the folk of what country or culture is more elusive. Millanta incorporates influences of her native country, but there are Latin and Middle Eastern twinges here too, as well as touches of jazz, blues and other American forms. Ace-in-the-hole accompanists including guitarists Marc Ribot and David Pulkingham, accordionist Joel Guzman, horn player John Mills, steel guitarist Tommy Spurlock and backing singer Kimmie Rhodes add color behind the fluid rhythms of bassist Glenn Fukunaga and drummer Dony Wynn. It all adds up to a worldly, sometimes otherworldly sound that makes Millanta unique among Austin singer-songwriters. $10. 7 p.m. 1509 S. Lamar Blvd. one2onebar.com. — P.B.

ALSO PLAYING

Friday

  • King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Amyl & the Sniffers at Stubb’s outdoor
  • John Michael Montgomery, Rick Trevino at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre
  • Middle Kids, Duncan Fellows at Antone’s
  • Rippingtons at One World Theatre
  • Blue Oyster Cult at Empire
  • Altamesa, Booher, Otis Wilkins at Mohawk indoor
  • South Austin Moonlighters, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub
  • Mingo Fishtrap, Shaws of Awe at One-2-One Bar
  • Will Taylor & Strings Attached play the Beatles at Townsend
  • John Evans at Threadgill’s North
  • John Neilson at Cactus Cafe
  • Grayson Capps at Sam’s Town Point

Saturday

  • Regrettes, Destroy Boys at Stubb’s indoor
  • Deer, Kalu & the Electric Joint, Batty Jr. at Mohawk outdoor
  • Vallejo at Threadgill’s South
  • Matthew McNeal, Ben Ballinger, Fairbanks, Cory Johnson at Barracuda
  • Guy Forsyth, Deann Rene, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel at Saxon Pub
  • Dale Watson at Broken Spoke
  • Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Sailor Poon, Trouble Boys at Hotel Vegas
  • Sun Dog, Harm, Eric Brown at Electric Church
  • Red Young Quintet at Elephant Room
  • Buttercup, Wiretree, Cheats at ABGB
  • Zoumountchi, Huerta Culture, Afro Jazz at Sahara Lounge
  • Emily Gimble, Lost Counts at Continental Gallery
  • Stephen Doster at Threadgill’s North
  • Eric Hisaw Band at Opal Divine’s Austin Grill
  • Josh Buckley at Sam’s Town Point
  • Rochelle & the Sidewinders at El Mercado Backstage
  • Barbie De Facto EP release at Townsend

Sunday

  • Savage Poor at One-2-One Bar
  • Travis Garland at Stubb’s indoor
  • Cold Cave, Black Marble, Choir Boy at Barracuda
  • Lavelle White, Nick Connolly at Antone’s
  • Eric Hisaw Band at Antone’s Record Shop
  • Hilary York, Imperial Starlighters, Dale Watson at C-Boy’s
  • Resentments, John Gaar at Saxon Pub
  • Lo Jinx Supper Club, Purgatory Players at El MErcado Backstage
  • Kevin Lovejoy Trio at Elephant Room
  • Bells of Joy at Threadgill’s South

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