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Longhorn City Limits, Electric Lounge reunion and more in this week's music

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Jackie Venson will celebrate the release of her new album, "Joy," at the Paramount Theatre on Friday. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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


Friday: Jackie Venson CD release at Paramount Theatre. “Joy,” the latest from standout Austin singer and guitarist Venson, is an impressive 20-song collection that demonstrates the broad range of formidable skills that inspired Austin critics and industry professionals to name her 2018 Austin360 Artist of the Year. The album mixes slow blues burners and acoustic confessionals with sophisticated pop compositions. Breakup songs morph into uplifting anthems as Venson mines her vulnerability as a source of strength. With a refined approach to songcraft, Venson harnesses the power of her voice and vision to take her artistry to the next level. And yes, the lady’s guitar chops will boggle your mind. Sweet Spirit opens. $19.50-$24.50. 7 p.m. doors. 713 Congress Ave. — D.S.S.

Saturday: The Western Festival in Luckenbach. Mini-festivals hosted by artists have been all the rage in recent years. Now Ryan Bingham is tossing his hat into the ring with this bash out in Luckenbach, where there ain’t nobody feelin’ no pain. There’s no Waylon & Willie, but “the boys” Bingham has brung along include the Old 97’s, Son Volt, Jamestown Revival, Colter Wall, Wild Feathers, Jesse Dayton and the Americans — and women, too, with Elizabeth Cook and Jai Malano. A Friday campfire jam with an intimate Bingham performance is sold out, but he’ll also play Saturday and tickets, $99.50, are still available, with music starting at noon. The venue, at 412 Luckenbach Town Loop in Fredericksburg, is about 75 miles west of downtown Austin. — P.B.

Saturday: Longhorn City Limits with Ludacris, Alejandro Escovedo. In 2018, University of Texas Athletics launched a popular pregame concert series, Longhorn City Limits, which will continue at the Horns’ home games this fall. If you can’t wait until September for your football and music fix, drop by the LBJ Library lawn for a pregame concert from Texas rocker Alejandro Escovedo (with R&B breakout Alesia Lani) before the Longhorns play their annual Orange-White spring scrimmage. After the game, “Rollout” to the lawn for a free concert from Atlanta rapper Ludacris. Luda will be joined by Austin rapper Noah North. Both concerts are free and open to the public. 4 p.m. pregame, 8:30 p.m. postagame. 2313 Red River St. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Electric Lounge 20-year reunion show at 3Ten. If you lived in Austin in the 1990s and loved indie music, you probably spent a lot of time at the Electric Lounge. A welcoming haven a couple of blocks from the local Amtrak station, the venue helped launch the careers of many Austin acts, some of which will take part in this reunion event. The lineup includes Sixteen Deluxe, Kevin Russell, Horsies, Hamell on Trial, Graham Reynolds, Wannabes, Pong, Gay Sportscasters, Mike McCoy, Ethan Azarian & Jeff Johnston and emcee Wammo. Arrive early, as the music begins at 4 p.m.; proceeds from the $20-$25 admission benefit the SIMS Foundation, Mosaic Sound Collective and local artist Jason Austin. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. — P.B.

Sunday: Judy Collins at One World Theatre/Wednesday: Joan Baez at Paramount. Few performers have had the kind of impact on their musical genres that Collins and Baez had on the folk music revival of the 1960s, and they stand today alongside the likes of Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan as living legends of the era. As fate would have it, both are performing in Austin in a four-day span. Collins, who’ll turn 80 next month, teamed with her onetime paramour, Stephen Stills, on the duo album “Everybody Knows” in 2017. Baez, who turned 78 in January, is touring behind her Joe Henry-produced album “Whistle Down the Wind,” which includes a song written by Austin’s own Eliza Gilkyson. Collins: $30-$103, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., 7701 Bee Caves Road, Baez: $40-$90, 8 p.m., 713 Congress Ave., — P.B.

Monday: William Bell at Antone’s. One thing we can always count on from Austin’s “home of the blues” is the continuation of founder Clifford Antone’s penchant for bringing legendary performers to play the club in their later years. Bell, who’ll turn 80 in July, certainly qualifies: With 1960s hits such as “You Don’t Miss Your Water” and “I Forgot to Be Your Lover,” he became one of storied Memphis label Stax Records’ most successful artists. His 2016 release “This Is Where I Live,” Bell’s first album in 10 years, won a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album. $35. 8 p.m. 305 E. 5th St. — P.B.

Tuesday: KUTX The Breaks Live at Empire. Confucius and Fresh from the KUTX Saturday night hip-hop show, the Breaks, continue their monthly concert and interview series at Empire. This installment features the Williams family, whose Carnival Beats production company created beats to iconic Texas rap tracks like Mike Jones’ “Still Tippin’,” Paul Wall’s “Sittin’ Sideways” and Big Moe’s “Purple Stuff.” Soul dynamo Tomar Williams is listed as a featured performer, but we expect brother Salih Williams (the mastermind behind Carnival Beats) will also bring the noise, and second-generation Williams performers might, too. $3-$5. 606 E. 7th St. — D.S.S.



Willie Nelson at Whitewater Amphitheater (New Braunfels)

Slaid Cleaves at Cactus Cafe

Southern Culture on the Skids at Continental Club


Marco Antonio Solis at HEB Center

Crystal Gayle at One World Theatre

Easton Corbin at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre

Big Freedia at the Mohawk

Sir Woman, David Ramirez at Scoot Inn

Charlie Parr, Harvest Thieves at Empire

Smiile single release, Big Bill, Go Fever, Holiday Music at Hotel Vegas

Natalie Price EP release, Belle Sounds at One-2-One Bar

Mainline, Carper Family at Antone’s

Benny Peters, Barfield, Jitterbug Vipers at C-Boy’s

Otis the Destroyer, Blushing at Stubb’s indoor

W.C. Clark, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Monte Warden & the Wagoneers at Broken Spoke

Billy Harvey, William Harries Graham, Anthony Garcia at Townsend

Emily Gimble, Lost Counts at Continental Gallery

Adrian Ruiz Quintet, Sharon Bourbonnais at Elephant Room

Don Braden at Parker Jazz Club

Sour Bridges, Lonesome Heroes at Stay Gold

Eggmen at El Mercado Backstage

Pancakes & Booze at Parish


STS9 at ACL Live


Indigo Girls at Paramount Theatre

Pat Green, Jackopierce at Stubb’s outdoor

Aaron Lewis, Ben Danaher, Tom O’Connor at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre

Midnight, Violet Days at Mohawk outdoor (sold out)

La Mujer: A Celebration of Women with Bidi Bidi Banda at Mexican American Cultural Center

University of Texas Jazz Orchestra with Joe Lovano at UT Bates Recital Hall

Eugene Chadbourne & Friends at Beerland

John OO Fleming at Empire

YOB, Voivod, Amenra at Barracuda

W.C. Clark Blues Revue, Glen Clark CD release at Antone’s

Jon Dee Graham, Shelley King, Mandy Rowden at Saxon Pub

Jenny Reynolds, Michael Fracasso, Billy Crockett at Threadgill’s

Red Young Quintet at Elephant Room

Atash, Van Wilks at One-2-One Bar

J Wagner, Adam Thomas Brown at Radio

Steve Darko at Parish

Albert & Gage Band at Donn’s Depot

Cherrywood Coffeehouse 10-year anniversary with Minor Mishap Marching Band (early)

Selena Tribute with Son de Rey at Sahara Lounge

Cumbia Night with Parranderos De Cumbia, Plan Sonidero at Hotel Vegas


Soul of a Musician series with Matt the Electrician at Threadgill’s

Irish Invasion with Andrea Magee & Pat Byrne, Resentments at Saxon Pub

Laundry Day at Stubb’s indoor

Wendy Colonna, Soulphonics, Mooks at One-2-One Bar

Big Eyes, Flesh Lights, Sour Notes at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Rosie & the Ramblers at Cosmic

Jeff Lofton Trio at Geraldine’s

KOOP Radio Earth Day celebration at Sahara Lounge


Mystery Monday with Christine Albert, Kimmie Rhodes at El Mercado Backstage

John X. Reed, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery

Lonelyland, Hoody & the Wolves at Saxon Pub

Dylan Bishop, John Allison, Mick Holdsworth at Sam’s Town Point

Chris Rhoades, Henri Herbert Trio, Texas Tycoons at White Horse

Bluegrass Night at Radio


Strand of Oaks, Brent Cowles at Antone’s

Jad Fair at Beerland

Barbara Nesbitt, David Grissom at Saxon Pub

Suzanna Choffel at Geraldine’s

Mike Stinson, Shelley King at Continental Club

Buenos Diaz, James McMurtry at Continental Gallery

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

King Warbler, Batty Jr., Pelvis Wrestley, Van Mary at Barracuda

Zack Varner Quintet, Sarah Sharp at Elephant Room

Parker Chapin, Jacob Alan Jaeger at Townsend


Quinn XCII, Ashe, Christian French at Stubb’s outdoor

Family of the Year, Hollis Brown at Scoot Inn

Texas Radio Live with Malford Milligan & the Southern Aces, David Fore at Guero’s

Henri Herbert, Texas Horns CD release at Antone’s

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

Red Young, Blue Moon Jazz Quartet with Rosie Flores at Continental Gallery

Kay Odyssey, Hot Mom, Lake of Fire, Quin Galavis at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Warren Hood at ABGB

Walt Wilkins, Wagoneers at Saxon Pub

Jelly Ellington, Curtis Lee, Reverent Few at Mohawk indoor

Micah Motenko at Stay Gold


Epik High, Yoshi Flower at Emo’s

Jesse, Goody Grace, Hearts at Antone’s

Hand Habits, Tasha, Hovvdy at Mohawk indoor

Olivia O’Brien, Kevin George at Stubb’s indoor

Austin Classical Guitar at Cactus Cafe

Patrice Pike, Love & Chaos at Saxon Pub

Night Glitter at Geraldine’s

Mamafesta, Amoramora at Parish

Otis the Destroyer at Waterloo Records

Kenny Williams at Parker Jazz Club

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

Chaparral, David Touchton, Saddle Sores at White Horse