7 Nights: In Austin, there’s something cool going on every night of the week
Antone’s Alumni Winter Ball. A host of Austin musicians perform: Lou Ann Barton, Malford Milligan, Denny Freeman, Derek O’Brien, Mike Flanigin, George Rains, Scott Nelson, Larry Fulcher, J.J. Johnson, Georgia Bramhall and Emily Gimble. 7:30 p.m. $12. 213 W. Fifth St. antones.net.
Also playing: Camp Lo at Holy Mountain; Zapata! at the Continental Club; Patrice Pike, Will Sexton at the Saxon Pub.
Toadies at ACL Live. An acoustic set plus a list of guest performers makes Friday’s show a sort of miniature version of the Toadies’ summer festival: Taylor Muse of Quiet Company, Zach Blair of Rise Against, Lauren Larson of Ume and Will Johnson from Centro-Matic. 6:30 p.m. $25-$35. 201 W. Second St. acl-live.com.
Also playing: Cowboy Mouth, the Preservation and Miggs at Antone’s; Neon Indian DJ set and Learning Secrets at Red 7; Two Tons of Steel at the Continental Club.
Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys at ACL Live. Austin-based musician Escovedo looks back on his 35-year career with special guests (Joe Ely, Rosie Flores, Jon Dee Graham and others), a horn section (Austin’s Ephraim Owens and Elias Haslanger), strings, a children’s choir and more. 8 p.m. $25-$35. 210 W. Second St. acl-live.com.
Also playing: David Ramirez at the Parish; Morgengrau, Embalmed, Ancient Malus and Misskarrage at Beerland; Hayes Carll at Antone’s.
Hayes Carll at Antone’s. Austin-based singer-songwriter Hayes Carll, whose 2011 album “KMAG YOYO” did time on country, rock and pop charts, wraps up a two-night stand at Antone’s. 7 p.m. $20. 215 W. Fifth St. antones.net.
Also playing: Linear Downfall, HOTT MT, New Fumes, Black Tabs and Matt Owen Eclectic Tuba at Hotel Vegas; Dead Recipe at Mohawk; Junior Brown at Continental Club; the Resentments at the Saxon Pub.
New Year’s Eve 1984 at Hotel Vegas. Members of Bad Lovers, the Dead Space, Bobby Jealousy, Dikes of Holland, Holy Wave, Sweet Talk and many more Austin-based bands perform songs from the 1980s. 7 p.m. $15. 1500 E. Sixth St. hotelvegasaustin.com.
Also playing: Willie Nelson and Iron and Wine at ACL Live; Neon Indian, Silent Diana and Survive at Mohawk; Deep Time, Hundred Visions, Love Inks, The Sour Notes, Mirror Travel and more at Cheer Up Charlies; Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Jesse Dayton, Wild Child at Emo’s East; the Gourds at the Scottish Rite Theater; the Adolescents, Lower Class Brats, Youth Brigade and American Heist at Red 7; the Dirty River Boys, Crooks and Lincoln Durham at Antone’s; the Bandulus and the Mau Mau Chaplains at Flamingo Cantina; Jungle Rockers and Whiskey Sisters at the Continental Club; the South Austin Jug Band and Warren Hood and the Goods at the Parish; Grand Champeen, Power Chief, Muchos Backflips! and Mike Nicolai and the Sensations at Hole in the Wall; Scott H. Biram at Frank; T-Bird and the Breaks and Henry and the Invisibles at Stubb’s; Guy Forsyth at Saxon Pub.
Free Week. Free week begins with Space Camp Death Squad, Secret Levels and Secret Cakes at Beerland (711 Red River St., beerlandtexas.com); Ghetto Ghouls, Boy + Kite, Bell Riots, Shortwave Party and World Racketeering Squad at Holy Mountain (617 E. Seventh St., holymountainaustin.com).
Dikes of Holland at Hotel Vegas. Raucus Austin garage punks play as part of music zine Rubberneck’s free week showcase. With Church Shoes, Bad Banana and the Be Helds. 10 p.m. Free. 1500 E. Sixth St. hotelvegasaustin.com.
Also playing: Sweet Talk, Parquet Courts, Gremlins UK and Endless Thoughts at Beerland; Tiger Waves, Holy Wave, Grandfather Child, Politics and Borrisokane at Holy Mountain; San Saba County and Sideshow Tragedy at Mohawk; Bloody Knives, Coma in Algiers, Realbook Fakebook, Young Savage and Moron Mountain at Red 7; the Boxing Lesson, Residual Kid and Edison Chair at Club DeVille.