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July's lineup sizzles

Summer month is spangled with musical stars

Michael Corcoran

'O July, you're a woman, more than anyone I've ever known," John Stewart sang in 1969, and Micky and the Motorcars surely will cover July 16 at the Texas Music Theater in San Marcos. Let's see what this hot, sweaty, patriotic, drought-stricken female has in store for music fans.

There will be few fireworks this Fourth of July because fire just won't work when the grass more closely resembles kerosene-coated hay. But we will hear "Firework" when Katy Perry brings her "California Dreams" tour to the Erwin Center on July 30.

No one in their right mind besides Willie Nelson would hold an all-day outdoor festival in Texas in a month when 99 degrees is balmy (his Fourth of July Picnic is in Fort Worth this year), but Hutto was founded in Month Seven 100 years ago, so the town's big Centennial Celebration, featuring Los Lonely Boys, Bob Schneider, Curtis Grimes and more, will be July 16 at Fritz Park in the home of the Hippos.

The air-conditioned Paramount Theatre has a busy July, kicked off by Tim Minchin on Friday, then Steve Earle, who seems to play the same character on "Treme" as he did on "The Wire," on July 7, 85-year-old Ray Price (17), Iron & Wine (29) and Joanna Newsom (31). Sam "I&W" Beam's show is a benefit for the Midwives Alliance of North America, so you could call it a labor of love.

One of the hottest new bands out there, Foster the People, plays a long-sold-out show Saturday at Emo's, but you might be able to catch them at Waterloo Records, where they play at 5:30 p.m. the same day.

Or you could drive about 45 miles south of Austin for Robert Earl Keen ("This Song Goes On Forever and the Lyrics Never End") with Todd Snider, a couple of all right guys to hang out with for a few hours at Whitewater Amphitheater. That charming 5,000-capacity venue on the Guadalupe River has bulked up the bookings this summer. How's this for a July? Hayes Carll (free) on the 3rd, Reckless Kelly and Cody Canada and the Departed on the 9th, Ghostland Observatory on the 15th and 16th, Dwight Yoakam on the 22nd and Bob Dylan with Leon Russell on the 24th.

When I think of Cedar Park, two things come to mind: shopping centers and hip-hop. Yo, the flow is puttin' itself together at the CPC. The Cedar Park Center has Wiz Khalifa on Sunday, then Kid Cudi on the 16th.

On July 6, Austin treasure Marcia Ball plays KGSR's Blues on the Green at Zilker Park . Free and Zilker are such powerful words that 10,000 folks would show up if the headliner were Andy Langer's Kazoo Band.

Has Beerland only been around 10 years? This great club is celebrating its 10th anniversary July 6-9, with a host of aggressive bands with dumb names. (I'd thrash away, too, if I were in a band called A Giant Dog or Cruddy.) The can't-miss set is the Crackpipes on the 8th.

The Cactus Cafe, which used to slow down with the summer, is busy this month, including the Civil Wars on the 12th and an evening of music with reading by Bob Mould (23).

Let's see, let's see what else is on the steamy horizon. Those Portisheadheads Glitch Mob are at La Zona Rosa (July 7), Kelly Willis and Bruce Willis, err Robison, at the One World Theatre (15), Dave Alvin at the Continental (16), the Eels at Stubb's (20), Mission of Burma with Ume at the Mohawk (22) and Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at One World (22),

Roger Creager celebrates his birthday with four nights at Gruene Hall (19-22) . Another Gruene show of note is Steve Earle and the Dukes on July 8, the day after the Paramount show.

Owl City is playing ACL Live on the 27th. Owl City (Adam Young) peaked in 2009, not the '70s, so it doesn't make sense that he's booked at AARP Live. I just checked, however, and it's true.

Fourth of July

The big Auditorium Shores fireworks show and concert by Austin Symphony has been canceled, of course, because of the burn ban prompted by the ongoing drought. Other celebrations have canceled fireworks, or replaced them with laser shows. And some are still going on. See our full listing of Fourth of July events Thursday in Austin360 and at

Classical music

Austin Chamber Music Festival, July 8-23, several locations. www.austinchamber

Spotlight on Opera Festival, July 2-24, several locations.


Couples Triathlon. 8 a.m. July 10, Walter E. Long Park (Decker Lake), 472-5646;

Freedom 5000, 8 a.m. Monday. Austin State School, 2703 W. 35th St.

Nelson 5K. 7:30 a.m. Monday. Berry Creek Racquet Club, 449 Champions Drive, Georgetown. www.nelsontennis

Acts who will play local shows in July:

Kid Cudi at the Cedar Park Center

Reckless Kelly at Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels

Micky and the Motorcars at Texas Music Theater

Steve Earle at the Paramount Theatre and at Gruene Hall

Kelly Willis at One World Theatre.

Katy Perry at the Erwin Center

Todd Snider at Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels

Curtis Grimes at Fritz Park in Hutto

Ghostland Observatory at Whitewater Amphitheater

Wiz Khalifa at the Cedar Park Center

Iron & Wine at the Paramount Theatre

Cody Canada at Whitewater Amphitheater

Ray Price at the Paramount Theatre

Marcia Ball at Zilker Park

Bob Schneider at Fritz Park