Weekend picks: Start fall festival season early at Babes Fest, District Cultural Arts

Why wait for the weather to change? Let the festing begin!

Friday: KUTX the Breaks Summer Jam at Barracuda. The hosts of KUTX’s Saturday night hip-hop showcase the Breaks present a solid roster of standouts and up-and-comers from Austin’s hip-hop and soul scene. Dreamy soul maven Melat headlines a bill that also includes Jake Lloyd, the Teeta, Deezie Brown and more. Fifty percent of each ticket sold benefits the local nonprofit Kids in a New Groove. $10. Doors at 7 p.m. 611 East Seventh St. kutx.org — D.S.S.

Friday: Wagoneers at Broken Spoke. Somehow it was only recently that this longtime local country band played its first show at the legendary South Austin dance hall, but it went well enough that it’s become a semi-regular thing. This one’s special, though: This week marks the 30th anniversary of “Stout and High,” the A&M Records album that put Monte Warden’s band on the map nationwide. They’ll play the album in its entirety on this night, along with plenty more country tunes for the boot-scootin’ Spoke regulars. $10 (first responders admitted free). 9 p.m. 3201 S. Lamar Blvd. brokenspokeaustintx.net. — P.B.

RELATED: Wagoneers leader Monte Warden talks about his new project the Dangerous Few

Thandiwe and Niambi Sala, the duo behind Oshun. Erika Rich/For American-Statesman

Saturday: Babes Fest music showcase at the Mohawk. Back in March, NYC duo Oshun scorched a South by Southwest stage with a blazing blend of lyrically incisive hip-hop and emotionally urgent soul. They swoop back into town to headline the music portion of Babes Fest, the three-day celebration of art and culture created by women curated by Boss Babes ATX. The two-stage extravaganza also includes performances from local soul artist Alesia Lani, post-punk outfit Pleasure Venom and rapper Blakchyl (from Minds of a Different Kind) with producer Upper Reality on the outdoor stage. The indoor stage is headlined by electro-hip-hop artist Latasha with performances by Frank Wo/Men Collective, Eimaral Sol and more. $25. 8 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. babesfest.com. — D.S.S.

RELATED: Babes Fest aims to transform women, transform an industry

Saturday: District Cultural Arts Festival music showcase at Huston-Tillotson. Smooth and soulful singer Mali Music headlines the grand finale event for a daylong celebration of East Austin presented by Six Square, an organization devoted to preserving the historic legacy of the African-American community in Austin. Other artists on the bill include Sona Jobarteh of the Gambia, local hip-hop heavies Magna Carda, Tobe Nwigwe and Carolyn Blanchard. $15. 5 p.m. doors. 900 Chicon St. sixsquare.org — D.S.S.

RELATED: Austin’s Magna Carda grows into its own

Friday-Saturday: Maceo Parker at Antone’s. The words “living legend” get tossed around far too lightly, but the 75-year-old sax man fits the bill. He spent stints performing with James Brown in the ’60s, Parliament/Funkadelic in the ’70s and Prince in the ’90s. He’s also been a guest star on recordings by De La Soul, Jane’s Addiction, Dave Matthews Band and many more. This is a rare chance to get up close and personal with one of the most storied musicians of our time. $35-$40. 8 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com — D.S.S.

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Friday

Umphrey’s McGee, Nth Power with Spirit Horns at ACL Live

Tab Benoit, Jarkekus Singleton at Mohawk outdoor

GGOOLLDD at Empire Control Room

Benefit for Russ Hartman with Alejandro Escovedo, Greyhounds, Matt Hubbard, Deadeye at Continental Club

Extreme Heat album release, Beto & the Fairlanes, Leeann Atherton at One-2-One Bar

“Girls Who Do Boys Who Do Girls” with host Betty Soo at Cactus Cafe

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains, Rosie Flores single release at C-Boy’s

Superfonicos, El Corazon De Nopal, Shashamani Sound at Barracuda

South Austin Jug Band at Threadgill’s South

Cotton Mather at Threadgill’s North

Two Tons of Steel, Damn Torpedoes, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

White Label Analog, Boleys, Of Sea & Stone, Jake Bardin at Stubb’s indoor

Bubble Puppy, Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band, Sun Machine at Hotel Vegas

Medicine Man Revival, Billy King and the Bad, Bad Bad at Native Hostel

Ringo Deathstarr at Volcom Garden

Mark Farina at Parish

Del Castillo Trio at Townsend

Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light video release at Scoot Inn

Wild Bill & the Lost Knobs at ABGB

Skanks Roots Project, Animo Cruz, Wakane at Flamingo Cantina

Adrian Ruiz Quartet, Sharon Bourbonnais at Elephant Room

Jan Seides, Brenda Freed, Regan Brown at Tavern Austin

Saturday-Sunday

Leon Bridges, Masego Music at ACL Live (sold out)

Saturday

AC Slater at Vulcan Gas Company

Central American Music Fest with Humberto Vargas, more at One World Theatre

Flamingosis, Birocratic at Parish

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains, Kathy & the Kilowatts at C-Boy’s

Shapescenes EP release, Social Flood, Knifight at Stubb’s indoor

Bad Gyal at Empire

Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Emily Gimble, Lost Counts at Continental Club

W.C. Clark, Mandy Rowden at Saxon Pub

Magnifico at ABGB

White Ghost Shivers at Threadgill’s South

Roky Moon & Bolt, Scott Yoder, Nick Walton at Hotel Vegas

Barbie De Facto at Townsend

Sunday

Bob Schneider, Peterson Brothers, Troll Smashers at Nutty Brown Amphitheater

Kyle Turner & Friends at One World Theater

Brent Faiyaz at Stubb’s indoor (sold out)

Annika Chambers, Lavelle White at Antone’s

Mohawk Bends, Shadow of Whales, Rummy at Mohawk indoor

ABGB fifth anniversary party with Leo Rondeau, Little Mikey & the Soda Jerks at ABGB

Third Coast Roots, Vana Liya, Serination at Flamingo Cantina

Lo Jinx Supper Club, Purgatory Players at El Mercado Backstage


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