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Weekend music picks: Geraldine’s and Empire throw birthday bashes

Staff Writer
Austin 360


Friday:  Geraldine’s 2nd anniversary with Jackie Venson and Jai Malano.  Two of Austin’s best new blues artists join forces to celebrate the second birthday of the music-friendly hotel bar. Venson appears hot on the heels of a new EP release and a big year that included several stints opening for Gary Clark Jr. on the road. Meanwhile, Malano, a fierce singer who only recently found the courage to share her voice, has established herself as a powerful force on the local scene. The two women will each log a solo set and then, for the first time, perform together. Free. 9 p.m. 605 Davis St. — D.S.S.

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Saturday:  Ani DiFranco at Emo’s.  Released in June, “Binary” was the Buffalo singer-songwriter and ultimate DIY-er DiFranco’s 20th solo album, not counting many live records, collaborations and compilation appearances. She’s done it all her way, independently, ever since she sported a cassette release during an extended visit to Austin in 1991 that found her playing to small but appreciative crowds at venues such as Cactus Cafe and the Continental Club. The rest of the world would soon tune in. Milck and Buddy Wakefield open. $27. 8 p.m. doors. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. — P.B.


Saturday:  Deer Tick at Mohawk outdoor.  For their return to recording after a four-year absence, Rhode Island indie band Deer Tick made two albums, suitably titled “Volume 1” and “Volume 2.” The first is a more acoustic affair, while the second features the more electric sounds more common to the group’s decade-long catalog. They’ll showcase both sides of their identity in a two-set show featuring both acoustic and electric segments. $20-$23. 8 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. — P.B.

Saturday-Sunday:  Empire 4th anniversary with George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic.  What’s funkier than George Clinton landing his legendary mothership in the heart of Austin’s Red River music district? The world’s greatest intergalactic funkateer arriving with an entourage that includes new school electro-funk kingpin Dam Funk and a supporting cast of funky Austinites that includes D Madness, Foot Patrol, and Mama K and the Shades. $45. 4 p.m. doors. 606 E. Seventh St. — D.S.S.


Sunday:  Mandolin Orange at Antone’s.  It’s remarkable just how many Austin venues this fast-rising North Carolina acoustic duo has played since their first visit here in 2013: Cactus, Continental, Mohawk, Stubb’s, Parish, the late Holy Mountain. (Not to mention many of the area’s biggest special events: SXSW, ACL Fest, Old Settler’s.) The new Antone’s becomes another notch in their Austin-centric belt, and if it’s anything like recent visits, the place will be packed. Rachel Baiman opens. (Technically sold out) 8 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — P.B.



Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains at C-Boy’s


Tori Amos, Scars on 45 at ACL Live (sold out)

Ray Wylie Hubbard Birthday Bash at Paramount Theatre

Ottmar Liebert at One World Theatre

Wild Child, Batty Jr., Icing at Scoot Inn

Kip Moore at Stubb’s outdoor

Peter Case at Cactus Cafe

Floozies, Widdler, Cloudchord at Emo’s

Troyboi at Empire

David Ramirez, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Small Houses at Mohawk outdoor

Grant Hart tribute at Hole in the Wall

Junior Brown at Broken Spoke

Beat Root Revival, Patrice Pike, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Uncle Lucius, Rob Baird at Little Woodrow’s Southpark

Lynch Mob, Dharma Kings at Come and Take It Live

Lyfe Jennings at Coliseum

Microsessions with John Wesley Coleman, Born Again Virgins, Oscar Ornelas, Emme at Charles Johnson American Legion House

Murali Coryell & Ernie Durawa Band at Townsend

Tomar & the FCs, Mudphonic, Blues Specialists at Continental Club

Croy & the Boys, Roger Wallace, Missy Beth & the Morning Afters at White Horse

Nightowls, Sour Bridges, Cari Q at Barracuda

Mike Nicolai & the Stares at Hole in the Wall

Ricky Espinoza, Christy Hays at ABGB


Shane Smith & the Saints, Flatland Cavalry, John Baumann at Scoot Inn

Blue October, Missio at Stubb’s outdoor

Rodeo Austin BBQ Auction with Neal McCoy at ACL Live

Monty Alexander Harlem-Kingston Express at McCullough Theatre

David Garza, Junior & Tanya Rae Brown, Redd Volkaert at Continental Club

Guy Forsyth, Ray Prim, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel, Bubble Puppy at Saxon Pub

Billy Crockett & Friends at Cactus Cafe

Golden Boys record release, Fleshlights, Vertical Vice, Peyton Andrew Green at Barracuda

Texas KGB record release, Cartright, Croy & the Boys at Mohawk indoor

Burgess Meredith record release, A. Sinclair, Michael St. Clair, Ooni at Hole in the Wall

F.C. Westcott CD release at El Mercado Backstage

Holy Wave, Curved Light, Grivo at Hotel Vegas

Hovvdy, Caroline Says, Jana Horn at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Derailers at Broken Spoke

Ruby & the Reckless at ABGB

Latin at Heart at One-2-One Bar

Wiretree, San Saba County at Lamberts


Gladys Knight at Paramount Theatre

Maine, Dreamers, Night Riots at Emo’s

Eddie Palmieri at One World Theatre

Public at Sidewinder

Pocket FishRmen record release, Butch County, Count Vaseline, Stabbies, Jean Caffeine at Hole in the Wall

Mayeux & Broussard, Sour Bridges, Harvest Thieves, Jonathan Terrell at Scoot Inn

Hilary York, Aimee Bobruk, Rosie Flores at C-Boy’s

Willie Pipkin & Friends, Heybale, Marshall Hood at Continental Club

Mitch Watkins Trio at Elephant Room

Kevin Lovejoy at Lamberts

Soul of a Musician series with Vanessa Lively, Nicolette Good at Iron Cactus North

Lord Buffalo at Waterloo Records