Recommended Live Music for the Weekend

Soulful techno, bluegrass, and rock & roll to keep you up this weekend

Music is the perfect way to bond with your dad this Father's Day weekend. Spend time with local folker Shakey Graves and his pops or catch a Wreckless Eric or Jerry Douglas show at 3ten ACL Live.


Kay Odyssey

Drummer Babes w/ Kay Odyssey, ST 37, 3Radio Tiger, the Sophies, Endless Sewer, and the Spoils

Cheer Up Charlies
Fri., June 15, 9pm

From Kay Odyssey’s shimmery psych to experimental Austin rock veterans ST 37 or raucous new outfit Endless Sewer, Drummer Babes’ six-band bill featuring female-identifying drummers traverses a spectrum of genre. Spotlighting local women holding down the rhythm section, the showcase serves as a platform for female representation still often overlooked in the homegrown scene. – Libby Webster

Wreckless Eric

3ten ACL Live
Fri., June 15, 7pm

Legend has it this landmark of Stiff Records’ late-Seventies dominance on the British indie charts was five songs into a tepidly received set late last millennium when he finally announced, “Do you want me to play ‘Whole Wide World’?” Stunned at the deservedly tumultuous response to his signature hit, he rejoined despairingly, “Do you ever want to hear me play anything else!?” Eric Goulden wrote other garage-pop gems, but “Whole Wide World” remains two-chord eternal. – Tim Stegall

Whiskey Shivers

Scoot Inn
Fri., June 15, 7pm

Shoving off to Europe for the better part of three months, trashgrass fivepiece Whiskey Shivers make an increasingly rare appearance on home turf. The Pitch Perfect 3 have turned the Eastside party shack and outback into the free-for-all site of their stompin’ bluegrass prowess, which now garners crowds of 1,000 strong singing harmony and stomping feet. Self-described “sexy time” ATX rockers Otis the Destroyer open. – Abby Johnston

Green Velvet

Green Velvet

Fri., June 15, 10pm

Chicago raver Curtis Jones reformed Christian in his late 40s after a bad trip and some bargaining with God. Spinning with Jesus in his heart and water in his hand, the now-51-year-old DJ keeps pace with the soulful techno and house releases that launched his career in the Nineties. Jones wrote hits as Cajmere (“Percolater”), while exposing future house icons like DJ Sneak on his Cajual and Relief Records. – Christina Garcia


Belle & Sebastian (photo by David Brendan Hall)

Belle & Sebastian

ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Sat., June 16, 8pm

Harking back to 1997, seminal Scottish troupe Belle & Sebastian unveiled an EP trilogy earlier this year. The minialbums, known collectively as How to Solve Our Human Problems, polishes the previously camera shy crew’s as festival pop performers. Leader Stuart Murdoch shines on synth-y midlife crisis “We Were Beautiful,” following a sonically brighter upswing established on 2003 Dear Catastrophe Waitress. Suave Montreal melody-makers Men I Trust open. – Rachel Rascoe

Jerry Douglas

3ten ACL Live
Sat., June 16, 8:30pm

By his own reckoning, Jerry Douglas has played on more than 1,500 albums. The 14-time Grammy-winning dobro master has backed Garth Brooks to Ray Charles, while driving bluegrass supergroup Strength in Numbers. Douglas’ solo work sweeps brilliantly eclectic on 2017 Rounder Records album What If, an adventurous, resonator-wrecked forage with his sextet through bluegrass, proggy jazz, bluesy rock, and the stunning stylistic collision of Edgar Meyer’s “Unfolding.” – Doug Freeman

Tanya Tucker

Nutty Brown Cafe
Sat., June 16, 6pm

In 1974, Rolling Stone put Tanya Tucker on its cover with the line “Hi, I’m Tanya Tucker, I’m 15, You’re Gonna Hear From Me.” By then, the teenage sensation had already scored hits and Grammy nods with “Delta Dawn” and “What’s Your Mama’s Name,” launching a career that helped define country music in the Eighties by fusing outlaw’s edge with traditional and pop sensibilities. The Texan trailblazer, 59, returns to tour with a new album in the works.” – Doug Freeman


Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense

AFS Cinema
Sun., June 17, 4pm

A month before Austin booster Jonathan Demme lensed one of moviedom's greatest concert films in Los Angeles, 1983's Speaking in Tongues tour loosened tiles at Palmer Auditorium on Oct. 25. Twenty-five years later, Talking Heads' majordomo David Byrne helps headline ACL Fest 2018. Hear Shakey Graves and his dad David Rose connect this rhythm of the saints circle in a special Father's Day matinee. – Raoul Hernandez

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