Weekend music picks: Friends rally to finish Chris Porter’s work

OUR TOP PICKS

Friday: DJ Mark Farina at Empire Control Room. The Chicago DJ was an early house music innovator, dropping snippets of hip-hop, disco, Latin sounds and other unexpected styles into club mixes. He honed his signature style, Mushroom Jazz, a modification of acid jazz with a more organic feel, over the course of eight mixtapes that brought him international acclaim. $10-$15. 9:30 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com — D.S.S.

 

Saturday-Sunday: Mike Cooley at Cactus Cafe. A charter member of the Drive-By Truckers, one of the great American rock bands of the past 20 years, guitarist Cooley sometimes falls in the shadow of larger-than-life band leader Patterson Hood. But he’s become increasingly central to the band’s identity in recent years, contributing more songs to the DBTs’ albums as well as issuing a live record under his own name. $20. 8:30 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org. — P.B.

Chris Porter at SXSW 2015. Sharon Alagna/chrisportermusic.net

Chris Porter at SXSW 2015. Sharon Alagna/chrisportermusic.net

Sunday: “It’s Gonna Get Weird Without You:” A Fundraiser for Chris Porter at C-Boy’s. When Austin songwriter Chris Porter died in a highway crash on tour in October, he’d almost completed a new album. A bunch of his musician friends want to get it finished up and released, so they’re playing this show to help cover the expenses. It’s an amazing lineup for one of the city’s coolest small venues, with Alejandro Escovedo, the Mastersons, Aaron Lee Tasjan, John Moreland, Will Johnson, Shonna Tucker, John Calvin Abney and Sara Green all on board. $30. 8 p.m. 2008 S. Congress Ave. cboys.com. (Those unable to attend but interested in contributing can donate via PayPal to ceciliaportermusicfoundation@gmail.com) — P.B.

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ALSO PLAYING

Friday-Saturday

Alejandro Escovedo at Continental Club

International Pop Overthrow at Empire

Friday

Amanda Shires at Cactus Cafe

Al Jarreau Duo at One World Theatre (two shows)

Howard Jones at 3Ten

Ginger Leigh’s Love at the Stateside at the Paramount

Cody Canada & the Departed, the O’s at Antone’s

Flowtribe at Parish

Erin McKeown at Strange Brew

Calliope Musicals, Trouble in the Streets, Henry & the Invisibles at North Door

Megafauna, Patrimony, Otis the Destroyer, Levees at Hotel Vegas

Hard Candy Christmas Show with Sunny Sweeney, Brennen Leigh, Courtney Patton and Jamie Lin Wilson at Saxon Pub

Paul Cauthen & the Texas Gentlemen at Stubb’s indoor

Don Harvey & A Is Red, Sam Baker at Townsend

Tameca Jones at C-Boy’s

Clay McClinton, Graham Weber at Driskill Lobby Bar

Rick Broussard’s Two Hoots & a Holler at ABGB

Possessed by Paul James at Spider House

Saturday

Mstrkrft at Empire

A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Music of Vince Guaraldi at Stateside at the Paramount (two shows)

Black Fret Ball at Paramount (members only)

Shearwater, Cross Record at 3Ten

Cracker, Ramsay Midwood at Antone’s

Animals As Leaders, Intervals, Plini at Mohawk outdoor

CRX, Streets of Laredo, Hideout at Emo’s

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club at Sidewinder

Micky & the Motorcars at Parish

Pleasant Grove, Major Major Major at ABGB

Eliza Gilkyson at Strange Brew

Jake Penrod & the Burning Angels at Little Longhorn Saloon

Dale Watson at Broken Spoke

Big Cat, South Austin Moonlighters at Saxon Pub

Churchwood at Carousel Lounge

Grapes & Friends eighth annual Xmas Extravaganza at the Hole in the Wall

Sunday

Riders in the Sky at One World Theatre

Thor & Friends, Little Mazarn at Radio Coffee & Beer

Christeene, Brown Whornet, Graham Reynolds at North Door

Soul of a Musician series with the Peterson Brothers at Iron Cactus North

Rosie Flores at Strange Brew

Jackie Venson, Miss Lavelle White at Antone’s

Dallas Moore at Little Longhorn Saloon

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