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Saturday music picks: Austin Derby Fest, First of the Month Smoke Out

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 2, 2014

Austin Derby Fest at 300 block of Nueces Street. Because Austin simply doesn’t have enough festivals, here’s a new one to add to your itinerary. The first annual Austin Derby Fest actually sounds pretty cool, taking over a block of Nueces Street between Third and Fourth streets downtown for a Kentucky Derby viewing party with three bands before and three bands after the race. Early on, catch Possessed By Paul James (1:30 p.m.), MilkDrive (2:30 p.m.) and Whiskey Shivers (3:45 p.m.). Then comes the horse race, followed by the Dirty River Boys (5:30 p.m.), Ray Wylie Hubbard (7 p.m.) and White Denim, a late replacement for drop-out Deer Tick (8:30 p.m.). $20 ($75 VIP). 1-10 p.m. Entrance at Fourth and Nueces streets. austinderbyfest.com. — Peter Blackstock

First of the Month Smoke Out at Flamingo. Turns out 2014 is the year that ATX hip-hop brings out the big guns. Doszastro, a.k.a. D.O.S., burst onto the scene in 1999 when he made his South by Southwest debut at age 17. In the early aughts he was a regular guest at the weekly hip-hop hump day Party at the Mercury Lounge spitting alongside the city’s top rhyme-slingers while still a teenager. His new album “Obey the Raw” is a collection of rugged bangers and blunted braggadocio with a thread of righteous uplift running throughout. It owes more to East Coast legends like Mobb Deep and Wu-Tang Clan than it does to the Dirty South. The album drops Tuesday but cop yours early at the show, which appropriately enough is sponsored by NORML. A veritable who’s who of Austin hip-hop acts including Subkulture Patriots, East 35, Crew 54 and Reggie Coby also perform. $5. 9 p.m. 515 E. Sixth St. flamingocantina.com

Also: The Lone Star Jambegins a two-day run at the LBJ Library Lawn. … The Pecan Street Festival hosts three stages of free music in the Sixth Street Historic District from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Standout artists includeGina Chavez, KP & the Boom Boom, the Sour Notesand Grace London. … Revel in the glitz and glamor of Indian cinema at theBollywood Bash withDJ Dan Singh at the North Door … SXSW buzz band Perfect Preturns for a show at Hotel Vegas. … Rock ’n’ roll wildman Reignwolf, at hit a last year’s ACL Fest, plays indoors at Stubb’s. … The Mohawk’s outdoor stage rocks out with Dillinger Escape Plan, Terra Melosand Vattnet Viskar. … The Scoot Inn features a hot triple bill of locals with East Cameron Folkcore, Clyde & Clem’s Whiskey Businessand Possessed By Paul James. … “The Voice” duo Dawn & Hawkes are at the Roost. … Strange Brew features local singer-songwriters Patricia Vonne and Charlie Faye. … Ace songwriter Bill Carter is at Maria’s Taco Xpress, which now features live music most nights.