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for Fri., Jan. 7
  • If I Can Make It There...

    Join the Austin Chamber Music Center for a concert featuring Haydn, Mozart, Missy Mazzoli, and Joseph Uzoigwe. These composers traveled to new cities in search of growth, fame, and fortune. Hear their music and their stories at "If I Can Make It There...". Tickets are $30–45 in advance; $12 Student Rush tickets at the door. Details available online.
    Jan. 20-21, 7:30pm  
    Austin Chamber Music Center
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    Kool & the Gang, Mélat

    Even if you weren’t born when Kool & the Gang’s biggest hits came out, you’ve grooved to iconic joints like “Celebration,” “Get Down On It,” and “Jungle Boogie” or, at the very least, as samples on tracks by artists like Diddy, Madonna, or the Beastie Boys. The Jersey City born, platinum album-bred R&B funk group have been trailblazing legends since their self-titled debut in 1969. Kool’s bass is even displayed at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture for musical pilgrims to venerate. Austin songstress Melat – on the heels of a sparkling C-Boys residency – sets the mood.
    Fri., Jan. 7, 8pm
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    Free Week w/ Hermajestie the Hung, Sine, Sex Pümp, Curse Mackey, DJ Asura Sunil

    Dance to the dark arts at Elysium for Free Week. Sëx Pümp, fronted by Fuckemos Russell Porter, pulses irreverent heavy disco with topics ranging from unruly (“Rob This Party”) to despairing (“Cry with Me”), while Sine proffers enchanted gothic synth rock behind the rhythms and vocals of drummer/vocalist Rona Rougeheart and singing, dancing drag artist Hermajestie the Hung possesses funny, seductive, and scary modes. My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult affiliate Curse Mackey commands the scene with industrial-grade darkwave.
    Fri., Jan. 7, 9pm
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    BowiElvis Festival w/ Graveltooth, Brian Scartocci, Electric Gold

    Birthday brothers, born 12 years apart, Elvis Presley and David Bowie both matured into musical royalty: Presley reigning loftily as “King of Rock ’n’ Roll,” while Bowie actually deferred a royal honorarium when he waved off an opportunity at British knighthood in 2003. Every year around their Jan. 8 DOB, Austin music celebrates Presley and Bowie – together and separately. The annual Bowie Birthday Bash at Drinks Lounge has been preemptively canceled over surging COVID numbers (they advise “Stay home, crank your speakers to 10 and listen to Bowie all night”) and the same is true with Austin’s glorious Elvis tribute, Ted Roddy & the King Conjure Orchestra, at Continental Club. Still, Hotel Vegas is doing it up big on Saturday with a Elvis impersonator available to marry five lucky couples (must pay for marriage license in advance) plus a hoot night of artists doing Bowie covers. The two legends who employed a lightning bolt as iconography are also being fêted the previous night, Friday, down south at the Far Out Lounge with the BowiElvis Festival featuring tribute performances from Graveltooth, Brian Scartocci, and Electric Gold plus the promise of serving each of the icon’s favorite sandwiches – ostensibly a peanut butter, banana, and bacon monstrosity and a croque monsieur, respectively – both fried!
    Fri., Jan. 7, 7pm
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    Kelly Willis, Brennen Leigh & Melissa Carper

    A mighty songwriter circle embeds in the middle slot at Saxon. Kelly Willis swings solo from the string of powerhouse duet albums with husband Bruce Robison, tapping into her exceptional 2018 return with Back Being Blue. Brennen Leigh rolls back through Austin after having cemented her reputation in Nashville the past few years, releasing the stellar down home ode to her Midwest roots with 2020’s fourth solo LP, Prairie Love Letter. And Melissa Carper cut one of last year’s best local releases with the twang-intensive Daddy’s Country Gold marking her move back to town.
    Fri., Jan. 7
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