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Saturday music picks: Fests! Fests! More Fests!

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published June 27, 2014

Fests! Fests! More fests! Sure it’s hot outside, but that’s not going to stop our fine city from festing like fools. Keep Austin Weird Fest brings a wacky-costumed 5K and a concert from Florida folk rockers Twin Forks supported by Riders Against the Storm, Uncle Lucius and more to the Long Center lawn. ($15, 12-under free w/ donation of 3 items to Capital Area Food Bank. 2 to 10 p.m. keepaustinweirdfest.com). The Hill Country Galleria hosts a free celebration of freedom with an Independence Day Festival featuring Quiet Company and Dale Watson with two fireworks displays planned for 9 and 11 p.m. (starts at 4 p.m. hillcountryfest.com). Finally, the Ball Farm also gets in on the early Independence Day action with the Red, White and Blue Ball at their private property near the Circuit of the Americas. Shinyribs and Leopold and His Fiction lead an excellent lineup of locals. In addition to music the BYOB event hosts a selection of food trucks and free camping is available onsite. ($25. 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. 119 Redbird Lane, redwhiteandblueball.com) — D.S.S.

Also: The final night of Hole in the Wall’s 10-day 40th anniversary celebration promises to be a wild one with Mojo Nixon & the Toadliquors, Shoulders and the Hickoids. … Just five years shy of the Hole’s age is Denton’s super-eclectic Brave Combo, who’ll blend polka with punk and everything in between at Scholz Garten to celebrate their 35th anniversary. … Soul Track Mind celebrates six years of Motown-influenced rock ‘n’ roll with jazzy crooner Erin Ivey at the Parish. … Party-rocker, Fool’s Gold owner A-Trak brings the noise to Emo’s. … Funk, punk, reggae, metal, hip-hop? Brooklyn’s Shinobi Ninja throws it all in the mix at Empire. … Red 7 dives into surf-rock turf with V2, a band playing songs by the Ventures featuring a couple of the original members, plus the Del-Vipers and King Pelican. … Little Feat members Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett team up for a show at Scoot Inn. … Fast-rising Oklahoma singer-songwriter Parker Millsap is at the Cactus Cafe. … Portland hip-hop crew Beautiful Eulogy comes to the North Door. … Tuneful rootsy outfit Robert Francis & the Night Tide, touring behind their new disc “Heaven,” play the indoor stage at Stubb’s with Stone Jack Jones and Maxim Ludwig. … Great options abound among local Americana acts, including two shows by Joe Ely at Strange Brew,Carolyn Wonderland at Threadgill’s with the Bluebonnets, Zoe Muth at ABGB with the Carper Family, Bill Carter & the Blame at the Continental Club, and Micky & the Motorcars at Saxon Pub.