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Weekend music picks: Atash, Honk!TX, Jump On It Spring Festival

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published March 20, 2014

FRIDAY

Atash at Stateside at the Paramount. Although last week’s Austin Music Awards show marked the first time since 2007 that Atash didn’t win Best World Music Band – that honor went to Hard Proof Afrobeat – 2014 is regardless a big year for the eight-piece ensemble, which celebrates the release of its first studio album since 2003 with a Friday-Saturday stand at the Stateside. The show is being billed as a “multidisciplinary, multimedia theatrical interpretation” of the album, which is titled “Everything Is Music” from a phrase in a poem by 13th-century Sufi mystic Rumi. $31. 8 p.m. 719 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. – Peter Blackstock

Honk!TX Community Street Band Festival. Marching into Austin with horns blaring, drums banging and D-I-Y hats held high, this scrappy little fest feels like a grassroots antidote to the crass commercialism that so many resent about South By Southwest. Representing a broad range of street music from klezmer to samba to New Orleans-style brass, 22 bands from across the country and here at home will be playing a series of free shows in public spaces. The kickoff show is Friday night on South Congress Avenue with outdoor stages at Jo’s Coffee, Snack Bar and St Vincent de Paul running from 6 to 10 p.m. Austin’s Minor Mishap Marching Band and the March Madness Marching Band from Lexington, Ky., headline. The festival continues on Saturday with a daylong show in the Adams Park/Hemphill Park Neighborhood, near 29th and Fruth streets, that kicks off at noon and includes performances by most festival bands. The event concludes on Sunday with a parade that starts at noon at Pan Am Park, marches through East Austin and returns to Pan Am Amphitheater for a band revue from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. honktx.org – Deborah Sengupta Stith

Also: The Sahara Lounge hosts a Caribbean dance party featuring Censi from Trinidad and Projecto Seoko from Cuba … Jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval was born in Cuba but received this country’s highest civilian honor when he got the presidential medal of freedom last year. He does two shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at One World Theatre. … Country star LeAnn Rimes, sidetracked in recent years by celebrity tabloid spats, brings the tour for her latest album, “Spitfire,” to ACL Live. … If you missed fiddler Ruby Jane joining Lady Gaga onstage for “Bad Romance” at her SXSW Stubb’s pukefest last week, catch Ruby doing her own thing at the Cactus Cafe. … Rockabilly mainstays Two Hoots & a Holler team with singer Jane Bond at the ABGB. … Celtic-punk band Flogging Molly plays outside at Stubb’s with the Drowning Men and Black Eyed Vermillion. … Soulful singer Malford Milligan does the main show at Saxon Pub, with blues guitar great Denny Freeman at happy hour and Tony Scalzo’s Wrenfro playing late. … Honky-tonker Roger Wallace plays the late slot at the White Horse.

SATURDAY

Jump on It Spring Festival at Rainey Field. For six years back in the late ’90s and early aughts, a weekly summertime concert series in Rosewood Park hosted by popular ATX rapper Nook was at the forefront of urban music culture in East Austin. An all-ages event designed in part to keep kids off the street, Jump On It featured headline appearances by nationally recognized talent while providing showcase opportunity for locals in the opening slots. This weekend, Nook is bringing back the noise for a daylong event featuring rappers Lil Ronny and Beat King and R&B artists All U Need and Nubia. There’s also Motown Karaoke, a vendor’s market and games for the kids. Tickets are $10 advance, $15 at the gate and children 12 and younger are free. Noon to 10:30 p.m. at Rainey Field, 70 Rainey St. See the event’s Facebook page for more information. – D.S.S.

Also: Brooklyn-based candy-core duo Sleigh Bells headline this year’s 40 Acres Fest on the University of Texas main mall … English synth-pop singer Ellie Goulding plays a sold-out show at Austin Music Hall. … … British grindcore pioneers Carcass are outdoors at the Mohawk with the Black Dahlia Murder and Gorguts. … Electronica trio Conspirator plays the Parish with Manic Focus. … Beatles tribute band the Eggmen are at One-2-One Bar.

SUNDAY

The Spicewood Tavern’s “Soul of a Musician” series welcomes self-described “dreamy urban folk” singer-songwriter Erin Ivey, whose “Whisper of the Moon” CD-release show was a big draw at the Belmont last month. … Ohio blues/Americana guitarist Patrick Sweany brings the tour for his new album “Close to the Floor” to the Mohawk’s indoor space. … It’s a quality Sunday at Strange Brew, with father-son Kevin & Dustin Welch at 4 p.m., Sam Baker and friends at 6 p.m., and the Brewbirds with Warren Hood, Emily Gimble and Willie Pipkin at 8 p.m. … Komen Austin’s “Eat Drink Shop Pink” breast-cancer awareness event and fundraiser at the Hill Country Galleria features a set by Texas country singer-songwriter Cory Morrow. … Flamingo Cantina hosts a benefit for Donny Silverman of the Mau Mau Chaplains with Don Chani, Micha Shalom and more.