Weekend music picks: Free Longhorn City Limits shows kick off Saturday

Sure it still feels like summer, but fall football season is here.


Friday: Margo Price, Hayes Carll at ACL Live. A double-shot of A-list Americana acts from Nashville and Austin, respectively, this concert is a fundraiser for the Hill Country Conservancy, a nonprofit that seeks to protect the natural outdoor spaces in Central Texas as well as the area’s working farms and ranches. Price was a highlight of Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic this summer, and Carll has been lighting up the Saxon Pub lately with his “Enough Rope” live-streamed shows. $40-$60. 9 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B.

RELATED: Our 2018 interview with Margo Price

Jimmie Vaughan performs with the UT Longhorn Band in 2015.

Saturday: Longhorn City Limits with Jimmie Vaughan, Nightowls at LBJ Library Lawn. Here’s the best new addition to University of Texas football pre-game rituals in a long time: free concerts by some of the city’s top musicians on the expansive greenspace immediately adjacent to the southeast end of DKR-Memorial Stadium. Blues guitar great Vaughan headlines the inaugural event at 5 p.m., with high-powered Austin soul outfit the Nightowls opening at 3:30 p.m. These shows will happen before every home game this year. (More performers will be announced soon; one will be Reckless Kelly, playing Sept. 15 before the USC game.) 2300 Robert Dedman Drive. texassports.com. — P.B.

Saturday: Michael Nesmith & the First National Band at Paramount Theatre. He’ll forever be known for the Monkees, but Nesmith gained a wholly different cult-following for the country-influenced folk-rock records he made with his First National Band in the early 1970s. The shows he’s been playing with them this year mark a return from a nearly half-century hiatus. Now 75, Nesmith — whose songwriter bona fides included writing Linda Ronstadt’s Stone Poneys hit “Different Drum — is enjoying a late-career revival that’s helping to recast his musical legacy. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — P.B.

Saturday: Shawn Colvin at One World Theatre. These days, all the aspiring Austin women singer-songwriters seemingly want to be like Patty Griffin, but when Griffin moved here in the late ’90s she (and many others) found a role model in Colvin, who’d moved back here a few years earlier. She’d played music here in the 1970s, which gave her deep local roots even as she became a platinum-selling success with multiple Grammys. She’ll show up as a special guest to sing with the likes of Don Henley and Jackson Browne when they’re in town, but her own shows here are infrequent, and the intimate venue makes this one all the more special. $35-$108. 7 p.m. 7701 Bee Caves Road. oneworldtheatre.org. — P.B.

RELATED: Review of Shawn Colvin at the Paramount in 2017



  • Gary Numan, Nightmare Air at Mohawk outdoor
  • Alina Baraz, Cautious Clay at Emo’s (sold out)
  • Black Joe Lewis album release at Continental Club
  • Wild Moccasins at Cactus Cafe (also 5 p.m. at Waterloo Records)
  • Dead Sara, Welles at Antone’s
  • Pennyfest with Quiet Company, Lowin, Black & White Years, Star Parks, more at Barracuda
  • Austin Uncharted 1-year anniversary with Poly Action, Half Man, Delicate Boys, more at Spider House Ballroom
  • Jeff Plankenhorn, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub
  • Atash, Seu Jacinto, Emily Shirley album release at One-2-One Bar
  • Steel Betty album release, Big Cedar Fever, Raph Shapiro at Radio Coffee & Beer
  • Big Bill, Brother Sports, Salty at Hotel Vegas
  • Kenyatta Hill, Yard Squad at Flamingo Cantina
  • Private Vandals, Residual Kid, Quiet Please, Hot Mom at Beerland
  • Bad Bad Hats, Cumulus at Stubb’s indoor
  • Hilary York at ABGB


  • Mountain Goats, Al Riggs at ACL Live
  • Greg Laswell, Sahara Smith at 3Ten
  • MxPx, Five Iron Frenzy at Mohawk outdoor
  • Austin Samba presents Brazil Day 2018 at Antone’s
  • Honest Men, Dossey at Scoot Inn
  • Kraken Quartet at Long Center Rollins Studio Theatre
  • Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel at Saxon Pub
  • J Wagner album release, Bill Davis at Radio Coffee & Beer
  • The Mrs. EP release at Lamberts
  • Sarah Sharp & Mitch Watkins at Threadgill’s North
  • Missy Beth & the Morning Afters, Jim Stringer & the AM Band, Dave Insley’s Careless Smokers at White Horse
  • Mopac, Marfa Crush, Midcentury at ABGB
  • Coffee Sergeants at Cactus Cafe
  • Van Wilks at Townsend
  • Leo Rondeau at Sam’s Town Point


  • Paul Young, Midge Ure at 3Ten
  • Strunz & Farah at One World Theatre
  • Diane Cluck, Jana Horn at Cactus Cafe
  • Wrongbird single release, Fertility House, Cuckoos at Mohawk indoor
  • Batty Jr., Sonny Falls, AMA, Poly Action at Hotel Vegas
  • Kate Howard, Resentments, John Gaar at Saxon Pub
  • Hilary York, Imperial Starlighters, Dale Watson at C-Boy’s
  • Ginny Marie at ABGB
  • Mike Keller at Hilton Cannon & Belle


Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and austin360.com. Twitter: @Blackstock360

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