Weekend music picks: The Mohawk turns 10; East Austin celebrates blues roots


Mohawk 10-year anniversary with the Get Up Kids. Before James Moody and crew took over, the venue at the corner of 10th and Red River streets was home to a series of ill-fated clubs with terrible names and sketchy vibes. In the decade since they set up shop, the club has grown into one of the finest mid-sized venues in the country and a cornerstone of the vibrant Red River Cultural District. The party kicks off on Friday with influential emo act the Get Up Kids. It continues through Sept. 17 with shows from Swans, Roky Erickson, GZA and more. Local bands Boyfrndz and Glyde open this one. $25. 8 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com —D.S.S.

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Mohawk owner, James Moody, poses outside the club in 2011.

Mohawk owner, James Moody, poses outside the club in 2011.

Also: Rolling in off a successful European tour, Austin’s cumbia funk machine Grupo Fantasma plays a Reunion de la Familia show at the Scoot Inn. Expect to see familiar faces and surprise special guests. … The Austin Music Video Festival hosts Trash Carnival with Capyac, Holiday Mountain and more at Empire early. NOLA rapper Dee 1 plays the venue later in the evening. … New Orleans’ trombone-centric brass-funk crew Bonerama visits Antone’s. … Memphis songwriter Chuck Jones visits the Cactus Cafe.. … Quin Galvais kicks off the tour for his new double album “My Life In Steel and Concrete,” a collection of dark experiments in post-punk noise, at Barracuda. … Local reggae/dub outfit Grimy Styles celebrates the release of their new album “Disteria” at Flamingo Cantina. … Corpus Christi rockers the Blind Owls playa 5 p.m. in-store at Waterloo Records. Los Angeles singer-songwriter Brian Whelan is at Sam’s Town Point. … KLBJ’s free Sunset Concert Series at the Oasis continues with Austin360’s January Artist of the Month Harvest Thieves. … Other top local options include the LeRoi Brothers and Two Tons of Steel at Continental Club, Gary P. Nunn at the Broken Spoke and Uncle Lucius doing two shows at Saxon Pub.


Brazil Day at Antone’s. The nation of Brazil celebrates independence from Portugal on Sept. 7, but the hip-shaking rhythms continue into the weekend with this blowout bash hosted by Austin Samba. From the percussive blasts of Maracatu Texas and the lively samba of Susanna Sharpe and the Samba Police to Seu Jacinto’s Texas take on folkloric Forró music, the evening presents a broad selection of the best Brazilian sounds in Austin. $15-$20. Doors at 6:30 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. antonesnightclub.com. — D.S.S.

Also: The Larry Gatlin Patriot Concert, a benefit for the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s Veterans and Mustangs program, features the country star plus area artists Sunny Sweeney, James Hand and Carl Hutchens at the LifeAustin Amphitheatre in southwest Austin. … British electronic musician/neuroscientist Sam Shepherd, a.k.a. Floating Points, headlines night two of the Mohawk’s 10-year celebration. Austin’s own mad scientist composer Bayonne opens. … Cyndi Lauper takes a “Detour” through ACL Live, promoting her new album of vintage country covers with a sold-out show. Down below at the theater’s new street level club 3Ten, alt-country artist Elsa Cross plays a free show beforehand, with DJ Mel’s long-running ‘80s party Rock the Casbah afterward. … The Spiderhouse Ballroom pays tribute to Bowie with Moonage Daydream II featuring tribute band Super Creeps, DJ Mahealani, glitter drinks, costume contests and more. … Local indie-rock band Texas Never Whispers plays an EP release party at Hotel Vegas with guests A. Sinclair, Ben Ballinger, Carson McHone and the Moving Panoramas’ Leslie Sisson. … Austin-based artist Adam Torres celebrates the release of his new album “Pearls to Swine” with collaborators Thor & Friends and Aisha Burns at the Cactus Cafe. Torres and Thor will be on tour through late November. … Jimmy LaValle’s ambient solo project the Album Leaf plays the Parish. … One World Theatre presents a “Guitar Army” show with Robben Ford, Lee Roy Parnell and Joe Robinson. … Local musician Johnny Nicholas celebrates his new album “Fresh Air” at the Saxon Pub; he’ll also play a 5 p.m. in-store at Waterloo Records on Tuesday. … Other top local options include Carolyn Wonderland at One-2-One Bar and Jaimee Harris at Strange Brew with Levi Parham.


Eastside Kings Festival. Eastside District Limits, anyone? This one-day-only micro-local fest is a big draw for East Austin, filling eight venues with dozens of bands that lean toward the blues sounds long intrinsic to the neighborhood’s culture. A sample itinerary: You could catch Beaumont R&B queen Barbara Lynn in the Mission Impossible Parking Lot at 5:30 p.m., recent Memphis transplant Carl Weathersby at Dozen Street Bar at 7:30 p.m., Arizona bluesman Big Pete Pearson at the King Bee Lounge at 9:30 p.m., and Dallas soul great Bobby Patterson at Bad Lands at 11 p.m. Check out the full listings at facebook.com/eastsidekingsfestival. A $10 wristband, available at Antone’s Record Shop, is good for admission to all shows. — P.B.

Goo Goo Dolls at Statesman Skyline Theater. “People still need human contact,” Goo Goo Dolls singer and guitarist John Rzeznik told us last week when we talked with him about the band’s current tour behind their new album “Boxes,” which came out in May. “I think the one thing that can’t be replicated in some sort of computer or virtual reality or whatever is being in a room with 5,000 people screaming, and the thump of a sound system and a light show, and somebody playing music in front of you, and everybody in that room having something in common.” Read our full preview of the show, including recollections from the band’s first visit to Austin at a small Sixth Street club in 1991, later this week in the American-Statesman and on mystatesman.com. Collective Soul and Tribe Society open. $42.50. 6:30 p.m. 701 W. Riverside Drive. skylinetheater.com. — P.B.

Also: Tickets to Clint Black’s show at One World Theatre start at $140, but it’s a rare chance to see the country star in a small venue. … The Soul of a Musician concert and conversation series kicks off a new season at Iron Cactus North with soulful artist and music community activist Nakia. … Synth-pop artist Porches, who got a solid buzz boost out of SXSW this year, plays Barracuda with Japanese Breakfast. … Mike Posner, the Detroit singer-songwriter who “Took a Pill in Ibiza” and rode the remixes to international fame, plays Emo’s. … Former American-Statesman music critic Ed Ward speaks and signs copies of his newly expanded Michael Bloomfield biography at 5 p.m. at Waterloo Records.

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