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Friday music picks: ROT Rally, Mingo Fishtrap

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published June 12, 2014

ROT Rally at American-Statesman parking lot. Though the main location for the weekend-long Republic of Texas Biker Ralley is the Travis County Expo Center (where you’ll find such headliners as Sammy Hagar and Reverend Horton Heat), there’s also ROT-related live music downtown in the Statesman’s west parking lot. Strong lineups of mostly local acts are on tap for two days: Friday features Los Lonely Boys, Emily Bell, Steve Trevino, Shinyribs and the Peterson Brothers, followed by Saturday’s bill with Bright Light Social Hour, Not in the Face, Quaker City Nighthawks, Warner Drive, Hunter Sharpe and Ruby Jane. ROT Rally wristband holders get free parking on the grounds and admission to the music is mostly free to the public, though “a nominal charge for the evening headliner musical act may be implemented,” according to the ROT Rally website. 5:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, 2:15-11:30 p.m. Saturday. 305 South Congress Ave. rotrally.com. — Peter Blackstock

Mingo Fishtrap CD release at The Roost. Not many Austin bands feature eight members as this horn-heavy collective does. Even rarer is that the lineup includes a father-son team: Band leader Roger Blevins Jr. is joined by bassist Roger Blevins Sr. The 12 tracks on their new Blue Corn Records disc “On Time” showcase the band’s soulful blend of jazz, blues, rock and other worldly influences. $10. 8 p.m. 2113 Wells Branch Pkwy. theroostaustin.com. — P.B.

Also: Much-in-demand drummer Josh Freese makes the first of three Austin visits in five months when he’s behind the kit for humorist punk-rockers the Vandals at the Mohawk’s outdoor stage with openers Krum Bums and Threes Away. He’ll be back next month with Devo at ACL Live and in the fall with the Replacements at ACL Fest. … Lucent Dossier Experience, an EDM performance art happening that’s something like a cross between Cirque du Soleil and “The Hunger Games,” is at Emo’s. … Athens, Ga., rockers the Whigs play songs from their new disc “Modern Creation” at a 5 p.m. Waterloo Records in-store and a full show later at Red 7. … Orlando goths Blood on the Dance Floor brew up dark magic with their Witchcraft Tour at Empire. … Mainstream pop singer Andy Grammer is at the Parish with Kate Voegele and Brendan James. … The 1970s Canadian pop star Gino Vannelli, that guy who was always thinking about those nights in Montreal, begins a two-night stand at One World Theatre. … Also starting a two-night stand is Tito & Tarantula leader Tito Larriva, who’s at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul. … Soulful New York roots-folk artist Greg Trooper, whose songs have been recorded by the likes of Vince Gill and Robert Earl Keen, is at Strange Brew. … Local talent in action tonight includes roots-rock bands Two Hoots & a Holler and the LeRoi Brothers at Continental Club, jazz adventurists the Elias Haslanger Quartet at Elephant Room, honky-tonker Gary P. Nunn at the Broken Spoke, eclectic rockers South Austin Moonlighters at Lone Star Court, singer-songwriter Graham Weber at Cactus Cafe, old-school country acts Roger Wallace andRosie Flores at the White Horse, and indie rock bands Antiques, Ghostbunny and Chorderoys indoors at Stubb’s.