Weekend music picks: Classic rock and country from Buck to Hank to the King


Buck Owens Birthday Bash at Continental Club. Hard to believe it’s been 25 years since local guitar man Casper Rawls began this annual throwdown at the Continental Club. Buck himself even showed up for the fourth one in 1995. Owens is gone now, but the party never ends. Hear Rawls and his pals tackle “Act Naturally,” “Tiger By the Tail” and dozens more Buckaroo favorites. The $20 cover benefits the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. 7:30 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com. — P.B.

Also: Husband/wife California pop twosome Us the Duo bring their sugary tales of “Just Love” to the Parish. … Chicago R&B/jazz guitarist Nic Colionne visits One World Theatre. … The Gregg A. Smith Blues Revue comes down from Dallas for a show at Antone’s. … Former Austin funk/reggae fixture Papa Mali visits from New Orleans at One-2-One Bar. … Sassy rapper Lil Debbie plays Empire. … Indie-rock big bills along Red River include Fire Walk With Me, Big Coat, Paceshifters, Residual Kid at Sidewinder, and Ringo Deathstarr, Human Circuit, Zettajoule and Hooka Hey at Swan Dive. … Old-time jazzers the White Ghost Shivers begin a two-night stand at C-Boy’s. … Cecilia & the Broken Hearts bring their self-described “Afro-Chicano futurism” to Cactus Cafe along with Conjunto Los Pinkys. Other top local options include Da Costa and Van Wilks at Strange Brew, Two Hoots & a Holler at the White Horse and Jai Malano at Geraldine’s.


Jerry Douglas Band at Cactus Cafe. Last seen in these parts with his Flatt & Scruggs cover band the Earls of Leicester at Old Settler’s Fest in April, the dobro master brings a band that will focus on his own exemplary instrumental music to the UT campus institution. Douglas may still be known most widely for his work with Alison Krauss & Union Station, but he’s also released more than a dozen albums under his own name, exploring jazz-influenced realms well beyond the country-folk genre where he makes his bread and butter. Expect to hear the full range of his talents on display at this intimate performance. $30-$35. 8:30 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org. — P.B.

Gina Chavez performs at the Austin Music Awards. Photo by Jay Janner/American-Statesman.

Gina Chavez performs at the Austin Music Awards. Photo by Jay Janner/American-Statesman.

Benefit for Niñas Arriba with Gina Chavez, Sara Hickman and Suzanna Choffel at Stateside at the Paramount. In 2009, Austin singer-songwriter Gina Chavez and her partner Jodi Granado took a life-changing mission trip to San Salvador’s gang-dominated suburb of Soyapango. While teaching English at a girls’ school for eight months, they met inspiring young women struggling through daily life in El Salvador. When the couple returned to Austin, they founded the Niñas Arriba college fund. This year, Niñas Arriba has something special to celebrate: Their first college graduate. Xiomara Cordova, who studied at a private university while juggling marriage and motherhood, will attend this benefit concert and college graduation celebration. $22-$56. 7 p.m. 719 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — Nancy Flores

Also: Maybe Hank Williams Jr. would have sold out the Austin360 Amphitheater without opening act Chris Stapleton, but maybe not: Stapleton, after all, has been the hottest artist in country music over the past year, even if Williams doesn’t even know who he is. If you’re going, arrive early to see what Bocephus is missing out on. … New Orleans funk and jazz invades the home of the blues as the New Breed Brass Band visits Antone’s, which features Bill Carter & the Blame early. … Aug. 16 will mark 49 years since Elvis Presley’s death, and that means it’s time again for Ted Roddy’s annual “Tribute to the King,” now in its 30th year at the Continental Club. The Cornell Hurd Band opens. … Coincidence, perhaps, but this night also finds a North Carolina indie band called Elvis Depressedly at Sidewinder withTeen Suicide. … Arizona indie-rockers Jared & the Mill play the indoor stage at Stubb’s. … Singer-songwriter and rapper SaulPaul brings his “Tower to Tower 2” tour to Strange Brew. … Go honky-tonking with Jake Penrod & the Million Dollar Cowboys at Little Longhorn Saloon or Two Tons of Steel at Broken Spoke. … It’s Africa Night at east side haven the Sahara Lounge, with a free buffet followed by music from Zoumountchi and Ibrahim Aminou. … Other top local options include A. Sinclair and Lowin at ABGB, Danny B. Harvey and Anne Marie Lewis at Lamberts, Kay Odyssey and Lake of Fire at Hotel Vegas, and Nakia at Geraldine’s.


Dickie Lee Erwin CD release at Strange Brew. “Shadetree,” the latest record by this longtime Austin songwriter, features eight originals that mix soft-spoken folk and twangy country. The lone cover, an easygoing version of John Hartford’s “Gentle on My Mind,” epitomizes the nature of Erwin’s own material and musical approach. $8. 6 p.m. 5326 Manchaca Road. strangebrewloungeside.com. — P.B.

Also: Get your fix of doo-wop and retro rock at the Second Sunday Sock Hop at Stay Gold. … “America’s Got Talent” alum Michael Grimm of Las Vegas visits One World Theatre. … Country choices include Heybale and the Wagoneers at the Continental Club,Aaron McDonnell at the White Horse and Amanda Cevallos & the High Hands at ABGB. … Other local options include David Holtat El Mercado Backstage, Julia Magness at Antone’s and Timberos Del Norte at One-2-One Bar.

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