This week’s music picks: Valentines, awards, benefits and more

Gina Chavez performed at the 2016 Austin City Limits Music Festival. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

Gina Chavez takes part in Monday’s House of Songs showcase at the Townsend. Tamir Kalifa/American-Statesman

Monday: House of Songs International Songwriting Showcase at the Townsend. A sort of musical foreign exchange program, the Austin-based House of Songs — literally a house, just southeast of downtown — welcomes aspiring songwriters from around the world to stay a few days and work on new material with local mainstays. At the end of the session, they celebrate with a public show. This one will feature hometown fixtures Graham Weber, Gina Chavez, Colin Gilmore, Betty Soo and Mike Meadows teaming up with visitors Jens Tornevall and Sousou Cissoko of Sweden, Maher Cissoko of Senegal, and Jorgen Lang and Gandulf Hennig of Germany. Free. 7 p.m. 718 Congress Ave. — P.B.

Tuesday: My Bloody Valentine’s Day at Hotel Vegas. The east side’s favorite dive programs a ‘90s shoegaze and indie rock party for lovers and cold-hearted cynics alike. Dream fuzz specialists Ringo Deathstarr take the lead role as My Bloody Valentine with the Sour Notes playing Galaxie 500. The two-stage bash also features tributes to the Pixies, Mazzy Star and the Dead Milkmen. 9 p.m. doors. 1500 E. Sixth St. — D.S.S.

Wednesday: Ameripolitan Music Awards at Paramount Theatre. More traditionally focused than both mainstream country and broad-umbrella Americana, the subgenre and community of Ameripolitan music arose from Austin country maverick Dale Watson’s desire to honor musicians who might otherwise get overlooked. He and Ray Benson, whose new duo album came out in January, will co-host this year’s awards show, with awards to be presented in the categories of honky-tonk, outlaw, rockabilly and western swing. Special recognition will be given to Jerry Lee Lewis (Master Award) and Junior Brown (Keeper of the Key), with the latter among a long list of guest performers that also includes Johnny Bush, Jesse Dayton, Rosie Flores, Marti Brom and James Intveld. $45. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. — P.B.

Wednesday: Pinetop Assistance League Launch at Antone’s. At age 97, piano great Pinetop Perkins became the oldest person ever to receive a Grammy Award when he was bestowed a trophy for Best Traditional Blues Album for the duet album “Joined at the Hip” in 2011. His late career success was aided by Clifford Antone, who recognized the Delta bluesman as a national treasure and helped resettle him in Austin in his early 90s. Now Pinetop’s namesake foundation is launching a program to help provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their careers. Blues harmonica virtuoso James Cotton is a special guest and Paul Oscher, Carl Weathersby, Carolyn Wonderland and many more perform at this benefit for the nonprofit. $15-20. 7 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St. — D.S.S.






  • California Guitar Trio, Montreal Guitar Trio at One World Theatre
  • P.O.S. (of Doomtree), Ceschi at Barracuda
  • Midnight Stroll, Think No Think, Booher at Mohawk indoor
  • Texas Radio Live with George Ensle, Chris & Adam Carroll at Guero’s
  • Walt Wilkins, Bill Kirchen, Chase Gassaway at Saxon Pub
  • Wrenfro at One-2-One Bar
  • Chris Gage & Friends at El Mercado Backstage
  • Belle Sounds at Townsend
  • Lex Land, Scott Collins at Cactus Cafe