Zeroing in on Latinx music culture, Red Bull hosts three consecutive weekends of concert series across five cities featuring a variety of reggaeton, Latin trap, moombahton, and more. While dance veteran Maceo Plex’s two-decade career traverses gritty electro and smooth house, the Cuban Dallas native offers more rugged bass and climactic synths on new singles “Nu World” and “Cinemax.” Also featured is Las Cruxes business founder Veronica Ortuño and Austin’s eight-DJ collective Peligrosa. Corpus Christi’s El Dusty bridges hip-hop and cumbia, while East Sixth Volstead resident Orión García’s syncopated dance fuses Colombian flutes and accordion.
Thu.-Sat., Dec. 10-12
Black Fret’s mission is formally stated as “enabling the creation and performance of new music,” but to put it plainly, it’s finding ways to put money in musicians’ pockets. That’s become imperative amid the stageless struggle of 2020, so the patronage-model nonprofit adapted accordingly by slashing annual membership dues in half, quickening artists’ access to grant money, and creating a Happy Hour Concert where Austin musicians are well-compensated to perform to business staff on virtual platforms. The organization’s banner event, the Black Fret Ball, streams to the public Saturday. Some $160,000 in 20 $8,000 grants will be issued to nominees including Altamesa, Cilantro Boombox, Croy & the Boys, Sam Houston & Blk Odyssy, Alesia Lani, Carrie Rodriguez, and Sir Woman. Free to watch, but consider becoming a member.
Sat., Dec. 12, 7pm