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Thursday music picks: Manuel Cowboy Donley and Kim Simpson

Nancy Flores
nflores@statesman.com

Manuel Cowboy Donley and Kim Simpson at Cactus Cafe. At 87 years old, the influential musician, who helped shape a new Tejano sound by infusing rock ‘n’ roll and electric guitars into Mexican-American music, still has the golden touch. In June, Donley received the National Endowment for the Arts’ lifetime achievement award for folk and traditional arts. He’ll celebrate in Austin with a special performance. The veteran artist will team up with his friend, singer-songwriter Kim Simpson, for a special collaboration. Simpson’s vinyl EP “TexMex” Guitar” will also debut that night. A full band will join Donley to play popular songs from throughout his storied career, which started at East Austin bars and Central Texas dance halls. $9 advance, $12 door. 8 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org. — Nancy Flores

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