Wednesday: Dengue Fever, Red Baraat, Hard Proof at Mohawk outdoor. This oddball bill of obscure musical mashups spotlights the wonderful richness of American multiculturalism. L.A.’s Dengue Fever blends Cambodian pop music with psych rock. Brooklyn’s Red Baraat slams Indian Bhangra, hip-hop and NOLA brass into an epic Bollywood party mix, and local crew Hard Proof mixes Afrobeat with jazz and funk. $16. 6:30 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — D.S.S.
Wednesday: Nao at Antone’s. The British singer-songwriter calls her style “wonky funk.” She mixes a throwback R&B sound with futuristic electropop and when she played ACL Fest last year, she hosted a sizzling dance party that converted a curious crowd into serious fans. $16-$18. 8 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — D.S.S.
Wednesday-Thursday: Bill Frisell at Continental Club. Speaking about the spontaneity of live performance vs. the discipline of practice, world-class guitarist Frisell shared some insight when we spoke with him during a South by Southwest appearance to promote a new documentary film about his music. “When you’re really doing the gig, there’s so much more intensity happening,” he said. “It doesn’t always work out that you get it, but you have to deal with it. When you’re practicing, it’s a few steps removed from what the actual music is.” The Continental offers a chance to catch the master up-close in a trio format with drummer Gerald Cleaver (in place of originally-announced Kenny Wollesen) and bassist Tony Scherr. $33. 8 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — P.B.
READ MORE: Our SXSW interview with Frisell and filmmaker Emma Franz
Thursday: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Brownout at Scoot Inn. Everyone already knew that jazz-funk master Denson was one of the great saxophonists of his era, so it was no surprise that the Rolling Stones brought him aboard as a member of their touring ensemble after the death of their longtime Texas sax man Bobby Keys in 2014. When not out with the Stones, he still tours occasionally with his renowned Tiny Universe ensemble. A great opener at the Scoot is Austin’s own Latin-jazz-funk big band Brownout. $25. 8 p.m. 1308 E. Fourth St. scootinnaustin.com. — P.B.
MondayBlue Monday benefit for Carla Ryan with Peterson Brothers, Miss Lavelle White, Denny Freeman, Soul Man Sam, Red Young and more at Antone’s Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters at Continental Club Kings Kaleidoscope, Citizens & Saints at Parish Mystery Monday with Christine Albert and Chris Buhalis at El Mercado Backstage Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe Gents at Geraldine’s
TuesdayBob Mould, Will Johnson at 3Ten Pierce the Veil, Sum 41 at ACL Live A Perfect Circle at Cedar Park Center Redd Kross, Viva L’American Death Ray at Barracuda Coheed & Cambria, Dear Hunter at Stubb’s outdoor Black Heart Saints at Stubb’s indoor Leopold & His Fiction, Wild Adriatic at Empire Tara Williamson EP release at Saxon Pub
WednesdayLittle Dragon, Goldlink, Kronika at Stubb’s Tech N9ne at Emo’s Wrenfro, Matt McCormack & the Valley Below EP release at One-2-One Bar Texas Radio Live with Beaver Nelson, Beth/James at Guero’s Graham Weber, M. Lockwood Porter at Cactus Cafe Matt the Electrician at Townsend Warren Hood at ABGB Malia Grace at Geraldine’s Jack Ingram, Brennen Leigh at Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery (Dripping Springs)
ThursdayClifford Antone Foundation benefit with Dr. John & the Nite Trippers at Antone’s Peter Cetera at Paramount Wailers, Full Service at Mohawk outdoor Javier Colon at One World Theatre Bruce Robison at Waterloo Records Slaid Cleaves at Cactus Cafe Unplugged at the Grove with Peterson Brothers Mona, Flagship at Stubb’s indoor Monte Warden’s 50th birthday with Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery Beth/James EP release, Little Brave, Daisy O’Connor at Lamberts ]]