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Rodeo Austin, Jerry Jeff's birthday, Buddy Guy and more music this week

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Tameca Jones performs at Antone's on Friday, March 22. [Erika Rich for Austin360]

Here's what's going on in the Live Music Capital of the World this week.


Friday-March 30: Rodeo Austin at Travis County Exposition Center. The annual event kicked off last weekend just at South by Southwest was wrapping up, but it rolls for a full two weeks, through this weekend and into the next with shows every night. Highlights include the great 1970s balladeer Ronnie Milsap on Sunday, 1990s country star Martina McBride on Tuesday and members of the pop-soul family group the Jacksons on Wednesday. Tickets range from $20 to $175; headline acts follow the 7 p.m. rodeo action at Luedecke Arena (3 p.m. on Sundays), but there’s also music by local and regional acts on two smaller stages. 9100 Decker Lake Road.

Saturday: Jerry Jeff Walker Texas Bash at Paramount Theatre. Ol’ Scamp Walker turned 76 last weekend, and he’ll celebrate with his annual bash at the historic downtown theater. Since surviving a serious bout with cancer in 2017, Walker returned with “It’s About Time,” his first album in a decade last year. $40-$75. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave.

Sunday: Irish Invasion with Andrea Magee & Pat Byrne at Saxon Pub. We caught this gig a couple of weeks ago and can verify it’s one of the hottest new residencies to hit Austin in years. Belfast native Magee, of the local duo Beat Root Revival, and Byrne, a recent Irish import, benefit from the ace support of Austin’s Rich Brotherton, who’s well-schooled in the sounds of their home country. The 10:30 p.m. show is a huge bargain at $5, capping a great Sunday at the Saxon that also includes the Resentments’ renowned residency (7:30 p.m., $10) plus afternoon sets by John Gaar (5:30 p.m., $5) and Sam Baker (3 p.m., $10). 1320 S. Lamar Blvd.

Wednesday: Grupo Fantasma at Waterloo Records. “American Music, Vol. VII” is the title of the latest record by the heralded local Latin funk ensemble, following six albums released from 2002 to 2016. They took a long break after 2010’s Grammy-winning “El Existential,” but a reconstituted 2016 release, “Problemas,” marked a revival that continues with their second set for Texas label Blue Corn. 5 p.m. Free. 600 N. Lamar Blvd.

Thursday: Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan at ACL Live. A lot has been happening in this downtown building for living-legend bluesman Guy lately. Last year, he taped his latest episode of “Austin City Limits” there, and this fall he’ll return to be inducted into the program’s Hall of Fame. You can pretty much count on two things for sure at this show: One, he’ll be decked out in his trademark polka dots, and two, at some point, he and his cordless guitar will delight lucky attendees by popping up right alongside their seats in the aisles, somewhere in the venue. A huge bonus: Austin’s own blues guitar master Vaughan opens the show. $49-$79. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd.

Thursday: David Ball & That Carolina Sound at Stateside at the Paramount. Teaming country hitmaker Ball with Austin cousins Warren and Marshall Hood, this show largely revives the beloved music that Warren’s father Champ Hood made with Ball and Walter Hyatt in the 1970s and early 1980s. The South Carolinians made Austin home during their heyday and created magic with an acoustic blend of country, folk, jazz and swing that influenced major artists who followed in their footsteps including Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin. An unforgettable show last year at Saxon Pub sparked a move to a larger venue this time; a March 29 date sold out quickly, motivating the addition of this second show. $25-$48. 8 p.m. 719 Congress Ave.



Amos Lee at ACL Live

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan at C-Boy’s


Tameca Jones, Seth Walker at Antone’s

Joe Jacksons record release at ABGB

Yaeji, Katrina Fairlee at Scoot Inn (sold out)

Vista Kicks, Chief White Lightning, Dr. Joe at Barracuda

Grimy Styles at Empire

Ole ELO, Roy Orbison tribute at Hotel Vegas

Mirage Marauders, White Ghost Shivers, Blues Specialists at Continental Club

Lost Counts, Emily Gimble at Continental Gallery

Murali Coryell at Geraldine’s

Sarah Sharp & Wilson Marks at Threadgill’s

Anna at Parish

Kris Kimura Quartet at Parker Jazz Club

Leo Rondeau at Sam’s Town Point


Muse at Circuit of the Americas

Bob Weir & Wolf Bros at Bass Concert Hall

Mudhoney, Cherubs, Xetas at Antone’s (sold out)

Peterson Brothers at ABGB

Ray Prim, Bobby Whitlock & Coco Carmel at Saxon Pub

Money Chicha, Superfonicos, Garrett Lebeau at Continental Club

Damn Torpedoes at El Mercado Backstage

Led Zeppelin 2 tribute at Mohawk outdoor

Nic Armstrong & the Thieves, Ray Prim at Geraldine’s

Liquid Soul at Parish

Lonesome Rhodes, Good Heavens, James Hilton at Scoot Inn

Jake Penrod, David Touchton, Dave Insley at White Horse

Microsessions with Seela, Joseph Mach, Beth Lee & the Breakups at Balance Dance Studios Bravo Theater

Lost Counts, Ethan Azarian & Jeff Johnston at Continental Gallery

Henry Brun & the Latin Playerz at Elephant Room

Austin Jazz Glitz & Glam Concert at Parker Jazz Club

Connie Kirk & Her Jazz Quartet at Townsend


Boston Pops at Long Center

Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Trapt, Saving Abel, Tantric at HEB Center

Sonny James Memorial Celebration with Jesse Sublett, Mike Buck, Gil T, Eve Monsees, more at Antone’s

Soul of a Musician series with Barbara Nesbitt at Threadgill’s

Hilary York, Imperial Starlighters, Dale Watson at C-Boy’s

Michael Hale Trio at Geraldine’s


Spiritualized at Emo’s

Against the Current, Chapel, Armors at Stubb’s indoor

Bluegrass Night with Chojo Jacques, Sophia Johnson, Georgia Parker, Noah Jeffries & Rolf Seiker at Radio Coffee & Beer

Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery

Blue Monday with Carl Weathersby at Antone’s

Curtis McMurtry at Geraldine’s

Gary Newcomb at Sam’s Town Point


Death Grips at Mohawk outdoor (sold out)

Durawa, Joe King Carrasco at El Mercado Backstage

Dave Scher, Sue Foley Acoustic Trio, Austones at Saxon Pub

Grandson, Des Rocs at Parish

Lindsay Beaver, Antone’s Big Trio at Antone’s

Ephraim Owens, James McMurtry at Continental Gallery

Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club

Donovan Keith, 8-½ Souvenirs at C-Boy’s

Warren Hood Acoustic Ensemble at Cosmic

Russell Haight Quartet, Sarah Sharp at Elephant Room

Curtis Lee, Sly Curtis, Jeff Warren Johnston at One-2-One Bar


Kronos Quartet & Sam Green at Bass Concert Hall

Ella Mai, Kiana Lede, Lucky Daye at Emo’s (sold out)

Mason Ramsey, Avenue Beat at Scoot Inn

James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club

Band of Heathens, Texas Gentlemen at Mohawk outdoor

Movielife, Travis Shettel at Barracuda

Texas Radio Live with Tish Hinojosa, Joey McGee at Guero’s

Lou Ann Barton, Bill Carter at Antone’s

Ephraim Owens, Jennifer Fuentes at Parker Jazz Club

Warren Hood at ABGB

Alex Marrero, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub

Brannen & Red, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet at Continental Gallery

La Mona Loca, Giulia Millanta at One-2-One Bar

Kris Schultz & Andrew Savage at Townsend


Bad Bunny at HEB Center

Guster, Saintseneca at Stubb’s outdoor

Taking Back Sunday, Frank Iero at Emo’s (sold out)

Shooter Jennings, Jaime Wyatt, Jonathan Terrell at Mohawk outdoor

Joe Pug at 3Ten

State Champs, Our Last Night, Dangerous Summer, Grayscale at Scoot Inn

Zenith Sunn with Anson Funderbergh & Eric Lindell at Parish

William Ryan Key, Selfish Things, Cory Wells at Barracuda

Ta’Tyana Jammer & Travis Marcum at Cactus Cafe

Bonnie Whitmore, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery

Van Wilks, Emily Shirley, Jenny Reynolds at One-2-One Bar

Kenny Williams at Parker Jazz Club

Nane, Kalu & the Electric Joint at C-Boy’s

John “Papa” Gros, Jabo & the Old Dogs at Antone’s

Jimmie Dreams, Guitar Grady at Sam’s Town Point

Sasha K.A. Trio, Datura at Townsend