Weekend music picks: Dawes, Cut Chemist, ‘Unplug This’

Augie Meyers, left, and Shawn Sahm of the Texas Tornados perform at a Doug Sahm tribute at the Paramount Theatre at SXSW on Saturday, March 21, 2015. (JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Augie Meyers, Shawn Sahm and the rest of the Texas Tornados play Friday at the Coliseum in southeast Austin. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2015


Friday: Texas Tornados, Santiago Jimenez Jr. at the Coliseum. Some of the best Tejano shows in Austin happen at this venue just south of the airport. Friday’s dynamite Tex-Mex double bill is a case in point, as the famed Jimenez accordion brothers team up. Flaco headlines with his fellow Texas Tornados co-founder Augie Meyers, the late Doug Sahm’s son Shawn and the rest of the modern-day Tornados lineup. The major bonus is an opening set by Santiago, whose conjunto music carries on his namesake father’s tradition with pride. $20. 8 p.m. 9111 FM Highway 812.

Saturday: Dawes at Stubb’s outdoor. The Los Angeles indie/Americana/pop band’s current tour is billed as “An Evening With Dawes,” which is industry code for “no opening act.” That’s good for the band’s ardent fans, who’ll get to hear two sets from the group. That should allow them not only to feature their new album, “We’re All Gonna Die,” but also to dig back into the four back-catalog albums that helped win them a devoted following in the first place. $25. 7 p.m. doors. (A $5 after-show on the indoor stage features local alt-country group Harvest Thieves.) 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com. — P.B.

Saturday: “Unplug This” 20th Anniversary at Hole in the Wall. The four-decades-plus history of Hole in the Wall has about a million little side-chapters, and one of them was “Unplug This,” a Monday night series in the mid-late 1990s that spurred many of Austin’s rock acts at the time to go acoustic for an evening. An “Unplug This” compilation disc documented the sound and spirit of the series, and many of the participants are gathering to celebrate the record’s 20th anniversary: Mike Nicolai, Wheel, Rice Moorehead, Andrew Duplantis, Michael Fracasso, Beaver Nelson, Larry Seaman, Pam Peltz, Brit Jones, Kevin Carney and Matt Harmon. Free. 9:30 p.m. 2538 Guadalupe St. holeinthewallaustin.com. — P.B.

Saturday: Cut Chemist at Empire. The critically acclaimed turntablist helped shape the sound of L.A.’s indie rap scene in the ’90s, working with Jurassic 5 in their early days and contributing to the L.A. Chicano collective Ozomatli. He’ll be putting down a special all-vinyl set for the wax fanatic in all of us. $15. 7:30 p.m. doors. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com — D.S.S.




  • Mike Doughty, Wheatus at 3Ten
  • Cloud Cult at Antone’s
  • Wheelwrights, Tahoma at Cactus Cafe
  • Robb Banks, Dash at Empire
  • Striker, Circle Pit, Firestarter ’82 at Grizzly Hall
  • Rosie Flores, Patricia Vonne, Rick Del Castillo at One-2-One Bar
  • Cilantro Boombox, Superfonicos at Sahara Lounge
  • Samba Bamba at Iron Cactus North
  • Tomar & the FC’s at Stay Gold
  • Danny Malone at Winflo
  • Two Tons of Steel, Roger Wallace at White Horse



Author: Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith has been hanging out in dimly lit corners of the city soaking in the music scene for almost 20 years. Twitter: @deborific

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