Editor’s note: This article was originally published June 19, 2014
Blake Shelton at Austin 360 Amphitheater. Thus begins the Live Nation "Country Megaticket," a summer series of three shows at Circuit of the Americas with a package price for die-hard fans of mainstream country acts. Shelton may be best-known these days for his role as a coach on "The Voice," but local audiences will no doubt still eagerly anticipate his rendition of "Austin," the chart-topper that made him a star back in 2001. The Band Perry, featuring siblings Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry, tops a trifecta of opening acts that also includes Neal McCoy and Dan +Shay. The Country Megaticket shows continue July 11 with Rascal Flatts and Sheryl Crow before a Sept. 4 finale featuring Brad Paisley and Randy Houser. $67-$350 (megaticket), $29.50-$69.50 (Friday’s show only). 7 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com.
Hot Nut Riveters CD release at Roost. New twists on old-time swing, jazz and folk sounds have been a fixture on the local scene since the 1990s heyday of the Asylum Street Spankers, whose post-breakup disc "The Last Laugh" was issued this spring. Some of that band’s remnants have resurfaced in the Hot Nut Riveters, which features former Spankers Guy Forsyth and Nevada Newman as well as ex-Bad Livers bassist Mark Rubin. The quintet is celebrating the release of its debut disc, "Moustashe Girl." $10-$15. 8 p.m. 2113 Wells Branch Parkway. theroostaustin.com.
Also: Hole in the Wall’s 10-day celebration of its 40th anniversary hits high gear on its second night with a roots-rock extravaganza featuring Joe King Carrasco, the LeRoi Brothers, Two Hoots & a Holler, the Neptunes, Texas Mavericks and Brooks Brannon. … Threadgill’s South presents Fan Fare Friday, an all-day benefit for Family Eldercare, with David Grissom, Malford Milligan, Tyrone Vaughan, Emily Wolfe, Kelley Mickwee and Suzanna Choffel. … Rapper and Strange Music founder Tech N9ne, touring behind his new release "Strangeulation," brings his "Independent Grind" tour to Emo’s with Krizz Kaliko, Freddie Gibbs, Jarren Benton and Psych WardDruggies plus local opener Super Smash Bros. … Renowned DJ and producer Quantic, aka Will Holland, plays a band show at Empire Control Room with opener Peligrosa. … California rapper Mickey Avalon is at the Scoot Inn. … Iconoclastic band Negativland, champions of humorous audio sampling and self-promotional hype, are at Red 7 with Tweakbird. … New York indie outfit Spirit Animal, known for its creative videos, visits Gypsy Lounge with British expat Stoney opening. … Detroit rockers Electric Six play the indoor stage at Stubb’s with Yip Deceiver. … Southern California metal band Gypsyhawk is indoors at the Mohawk. … Shearwater member Abram Shook plays material from his recent solo disc at Holy Mountain with Ramesh, She Sir and Young Girls. … Singer-songwriter Michael Fracasso plays a free show at ABGB. … Countrified sounds abound at the White Horse with Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and Rosie & the Ramblers, the Continental Club with theWhiskey Sisters, and Hill Country roadhouse Poodie’s with Gary P. Nunn.