J. Cole and Big Sean at Austin360 Amphitheater. His intelligent fusion of R&B and hip-hop made him a radio star and Cole’s Dreamville Takeover was one of the hottest shows at SXSW 2015. With brutally honest storytelling and melodic hooks that tumble into verses, his style feels like a game changer. Add to the bill Kanye’s protege Big Sean and you have one of the hottest hip-hop shows of the summer. YG & Jeremih and Bas, Cozz & Omen open. $29.50-$70.75. 6:30 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com. — D.S.S.
Ross Shoemaker benefit at the Gatsby. One thing about the ’80 Austin rock crowd: You can still count on your friends. Former Austinite Ross Shoemaker, who died in a head-on collision in Oklahoma in May, was beloved by many Austin bands of the era, and they’re joining forces to help create a college fund for Shoemaker’s teenage daughter. Doctors’ Mob, Wild Seeds, Alejandro Escovedo, the Wannabes, Why Not Satellite, the Reivers and Dumptruck will perform. $10. 6:30 p.m. 708 E. Sixth St. thegatsbyaustin.com. — P.B.
Also: Local lo-fi hero and “Hi, How Are You” artist Daniel Johnston plays a rare live show at the Mohawk outside. … Gone solo from Old Crow Medicine Show, acoustic multi-instrumentalist Willie Watson is at Stubb’s on the indoor stage. … Afro-Latin, psych soul actContinental Drift celebrates the release of their debut EP at the Scoot Inn with art jazz pranksters Golden Dawn Arkestra, Cilantro Boombox and Bamako Airlines. … Hotel Vegas hosts an evening of dreamy melodica and shoegazey pop with Ramesh, Roses, Moving Panoramas and the Sour Notes. … Pluckers holds an epic lip-sync battle with abundant opportunities to win tickets to their free Sept. 5 ACL Live concert with Passion Pit and Bleachers at their South Lamar location. … Throwback rockers the Bellfuries celebrate the release of their new album at the Continental Club. … One man psycho-blues-punk band Lincoln Durham is at Red 7. … Experimental rockers Tera Melos are at the Parish. … Body Rock ATX hosts the Fifth Annual Michael Jackson Birthday Bash at Spiderhouse. … Local art rockers Black and White Years play Cheer Up Charlie’s. … Strange Brew presesnts an evening of Jackson Browne songs with Amy Cook, Michael Fracasso, Charlie Faye and many more. … Australia’s Bill Chambers joins hometown favorite Jimmy LaFave at Threadgill’s South.