ANTONE'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND II
Antone's, Friday 27- Sunday 29If it wasn't enough that Kim Wilson and Doug Sahm are both doing two nights at Antone's (Friday and Saturday) with folks like The West Side Horns, Derek O'Brien and Rocky Morales, you've also got openers like Houston's Roy Head (Friday) and Popa Chubby (Saturday), as well as Stray Cat-turned-rockabilly-blues leader Lee Rocker holding down the stage on Sunday. And still I haven't mentioned Ike Turner. Even if he had never teamed up with Annie Mae Bullock and gone on to fame and stardom as the infamous half of Ike & Tina Turner, the multi-talented guitarist had, by the mid-Fifties, already earned the status of certified blues legend as a talent scout for Sun, Chess, and Modern Records, session coordinator, musical arranger, radio deejay, bandleader, and musician. Today, Turner is a true American original, and this blues fan would not miss his presence at the club on Friday and Saturday for the world. -- Jay Trachtenberg
LORD HIGH FIXERS
Hole in the Wall, Friday 27Enigmatic as this local band is, their punk blues are at the very foundation of Austin's "alternative" scene. Former Big Boys guitarist Tim Kerr and his Poison 13 partner in crime, vocalist Mike Carroll, are the dark witnesses to a blues perversion so sinister that it'll be right at home in that corner spiderweb at the Hole in the Wall. Paranoids and 1,4,5's open.
COWBOY MOUTH, SEED
La Zona Rosa, Friday 27Not a bad year for the boys in the Mouth: They shape-shifted with a new bassist -- ex-Bluerunner Rob Savoy -- received over-
whelming critical praise on Hootie & the Blowfish's West Coast tour, and came home to ink a contract with MCA. Musically less puerile than Dash Rip Rock and lyrically smarter than Better Than Ezra, this N.O. quartet is poised to outshine them both with nuclear performances. -- Margaret Moser
Liberty Lunch, Saturday 28Kiss the ring of fIREHOSE/Minuteman bassist Mike Watt, for he is the underworld Godfather of nearly every Foo-Fighting band out there making a killing today -- for a list of those paying their respects to the Don, check out his first solo release Ballhog or Tugboat. Unfortunately, no one knows who's currently in his band, but we trust his choice to be as interesting as Minneapolis' Geraldine Fibbers.
SINCOLA, STARFISH, BLONDE REDHEAD
Electric Lounge, Saturday 28A great triple bill, considering that Sincola have not let Rebecca Cannon's eyes bug out here in town in what seems like forever, and Starfish is getting ready to go on tour through December. Meanwhile, NYC's Blonde Redhead -- last seen on the Austin stop of Lollapalooza -- lend their violent and distorted guitar haze to the fracas.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS PEñA
Chicago House, Sunday 29Last call, curtain call... Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee, because with this final show Chicago House moves onto the Big Street housing the Armadillo, Vulcan Gas Co., Raul`s, and the Cavity Club, etc. The last show, appropriately, is one of Lourdes Perez's magical Sunday Afternoon Peñas, and features Antonio Dionisio among a host of others. Adieu
POI DOG PONDERING
Liberty Lunch, Monday 30Last year we got two nights of Texpatriot Frank Orrall and Poi Dog. Both nights folks walked out like they'd just been blasted by Smashing Pumpkins. Who said you had to be the "A" word to rock? Not me. Not the eclecticos in Poi Dog. Not opener and former Ponderer Abra Moore.
ALLMAN BROTHERS, GOV'T MULE/KING CRIMSON
Austin Music Hall, Tuesday 31/Wednesday 1Like the Allman Brothers at the Music Hall on Halloween, King Crimson are dinosaurs (see track three on their new Thrak), who evoke a time in their jazz-rock fusion (again, like the Allmans) when musical improv ruled the land like a giant carni-vorous lizard. Step back into another era and witness how cro-mags like Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, and Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, and Bill Bruford still walk among us loud and proud.
LOS JAZZ VATOS
Elephant Room, Thursday 2Ernie Durawa's name may not ring bells but it should crash cymbals -- he's drummed for everyone from Delbert McClinton to the Grammy Award-winning Texas Tornados, and recently played with Herb Ellis and Charlie Byrd. Durawa now gives his Tex-Mex roots a brassy jazz sheen with the introduction of Los Jazz Vatos, including Joel Guzman, Freddie Mendoza, Evan Arredondo, Joe Posada, and Al Gomez. -- Margaret Moser ALSO PLAYING
Friday: Gals Panic, Gomez, Electric Lounge
Saturday: Buick Mackane, Blind Willie's Johnson, Hole in the Wall, 7 Seconds, Emo's
Sunday: Harry Connick, Jr., Austin Music Hall
Monday: Earthpig & Fire, Black Cat
Tuesday: Thunderfoot, Babes
Wednesday: Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Cactus Cafe
Thursday: 8 1/2 Souvenirs, Continental Club