Hot Summer Nights: 13 fantastic free shows for your midsummer rocking

Find your new favorite local band when the second edition of Hot Summer Nights, the Free Week in July music series, takes over the Red River Cultural District next week. Venues throughout the district will host no-cover shows all weekend. Here are thirteen top picks to choose from, and you can find the full listings here.

Thursday, July 26

Lindsey Mackin of Annabelle Chairlegs at ACL Fest 2017. TINA PHAN / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Holy Wave, Annabelle Chairlegs at Barracuda outside. “Adult Fear,” the fourth full-length from Austin-via-El Paso psych rock specialists, Holy Wave, floats by like a hazy summer daydream. It’s the perfect sweaty July night soundtrack. Annabelle Chairlegs, fronted by hair-whipping guitar shredder Lindsey Mackin, takes a harder approach to psych rock, liberally indulging in grunge riffs. 8 p.m. doors. 611 E. Seventh St. More info

Emily Wolfe, Quiet Company at Mohawk. Oh, it’s guitar rock you want? Don’t let the candy coating on her vocals fool you: Emily Wolfe wrangles a gutsy riff with the best of them. And Quiet Company packed muscular chords aplenty onto their wistful 2017 EP, “Your Husband, The Ghost.” The loaded bill for this kick-off event also includes Think No Think, Darkbird and Chakra Khan. 6:30 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. More info 

Gio Chamba, Ex-Romantika, Como Las Movies at Stubb’s indoor. Austin Vida curates a diverse bill of Latin acts headlined by Houston duo Gio Chamba, who play percussive electronica. They’re joined on the bill by horn-heavy cumbia/salsa act Ex-Romantika and electro-cumbia specialists Como Las Movies. 8 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. More info  

Cilantro Boombox, Black Milk at Empire. Detroit artist Black Milk, headlining the Control Room spits real knowledge over rich beats that fuse elements of funk, electronica and soul. Cilantro Boombox, top billed in the Garage, hosts a buoyant global groove dance party. The rest of the bill, which includes power producer Just Blaze, local turntable titan Rapid Ric and Afropop group Zounmoutchi, fills out an enticing evening of indie hip-hop and world music. 7 p.m. doors. 606 E. Seventh St. More info

Friday, July 27

Golden Dawn Arkestra performs at Empire Garage during SXSW 2018. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

Golden Dawn Arkestra at Stubb’s outside. The revolving ensemble of cosmically costumed crusaders spent most of the summer beaming good vibrations across Europe. They bring down the mothership to celebrate the release of their new full-length, “Children of the Sun,” in their final hometown show before playing both weekends of the Austin City Limits Music Festival this fall. Hard Proof, Mobley and Trouble in the Streets are also on this power bill. 7 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. More info

Big Bill, Moving Panoramas, Special Guest at Barracuda. Art punks Big Bill are community organizers and scene leaders who demand your attention, and we love the dreamy pop swirls of Moving Panoramas.  We also have a very good feeling about the special guest on this bill. 8 p.m. doors. 611 E. Seventh St. More info

Jess Williamson at the Mohawk. With incisive lyricism and a lilting twang that aches with emotion, Williamson brings rich story songs to life on her thoroughly lovely new collection, “Cosmic Wink.” Marijuana Sweet Tooth, Cowboy Crisis and RF Shannon are also on the bill. 8 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St.  More info

Riverboat Gamblers at Cheer Up Charlie’s. If you’re ready to wreck shop, these raucous punks will not let you down.  Sea Lion, the Sour Notes and Dentist will also perform. 8 p.m. doors. 900 Red River St. More info.

Blastfamous USA, Blxpltn at Empire. The revolution might not be televised, but, trust us, it will be very loud. Protest rappers Blastfamous USA and punks Blxpltn both hit the stage ready to fight the power. Prog metal group Megafauna shreds the Control Room too and over on the garage stage Tia Carrera and Dixie Witch will tear things up. 8 p.m. doors. 606 E. Seventh St. More info. 

Saturday, July 28

Ringo Deathstarr, Growl, Sailor Poon at Barracuda. Our favorite fuzz pop trio, Ringo Deathstarr, headlines a bill that also features the final show from garage pop band Growl. Feminist art punks Sailor Poon, Flesh Lights and Shivery Shakes also perform. 8 p.m. doors. 611 E. Seventh St.  More info

Eagle Claw, the Ghost Wolves at the Mohawk. Get ready to go hard. Eagle Claw is ready to melt your face off with hard-driving instrumental metal. Garage rock duo the Ghost Wolves, who just returned from a European jaunt, Chief White Lightning and Booher also perform. 8 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. More info. 

Fragile Rock, Sphynx at Empire. Sad puppets who indulge in emo moping? Yes, please. Headlining the bill in the Garage that night is Moving Panoramas. Over on the Control Room stage, you can catch our favorite glam pop trio Sphynx. 8 p.m. doors. 606 E. Seventh St. More info

Sunday, July 29

Fat Tony at Cheer Up Charlie’s. The Shed barber shop presents a killer Hot Summer Nights cap-off party featuring Houston rapper/singer/all-around killer entertainer, Fat Tony. They also promise a waterslide, pop-ups and more surprises. 3 p.m. doors. 900 Red River St. More info.


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