Honk!TX presents 4th Annual Brass Band Blitz at Sidewinder. Fittingly, the scrappy little D.I.Y street band fest with a jester’s court aesthetic kicks off three days of free, family-friendly shows proper on April Fool’s Day, but folks who can’t wait for the lowbrow musical mayhem to begin are in luck. Sidewinder hosts a Thursday night pre-party with Detroit Party Marching Band, Pakava It, The m9, Bucharest Drinking Team, Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, Environmental Encroachment and School of Honk. 8 p.m. 715 Red River. Honktx.org. — DSS

Phil Cook plays Sidewinder. Photo by DL Anderson

Also: Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley, well-known as one of rock’s great accompanists with Jackson Browne and others but also a fascinating performer on his own, visits Cactus Cafe. … The Sidewinder’s other stage hosts two of the North Carolina Triangle’s top indie acts of the past few years, former Megafaun co-leader Phil Cook and the new Ryan Gustafson project Dead Tongues. … If you prefer your lo-fi tunes strummed and sung, the Austin Uke Society presents the Uketania VI Ukelele Showcase with some of the city’s finest four-string slingers at Sahara Lounge. … Quirky alt-rockers They Might Be Giants remade themselves as a kids band, but their Stubb’s show is marked PG-14, for older kids only. … The Mohawk presents a night of sludgy metal and grinding noise with the Melvins, Napalm Death and Melt Banana. … Top roots options include Alvin Crow late and Aaron McDonnell & the Neon Eagles early at Little Longhorn Saloon, and Redd Volkaert at Strange Brew. … Phish tribute band A Live One is at One-2-One Bar.