Friday-Sunday: Eastside Kings Festival. Dialtone Records founder Eddie Stout has made preserving the heritage of gospel and blues music in Central Texas a lifelong mission. This is the fifth year for his signature festival, designed to jumpstart the heart of Austin’s historic blues district on the Eastside. On Saturday and Sunday, over 30 bands will play eight tightly clustered venues, with a big stage in the Mission Possible parking lot at Twelfth and Chicon as the centerpiece. Featured artists include old-school greats like Sonny Rhodes and Blues Boy Hubbard alongside some of the hottest new acts on Austin’s soul scene like Jai Malano and Tomar and the FCs. New events this year include a Friday night kickoff party at Antone’s and an afterparty at Justine’s Brasserie on Tuesday. $10 daily. 9 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Check facebook.com/EastsideKingsFestival for detailed schedule info and venue addresses. — D.S.S.
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Saturday: Sturgill Simpson, Fantastic Negrito at Austin360 Amphitheater. Building on the remarkable artistic breakthrough of his 2014 record “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music,” Sturgill Simpson got an album of the year Grammy nomination for last year’s “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.” He didn’t win, but that and a breakout “Saturday Night Live” performance cemented his status as a leader among a new wave of artists who are saving country music from bro-pop pablum. The addition of acclaimed modern bluesman Fantastic Negrito to the bill is an inspired touch. $29.50-$59.50. 8 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com. — P.B.
Sunday: Janet Jackson at Erwin Center. Much has happened since the 50-year-old pop sensation canceled her 2016 “Unbreakable” tour to focus on starting a family. She gave birth to a son, Eissa, then split with her husband. In May, she announced plans to restart the tour, renamed “State of the World,” a title she says is not about politics but rather “people, the world, relationships and love.” She promises a set list that includes a mix of fan favorites from “Unbreakable,” socially conscious music she’s released through the years and plenty of hits. $35.95-$135.95. 8 p.m. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com. — D.S.S.
Sunday: Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam at Dell Diamond. The ninth annual music-and-sports event has moved from spring to fall this year. A late change in plans: Proceeds will go to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Joining Reckless Kelly on the bill for the concert, which follows an early-afternoon softball game featuring local music and media luminaries, are Cody Canada & the Departed, Wade Bowen, Midnight River Choir, Randy Rogers, Jamie Lin Wilson, John Evans, Rosie Flores, Jesse Dayton, Jason Eady, Charlie Robison, Mike & the Moonpies, Shinyribs, Bart Crow, Courtney Patton and more. $25-$30. Noon (game), 3 p.m. (concert). 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. rkcsj.org. — P.B.
FridayGreen Day, Catfish & the Bottlemen at Austin360 AmphitheaterPhillip Phillips at ACL LiveGhostland Observatory, Night Drive at Stubb’s outdoorShinyribs, Charley Crockett at ParamountSuzy Bogguss at Stateside at the ParamountMelvins, Spotlights at Mohawk outdoorBeatjuice #2 with Black Milk at EmpireZander Schloss, Will Courtney, Mike Molnar at SidewinderDavid Ramirez at Waterloo RecordsSpyro Gyra at One World TheatreHarvest Thieves, Thunderado, Blues Specialists at Continental ClubCharlie Mars, Denny Freeman at Saxon PubMingo Fishtrap at 3TenSanco Loop record release at Cactus CafeDuncan Fellows record release, Us Presidents, Brody Price at BarracudaAJ 8 with the Moles, the Relators at BeerlandA. Sinclair, Glass Grapes at ABGBRuby & the Reckless at Geraldine’sDon Leady & the Tail Gators at Antone’sArtillery, Nominee, Later Days, Casino AM at Come and Take It Live
SaturdayManchester Orchestra, Foxing, All Get Out at Stubb’s outdoorDead Boys at Hotel VegasSecret Sisters, William Wild at 3TenWhite Denim, Palo Duro, Feverbones at Mohawk outdoorShe Wants Revenge, Sine, Curse Mackey at EmpireDavid Cook at One World TheatreG4SHI at Vulcan Gas CompanyBrazil Day at Antone’sDavid Dondero, Real Live Tigers at Cactus CafeMystery Achievement record release, Go Fever, Ladyfang at ABGB80H Project, Coffee Sergeants at One-2-One BarDrab Majesty, Louisianna Purchase, Future Blondes, SRSQ, DJ Troller at BarracudaNic Armstrong & the Thieves, Skyline at Threadgill’s SouthGuy Forsyth, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel at Saxon PubPeterson Brothers, Redd Volkaert at Continental ClubAmerican Aquarium, Matthew Ryan at Gruene Hall
SundayColin Hay, Trace Bundy at ParamountDailey & Vincent at One World TheatreYacht Rock Revue at 3TenThese Fine Moments CD release at One-2-One BarSoul of a Musician series with the Deer at Iron Cactus NorthQuiet Company, Booher, Genuine Leather at Ernie’s on the LakePeelander Fest with Peelander-Z, Mugen Hoso, Otonana Trio, Saint Lo Gun at BarracudaResentments, John Gaar, George Ensle at Saxon PubCornell Hurd Band at ABGBHilary York, Aimee Bobruk at C-Boy’s