OUR TOP PICKS
Friday-Sunday: Euphoria Festival at Carson Creek Ranch. Bumping a few hip-hop artists up into headline spots this year, the dance music fest that’s been steadily growing on the far east side of town presents a diverse and well-curated selection of sounds to make you move and groove. Hip-hop oriented electronic composer Pretty Lights, performing with a live band, leads a stacked Friday lineup that also includes jam band the Disco Biscuits and Parisian soulful house specialist French Kiwi Juice. On Saturday, Swedish EDM artist Alesso meets gender-bending trap romantic Young Thug on a bill that mixes in Dutch DJ Oliver Heldens and rapper Post Malone. Sunday closes strong with electro dance duo Chromeo, blunt-lovin’ rapper Wiz Khalifa, electro duo Zeds Dead and early dance music innovator Moby. $79 daily, $199 3-day (advance). Camping passes and VIP options are available. Gates at 2 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday-Sunday. Parking is $20 daily, cash only. Various shuttle options are available. Seeeuphoriafest.comfor more details. — D.S.S.
Friday: Guy Clark tribute at Paramount Theatre. Back in November, on the day the late, great Guy Clark would have turned 75, the Paramount hosted a music and interview session with his biographer, Tamara Saviano, during the Texas Book Festival. This show, presented by the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association, expands on that theme, with performances from a first-class lineup of Clark’s friends and disciples including Rodney Crowell, Joe Ely, Bruce Robison, Lee Roy Parnell, Jack Ingram, Verlon Thompson, Terry Allen, Shawn Camp, the Trishas, Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay. Saviano will be on hand again, too, receiving the THSA’s Darrell K. Royal Texas Music Legend Award. $45-$95. 7:30 p.m. 713 Congress Ave.austintheatre.org. (Crowell, whose new album “Close Ties” came out last week, also plays a free in-store at Waterloo Records at 1 p.m.) — P.B.
Friday: KUTX Free Family Concerts at Mueller Lake Park with Leopold & His Fiction.It’s outdoor music season, and if you’re looking to introduce your little rockers to Austin’s live music scene, this KUTX series has you covered. The evening’s entertainment kicks off at 7 p.m. with a set from self-described “kindie” band the Que Pastas, hosted by the station’s kid’s show, “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child.” Then Austin’s NPR affiliate turns it up to 11 with the high octane rock ‘n’ roll of Leopold and His Fiction. Picnics and blankets are fine, but no chairs, alcohol or glass containers are allowed in the park. Food trucks and face painters will be on site before the music starts. 4550 Mueller Blvd.kutx.org/live-events. — D.S.S.
Saturday: Darden Smith record release at Stateside at the Paramount.When Darden Smith puts a band together to make a record, like he did for his new “Everything,” he doesn’t mess around. Holed up at Arlyn Studios last month, he brought aboard a cast full of aces: bassist Roscoe Beck (Leonard Cohen), drummer JJ Johnson (Tedeschi Trucks Band), keyboardist Michael Ramos (Patty Griffin), guitarist Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan) and multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield (too many to mention). It’s a testament to the respect in-demand musicians have for Smith that they all answered the call. Beck joins him on acoustic bass for this release show, along with drummer Alex Marrero and guitarist David Goodich. $20-$30. 8 p.m. 719 Congress Ave.austintheatre.org.— P.B.
Saturday: Henry Threadgill & Zooid at Scottish Rite Theater. In Austin, Threadgill generally means comfort food and folk-country tunes, thanks to the late, great Kenneth Threadgill’s restaurant and music legacy in the city. Most places, though, the name conjures up adventurous jazz, as Henry Threadgill’s long career has included Pulitzer-winning explorations on saxophone and flute. He brings his Zooid ensemble along for his first visit to Austin in two decades. 8 p.m. $35-$75. 207 W. 18th St. threadgillatx.ticketleap.com. (In addition to Saturday’s concert, Threadgill also will give a composition master class at 8 p.m. Friday in the Music Recital Hall on the University of Texas campus; tickets for that are available via the same website.) — P.B.
Sunday: 10,000 Maniacs at 3Ten.When guitarist John Lombardo left upstate New York band 10,000 Maniacs just before they hit it big in 1987 and formed the duo John & Mary with Buffalo violinist Mary Ramsey, no one realized Lombardo was sowing the seeds of the group’s long-term survival. John & Mary opened for 10,000 Maniacs on a 1990 tour, during which co-founding singer and songwriter Natalie Merchant grew fond of Ramsey’s singing and fiddling. When Merchant left for solo stardom in the mid-’90s, the void was quite logically filled by Ramsey. Guitarist Rob Buck died in 2000, but the rest of the band has hung together. New records have been scarce, and the live shows still lean heavily on the Merchant-era material. But for fans who still hold those songs dear, Ramsey fills the vocal role with grace and sincerity. $49.50. 7 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd.3tenaustin.com. — P.B.
Southern Culture on the Skids at Continental Club
Mnozil Brass at Bass Concert Hall
Real Estate, Mary Lattimore at Mohawk outdoor (sold out)
Julia Lucille, Lomelda, Jordan Moser at Mohawk indoor
Junior Brown at Broken Spoke
Migrant Kids (live-streamed) at Geraldine’s
Aggrolites, Los Skarnales at Antone’s
Shelley King at El Mercado Backstage
Dawn & Hawkes, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub
Patricia Vonne, Los Coronelas at Townsend
Greg Vanderpool CD release at Continental Gallery
Bryce Clifford & Brother Superior, Croy & the Boys at ABGB
El Tule, DJ Albert, Parranderos De Kumbia at Hotel Vegas
Agony Column, Ignitor, Syrus, Shadow Spectrum at Grizzly Hall
Fleetwood Mac tribute with the Watters and guests at One-2-One Bar
Body Rock ATX tribute to Erykah Badu at Empire
Patty Griffin, Anais Mitchell at ACL Live (sold out)
Drive-By Truckers, Hiss Golden Messenger at Stubb’s outdoor
Henry Threadgill at Scottish Rite Theater
Kool Keith, Money Chicha, Cure for Paranoia at Antone’s
Lee Brice at Nutty Brown Amphitheater
Emily Gimble, Evan Charles & Altamesa at ABGB
Jai Malano, Jade Idol, Grady at C-Boy’s
JD Clark, Bad Lovers, Christy Hays, Kathryn Legendre at Hotel Vegas
Gary Myrick, Dead Pyrates Society, Jesse Sublett at Townsend
Albert & Gage Band at Donn’s Depot
Sour Bridges, Amanda Kitchens at Radio Coffee & Beer
Sun Radio Saturday Night Concert Series with Derailers at Hill Country Galleria
Sonics, Ugly Beats, Heybale, Gulf Coast Playboys at Continental Club
Acid Mothers Temple, Babylon at Sidewinder
Wendy Colonna, Suzanna Choffel at Antone’s
Soul of a Musician series with Beaver Nelson at Iron Cactus North
Gaby Moreno at Cactus Cafe
Wagoneers, Sophia Johnson at C-Boy’s
Earth Girl Helen Brown, Glass Grapes, Kay Odyssey at Hotel Vegas