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Austin music this week: Kat Edmonson, Booker T. Jones, Blackillac and more

Deborah Sengupta Stith,
Kat Edmonson will play the Paramount on Wednesday. [Suzanne Cordeiro FOR STATESMAN]

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


Friday-Saturday: Booker T. Jones at Antone’s. “I actually remember Austin as a small town, playing out in a field in 1968 with just a few people,” Jones told the American-Statesman before his 2018 visit to Antone’s. The R&B/soul keyboardist returns for a two-night stand at the club he said he first visited in the mid-1970s, in its original location at Fifth and Brazos streets. At 75, Jones is a legitimate living legend, having worked with everyone from Otis Redding and Bill Withers to Neil Young and the Drive-By Truckers. $30-$35. 8 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — P.B.

Friday: Angélica Rahe album release at Mohawk indoor. The Spanish American singer-songwriter was working as guitarist and music director for Colombian American soul-pop sensation Kali Uchis when she fell in love with Austin. After opening for Lana del Rey at the Erwin Center in February 2018, she spent a day off exploring yoga studios and soaking in the city’s spirit. A few months later, she made the decision to relocate. Her debut full-length, “Reina,” is an introspective collection that weaves cascading guitar lines with Spanish poetry, whisper-sung over lush and lovely soundscapes. She describes the album as “a love song,” but it’s also a journey toward self-realization. She pegged the release to Valentine’s Day for both lovers and “people just by themselves to come and feel the self-love and just revel in that,” she said in early February. Miami artist Soft Glas opens. $10-$13. 8 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Blackillac at Mohawk outdoor. Get your fire emojis ready. The explosive duo of Zeale and Phranchyze, hip-hop titans who have been flexing their skills on Austin stages for well over a decade, scorched the stage with a banging set of turnt-up party rap during their early afternoon Austin City Limits Music Festival set last year. Later in the evening, they hopped on-stage with old high school homie (and Blackillac collaborator) Gary Clark Jr. and destroyed a freestyle. Clark, it’s worth noting, is not on tour right now, and we (unscientifically) place the odds of a pop-in at 60/40. Local rappers Kydd Jones and Thelonious Love open. $12-$15. 8 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Electric Church three-year anniversary. The DIY warehouse performance space celebrates three years of keeping fuzzy psychedelic noise alive in East Austin with a blowout birthday party, featuring Peach Almanac, Amplified Heat and Modular Sun. Eleven bands and two DJs are on the roster for the all-day bash. Local beverage peddlers Still Austin Whiskey Co., Kimo Sabe Mezcal, Skull Mechanix Brewing and Rambler Sparkling Water will be there to provide libations. There will also be vintage clothing vendors to help you up your retro flair. $10. 2 p.m. doors. 5018 E. Cesar Chavez St. — D.S.S.

Saturday-Monday: Twang Twang Shock-A-Boom 30th anniversary at Cactus Cafe. Gather ’round, kids, and I’ll tell you a tale of three swashbuckling teenage whippersnappers who ambled onto the University of Texas campus three decades ago, setting up shop on the West Mall with acoustic guitar, upright bass and drums. They didn’t need no stinkin’ amplification, because they had a batch of insanely catchy original songs. Leader David Garza, joined by drummer Chris Searles and bassist Jeff Haley, quickly rose to become one of Austin’s top-drawing acts, moving from the mall to the campus-based Cactus Cafe and then to larger downtown clubs, selling thousands of their cassette-only releases before it all went supernova when they broke up a few months later. Garza went on to fame and acclaim under his own name, and Searles has played with many top Austin acts over the years. Once in a blue moon, they get the band back together. The songs on those cassettes got reissued digitally last fall, and now they’ll celebrate 30 years since those formative days with three nights at the old campus haunt. $25-$30. 8 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. — P.B.

Wednesday: Kat Edmonson at Paramount Theatre. “Is there some point in one’s life when dreaming becomes impractical or impossible?” That’s the question Edmonson asked herself when she wrote the song “Too Late to Dream,” which became the launching point for her new album, “Dreamers Do.” Released last week, it’s largely the former Austinite’s salute to classic tunes from 20th-century Disney films, with songs selected and arranged in a way that documents an imagined journey from dusk ’til dawn. Edmonson, who moved to New York about a decade ago after spending the previous decade in Austin playing venues such as the Elephant Room and Vino Vino, has made several compelling records since her self-released 2009 album, “Take to the Sky,” was recorded here. This one may be her most adventurous yet. (Read more about Edmonson at $20-$45. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. (Edmonson also plays a free in-store at Waterloo Records, 600 N. Lamar Blvd., at 5:30 p.m. Monday.) — P.B.



Bob Schneider & the Moonlight Orchestra, Tosca Strings, Lex Land & Ian Flanigan at ACL Live

Wild Child acoustic at Cactus Cafe

Terri Hendrix Band with Lloyd Maines at Stateside at the Paramount

Andy Schauf, Molly Sarlé at Mohawk outdoor

Crystal Bowersox at One World Theatre

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Modern Don Juans, Blues Specialists at Continental Club

Aquadolls at Stubb’s indoor

Dawn & Hawkes, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Christy Hays at ABGB

Wild Seeds, Rite Flyers at Carousel Lounge

MC Lars, Schaffer the Darklord at Empire

Christine Albert’s French Valentine’s Show at HighPointe Estate

“Songs in the Key of Love” with Jay Stiles, David Pulkingham, Suzanna Choffel, Mario Castellanos, Chris Hauser at Cosmic

My Cruddy Valentine at Far Out Lounge

Cross-Howerton at El Mercado Backstage

Kris & Jennifer, Andrew Heller at Parker Jazz Club

Love & Giants, Harvest Thieves, Night Blooms at Barracuda

Los Ramones, Pretty Little Thieves, Watters at One-2-One Bar

Dead Sweethearts Ball at Sam’s Town Point

Jonathan Terrell, Devin Jake & Missy Beth & the Morning Afters at White Horse

Alvin Crow at Broken Spoke

Elias Haslanger Quintet, TripTrio with Lissa Hattersley at Elephant Room

David Jimenez Band at Townsend

Kathy & the Kilowatts at Threadgill’s

Scrapelli at Radio

Donovan Keith at Geraldine’s

DJ Cha Na Na, DJ Mahealani at Half Step

Los Skarnales, Tiarra Girls, Rockin’ Lloyd Trip at Flamingo

Selena Tribute with Son de Rey, Mamis, Money Chicha at Sahara Lounge


Grace Potter, Devon Gilfillian at ACL Live

Cold War Kids, Overcoats at Stubb’s outdoor

Mark Broussard, Shelley King at 04 Center

Lane 8, Paraleven at Emo’s

Electric Church three-year anniversary with Crypt Trip, the Rotten Mangoes, Modular Sun, more

Donny Benet, Party Nails at Barracuda

Jon Dee Graham, Johnny Nicholas at Saxon Pub

Strand of Oaks at C-Boy’s

Warish, Zyclops, Montaz at Hotel Vegas

Kady Rain, Sobbrs, more at Swan Dive

A. Sinclair EP release at ABGB

Joe King Carrasco at Threadgill’s

Cornell Hurd, Bill Carter at Sam’s Town Point

Dale Watson, John X Reed at Continental Club

Jake Penrod, JP Harris, Dave Insley at White Horse

Jenny Parrott, Little Mazarn, Christine Pascoo at Radio

Christy Hays, Van Darien, Indianola at Far Out Lounge

Damn Torpedoes, Brass in Pocket at Parish

Graham Wilkinson, KP & the Boom Boom at Geraldine’s

Atash at One-2-One Bar

Pink Talking Fish at 3Ten

Sir Woman acoustic, Kelsi at the Whip-In

Dolly Parton tribute with Kevin Russell, the Ugly Beats more at the High Road on Dawson


Doyle Bramhall II & Friends at ACL Live

Chelsea Cutler at Emo’s

Teddy Swims, Emily Brimlow at Antone’s (sold out)

Superfonicos at One World Theatre

Jungle Giants, Little Image at Stubb’s indoor

Beth Richard CD release, Shelley King at One-2-One Bar

Resentments, Ulla, Larry Seaman at Saxon Pub

Pat Byrne at Gruene Hall

Hilary York, Dale Watson at C-Boy’s

Willie Pipkin, Heybale, Marshall Hood at Continental Club

Roger Wallace at ABGB

Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light at Cosmic

Mitch Watkins Trio at Elephant Room

Black Heart Saints, Maryann Cotton, Black Smoke Sinners, Roc Holiday at Empire

Far Out Bluegrass at Far Out Lounge

Lissa Hattersley’s TripTrio at AusPop


Austin360 Residency of the Month: Oscar Ornelas at Stay Gold

Girls Rock Austin Rock Retreat Showcase at Barracuda

Dale Watson, Peterson Brothers at Continental Club

Church on Monday Band at Continental Gallery

Mystery Monday with Christine Albert, Michael O’Connor, Jeff Plankenhorn at El Mercado Backstage

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

Steel Monday with Steel Vibes at Sam’s Town Point

Lonelyland, Hoody & the Wolves at Saxon Pub

James Moritz, Kathryn Legendre, Texas Tycoons at White Horse

Madam Radar, Tommy Rebel & the Righteous at One-2-One Bar

Chris Gage at Donn’s Depot

Drew Davis at Geraldine’s

Lost Pines at Far Out Lounge

Bluegrass Night at Radio


Amber Liu, Meg & Dia, Justin Park at Scoot Inn

Lost Dog Street Band, Casper Allen at Antone’s

Ephraim Owens, James McMurtry at Continental Gallery

Mike Stinson, Whitney Rose at Continental Club

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

Guy Forsyth & Jeska Bailey, David Grissom at Saxon Pub

Warren Hood & Friends at Cosmic

Sydney Wright at Geraldine’s

Steve McCarthy at Carousel Lounge

Feel the Love music industry expo at Emo’s


George Winston at One World Theatre


Silversun Pickups, Eliza & the Delusionals at Stubb’s outdoor

Used, Dragged Under at Mohawk outdoor (sold out)

Ordinary Elephant at Cactus Cafe

East Coast Chamber Orchestra at UT Bates Recital Hall

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

Brannen & Red, Kevin Galloway at Continental Gallery

Shawnee Kilgore, Ray Prim at Threadgill’s

Chris Beall, Walt Wilkins, Leeann Atherton at Saxon Pub

Trube Farrell & Snizz, Matt Hubbard Trio, John X Reed at C-Boy’s

Warren Hood at ABGB

Reese at Townsend

Hikes, Mode Dodeca, Standards, Floral at Cheer Up Charlies

D-Madness at Far Out Lounge

Lex Land, Brian Kremer at Parker Jazz Club

Motenko at Stay Gold

Mobley, Cold Jackets at Guero’s


Reverend Horton Heat, Buttertones, Pinata Protest, Deke Dickerson at Antone’s


Thrice, MeWithoutYou, Drug Church, Holy Faw at Emo’s

Rhett Miller at 3Ten

Izaak Opatz, Austin Leonard at Cactus Cafe

Jeff Black at Townsend

Patrice Pike, Love & Chaos at Saxon Pub

Casper Rawls with Rich Brotherton, Pat Byrne and Stephen Carolan at Continental Club

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

Berkshire Hounds, Suzanna Choffel at C-Boy’s

Blowies single release, Zettajoule, Saint Lo Gun at Barracuda

Adrian Ruiz Quintet, Mitch Watkins Trio at Elephant Room

Barbara Nesbitt, Joanna Ramirez at One-2-One Bar

Brain Orchestra at Empire

Rubilators at Far Out Lounge

Como Las Movies at Radio

Big Wy’s Brass Band at Geraldine’s

Jazzbonez at Parker Jazz Club

Atlas Maior at Stay Gold

No Idea Festival kickoff at Museum of Human Achievement