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Outdoor shows abound with KGSR's two summer series

Peter Mongillo
Marcia Ball, July 25, Blues on the Green in Zilker Park

Bill Monroe, Buck Owens, Dottie West, Roger Miller, Loretta Lynn, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, among others, played the Dripping Springs Reunion in 1972. It was an under-attended, money losing attempt at a country Woodstock. Forty years later, the spirit of that event lives on as Willie's annual Fourth of July picnic takes place at Billy Bob's in Fort Worth with performances from Asleep at the Wheel, Lukas Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Billy Joe Shaver and many others.

A few days later, Willie heads south to the Whitewater Amphitheater for another show with Jamey Johnson (July 7), one of several highlights on the musical calendar in July. Ghostland Observatory (July 21) and the Avett Brothers (July 28, with the Wheeler Brothers) also play the New Braunfels venue this month.

Austin band the Rocketboys released a new LP, "Build Anyway," at the beginning of this month, and you can hear them perform their big, emotional rock along with From Indian Lakes and Good Field at Stubb's on Saturday. Also playing Stubb's this month: Driver Friendly with Little Radar and Geography (July 14), Trevor Hall with Anuhea and Justin Young (July 19), and Empires and Mona (July 31).

Beauty Ballroom hosts Jillionaire (July 13) and, if a jillion doesn't cut it, Millionaires (July 15).

Mississippi garage band Bass Drum of Death lights up already catchy songs with simple but addictive guitar work that pings, dips and leaps around the speakers. They play Mohawk with Australia's DZ Deathrays (July 10). Also playing this month at Mohawk are Megafauna (CD release) with Burning Avalanche, Tia Carrera and the Bellmen (July 6); She Sir, Shivery Shakes and Dagars (July 17); the Dalles, the Couch, the Baker Family and Power Chief (July 19); Kingdom of Suicide Lovers, Videoing, Many Birthdays and Richard Henry (July 20); and Murder by Death with Cory Chisel (July 28).

The Dukes of September are Donald Fagan (Steely Dan), Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs, and they'll play their respective hits at ACL Live (July 15). Dream Theater (July 7), Boston (July 11), Dwight Yoakam (July 12) and Cheap Trick (July 29) also play.

At the Cactus Cafe, it's the Austin Lounge Lizards (July 6 ), East Cameron Folkcore (July 7), Shinyribs (July 19) and Balmorhea (July 28).

Antone's 37th Anniversary celebration is dedicated to Doyle Bramhall and Hubert Sumlin, who both died in 2011. Doyle Bramhall II, Denny Freeman, Marcia Ball and others are set to perform (July 11). Also: Cotton Mather (July 6), Bubble Puppy with the Krayolas (July 13), and Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500 with Love Inks and Holy Wave (July 27).

Austin songwriter Jon Dee Graham usually holds down his Wednesday residency at the Continental Club as a solo act; this month, he'll have his band the Fighting Cocks along to play songs from his new record, "Garage Sale" (July 11, 18 and 25). The Derailers (July 6); Scott H. Biram (July 14); and Lou Ann Barton (July 27) also play.

Austin-based folk singer Sam Beam is the primary force behind folk pop group Iron and Wine. Beam hosts his annual benefit for the Midwives Alliance of North America and Mercy in Action with special guests at the Paramount Theatre (July 20).

At the Saxon Pub, it's long-standing residencies from the Resentments (Sundays) and Bob Schneider (Mondays). Alpha Rev plays Tuesdays beginning July 10. Jon Dee Graham (July 14), Will Sexton (July 27) and Seth Walker (July 28) also play.

At the One World Theatre, it's the Marshall Tucker Band (July 2), Kellye Gray (July 4), and Hot Tuna (July 17). White Dress, Black Tabs, Western Ghost House (July 6) and Cowboy and Indian (July 14) play Hotel Vegas.

Austin's Whiskey Shivers celebrates the release of its new CD this week at the Parish (July 2). Marmalakes (July 14), Bipolar Bears (July 15) and Nadis Warriors (July 27) are scheduled, too.

Nashville garage rock band Natural Child channels the bluesy, sloppy (in a good way) moments of the Stones and the Faces with entertainingly forward/lewd lyrics. They play Red 7 with King Tuff, the Best and Vomettes (July 9). Other shows include Rittz, League of Extraordinary Gz, Worldwide + Shame Gutta and Dubbsticks (July 13); Peelander-Z, Ghostknife, Biters, Neon Cobra (July 14); and the Original Bunny Gang featuring Nathen Maxwell of Flogging Molly (July 22).

Uncle Lucius (July 5), Quiet Company (July 12) and Charlie Mars (July 19) play KGSR's Unplugged at the Grove at Shady Grove this month. BoDeans with Sahara Smith (July 11) and Marcia Ball with Nakia (July 25) are scheduled for Blues on the Green in Zilker Park.

Huey Lewis and the News and Joe Cocker play the Backyard at Bee Cave (July 22). Shows this month at Hole in the Wall include King Corduroi, KP and the Boom Boom and Steady Legend (July 6) and Boy + Kite, the Wheel Workers and Asteroid Shop (July 20).

Bob Schneider, Band of Heathens, Hudson Moore and Black Pistol Fire celebrate the Fourth of July at the Nutty Brown Cafe. Stoney Larue (July 14), the Eggmen (July 20) and the Randy Rogers Band (July 28) also play.

And the popular Friday night concert series returns to the Bullock Texas State History Museum this month. The lineup for the free shows: Kelly Willis with the Ruby Jane Show (July 6), Junior Brown with Warren Hood and the Goods (July 13), Little Joe y la Familia with Conjuntazzo (July 20), and the Gourds with Redd Volkaert Trio (July 27).

Contact Peter Mongillo at 445-3696

UPDATE: This article has been corrected to reflect that Bubble Puppy will play Antone's July 13, not July 21.

UPDATE: This article has been corrected to state the band Natural Child is from Nashville, not Memphis.