Miss Lavelle White
Texas doesn’t need to secede to wrest outside authority from its mantle. We invented that play. Nevertheless, there’s none more patriotic than the Lone Star State, so – to quote the Rolling Stones – sparks will fly. Come Friday, blue collar cover acts, R&B institutions, and everything in between rule the roost.
Down South Lamar, for starters, Miss Lavelle White celebrates her birthday in style at the Saxon Pub. Felicidades to Austin’s veteran soul diva, who turns 85. Latin lovers, meanwhile, truck it on over to the expansive, garage-by-day Empire Control Room, hosting Explosive Fiesta, starring the Peruvian psychedelia of locals Money Chicha, plus La Vida Buena, Son de Rey y Los Federales. ¡Orale!
On the Eastside, Hotel Vegas unleashes covers night with the E. Sixth Street Band channeling Springsteen, Dream Police at the helm of Cheap Trick’s arsenal, and Billy’s Choir, Shitty Beach Boys, and Nitroglycerin. If none of that rings your bell, Austin’s Grateful Dead tribute, Deadeye, lifts off for two sets at Scoot Inn.
Bucking these trends? ATX’s chairman of the board, Bob Schneider, hosts his own Independence Day bash at the West Austin oasis, Nutty Brown Cafe.– Nina Hernandez