Weekend music picks: Wild Child, Confusapalooza, Sidewalk Chalk
Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 3, 2014
“Right On” Funk and Soul Anniversary Party at the Mohawk. The Friday night happy hour shakedown hosted by Heart and Soul Sound System, a collective of Austin crate diggers with a passion for vintage reggae, ska and dancehall grooves, turns 2 years old. To celebrate, the crew has tapped a few friends for a night of funky rhythms and global grooves. The DJs kick things off with a free happy hour from 5 to 9 p.m. Then, Houston funk rockers Electric Attitude serve up brash and boisterous dance floor smokers that sizzle with an unholy marriage of disco and soul. Finally, Austin’s premiere afrobeat ensemble Hard Proof, fresh off an Austin Music Awards win for Best World Music Band, moves in with ballistic rhythms and a wall of brass to give this birthday bash a proper blowout. $6-$8 cover begins at 9 p.m. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
Wild Child, Robert Ellis at Emo’s. Though they’re birds of a different feather, Austin indie-folk-rock outfit Wild Child and Nashville-by-way-of-Houston alt-country singer-songwriter Robert Ellis are currently among the most worthy up-and-coming acts with Texas roots. Wild Child took home Best Indie Band honors at last month’s Austin Music Awards on the strength of their acclaimed 2013 album “The Runaround,” while Ellis has been getting significant Americana airplay for his New West Records disc “The Lights From the Chemical Plant,” released in February. $14. 9 p.m. 2015 Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com. — Peter Blackstock
Confusapalooza II at Empire Control Room. Last year’s Confusapalooza, held at the now-defunct East Riverside Antone’s location, apparently caused sufficient confusion to motivate revisiting the theme at a new location. Back from the inaugural event are White Ghost Shivers, Whiskey Shivers, Clyde & Clem’s Whiskey Business and the Ghost Wolves; we might have suggested they add Continental Club fixtures the Whiskey Sisters or disco rockers Ghostbunny (who, conveniently enough, have a song called “Love Shivers”), but this is confusing enough already. Mission accomplished! $10-$15. 9 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com. — P.B.
Also:Daniel Rossen, guitarist and vocalist from Grizzly Bear, plays an intimate solo set at Central Presbyterian Church. … Texas blues guitar legend Jimmie Vaughan stirred up some sparks by playing at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul during SXSW; he’s back there again for two shows this weekend, with the Blue Dots opening Friday and Barfield on Saturday. … Same as it ever was, rockabilly stalwarts the Flametrick Subs celebrate aliens, barbecue and sin at Red 7. … Oklahoma alt-country band Turnpike Troubadours is at Stubb’s outdoors with Cody Canada & the Departed and Jonny Burke; local upstart Sam Riggs plays afterward on the indoor stage. … Cats From Japan, not just a David Bowie tribute band but one that plays “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars” in its entirety, is at the Parish. … Boogie-woogie piano master Marcia Ball is at the Roost with guitar slinger Jake Andrews opening. … Reunited trad-country band the Wagoneers play a free show at ABGB.
Sidewalk Chalk at Hotel Vegas. An instrumental hip-hop collective from Chicago with influences clearly rooted in the ‘90s, the band sounds like a love child of Digable Planets and Morcheeba. Vocalist Maggie Vagle provides soulful hooks, emcee Rico Sisney offers sharp rhymes and a five-piece instrumental ensemble fills out jazzy grooves. Oh yeah, and tap-dancer Jumaane Taylor adds a little extra rhythm and flair. Church Shoes, John Wesley Coleman, Manatees, Eet Feats also play. 9 p.m. 1502 E. Sixth St. texashotelvegas.com. — D.S.S.
Also: Sure, North Austin nightlife savior The Roost kicked off its live music calendar on New Year’s Eve, but with a couple months of steady gigging under its belt the club is ready to celebrate its grand opening with vintage soul enthusiasts Soul Track Mind. … Epistrophy Arts presents Ballister, a jazz-improv collective featuring Dave Rempis, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Paal Nilssen-Love, at the North Door. … Los Angeles indie-pop band Grouplove plays sold-out shows Saturday and Sunday at Stubb’s outdoors, with MS MR opening. … Empire hosts a killer triple-bill of Golden Dawn Arkestra, Money Chicha and Cilantro Boombox that puts at least half a dozen of the city’s top instrumentalists in the room. … The Mohawk presents Oregon freak-rockers White Fang with Fungi Girls and La Migra. … Threadgill’s South serves up a double dose of country good times with the Paula Nelson Band and the Whiskey Sisters. … Arizona indie rockers Lydia stop by the Parish.
Farmgrass Fest at Simmons Family Farms. Soak up some bluegrass on a working farm in Niederwald, a small community south of town between Buda and Lockhart, at this benefit for the Growers Alliance of Central Texas’ Farmers Emergency Medical Fund. The lineup features local acts MilkDrive, Lost Pines, Bottom Dollar String Band, Fog & Bone and the Silky Brisket Brothers. $15-$20 (under 12 free). 2-8 p.m. 2483 Holz Road, Niederwald. farmgrassfest.com. — P.B.
Also: Atlanta alt-metal band Sevendust, touring behind “Black Out the Sun,” their ninth studio album, plays — gasp — an acoustic show at Emo’s. … St. Matthews Episcopal Church’s “Soul of a Musician” series presents a free show by Darden Smith, one of Austin’s most accomplished singer-songwriters of the past three decades, at Spicewood Tavern in Northwest Hills. … The Continental Club hosts an afternoon benefit for the Humane Society with Two Hoots & a Holler, Teri & the Tagalongs, the Marlars and the Wulftones from 2-6 p.m.