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This week’s music picks: Dreams come true at Antone’s, blues turn green at Zilker and more

Peter Blackstock


Monday: Slaid Cleaves at Waterloo Records. Though he sometimes gets lost between elder statesmen such as Joe Ely and younger guns like Hayes Carll, no assessment of Austin’s finest troubadours would be complete without Cleaves. A dozen records into a quarter-century career, the Maine-born singer-songwriter stays relevant because he’s gotten better all the time. He’s now a master, as his new album “Ghost on the Car Radio” attests. Writing frequently with his longtime collaborator Rod Picott as well as Austinites Graham Weber, Karen Poston and Nathan Hamilton, Cleaves makes songs that are built to last, and he’ll play some of them at this in-store. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. — P.B.


Tuesday-Wednesday: Dreams Come True reunion with Marcia Ball, Angela Strehli & Lou Ann Barton at Antone’s. This triple-threat combo is repeating last year’s appearance appearance during the Antone’s anniversary celebration. It’s an entirely welcome encore, as the three women’s 1990 collaborative album remains one of the definitive documents of the blues club’s aesthetic. Ball soon will begin her reign as 2018 Texas State Musician, and some still cite Barton as the best singer Austin ever produced, but it’s the return of Strehli from the Bay Area that makes the occasion special. The closing acts each night help, too: Sue Foley follows on Tuesday, with Barbara Lynn in that slot on Wednesday. $22-$25. 7 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — P.B.

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Wednesday: Shinyribs, Jackie Venson at Blues on the Green. What has already been a big year for Kevin Russell’s super soul squad Shinyribs gets bigger as they headline Austin’s largest summer concert series. Expect songs from the band’s new album “I Got Your Medicine” as well as older favorites and probably a surprise or two, given their penchant for smart, cool cover tunes. A great opener is Venson, whose star has been soaring lately as well after an appearance on “Late Night With Stephen Colbert” last September and a string of dates opening for Gary Clark Jr. this summer and fall. Free. 8 p.m. 2100 Barton Springs Road. — P.B.

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Thursday: Hot Summer Nights begins in Red River Cultural District. Designed to beat the summer doldrums when touring shows tend to go on hiatus, this new music festival is built around a simple concept: all free, all local and all Red River. The centerpiece event is a Saturday evening dance party featuring art jazz pranksters Golden Dawn Arkestra and electro-funk champs Capyac at Stubb’s outside, but clubs throughout the district, including Empire, Barracuda, Beerland and the Mohawk, will host four balmy nights of free shows. Thursday night highlights include Abram Shook at Stubb’s and an Emily Bell record release party at Barracuda. Free. See for more details. — D.S.S.



  • Charlie Belle at Geraldine’s
  • Angry Beige, Ponyboy, Suspirians at Hotel Vegas
  • Two Hoots & a Holler, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club
  • Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery
  • Cory Reinisch at Blackheart
  • Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe