This week’s music picks: Randy Newman makes good at the Paramount, Antone’s remembers Prince and more


Bluegrass Night at Radio Coffee & Beer. Though the coffeehouse and intimate music venue Flipnotics is still missed — even as the new SquareRut Kava Bar has opened in its old digs on Barton Springs Road — one tradition that survived in a new home is the weekly bluegrass jam, which moved a few miles farther south to the popular all-purpose hang Radio Coffee & Beer. An indoor-outdoor spot with quality drinks of the morning and evening variety alike, Radio also presents live music on a fairly regular basis, anchored by this Monday standby that had a long history even before it found a new home here. Free. 8 p.m. 4204 Manchaca Road. — P.B.

Also: Blues-rockers the Swamp Bats play an EP release show at One-2-One Bar. … Go to “church” on Memorial Day with the Church on Monday jazz crew at the Continental Gallery, or hang downstairs at the Club with honky-tonker Dale Watson plus happy-hour rockin’ blues with the Peterson Brothers. … Chris Gage and Kym Warner sit in on piano and mandolin, respectively, with Christine Albert and the Mystery Monday crew at El Mercado Backstage.


Caravan Palace at the Mohawk outdoor. The seven-piece Parisian powerhouse filters the spirit of Django Reinhardt through an electrocool super collider to produce next generation gypsy jazz with a European club vibe. In the process, they conjure an ecstatic rave that lilts with the rhythm of a roaring twenties swing. $18. 6:30 doors. 912 Red River St. — D.S.S.

Also: Mongolian folk metal act Tengger Cavalry play Grizzly Hall. .. Nashville-based gothic country singer Adia Victoria plays Stubb’s inside. … Lots of good locals fill the night at Strange Brew with drummer Ernie Durawa at 6 p.m., bassist Bruce Hughes at 8 p.m. and the Band of Babies with Robyn Ludwick and Kacy Crowley at 10 p.m. … The early show by the Antone’s Trio of Denny Freeman, Sarah Brown and Corey Keller each Tuesday is a good enough gig when it’s just the three of them, but the lineup expands to a quintet this week with Mike Keller and Eve Monsees sitting in. … Guitar great David Grissom plays the 6:30 p.m. happy-hour show at the Saxon Pub. … Americana mainstay Mike Stinson plays the late slot at the White Horse. … Croy & the Boys’ new country series “This Ain’t No Armadillo” at Barracuda welcomes J.D. Clark. … Troubadour/drummer Freddie Steady Krc keeps the beat at Evangeline Cafe.


Randy Newman at Paramount. So many entry points have led the way into Newman’s now-towering body of work. Were you a fan of his early songwriter albums in the late ’60s and early ’70s? Did you first hear him when “Short People” became an unlikely smash hit in 1978? Was it his 1980s film scores for “Ragtime” and “The Natural” (the latter of which won him his first of six Grammys) that drew you in? Did it take his Oscar-winning songs for various Pixar movies to reach your generation? Or maybe when his timeless classic “Louisiana 1927” resurfaced as a cultural touchstone during Hurricane Katrina? Legit living legends are hard to come by. At 72, Newman has more than earned the distinction. This show was rescheduled from March 5; all tickets sold for that show will be honored. $48.50-$94.50. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. — P.B.

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Grupo Fantasma performs with Prince in February of 2007 in South Beach, Florida, at a private party for CBS affiliates.  Grupo members Adrian Quesada, Greg Gonzales, and Kino Rodriguez are shown onstage with Prince. Photo by RPGough of Dodd Technologies

Grupo Fantasma performs with Prince in February 2007 in South Beach, Fla., at a private party for CBS affiliates. Grupo members Adrian Quesada, Greg Gonzales and Kino Rodriguez are shown onstage with Prince. Photo by RPGough of Dodd Technologies

Also: As we approach June 7, what would have been Prince Rogers Nelson’s 58th birthday, a slew of noteworthy ways to celebrate the pop star’s legacy have cropped up. The hottest ticket was the Antone’s Foundation benefit An Austin Salute 2 Prince featuring the Purple One’s one-time backup band Grupo Fantasma. After tickets to the first show sold out swiftly, this second show was added for the night before. It sold out in 40 minutes. … Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins’ “’70s dirt rock” cover band Chevy Metal plays an X Games Kickoff Bash at Stubb’s outside. … Beat Root Revival, a U.K. roots-music duo who made their new record in Austin, play the happy-hour set at Continental Club, with Wednesday regulars James McMurtry, Jon Dee Graham and William Harries Graham & the Painted Redstarts following. … Gutsy rockers Ghost Wolves kick off a “Make Rock ’n’ Roll Not War” residency at Hotel Vegas. … Also on the eastside, the White Horse features rootsy rocker John Evans plus country upstart Sophia Johnson. … Cosmic-cowboy era veteran Bob Livingston is this week’s guest of Will Taylor & Strings Attached at El Mercado Backstage. … Sun Radio’s Texas Radio Live series features Amanda Cevallos and Julian Acosta at Guero’s Oak Garden. … The new Grizzly Hall has mostly been booking punk and metal shows, but they go country for a midweek triple bill with Aaron McDonnell & the Neon Eagles, Mayeux & Broussard and the Watters.


Carson McHone at Shady Grove. Since we profiled McHone in an Austin360/Statesman cover story last summer, the country-folk singer-songwriter’s career has continued to be steadily on the rise. She’s opened for Jerry Jeff Walker at ACL Live, played Auditorium Shores during South by Southwest, and did some spring dates across the Midwest opening for Gary Clark Jr. She’ll play KGSR’s Blues on the Green at Zilker Park in July, but first, she’s doing the station’s more intimate “Unplugged at the Grove” series. Free. 8 p.m. 1624 Barton Springs Road. — P.B.

“Gold Gone Wild” at Kingdom. Fool’s Gold founder A-Trak will not be in the building when his label tour storms the city this time, but you can sweat it out to the progressive electro house of Australian DJ Tommy Trash and the tasteful grooves of label mates Madeaux and Shash’U. This is an 18 & up show. $20-$25. Doors at 9 p.m. 105 E. Fifth St. — D.S.S.

Also: The second night of Grupo Fantasma’s sold-out tribute to Prince featuring Tameca Jones, Nakia and more goes down at Antone’s. … Catch the cool lounge-crooner sounds of Monte Warden & the Dangerous few at 8:30 p.m. at the Continental Gallery, with traditional Latin jazz from Rey Arteaga following at 10:30 p.m. … Singer-songwriter Matt the Electrician plays for the fine-dining crowd at Winflo Osteria. … Americana singer-songwriter Christy Hays will keep the dancers moving at eastside honky tonk the White Horse.

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