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This week's music picks: Blues on the Green finale, Mary J. Blige and Nas, more

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Sweet Spirit will headline the 2019 Blues on the Green finale at Zilker Park on Wednesday. [ANA RAMIREZ/AMERICAN-STATESMAN FILE]

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


Friday: Amy Lavere & Will Sexton at Cactus Cafe and Waterloo Records. The marriage of Austin music fixture Sexton to Memphis bassist and singer-songwriter LaVere a few years ago resulted in Sexton’s relocation to her home base. But it also meant we still get frequent visits from both of them. Sexton produced LaVere’s new album, “Painting Blue,” due out Aug. 16 on the Austin label Nine Mile Records; they’ll play a couple of pre-release gigs on this day, starting with a 5 p.m. free in-store at Waterloo (600 N. Lamar Blvd.) before heading to an 8:30 p.m. show at the Cactus ($12-$15, 2247 Guadalupe St., — P.B.

Saturday: Mary J. Blige, Nas at Austin360 Amphitheater. This show offers cool throwback vibes to help ’90s hip-hop heads weather the mid-summer heat. Rap superstar Nas and the torch bearer of the New Jack Swing era, Mary J. Blige, hit the road together for a joint headline tour that promoters promise will include a “stacked setlist of songs spanning both of their careers.” $27-$160.99. 8 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Carly Rae Jepsen at ACL Live. There was a brief moment during the “Call Me Maybe” era when it seemed like the Canadian pop savant might be a one-hit wonder. Well, she showed you, haters. Two hot-selling and critically acclaimed collections of candy synth jams later, Jepsen is at the top of her genre. Her new album “Dedicated,” written after a difficult breakup, wraps introspective lyricism in summery earworms like “Party For One,” a defiant ode to single life that’s also a dance-floor sizzler. Phoebe Ryan opens. $39-$40. 8 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. — D.S.S.

Wednesday: Blues on the Green with Sweet Spirit, Soul Man Sam at Zilker Park. It’s last call for free tunes in Zilker Park, friends. Austin City Limits Radio closes out its popular summer music series with a performance from pop powerhouse Sweet Spirit. Known for their spectacular stage shows, the band has been on tour for most of the summer, so expect an extra tight set loaded with seductive riffs and singalong hooks. Local R&B/blues heavy Soul Man Sam 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.

Wednesday: Jim Lauderdale at Cactus Cafe. “From Another World” is the new Yep Roc Records release from Americana singer-songwriter Lauderdale, whose dozen-plus albums in the 2010s have made him more prolific than just about anyone outside the improbable late-career flourishing of Willie Nelson. It’s fitting, then, that Nelson’s recent right-hand man, producer Buddy Cannon, turns up as a co-writer on Lauderdale’s latest. $25-$30. 8:30 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. — P.B.

Wednesday: BMI Songwriters in the Round at Saxon Pub. When the noted performance rights organization BMI opened an Austin office earlier this year, it opened the door for events to play up their raised Texas profile. Thus the new “BMI Saxon Songwriter Series,” which this time around features six writers across generations of the Austin scene: Monte Warden, Carson McHone, Graham Weber, Parker Chapin, Tyler McCollum and Austin Gilliam. The free show runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; stick around for an 8 p.m. ticketed show ($15-$20) featuring country stalwart Lee Roy Parnell and friends plus Gary P. Nunn. 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. — P.B.

Thursday: Los Texmaniacs featuring Flaco Jimenez at 04 Center. Fellow Grammy-winning acts from San Antonio, the conjunto group and the accordion ace were expected to team up as part of the recent Recording Academy Texas Chapter 25th-anniversary celebration at ACL Live, but Jimenez ended up not appearing. Good thing, then, to have another shot, as Jimenez is a legitimate living legend whose sound and style have helped define the blend of Texan and Mexican traditional musical styles across the decades. $28-$58. 8 p.m. 2701 S. Lamar Bvd. — P.B.



Jerryfest with Melvin Seals and JGB, Deadeye at Mohawk outdoor


Montopolis premieres “The Living Coast” at Stateside at the Paramount

Brett Young, Ryan Griffin, the Mrs. at H-E-B Center

Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis, Redd Volkaert at 3Ten

Bob Schneider, Carolina Story, Ben Goldsmith & the Original Band at Antone’s

Gauche, Post Pink at Hotel Vegas

Frank Iero & the Future Violents at Barracuda

Michael Fracasso at Threadgill’s

South Austin Moonlighters, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

James Polk’s CenterPeace at Elephant Room

Lost Counts, Emily Gimble at Continental Gallery

Canvas People, Lucas Eason at Stay Gold


Meridiem Music Marathon at Central Market North Lamar


Spirit of Austin Fest with Tobymac, Newsboys, Tauren Wells, Brandon Heath, Ryan Stevenson, Cochren & Co., Tasha Layton, Terrian, Blaise Raccuglia, Jonathan Hunt at H-E-B Center

Ninas Arribas benefit with Gina Chavez, Wind & the Wave, Shy Beast at Antone’s

Wild Child acoustic at Cactus Cafe

Poco at One World Theatre

A-Town Getdown, Govinda, Big Wy’s Brass Band EP release, Crystal Finger at Empire Garage

Graham Wilkinson, Drew Smith at Continental Club

Lost Counts, Beaver Nelson at Continental Gallery

Super Creeps, Vallejo, Cari Hutson at One-2-One Bar

Tomas Ramirez at Elephant Room

Ricky Stein, Big State, Greers at Saxon Pub

Pearl Snaps at Giddy Up’s

Rochelle & the Sidewinders at Geraldine’s


Resentments, Irish Invasion at Saxon Pub

South Austin Moonlighters at Cosmic

Purgatory Players at El Mercado Backstage

Luna Luna, Pretty Boy Aaron, Clarence James at Empire Control Room

Werewolf, Naan Violence, Hartle Road at Hotel Vegas

Jim Stringer’s Country Jam at Sam’s Town Point


Austin Knights with AJ Vallejo, Lonelyland, Hoody & the Wolves at Saxon Pub

Mystery Monday with Christine Albert, Rich Brotherton, Bill Kirchen at El Mercado Backstage

Brad Stivers, Blue Monday with Carl Weathersby, James Bullard at Antone’s

Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery

Chris Gage at Donn’s Depot

Open mic with Kacy Crowley at Cactus Cafe

Jazz Jam with Adrian Ruiz at Elephant Room


Elliott Smith birthday tribute & SIMS Foundation benefit with Moving Panoramas, Mountain Time, Daphne Tunes, Slomo Drags, Ama at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Durawa, Los Texmaniacs at El Mercado Backstage

Dinosaur Pile-Up, Brkn Love at Stubb’s indoor

Wasabi Big Band at Parker’s Jazz Club

Alesia Lani at Geraldine’s

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

Eric Hisaw, Alex Marrero, David Grissom at Antone’s

Mike Stinson, Shelley King at Continental Club

Ephraim Owens at Continental Gallery

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

Jon Blondell Quintet, Sarah Sharp at Elephant Room

Warren Hood at Cosmic

Floyd Domino’s All-Stars at Sam’s Town Point

Anna Larson, Claudia Gibson at Townsend


311, Dirty Heads, Interruptors, Dreamers, Bikini Trill at Austin360 Amphitheater

Lights, Tillie at 04 Center

Scrappy Jud Newcomb & Band at Townsend

Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham at Continental Club

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

Eve Monsees with Mike Buck & Chris Ruest at Antone’s

Kevin Galloway at Geraldine’s

Texas Radio Live with Mike Blakely, Merles at Guero’s

Shawnee Kilgore, Ben Jones at Threadgill’s

Matt Hubbard, John X Reed at C-Boy’s

Marshall Hood & Friends at ABGB

Multicult, Superthief at Barracuda

John Inmon at El Mercado Backstage

HAAM Corporate Battle of the Bands with Mag Stripes, Knuckle Sammich at Stubb’s indoor

Soulphonics at Carousel Lounge


Farruko at ACL Live

Butch Hancock, Shawnee Kilgore at Cactus Cafe

Mike & the Moonpies, Western Youth at Mohawk outdoor

Sarah Sharp, Harmoni Kelley, Shannon Brackett at One-2-One Bar

Unplugged at the Grove with Peterson Brothers at Shady Grove

Melt, Stacks, Mackays at Hotel Vegas

Kate Howard, Patrice Pike, Love & Chaos at Saxon Pub

Soul Man Sam at Antone’s

Hidden Empires, Collabajamma, Sometimes a Legend at Stubb’s indoor

Graham Weber & Jane Ellen Bryant, Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery

Barfield, Casper Rawls at Continental Club

Flyjack, Dave Scher Trio at C-Boy’s

Chris Gage at St. Elmo Brewing Company

James Jean, Tom Meny at Townsend