It’s not all SXSW; check out these weekend picks for music and more
South by Southwest will dominate the action in Austin music venues for most of this coming week, but here are a few notable events not affiliated with the festival:
Friday-Saturday: Chuck Prophet at the Continental Club. The Bay Area rocker has played more than his share of SXSW shows and was a regular for years at Alejandro Escovedo’s Sunday-night closing bashes. Lately, though, he’s preferred to arrive before the main music crunch hits town, playing for two nights at the SoCo hot spot that has become a home-away-from-home for he and his Mission Express band. Thousands of acts may be arriving in town, but you won’t see many who put on a better show than Prophet. $20. 8 p.m. Friday; 8 p.m. and midnight Saturday (William Topley opens the second show). 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — Peter Blackstock
Saturday: Jimmy LaFave photography exhibit opening with Night Tribe at Stephen L. Clark Gallery. The renowned Austin singer-songwriter, who died of cancer last year at age 61, took a lot of photographs on his travels across the country playing shows. His family has gathered many of them for an exhibit titled “Searching for Peace Town.” LaFave’s longtime backing band, Night Tribe, will perform at this reception for the exhibit, which will be on display through the end of March. Free. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 1101 W. Sixth St. facebook.com/stephenlclarkgallery. — P.B.
Tuesday: Swollen Circus at C-Boy’s. Once an unofficial SXSW opening bash of sorts, Michael Hall and Walter Salas-Humara’s annual event has now blended into the ever-growing maelstrom, but it remains a special event because of its long history (dating back to 1990s gatherings at Hole in the Wall). Now on South Congress, it still features a strong lineup, including Salas-Humara on his own and Hall with his Johnson City band, plus the Carrie Rodriguez Laboratorio, Folk Uke, Kathy McCarty, Julie Lowery & Steve McCarthy, Amy Cook, Jon Dee & William Harries Graham, Winona Forever and Rotten Mangoes. $5. 9:30 p.m. 2008 S. Congress Ave. cboys.com. — P.B.
MORE THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND
Rodeo Austin. It’s the official sport of Texas. Austin hosts one of the top 10 ProRodeos every March, when the top-ranked athletes in each event — which includes bareback riding, team roping, steer wrestling and the ever-popular mutton-bustin’ — compete for the title of champion. In an action-packedtwo hours, you’ll watch the action, but that’s not all. Live music will follow the rodeo each night, with acts from Dwight Yoakam, Josh Turner, Ludacris and more. Come early to partake in the fairgrounds, open daily at 10 a.m. and will have the livestock show, a petting zoo, pony rides and more. Opens March 10. 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through March 24. $2-$175. Travis County Exposition Center, 7311 Decker Lane. rodeoaustin.com.
East Side Cool Party. Love the east side? Five East Austin breweries are hosting this celebration of their favorite neighborhood, the 78702, at each of their locations. For the East Side Cool Party, seven new beers are coming on tap, including the Lazarus and Blue Owl Brewing collaboration Cool & The Gang, a sour English mild ale infused with Earl Grey tea that will be available at both stops. Zilker Brewing, Hops & Grain and Southern Heights Brewing are participating as well. There will be food, live music and more. 10 a.m. March 10. Free. Multiple locations. facebook.com/events/604948066508390/.