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Peter Bay & the Austin Symphony Orchestra

John Anderson

Dowtown, Midtown, and South

Auditorium Shores

920 W. Riverside

The sonic boom touching off last Saturday’s thunderstorm brought down the fire hazard just enough for Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony Orchestra (8:30pm) to prep fireworks (9:30) on Auditorium Shores Thursday. Independence Day options before, during, and after remain plentiful, so here are a half-dozen suggestions: Scoot Inn’s Pig Roast beginning at 2pm (Slomo Drags, Loving Ugly, the Couch, Holiday Mountain); Nutty Brown Cafe & Amphitheatre’s Bob Schneider extravaganza (with Water and Rust, and the Wind and the Wave), complete with fireworks, 5pm; Hole in the Wall’s nine-band blowout, starting at 7pm (Big Britches, Robobilly, Wild Bill & the Lost Knobs, Stumbledrunk, Bluebird Specials, Under the Sun, Ted Nesseth, MK Ultra, Red Dirt Rebellion); Hotel Vegas’ Rockaway Beach Party, 9pm, as covered (ELO, Stooges, Bowie) by local all-stars (Roky Moon & Out of the Blue, Los Twat Vibes, Holy Wave, respectively); personal favorite and Austin’s John Lee Hooker-like Hosea Hargrove at the Continental Club, followed by ingenious Grupo Fantasma spin-off Money Chicha (10pm and 12mid, respectively); and late-night surf, punk, and post-punk at Beerland (Eets Feats, Crooked Bangs, Ghetto Ghouls). Lightning strike.

– Raoul Hernandez
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