Sweet November: Fun Fun Fun and more in month that includes queens of soul, comedy
After one more big festival this weekend Fun Fun Fun Fest at Auditorium Shores with aftershows at clubs on Red River Street and beyond we're big festival free until March. But let's not think about that right now.
The month in music kicks off in grand fashion Wednesday at the Long Center, when a host of musicians, including Lyle Lovett, Verlon Thompson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Joe Ely, Shawn Colvin, Rodney Crowell, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Terri Hendrix, James McMurtry and many more celebrate the 70th birthday of songwriting legend Guy Clark.
After an over-the-top appearance by Dolly Parton in October, the Cedar Park Center brings more star power with Paul Simon on Saturday. Comedian Joan Rivers stops Thursday at the Paramount, which also hosts alt-country stalwarts the Jayhawks later in the month (Nov. 18). Former Smiths frontman Morrissey appears Nov. 15 at Bass Concert Hall.
Stubb's shows no signs of slowing down in November, with the B-52's (Wednesday, outside), Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes (Wednesday, inside) and Long Woodson (Friday) this week. Next week, it's Pacific Northwest rockers Modest Mouse on the outside stage followed by Detroit faves Dale Earnhart Jr. Jr. inside (Nov. 8 and 9) and the Smoker's Club Tour, which features rappers Method Man, Curren$y and Big Krit, among others (Nov. 10). After that, it's the Knux (Nov. 13), singer-songwriter Graham Colton (Nov. 16) and the Rebirth Brass Band, which brings a bit of New Orleans to Austin (Nov. 17).
ACL Live starts the month with Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes and his band on Thursday. The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and openers the Blind Boys of Alabama light up the stage in two weeks (Nov. 15), as do local dance rockers Ghostland Observatory, which plays not one but two nights (Nov. 18-19).
Latin funk-rock bands La Guerrilla and Brownout double up on a not-to-miss bill at Momo's on Saturday, and Suzanna Choffel, who recently relocated to New York, returns for a panel discussion on women in music (Nov. 12) and a performance (Nov. 16). The following week a group of musicians including King Corduroy, Cowboy and Indian, T Bird and the Breaks and more play "The Last Waltz" in its entirety the night before Thanksgiving (Nov. 23).
One more festival happens this month, the one-day family friendly Spirit Fest on Nov. 13 at Dell Diamond. It features Amy Grant, Third Day and Michael W. Smith among other faith-based music acts.
Antone's hosts Billy Joe Shaver on Thursday, and Jason Isbell and James McMurtry on Friday. Locals Wild Child plays the following week with Bobby Jealousy (Nov. 9), as do relative newcomers the Wheeler Brothers, which relocated to Austin from Louisiana (Nov. 18). The holiday weekend is packed, with the Scabs on Thanksgiving, an early set by Marcia Ball and a later performance by Lukas Nelson the following day (Nov. 25). Saturday of that week is another doubleheader with Carolyn Wonderland early and Reckless Kelly late (Nov. 26).
After a string of Fun Fun Fun Fest aftershows, highlights on Mohawk's calendar include New York electro-psych group Phantogram (Nov. 9), garage rocker Mark Sultan with Austin-based A Giant Dog (Nov. 15) and local alt-country group My Jerusalem (Nov. 17). Super weird Japanese punks Melt-Banana plays with L.A. punks 400 Blows (Nov. 19). Austin-based singer-songwriter Scott Biram also performs (Nov. 26).
Emo's East has Bayside with Saves the Day (Wednesday), early grunge rockers Mudhoney (Nov. 11, with the Riverboat Gamblers and more) and rapper the Game (Nov. 14). The not-long-for-this-world Emo's inside has Tav Falco's Panther Burns along with locals the Crack Pipes and the Golden Boys (Nov. 11), the Acacia Strain (Nov. 17), the Bled (Nov. 20) and the Queers (Nov. 25).
At Red 7, punk band New Bomb Turks plays with High Tension Wires and Grand Champeen (Nov. 12). After that, it's comedian Doug Stanhope (Nov. 18) and psych rockers Fu Manchu playing album "In Search Of \u2026" (Nov. 20).
Beerland has Fungi Girls (Nov. 11), Culture Kids with locals the Creamers (Nov. 17), CD release party for Austin psych blues duo the Ghost Wolves and California punk band Ruleta Rusa (Nov. 26).
Highlights this month at the Cactus Cafe include Ruby Jane (Friday), Sahara Smith (Nov. 8), one-half of the Fiery Furnaces Eleanor Friedberger (Nov. 12), Austin acoustic band MilkDrive (Nov. 17) and singer-songwriter Tom Russell (Nov. 30).
As usual, the Continental Club has a steady stream of talent, including James McMurtry (Wednesday and Nov. 9), Dale Watson (Nov. 11), rAlejandro Escovedo (Nov. 8, 15, 25 and 26) and Jon Dee Graham (Nov. 23).
Finally, at the Parish, it's Sondre Lerche (Nov. 11), singer-songwriter A.A. Bondy (Nov. 13), indie rock band Real Estate (Nov. 16) and Holy Ghost! (Nov. 17).