Catch rising country stars Midland at the Domain for free next week

Midland will play a free show at the Domain on May 1. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

It’s an urban-country show for the tech shopping set. Head to the Samsung Galaxy Pop-Up Studio at the Domain in North Austin on Tuesday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. and catch a free concert by Midland, the up-and-coming Austin country band that was nominated for two Grammys this year.

READ MORE: Meet Midland, a country trio with one of the year’s best EPs

It’s part of a promotions event for Samsung’s latest mobile phones, part of a two-week national Samsung Galaxy Studio tour. The press release announcing the event notes no RSVP details, so it appears to be first-come, first-served. There’s also no specification of capacity.

Midland last played Austin in February, part of an Erwin Center triple bill with Little Big Town and Kacey Musgraves. We talked with band members Mark Wystrach, Jess Carson and Cameron Duddy when they played the Austin City Limits Music Festival last fall:


10 music festivals coming to Austin this spring

The weather is warm. The wildflowers are out. Let the festing begin!

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April 19-22: Old Settler’s Music Festival in Tilmon. Headliners this year include J.D. McPherson, Calexico, Greensky Bluegrass and I’m With Her (featuring Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan), but the big news is the new location, in rural Caldwell County southeast of Lockhart. There’s a lot more space than the festival had at its former Driftwood site, but it’s farther from Austin and the turnaround time was short. Attendance at an open house in February indicated festival faithful are eager to see how the new grounds work out. $35-$550. 1616 FM 3158, Dale. — Peter Blackstock

RELATED: An early look at the new Old Settler’s Fest site

Austin Reggae Fest 2014. Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman

April 20-22: 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. — D.S.S.

PHOTOS: Austin Reggae Fest 2017

April 26-29: Levitation in the Red River Cultural District. After taking a year off in 2017, the Black Angels-affiliated event once known as Austin Psych Fest returns for four days of a la carte club shows in the Red River Cultural District. You might not get a full weekend of lounging in the sun listening to trippy sounds, but the lineup is well curated with plenty of interesting bills to choose from each night. Highlights include Panda Bear, Geologist and more at the Mohawk, Electric Wizard at Stubb’s, and Ariel Pink at Empire on April 27; Ministry at Emo’s, Slowdive and Survive at Stubb’s, and Dan Deacon at Empire on April 28; and the Black Angels and Brian Jonestown Massacre at Stubb’s, and Waxahatchee and Hurray for the Riff Raff at the Mohawk on April 28. Times and prices vary. See for details. — D.S.S.

RELATED: Levitation returns as a series of Red River club shows

Rapper Cardi B and her fiance, Offset’s crew Migos will play Jmblya this year. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for blu)

May 5: Jmblya at Circuit of the Americas. Once again, local hip-hop promotion powerhouse Scoremore has produced a stellar lineup for their annual turn up. Emotional rapper/singer J. Cole leads a bill that includes a powerhouse second tier featuring Cardi B. and Migos. Kevin Gates, Playboi Carti, Bun B and Trae tha Truth will also be in the house. Festival organizers say they have taken steps to deal with heat and dehydration, the biggest problems from last year’s festival. They promise expanded water filling stations, more bars and food vendors, and shade structures in the field. $89. 2 p.m. gates. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. — D.S.S.

RELATED: Scoremore’s Jmblya taps into youth movement

May 5: Punk in Drublic in the Austin American-Statesman parking lot. The craft beer and music festival brings NOFX, Bad Religion, Interrupters, Mad Caddies, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Last Gang and more to Austin. There will also be over 100 craft beers available for tasting. $49.50. 1 p.m. (VIP entry at noon) 305 S. Congress Ave. — D.S.S.

Keith Urban performs at Stubb’s during the 2018 SXSW Music festival. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

May 5: iHeartCountry Festival at Erwin Center. This is the fifth year that the radio conglomerate has invited some of the most-played acts on its country stations to Austin for short sets that add up to a four-hours-plus bash at the city’s largest indoor music venue. On the bill this time: Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, Maren Morris, Sugarland, Luke Combs, Billy Currington, Dan + Shay, Jon Pardi and Brett Young. $20-$400. 7 p.m. 1701 Red River St. — P.B.

May 5-6: Pecan Street Festival. Austin’s longest running street fair and artist’s market programs three stages of free music on historic Sixth Street. Highlights for the spring edition of the festival include Los Coast, Alesia Lani and Zeale on Saturday and Cilantro Boombox, Nght Hcklrs and Jane Ellen Bryant on Sunday. Free. Music starts at noon. — D.S.S.

Euphoria Fest 2017. Photo by Tess Cagle for American-Statesman

May 11-13: Finding Euphoria Festival at Carson Creek Ranch. After four years of expansion, the EDM and jam band festival at Carson Creek ranch has intentionally scaled back and restructured. Festival organizers say their aim is to evolve the concept from a three-day music festival into a “sustainable year-round community based around curiosity, creativity and, of course, great music.” They’ve created an ongoing event series and transformed the festival into a single-day music event with two days of camping. Camping has been capped at 2,000 this year with workshops and special programming on Friday and Sunday for those who choose to attend. The lineup has not been released yet for the main event on Saturday. $49, $79 with camping. 2 p.m. gates on Saturday. 9507 Sherman Road. — D.S.S.

26-27: Lone Star Jam at Travis County Exposition Center. Taking over the Rodeo Austin grounds, this annual Texas-country weekend-long throwdown gathers many of the top draws on the regional roadhouse circuit. Saturday’s lineup features Gary Allan, Reckless Kelly, Stoney LaRue, Roger Creager, Flatland Cavalry, Charlie Robison, Dalton Domino, Kody West, Randall King and Drugstore Gypsies; on Sunday, it’s the Randy Rogers Band, Casey Donahew, Kevin Fowler, William Clark Green, Parker McCollum, Kyle Park, Mike & the Moonpies, Read Southall, Troy Cartwright and Grant Gilbert. $40 each day, or $70 for two-day pass. Noon to 11 p.m. 7311 Decker Lane. — P.B.

June 9: Wepa Festival at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard. The cumbia roots festival launched last year by Colombian-American artist Kiko Villamizar last year expands to nine cities around the world with dates in Germany, Austria, Mexico and Colombia. The festival celebrates masters of the cumbia tradition and this year’s headliner is Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto who Villamizar describes as the orginators of Colombian cumbia. Villamizar and a host of other local and international artists will also perform. Ticket prices and more details to be announced. Check for more information.

Weekend music picks: Free family fun at Mueller, Joe Ely, Los Pinkys, more

South by Southwest might be over, but the music in Austin doesn’t stop. Here are our picks for the weekend of March 23-25.


Friday: Joe Ely, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub. Ely has popped up around town for special appearances in recent weeks, accepting a special songwriting honor at the Austin Music Awards and taking part in the South by Southwest Blaze Foley tribute. Here’s a chance to hear a full set from the Texas legend at one of the city’s best listening rooms. $35-$40. 9 p.m. Come early for the free happy-hour show from guitar great Freeman, whose weekly gig here is among Austin’s top-drawing residencies. 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. — P.B.

Friday: KUTX presents Rock the Park at Mueller Amphitheater. Austin public radio affiliate KUTX 98.9 FM and syndicated NPR kids music show “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child” return to the lakeside amphitheater for another round of family friendly — and free — concerts. Each show pairs a kids act with a grown-up band. The first installment features madcap duo the Telephone Company followed by Black Pumas, the new psychedelic rock ‘n’ soul project from guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada and singer Eric Burton. In addition to music, there will be face painting and food trucks. Music begins at 7 p.m. 4550 Mueller Blvd. — D.S.S.

Friday: Microsessions with Matt the Electrician, Suzanna Choffel, Raina Rose, Little Mazarn at Imagine Art. This once-a-month-or-so series that Paul Schomer started a couple of years ago — he calls it “speed dating for live music” — features short sets by four acts in separate rooms, with the audience rotating from room to room for the hour. At the end of this one, all four acts will play a final set together, at guest host Matt the Electrician’s behest. Everyone on this bill is worth seeing on their own; combined, it should amount to a fine evening of local music. $15-$20. 8 p.m. 2830 Real St. — P.B.

RELATED: Suzanna Choffel boldly finds her way

Friday: Gaby Moreno at Stubb’s (inside). With an enchanting voice, the Guatemalan singer-songwriter smoothly transitions between English and Spanish on songs that range from bluesy folk to soulful indie rock. She was a highlight at Pachanga Fest 2014, one of the Latino music festival’s final years. Her longtime collaborator David Garza shares the bill for this show. $12-$15. 10:30 p.m. 801 Red River St. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Jerry Jeff Walker Birthday Bash at Paramount Theatre. Walker turned 76 last week and will have a new record out next month. The title, fittingly, is “It’s About Time,” as it’s been nine years since his last studio release. San Marcos’ Wittliff Collections recently opened an illuminating exhibit of artifacts from Walker’s half-century history as a classic American songwriter and transplanted Texas treasure. $40-$250. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. — P.B.

READ MORE: Our interview with Jerry Jeff Walker

Los Pinkys celebrate 25 years of playing conjunto music on Saturday at Antone’s. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Saturday: Los Pinkys 25-year anniversary with Flaco Jimenez, Max Baca at Antone’s. When it comes to conjunto music, few groups in Texas do it better than Los Pinkys, who celebrate a quarter-century together with this show. Joining in the salute are Flaco Jimenez, the San Antonio legend of Tex-Mex accordion, and Max Baca, renowned for his work with Los Texmaniacs. $12-$14. 8 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — P.B.



Victor Wooten Trio at Paramount Theatre

Broken Social Scene, Belle Game at Stubb’s outdoor

Cigarettes After Sex at Emo’s

Weeks, Caroline Rose at Antone’s

Junior Brown, Lou Ann Barton at Continental Club

Jake Penrod, Little Mikey & the Soda Jerks at ABGB

Western Youth, Otis Wilkins at Cactus Cafe

Don Harvey & A Is Red, Jeremy Nail at Townsend

Duncan Fellows, Muff, Oysters, Vacuum Repair at Barracuda

Ephraim Owens & Friends, TripTrio with Lissa Hattersley at Elephant Room

Izzy Cox memorial HAAM benefit with That Damned Band, Bruce Salmon, Jenny Parrott at Nomad Bar


Riff Raff at Empire

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

Mickey Avalon & Dirt Nasty, Ekoh at Mohawk outdoor

Stumble Brothers album release, Flying Balalaika Brothers, Shaws of Awe at Mohawk indoor

Guy Forsyth & the Hot Nut Riveters CD release at Cactus Cafe

Johnny Chops & the Razors record release, Ray Prim, George Ensle at Saxon Pub

Black Basements record release, Desilu at Barracuda

Jai Malano, Rochelle & the Sidewinders at Stubb’s indoor

Hector Ward & the Big Time at One-2-One Bar

Reverent Few, South Austin Moonlighters, William Topley at Continental Club

Pong, Queue Queue at ABGB


Take Six at One World Theatre

Mark Goodwin celebration of life at Antone’s

Willie Pipkin birthday bash, Heybale, Marshall Hood at Continental Club

Soul of a Musician series with Carson McHone at Threadgill’s North

East Side Dandies, Charlie Christians at Parker Jazz Club

SXSW: Dashboard Confessional, Cut Copy, Ghostland Observatory added to lineup

SXSW: Dashboard Confessional, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Tinashe to play Pandora showcase

Pandora will return to the South by Southwest Music Festival this year for a three-night stand at the Gatsby, the streaming music service announced on Wednesday. The company promises “live music spanning indie, pop, latin, R&B, hip hop, americana and country genres.”

Nathaniel Rateliff of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park Sunday October 2, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Notable artists on the lineup include Dashboard Confessional, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Tinashe and one of our favorite Austin City Limits Festival 2017 artists, Tank and the Bangas.

The official showcases will take place on March 13-15. Here’s the full lineup:

  • Amy Shark
  • Caitlyn Smith
  • Cuco
  • Dashboard Confessional
  • Demo Taped
  • Devin Dawson
  • Duckwrth
  • Elley Duhé
  • Harry Hudson
  • Jade Bird
  • Karol G
  • Kelela
  • Liza Anne
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
  • Morgan Saint
  • Mt. Joy
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
  • Nikki Lane
  • Salt Cathedral
  • Smokepurpp
  • Sunflower Bean
  • SYML
  • Tank and the Bangas
  • Tinashe
  • Walker Hayes
  • Wallows

More information.

SXSW: The festival is looking for Austinites willing to host international bands

South by Southwest season is almost upon us. The Interactive and Film conferences kick off on March 9 with the Music Festival starting in earnest the following week.

Robin Dusek with the band Agrupacion Cariño from Mexico. She says they threw an ‘instant party’ in her house. Contributed by Robin Dusek.

From the beginning, international music has been a huge part of SXSW. Festival organizers say they expect about 25 percent of the roughly 2000 artists scheduled to attend SXSW this year to travel to Austin from abroad.

RELATED: The rich experience of hosting an international band during SXSW

On Tuesday, festivals organizers put out a call looking for Austin families who are willing to host international artists. To host an international artist you just need a spare bed (air mattress and sleeper couches are acceptable, the floor is not) and an open heart. In exchange, the festival will provide music fest wristbands to your household.

“The SXSW International Housing Program is one of my favorite things about living in Austin, and that’s saying a lot because I love Austin,” Robin Dusek, who works at the University of Texas and has been hosting bands for eight years, told us last year. She’s taken in bands from all over Mexico, New Zealand and a slew from Scotland. A lifelong music fan, she loves the way the program puts her in the mix with the festival, but the best part is the musicians themselves.

“They come over as these strangers staying in your house and then you become friends because you’re just in this situation together,” she says. “That’s what the biggest benefit is, meeting these awesome people.”

Centrally located homes with easy access to public transportation are preferred. If you’re interested in hosting a band, you can learn more about the program here. 






Margo Price proves an all-purpose All-American at Emo’s show

Margo Price and lead guitarist Jamie Davis at Emo’s on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Scott Moore for American-Statesman

About the time Margo Price transitioned from acoustic guitar to drums to piano in the middle of her set at Emo’s on Tuesday night, it seemed pretty clear that part of the rising Nashville star’s mission on her current tour is pushing her identity outside the bounds often set for country singer-songwriters.

This is no surprise, really. When we spoke to Price two years ago, after her debut album “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter” had turned everyone’s heads, she stated that goal almost precisely: “As an artist, I always hope to keep growing, and I don’t want to box myself in.”

PHOTOS: A-List gallery of Margo Price at Emo’s

At the time, she was talking about not wanting to be pigeonholed as a country singer, though she quickly qualified her remarks by adding, “I think I will always like country music in some form or another.” Both of those truths were self-evident at Emo’s in a 90-minute set that drew upon her rural Illinois roots but pushed far beyond them as well.

As a songwriter, Price is honest and fearless, and that’s the biggest reason why she’s done so well since launching her solo career. Last fall’s “All American Made” picked up where her debut left off: Price digs deep into flyover country on “Heart of America,” challenges inexcusable gender inequality on “Pay Gap,” and turns inward on “Weakness,” in which she confesses, “Sometimes my weakness is stronger than me.”

She played most of the new album’s songs on Tuesday, though somewhat surprisingly left out “Pay Gap” on the night of the State of the Union address. (She did perform it on Monday at a Waterloo Records in-store.) Also missing was “Learning to Lose,” perhaps understandable given that on the album it’s a duet with Willie Nelson, whose voice certainly would’ve been missed. She tipped a hat to Willie by weaving a few lines from “Whiskey River,” along with Merle Haggard’s “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink,” into her first album’s breakthrough single, “Hurtin’ (on the Bottle).”

It was the mid-set segue from “Cocaine Cowboys” to the new record’s title track where things really got interesting, though. Opening act Paul Cauthen’s band had left their drums onstage next to those of Price’s drummer Dillon Napier, and halfway through the sludgey, psych-twinged tune, it became clear why. Price sat down at the kit and pounded away alongside Napier, helping to steer the song toward a heavy jam-out finale.

And now for something completely different: Price then commandeered bandmate Micah Hulscher’s keyboards for a spirited solo rendition of “All American Made” that quieted the spacious and mostly full room.

As an interpreter, Price has impeccable taste that skews toward Texas outlaws, as evidenced by her rendition of Billy Joe Shaver’s “Black Rose” at ACL Fest 2016 and a Statesman video of her singing a Doug Sahm tune with Shawn Sahm atop Doug Sahm Hill. This time around, she and her band revved up a rousing rendition of Guy Clark’s “New Cut Road,” later adding a creatively reworked take on Bob Dylan’s “Most Likely You’ll Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine.” In the encore, she tackled Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty’s comedic “You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly” with opener Cauthen belting it out and hamming it up alongside her.

Cauthen’s 50-minute opening set with his four-piece band was well-received and energetically performed, though the material was somewhat hit-and-miss. With a booming voice that commands the stage, the native of Tyler, Texas, is making strides as a solo act with his new album “My Gospel” after initially becoming known for his work with the band Sons of Fathers.

Set list:
1. Don’t Say It
2. Do Right By Me
3. Hurtin’ (on the Bottle), with I Think I’ll Just Stay Here & Drink and Whiskey River)
4. Since You Put Me Down
5. Heart of America
6. New Cut Road
7. This Town Gets Around
8. Cocaine Cowboys
9. All American Made
10. Nowhere Fast
11. Tennessee Song
12. Weakness
13. Loner
14. Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine
15. A Little Pain
16. Paper Cowboy
17. Four Years of Chances
18. You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly
19. Good Luck (for Ben Eyestone)

[Note: This post was updated to add detail to the set list.]

Weekend music picks: Majid Jordan, Jose Gonzalez, Jay Farrar, Posies

Friday: Majid Jordan at Emo’s. Jordan Ullman and Majid Al Maskati’s dreamy R&B duo is one of the most promising of the many Drake-ish acts from the Toronto rap kingpin’s October’s Very Own label. The group is best known for co-producing and performing on Drizzy’s hit “Hold On, We’re Going On,” and the track’s anthemic vibe echoes through their own soulful pop releases, including last year’s very solid album “The Space Between.” Stwo opens. $29-$31. 8 p.m. doors. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Jose Gonzalez at Long Center. When Gonzalez, a Swedish singer-songwriter and classical guitarist of Argentinian descent, played the Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2015, he won over the crowd with quietly beautiful sounds in the midst of outdoor-fest cacophony. The Long Center is a more natural venue for appreciating his art. Opening the show is Bedouine, the artistic moniker of Azniv Korkejian, who strikes a similar chord with the adventurous folk tunes on her acclaimed 2017 debut album. $29-$69. 8 p.m. 701 W. Riverside Drive. — P.B.

Saturday: Jay Farrar Duo at 3Ten. One of 2017’s best touring shows was a sold-out Scoot Inn performance by Son Volt, the band Farrar has fronted since leaving alt-country trailblazers Uncle Tupelo in the mid-1990s. Farrar returns with multi-instrumentalist Gary Hunt for a more acoustic affair that will cover material from the whole of his career, from Tupelo and Son Volt staples to songs from his solo records and the “New Multitudes” album of Woody Guthrie lyrics set to music. $22-$25. 8:30 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. — P.B.

Saturday: Lisa Morales record release at One-2-One Bar. Morales, our Austin360 Artist of the Month for February, brought in some of Austin’s best musicians to help make her second solo album, including Charlie Sexton, Adrian Quesada, David Garza and Michael Ramos, who produced. Unlike her 2012 solo debut “Beautiful Mistake,” which featured songs all in English, Morales returns here to the bilingual approach that has long served her family duo Sisters Morales well. We’ll have more on Morales in Friday’s American-Statesman and on In the meantime, catch her Austin360 Facebook Live session at noon Thursday; it will remain viewable after the live broadcast as well. $10. 7 p.m. 1509 S. Lamar Blvd. — P.B.

Sunday: Posies at Cactus Cafe. When they rose up as teen wonders in late-1980s Seattle, Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow were like the grunge antidote. Although they could rock out with plenty of energy onstage, their music was deeply rooted in classic pop, and it stressed the natural beauty of their vocal harmonies. As such, this acoustic show provides a fine chance to hear their music in its purest element. Over the years, the two became key members of the reconstituted Big Star, and Stringfellow toured as an R.E.M. sideman for years. But they’ve always returned to the Posies on occasion, and a recent series of reissues by Omnivore Recordings had given new life to the great records they made in their younger days. $25. 8 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. — P.B.

Tex-Mex keyboard great Augie Meyers plays Cactus Cafe on Saturday. Kevin Virobik-Adams for American-Statesman 1998



  • Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains at C-Boy’s
  • Tomar & the FCs, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club


  • Borns, Charlotte Cardin, Mikky Ekko at Stubb’s outdoor (sold out)
  • Ruben Ramos, Sunny Ozuna at OK Corral
  • Poco at One World Theatre
  • Anti-Flag, Stray From the Path, Sharptooth, White Noise at Mohawk outdoor
  • Y&T at 3Ten
  • Gary Nicholson, Lee Roy Parnell, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub
  • Kris Delmhorst, Matt the Electrician at Cactus Cafe
  • Mystic Knights of the Sea, Lou Ann Barton, Lindsay Beaver & the 24th Street Wailers at Antone’s
  • RG Lowe, Caroline Says, Taft, Batty Jr. at Sahara Lounge
  • Will Taylor & Strings Attached perform Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” at Townsend
  • MAPS benefit with Megafauna, Clouds are Ghosts, Human Circuit, more at Barracuda
  • Softest Hard at Parish
  • Duncan Fellows at Stubb’s indoor
  • Christy Hays at ABGB
  • Tara Williamson at Geraldine’s
  • Jabo & the Old Dogs at Lamberts