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Wednesday music picks: Ester Rada, Brian Beattie

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published June 3, 2014

Ester Rada at One-2-One Bar. Rada, an Israeli singer with Ethiopian roots, kicked off her musical career during her mandatory military service, performing as part of an Israeli army (IDF) band, spinning her sultry soul for young soldiers. She was spellbinding in a Flamingo Cantina set during South by Southwest 2013. Now she’s released her debut full-length, a rich and complex album that draws on American neo-soul, Jamaican reggae and East African jazz to create a transcendent international sound. $7. 11 p.m. 1509 S. Lamar Blvd. www.one2onebar.com.— D.S.S.

Also: Local songwriter, producer and all-around madman creative genius Brian Beattie brings his sprawling “Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase” project to the Cactus Cafe, promising special guests and “a low-tech multimedia marvel!” … Drummer Don Harvey brings his instrumental ensemble A is Red to the One-2-One Bar at 7 p.m. … KDRP’s weekly Texas Radio Live show is free and runs from 6-8 p.m. Guero’s, which features Jesse Dayton and the Todd Potter Band. … Also on the free tip, catch honky-tonk class act Rosie Flores in the midnight slot at the White Horse. … On the other end of the spectrum from free shows is the Belmont’s X Games Kickoff Bash with G. Love, Zeale, DJ Manny and more; the $50-$125 tickets benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research. … Radney Foster’s scheduled 5 p.m. in-store at Waterloo Records has been canceled; “please stay tuned for a new date,” Waterloo says.