Editor’s note: This article was originally published January 16, 2014
Free Week 2014 is history and George Strait has said goodbye to Austin, but the music never ends. Some show highlights for the next week:
Barrence Whitfield & the Savages at Continental Club. It’s good to have Barrence Whitfield back in action. The Boston-based soul shouter, who we first wrote about in these pages when he played Liberty Lunch to support his aptly titled album "Ow! Ow! Ow!" in the late ‘80s, hadn’t released an album for nearly 20 years before last fall’s "Dig Thy Savage Soul" on Bloodshot Records. Whitfield, who plays a two-night stand with a backing crew that includes Peter Greenberg of the Lyres on guitar, sounds like he hasn’t lost a single ounce of the full-throttle adrenaline that made his music such a joy when he arrived on the scene. $12. 9:30 p.m. Friday with Modern Don Juans and Eve & the Exiles; 10 p.m. Saturday with Homer Henderson. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com.
Also playing: Lincoln Durham at Stubb’s; Amanda Cevallos and Rosie Flores at Ginny’s Little Longhorn; Gumbo Ce Soir, Damon Bramblett, Bellfuries at White Horse; John Wesley Coleman at Beerland.
— Peter Blackstock
Digital Wild CD release at the Mohawk. Caught the last few minutes of their Free Week show at Red 7 and found the band mixing an utterly entrancing blend of hip-hop, soul and indie rock. The multi-cultural crew immediately landed on my short list of bands that are worth a longer listen. $6 Doors at 9 p.m. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com.
— Deborah Sengupta Stith
Tony Bennett at Long Center. How many icons of American music have continued performing regularly well into their ninth decade on the planet? At 87, Bennett remains a cultural touchstone, not just for his signature hits (gathered on a collection called "The Classics" due out Jan. 28), but also for his continued collaborations with contemporary artists. A new disc with Lady Gaga, "Cheek to Cheek," will be out March 18, expanding on the track they did together for his Grammy-winning 2012 album "Duets II." $49-$149. 8 p.m. Saturday. 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org. — P.B.
Dailey & Vincent at One World Theatre. Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent earned their stripes playing in the bands of bluegrass greats Doyle Lawson and Ricky Skaggs, respectively. Since teaming up in 2008, they’ve become one of bluegrass’ top recording and touring acts, with a half-dozen albums on Rounder. Their latest, "Brothers of the Highway," is among the five Grammy nominees for Best Bluegrass Album of 2013. $70-$110 (includes dinner). 7 p.m. Saturday. 7701 Bee Caves Road. oneworldtheatre.org. — P.B.
Josh Ritter at ACL Live. Aspiring musicians, learn from a master: Every time I’ve seen Josh Ritter play, he has come out in the crowd to talk with his fans after the show, a habit that regularly takes up at least an hour or two of his time. It’s a big reason Ritter has such a devoted following – although that work ethic wouldn’t matter if Ritter weren’t a top-shelf songwriter to begin with. His latest, "The Beast in Its Tracks," whittles down the sound to quieter arrangements, which prompted this acoustic tour. Gregory Alan Isakov opens. $21-$26. 8 p.m. Saturday. 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B.
Also playing: Carolyn Wonderland and W.C. Clark at Saxon Pub; Ramsay Midwood and Christie Hays at Lamberts; Chaparral and Brennen Leigh at White Horse; Dent May at Holy Mountain.
Chick Corea & Bela Fleck at the Paramount Theatre. The venue is billing this as "an evening of jazz, bluegrass, classical and everything in between," and that sounds like a fair bet. Fleck, on banjo, and Corea, on piano, are masters of their respective instruments, with a few dozen Grammys between them. Their 2007 collaborative album "The Enchantment" was highly acclaimed, and the tour behind it went well enough that they decided to revisit the partnership this year. $82-$97. 8 p.m. Sunday. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — P.B.
Also playing: Beach Boys at ACL Live; Gregg Rolie at One World Theatre; Heybale! and Wagoneers at Continental Club; Dale Watson at Ginny’s Little Longhorn.
Body Rock ATX presents All-Rise! MLK celebration at the North Door. Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy with some of the city’s top hip-hop talent. Hosted by husband and wife hip-hop team Riders Against the Storm, the event also features upcoming firebrand Queen Deelah and ATX elder statesman Bavu Blakes. Resident body-rocker Chorizo Funk will provide the grooves to make you move. $5 Doors at 8 p.m. 502 Brushy St. www.ndvenue.com. — D.S.S.
League of Extraordinary Gz at Spiderhouse Ballroom. Or celebrate Dr. King’s legacy at the MLK Block Party, an "all-elemental" hip-hop celebration hosted by 91.7 KOOP’s Hip-hop Hooray and featuring a performance from club wrecking supergroup the League. Excellent local rapper Da’Shade Moonbeam also represents on the microphone, Third Coast Assassins B-Boy Crew bring the dance, Dub Academy will provide turntable antics and graffiti artists will also be in the house. $7-$10. Doors at 8 p.m. 2908 Fruth St. spiderhousecafe.com. — D.S.S.