OUR TOP PICKS
Friday: Slack Capital 2 record release show at Barracuda.Nathan Lankford from Austin Town Hall and Big Bill’s Eric Braden are back with a second installment of their Austin garage mixtape. This year’s entry features a broad mix of sounds including trippy surf pop from Shivery Shakes, the meditative melodics of Thor & Friends, a mournful pop ditty from Magia Negra and a lazy afternoon croon from Croy and the Boys. Of course, there’s still plenty of beer-swilling, bar-shaking rock ’n’ roll. Eight bands from the compilation including David Israel, Go Fever, Mom Jeans and Croy and the Boys play the release party and 100 percent of your $5 cover benefits SafePlace. 611 E. Seventh St. austintownhall.com. — D.S.S.
Friday-Sunday: Austin Reggae Fest at Auditorium Shores. After a few stormy years, we’re crossing our fingers for good weather this go-round for one of Austin’s favorite spring flings. Founded in the riverside park in 1994, right before the tech boom exploded the city’s skyline, the annual celebration of peace and love, Jamaican grooves and irie vibes has grown with the city while remaining “old Austin” through and through. It’s also become one of the largest annual fundraisers for Central Texas Food Bank, raising over $1 million to help the nonprofit fight hunger over the last decade. Jamaican outfit Tarrus Riley with Dean Fraser and the Blak Soil Band headlines Friday. Saturday features Black Slate from the U.K. and Jamaica’s Jesse Royal, and Akae Beka from St. Croix plays on Sunday. $40 3-day, $15 daily (advance) 3 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday-Sunday. 900 W. Riverside Drive. austinreggaefest.com. — D.S.S.
Saturday-Sunday: Bob Weir & the Campfire Band at ACL Live.Last year’s release of “Blue Mountain,” a rare solo album from the Grateful Dead founding member, prompted this tour with a backing crew that consists largely of musicians from renowned indie-rock band the National. Guitarist Aaron Dessner and bassist Scott Devendorf, who helped Weir record “Blue Mountain,” are aboard, along with Devendorf’s brother Bryan Devendorf, the National’s drummer. The lineup also includes bassist Jon Shaw, known for his work with Austin’s Shakey Graves, along with Josh Kaufman and Steve Kimock. 7:30 p.m. $62.50-$82.50. Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com. — P.B.
Diamanda Galas at Paramount
Y&T at 3Ten
Blackheart 5th anniversary with Not in the Face, Harvest Thieves, Ricky Espinoza at Blackheart
Xetas record release at Waterloo Records
Brandon Luedtke record release at Hole in the Wall
Stephen Doster & James Stevens at Townsend
Elias Haslanger Quintet at Elephant Room
Bluebonnets record release, W.C. Clark at Townsend
The Wind & the Wave, Allison Pierce, Haley Johnson at 3Ten (sold out)
Saturday Night Concert Series with Kelley Mickwee at Hill Country Galleria
Sarah Gayle Meech, Randy Weeks, Dylan Earl at Sam’s Town Point
Billy Crockett at Cactus Cafe
Ray Prim, Belle Sounds, Bobby Whitlock & Coco Carmel at Saxon Pub
Tribu Baharu at Continental Club
Papa Mali, Angelo Moore, Queen Delphine, Artha Meadors & Marcus Jones at C-Boy’s
Drew Davis at Geraldine’s
Heybale at Continental Club
Sarah Gayle Meech, Wagoneers at C-Boy’s
Resentments at Saxon Pub