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This week’s music picks: Gordon Lightfoot, Parker Millsap, Frankie Valli, more

Peter Blackstock


Monday: Savage Poor, Alice Spencer at Mohawk indoor. When they’ve not been busy with the steam locomotive that is Shinyribs during the past year or so, bassist Jeff Brown and backup singer Alice Spencer have put a bit of time into a couple of intriguing side projects. They’re together on this double bill. Brown and his brother, Ben Brown, play tuneful, roots-based indie-rock that benefits from the recent addition of keyboardist Christine Smith (formerly of East Coast band Marah). Spencer, now playing under her own name after an extended Townsend residency as Donut Musik, explores offbeat paths with bassist Brian Beattie that are loosely based in jazz but branch out in ever-unpredictable directions. $10. 8 p.m. doors. 812 Red River St.


Tuesday: Gordon Lightfoot at ACL Live. When the Canadian troubadour last played this same venue in February 2014, he brought up the old Mark Twain joke that “rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated” in response to recent reports of his demise. Four years later, Lightfoot, 79, is still out there playing his timeless classics such as “Sundown,” “If You Could Read My Mind” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” hitting Austin on the heels of an appearance at California’s Stagecoach festival. $39.50-$75. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd.


Wednesday: Parker Millsap at Parish. The young Americana firebrand from Oklahoma has wowed crowds in recent years at the Austin City Limits Music Festival and in a taping of the “Austin City Limits” TV show.  He’s touring behind a new album, “Other Arrangements,” that’s geared more toward electric guitar than acoustic. Jillette Johnson opens. $20. 7:30 p.m. 214 E. Sixth St. (Millsap also plays a free 5 p.m. in-store at Waterloo Records.)

READ MORE: Our Austin360 interview with Parker Millsap


Thursday: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons at Bass Concert Hall. From 1960s hits with the Four Seasons to a major comeback thanks to the 1970s musical-turned-movie musical “Grease” to a late-career revival with the Broadway smash “Jersey Boys,” Valli has stretched what might have been a short window as a star of rock’s early years into a lifetime of pop stardom. At 83, he’s now an elder statesman dealing mostly in nostalgia, but the songs have a timeless appeal. $45.50-$139.50. 8 p.m. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive.



  • Hayley Kiyoko, Allie X at Emo’s
  • Marmalakes at Waterloo Records
  • Mystery Monday with Bill & Bonnie Hearne, Christine Albert, Bill Kirchen at El Mercado Backstage
  • Kelley Mickwee at Geraldine’s
  • Church on Monday Band at Continental Club
  • Beat Root Revival, Hoody & the Wolves at Saxon Pub
  • Jonathan Terrell, George Carver at Sam’s Town Point
  • Wendy Colonna at Hilton Cannon & Belle


  • Link Wray 13 Guitar Rumble with Mike Vernon, Rosie Flores, Denny Freeman, Homer Henderson, Don Leady, more at Antone’s
  • Shake Russell & Michael Hearne, David Grissom at Saxon Pub
  • King Tuff, Cut Worms at Barracuda
  • Plain White T’s at 3Ten
  • Toni Price at Little Darlin’
  • Red Young & His Hot Horns at One-2-One Bar
  • Charly Bliss, Skating Polly at Stubb’s indoor
  • Ephraim Owens, James McMurtry at Continental Gallery
  • Mike Stinson, Beat Root Revival at Continental Club
  • Al Dressen’s Super Swing Revue at Sam’s Town Point
  • Ethan Azarian & Jeff Johnston at Townsend


  • Andrew McMahon & the Wilderness, Allen Stone, Zac Clark, Bob Oxblood at Scoot Inn (sold out)
  • Clifford Antone Foundation fundraiser with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, New Breed Brass Band at Antone’s
  • Franz Ferdinand, Priests at Emo’s
  • Of Montreal at Mohawk
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers at 3Ten
  • James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club
  • Texas Radio Live with Two Hoots & a Holler, Eric Hisaw at Guero’s
  • Sofi Tucker at Vulcan Gas Company
  • Peter Bradley Adams at Cactus Cafe
  • Lex Land, Sarah Sharp at Parker Jazz Club
  • Walt Wilkins, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub
  • Matthew Mayfield at Stubb’s indoor
  • Mutoid Man, Lazer Wulf, Cold Wives at Barracuda
  • Shelley King at Hilton Cannon & Belle
  • Warren Hood at ABGB


  • Babymetal, Skyharbor at ACL Live
  • Nav, 88Glam at Emo’s
  • Helmet, Prong at Mohawk outdoor
  • Mike Farris & the Roseland Rhythm Revue, Red Young & His Hot Horns at Antone’s
  • David Wilcox at One World Theatre
  • Metalachi, Money Chicha at Scoot Inn
  • Bilal, Alesia Lani, Sam Houston at Parish
  • Unplugged at the Grove with Marcia Ball at Shady Grove
  • Iguanas, Paul Oscher at C-Boy’s
  • Bali Baby at Empire
  • Will Courtney & the Wild Bunch, Joe Jacksons, Altamesa, Night Glitter, Casper Rawls at Continental Club
  • Bonnie Whitmore, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery
  • Erik Hokkanen at Radio Coffee & Beer
  • Gabriel Santiago & Ian Ethan Case at Cactus Cafe
  • Kody West, Shea Abshier & the Nighthowlers at Stubb’s indoor
  • Timberos Del Norte at Parker Jazz Club