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Ben Kweller headlines Blues on the Green, plus more music this week

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Ben Kweller headlines ACL Radio's Blues on the Green concert at Zilker Park on Wednesday. [Stephen Spillman for Austin360]

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


Friday: Boogie Kings with Marcia Ball at Antone's. Louisiana masters of swamp-pop and blue-eyed soul since the 1950s, the Boogie Kings were special to the late Clifford Antone, founder of the iconic Austin venue that bears his name. "The Boogie Kings is the band that inspired me," he testified in a quote passed along to us by his sister, Susan Antone. "That's the standard, still to this day, by which I judge music; that's why I do what I do." Which makes their appearance as part of the club's 44th anniversary celebration quite fitting — especially with Austin's own Louisiana import, Marcia Ball, joining them for the occasion. $15-$20. 8 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — P.B.

Friday: Ben Böhmer (Live) at Parish. Years before he began experimenting with synthesizers and electronic music, the progressive house DJ from Berlin played piano and trumpet. His strong musical grounding comes across on tracks that weave poignant melodies with body-moving rhythms to create rich electronic compositions that move the body and the heart. $10. 10 p.m. doors. — D.S.S.

Friday: Amyl & the Sniffers at Barracuda. This Australian glam-punk outfit, fronted by charismatic firebrand Amy Taylor, lived up to South by Southwest hype-makers' predictions with a series of explosive performances at the music festival in March, months before their debut album was scheduled to drop. With “Gacked on Anger,” a collection of frenetic barroom bruisers (most of which clock in under three minutes) earning critical raves, they’ve been destroying stages across the country and around the globe. Muejeres Podridas and Hotmom open. $15. 9 p.m. doors. 611 E. Seventh St. — D.S.S.

Friday: Austin Boogie Fest at Sahara Lounge. Local DJ collective Austin Boogie Crew, featuring celebrated party-rockers Chorizo Funk, Chicken George, Danbone and Spence, have been keeping Austin dance floors hot with all-vinyl parties since 2011. They also run an indie imprint that specializes in underground funk and boogie sounds. The inaugural Austin Boogie Fest is a live music showcase celebrating modern funk vibes with West Coast groovers XL Middleton and Moniquea. Local duo the Vapor Caves will also perform, as will the crew. $10. 9 p.m. doors. 1413 Webberville Road. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Carson McHone at White Horse. The native-Austinite singer-songwriter has at times been easy to catch in town every few weeks. But that’s not been the case for much of the past year, as she’s been touring consistently to support last fall’s “Carousel.” Playing the White Horse is a back-home gig in multiple respects, given that her parents co-own the place. But it’s also the perfect venue to hear her songs that walk the line between trad-country and indie spirit. Warm Sugar open; Tender Things play later. $5. 9 p.m. 500 Comal St. — P.B.

Monday: Rosie Flores at Waterloo Records. A cornerstone of Austin’s roots-music scene since the 1980s, the San Antonio native is classified as “a rockabilly and country music artist” if you look her up on Wikipedia. But her new record “Simple Case of the Blues” reminds that her range reaches well beyond those limits. On the album, Flores trades guitar leads with Kenny Vaughan, a major talent with two decades in Marty Stuart’s band; Vaughan co-produced with bassist Dave Roe and Austin ace-in-the-hole Charlie Sexton. Flores co-wrote three of the album’s 11 songs, but mostly she serves as a first-class interpreter of tunes by artists ranging from mid-20th-century R&B standouts Roy Brown and Wynona Carr to rock ’n’ roll pioneers Lieber & Stoller to honky-tonker Dwight Yoakam. Free. 5 p.m. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. — P.B.

Wednesday: Blues on the Green with Ben Kweller at Zilker Park. In 2013, while on vacation in a rustic rental cabin in New Mexico, indie rocker Ben Kweller and his family suffered acute carbon monoxide poisoning that hospitalized the singer-songwriter, his wife and their two young children. In an announcement about his new music, Kweller said the terrifying near-death experience wasn’t the only reason he went into a five-year “hibernation,” but he battled depression and considered leaving the music industry in the aftermath. He kept writing and eventually returned to recording. Kweller released a snappy new single, “Heart Attack Kid,” in February with new album “Circuit Boredom” promised for later this year. Como Las Movies opens. Free. Concert starts at 8 p.m., but organizers recommend early arrival to secure a good spot to spread out your blanket and set up lawn chairs. Limited parking is available on site for $15. Parking opens at 6 p.m. and event organizers recommend you purchase a pass online in advance, because it usually sells out. 2100 Barton Springs Road. — D.S.S.

Thursday: Recording Academy Texas Chapter 25th anniversary at ACL Live. The organization that presents the Grammys marks a quarter-century of its Lone Star branch with a remarkably diverse lineup of nearly a dozen acts, including Tex-Mex legends Flaco Jimenez and Little Joe Hernandez; Houston rappers Bun B and Paul Wall; and Austin roots-music mainstays Marcia Ball and Asleep at the Wheel. Also on the bill are pop stars Hanson from Oklahoma (which the Texas chapter also represents); hit-making Austin country trio Midland' San Antonio conjunto fixture Los Texmaniacs; and gospel singers Yolanda Adams and Brian Courtney Wilson. $45-$65. 8:30 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. — P.B.



Boogie Kings, Marcia Ball at Antone’s

Los Campesinos at Mohawk outdoor

Ky-Mani Marley at Vulcan Gas Company

Mason Jennings, Matt the Electrician at 04 Center

Erika Wennerstrom, Elsa Cross at Cactus Cafe

Dragon Berries, Cuckoos, Vision Arcade, Richard Parker Triad at Empire Control Room

Dylan LeBlanc, Erin Rae at Stubb’s indoor

Drugdealer at Barracuda

Chats, Big Bill at North Door

Copa Kings at Parker Jazz Club

A Live One (Phish tribute) at 3Ten

Stacks, Van Mary, Tyler Jordan & the Negative Space, Daphne Tunes at Hotel Vegas

White Ghost Shivers, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Chaparral, Roger Wallace, Golden Roses at White Horse

James Hand, Blues Specialists at Continental Club

Jason Roberts at Broken Spoke

Toni Price at Threadgill’s

Parker Chapin, Christine Renner at Stay Gold

Jazz Kween at Scoot Inn

Zach Deputy, Henry + the Invisibles at One-2-One Bar


Alex Maas, Namesayers at J. Lorraine Ghost Town

Dan Baird & Homemade Sin, Rod Melancon at 3Ten

Lunar Vacation, Slaps at Stubb’s indoor

Black Joe Lewis, Emily Wolfe, Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band at Mohawk outdoor

Reckless Kelly at Antone’s

Set it Off, Emarosa, Broadside, Lizzy Farrall at Empire Garage

Dale Watson at Broken Spoke

Cumbia night with El Tule at Hotel Vegas

Rye Mountain Revelry at Cactus Cafe

Brandon Hughes, W.C. Clark, Jim Scarborough, Coby Wier at Saxon Pub

AhhFugYeahs, Groove Think, Another De Sade at Empire Control Room

Aicha Wambaya at Sahara Lounge

Bollywood Nights at Eleanor

Lance Keltner at El Mercado Backstage

Atash at Radio

Wand, Dream Decay at Mohawk indoor

Atash, Darren Kobetich at Radio

Mayeux & Broussard at Cosmic

Young Mammals, Mountebank, Trace of Lime at Hotel Vegas

Rochelle & the Sidewinders at Geraldine’s


Timecop1983, Arcade High, Korine at Empire Control Room

Goons, Dossey at Stubb’s indoor

Tony Holiday, Lavelle White at Antone’s

Resentments, Belle Sounds at Saxon Pub

Sam Pace at Stay Gold

Kenny Williams at Geraldine’s

Will Dupuy & the Wilderness at Cosmic

Nevil, Animals in the Attic, Cugino at Hotel Vegas

Despero, Climb the Dead, Kabuto, Oceanus at Mohawk indoor (early)

It Looks Sad, Sad Cops, Riley at Mohawk indoor

El Tule at Craft Pride


Nate Boff, Blue Monday with Jabo & the Old Dogs, James Bullard at Antone’s

Tony Holiday & the Velvetones at Saxon Pub

Dale Watson, Jo James at Continental Club

Skeleton, Gazm, Blank Hellscape at Hotel Vegas

Heart to Gold, Indoor Creature at Mohawk indoor

Dylan Bishop, Rose Sinclair at Sam’s Town Point

Bluegrass Night at Radio

Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe

Jazz Jam with Adrian Ruiz at Elephant Room


Panteón Rococó at Emo’s

Antone’s Big Trio, Ruins at Antone’s

Jeremy Nail, Shawn Pander, Jake Andrews at Saxon Pub

Mike Stinson, Shelley King at Continental Club

Curtis McMurtry at Continental Gallery

Warren Hood at Cosmic

Henri Herbert, 8-½ Souvenirs at C-Boy’s

Sophia Johnson Band at Sam’s Town Point

Narglez, Marblez, Rizz0 at Empire Control Room

Gustaf, Most Likely, Luvweb, Dirt Pile at Hotel Vegas

Party Nails, Prxsm at Mohawk indoor

Jazz Jam with Daniel Dufour at Stay Gold


Slaid Cleaves at 04 Center

Pony Bradshaw, Marijuana Sweet Tooth at Stubb’s indoor

Texas Radio Live with Bobby Mack, Beat Root Revival at Guero’s

Eve Monsees, Guitar Grady, Bill Carter at Antone’s

Colin Gilmore & Nicolette Good at Threadgill’s

Kevin McKinney, William Harries Graham at Continental Club

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

James Junius, Caitlin King, Mary Bryce at Hotel Vegas

Walt Wilkins, Cornell Hurd at Saxon Pub

David Jimenez, John X Reed at C-Boy’s

Warren Hood at ABGB

Chris Beall at Townsend

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

Craig Marshall, Batty Jr. at Scoot Inn indoor

Bay Faction, Sad Cops, Chill Bill at Mohawk indoor


Korn, Alice in Chains at Austin360 Amphitheater

Nick Jordan, Ladi Earth at Stubb’s indoor

Unplugged at the Grove with Alejandro Escovedo at Shady Grove

Walter Trout at 04 Center

Casper Rawls with Derek O’Brien, Sarah Brown & Jon Hahn at Continental Club

Jonathan Terrell, Croy & the Boys, Wilkinson’s Quartet at White Horse

Andrew Nolte at Geraldine’s

Aztex at One-2-One Bar

Patrice Pike, Leeann Atherton at Saxon Pub

James Polk’s CenterPeace at Parker Jazz Club

Daniel Dufour-tet, Mitch Watkins Trio at Elephant Room

Submachine, Secret Prostitutes, Obedience, Lip Service at Hotel Vegas

Lunar Eclectic, McMeta, Bobal at Empire Control Room

Radiator Hospital, Outer Spaces, Caroline Says at Mohawk indoor

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

Celso Piña y su Ronda Bogotá, La Frenetika, Kiko Villamizar at Flamingo Cantina

Kellen, Flora & Fawna, Supple Leopard, Springful at Hole in the Wall

Oscar Ornelas at Skylark Lounge