Weekend music picks: Free family-friendly concert series from KUTX is back

Austin will also host shows from jazz great Fred Hersch, post-hardcore outfit the Jesus Lizard and Texas country-folk legends the Flatlanders this weekend.

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Friday: Fred Hersch Trio at UT McCullough Theatre. A 10-time Grammy nominee, pianist Hersch is one of the most accomplished living jazz musicians, one we’re fortunate to still have with us. A decade ago, Hersch, who’s lived with AIDS for 30 years, nearly died from a serious bout with pneumonia; he eventually recovered and composed the theatrical piece “My Coma Dreams” about the experience. His 2017 book “Good Things Happen Slowly” got major props from the Washington Post, which named it one of the top five memoirs of last year. This is Hersch’s first-ever major performance in Austin, and it might not happen again, given that he’s 62 and still lives with the effects of his illness. But his music continues to be extraordinary, and for local jazz fans, this show is something special. $10-$40. 8 p.m. 2375 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org. — P.B.

Mobley. Jay Janner/American-Statesman

Friday: KUTX Rock the Park at Mueller Amphitheater. The public radio station’s free concert series returns for a run of fall shows. The event, curated in part by KUTX’s Sunday kids show Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child, pairs a kid-friendly act with an artist music lovers of all ages can appreciate. The kickoff features expressive artist Mobley, who delivers powerful messages in deceptively hooky pop songs alongside the Groundwork Music Orchestra. In addition to music there’s face painting and coloring for the kids as well as food trucks on site. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. 4550 Mueller Blvd. kutx.org — D.S.S.

Saturday: Jesus Lizard at ACL Live. After eight years on hiatus, the influential post-hardcore outfit that formed in Austin over 30 years ago played a string of reunion shows in late 2017, including a riotous set that critics lauded as one of the best shows at Houston’s Day for Night Festival. This year’s tour corresponds with the 20th anniversary of the band’s final album, “Blue,” and the eight tour dates are the only live appearances the band has planned. Suckling opens. $32-$39. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com — D.S.S.

Saturday: Flatlanders, Dan Penn at Paramount Theatre. Last fall’s Paramount pairing of these two American music legends apparently went so well that they rebooked it for an encore. Penn, a songwriter responsible for some of the best Southern soul music of the 20th century, will open the show for Austin’s transcendental country-folk trio featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock. Either of these acts on their own would make for a memorable night. Together, it’s something worth becoming an annual tradition. $25-$55. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — P.B.

Sunday: “Three Women and the Truth” with Eliza Gilkyson, Mary Gauthier and Gretchen Peters at One World Theatre. Each accomplished singer-songwriters probably capable of headlining this room on their own, these three women are known for writing songs that dig far deeper than typical radio fare, even if all have had songs recorded by major artists. Gilkyson’s our local hero of the trio, a two-time Grammy nominee whose new album “Secularia” has drawn raves since its release two months ago. Gauthier’s 2017 album “Rifles & Rosary Beads,” a fascinating project in which she worked with veterans from Austinite Darden Smith’s “Songwriting With:Soldiers” organization, was a finalist for the Americana Music Association’s album of the year. Peters has released a dozen albums across two decades, including this year’s “Dancing With the Beast.” $20-$93. 7 p.m. 7701 Bee Caves Road. oneworldtheatre.org. — P.B.

ALSO PLAYING

Friday

  • Dwight Yoakam, Two Tons of Steel, Dalton Domino at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre
  • Shinyribs, Justin Stewart at Paramount Theatre
  • Kidz Bop at H-E-B Center
  • Parker McCollum, Jonathan Terrell at Stubb’s outdoor
  • Benefit for Lauren Bruno at Musx HQ
  • Propagandhi, Riverboat Gamblers at Mohawk outdoor
  • Western Youth album release, Mike Schoenfeld at Spider House Ballroom
  • Frights, Hunny, Hot Flash Heat Wave at Barracuda
  • DJ Mel at Scoot Inn (early show)
  • Droeloe at Vulcan Gas Company
  • Lost Bayou Ramblers, Rayo Brothers, Blues Specialists at Continental Club
  • Flow Tribe, Shaggadelic at Antone’s
  • Swells, Canvas People, Smiile at 3Ten
  • Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains at C-Boy’s
  • Lesly Reynaga, Latin at Heart, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub
  • A-Town Getdown at ABGB
  • Michael Hearne & Shake Russell at Threadgill’s North
  • Maoli, Free’Dem Sesh, Lakandon at Flamingo Cantina
  • Slow Caves, Residual Kid, Pollen Rx at Hotel Vegas
  • Silo Road, Roger Wallace, Missy Beth & the Morning Afters at White Horse
  • Will Taylor & Strings Attached at Townsend
  • Wagoneers at Broken Spoke

Saturday

  • Longhorn City Limits with Aloe Blacc, Jackie Venson at LBJ Library Lawn
  • Troye Sivan, Kim Petras, Leland at ACL Live
  • Intocable at H-E-B Center
  • Future Islands, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat at Stubb’s outdoor
  • Bullet for My Valentine at Emo’s
  • Laraaji, Arji, Dallas Acid at Zach Theatre
  • Andrew W.K. at Mohawk outdoor
  • Meg Myers, Adam Jones at Antone’s
  • Darden Smith at Stateside at the Paramount
  • Jackopierce at 3Ten
  • Malia Moore benefit with Rey Arteaga, Two Hoots & a Holler, Erin Jaimes & Jimmie Dreams, Twilight Trio at Threadgill’s South
  • Monte Montgomery, Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel, George Ensle at Saxon Pub
  • Lindsay Beaver & the 24th Street Wailers, Carolyn Wonderland, Bill Kirchen at Continental Club
  • 888, Frankie Cosmos at Barracuda
  • Lucy Spraggan at Mohawk indoor
  • Bluebonnets at Southpark Meadows Shopping Center
  • Hector Ward & the Big Time, Honey Made, Funkapotamus, Van Wilks at One-2-One Bar
  • Oliver Rajamani Gypsy Fire at Cactus Cafe
  • Connie Kirk & Jazz Quintet, Wheelwrights, Sanco Loop at Townsend
  • Ephraim Owens Quintet at Elephant Room
  • Tomar & the FCs at ABGB

Saturday-Sunday

  • Pecan Street Festival with Nakia & the Blues Grifters, Night Glitter, Magna Carda, Johnny Goudie, Belcurve, more on East Sixth Street
  • B-Boy City XXIV Pro Breaking Tour at North Door

Sunday

  • Fall Out Boy, Machine Gun Kelly at Erwin Center
  • Yo La Tengo at Mohawk outdoor
  • Palm School Choir reunion at ABGB
  • Pacific Dub, Ries Brothers at Stubb’s indoor
  • Ruins, Lavelle White at Antone’s
  • Carry Illinois, Co-Founder, Belcurve, Otis Wilkins at Hotel Vegas
  • Soul of a Musician series with Jonathan Terrell at Threadgill’s North
  • Greg Izor & the Box Kickers, Palm School Choir Reunion at ABGB
  • Hilary York, Imperial Starlighters, Mike Stinson at C-Boy’s

ACL Fest adds food court; bans bags with multiple pockets

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If you’re going to Austin City Limits Festival this year, it should be easier to get your grub on. The festival has expanded the food trailer offerings near the Barton Springs stage on the north side of the park to create a second food court. New trailers in that area include Burro Grilled Cheese, Tino’s Greek Cafe and Good Pop.

TINA PHAN/AMERICAN-STATESMAN. 10/3/14. Festival attendees line up at over 20 food vendors at Austin Eats food court during ACL Fest 2014.

The festival has also updated their bag policy to ban bags with more than one pocket. Here’s the official description of acceptable bags:

Bags will be restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Bag size may not exceed 14” x 11” x 5” (35cm x 28cm x 12cm), or 30 linear inches (75cm) in total, and must have no more than one singular pocket or opening. Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets are prohibited.

And here’s a diagram:

The festival has also improved their wine bar and added a viewing deck option at the American Express stage for fest-goers who opt for a VIP ticket.

RELATED: The ACL Fest schedule is out. These are the toughest conflicts

ACL Fest takes place Oct. 5-7 and 12-14 at Zilker Park. Three-day passes, Friday passes and Saturday passes for weekend one are sold out. Three-day passes and single-day tickets to all days of weekend two are still available. More info. 

 

 

Aloe Blacc, Jackie Venson to play next free Longhorn City Limits concert

Longhorn City Limits, the new series that puts a free concert before each University of Texas home football game, will indulge in a little West Coast hip-hop/soul on Saturday. In his first Austin performance since 2014, L.A. singer and rapper Aloe Blacc is down to headline the third installment of the concert series.

Aloe Blacc performs during SXSW 2014 at Stubbs at the Def Jam showcase Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN- STATESMAN)

The first two shows featured Jimmie Vaughan and Reckless Kelly, making Blacc the first headliner without a strong Texas tie.

“The response from our fans to Longhorn City Limits has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics Chris Del Conte in a press release about the event. “As we continue to grow this new gameday tradition, I challenged the staff to create a mix of local and national artists, as well as offer a variety of musical styles throughout the season.”

Blacc will be joined on the bill by local blues sensation Jackie Venson. Venson was our first Austin360 Artist of Month of 2018, after being named Breakout Artist of the Year in the inaugural Austin360 Awards in 2017.

Longhorn City Limits concerts take place on the LBJ Lawn outside the Northeast corner of the DKR Texas Memorial Stadium. The concerts are free and open to the public.

Jackie Venson is scheduled to kick off the show at noon on Sept. 22. Blacc is down to perform at 1:30 p.m.

A Flock of Seagulls headlines ’80s rock-themed ‘I Want My All ATX’ benefit

British synth-pop band, A Flock of Seagulls, has been tapped to headline a concert benefiting the local music nonprofit, All ATX on Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Four Seasons hotel.

A Flock of Seagulls. Courtesy of Paradise Artists

Mobley, Kalu & the Electric Joint, Alesia Lani and recent Austin360 Artist of the Month, Night Glitter will also perform.

Presented by local NPR affiliate KUTX 98.9 FM, the event is an afternoon show that will take place on the downtown hotel’s lawn. The concert’s theme is “I Want My All ATX,” a nod to the golden age of MTV. It doubles as a release party for this year’s All ATX compilation CD, which features local artists exploring the songs of that era. Sales from the compilation benefit local music non-profits the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, the SIMS Foundation, Black Fret and the Austin Music Foundation.

It will also be the grand opening of a new restaurant, lounge and deck at the Four Seasons.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19, at KUTX.org. Prices range from $20 for general admission on the lawn, to $100 for the Restaurant Terrace, to $200 for the Lounge Deck. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the show starts at 2 p.m.

Khalid, Janelle Monae, Residente, Arctic Monkeys to tape ‘Austin City Limits’ episodes

As they have in past years, a handful of prominent artists playing Austin City Limits the festival will also make appearances on the fest’s namesake television show.

Khalid performs at Trinity Warehouse at SXSW on Thursday March 15, 2018. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Pop star Khalid, Puerto Rican rap sensation Residente, dance pop standout Janelle Monae and British rockers Arctic Monkeys will all do ‘ACL’ tapings during ACL Fest. Here’s the schedule:

Oct. 3: Khalid

Oct. 7: Residente

Oct. 8: Janelle Monae

Oct. 13: Arctic Monkeys

Tickets to the tapings are free and will be distributed via a public lottery in advance of the shows. The signup generally goes out a week before each show. Follow “Austin City Limits” on Facebook or Twitter to get notice of postings.

Austin hip-hop pioneer Donnell Robison, aka MC Overlord, has died

The Austin music scene is reeling following the death Wednesday night of Donnell Robinson, who was better known as MC Overlord, one of the city’s most prominent hip-hop artists. He was 49.

MC Overlord. 1997 Shelley Wood for American-Statesman

Robinson was the first rapper to be accepted into the fold of Austin’s downtown music scene and he remained a perennial presence in the Austin Chronicle’s Austin Music Awards rankings for best hip-hop artist for years, even during the period in which he put performing as Overlord on hold to focus on his children’s music project, Big Don.

Large in stature with a jovial disposition, friends and fellow rappers remember him as a big teddy bear of a man.

He never talked bad about anybody, never talked down to anybody. He was always friendly, would shake your hand and sign autographs…he was a people person,” Baxter Russell, who raps as MC Fatal, said on Thursday morning.  

Robinson moved to Austin from St. Louis in the early ‘90s to pursue a music career. He met one of his longtime producers, Ter’ell Shahid when the two men worked as bouncers at a Sixth Street club.

“He wanted to get in the clubs, but there was no hip-hop in clubs. They wouldn’t allow rappers to perform in clubs in Austin, so we found a way to get him in by putting a band behind him,” Shahid said on Thursday morning.  

He rapidly developed a loyal fan base in Austin’s mainstream music scene, but it wasn’t the typical hip-hop crowd.

“It was a predominantly white audience,” Shahid said.

His music was unique, a hybrid of hip-hop and the funky rock that was popular in Austin at the time. Shahid characterizes it as “alternative hip-hop.” It was good music, but also, non-threatening.

“He was a bridge,” Shahid said. He believes the widespread appeal of Overlord’s songs was in “the uniting factor.” He rapped about struggles and pushing through, but his music was loaded with love.

The love came across when he performed, both in his gregarious stage presence and his generosity with stage time.    

“He paved the way for people like me to be able to come onto the other side,” Russell said, noting that after Robinson started calling on him to freestyle on sets, he was booked into the South by Southwest Music Festival and began to land downtown gigs.  

“We was all rapping in the neighborhoods, on the corners and in the street clubs and stuff like that…he got us where black people could start performing in front of white crowds and break that barrier, going over to Sixth Street,” he said.  

“He shared the air with me,” rapper Bavu Blakes said Thursday. “He was very non competitive…he was the type of dude who was like, ‘Get it, get it. You’re incredible.’”

“We stood side by side and never had a beef and shared in each other success as if it was our own,” Terrany Johnson, who raps as Tee Double, wrote on Facebook on Thursday.

Though he recorded an MC Overlord album in 2017, Robinson’s focus in recent years was on his children’s music project, Big Don.

“His music has always brought young people out, even as Overlord,” Shahid said. As Big Don, Robinson was “trying to teach the kids, help them find moral compass,” he said.

In recent years, Robinson’s health had been up and down. Earlier this year, he returned home following the death of his mother and, while in St. Louis, he was hospitalized

“He ended up having a hernia that was strangling out his intestines and he had to do a bunch of surgeries,” Shahid said. Friends at home rallied with multiple benefits to help defray his medical expenses.

Shahid said a friend took Robinson to the doctor on Wednesday because he was feeling unwell and “his heart just stopped.”

Robinson will remembered as the godfather of Austin hip-hop. “He was a godfather in terms of showing that god-like love as a predecessor and just being welcoming and affirming to additional presence in a place where he had made his mark already,” Blakes said.

“He built his own lane,” local journalist and hip-hop promoter Matt Sonzala said Thursday morning. “He toured a bit … but he mostly was that Austin artist who really existed in Austin and thrived on his own.”

Robinson is survived by two sisters and a brother. 

PUBLIC VIEWING: 2 to 4:30 p.m., September 30 at King Tears Mortuary at 1300 East Twelfth St.

 

Weekend music picks: Viva Mexico!, RakefetFest and more

From Tejano standouts and stars of the local world music scene, to Japanese punk and Canadian power pop, our music picks are all over the map this week.

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Friends host RakefetFest to help Rakefet Laviolette

Friday: RakefetFest at the Parish. Friends and fellow musicians rally to help Rakefet Laviolette, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Laviolette and her husband, Joel Laviolette, run the Rattletree School of Marimba, and the event is designed to help provide a “financial cushion” so the family can devote the time they need to her treatment and recovery. A who’s who of Austin’s top world music artists including Atash, Seu Jacinto and Bamako Airlines will perform. $10. Doors at 8 p.m. 214 E. Sixth St. theparishaustin.com. — D.S.S.

Friday: Sloan at 3Ten. Formed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1991, power-pop band Sloan rode the ’90s alt-rock wave to semi-stardom and still has a devoted cult following that includes 3Ten booker Jack McFadden, who’s been more excited about this show than just about anything he’s booked since the club opened in 2016. This year’s “12” is (naturally) the 12th release from the band, but they don’t tour down this way often, so if you want to see them, now’s the time to go. $12-$25. 8:30 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com. — P.B.

Saturday: Viva Mexico! celebration at the Mexican American Cultural Center. The MACC hosts a concert remembering squeezebox savant Anthony Ortiz Jr., who died last summer after a 10-month battle with cancer. He was 24. Some of Ortiz Jr.’s favorite Mexican songs will be performed by his family’s band Mariachi Corbetas at the center’s Black Box Theater. Other featured musicians include accordionists Juan Diaz and Ricky Cabrera as well as pop-rock artist Lesly Reynaga, who recently earned the center’s Emerging Artist Award. Free. 5 p.m. 600 River St. austintexas.gov/esbmacc. — Nancy Flores

RELATED: Rising accordionist Anthony Ortiz Jr. dies at 24

Sunday: Shonen Knife at 3Ten. The all-female Japanese pop punk outfit has been shredding guitars and expectations since the ’80s. Along the way, they hung out with Nirvana in the ’90s, created a Ramones tribute project called Osaka Ramones and released 20 albums. Don’t let the adorable coordinated dresses fool you; they show up ready to rock you hard. Ringo Deathstarr opens. $21.50-$25. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com. — D.S.S.

ALSO PLAYING

Friday

Lucius, Cornelia Murr at Paramount Theatre

St. Paul & the Broken Bones at Fair Market (also 5 p.m. at Waterloo Records)

Doja Cat, Lvl Up, Skirts, Caroline Says at Barracuda

Bob James at One World Theatre

Hyukoh, Inner Wave at Stubb’s indoor (sold out)

B3 Summit with Delvon LaMarr, Ike Stubblefield, Red Young, Sauce Gonzalez at Antone’s

Rakefet Laviolette benefit with Atash, Seu Jacinto, Bamako Airlines, Paula Maya at Parish

Jonathan Tyler, Will Courtney, Jesse Ebaugh at Continental Club

David Bowie tribute with Super Creeps, Kay Odyssey, DJ Mahealani at Empire

Damn the Torpedoes (Tom Petty tribute), Departure ATX at Threadgill’s South

Mayeux & Broussard, Garrett T. Capps, Kathryn Legendre, Lucas Hudgins at White Horse

Elias Haslanger Quintet, Sharon Bourbonnais at Elephant Room

Robert LaRoche & David Perales at Townsend

Los Nahuatlatos, Kiko Villamizar, Enrique Legarreta, Ex Romantika at Sahara Lounge

Lost Counts, Robert Kraft Trio at Continental Gallery

Ley Line at Cactus Cafe

Brown Sugar & the Brothers at Geraldine’s

Graveltooth, Mojo, Electrik Ants at One-2-One Bar

Friday-Saturday

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains at C-Boy’s

Saturday

Borgore, GG Magree, Benda at Emo’s

Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Scoot Inn

Scott Miller, Matt McCormack at Cactus Cafe

Al Di Meola at One World Theatre

Carbon Leaf, Ben Ballinger at 3Ten

Ninas Arriba benefit with Gina Chavez (EP release), Carrie Rodriguez, Jane Ellen Bryant at Antone’s

Outyouth benefit with Bleached Roses, Belcurve, Why Bonnie, more at Barracuda

Benefit for Kelli Archer with Modern Don Juans, Rubilators, Drakes, LeRoi Brothers, Two Hoots & a Holler at Continental Club

SIMS Foundation benefit: George Strait tribute with Kristopher Wade, Jacob Jaeger at ABGB

Gravitas Recordings showcase with Psymbionic, Au5, more at Mohawk outdoor

Danny Malone, Pulkingham Layne at Townsend

Dawn & Hawkes, Guy Forsyth, Dickie Lee Erwin at Saxon Pub

Hank Williams birthday bash with Jake Penrod at White Horse

Otis the Destroyer, Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad at Hotel Vegas

Red Young Quintet at Elephant Room

Viva Mexico with Son de Rey at Sahara Lounge

Ullrich Ellison & Tribe at Threadgill’s South

Susan Gibson at Threadgill’s North

Larry Seaman at One-2-One Bar

Microsessions with Tom Meny, Jon Muq, Obsolete Machines, Texas Textbooks at Aveda Institute

Sunday

Asleep at the Wheel record release at Broken Spoke

Owen, Fred Thomas at Mohawk indoor (sold out)

Kolars, Calliope Musicals, Pope Coke at Stubb’s indoor

Los Gumbo Blues Band, Lavelle White at Antone’s

Tuck & Patti at One World Theatre

Soul of a Musician series with Nakia at Threadgill’s North

Mitch Watkins Trio at Elephant Room

Resentments, John Gaar, Denim at Saxon Pub

Lo Jinx Supper Club, Purgatory Players at El Mercado Backstage

Dale Watson, Hilary York at C-Boy’s

Savage Poor at One-2-One Bar

Eve Monsees at Hilton Cannon & Belle

Yacht Rock Sunday with Mixer Rogers at Empire

Fragile Rock at Hotel Vegas

Sunday Shindig with Jason Robert Blum at Cosmic Coffee

Snoop Dogg’s Puff Puff Pass tour coming to Dell Diamond

If you missed the Doggfather when he was in San Marcos for Float Fest earlier this year, here’s another chance to catch the titan of West Coast rap before the year is up.

Snoop Dogg performs at RIO on 6th St. during SXSW on March 16, 2017. (Tamir Kalifa/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

PHOTOS: Snoop Dogg at Float Fest 2018

Snoop Dogg is playing a run of ball park shows that includes a stop at Dell Diamond on December 2. This go round he’s bringing with him a who’s who of artists from your ’90s hip-hop playlist including Too Short,  Warren G and Bone Thugs ‘n’ Harmony.

Tickets start at $45 and they go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and will be available at roundrockexpress.com, by phone at 512-255-2255 and at the Dell Diamond box office.

Montreal’s Piknic Électronik comes to Auditorium Shores in October

Piknic Électronik, a two-day, “picnic in the park” electronic music event, is set to go down Oct. 27-28 at Auditorium Shores. The lineup is yet to be released, but organizers promise “an eclectic mix of techno, house and disco, showcasing 12 national and local artists on 2 stages.”

Mark Myers and Michelle Rodriguez dance at Auditorium Shores during South by Southwest on Thursday March 17, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

The original Piknic Électronik is a summer concert series in Montreal that aims to be the opposite of an all-night rave. The event was founded in 2003 by a group of electronic music enthusiasts who hoped to make the genre more accessible “by bringing it out in broad daylight.”

The Auditorium Shores shows will run from 2 to 9:30 p.m. each day.

The event is family friendly. Kids 10 and younger are free, and there will be a Petite Piknic area with special children’s programming.

Curated food selections from Central Market are available for pre-order, and there will be food trucks on site.

Piknic Électronik organizers have staged versions of the event in various locations around the world including Melbourne, Dubai and Santiago. This will be the first American edition of the event.

Early bird tickets are $15 and available through Front Gate Tickets.

More information. 

 

This week’s music picks: HAAM Day, KRS-One, more

Tuesday: HAAM Day across Austin. Shortened this year from the previous HAAM Benefit Day designation, this coordinated campaign is still very much a fundraiser annually raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to help the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians provide much-needed services to the local music community. As always, much of the live-music action revolves around Whole Foods stores — the downtown flagship’s tunes begin at 6 a.m. with Sydney Wright — but most of Austin’s premier music venues also will participate, and an evening event at the High Road on Dawson has become a top draw in recent years as well. Donations accepted at all events (look for the HAAM donation boxes). Full details at myhaam.org/haamday. — P.B.

Read more: Austin musician Sydney Wright’s story helps underscore the value of HAAM

Thursday: KRS-One at Come and Take It Live. The Bronx rap legend built a career working at the spiritual core of hip-hop. In his world and the world of his passionate fan base, hip-hop endures not just a genre, but as a culture, a lifestyle. His classic rhymes are weighty with meaning and the world could use a little more of his “Edutainment” right about now. $20-$25. 8 p.m. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. comeandtakeitproductions.com. — D.S.S.

Mandolinist Chris Thile brings the Punch Brothers to Bass Concert Hall on Thursday. Contributed/C. Taylor Crothers

ALSO PLAYING

Monday

  • Sabrina Ellis, Lindsey Mackin, Lauren Burton at Hotel Vegas
  • Mystery Monday with Christine Albert, Rosie Flores at El Mercado Backstage
  • Blue Monday with Keith Dunn & Hash Brown, James Bullard at Antone’s
  • Lonelyland, Hoody Goode at Saxon Pub
  • Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club
  • Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery
  • Kids in a New Groove benefit with WailSharks, Say It Ain’t Weezer at Barracuda
  • Polarizado, Finessa, Spoils at Mohawk indoor
  • Cari Hutson & Good Company, Giulia Millanta at One-2-One Bar
  • Barbara Nesbitt at Hilton Cannon & Belle
  • Geoff Queen at Sam’s Town Point

Tuesday

  • Rise Against at Stubb’s outdoor
  • Verve Pipe at 3Ten
  • Marcia Ball, Cody Jasper at Threadgill’s South
  • Creux, Nominee at Stubb’s indoor
  • Durawa, Los Texmaniacs at El Mercado Backstage
  • Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club
  • James McMurtry at Continental Gallery
  • Al Dressen’s Super Swing Revue at Sam’s Town Point
  • J.D. Clark, Devin Jake, Chansons et Soulards at White Horse
  • Harvest Thieves at Waterloo Records
  • Russel Taine, Lead Pony, James Junius at Beerland
  • Skymomma, Mission2Mars at One-2-One Bar

Wednesday

  • Grizzly Bear at Stubb’s outdoor
  • Matt Costa at Cactus Cafe
  • Texas Radio Live with Otis Wilkins, Woody Russell at Guero’s
  • Foxing, Ratboys, Kississippi at Barracuda
  • James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club
  • Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores, Brannen & Red at Continental Gallery
  • Henri Herbert, Tommy Shannon Blues Band, Bill Carter at Antone’s
  • Super Thief, Thin Skin, Flesh Lights at Beerland
  • Walt Wilkins, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub
  • Warren Hood at ABGB
  • Natalie Zoe at Skylark Lounge
  • Leti Garza Trio at One-2-One Bar
  • James Hand at Threadgill’s North
  • Sophia Johnson, James Steinle, Rock Step Revelators at White Horse

Thursday

  • Punch Brothers, Madison Cunningham at Bass Concert Hall
  • Social Distortion, Justin Townes Earle, Valley Queen at Stubb’s outdoor
  • Unplugged at the Grove with Jimmie Vaughan Trio at Shady Grove
  • Butch Walker, Greg Holden at Scoot Inn
  • Lil Debbie, Whitney Peyton at Empire
  • Johnny Goudie EP release, Aaron Stephens at One-2-One Bar
  • Jonathan Terrell, Croy & the Boys, Bob Appel at White Horse
  • Jeremy Nail, Patrice Pike, Malford Milligan & JW Roy at Saxon Pub
  • Ceramic Animal, Billy King & the Bad Bad Bad at Mohawk indoor
  • Mark Cruz & Henry Johnston at Cactus Cafe
  • Erik Hokkanen at Radio Coffee & Beer
  • San Saba County at Townsend
  • Bonnie Whitmore, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery
  • Soul Man Sam, Red Young & His Hot Horns at Antone’s