South by Southwest has begun its annual Austin takeover, but with its music component not kicking into full gear until next week, this weekend offers a few notable non-SXSW music opportunities.
Friday: Kane Brown at HEB Center. Fresh off Sunday’s taping of “Austin City Limits,” the rising country star headlines a contemporary-country triple bill that also includes Granger Smith and Danielle Bradbery. $29.50-$55.50. 7 p.m. 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. hebcenter.com. — P.B.
Saturday: Anoushka Shankar at Riverbend Centre for the Arts. Sitar virtuoso and composer Anoushka Shankar is touring to support her new compilation album, "Reflections." Collecting compositions from her 20-year career, the album pays homage to her legendary father, Ravi Shankar. While rooted in Indian classical music, it includes several collaborations with contemporary artists, including Norah Jones. $20-$125. 7 p.m. 4214 N. Capital of Texas Highway. riverbendcentre.org. — D.S.S.
Friday-Saturday: Chuck Prophet at Continental Club. The Bay Area rocker has established a tradition of playing the Continental on SXSW’s opening weekend, and it’s proven popular enough to have grown to three shows in two nights. $20-$22. 10 p.m. Friday; 8 p.m. and midnight Saturday. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — P.B.
Saturday-Sunday: Kacey Musgraves at Stubb’s outdoor. The Grammy Album of the Year winner sold these two shows out quickly, but online resellers might have tickets available. (7 p.m. doors.) Also: Stubb’s has booked two great after-show gigs with local acts on its indoor stage, and tickets are still available for those, with Molly Burch on Saturday (10:30 p.m., $6) and Harvest Thieves on Sunday (9:30 p.m., $6). 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com. — P.B.
Tuesday: Earth, Wind & Fire at ACL Live. Founder Maurice White died in 2016, but singer Philip Bailey, bassist Verdine White and percussionist Ralph Johnson are still part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band that filled the 1970s with top-10 smashes such as “Boogie Wonderland,” “September” and “Shining Star.” $88-$138. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B.
Friday: Golden Dawn Arkestra, Alex Maas, Moving Panoramas, Smiile, Star Parks, All Eyes at Barracuda; Danny Schmidt album release at Cactus Cafe; Derrick Davis Band album release at Geraldine’s; Western Youth, Matt the Electrician, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub; Altamesa at ABGB.
Saturday: Tomar & the FCs at C-Boy’s; Red Young Quintet at Elephant Room; Rosie Flores, Johnny Nicholas, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel, George Ensle at Saxon Pub; Super Creeps (Bowie tribute) at One-2-One Bar; Ramsay Midwood, Cornell Hurd, George Carver at Sam’s Town Point; Albert & Gage, Rob Lytle at Austin Acoustical Cafe.
Sunday: Octopus Project, Calliope Musicals, Night Drive, Mobley, Trouble in the Streets, Mamahawk, more at Empire; Andrea Magee & Pat Byrne, Resentments, John Gaar, Denim at Saxon Pub; Soul of a Musician series with Betty Soo & Bonnie Whitmore at Threadgill’s North; Mike Stinson at ABGB; Grassy Boys at Cosmic.